Chat with Major League Gamer Tsquared
Taylor is the captain of the 2008 MLG National Champions, Str8 Rippin. "Tsquared" is one of the most successful and well known pros in Major League Gaming and is currently featured on 175 million Dr. Pepper bottles. He leads a refocused Str8 Rippin team into the upcoming MLG Columbus competition. Str8 Rippin matches up against Darkest Hour on the Friday Night Kickoff shown on ESPN360.com on June 5 at 9pm ET.
Send your questions now and join Taylor to chat at 4 p.m. ET Thursday!
Buzzmaster (3:58 PM)
Tsquared should be here soon!
Buzzmaster (4:20 PM)
Hang on everyone, we're working on tracking down Tsquared.
Hey, how confident are you guys going into Colombus and who have you always looked up to while being a part of MLG?
Tsquared (4:23 PM)
We're extremely confident. This is one of the tournaments that we prepared the hardest for.
Hugely excited for this weekend. How did it feel when you saw yourself on Dr. Pepper bottles?
Tsquared (4:24 PM)
I was really excited. It was cool going into all the stores and seeing yourself on all those bottles. It's not something that you get used to. Now it kind of sucks because it's not on the shelves anymore. I guess you don't really know what you have until it's gone.
Dave Ewing (Calgary, Alberta)
Hey T2, longtime fan dude. I just wanted to ask, with the shaky world of player transactions is it hard to stay solid as a team? Also, does it worry you at all seeing as your team lives in the same house?
Tsquared (4:26 PM)
No, it's not hard at all. I think all of our teammates are really mature. We're really good friends and hang out all the time. Kyle and Brian have been teaming for two years now. I don't really see anything changing in the future.
Hey T2.How do you think Str8 is gonna do after you guys move in together?
Tsquared (4:26 PM)
That's actually going to happen after this tournament We'll all be at the house the weekend after Columbus. We have two Str8 boot camps that we're doing. It's going to be fun to come up with some new strategies at the house.
Douglas (Bangor, Maine)
What's up T2? Ever thought about doing a follow up to your True Life show? Showing all the progression that you've made so far would be something pretty cool to see.
Tsquared (4:27 PM)
Well, that's not really up to me to go and do a follow up. If MTV approached me, I wouldn't disregard it, I would be interested if possible. I thought it was a little overrated, but it did follow what was going on in my life. But a lot has changed since then.
Are you going to prepare any differently for columbus than you did for the meadows to have a better finish?
Tsquared (4:28 PM)
In the MEadowlands, we didn't have the Internet for about a month and a half before the tournament. I don't know how we managed to live in a house with no Internet. We practiced for this tournament about as hard as we practiced for the finals last year.
What is the best thing about living together with your team in that awesome house?
Tsquared (4:29 PM)
The fact that this is going to be extremely fun. You can all hang out and spend quality time together. Our house is so sick. I've never lived ina house this big before. We can all sit next to each other and play with each other.
What will str8 have to do right at columbus in order for them to place first?
Tsquared (4:30 PM)
We just have to stay mentally focused. WE've practiced enough. We need to go out there and do what we have to do; remember what it's like to go out there, win and have fun.
Pat C (Malvern, PA)
What kind of slaying strategies are the Str8 Rippin fans going to be seeing in Columbus? Will you be using established set-ups, or out-flanking and out-maneuvering teams?
Tsquared (4:31 PM)
There's nothing over the top. We're just going to stick to what wins us most games. Snipedown will be doing what he does. There will be no surprises and we'll jsut see if the other teams can stop it.
Who, In your opinion, Is the best player in the league right now outside of Str8 rippin.
Tsquared (4:31 PM)
There are a couple of great players. You can't pin down who's the best. The thing about Halo, it's like basketball and Kobe and LeBron. Neighbor, Hysteria, Roy, those three are very solid and probably the best players.
Luke Sienkiewicz Lindenhurst New York
What's it like being on the pro circuit and being a fellow new yorkian? Do you rep the NY status to all the MI Gamers?
Tsquared (4:33 PM)
It's awesome. I'm living in Orlando now, but when I was living in New York, it was cool. Where you live doesn't have an effect on how good you are in the circuit. It helps having local people in your area to play with. It feels great.
Nick (orrington, me)
Since everybody on Str8 Rippin is so skilled individually is it possible for u to say which one is Str8s best player?
Tsquared (4:33 PM)
Sort of. We each have an opinion on who's the best. The great thing about our team is that we guys that are so skilled.
Tsquared (4:34 PM)
We're looking forward to not disappointing them in Columbus. I want to hear a lot of Tsquared chants from the crowd. I want to hear "Air squared! Air squared!"
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