The Influencers: Mirage Esport’s Rainbow Six Siege team
Since forming in 2017, Quebec-based Mirage Esport has quickly become an organization to watch. Take Mirage’s Rainbow Six Siege team as an example. The squad is currently the top team in the North American League’s Canada Division. It is also ranked as one of the 10 best R6 teams in North America. Not bad for an upstart.
We asked Mirage R6 players Rob “Flynn” Flynn, Chase “NotLoading” Neely, and Peter “Silent” Christie-Cnossen”—and their coach, Tanner “Forceful” McHattie—about their first games and where they see esports going.
The first video game I ever played was…
Flynn: “Probably an early 2000s NHL game if I had to guess.”
Silent: “The very first FPS (and favourite game at the time) I played was Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2. But, the very first game I played would have been Zelda’s Crossbow Training on the Wii at a friend’s house.”
NotLoading: “Halo 1.”
Forceful: “NHL 93.”
Why I got involved in gaming
Flynn: “I played hockey, baseball, and football competitively growing up. So much so that my body now at 23 is failing me. I’m an insanely competitive person, and without competition life felt purposeless. With esports, I can build a team, a family, and work towards a common goal competing with the best in the world, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”
Silent: “I was a pretty introverted person and I tended to play other games like soccer alone. So, when I got my first Xbox (which was a surprise present), it was just natural that I play.
“In terms of esports, I was playing video games so much that I decided that I might as well play competitively. I first played some small minor leagues and GameBattles in COD BO2, then eventually, played competitively in any minor league for any game I picked up till I was playing R6. Once I hit R6, I was in Grade 9 and needed to decide whether I should keep playing competitively (which would take away from my school and soccer practice) or fully focus on school. As you can see, I decided on competitive play.”
NotLoading: “I have always enjoyed gaming growing up. When I finished high school, I quit all my traditional sports (hockey and lacrosse) but my competitive drive stayed. At this point I had already been playing R6 Siege for two years, so naturally gravitated toward playing it more competitively.”
Forceful: “I loved playing games and I believed that my real life experiences and skill sets transferred well into the coaching environment.”
What I do when I’m not playing
Flynn: “I dropped out of high school after a back surgery in 2014 that still hasn’t healed properly, so I don’t get out much. But when I’ve got time off I try to keep up on independent studies as much as possible. I consume a lot of educational content around chemistry, theoretical math, and astrophysics. It’s challenging to fill in the holes, but I’ve always learned better on my own.”
Silent: “If I’m not playing R6, I’m most likely hanging out with friends watching movies or I’m reading books. I do play some other games here and there outside of R6, but that makes up just the minority of my time.”
NotLoading: “When I’m not playing I like to work out, go for runs/walks, hang out with friends, or spend time with family.”
Forceful: “If I’m not playing games or working with the team I am usually hanging out with my dog and studying.”
My esports idol is…
Flynn: “Troy Jaroslawski.”
Silent: “That’s a hard question. If you had asked me that a year ago I could have given 10 answers, but now, I’m mainly looking up to myself. If I was to just throw something out there, I would say Shaiiko. Shaiiko is one of the best players if not the best player in the game right now.”
NotLoading: “Lukas ‘Gla1ve’ Rossander.”
Where will esports be in five years?
Flynn: “Five years is a long time.”
Silent: “Five years is a large amount of time. I think esports are steadily growing to be one of the most-watched sports in all of the world and five years might just be enough to seal the deal.”
NotLoading: “I believe that esports will continue to grow immensely in the next five years, each game growing at different speeds, while some games will do the opposite and fall off completely. I believe that esports is likely to begin rivaling the viewership of other popular traditional sports in the near future.”
Forceful: “Much bigger and hopefully healthier than it currently is.”
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