Brian 'Braaain' Fairlamb will have his eyes set on qualifying for the CWL Pro League while competing alongside the Spanish Giants Gaming Call of Duty roster.
As a longtime competitor since the days of Advanced Warfare, Braaain has represented organizations such as exceL Esports, Hyper Games, and Team Vitality, alongside some of the top competitors within the scene.
Following a 25th-32nd finish at CoD Champs 2017 on Infinite Warfare, Braaain parted ways with Team Vitality for the Call of Duty: WWII competitive season, although, was unable to secure a stable organization for the start of the year.
However, the United Kingdom-based player soon got an opportunity to join Giants Gaming, a prominently Spanish roster, for two CWL 2K online tournaments, where the squad was able to take down the powerhouse Splyce lineup on January 1st and become the first team from the region to win such a competition.
The roster of Brain, Antonio 'TojoR' Jorda, Carlos 'Lgend' Pereiras, and Iván 'YaKo' Rodríguez currently sit at 7th in the European Pro Point standings, and will attempt to break into the top-5 in order to qualify for the Pro Leauge with a strong performance at the upcoming CWL New Orleans Open between January 12th and January 14th.
Prior to the major LAN event, we sat down with Braaain to hear how the opportunity to play with a Spanish team came to fruition, any potential language barriers, and much more.
How did the opportunity to play in a Spanish squad come about?
The opportunity to play with a Spanish squad came as soon as Jamie 'Insight' Craven went to Team BCin mid-December. I got messaged on that night by Giants asking to play with them.
What is the language barrier like? Do they sometimes speak Spanish and forget they need to speak English?
The language barrier is not a problem. In the first 2K we played together as a team, there were a few problems in the Hardpoint matches, but not so much in Search and Destroy and Capture the Flag, as those two game modes are much slower. But now, there isn't a problem at all.
The Open Bracket at the CWL Dallas Open
What's the difference playing for a Spanish squad instead of with British players?
The difference playing with a Spanish squad instead of one from the United Kingdom would have to be the in-game callouts, because some of the most basic callouts in the UK are completely different with the Spanish squads.
You were part of the team that was the first Spanish squad to ever win a CWL 2K. What do you say to people who put that down to online connection?
I don't have anything to say to the people who put the win down to the connection. We're just going to have to prove them wrong at the next event.
Mainstage at CWL Dallas - Splyce vs OpTic Gaming
How are you and the team expecting to do at CWL New Orleans? Do you think you can get out of the open bracket especially with the high caliber of US teams in there?
The main goal we have as a team is to get into the Pro League, as we are now in a decent position to break into the EU top-5 for Pro Points. I'm confident that we can make it out of the Open Bracket regardless of who is in there.