After handedly defeating The Cut, Quincy Crew’s pos 5 player ponlo talked with talent about his travel issues, improvement, and working through his own confidence struggles as he went into the new DPC tour.
It’s the continuation of a tour long win streak for frontrunners Quincy Crew as they take down The Cut. It was a good showing from The Cut in the first game as they took it to Quincy for the first 20 minutes. However, it looks as if experience just about ekes out the scrappy grit of the Division 1 newcomers on this tour. After the game, the panel talked to the now returned position 5 player of Quincy Crew, Remus “ponlo” Goh Zhi Xian.
The panel first started by asking ponlo about his travel debacles during the first part of the tour. He noted that “the Visa issue was only supposed to take a week, but I didn’t have the right paperwork and it ended up taking a month.” It was also sad to discover that “[he] didn’t get to visit [his] girlfriend, feels bad man.” The man even had plane trouble and “still [has] not gotten refunded for [his] ticket.”
They next asked about how he felt about having not as clean victories during this tour. Ponlo noted that “the team had done well with MSS too.” He followed up however that “overall our training and stuff has been ineffective we haven’t been able to scrim much… and people keeping cancelling or we’re cancelling because of a lot of IRL problems.” Ponlo kept going, saying “we haven’t been able to get much better as a team but we are all working on ourselves individually everyday, so that’s why I think we are not on a level that we desire to be at.”
Talent then asked what it was like for ponlo in interacting with the team while he was unable to play with them. He told them that “MSS was scrimming with them, when I was gone, I joined in the scrims when I could, but the scrims were at 2 am, 4 am, my time so it depended on my body clock.” After talking about being able to watch scrims, he noted that “it was actually pretty helpful for me, I was able to get a broader perspective of what we needed to improve on and what was ‘wrong’.” Ponlo followed that “there were some days where I just choose to go to sleep and just have a day to play pubs the whole day instead of just screwing up my body clock.”
Talent next inquired about whether or not ponlo had changed his style while playing with the team. He said that “the team has a lot of big voices, myself, I was a big voice playing in SEA and I tone down myself a lot when I play with this team.” Ponlo did however say that “it was clear that I was not playing well last season, I was like very ineffective and my impact on the team was very low to me, like very far away from want I want to do.” But he noted that he “had many talks with Jack, KheZu, and Quinn, just talking about stuff and just decided to be more fearless and do whatever I want and say whatever I want, like whatever happens, happens you know?” Again following up: “I think I was very afraid last season you know? If we didn’t do well and the team kicks me then it looks very bad for me cause all the SEA players look up to Quincy as a tier 1 team… so there was a lot of pressure last season and I held myself back a lot… so I feel like this will be a lot better for me.”
Ponlo also spoke about his interactions with Quincy Crew manager, Jack “KBBQ” Chen. He said “I don’t remember a specific quote that he said… He was the first guy I talked to when I was feeling this way.” Ponlo continued: “it was the night before my flight… it was 4 am and I couldn’t sleep… I walked around for like 3 hours in my neighborhood and I just called Jack.” He said “I just poured my heart out to him and talked to him and expressed all my inhibitions and he was just there for me to help me collect my thoughts and how to move forward.”
When asked about his transition from positions 4 to 5, he noted “I enjoy playing both roles.” There was a caveat, however: “I would say pos 5 is more fulfilling for me because I think I have more impact on the result of the game than when I was playing pos 4.”