A Fireside Chat with Dogman

Recently, I had the chance to talk with the Atlanta Reign’s Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman.  I wanted to get his thoughts on last season and the upcoming season.  I also wanted to get a little bit of background to his push to going pro and how he will adjust to the move to Atlanta.  Without further a due, Let it Reign!

How was growing up in Arizona?  Does the humidity of Atlanta scare you?

A: Growing up in Arizona was probably pretty similar to any other suburban kids’ life. Except that it was hot as hell during Summers. I’m not too scared of the humidity personally, since obviously Arizona is extremely warm anyways. However I do know it’s not going to be fun haha.

With the move to Atlanta coming up, do you plan on supporting any local sports teams?  Or, does your allegiance lie with other teams?

A: I plan to go to some Hawks games, hopefully some NFL games as well. Just hoping the teams are good when I arrive. It’s not looking to good in the sports world for Atlanta right now sadly though. Hopefully we can be the difference maker.

What made you push towards being pro?  And while doing so, when did you feel everything click?

A: I decided during high school that gaming was a big passion of mine. I really enjoyed sitting at home and playing video games for most of my day. So I really wanted to play professionally since I could see careers being made in games like Counterstrike. As soon as the game started and maybe 3 months in I started getting offers from semi pro teams. That’s kind of when I knew I had potential.

For players looking to push to pro, what insights can you give them?

A: For players looking to go pro I’d say keep pushing and keep improving not only yourself, but your  team. Right now talent in NA is seemingly stagnant. So the only way to get past that is to improve everyone on your squad.

How important is team chemistry to you?

A: Similarly, to how I answered the last question, team chemistry is everything. If you have a team that knows each other inside the game and out, you’ll have a good time playing, and that’s all that matters.

Overwatch League 2019 Season2019-08-16 / Photo: Ben Pursell For Blizzard Entertainment

Have there been any struggles with the language barrier between teammates/fellow players?

A: Of course, with any mixed team there’s going to be a language barrier. But we’ve overcome it and done well last season. Hopefully we can improve even more next season.

What do you see as the core values for the Reign?

A: The core values of the Reign are to have fun, and that’s it. If we’re having fun playing the game, it must mean we’re doing well.

Does the team have any goals in mind for the upcoming season?

A: My biggest goal is to keep having fun and to hopefully prove I’m one of the best flex supports. Obviously, it’s narrative driven so if I can change that narrative myself I’m gunna do it.

Is the atmosphere with the Reign a more serious one or more laid back?

A: Probably a more laid-back approach. We have a lot of great talent on our team and it’s best we play to their strengths. Which in this case is to play around and have fun playing the game.

Overall, with all your experience with the league, how does Atlanta differ from the rest of the league?

A: We don’t really care about anyone else. If people think we’re being rude, or dumb, that’s fine. Focusing on ourselves puts at prime position to have fun. That’s how we’re different, we have fun.

With the season coming to an end, what are your plans for the offseason?

A: So far I’ve done a lot of my plans for the offseason, go to Korea, go home to Arizona. Now I’m back on the grind and playing Overwatch again.

What are you most excited for next season?

A: I’m excited to meet more fans and to keep getting paid to play Overwatch. It’s a joy to get to experience what I’m experiencing so I hope I can get a better grip of it next season.

Lastly, is there anything you want to let the fans of the Atlanta Reign know?

A: You can expect to see me own in OWL next season 😊

2019-05-04 – Overwatch League 2019 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

I hope this gave you a little look in to the mind of the Atlanta Reign’s Dogman.  I can’t thank him enough for taking the time out to chat with me and hope to have more opportunities to talk with the rest of the team moving forward.

Note: All images are courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

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