Chat with Major League Gamer Hokum
Chen is the captain of the professional gaming team, Heaven & Earth. "Hokum" is experiencing a comeback year after taking some time off last season. Hokum and upstart Heaven & Earth emerged with a solid sixth-place finish at the 2009 season opener and now look to upset the veteran Carbon team in the first round on the Friday Night Kickoff on ESPN360.com on June 5 at 9 p.m. ET.
Send your questions now and join Chen to chat at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday!
Buzzmaster (4:01 PM)
We've got Hokum!
Chris C (Evans, Georgia)
Does hearing positive results from Carbon's lans with teams like Instinct discourage you or your team in any way?
Hokum (4:02 PM)
Not at all. Before Meadowlands, Status Quo LAN'd almost all of the top teams and we displaced them. Seeing positive LAN results, yeah there's an intimidation factor there. I think it will be fun.
Is there a player you play against who always seems to get the better of you?
Hokum (4:03 PM)
I would have to say...SK from Triggers Down is a player who I see as a rival and a good team leader. I thinkw e have the same play style. When we go up against each other, there are some mind games being played. It's not that he gets the better of me, but he seems to be a player that I have a mental block against. but I'm not afriad of anyone.
Hokum (4:05 PM)
My former teammate Fearitself, whenever I played against him, like at the Meadowlands, there was definitely some intense play going on. It's kind of like Kobe and LeBron, you try to get the best of each other.
Ashby (Charlottesville, VA)
Hokum. First time caller, long time fan! What do you think it will take for HaE to improve upon their solid Meadowlands performance?
Hokum (4:06 PM)
Despite not having much practice going into Columbus, I think we're set on staying together whatever happens in Columbus. I think we'll have to LAN together to get better and get some live play time to get into the top 4 teams that seem untouchable right now.
How does it feel to be back on the Pro Circuit?
Hokum (4:07 PM)
After we finished our series against Str8, despite losing, we got in the top 8. It was a monkey off my back. I can finally, through placings, show that I can play with the best. I had high expectations and I didn't want to disappoint. It was a great feeling. I can't wait to place even higher, getting into the top 4 or 5.
Eric B. (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
I noticed that you had a nice triple kill against Classic in Meadowlands. Seriously, you got all three kills over the course of 2 seconds. Do you think it will be in ESPN Top Ten? GL in Columbus!
Hokum (4:08 PM)
To be honest, I don't even really remember the kill. It was kind of one of those types of things that you don't notice you just do it. I don't know if it will be a top ten. It was a pretty simple clean up as a sniper.
TJ (Emo, ON)
How many hours a day does H&E practice as a team before a tournament, considering you are facing Carbon a very experienced team? How do you plan on knocking out Carbon in the first round?
Hokum (4:10 PM)
Funny question. To be honest, we have practiced a total of three days. I've had finals in school then I had to move off my campus in Wisconsin to home and then move back again to California where I'm living now. We've had very little practice. But we got on last night and it didn't seem like we lost anything. Going into the Meadowlands we did a lot and we almost got to the point where we got sick of eaach other. I think the two teams are very close in skill. Whatever happens on Friday happens on Friday.
How old were you when you first started gaming hardcore?
Hokum (4:11 PM)
I was a senior in high school, so about 17.
Hokum (4:11 PM)
That's when I started competing.
Tom S (Brookfield, WI)
Do you prefer Halo 2 over Halo 3? How do you compare 5K to your current team? Do you miss 5K?
Hokum (4:12 PM)
Hmmm. They are two games that have very different learning curves. To compare them at the stage that MLG is at now is hard. I think Halo 2 had more fun and legacy building. The teams were very consistent. It made the game more enjoyable. I wouldn't give up Halo 3 for Halo 2, but it had a lot more excitement.
Nick: (poway, CA)
how much longer do you think you'll be competing in mlg if another halo comes out after halo 3 is over?
Hokum (4:14 PM)
I think I'm always deep down inside will have some affiliation with MLG. Either playing or just snooping around and playing some game competitively. MLG is growing and I want to stay in the loop for when it gets even bigger than it already is. I just turned 21, but if I can keep winning money and keep meeting people and having the experiences that I'm having, I hope I can stay around a while.
Tim K., Auburn, KS
Who is the player to watch on your team?
Hokum (4:15 PM)
Oh, without a doubt Killer Drew. He picks up all the kills. He'll pick up the sniper and makes things as easy as can be for the rest of the team. He's our biggest playmaker by far. He listens well and he knows what to do at the right time. That's the most you can do as a player.
james (stockton, ca)
Do you think that HaE will place better at columbus then the 6th place you guys placed at meadows?
Hokum (4:16 PM)
I think if we can beat Carbon in the first round, our road to the top 4 would be easier. It's not going to be easy. We're going to have to find the next level when we're playing. We'll have to find what the top teams do to play consistently high. It's going to be how everyone is playing in the moment.
Hokum (4:17 PM)
Tune in Friday night. There's going to be some fireworks baby!