Chad “oderus” Miller joined Dignitas back in October, to form a strong roster with the likes of Harrison “psalm” Chang, Phat “supamen” Le, Rory “dephh” Jackson, and Bryan “mAKKA” Drouillard by his side. However, even with all this power, they failed to make it to the First Strike North America Regional Final after falling short in both closed qualifiers.
In a recent interview Dignitas published with oderus, he discussed the reasons behind his switch to VALORANT, the current state of VALORANT esports, the team’s aspirations, and how they plan to bounce back from not making it to the First Strike Regional Final. oderus attributed his transition into VALORANT to the “dying” tier 2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene, and the promising future the tactical shooter has with Riot Games’ continuous support.
“The tier-2 scene in CS was dying, and VALORANT was just coming out. It definitely looked interesting to me and because it was more team-based it was definitely appealing. I hadn’t fully switched yet, but when I was playing the closed beta for a couple weeks earlier this year, I just realized I was better suited for VALORANT.”
“I think it’s going to be even bigger than CS:GO. There’s a lot of good things happening and VALORANT is growing so fast. Plus, it’s really fun. I think that once everything in the world goes back to normal, VALORANT is going to be a top-tier game. It’s so fun to watch and I think a lot of people are going to enjoy it.”
He continued to discuss which team he rates the highest within the VALORANT esports scene, and his own aspirations for Dignitas’ future tournament performances. Considering the organization couldn’t qualify to arguably the biggest competition to date in North American VALORANT, he admitted they still have to prove themselves as a staple top-tier team.
“I think right now, in my opinion, Envy is the best team in at least North America. Envy, from what I’ve seen playing against them in practice, they take it a lot more seriously than any other team in the region. I don’t really have much of an opinion on EU, but once we get to play them, we’ll get a good idea on who really is the best in the world.”
“I think we actually have a really good chance. We got to prove ourselves, even when a lot of teams took us lightly. But every single game we played, we took it to the tip and we got a lot of top teams sweating for sure. If we’re able to just get over the hump, and with just a bit more time, we’ll be a staple alongside the top-tier teams. I think soon enough we’ll be really well respected.”
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