Telkom Do Gaming recently found time with Richard “RedRover” Mitchell from PewPewRampokkers, one of the teams to move up from First Division thanks to a successful Summer Playoff run in the Battlefield 3 (BF3) Telkom Do Gaming League (DGL) 2013. Here’s what he had to say:
Do Gaming (DG): Tell us a little about you, your team and your team’s history.
Our history is quite short compared to some of the other teams out there. I started playing competitively in 2011 when I still played Black Ops 1. That was the same year that both BF3 and CoD: Modern Warfare3 (MW3)were launched and I switched to BF3 as MW3 did not impress me.
In March 2012 our team’s founder and first captain,Wynand “Meta8oRn” Olivier, approached me and asked if I was interested in joining Pew to play BF3. I gladly joined and we started playing DGL League during the second leg of 2012 in the 3rd Div.. We moved up to the 2nd Div for the third leg of 2012 and finished at the top of our group. We crashed out of the Novice Cup and never made it to Rage much to our disappointment.
I became captain during the off season when Olivier decided that Call of Duty is his first choice and retired from the team .We started the year in First Division eventually tying on points for 3rd place and now find ourselves with our biggest challenge yet after a successful summer playoff.
DG: PewPewRampokkers had a great Summer Playoffs, obtaining second place in Group B before the disqualification of =iK=Syntax, which pushed you to top of the log in Group B. How did you feel about your Playoff run? Did you enjoy it?
We enjoyed the Playoffs very much. Very tense and exciting times for us.
DG: Your first match in the Winter Leg sees you playing RFH Black Legion, a team that recently took down bvd.BF3 in a practice match. What are your plans heading into this match and the Leg in general.
We have played two friendlies against RFH in the very recent past so we have some idea what to expect. We are planning to gain as much experience from this leg as possible.
The Battlefield 3 DGL 2013 is sponsored by EA
DG: Now that your team is playing in Premier Division, how do you feel Pew PewRampokkers need to improve and work on to guarantee their best possible Winter Leg results?
Every time we have moved up a division we have been introduced to new tactics that are not used in the lower divisions and with that we anticipate a steep learning curve. We will be playing on far fewer public servers and using that time to play clan matches against teams that we can learn against. We believe that clan matches are where we can learn the most.
DG: Who do you think will be your toughest matchups in the upcoming Winter Leg and why? Any standout team in particular?
Ummmm,all of them? They wouldn’t be in Premier Division if they couldn’t play!
DG: Which team do you think is going to surprise people this Winter Leg. Any particular reason why you think so?
I think Element might surprise people. They have made some changes that give the team a new dynamic and they seem to be brimming with confidence. But that said, everyone seems to have spent the off season practicing and lifting their game. So it’s anyone’s guess.
DG: Battlefield 4 is advertising naval battles as well. Do you think fighting in sky, on land and underwater at the same time is going to complicate things once Battlefield 4 is released later this year? What are your predictions?
I honestly don’t know. There have been so many disappointments in the last few years I ignore the hype about a game.
DG: Any final words or shout outs?
Just a shout out to the rest of the Rampokkers who have to put up with me in Teamspeak night after night. Buckle up boys. You are in for a bumpy ride!!!!