When there's $300,000 on the line, you never know what you're going to get. The H1Z1: Fight for the Crown tournament was one of the most thrilling esports events to go to. From the very get go, the tension was built up as each team shared common goals. No team wanted the embarrassment of being the first squad out but wanted the glory of being the last team standing.
When all the dust (or gas) settled and the bullets stopped flying around, only one team came through to the bitter end.
With Obey's win at the H1Z1: King of the Kill tournament, they go home $180,000 richer as a team. Comprised of Nhan "Shurimawizard" Le, Kevin "Kevie1" Bed, Miguel "Mig" Medina, Zachary "Pinchy" Baxter, and Grant "Aladdin" Labelle, the team was able to outlast everyone and take home a lion's share of the $300,000 on the line.
With all the money now in their pockets, I asked the team what they planned on doing with the money. Expecting crazy ideas like "buying a Ferrari," or "buying a beach house," the whole team had a hivemind to either save money or purchase things that would help them out as individuals or their families. Their responsibility speaks to their in-game actions as Obey seemingly never put themselves in a bad situation on purpose.
Despite a shaky early start from the team, Shurimawizard calmed the team down and assured them that everything was going to be alright. During the broadcast, casters dubbed Obey a team with nerves and a team that had a lot to prove. After the tournament and their strong play, they certainly proved that they were the team to beat.
According to Kevie1, the team knew they were in a great position to win because of their vantage point on the map. "We had two hills, we had control of both of them and the numbers were just decreasing," said Kevie1. "We saw the amount of teams left and knew we had five alive. The numbers game. We just took everyone out."
For Pinchy, he saw much of the same. "When there was two teams left with two players on one team and one on another and we had five up, we were just pushing up behind them, we just knew. We won."
Much talk has surrounded H1Z1 and its status as an esport. According to Mig, this is just the beginning. "More events are going to come from this. It's just going to go uphill from here."
Shurimawizard is a very vocal leader for the team. He's the voice of reason but also the voice of attack. At the end of the day, he credited the team chemistry and dynamic for the victory. "Everyone just [has] to be a friend and mess around with eachother," Shurimawizard said. "We play together a lot and that we understand our strengths and weakness'. We help eachother out to become better players."
For Aladdin, this is a dream come true. "It's been my dream. I've been playing video games since I was eight years old. To actually progress, I'm 26 years old, at this point I thought I was done," said Aladdin. "I thought there was no way I was going to be a pro player and low and behold, it's a surreal experience."
Supporting the team through and through was Jylos, the team's managing director. "We came in here as the only team without jerseys and nobody really knew of obey except for the other players but it just shows that anything's possible. I don't think that anybody really expected us to place and we took it."
The future is bright for H1Z1. After surrounding myself with the community at the event, I can vouch for the game and say it's going to grow into something special. However, after speaking with Obey, I can also vouch and say that this is just the beginning for H1Z1's latest powerhouse.