Interview with Cypher content creator Emanuel “GosuPeak” Uzoni
Yoann: Hello everyone! Today I’m with Peak, Cypher main and content creator on Valorant!
What’s the routine of a Valorant content creator and streamer?
Peak: Hello! Well, aside of the IRL stuff, I get ready for the stream and I use something called the funnel strategy. I get the footage for my videos from there. Get ready to stream, talk with people, all that stuff. Then afterward, you filter the footage and turn that into long-form videos, whatever you wanna show.
And then after that, you can have a funnel even further down and make short tiktoks and all that stuff. Aside from that, you have to plan your content, make the thumbnails…
Yoann: That's interesting! What are your passions aside from gaming?
Peak: I really like cooking, being outdoors, I like animals. I'm a huge fan of running, and traveling. But most of my time goes to content creation.
I also really enjoy building things with my hands. I do woodworking too.
Yoann: Yeah I remember you doing a cooking stream last year, that was fun!
Peak: I might bring them back!
Yoann: Nice! You've been watch partying most of the pro matches, which team impressed you the most so far?
Peak: That would be fanatic. They are the most efficient right now. I just feel like they're playing very clean on all fronts, all the pieces are very efficient, all the players, everything, and I just respect that a lot. It's not always flashy, but it doesn't have to be either.
Yoann: For sure! Which roster do you see winning the next major event in Tokyo?
Peak: I believe in the home crowd So I'm going to say Zeta Division.
Yoann: That’s a bold one! Okay, let's now switch to the quick questions. I will ask you ten quick questions and you will have to answer them as fast as possible.
YouTube or Twitch?
Peak: I would say YouTube in general.
Yoann: Name one thing you would change to Cypher.
Peak: I would add a slow effect to his cages.
Yoann: Phantom or Vandal?
Yoann: What's your favorite team?
Peak: Moist Esports.
Yoann: Nice. Who's your favorite player to watch play Cypher?
Peak: That would be nAts!
Yoann: Are you following Valorant’s lore?
Peak: Not actively, no. But whenever I can follow it, I’ll digest it!
Yoann: What's your favorite skin collection?
Peak: Neptune and RGX 2.0.!
Yoann: What's the exact name of Cypher’s voice actor?
Peak: Nabil Elouahabi.
Yoann: That’s correct! What's your favorite map?
Peak: Right now it's kind of hard. I’ll say Lotus and Pearl.
Yoann: Can you quote a voice line from Cypher?
Peak: Who are you? A copy of me? Where did you come from?
Yoann: That’s perfect! Let’s go back to the standard questions.
How do you feel about the brand-new Valorant Meta?
Peak: I think it's pretty diverse. A lot of pro teams are still playing Killjoy, I think it's just complacency. I don't blame them because a lot of players are getting very angry when they lose and they easily just copy each other composition when they get rolled by something.
That's where a lot of players play Killjoy instead of Cypher, and they like to say that it's the ultimate, but in reality, they don't know how to play Cypher.
Yoann: That's a very interesting point. Many teams are going for the standard compositions. Only a few teams like Paper Rex, for example, are really trying crazy stuff out.
Peak: Few teams are creative like NAVI, Fnatic, NRG… A lot of teams just want safety. They don't want to feel like they waste time.
Yoann: What would you change to the game if you were a developer?
Peak: I would remove Reyna. And I would also make agent guides to help players make better decisions. Rather than having a crazy amount of tiktokers spread misinformation about how to play. Initiators lurking, duelists lurking, forcing the Sentinel to entry. It causes a lot of frustration in the game, and I would try to reduce the frustration by education, educating players.
Yoann: That’s interesting! You're also a Gekko main. How do you feel about his kit after a few weeks of play?
Peak: I think it's pretty cool. I really enjoy his kit in solo queue. Because it's very easy to get the spike down. I like to make space with Gekko, and when people use that space, it's perfect.
Yoann: And how do you feel about the ultimate? Some people say that it's overpowered and others think it’s pretty bad.
Peak: I think it's pretty balanced. On medium ranges, If you miss your shots or don't shoot it, then I mean, sure, you're going to get owned. But on longer ranges, I feel like it is very easy to shoot it down. It's like a Skye dog. If you have a Brimstone, you can stim the ultimate and just shoot yourself out like a cannon, that’s pretty strong. Overall it’s pretty balanced in my opinion.
Yoann: So you've been working as a coach on Overwatch, would you like to become a Valorant coach one day?
Peak: It's not something I aim for, but if I would become a coach and it happens naturally, I'm all for it! I would want to own a team in the future and in that case, I’ll automatically provide the help of coaching, I would be able to provide some insights.
Yoann: That's great! What would be the main difference in your opinion between coaching for Overwatch and Valorant?
Peak: Coaching for the games is pretty similar, you work with individuals. I would say in Overwatch it's a lot more hectic and unpredictable because you don't have a strategy in the same sense. Things are happening on the flight all the time.
You need to condition players to be able to think on their own and be more self-reliant.
Yoann: What would you tell someone aspiring to become a full-time content creator?
Peak: I would say watch Mr. Beast's podcasts about how to make content. You just need to make bad videos until they’re no longer bad and choose things that you are happy to make. Don’t fall into a jail that you created.
You don't have to be an expert at everything. Just provide value to people. That's the most important part.
Yoann: This is very interesting! Thank you so much for your time, I wish you the best!
Peak: Thank you for the interview!
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