Feature Friday Vol. 2: Felony
May 19, 2017
This week in our Feature Friday edition we interview Tyler "Felony" Johnson. Felony is on our Call of Duty roster alongside Loony, Faccento, and Aqua.
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Q&A General Questions:
Q: Most memorable moment?
A: Winning my first championship at MLG Vegas.
Q: Favorite teammate?
A: My favorite teammate over the years has to be Faccento. He is a great in game leader and player.
Q: What advice would you give to people trying to enter the scene?
A: Keep a positive attitude and keep grinding. You never know when you might get an opportunity that changes your future.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In 5 years I see myself still playing Call of Duty or possibly working for a company that is involved within the scene.
Q: What are the responsibilities of representing an org?
A: You have to make sure you give your brand a positive name and make sure that you keep anything too personal or too harsh off of social media. You also have to make sure you are giving your sponsors enough credit.
Q: What do their family think about them gaming professionally?
A: My family loves competitive Call of Duty, at first they were very hesitant, but they ended up loving Call of Duty.
Q: What career would they have chosen if they didn’t become a pro player?
A: If I didn't become a pro player I would most likely be pursuing something within the finance field.
Q: When was the first time you competed as a pro? How was that experience?
A: My first event was MLG Columbus and I qualified for the pro league my first event. The event atmosphere gave me a whole different outlook on competitive Call of Duty and I loved it.
Q: Are there other games you're interested in doing competitive with?
A: Call of Duty is the game I fell in love with and it's the only game I look forward to playing competitively.
Q: Who’s your biggest rival?
A: I don't really have a rival, but when we play Faze we always have close matches so I would have to go with them.
Q: If you were to retire today, what would be your next step?
A: My next step would be to try to find a job within the industry if I was unable to find one I would go back to school.
Q: Has gaming evolved into a chore for you or is it still fun getting on every day?
A: Sometimes Call of Duty can get stressful and at times it can seem like a chore. For the majority, it's still a fun experience every day.
Q: What do you do when you're not playing video games?
A: When I'm not playing I am either spending time with my family or time with my girlfriend.
Q: What’s something you want to accomplish in your life?
A: I want to be able to have a house by 24, and I want to be able to pay off my parent's mortgage.
Q: How do you prepare as a team when it comes to big LAN events?
A: We make sure that we all play as much as possible, rewatch film, and scrim for 4-8 hours daily. We also make sure that we try our best to fix any mistakes we have as a team.
Q: Do you like traveling to different countries and states to attend events?
A: I love traveling to different states/countries to compete. It's something most people dream of, and I'm happy I am able to do it for a living.
Q: Best event?
A: The best event is easily Anaheim. The crowd makes the event, and the anaheim crowd is insane.
Q: How do you manage to have such a big fan base?
A: Interacting with people who support you is key. Sometimes at events, you aren’t able to speak to every person or get a picture with every person that may want to, but doing your best to get a chance to meet everyone is important.
Q: How do you interact with your fans?
A: I message all of my fans on twitter. If anyone, in general, has any question or asks for advice I'm always happy to help.
Q: When you switch up teammates does it affect friendships?
A: This really depends on the teammate and the terms you were on with them. In most cases, people usually understand it's for the better of the team, but sometimes a roster move can cause some tension between people.
Q: Does playing the same game get boring and if so why?
A: Playing the same game can get redundant at times. It's ok to clear your head by playing other games, as long as you remember that CoD is your job.
Q: Do you enjoy rivalries?
A: I think friendly rivalries are fine. It gives you something more to play for than just the placing or the prize.
Q: How have you been able to adapt to the different styles of Call of Duty?
A: With how CoD changed from boots on the ground to jetpacks the pace of the game completely changed. I believe as long as you have a will to get better and an open mind any player will be able to adapt to the different styles of cod.
Q: Do you think Call of Duty has taken the right approach when it comes to esports?
A: There are alot of things CoD has done right and wrong, the list is neverending. But in the end, as players, Activision and MLG have helped us turn this into a full-time career.
Q: Do you like the incorporation of different areas of the world competing together?
A: Yeah, I like the fact that we get to meet people from Europe and Austrailia. It's cool to see how different the culture is across the world.
Q: Do you think Activision listens to pro players when it comes to competitive Call of Duty?
A: I feel like they listen to what they can. There is a lot that we want changed that they can only do so much about. But for the most part, Activision has been pretty cooperative with the players.
Q: Are CoD events getting better as the years go by?
A: MLG has done a great job with their events. It has only gotten better over the years.
Q: Are there any things you would change with competitive Call of Duty?
A: Currently, I would love to play without jetpacks and specialist.
We hope you enjoyed this Q&A from Tyler "Felony" Johnson! Stay tuned for next Friday to see who we do our next feature on! Make sure you follow all of our social accounts to stay updated on everything Rise Nation: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. #RiseWithUs