Today it is time for an interview with TyTy, he is the Elite GM and an active member within MLE. We have seen him guide the Elite to the playoffs in season 7, which started quite different than for other teams. Now for season 8, he has a Premier League added to the franchise. Let us see what TyTy has to say about the Elite and his work as a coordinator in MLE.
Hey TyTy, the first weeks of season 8 are done. How are you experiencing it so far?
‘Honestly, it’s been great so far! I got really lucky with all my draft picks. So far I’ve had a blast with each league. I think Council did a great job this offseason getting things set up for Season 8 and week 1 just felt very smooth. I’m super excited to see how the rest of the season plays out!’
The draft was a few weeks ago, it was an exciting time. Can you give us a little insight into how you went about picking your players?
‘Going into the draft I had a pretty good idea of who I planned on drafting! Retaining Latte and Rick really helped make that decision easier. I’ll talk about my first round picks seeing as those were all planned!
For AL my first choice was ChunkyLover. I met Chunky in our brand new admissions server and he was one of the new members in the first few waves of members we accepted. He had a great sense of humor and was just great to be around. I introduced him to Rick and he really enjoyed talking and playing with him as well. That was when I told Rick he was our #1 pick.
For CL Latte and I had put together a list of 13.5s and 14.0s we wanted to draft. Demonic was in our top 3. I wasn’t expecting him to make it to my pick but I was happy to see him there. He’s a former MLE Champ and a great addition to the Elite Franchise.
For PL everyone had a clean slate. 48 salary to work with, I was not expecting to fill that Cap. I decided that I was going to try and build an easy going team, that knew how to have fun and was able to build chemistry. Cearu, he fits both of those categories very well. He’s actually on my team for another league and I knew he was going to be a great fit for the team.’
This is not your first season as a GM, how different is it so far compared to season 7?
‘There are definitely some differences. Obviously the biggest being the 3rd League. Although honestly, it’s really not that hard. Some other differences are just some basic GM things like the new weekly roster page. Other than that it’s not that different. Only thing I’m doing differently this season myself is trying to stay more on top of my Twitter game.’
The Elite went 9-6 overall the first week, with your PL team taking the only loss. What did you tell them after the series?
‘Going into week 1 for PL I had Codex and Cearu scheduled to play. However Cearu had a big storm happen and was unable to play. So 24 hours before our scheduled time I had to make a roster change and play El Diablo Rojo instead of Cearu. I told the guys to get some practice in and I was happy with 1 win. They were going into a mismatch salary wise and I was excited to see how they would perform. They exceeded my expectations and I made it clear they did. They’re a great group of guys and I’m super excited to see what they do this season.’
You have decided to be a reserve for your Champ League team this season, why didn’t you become a starter?
‘To be honest I wanted to be a starter. However I was a 14.5/15.0 and I wanted Latte on the team. With both of us as starters, we would not be able to meet the salary cap. She’s a great person and I wanted to give her the opportunity to stay on the Elite like she wanted. So I decided to put myself on the reserves and take over for either Demonic or Latte if needed. I also figured I would be ranking out early into the season and that also played into my decision.’
In the meantime, TyTy has ranked out of Champ League and is now a reserve on his Premier League team. Congrats on hitting GC TyTy!
What do you hope to accomplish with the Elite this season?
‘My hope as a GM has always been to make the franchise a family. I want everyone to be able to talk to each other, hang out, enjoy each others company. I actually have plans to do game nights with the team that have nothing to do with Rocket League. Yes MLE is competitive, but not all aspects of it have to be. That’s my take on being a GM and I really hope others feel the same.’
You have been an active member of MLE for quite some time. Can you tell us a bit more about how you joined MLE and your growth within the community?
‘I had actually found out about MLE awhile before I ever joined! However, I was too high of a rank to play at the time so I never applied. One day I was talking to CloudFuel and he told me they added Champion League and to apply. So I applied and within a couple weeks I was in the MLE! I’ve been in the league for about 2 and half seasons and loved every minute of it! My first season I got picked up as a reserve by the Knights, then picked up as a started on the Spartans, then dropped to free agency, then picked up by the Elite for the final 2 weeks of the season! It was definitely an eventful season for me. I applied to be a GM/Captain for season 7, however, I didn’t get it and went undrafted. Things happened with the Elite before week 1 of season 7 and I was offered the CL captain spot and took it instantly. Having to pick up a whole new team in 4 days I was a busy man! Throughout the season there was a Moderator form put out and I applied and ended up being accepted and that’s when I knew I wanted to do even more for the community I fell in love with. I then decided I wanted to run some draft mixers, which I talked to Reverse Fridge about, and got started with my mixer organization. I had previous tournament organizer experience which greatly helped my ability to run these as well as what helped my coordinator application. It’s been great, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.’
Next to being GM, you are also a community coordinator, mostly focused on events/mixers. Can you tell us more about that and what you’re planning?
‘Oh man! You want my secrets?! As the Event Coordinator, I obviously handle Events and Mixers within the MLE! Currently planned so far for Events is the MLE Apex Takeover which is happening March 31st. However, I do have some thoughts floating around in this crazy brain of mine. The one at the forefront is definitely a MLE movie night! Currently trying to figure out which movies to have the community vote on. SoonTM. Also there is a mixer announcement coming soon from a new community member alongside plans to continue my 3v3 Draft mixers. Things are coming. It’s just taking a little bit of time and I’m excited to see how the community reacts to these!’
And last but not least, are there any teams you dread, or are looking forward to facing on the pitch?
‘Really looking forward to playing the Flames this season! I’m good friends with Fittz the GM along with a lot of the players. Reverse Fridge who is one of my close friends. Whale who was on the Elite last season and I’m still close with. IP Joker who makes some crazy training packs. Bones who is a good friend of mine! It’s going to be a tough week so I can’t wait to see how all the games go week 5!’
As you can see, TyTy is a busy bee within the MLE. Appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions and we will definitely keep a close eye on how the Elite and TyTy’s plans will develop.