Scott Lussier, 15, doesn’t play videogames. He’s a jock from Virginia. He’s a forward on Brentsville High School’s basketball team. He’s a left linebacker in football there as well. Otherwise, he goes to school, studies and does homework like other kids his age. No, Scott doesn’t play videogames. Videogames are for “kids with pocket protectors.”
“Kids at school… they have no idea. I try to keep it from them,” Gandhi explains through the Xbox Live headset. “If you play videogames at my school you are a nerd, so I don’t try to tell anyone.” The only one from his school who knows is incredibleToad, whose team placed 24th at MLG DC.
For about two to four hours every night, however, Scott’s alter ego GandhiTheGreat takes over. Not only does Gandhi play videogames, but he does so quite well…especially Halo2. This is all backed by the fact that his team, VGA Legendz, placed fifth at MLG DC, fourth in MLG Houston, and 2nd at AGP DC.
Gandhi likens himself to the historical figure Gandhi in an amusing and characteristic way. “He was a completely nice guy like me,” Gandhi says. “But sometimes you gotta kill EVERYTHING!”
The team has always been him and Vash, 18, a local friend and former Halo: CE partner. At DC and Houston, the duo added Defy. Mack and Tsquared were the fourth teammate for each respective event. As VGA Legendz look to place in the money once again, they’ve penciled in McGavin for Orlando, and picked up Shockwav3 to round out the team.
While some heard rumors of a Str8 Legendz hybrid-squad competing in Orlando, the team never materialized. “It’s a cool name,” Gandhi agrees. “But I dunno. Can’t give up the VGA [LAN center] as a sponsor. Plus with McGavin’s sponsor IGameSpot, almost everything is paid for.”
That McGavin, someone who’s openly criticized Str8 Rippin, found his way onto this squad isn’t shocking to Gandhi. Of the rivalry and the hostility, Gandhi says, “I have no idea why. I think it’s kinda funny though. I like rivalries in games. It definitely adds to the competitive nature.”
Gandhi likens himself to the historical figure Gandhi in an amusing and characteristic way. “He was a completely nice guy like me,” Gandhi says. “But sometimes you gotta kill EVERYTHING!” This Gandhi kills everything with a trademark strafing maneuver known as the “Gandhi Hop,” and it’s often executed with a smile, a chuckle and a lot of “OHHHH GOD.”
“In the middle of my strafe I’ll jump up and start crouching and my head bobs up and down,” Gandhi reveals of his trademark move. “It just throws off their shot, throws off their aim. I don’t know how but it does. It definitely helps in up-close battles because I’m all over the place.”
“If they get the first shot on me,” Gandhi adds. “I can strafe a little bit. Let them take another shot. I’ll crouch and jump, and they’ll miss two shots. And I’ll win… some of the time.”
He won quite a few of those 1v1 battles en route to a third-place finish in the Free for All seeding rounds at MLG Houston. He notes with surprise, “I didn’t think I’d ever take top four in finals FFA. I’m so bad at FFA.” Sure you are, Gandhi.
Gandhi might owe his recent FFA success to frequent games of his own brand of Juggernaut, “Ninja Pac.” It’s basically the most jacked-up Juggernaut possible. “You are God,” Gandhi says, in way of explanation. Just picture the Hop on crack. Despite whatever bizarre goof-off gametypes Gandhi plays in his spare time, there’s no doubt that he’s all business come tournament time. So look out for the15 year-old jock with the outrageously curly hair at the next event because he’s definitely out to kill you, but his good-natured grin and enthusiasm will make it hard to stay mad for long. Good luck keeping your “nerdy” career as a pro Halo player a secret now, Gandhi…