His team is one of the leading ones in Overwatch so far, having won multiple tournaments, most recently the GD Studio EU Last Stand Tournament. Keep on reading if you want to find out more about KabaL and his team.
Now that the Beta is on a christmas break of its own, what are you and the team doing? Are you afraid that your skill will decay over the period of one month?
Guillaume 'KabaL' Ettori: We will take a little break and go back to our previous games: TF2, CS:GO, Unreal Tournament. Maybe some Rainbow 6. The "Overwatch skill" will decay but it's the same for everybody so it's no problem at all . We will probably watch some VOD's too.
Once the game gets released and official tournaments will be held, are there any plans for Melty to move into a gaming house?
Do the players in your team each fill a unique role aka tank, support, damage dealer or do you all just play whichever heroes you enjoy and fit the situation?
Guillaume 'KabaL' Ettori: We have unique roles and flex roles. For example, i play support (Lucio if possible). Baud plays support and defense, Moonl plays tank (Reinhard if possible), Nico/Degun plays offensive and Kryw plays offensive/offtank.
Do you have a shotcaller in the game?
Guillaume 'KabaL' Ettori: I'm the main shotcaller but my mates can shotcall as well.
You have played, and won, quite a few tournaments by now. As someone who has faced various teams from both Europe and North America, who would you say are the top 4 teams right now and why?
We played them once in the "ESL Overwatch Invitational Atlantic" tournament. We lost 2-1, two games on EU Server, one game on NA Server. Hubris did choose the three maps (none of our two best) and it was very close.
We played them once in the "GosuGamers Overwatch Weelky NA #2" tournament. We lost 2-1 with three games on NA Server. It was very close as well, we made a lot of mistakes and we played with 180 ms ping. I think we are at the same level right now if we would play them on LAN.
I can't determine which team is better. They have to play against each other first for me to give an opinion on it. :p
Honorable mention: Hulkstatic Mix. They are doing great but their lineup is not fixed right now.
Do you feel a difference in ping when playing in NA and if so, are you at a disadvantage when playing against american teams?
And for receiving damage, 180ms is a big disadvantage. You receive the damage AFTER it actually hit you so it's hard to play with low life.
Do you think Overwatch has the potential to become a great esports title?
Guillaume 'KabaL' Ettori: It is actually the next FPS on the market to become a great esports title. A good esports title should be interesting to watch and to cast: Like in a MOBA, times where teams use their ultimates are very important. And because it's not symmetric objectives, it's like CS:GO, with attackers and defenders: there are times for preparing and times for attacking. The action is focused generally on a single choke point. So it's easy to follow and to cast. It's not a fast paced game where actions never stop like in a Capture The Flag or Team Death Match where it's very hard to cast and very boring to watch.
In order to be enjoyable for viewers to watch, do you think there need to be more changes to the spectator mode than just the 3rd person Observer view we do have at the moment?
Guillaume 'KabaL' Ettori: We really need more information: Health bar, Kill Feed, % of ultimate, a minimap like in LoL, possibility to switch to 3rd/1st person, possibility to click on the minimap on a predefined free cam spot.
Since there will be a lot of new people coming to the game hopefully in January, can you name three tips for them to have an easier time when they first dive into the world of Overwatch?
3) Try to find a team right now. It's better to play with 5 other people than alone.
Guillaume 'KabaL' Ettori: Inexperienced players will complain about Pharah, Genji, Bastion and Torbjorn.
Can you tell us about your favorite hero and map and why you prefer those over the others?:)
King's row because it's the best intro song for me, the mix capture/payload and the design of the map.
Blizzard announced that there will be a ranked system. Will you mainly play SoloQ Ranking or get together with your team and grind it out together?
Guillaume 'KabaL' Ettori: I think we will continue to practise against good teams when we are all together. Otherwise, it's better to play ranked than FFA of course 😉
What are the biggest differences between Overwatch and the more classical FPS games that most of you guys played before?
Guillaume 'KabaL' Ettori: UItimates and the ability to switch heroes are the biggest differences compared to the classical FPS.
A lot of people complain about the price of the game, saying 40 Euro is a lot considering the little replay value the game has to offer at the moment. Do you agree with this, as someone who has played the game extensively so far?