Player Interview - Ben "Esio" Doughty
Esio may have taken a break last year but he's back now and looking as strong as ever. Michael Moriarty sat down with the Endpoint player

As part of the ESL Premiership coverage, we’re bringing interviews of teams and players throughout the league. This week, we’re bringing you an interview with Team Endpoint’s rifler Ben “Esio” Doughty.

What is the position you play in your team and how does it work alongside your compadres?

Esio: As it stands I am currently the primary lurker within the team. In the past I was a primary rifler/entry fragger but we’ve decided to mix it up a bit based on our current line-up. I’d say that having me as the primary lurker has allowed the team to branch out a lot more. Due to my experience through being an entry fragger in the past, lurking comes as second nature in some aspects, especially when playing an aggressive style of lurking.

How long have you been playing for Endpoint and your team as a whole?

Esio: I signed for Endpoint on the 6th of September 2016. As a core, we’ve probably played together for the best part of 2 years. However, in this specific line-up, we’ve been together since the end of August. Me, Max & Immi decided together to bring back the “tripod” as some people like to call it and from there we’ve had some roster changes here and there but I feel like we’ve got a stable 5 for the first time in a while.

This is your first return to the Premiership since the Spring 2016 season. How have you spent the break strengthening yourself and your team?

Esio: Since the Spring 2016 season, I’ve personally had a bit of a break - mostly during the summer. My teammates on the other hand were playing the entire time. Max with Orgles5, Ian coaching them, George had his stint with FM, Luzuh stood in for Bulldog. I feel like the break away from each other benefited us a lot as it let us settle down and mentally reset after the struggle we had during the Spring 2016 season. With that break I’d say we’ve managed to mentally adjust and are ready to prove people wrong.

How has your team been performing since the addition of George “HudzG” Hoskins?

Esio: I’d say the addition of George has helped the team a lot. We’ve managed to secure our positions in all of the UK leagues quite comfortably and are looking rather strong in them so far. Replacing Jesp was always going to be a task but we’ve managed to get quite lucky in the pickup of George. He brings another voice into the team as well as an extraordinary amount of experience which the team was lacking. As well as bringing in experience and a voice, he’s also a very capable fragger which is always great to have in a team.

What are your goals for this season of the ESL Premiership?

Esio: I’d say our minimum expectation is to reach the LAN final. We comfortably feel that we should be challenging the top spot within the UK. With this expectation, we should be making the LAN final. However, it’s not the end of the world if we don’t - we can simply reset, look back at what we did wrong or what we didn’t do and then improve from there.

What team would you most want to meet at the finals?

Esio: I have to say FM eSports. We’ve created this minor scale rivalry after the last Insomnia event where we ended up playing them across 7 maps through the event. If we do meet them in the final, I’d like to think that we could take them this time around as the actual match-up was closer than what the scoreline suggests. However, as I stated above, if we were to lose to them again - I don’t think it would affect us as much. We’re in this for the long run.

Any last shoutouts?

Esio: Obviously shoutouts have got to go to the guys behind Endpoint - specifically Adz. He has been behind us the entire time we’ve been signed and hasn’t once doubted us. Hopefully we can show that we’re worth the backing he has provided thus far. Additional shoutouts to the sponsors who have been able to help us: HyperX, DRKN, AverMedia, Xtrfy!

Endpoint’s next matchup will be against exceL eSports today at 9pm, alongside the rest of the action from 7pm on the ESL CS:GO twitch channel.

Michael Moriarty