At CWL Dallas I was lucky enough to be able to talk with pro player Peirce “Gunless” Hillman from team Echo Fox. I tried to keep it light and short due to the plethora of media interviews these guys have to do, along with a drama free and more personal approach. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading!
EB: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today. I am going to keep this light hearted and more personal if thats ok? I have heard you are a big fan of anime, based on your Twitter feed its pretty obvious as well. So what’s your favorite anime of all time and current?
Gunless: (No hesitation) “SAO (Sword Art Online), no question. It’s the first anime like it that I can rewatch, cause it’s just a really good *expletive* show. I have never found a show as good as SAO. The new movie came out and I watched twice. I don’t know what makes it better than everything else just it has everything I want.”
EB: I am a fan of that series as well! Do you play any games non-competitively? Like just for fun?
Gunless: “No not really, World of Warcraft maybe a little, but with Call of Duty you have to put all your time into it, 24/7. ”
EB: Did you play them before you got into Pro CoD? Do you miss it?
Gunless: “Oh yeah! A lot! But that’s beside the point, I mean I miss grinding for achievements, playing campaign games, but now when I buy a game I will play maybe two or three hours but it just doesn’t have that competitive drive to it. Unless it’s something that was a part of my childhood, like Ratchet and Clank, when I bought that I played it the entire time, I grew up on those games, they are the shit!”
EB: So you miss that it sounds like?
Gunless: “Oh yeah, I definitely miss it, but I don’t regret converting to pro and all that, I mean, you gotta make sacrifices, things you don’t want to stop doing, but you gotta put everything into this or you are just not gonna see anything from it.”
EB: Do you do anything to unwind, put the controller down and relax?
Gunless: “Thats anime. Thats my escape. After long sessions of scrims that’s what I will do till I fall asleep. I just finished Tokyo Ghoul.”
EB: Another great show! Do you find it’s hard to do those things and not constantly think about CoD, strategies and such?
Gunless: “Not really no. After the hard work is done, I just watch shows and zone out.”
EB: What are your thoughts on WW2?
Gunless: “My honest opinion, at first it felt weird, not because its “boots on the ground” or anything, just that it felt like such an unfinished product. But they have done a really good job of fixing some of the issues we were having, making it so we can run different things, creating a diversity that all Call of Duty games need to have. They have done a good job of that, you can run things you actually want to run without being punished for it. Punished for something you cant control, one problem was flinch, and then you had to run a basic training that gave you no flinch, that’s when you get shot at and your gun goes up. But right now I am starting to enjoy the game a lot more and getting back into it.”
EB: So the balancing has helped it grow on you?
Gunless: “Yeah I’ve been much happier. I’m starting to enjoy it much more for sure.”
EB: So do you have a favorite map?
Gunless: “London Docks, it just plays better than any other map. It works perfectly as a three way map, for Hardpoint, CTF, and SND. It’s probably the most competitive map we have right now.”
EB: You have one you hate?
Gunless: “Forest. I hate Forest.”
EB: Why is that?
Gunless: “If you don’t play perfectly you get punished for it way too heavily. But my teammates like it a lot and I have to figure out my way of playing this map, but it just feels like I am either too fast or too slow, trying to find my rhythm, I don’t know what I should be doing sometimes cause my teammates are doing the things I am trying to do. Its not like London, where I just instantly know where to go off spawn. Its like muscle memory.”
EB: Ok, one last question man. You have any advice for any aspiring pro players?
Gunless: “You just have to give up things you don’t want to give up. I had to give up time hanging out with my Dad, hanging out with my dog. It sucks, a lot, but I have to do it. It’s my job, and I love doing my job. So you gotta be prepared to give stuff up you love doing. All so you can make sure you are handling all the in-game situations in your head.”
EB: Thanks again for talking with us today and good luck in the rest of the season!
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