Overwatch League pre season has started and although Australia does not have a team in the league, we do have an Australian playing.
Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy, originally from Adelaide, South Australia was picked to play for Dallas Fuel in the 2018 inaugural season. The season begins on the 11th of January, with Dallas Fuel going up against Seoul Dynasty 3pm AEST.
Custa is a support main, playing characters like Mercy and Zenyatta. I spoke with Scott to see what it’s like playing on the opposite side of the world, and wanted to get to know our Australian hero a little better.
I’ve grown up playing first person shooter games, especially team based, and always loved them. So when Overwatch was officially announced and I was playing Team Fortress 2 at the time it seemed like a good move to transition to another game that had a lot of the skillsets and characteristics but also a bright future in esports.
Do you enjoy playing support?
Playing other games I’ve always played support based roles, so it was the first thing I gravitated too when I first started playing Overwatch. It is honestly my most preferred role as it fills my skillsets of decision based gameplay compared to pure aim mechanics. This hasn’t been as important with other classes coming out such as Zen and Ana, but I feel like I’ve come to my own within this role.
What is like being the only Australian in the league?
It’s an honor being the only Australian as it kind of highlights how far I’ve come over the last 2 years. With that said I’m hoping in the future that the Australian scene will have more involvement in global Overwatch as there are a lot of talented players there that find it really hard to branch into the North American and European scenes.
What is it like being over in America? Basically, the other side of the world?
The cultures in general aren’t too different, other than a few minor things. The thing that I miss the most is how far away I am from where I grew up, all my family and friends, especially over these holiday periods. OWL has really allowed me to start setting my life up in the US, so maybe as time goes on I will learn to call it home.
Where did the alias ‘Custa’ come from?
It’s actually a funny story. When I was in high school I was eating a custard tart and a friend of mine pushed it into my face and called me custard for the day as a joke. I embraced it so when I had to make an online name for something I made it Custard. Over time it went from Custard to Custardo, to Cust, and then to Custa which I’m happy with.
How did the opportunity to play for Dallas Fuel come about?
I’ve been playing against all of these guys since the beginning of the beta, I have also been to multiple LANs and travelled with them over the course of the Overwatch history. I best got to know them when we spent Season 2 of APEX together in Korea. When all the teams were forming for OWL I reached out to KyKy (the coach) and managed to get a tryout based on a lot of our past experiences, fortunately for me it all worked out and here I am today.
What does it feel like play with and against the best OW players in the world?
It’s an amazing experience seeing all the best talent from across the world congregate for such a great league. The caliber of play is going up so fast and teams are working hard to prove that they are the best. It’s great to be in a situation where there is no more excuses, the best of the best is all here to prove that they deserve the title.
How did you feel playing at the Blizzard arena for pre season?
The arena’s setup is one of the best I’ve ever played on. It caters to all the needs of the players and the production quality of everything is immaculate. On top of this it is only preseason so things are only getting better, it’s going to be a great season.
How are you feeling leading into the inaugural season?
The Dallas Fuel team is filled with the best players in the world that have a lot of history going into the first season. I have a lot of faith in them and that I can help us win this first season and prove that Western teams can compete and beat Korean teams.
Do you have anything to add?
Just want to say thanks for doing this article, and shout out to all my fans, family and friends for helping me to be where I am today.