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Feature Friday Vol. 5: Loony

Jun 09, 2017

This week our feature is on Daniel "Loony" Loza who is the captain of the Call of Duty team. He has a history of being on Rise Nation, his teammates for Infinite Warfare include Faccento, Aqua, and Felo. They will be competing at MLG Anaheim next week in hopes to claim a second title this game. 

We hope you enjoy the Q&A segment! If you have any questions that you would like asked in Feature Friday Q&A's email us at or tweet them that at us @TheRiseNation! #WeRise

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Q&A General Questions:

Q: Most memorable moment?
A: Winning MLG Las Vegas with my new team.

Q: Favorite teammate?
A: Slacked

Q: What advice would you give to people trying to enter the scene?
A: Learn something new about the game every day.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: Hopefully working in the industry.

Q: What are the responsibilities of representing an org?
A: You just have to be respectful on social media and behave yourself. You can't do something that can come back to the org and tarnish their rep.

Q: What do their family think about them gaming professionally?
A: They love it. They support me 100%.

Q: What career would they have chosen if they didn’t become a pro player?
A: Something to do with engineering.

Q: When was the first time you competed as a pro? How was that experience?
A: The first time I competed as a pro was probably Ghosts and the feeling wasn't anything special. Just felt like any other event.

Q: Are there other games you're interested in doing competitive with?
A: If I was younger I would definitely try and play CS professionally.

Q: Who’s your biggest rival?
A: I don't think I have a rival but I always love playing against Dillon "Attach" Price.

Q: If you were to retire today, what would be your next step?
A: I would like to work under Rise and continue to help the org grow.

Q: Has gaming evolved into a chore for you or is it still fun getting on every day?
A: Lately it hasn't been fun, so hopefully the next game will change that.

Q: What do you do when you're not playing video games?
A: Hang out with my girlfriend.

Q: What’s something you want to accomplish in your life?
A: As a competitor, it has to be winning the World Championship.

Q: How do you prepare as a team when it comes to big LAN events?
A: Practice every day and get better.

Q: Do you like traveling to different countries and states to attend events?
A: I do. It's an experience not everyone gets to experience. Although sometimes the traveling is stressful you can never be ungrateful.

Q: Best event?
A: I think Anaheim events are always the best events.

Q: How do you manage to have such a big fan base?
A: It's not like it's anything hard. You just reply to the supporters and ignore the hateful comments.

Q: How do you interact with your fans?
A: At events and on Twitter. Occasionally on stream when I decide to stream.

Q: When you switch up teammates does it affect friendships?
A: I think it does since you probably won't talk to them as much.

Q: How does it feel to be a captain of an eSports team?
A: I think it's no different from being a player for an eSports team. Just have to do more interviews.

Q: Does playing the same game get boring and if so why?
A: We don't play the same game. We change every year, but even in that year span games can still get boring.

Q: How long do you practice for?
A: 4-6 hours.

Q: Do you enjoy rivalries?
A: Don't really care for them. It's all for story lines.

COD questions:

Q: How have you been able to adapt to the different styles of call of duty?
A: By grinding the game.

Q: Do you think Call of Duty has taken the right approach when it comes to eSports?
A: I do not.

Q: Do you like the incorporation of different areas of the world competing together?
A: Yeah because when you win you can truly say you are the best in the world.

Q: Do you think Activision listens to pro players when it comes to competitive call of duty?
A: They do and they don't. I think that channel of communication can improve.

Q: Are COD events getting better as the years go by?
A: I definitely think they are.

Q: Are there any things you would change with competitive call of duty?
A: Of course. I think every game there is something pro players would like to be changed but there is nothing we can do.

We hope you enjoyed this Q&A from Daniel "Loony" Loza! Stay tuned for next Friday to see who we do our next feature on! If you have suggestions on who you want to see our next feature on, send us a tweet or email! Make sure you follow all of our social media accounts to stay connected on everything Rise Nation: TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube. #RiseWithUs


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