Chat with Major League Gamer Neighbor
Cobb is one of the top professional gamers in Major League Gaming. A talented and stealthy player, "Neighbor" has been a catalyst for every team he's appeared on. A former Str8 Rippin and Final Boss member, Neighbor looks to start a new chapter by joining Instinct for the 2009 Pro Circuit. Neighbor was recently named the Halo 3 Best Overall Player in the MLG 2008 Pro Choice Awards.
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Buzzmaster (4:04 PM)
We've got Neighbor!
JR (Riverhead, NY)
What's the biggest challenge with joining up and praticing with the rest of Instinct?
Neighbor (4:05 PM)
The biggest challenge so far is just getting used to playing with them. It's always difficult playing with new people. I just LAN'd in Chicago yesterday.
Justin (Toledo, Ohio)
Do you plan to stick with Instinct as long as you can, or is teaming with them only temporary?
Neighbor (4:06 PM)
When I joined Instinct, I was first very excited to join the team. We're sticking together for the whole year. We came up with a contract outside of the league to maintain our team for the whole year. We have little details that we put in. It will help us, even if we place poorly to try and come back.
Zack, Wilmington, NC
How does Instinct plan on stopping Str8 Rippin's dominance? Do you think you guys can take the number 1 spot?
Neighbor (4:07 PM)
I do think we can take the No. 1 spot. Str8 Rippin is not unstoppable. They can be beat. Instinct lost to Str8 in Vegas, but that wasn't when I was on the team.
Carson Cooper Naselle Wa
how is ur team chemistry coming together what lans have you planned?
Neighbor (4:08 PM)
The team chemistry is coming great. We've been practicing much more then the top teams. It's going really well. I'm really enjoying myself. I really didn't know Lunchbox and Roy before we teamed up. I'm just really looking forward to this year.
On average. How much time does it take you to practice to learn something new about your gaming performance?
Neighbor (4:08 PM)
I don't know how long it actually takes me. I usually learn things pretty quickly. I would say probably 30 minutes, if it's a jump or a button push. It doesn't take me long to learn.
Arcaos (Cooper City, FL)
What advice would you give to players who feel stuck and can't find ways to improve?
Neighbor (4:09 PM)
I think every player gets to that point once in a while. The only way to get through it is to practice harder or change it up. You get into the ruts because you're doing the same thing every day. You need to work on different aspects of your game all the time.
I just started eating sour patch kids while gaming and i have improved greatly they keep me awake and alert. Are there any other secrets i need to know about the power of the sour patch kids?
Neighbor (4:10 PM)
Well, the sour patch kids is a delicate subject for me. They're kind of like my power, you could say. I would make sure you eat them moderately. But definitely do it.
You are known as a great 1v1 player. what are some of the things you do that average players don't do?
Neighbor (4:11 PM)
I think the edge I have over the other players is my confidence. I remember back when I was playing Halo 2 professionally, I was nervous going against top pros. But I've been in the league a while. So the experience in tournaments has given me the confidence that no one can beat me.
Nick, the Netherlands
A while ago you said in a post you were going to improve your no-scope for next season? How did you manage to do this and how long did you practice a day?
Neighbor (4:12 PM)
No-scoping is kind of 70% luck and 30% skill. Unless you're on fire then you can consistently no scope. The way I work around it is I'm always confident. I think I can never miss a shot.
Alejandro Matus (Miami, FL)
Do you guys ever get tired of Halo 3? What other games would you like to see in MLG?
Neighbor (4:13 PM)
I don't get tired of playing Halo 3. The game is always different. I learn something every day, even though I play every day. Playing other teams, you learn how other people move around the map. That's one thing that I take away from practice, the game is always changing.
Neighbor (4:13 PM)
One game I would like to see on the MLG tournament scene is Tiger Woods golf.
Jacob (Barbourville, KY)
Do you agree that you are the best player in the league, if not who is, and if so, who follows you at 2nd place?
Neighbor (4:15 PM)
The top players, they all consider themselves to be the best. In every kind of sport. In basketball, the top pros think they're the best. You need to have that mindset to be No. 1. Other pros, there are a few pros that are extremely skilled. On any given day, they can be the best pro. It's hard to say. I consider myself the best, but so do other people. On days they're better and on others, I am.
Hey Mason. Can you tell us how you got started in MLG and how you stayed dedicated to Halo?
Neighbor (4:16 PM)
MLG came to my hometown in Seattle in 2005. It was my first tournament. I made the team two days before the tournament. I didn't know what to expect. We came in 7th. The top 8 was considered good. Even though I wasn't making any money, I stuck with it. I went to my local LAN center and they sponsored me. It turned out well. Even though for about 5 straight tournaments I didn't make any money at all.
Will, Greece NY
Neighbor, what do you believe that you can bring to the table to make Instinct a Top 2 team throughout the '09 season?
Neighbor (4:18 PM)
I'm hoping that I can bring first place to the Instinct team. I bring experience. I'm really happy with the team. Walshy is just like Tom, captain wise. I feel like I don't have to do everything, which is what I felt like on FB.
In 2008 there was a huge increase in the fanbase of MLG. Do you think that this boom will continue in 2009?
Neighbor (4:20 PM)
I do think it will continue. Every year, MLG has been growing. This gaming thing is actually something people are looking too. In my home state, people are excited about going to MLG and going pro. It doesn't really bring the celebrity life, but you're a superstar when you're at the top of the league. Random people are saying happy birthday to you. It's a very exciting profession and this year will be even better.
Neighbor (4:20 PM)
I just want to say thanks for your support. Instinct in '09!