Cloud9 Training Grounds Community Spotlight Series showcases a great player in the C9TG community member each month who staff agrees showcases the values of Cloud9 Training Grounds: Learning, Passion, Excellence, and Trust. This month’s camper spotlight is Seeker, who joined Training Grounds in the spring of 2021 and climbed from Bronze to Diamond since joining our programs!
Q: What is your name? A: Max L
Q: What is your In Game Name (ign)? A: Seeker
Q: How old are you? A: 16
Q: Where are you from? A: I was born in Florida, then I went to New York for a bit, now I’m back in Florida!
Q: How long have you been a part of Training Grounds? A: My first camp was the Spring Break camp 1. I had coach Jaxsen, who I loved and learned a ton from. I have done about 4 camps, one on scholarship. Jaxsen coaches a different group now, and they are doing well I have heard! My top 3 coaches from TG have been Jaxsen, Killermiller (who I will talk more about later,) and Timroca.
Q: What has your improvement been like since joining TG? A: Well, when I started in the spring, I was Bronze 3, and I hit Diamond for the first time on November 1st!
Q: What TG Game do you play, and what is your role? A: I play VALORANT! Currently I am the number 1 Viper player in NA, according to TG coach Killermiller I am the best viper NA anyway, and Miller was formerly the best Viper himself! I grinded the last 5 games to diamond on Jett, though, because I thought she was easy to win on. I don’t really like playing smokes, but I will flex for whatever my team need
Q: What do you like about that game and role? A: VALORANT is actually my first ever FPS, even though I played maybe 2 games of Counterstrike but that doesn’t really count. My friend got me into VAL at first, and at first I didn’t really like competitive, but then I started playing it a lot and here we are. I really like Riot Games, who makes League of Legends and VALORANT among other games, and I like the way they run the games. I like that they don’t throw the games away, like most other companies and franchises do. I also like how well they respond to the community and actively balance the game. I like that game sense is really important to VALORANT, and that it isn’t just about mechanics like aim. I also really love having Agents, and the skill ceiling this enables.
Q: What is your favorite memory from a Training Grounds camp? A: My favorite memory – probably is winning the showdown in my 2nd camp. I have won 2 showdowns now – everyone was so happy when we won the first one, my teammates and I put in so much work and was really great to see it pay off. A quote I really like is “the harder you train the easier you win” and people on my team really put in overtime and stayed after our normal practice to vod review and scrim more.
Q: Most haunting memory? A: One of my best friends, Waco, was against me in the finals of the first spring break camp. Waco and his team beat my team in the finals and I heard their comms from the winning moment – and it haunts me to this day – they killed me first, then the rest of my team. It really digs deep, and I still listens to the comms occasionally. Keep in mind that me and Waco are friends! That experience really inspired me to work even harder. Waco keeps me in check, and Waco’s coach Pad is really great, and keeps their heads clear.
Q: What is the best part about Training Grounds? A: The feedback you get from the coaches. The ask a coach threads in the servers are so helpful – coaches like Killermiller give amazing advice, and will hop into a call with you if they have free time, will correct what is wrong with your play and tell you how to fix it. One example is like I mentioned before I am a Viper main, and now I have lineups for every map, Killermiller helped with a ton of these. Miller told me about holding a crossfire; ever since then I climbed really fast, learning all about trades and when to take the best ones!
Q: What is your favorite non-TG game to play and why? A: Destiny 1 – I played that game on xbox like I was a 9-year-old today playing fortnite. This really brought me into competitive gaming
Q: What does esports mean to you? A: Esports is a way of proving to your parents, or anyone, that you can ‘make it’ doing anything you love. My parents are really supportive of my esports career, helping me to do things like TG, and when they saw winnings when I won a VAL tournament. Balancing with school and life, VAL is a win win. Xekken is a good example of this balance to me, he streams and does his homework and plays VALORANT, I look up to him a lot for inspiration.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? A: That is a tough question! The real answer is that I doesn’t really know. I want to have accomplished earning some money, and I want to grind out work. Once I’m done grinding and I have financial freedom, I will have the freedom to do anything I want to do!
Q: Anything else you’d like to add? Any advice for players who want to climb like you? A: Crosshair placement is the #1 thing for climbing. Don’t get distracted, keep your head in the game, no alt tabbing, no focusing on other things, every round is a valuable part of the game. If you are distracted, you will lose more and people really overlook that. Stay in the game!