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Killing the competition with KILLERFISH eSport

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KILLERFISH eSport is the top team in Germany. Founded in 2011, they have since taken charge of the German Call of Duty scene. Known for their tact, poise, and professionalism, KILLERFISH eSport features a young lineup of top-notch players, with much of the team having risen to greatness through the ESL Go4 series. 

Their serious composure outside of the game translates directly into their playstyle as the German team constantly seems in control of the match, picking out weak points in the enemy’s defenses. Kivi and RocKzz in particular make the most of their skill at the slayer position to expose any flaw in their opponent’s strategy. 

While their serious nature and deft strategy permeate their interactions both in game and out of game, this unfortunately also translates to the pragmatic way they approach their lineup. There is not sugarcoating at KILLERFISH eSport. If a player is not performing well, they are removed from the team in favor of someone who will perform at the pinnacle of their ability. The team has gone through many roster changes over two years, but constantly seems to improve as things go forward. The current roster has been practicing together for a few weeks now and includes:
Massi "GunEline" Safi and Marcel "Randm" Koller
 
Kevin "Kivi" Fiala and Lukas "RocKzz" Stach

RocKzz is one of the top AR slayers in Europe. He has been with KILLERFISH eSport for a while now and is an integral part of both the team’s communication and shot-calling. Beyond his in-game duties, RocKzz is also a big part of creating the roster and chemistry on the team. He took some time to answer a few questions for ESLGaming.com.

ESL: RocKzz, your team has been one of the dominant forces in ESL’s Go4 series for Call of Duty. Do you think it is the place where new teams can rise and level up their gameplay?
Rockzz: It's definitely a place where new teams and young players can compete every weekend with the top teams in Europe and improve their skills and team play.
 
ESL: Unfortunately, the team has experienced a lot of changes in the past two years. What do you think it is that isn’t clicking for you guys?
RocKzz: Our changes have always dealt with the same problems, for example if we got the chance to go to the World Championships in LA twice and our fourth always had problems with his visa meaning he couldn't go with us and we had to act quick to find a possible German player.
 
ESL: Can you take us through the process of scouting for a new player? What sort of traits are you looking for when you’re trying to add to the roster?
RocKzz: The new player must have the feeling that he wants get better every time with the team (like all of us) and needs to learn our team tactics. Now we have our full lineup but the time before we were looking for a SMG objective player, which isn't easy to find in Germany.
 
ESL: Overall, where would you predict your team would be ranked if there were a worldwide tournament next week? If you don’t see yourself in the number one spot, what do you think your team is missing to become the world’s greatest?
RocKzz: As we have been a new squad for some weeks now, I would predict us in the top 16 in the world and, with some more training and hours of grinding, we can get it to the top eight of the world, in my opinion. My team just needs to stick together for a long time now so we can improve our team play and particularly in Europe.
 
ESL: How quickly would you say your team could adapt to a new title? 
RocKzz: At the moment we are coming to the end of this Call of Duty so there are not many tournaments coming, but if Gfinity starts a new European Pro League we have definitely a chance to get on top of this after our second and third place in Pro League 1 and 2.
 
ESL: How much time do you usually spend in playing a new title in the first two weeks after release?
RocKzz: I would say six days a week for four to six hours a day.
 
ESL: It seems that many Call of Duty players in the competitive scene are very young. Would you say that younger players are more adept at FPS titles or is it something else? Do people still find a way to compete at a certain level?
RocKzz: A lot of young players are very good at Call of Duty but the most of them need to learn how you play as a team and to not blame the others and just find your own mistakes to improve you team play. Also it is always a struggle to play with guys under 18 years old because this title is a 18+ game and most big tournaments enforce this rule.



With so many top-tier teams appearing at this week’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Bootcamp, it’s tough to know what to look out for, but definitely watch the new KILLERFISH roster in action during their showmatches, which you can catch at pro.eslgaming.com/callofduty. For our overall coverage of the event so far including interviews with MerK and Gotaga, make sure to keep checking ESLGaming.com.