Interview with pkmk

APEX / News / 13 May 2019 — 16:15

pkmk talks about Apex Legends balance, hobbies and the best JoJo

We have interviewed ua NAVI.GG.BET newcomer ru Artem "pkmk" Nechaev. Artem talked about himself, shared the history of the origin of the nickname, and also shared his opinion about Apex Legends, Overwatch and other disciplines.

— You are not particularly known to a wide audience. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

— Hello, my name is Artem, I am 23 years old, I live in Moscow, I do not study. My entire life was connected to sports (I have been playing football since 3), which gradually changed into the passion for esports. I love dogs, and I'm single (laughs). At the moment, I devote my time to Apex Legends, which has become my main occupation. That's pretty much it.

— Before, you were a professional Overwatch player and played for TORNADO ROX. Why did you abandon this game?

- At that time there were family circumstances that prevented me from continuing my career. I had to take a break, after which I never found myself in the game.

— Imagine that a team appeared in the CIS that occupied the Overwatch League slot. Would you try to get into it, or are you done with the gmae?

— It is completely over. Because of the Blizzard approach and the community that emerged in the game, I have no desire to continue playing Overwatch.

— Do you think such a league is the future of esports? Or do tournaments by various TOs appeal to you more?

— I prefer tournaments from various operators. That is where I feel the esports, which, for me, means competition, passions, sweat, tears, etc. The League and similar systems look like show matches, no more, at least in their current form.

— Why did Apex Legends attract you? At what point did you decide that you would like to become a professional Apex Legends player?

— First of all, I should say that I didn’t like this game. It looked like a regular battle royale without anything attractive. Subsequently, I realized that this is exactly the game that gives me pleasure, which I could not get in other games for a long time. I decided to become the best in what I like.

— Have you tried other Battle Royale games, like PUBG, Fortnite? What was it that you didn't like?

A lot of players went to PUBG when it was a hyped-up game. I have not seen the competitive scene in these games and did not want to try myself in them. However, my opinion changed after the release of Apex Legends.

— Did you have a desire to try your hand in another genre? For example, Dota 2, League of Legends, CS: GO?

— At one time I tried myself in CS:GO - before Overwatch came out. I even played on some LAN against my future teammate ru NLaaeR, who now plays for Atlanta Reign in the Overwatch League. But it all ended quickly, as it began. For now, I want to be the best in Apex Legends.

— What should Apex Legends developers do to develop the competitive scene?

— First, they should listen to the professional players' community. There has long been a Discord server where you can ask what is worth adding and how to present it. Pubstomp tournaments are boring and have a big random factor. People need competitive Apex , and it needs a lobby.

— Would you like Apex to follow any particular game in terms of esports? What esports scene appeals to you?

— I am impressed by the CS:GO scene, an infinite number of LAN-tournaments and the most real esports. I would not mind if Apex followed in such footsteps!

- Tell us, how did you meet by cYpheR and by clawz? At what point did you realize that your trio is really strong?

— I met bycYpheR and by clawz directly when I was called to try out. The guys greeted me perfectly, the atmosphere was friendly and cozy. Afterwards, we started to play and realized that we can play well to show the best result. It was decided pretty much straight away.

— At the first tournaments you played with by 9impulse. Why did your paths diverge?

— Yes, I was glad to begin my journey with this person. I consider his contribution to my future huge. I was called to try myself at ua Natus Vincere, which later played a key role in the fact that we separated. I wish him and the guys to find an organization.

— Your main character is Pathfinder. Why did you decide to main this particular hero?

— The meta of the heroes changed constantly, until the patch that reworked the Pathfinder hitbox was released. Of course, all the teams started to play it, and I had to postpone my Lifeline and adjust to the meta, which was the main reason. And, of course, I am simply impressed by this hero, his mobility and the possibility of vertical movement on the map. So far he simply has no replacement in the game.

— Tell me about your vision of the power of the characters. Which heroes currently pose the greatest danger, and which ones need buffs?

— For me, a strong hero is, first of all, the one who brings the maximum benefit to the teamplay, while his solo potential is of secondary importance. Therefore, I think the strongest heroes are: Wraith — whose ultimate ability is universal and has no analogues; Pathfinder — with the possibility of vertical push with the team and the chance to take a position that is bad for the opponent; Bangalore — with universal smokes and the ultimate designed for both potential push and def. In terms of the buffs, an excellent solution would be to give strength guys a small MS buff, due to which they will have a slight advantage in fights, or, of course, just give them normal models (not like Pathfinder, please fix this ASAP).

— Now, let's talk about weapons. What kinds do you think need to be redone in any way?

— New Longbow is something that should not be in the game in its current form. It's good the importance of rifles was bumped up, but the insane rate of fire, which together makes it stronger than a Kraber, is in itself absurd. And also developers should pay attention to the broken Peacekeeper choke.

—Are the cheaters annoying in the game?

—Yes and no. In this game, it is quite possible to beat the software user, but when this happens during some tournament, where there is no possibility of replaying the game, that's when it's unpleasant.

— How do you cope with the negative comments? Does the hate give you a peculiar charge of emotions to try harder?

— I usually abstract from this: many people, many opinions, right? And, yes, hate gives a charge, but please: don't hate me more to "charge" (laughs).

— What does your nickname mean? What did the "someone" "noone" meant?

— My nickname originates from my first game, Team Fortress 2, where he was pacman or something like that. Years passed, the nickname acquired new suffixes, which I eventually reduced to 4 consonants - pkmk, or "peka" for most friends. And “Nikto”(Nobody) was a kind of irony over our position on the Fire Beavers team. Organizations and sponsors appeared around everyone, and we still tried to show the maximum result as “nobody”. “Someone” appeared just after I learned that they were ready to accept me in ua Natus Vincere.

by Clawz has already talked about his favorite in-game bug. Have you come across something similar that you remember?

— An interesting question. Probably, "beating up" the supplies crates (white loot boxes) to fly around the map, and even out of it. Having fun in Apex as we can (laughs).

- Tell about ru pkmk outside esports. What are your hobbies, do you have any hobbies?

- I am a homebody, I spend almost all my free time either watching a new title, series, or reading a book, manga, etc. I also like to go out in the woods near the house, nature is good. As for a hobby, I can only highlight drawing: I can sit and draw a couple of hours to the music, and then delete everything, throw it away (laughs), I’m too critical of myself. I literally live in esports, which is probably why all my activities boil down to this mostly: I like to see other games, professional players, and that's about it, yeah ...

- What esports titles are you following now? Are you watching Overwatch League, CS:GO Majors and Dota 2 tournaments?

— Most of all I follow CS:GO, and I also cheer for the guys from ua Natus Vincere. But Overwatch League seems quite boring to me, I only follow ru Ilya “NLaaeR” Koppalov. I’m watching Dota 2 Majors, and also started to like Fortnite, so I try to follow it too from time to time.

- Perhaps you have any interests in a big sport? Do you support a team?

— Sometimes I may watch football, but it's mostly idle curiosity. It no longer attracts me, although in childhood I dreamed of playing in Manchester United.

— You are fond of anime and are a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Maybe you will advise readers some titles? And answer the eternal question — who is the best JoJo?

- I advise “Avatar King” and “Haikyuu!!!” to the aspiring esportsmen. And the best JoJo is the one that is forever in your heart, Yare Yare Daze...

- Give advice to our readers about how to become better in Apex Legends. by Clawz said that you just need to play a lot. Do you agree with this statement?

— I agree with by clawz: understanding, shooting, the so-called skill just comes after an infinite number of hours of play, but this should always be done with your head, and not mindlessly! Then sooner or later you can definitely become the best. Constant training can make you a genius in mechanical terms, but thinking... It must be initially developed.

— Would you say a few words to ua NAVI fans and your own fans?

— I want to express my deep gratitude to all those who believed in me and believe now, and those who support me. It is very important to me now. No matter how fast you go, the main thing is to never stop. Thank you.

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