Jayke ‘Jayke’ Paulsen from Melbourne-based esports team Order talks ambition and gives his advice on how budding players can get involved.

What does an average day look like for the team?
I’ll wake up at 8am and head to the gym for 60-90 minutes before heading home to shower and eat breakfast. We have to be in the scrim room before 10:30am where we’ll usually have a discussion about drafting, how practice is going, or a review on either one of our games or an international game before we start our team practice. We play three games from 11am-2pm, then break for lunch, another three games at 3:30-6:30, and then it’s “free time” after that where we’re expected to put in another three hours or so of work wherever we see fit.

How has the pro gaming scene changed since you first started?
When I first started everyone was just playing out of their bedrooms or internet cafes while working a part time job or attending university/high school. Having the ability to play in the same location as your team in a gaming house has accelerated the learning curve of the region immensely.

What setup do you use?
We have really good computers that Alienware sent out to us to set up our training room. We have an Aurora R7 desktop and Alienware 24” 240hz monitors, which are awesome to play on.

How closely do you work with Dell/Alienware?
We use the Alienware computers, monitors and peripherals every day. They’ve been essential in giving us a good training room, and lets us get the most out of ourselves without having to worry about computer performance.

What kind of research do you do on the competition going into a new tournament?
As individuals and as a team, we are constantly looking at other regions, and inside our own region to find out what works the best on any given patch. As an individual, I’m watching world class supports play to see how they move around the map, manoeuvre the lane, and play teamfights/skirmishes.

What are the team’s ambitions?
Like every team, all six of us want to perform as well as possible and win the OPL to play at Worlds. On the right day, all of us know that we have the knowledge and potential to perform well against the other wildcard teams and want to experience the pressure of playing on the world stage against teams from China, South Korea, America and Europe.

How do you think Australian esports differs from that of overseas markets, especially in terms of the skill levels?
Australia’s biggest setback in terms of our skill comes from our isolation. We have one of the smallest player bases compared to every other server, and it’s not very viable to play on one of the larger servers as some players do (eg. Chinese players playing on the Korean server, smaller regions playing on Europe West).

What advice would you give to gamers looking to compete in esports?
Make sure you’re still doing something outside of playing games if you want to become a professional, whether that be part/full-time work or university/another form of education. You need to have a backup plan, as there are limited and fiercely contested spots in gaming. You also have to make sure that you’re healthy mentally and physically in order to continue to progress as your career goes on – don’t sacrifice everything just to play a game. Look after yourself, do some exercise and get lots of sleep!