In the Driver’s Seat With: Fallen, FM of the Foxes

Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with the Foxes Franchise Manager, Fallen. My interactions with Fallen previously have always left me wanting to hear more of his wit and charm. Our entire conversation was a great dive into the Brit’s personality, and I hope this glimpse into our discussion shows the humor and draw that I had wanted to hear as we go in the driver’s seat with this interview.

When did you join MLE?

One of the first Reddit posts prior to season 9. It was about 3 days before the draft and I remember doing like 8 tryouts… I was up until 4 in the morning which is more normal to me now with all I have to manage. I ended up getting drafted by the Hawks, who I hadn’t even tried out for.

What has been your record as an FM?

Moderately successful… which is somewhat surprising. I came in the middle of last season to replace Thunderballs (now known as ThunderB).  We had a pretty successful start in CL, where we made the playoffs, but were unfortunately bounced out early. Our Academy team had an incredible turn around. We were down a player, had little cohesion and still almost made the playoffs. We missed out by only one game. Our PL team did well considering the quality of talent that’s up there. Then our ML team was just such a fun group of guys. Overall we were completely positive in terms of wins and losses.

What is your go to/favorite Rocket League car?

For the longest time I was an alternative player. I played with a car called the Nimbus, which was this import car I picked up and used throughout seasons 9 and 10. Back on Xbox I used to play a lot on the Skyline because I love that car to death. When I moved to PC, I impulse bought a crimson Fennec and have stuck with it ever since.

Which is the better game mode, 2s or 3s?

3s when it flows. From a gameplay perspective, 3s is such a good game. When everyone is cohesive on the field, it’s almost like a work of art. It feels like a real team game. 2s is very stagnant in its gameplay. It is much more simplistic. It doesn’t feel as much like a game mode, rather it feels like a series of constant 1v1s happening over and over again.

What is the best nonstandard mode?

Rumble is awful. Full stop, anyone that likes it… get out. Hoops, however, is god tier. That is a fundamentally good 2s game mode. Snow Day is okay. It’s not great, it’s just okay. Now, Dropshot might be my favorite. I don’t like it at all, but I also kind of love it. It just works. It shouldn’t work, but it just does.

What is your favorite MLE memory?

First game of the season, I’m on stream playing alongside Sadomi. It was my final game in CL and I am just on a tear that series. It may have been my best set of games in Rocket League ever. I was laughing for like 80% of the game because Sadomi is just that funny, and it was helping my play as well. Everything just clicked for us that series.

Do you have a favorite hobby outside of Rocket League?

There are a couple. For college I’m a writer, and I take that as a hobby on top of everything I do. There is of course playing other games in general. Specifically I’m hooked on Doom Eternal right now. Then there’s the commentary side of things, and that’s it’s own category. At first I tried to get into streaming, but it wasn’t for me. But then I tried commentating and that has just been  my calling. I’m very glad Sleegi pulled me aside and put me in.

What is the best part of being an FM?

Probably meeting other people and trying to build a team. Although, it’s a horrific experience in the preseason, with all the rank outs, retention drama, and terrible draft lotteries (thanks Leachy).

What is the hardest part of being an FM?

It’s that mid-season lull. Trying to keep everyone consistently on, consistently working, staying eligible on top of being active enough to compete in these matches. It feels like there is so much going on, but after a while it starts to feel routine.

What is the best part of being on the Foxes? 

You could arguably say Sarge (sgt50mcall) is his own reason, so we’ll start with that. That team, especially with Sarge, had such a great back and forth, it was just great fun. Honestly, my favorite part is just the cool colors. But in all seriousness, the fact that I came into such an established community was what really set it over the edge.

How did you get into casting?

I would watch the broadcasts and I knew that was something I was interested in doing. I reached out to Sleegi and he was able to have me join as a commentator. I went into my first match with no practice. Jordak and I were paired, but almost immediately his PC dies and I’m forced to solo cast the first game, but Sleegi ended up joining for the remainder of the games. That was one of the best experiences of my life because I was able to make a good enough first impression that I became a mainstay within a season.

How has the experience casting RLCS SAM helped you grow as a caster?

The terror of casting South American Rocket League is so frenetic. It encapsulates everything I love about 3s going right. Just like how Brazilian soccer is the most beautiful and flashy version of soccer, South American Rocket League is the same way. It can be incredibly difficult to cast, but it just helps me grow so much seeing some incredible plays.