Interview with Samurai from UYU
Sat 4th May 2019 - 1:26pm
Earlier this month, UYU entered the Apex Legends scene. Its roster consists of BixLe, FishyJD and Samurai. Today, Sam "Samurai" Hoffman sat down with us and spoke to us about his time on the team and, of course, Apex Legends.
Do you mind telling us how you became a member of UYU?
Samurai: I became a member of UYU when I was approached by Bixle my current teammate to join the org.
Which character do you main, and what about that character has made you attached to it?
Samurai: I currently main Pathfinder for the simple fact that he is incredibly strong in competitive and has a high skill ceiling for me to try to reach.
To go along with the previous question, do you feel it’s important to be able to play more than character or should you solely focus on one character as your main?
Samurai: In my eyes, the legends of Apex aren't so technical that you need to pick a sole main. Having the ability to flex onto other characters isn't a necessity, but it is nice to have.
What are your thoughts on Octane and his role in the game?
Samurai: Octane, in my eyes, serves a similar purpose to Wraith in that they both have Q abilities (Tactical Ability on PC) that allow them to escape situations. He can make plays as well as having a large movement ultimate so I feel quite certain that he will see use.
The release of Season 1’s Battle Pass surprised many gamers due to its “lack” of content. What were you expecting from the Pass before its launch, and do you think this one could’ve been better?
Samurai: I personally haven't even purchased the Battle Pass simply for the fact that I don't focus on pubs that much, but it would be nice to see the devs try to get content that the masses will like put out.
How do you feel about the current state of the game (any changes you like to see made or ideas implemented)?
Samurai: The only thing I see wrong with this game is the lack of custom matches for us to improve and practice, as well as allowing tournament organizers to run their own leagues.
Joining an eSports team is an amazing experience, and when playing with a team, you are joined by new people and begin training to excel. Is there any way in particular you and your squadmates “broke the ice” in order to become a functioning unit?
Samurai: All three of us had known each other before so when we came together on a team, we didn't really need a break the ice moment.
We’ve seen Apex Legends take off in the competitive scene with UMG and Code Red creating some new champions. How has your experience been in the competitive scene?
Samurai: Scrims in this game have been quite fun. I don't really enjoy kill race tourneys for the simple fact that they don't require much thinking to play well. You just need to mindlessly frag, and that isn't my kind of game.
Do you have any tips/strategies on how to get more wins or improve your performance?
Samurai: For me, the best way to improve is to take every fight and every situation step-by-step and think about the optimal ways to approach the task. When you start to do that, your rate of improvement will skyrocket, and you will start to see where your mistakes and where your strengths are.
Do you have any goals you hope to accomplish in the gaming scene this year?
Samurai: My only goal is to improve and help take my team to the top, so wherever the top is in Apex that's where I wanna be.
Anything you’d like to conclude this interview with?
Samurai: Thanks for asking me to do the interview, hopefully some folks will find me interesting enough to warrant reading this.
Good luck to Samurai and his teammates and be sure to follow them on their journey to the top!