Player Profile: Rubcub
Updated: Feb 9, 2019
Rubcub is a professional World of Warcraft player, mostly known for his proficient holy paladin play, who is currently playing for The Rejects along with Roastyz, Jahmilli, and the newly returned Sethcurry. Some of his most notable achievements include finishing second place at the 2018 AWC Spring Finals, second place at the 2016 American Regional Championship, and second place at the 2017 Blizzcon Finals. All of these finishes were with wildly different rosters, showing his well-established aptitude to adjusting to new teammates and persevering despite lineup swaps.
Last year Rubcub teamed up with The Rejects for some impressive early success, but after a roster swap bringing the hybrid healer and dps player Gorecki to replace Sethcurry after the spring season, they were unable to repeat their previous accomplishments. This year brings some changes to the Reject roster, namely the return of Sethcurry, and some highly anticipated format changes to the AWC. I reached out to Rubcub for his opinion on his team last year, his thoughts on the new AWC, and his future this year.
The Rejects got off to a great early start last year with your second place finish at the spring finals, but were unable to qualify for the major LANs after that. Where is the team picking up after last year?
Last year we thought that adding Gorecki would bring a lot more depth to our team and open up more comp choices etc but we never could really execute on any of the strengths we thought bringing him on would give us. Now with Seth back on board we believe we can try to improve where we left off and be better.
With Gorecki joining the roster mid-last year you two shared the responsibility of healing, but now with him no longer on the team the task is up solely to you again. Would you say you’re more or less comfortable having to play more healers? Is this a challenge that excites you?
I am way more comfortable being the sole healer because I enjoy the pressure of having to play multiple healers and it being up to me. I don't like the feeling of complacency which I definitely felt last year because he covered a lot of healers that I didn't have to play but I would prefer to play them.
You picked up warrior and retribution paladin as alts last year to allow for more compositions. You’ve never really been known for your dps play, at least in the tournament scene, do you think this experience upped your game overall and are you interested in playing the role at all in the future?
I've played a lot of DPS classes in the past of my whole history of WoW so it wasn't really something necessarily new for me but playing it at a high level on a competitive team was definitely something new and a challenge outside from my Mage in WoD.
Your team made the decision to start living together midway through last year. Do you think this gives the Rejects any particular advantages over the rest of the playerbase?
Living together was less of a "team" decision to help us as a team get better but more of a friend decision to move out and experience something new.
You’ve seen a lot of success in the tournament scene for awhile now, but have yet been unable to lock down a first place finish at a LAN tournament despite reaching the finals so many times. Does this fuel your motivation to keep playing and what are your goals for this year’s AWC?
I've always been so close to winning but never get there which definitely fuels me to keep playing and gives me the motivation to want to do it. There's nothing worse than being second. My goals this year are the same as every year and that's just to take it one tournament at a time and try to make it to each LAN and go from there.
New format changes to the AWC mean there are only eight spots at the Blizzcon finals, a very competitive update, especially when three of the eight spots are automatically taken by China, APAC, and LATAM. What do you think about this new format? Are these changes acceptable in congruence with significantly more online cups and potential winnings?
I think this change is fine because it makes the game more competitive but I personally liked the 12 teams more because it makes winning Blizzcon much harder.
Crowdfunding was widely asked for by players and fans alike in years past. Finally Blizzard has introduced the concept with this year’s AWC. Are you glad to see crowdfunding announced? Are there any other changes you’d like to see to the AWC?
I'm super stoked to see crowdfunding has finally come to fruition and hopefully the prize pool for Blizzcon will be much higher this year. I think this will open up the door for new Sponsors to come into the space when there's much more money involved and will hopefully help out players in the long run. It's a good first step to making WoW a better esport but there's obviously still a lot of room to improve.