Optic Nadeshot Marv Watson/Red Bull Media House

Known as the $1 million video game tournament, the Call of Duty Championship begins today in Hollywood. When the event was held two years ago, OpTic Gaming took home the first place prize. This year, they are, once again, one of the favorites. They are led by OpTic Nadeshot, who spoke to us the day before the tournament started, as he recovered from a serious bout of the stomach flu. The illness required a trip to the hospital and several days of recovery, so we wanted to know how it would affect his gameplay going into the high pressure zone of a $1 million tournament.

How are you feeling?

I'm doing alright. My stomach is still a little on edge from this past week and I'm slowly trying to incorporate solid foods into my diet, but I think I'll be good for CoD Championships.

Will the bug affect your play?

Unless I'm physically throwing up while playing, I won't let it bring my team down. Whenever you get in-game, nothing else seems to matter and you don't think about anything else except the moment at hand so I'm not too worried about my upset stomach.

It's going to come down to who is making the least amount of mistakes. If you're not concentrating and completely focused about the matter at hand, you will lose. The slightest lapse of judgment can cost you a win.

What was the worst condition you've ever played under?

I'd have to say the worst condition I've ever played under was at EGL 9 in Manchester, England. The previous week, my mother passed away and on top of all that, the jet lag was hitting me really hard. I was literally a walking zombie and was having trouble functioning. We ended up placing top 6 at the tournament so all in all, I guess it wasn't too bad.

When you're playing the top teams, do you have to be in the moment 100 percent of the time?

Yes, absolutely yes. With how much all of these teams have practiced and prepared, it's going to come down to who is making the least amount of mistakes. If you're not concentrating and completely focused about the matter at hand, you will lose. The slightest lapse of judgment can cost you a win.

Is there any down time at all or are you wired into the scenario the entire time?

There is loads of time in between matches but I wouldn't call it down time. While you're waiting, you should be preparing for your next match by watching other squads and studying their play style so you can adapt easily if you match up against them late in the tournament.

What's this tournament like, the atmosphere, the scene?

We were lucky enough to have Treyarch and Activision put together an amazing venue in downtown Hollywood and they also put up a $1 million prize purse, so the scene is pretty incredible. The tournament itself is very nerve racking though. There is a lot on the line so you can imagine the tension is pretty high the entire time.

What's the difference between two years ago and now?

Well in 2011, OpTic Gaming won the first ever $1 million tournament and we're going for the repeat this weekend. There are two differences: We have a different teammate, Scump instead of Vengeance and everyone has played and practiced 'Black Ops 2' for months now instead of playing 'Modern Warfare 3' before it was even released in 2011. Competition is going to be a lot tougher but I'm confident in the new team.

Did MLG Dallas prep you for this?

Of course. We actually had to qualify for this tournament through MLG Dallas so that was the ultimate goal that entire tournament. We didn't place as well as we would have liked to, but that tourney really showed us our weaknesses and what we had to work on going into CoD Championships.

Who is going to be your biggest competition going into this Championship is?

EnVyUs, Fariko, Complexity.

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