Interview with Mark Horner - Blitzkrieg Masters Amsterdam 2018 MVP

As promised, we've landed an exclusive interview with Mark Horner, the captain from the squad of EndPoint and also the crowned MVP form the recent Blitzkrieg Masters Amsterdam 2018 where the team established their dominance in concrete. We've conducted the interview in order to gain further insight into the winning team mentality and the experience of being crowned MVP, while also offering some well-deserved spotlight to the incredibly talented team. We hope you enjoy!

1. Describe your overall experience at the event, including the online stage and the LAN portion as a player and as a team.

The event was really great, we didn’t have to participate in online qualifications as we had won Gallantry Budapest. The offline portion was great, the PCs were amazing and we had plenty of desk space which was always sometimes a bit of an issue. The admins were really helpful and any PC related issues we had were sorted very quickly.

2. What teams seemed to give you the hardest times when you matched up against them?

The hardest game was definitely CRG, they are (or were, given some players left) the 2nd best team easily. It’s a real shame we had to meet them in the semis as that would have made an awesome final. It took us a little while to get into our groove against Avenue’s B team as it was our first game of the day, but as soon as it got to Manor we knew we couldn’t lose. For the final, we kind of knew that we won before it had started, it felt like Demise settled for 2nd knowing that they maybe should have been 3rd or 4th if CRG wasn’t on our side of the bracket.

3. Why is it that EndPoint placed first? What makes your team the best team in the world at the moment?

I think it’s our teamwork, our ability to adapt and that anyone on the team (minus me, ha!) can pull of some ridiculous clutches/plays. One thing you’ll notice if you watch the VODs back of the stage games, when the cameras are on the players inbetween rounds or even mid round on our team, usually me or one of us is always talking. We use the 18 seconds or whatever to re-evaluate, why did we win the round? Why did we lose the round? How can we win the next round? Most other teams, especially when they are losing just look sad and don’t talk. It’s talking that plays the most fundamental part in winning – understanding the gaps in our defence/attack, how to plug them, etc. We also have the best team spirit; good luck finding a team that laughs and jokes and has as much fun as we do whether we are winning or losing!

4. Extremely well-deserved, you were awarded the MVP award. Comment on this achievement by referring to your individual performance within the team.

I was happy to receive MVP, but as cliché as it sounds, in my eyes there were 4 MVPs. Everyone stepped up; Synde was clutching absolutely everything, Kevin was…using all of our coins, Cozje and Replan were getting some mad multi kills too. I guess my part to play is just get a few frags but read the game and find the holes in the enemy’s play, and keep the team motivated so even if we had a sh*t half they believed we could still do it – and do it we did!

5. The Blitzkrieg Masters Amsterdam was the first Battalion 1944 Major for all. Do you have any suggestions to improve any future Battalion 1944 Majors?

It’s hard to say really, as an event it was carried out really well. There’s a lot to think about in terms of how the game grows, would it perhaps be better to run a couple of smaller events for the current player base than one big one? It’s hard to make that call now, but going forward we’ll just have to trust in Bulkhead and their plan for MU3 and beyond. I do really hope that another major or big event is announced soon though!

6. Apart from the fact that EndPoint is the top team at the moment, what else has the event proved in your opinion, about the state of competitive Battalion 1944?

That we are #1 by far, CRG (were) #2 by far, then the rest at like 3-16 I believe are really close. A lot of teams, when practising online use all of their strats/nades/rotations that they will use at LAN and play exactly the same or more passive and wonder why they lose to us. When we are practising, we’re losing a lot of our practices because a) we are holding a few things back, yes, but most importantly b) we are learning from every game – most teams don’t do this they just say 'oh it’s unlucky' and move on rather than working out why we lost A/B so much on defence etc. I’d happily lose every PCW for 6 weeks and win the LAN because people underestimate us (hello, CRG 😊).

7. How does your team plan to keep up this position within the scene? Who are your biggest threats?

The same as always, if there’s something to play for, we’ll get a good 5 or 6 weeks practice in again hopefully and follow the same routine – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. It’s hard to say what our biggest threats are because now we’ve owned everyone again a lot of the teams will do a standard roster shift. Given the current state of the player base and the lack of events on the horizon, I think we’ll be waiting until next year for the competition to really heat up again.

8. What plans do you have as an individual and as a team for the remainder of the year?

Keep an eye on the game, if there’s events worth playing for then of course we’ll play those. Outside of that I think we’ll give Black Ops 4 a try and see how that fares competitively; if it takes off on the PC then it may also make sense to play that – time will tell!

9. Do you have any final comments after the victory?

A huge thanks to EndPoint and all their sponsors, the support they gave us massively helped us and I can’t reiterate that enough. Going from having 0 support at Penta to having everything taken care of at Endpoint made it much easier for us, especially having a gaming house to use. A special shout out to Pronic for being the best coach, he did a lot for us before the event and at the event that played a big part in our win. Thanks to the guys in my team for being awesome and carrying my ass to another victory. Thanks to Brammer and his team, as well as Sean and The Plays for making the event possible. Shout out to everyone we met old and new at the major, it was cool hanging out with some new people and getting the beers in! Finally a huge thanks to everyone in the B44 scene for being distinctly average and changing rosters after each LAN rather than putting in the hard work to improve, because it makes our job of staying the best a bit easier 😉.

One can only admire the confidence in Mark, which hasn't changed from before the event as an earlier interview sported the same casual approach - EndPoint knew they were going to win because practice doesn't lie, it seems. Perhaps some of the remarks are indirect jabs at other competitors; we hope that this will serve as motivation for other teams to step up their game for the next event, which will hopefully be announced soon. Will EndPoint manage to maintain their form throughout or will they falter? Can a team such as CRG knock them down? The Battalion 1944 scene will only grow from the event. 

A final thanks to Mark for the speedy replies and a final congratulations on behalf of Gamers.com.mt!

Posted by Gabriel Sciberras on 17th October 2018, 19:46

I'm Gabriel - 17 year-old student attending a sixth form with a little free time on his hands. I've been working with Gamers.com.mt for a roughly a year now - spreading my interests in technology, gaming and writing over the platform along with interviews and hardware reviews. All constructive feedback is appreciated. Thanks for reading!

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