Training With The Pros: Jaydee

Last week we launched Training With The Pros, a series that profiles some of Australia's best professional gamers. Due to the popularity of the series, we're extending it, and to kick off week two we've got the caller of one of Australia's top female Counter-Strike: Source teams, Jayde "Jaydee" Slabosz .

Jaydee is the in-game leader and "caller" of one of Australia's leading female Counter-Strike: Source teams. A member of Vox Eminor, a professional gaming group that has teams competing in a number of e-sports, we caught up with Jaydee to find out who she is and how she trains.

Hi Jaydee! Can you introduce yourself to the Kotaku community? My name is Jayde Elizabeth, my alias is “jaydee” and I’m a member and in-game caller for the female Counter-Strike: Source team in Vox Eminor. I have been gaming for five years, going on six years in May. I’ve been playing competitively for three years and wish I started earlier!

Our ranking currently in Australia is 4th in our group for the Sublime Invite League and 19th overall in the Cyber Gamer open ladder; unfortunately there aren’t any competitions running currently. Nevertheless we’re aspiring to compete in as many as possible both online and LAN.

The first online game I ever played was actually Counter-Strike: Source. My older cousin introduced me to the game and I was instantly captivated and wanted to play it all the time (much to the despair of my parents who just wanted a regular daughter, instead they got one who ignored Barbie dolls and chose a likening to a first person shooter game!)

When did you start playing Counter-Strike: Source competitively and what drew you to the game? I started playing competitively in 2008. I was drawn to the game because of its uniqueness, I had never played a game like Counter-Strike: Source before and it excited me; the best part was being able to shoot boys in the face (especially my brother) and see them rage every day, haha!

What kind of skills do you consider crucial to playing Counter-Strike: Source at such a high level? There are numerous skills, many vary depending on different teams and play styles, but for our team we like to focus on being able to communicate efficiently and accurately, also having patience and focus are huge aspects to first person shooter games like CS:S, and aim, of course. What's your training regime? We train four to five days a week and we try to train for at least two to three hours during those nights, or at least do two to four map rotations against different teams. Our training is basically trying to execute our strategies and seeing which ones work on different teams. The best teams are the ones who can adapt to whatever team they are competing against. So our plan at the moment is being able to be consistent both in aim and structure but also being unpredictable and adaptable in strategies.

What are some of the rookie errors you often see people make? A mistake I frequently see people make is they believe the best player is someone with the best aim. While aim is an important factor in CS:S it’s not everything. You also need to have “clue” which is being able to think and react in intense situations or even just playing smart against the opposing team. Persistence and dedication is also an important aspect in team games.

Do you have any tips for people who want to play at your level? Have patience; after all, all good things take time and dedication. You can do anything you set your mind to and you’d be surprised how many people want to see you improve. But most of all do it for the fun. Life’s too short to be entirely serious about a game.

Can you show us your gaming set-up?

We asked Jaydee to name the equipment she uses in case any readers want to know the kind of gaming gear professional gamers prefer. As a sponsored team, Vox Eminor use a set-up provided by Razer.

Mouse: Razer Deathadder Mouse Pad: Goliathus – Control edition. Mouse Cord Control: Razer Mouse Bungee Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Headset: Razer Megalodon 7.1 Gaming Headset


Comments

    Those poor, unfinished frozen cokes...

    Hell yeah Goliathus Control Edition.

    Good to see that she uses a DeathAdder (as we all should), but I find it kinda disappointing that she says things like:
    the best part was being able to shoot boys in the face (especially my brother) and see them rage every day, haha!
    I guess that's why I don't like the 'girl gamer' image; I find it pretty abashing when people have an attitude of "you just got killed by a girl".

      Pft, RAT 7/9 > Deathadder

      I actually have everything else other than the mouse + 'cord control' thing.

        Hellz yeah to the RAT! :P

          My RAT is easily the most comfortable mouse I've ever used.

      But yes, I agree; she comes off as a bit immature.

        yeah but to be fair that was a question about what first drew her to the game. She started competitively 4 years ago so add a couple of years of casual and you get 6 years.

        Based on how young she looks you really shouldn't be surprised that 6 years ago she was a little bit immature.

      http://fiztheancient.deviantart.com/art/Girl-Gamers-87395341

      This.

      I'm kind of over the whole gender-divide thing.. it's BS no matter which gender says it...

      yup! but she does look very young so maybe that's it. Good to see her doing her thing though, I am a girl and a gamer, I hate the "gamer girl" thing, it drives me crazy, who cares if you're a guy or a girl if you can game then just play and shut up about it.

        i like your name - it made me giggle
        good on you.

        Thats why the girls round here (dawdle, strange and harli) are neat - they talk about games all the time without pointing out their gender...

        I'm pretty sure there are still people who think strange is a guy

        ...my god i love long running in-jokes

          Wait, Strange isn't a guy? HOW LONG HAVE YOU ALL KNOWN THIS?

    I've been a girl gamer my whole life and I also hate the "girl gamer" stereotype. Not all of us are about shooting a boy in the face - I don't care who you are or what you do, or whether you're male or female, I will shoot you (in game, of course). My sisters are the same.

    It sucks when you see interviews with a girl like this and then all guys assume all girl gamers are the same..... We're really not.

    Otherwise, <3 Razer also.

      You're the one making the stereotype, you don't even know this girl and you think you can judge her from a short interview? Good job bringing all the attention back onto yourself. Any team who plays 5 days a week and practices 2 to 4 hours a night has my respect.

    AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    WHY IS THAT MOUSEPAD SO HUGE?

    I don't understand, my poor RTS playing brain can't comprehend it!

      I believe gamers like their dinner mats and mouse mats to be the same thing *nods*

        I don't get it either. And "hardcore" gamers always seem to have the DPI/sensitivity dialed all the way up so actually a mousepad about 20cm wide ought to do it.

          Well, I understand a bit of it, it does vary depending on where your pivot point is, I tend to use my fingers to push the mouse around, with a back pivot point midway down my arm where it sits on my armrest, and since I never need to move my mouse more than a screenwidth at a time, at a moderate dpi my really tiny mousepad is fine. If the player was using their elbow as their base pivot area then a lower dpi and thus a larger mousepad would be fine.

          However, based on that picture she isn't, so this entire post is irrelevant.

          It's actually quite the opposite atleast in tf2 even scouts have their sensitivity down so low it can be 40cm to do a full 360 in game

          Seems kinda silly but for me, depending on how I'm sitting and all I don't have to move the mousepad at all. It's always there and I've always got room to move.

          This is false, and a common misconception that pro players use ultra high sensitivity. Most of the best players use a relatively low sensitivity that usually requires around 15-25 cm per revolution, hence requiring frequent liftoff, justifying the mat size (you dont want the mouse to hit the edge).

          The reason for low sens is you get more resolution for mapping muscle memory to aim, so you can snap to a target quicker.

    Let's keep the focus on what the team has managed to achieve and their training method, peeps.

      You took down the mario :(
      We're sorry! we didn't mean to offend you!

        Oh no, I wasn't offended! I hadn't realised there had been a US version of the story over the weekend because I didn't feed the story through, so I figured we probably don't need a double-up.

          but my quip to blaghman was intensely amusing and came with a "bazinga"!

            Amusing for you.

            For me it was just far too true. :(

            (But not really true because that would require any interaction whatsoever with the opposite sex)

      also, yes - it is quite an achievement and she would beat my sorry ass at pretty much any game i could think of.. lol

      I've always been terrible at multi

    A gamer is a gamer no matter what the gender or even sexual orientation.

    As for her coming off young, she does look young but she doesn't negate the fact that she has enough skill to be playing professionally so good on her!

    As for the RAT 7/9 > Deathadder, I'd have to respectfully disagree. I have the Rat 7/9 and have used the Deathadder and the Steelseries XAI just destroys all other mouse systems.

    Well apart from the new Steelseries Sensei!

    And no I am not a rep for Steelseries.

      Steelseries mice feel too small for me. I don't have large hands by any stretch but I need a wide, chunky mouse like a RAT or Logi G9 to game comfortably.

    "19th overall in the Cyber Gamer open ladder"

    Lololol.

    That comic is so true.

    Not bloody bad for only 6years gaming!! I've been gaming for probably double that and i'm no where near any sort of competitive level lol

    I'll stick to my good old trusty G5 MK1. Simple, smooth, and precise!

    Love the interview Jayde, keep the prac up. ignore the haters :)

    I have no idea what she says here to sound immature, apart from the "shoot boys in the face and see them rage etc" which I see as a joke. All the girl gamers being negative, you should be supporting a female team who has achieved a lot. You should know how much banter and abuse they have already been put through. Good interview, interesting read.

    I wouldn't go as far to say she is a pro?!? 19th on CG open? My Counter strike source team is ranked better on the ladder than her lol maybe i should get an interview? Though yes it may be 'unique' to have a 'girl gamer' i think stating she is a 'pro' is wrong.

    I'd really like to see more interviews with the TOP Australian gamers - FIFA or even Counter Strike 1.6 and speak to these pros who have travelled the world competing.

      Hi Blink,

      There will be more interviews coming with higher-ranked players and teams, but the reason I've wanted to interview people at all levels of the competitive scene so that readers can see how different people approach training.

      As for as the use of the word "pro", that's up to interpretation! One of the top players I interviewed last week told me he didn't consider himself a "pro" because to him a professional gamer is someone who makes a living for it while he just did it for the love of gaming.

      I understand where you're coming from with wanting to read profiles of the very best players in the country, but I think that part of making e-sports more accessible is showing multiple facets of it. :)

      Is CG Open the equivalent of state or local level sports? If it's like local level then good point and def not worthy of a "Training With The Pros" title, if it's like state level then I see Tracey's point.

        cg is pretty weak. I was in a top 10 clan and it was ezmode.

        CG Open is open to anybody (no prizes, just a ladder), but basically has lots of new teams in there who are very new to the competitive gaming scene, you would never see a top team compete in CG Open. So yeah it's basically your local sports team.

    Are you serious, a voxe girl? That's a joke. They're not even good, its because they're females isn't it? There are thousands of people who play a higher level of Counter Strike than the Voxe girls. Also if you're going to interview one of them, interview Maddy. She represented Team Immunity 1.6 in LA as well as represented Australia, shes also the best player in Voxe hands down and carrys every single game.

    She is a professional gamer, the rest of the team aren't, they're far from it.

    Gender biasm at its best.

      Umm, no, no she didn't. That a massive gee up or what? Team Immunity never had a mixed team, they only used GOOD, MALE players LOL.

        All the vox girls except their new fifth represented immunity in the 1.6 team. Including Jaydee. And maddy never played for them in LA.

    That's not a good CS:S team.

      More to the point - most CS:S teams are average now, thanks to GG's invite leagues dying off.
      When GGP/GGI were still going relatively strong (just before and at the beginning of the CEVO merge), then you had strong teams.

      I've been out of the scene for about a year now, but the skill level from what I've seen getting around is nothing special.

      Although VE's male lineup seems to have some good players (padz, dimojr,kstrife)

    That's a shame.

    I think someone from VOXE (male), iM or x5 would've been a great recipient for any of these questions.. maybe in a couple of interviews time.. :)

      joshua edwards, i did not know you perused kotaku

        Jesse's interview got me reading the series

    Have any of you even watched the vox girls play? They're actually quite decent and how could you tell their level at the moment when there aren't any competitions running. Every time I've watched one of their games they are quite sharp and pull of strats that most teams wouldn't be able to. Voxe male are the better team, but lets face it. I bet they never got this kind of criticism from people who don't even know what they're talking about.

    I apologise if this interview offended anyone. I know we aren’t professional gamers and to be perfectly honest I had no idea this interview was going under this category. We vox girls play the game for the game, not for any other reason. If I appeared immature I’m sorry that image was portrayed to you, I just answered the questions honestly and added a bit of light humour because I didn’t want all the answers to be boring. I appreciate the opportunity to speak on behalf of vox. Also, a team mate informed me I got the results for the Cyber Gamer ladder wrong, we came in the top 8 teams. I read the ladder that hasn’t even started yet and as a result we are 19th due to registration. The boys are a much better team and I appreciate the support a lot of you show towards their team. P.S. I also agree the mousepad is huge haha! For those of you that wish to support us, we really do appreciate it. We post a lot of stuff on facebook, so if you want to keep up with it all, just search for Vox Eminor. :)

      I don't think you appeared immature. I think you girls are a great team that will achieve a lot. All the best for future competitions.

    interviewing anyone who plays a dead game is a pretty large joke.

    Obligatory "Marry Me" comment

      Also, I must have missed the "immature" answers, however I've noticed a trend in these "Training with the Pros".

      I understand that teams have sponsors and like any sponsors they like to see their teams using their products, but I'd love to know what equipment they WOULD use if their sponsors weren't giving them the equipment.

    Hello, to answer your question about who I personally would prefer to have gear from, my answer will always be razer. Even years before we were sponsored I had an all razer set up, a deathadder (always been my favourite) a lycosa keyboard, barracuda headset and a control mat. I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out we were sponsored by razer. It was literally a dream come true. When I heard the news I jumped around in my room haha :)

    Vox m/f ftw. Good luck!!

    Can confirm Boomser love sauce :p

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