Chat with Major League Gamer Phobia
Szabadi is a member of the professional gaming team, Lost Cause. "Phobia" is considered one of Canada's top pro gamers, consistently placing well at every Major League Gaming Rainbow Six Vegas event. Phobia's MLG blog provides an in-depth look at his career and is one of the most popular pro player blogs. Lost Cause is currently ranked third on the R6V2 circuit.
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Phobia (3:59 PM)
Danny Power-Toronto, Ontario
Hey Phobia! I was just wondering, it is hard for you to balance school and gaming? What do you do about homework that you get? Do you do it as soon as you get home or do you save it for the morning or later on in the night? Good luck at Dallas and keep up the great work. dpower12
Phobia (4:00 PM)
I have about three hours a night. The first thing I do when I get home is do my homework. I usually start playing after I eat dinner, about three hours a night. But no, it's not hard.
Who is your toughest individual opponent?
Phobia (4:01 PM)
Blood and Glory from ReRidden. He's really smart in 1-on-1 fights. He moves around and waits for you to make a mistake. I usually like to run right in, so he'll have the advantage on me.
Brad Johnston, Oakville, Ontario
Hey Phobia, I saw you at MLG Toronto and noticed your whole team wearing those yellow glasses, what are they?
Phobia (4:02 PM)
Those are called Gunnar Optics. They are gaming glasses which make it easier on your eyes when you play for long periods of time, especially in front of LCD TVs. You can play longer, as it reduces the strain.
How Many Friend Request Do You Get A Week On Average
Phobia (4:03 PM)
I'm gonna say probably around 60. Most of them are from the same people over and over again.
Hey Phobia! Big fan of the smallest, fiercest Rainbow Six player. What is your fondest memory in professional gaming?
Phobia (4:04 PM)
Probably getting backed by Gameology--I'm Canadian, so it's harder to get any kind of support. Gaming in Canada isn't as big. Gameology is a Canadian-based gaming agency. They decided to support me in the content that I right--the blog and things like that--and help me to get out there and get to the next level. For them to help me get there is probably my happiest moment.
Danny Power- Toronto,Ontario
What was the greatest MLG event you've attended and why?
Phobia (4:05 PM)
Dallas '07. That was my second event, so I wasn't that shy anymore. The first event, I played, ate, and slept, and that's it. I stayed with my team until Monday, and was able to finally just hang out with everyone and see the city. Lot of good times there.
Vivek (Vancouver, BC)
Hey, seen you posting around on the MLG Canada forums. I was just wondering if you thought gaming would be as big in Canada as it is in the US one day.
Phobia (4:06 PM)
Definitely yes. MLG just got introduced to Canada last year, and had the national Pro Gaming Tour, which got a lot of people who play casually involved in pro gaming. I can see a lot more gamers coming through in a few years. It's a matter of getting casual gamers out there.
Does your team necessarily have a good shot or just good team work?
Phobia (4:07 PM)
I used to think that it's always teamwork, but it's more chemistry than strategy. As long as you have that, and the guys get along, you'll be fine.
G, Ottawa, ON
Congratulations on the sponsorship, I know you've worked really hard to get to this point. What drives you to play video games at such a high level?
Phobia (4:08 PM)
Definitely just the fun that I have--whether it's playing at home, meeting new people--I meet people at every event. I try to make an effort to get to know the fans. You walk into the tournaments, and there are thousands of people playing. That's what I like to do, and that is what motivates me.
Dave Narciso (New Jersey)
Phobia you are by far my favorite Rainbow Pro. I just wanted to know how you got so good and what you do to stay on top!
Phobia (4:09 PM)
Really, all I did was show up to a tournament. I wasn't good before hand, and I just placed second in the tournament. Ever since then, it's about just wanting to win. If you think to yourself that you want to win, that will hurt you the most.
What is it like to go through team changes and all that within the team and friendship wise
Phobia (4:10 PM)
Sometimes it can be hard--you have the business side before the friendship side. When you make a team change, sometimes it remotivates, but other times it hurts you. My latest change was reacquiring my former teammate Rogue, which was a motivating change.
Nelson Triana, Ottawa, Ontario
How involved are your parents, and are they supportive of all this?
Phobia (4:11 PM)
At first they weren't--they'd come in and pull the cord on my Xbox, but I somehow convinced them to go to Meadowlands '07. my first event. They met all the people that played, and instantly understood. They're really really involved now.
Phobia (4:12 PM)
Thanks for submitting questions everyone, and I hope to see you in Dallas or at the national playoffs!