Chat with Major League Gamer Shockwave
Smith is the captain of the professional gaming team, Carbon. Considered one of the most intelligent players in the league, "Shockwave" led Carbon to a 2006 MLG National Championships and a strong third-place finish last season. In the upcoming MLG Columbus competition, Carbon faces upstart squad Heaven & Earth in the most anticipated first round matchup, shown on the Friday Night Kickoff on ESPN360.com on June 5 at 9 p.m. ET.
Send your questions now and join Smith to chat at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday!
How do you balance college with a professional gaming career? Do you feel you sacrifice going out to game or vice versa?
Shockwave (4:01 PM)
There is definitely a sacrifice being made. You have to plan your day around it...go to school early on, play Halo later, and have your free time around that. You have to make sure you accomplish everything, or you won't get anything done.
Pat C (Malvern, PA)
Does the addition of Defy present any new opportunities/ strategies that were previously unavailable to Carbon? Any new objective strategies or play style changes?
Shockwave (4:02 PM)
There's definitely a playstyle change on our team. We've always had more individual fourth players, but Defy is more part of our team and is always with us, as opposed to flanking. We can take over areas on maps a lot easier.
Cody Burnett: (Lakeland, FL)
Shockwave, You had an amazing 2006 Championship Season, what is it going to take for you to get back to that peak playing performance?
Shockwave (4:03 PM)
It's gonna take a lot of time and effort, playing this game almost more than I have the time to play it. 2006 was junior year of high school, when I had a lot of extra time. Not trying to make excuses for myself. That's why Kobe and LeBron are so good...they're playing every day and putting so much time into it. It's the same with Halo.
Carbon doesn't seem to have a "Main" player that seems to do everything like people say about Hysteria and Snipedown. Who is going to be the player to change that in Columbus?
Shockwave (4:04 PM)
You don't necessarily need that player. All of us can do everything. Naded and Soviet were primarily power weapon players, and you never got to see the rest of us running around with those weapons. We definitely have a different playstyle, and all of us can step up to fit any role.
Ryan (Roanoke, VA)
Ok, most everyone knows you attend VA. Tech and the Cavs are you're biggest rival. What do you think is the biggest current rivalry in MLG?
Shockwave (4:05 PM)
I'd probably say Str8 Rippin and Triggers Down. They haven't seemed to be playing one another in tournaments, but they have been winning them. That rivalry is what Halo 3 is evolving into.
Cody Allen (saugerties, ny)
So what were the scores of that LAN against Instinct? Who do you think will be the player to watch on Carbon?
Shockwave (4:06 PM)
The scores in the LAN were very close. I don't know the exact score, but we played ten series, and we tied that 5-5. I know for sure they won in gamescore.
Shockwave (4:06 PM)
And honestly, Defy will be the player to watch. He was out of control vs. Instinct. If people want to get a glimpse of a player they've never really followed, it'll be Defy.
Jonathan S. (Pensacola, FL)
What is Carbon's chances on getting a first place finish this year?
Shockwave (4:08 PM)
Pretty good. We're very confident after the Instinct LAN and picking up Defy. We're right at home, talking to one another and improving without getting angry at one another. I'm giving more time to Halo now that the summer has started. There is a possibility of us winning Columbus. If you're not confident going in, why go in the first place?
Nathan Smith (Brooklyn,Ohio)
Go Carbon! How did you get into Halo and MLG? What's the average amount of time you play Halo daily?
Shockwave (4:10 PM)
I got into Halo MLG back in high school, on XBox Connect. I found out that there was a tournament in Philadelphia called Halo Nationals. I've been going ever since then. I try to spend at least two hours per day, although there have been times when I've had too much work or had to take a day off.
Shockwave (4:10 PM)
Thanks to everyone who supports us. We're looking forward to Columbus, and we're really confident going into it. Thanks again!