Old wolves, new tricks?Hi Froz, for those who are not familiar, can you give us an introduction and tell us a bit about yourself?
Yo guys! My name is Roe but in Call of Duty I am more known as â€˜frozâ€™. For a living Iâ€™m a store salesman and in the evening (rarely) I practice with my team in CoD4! Iâ€™m currently playing for Western Wolves (old LowLandLions) and have a team history playing for Swedish teams like H2k and TCM as well as the mixed EU line up with skkiNNN back in 2010/2011.
You recently moved from TCM, to the team formerly known as LowLandLions. How long has it taken you to adjust, and what is different about your new home?
For me personally it wasnâ€™t a huge change in terms of positions and my roles on different maps. Itâ€™s always different to have 4 new guys around you though so it took some weeks to get used to the new players and their routines. One of the biggest differences is the communication in wW which normally is great if we have a good day. That boosts our performance a lot and our team depends a lot on everybody to talk! So far it has gone great for us as a team, both with Mumma, and with our latest recruit mySn. Since we started to play as a team we have managed to finish second in the Powercup, Corsair Vengeance Challenge as well as winning the Cyber Gamer Invite season one, the Sparlke Cup, Clanbase Eurocup and ESL Major Series! We hope that 2012 will be the year where we really break through and shine as the best team in the game â€“ a tough task that we all believe in!
froz representing his former organisation TCM Gaming at i43
Along with Anexis, LLL have been the team to beat this past year. Without giving too much away, can you try and explain why you think your team is so hard to beat?
At the moment I would say itâ€™s mostly down to individual skill. Many rounds we simply managed to out-play or clutch teams in tense rounds we shouldnâ€™t actually win. In my opinion we are still lacking that top notch team play ANEXIS possess, but itâ€™s our main priority now is to improve the teamplay and I believe we can really gain a lot as a team improving on that part bringing us to a whole new level!
Of course, the call of duty 4 team is now playing under the name of Western Wolves. This has confused some readers. Can you please shed some light on what the situation is at LLL?
Long story short. LLL was a BENELUX (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg) organisation that focused on the local teams. In the old organisation we were an exception to that rule but the head manager of LLL wanted to expand into rest of Europe since he felt the sponsors were good enough to support better teams from abroad. Basically wW is LLL, with mostly the same management, the best teams and the same sponsors with a few exceptions so it was just a positive change for us as it means it gives us more support!
LLL/WW has been a great host for cod4 teams past and present, what do you make of Infused, a previously great supporter of cod4, dropping out of the game?
Itâ€™s been the same since the start of the game. Organisations drop out and make a return. Players quit and come back, and all the time there has been pessimists whining that the game is dying. I think itâ€™s just looking bright for CoD4. The players from Infused are still playing as a team, and even they might even be able to find better support than they had, who knows!
Speaking of things which once were, the much anticipated Cutting Edge LAN has for some time now been off the cards. What is your impression of LAN events in 2012, and which events are WW planning to attend?
The Cutting Edge LAN looked nice but I had the feeling that it wouldnâ€™t go through already from the start. wW have already payed our flights and the hotel in Czech Republic so you can expect us at the BenQ Grunex LAN in mid-february. Other than that I just found out the Dockyard LAN got cancelled or postponed so other than Grunex I donâ€™t know any more LAN plans for our team at the moment.
How do you see the overall state of the game, and what do you think can be done to improve it?
The chances are small the game will grow but we also see the community kind of staying the same size for a long time now. I wouldnâ€™t worry too much about the game dying completely anytime soon thanks to people like tomzki and paradox â€“ hosting those on- and offline competitions for teams to play in. As long as thereâ€™s a reason to play for there will always be people competing! Peace out!
Anything you would like to add?
Thanks to my team mates, mySn, ono, cozje & cHoObiE. Thanks to Western Wolves for the support and thanks to all guys making CoD4 interesting to play five years after release!
Thanks for talking to us Froz!
Anyone who would like to know more about the guys at Western Wolves and follow their progress should be sure to these out!