Farewell Patrick 'Warturtle' Gleeson
Today we farewell one of the most successful R6 coaches in our region. Patrick 'Warturtle' Gleeson shares his final thoughts with us as he steps down as Head Coach of The Chiefs Rainbow 6: Siege team.
You have been on quite the journey with this team, how did it all start for you? Why Rainbow Six?
The past three years have had plenty of ups and downs but I wouldn’t change any of it. I was a U18 player playing in the Cybergamer ladders and GO4s until I got a message just after my 18th Birthday. My first team, Cryptik asked me to be their analyst/coach . My first official match on the roster was actually against the roster that would become my next team, and it is where I have been since.
There was something different about Siege back at launch. It was so unique compared to other team shooter games. I would have never gone into competitive if it wasn't for a ranked teammate asking me to join a team. The people and experiences I have had over the past 7 years because of Siege are nothing short of amazing.
How does it feel now stepping down after such a successful year?
Bittersweet to say the least. It was never going to be easy, stepping down from a role that has been such a defining part of my life. The past three years have been incredible, but I'm excited about the future whatever it may hold for me.
It is going to be odd not showing up to practice every day, but it's nice having a lot more time for family and mates.
After three years in the top job, what has been the achievement you are most proud of?|
The first thing that comes to mind is the Six Major in Sweden. But I've got to say our first Oceanic Nationals championship takes the cake. It was my first ever event win. After the struggles we faced in 2020 it felt amazing having all the time and effort that we put in finally pay off.
Sweden is definitely a highlight. You guys looked like you had a tonne of fun over there. What was your favourite moment from that event?
Right after our 7-0 loss to Faze, we ended up just having a good laugh with the Faze boys. Despite the rough loss, it was just a good time. Being able to explore Stockholm with the rest of the boys for a few days after the event led to quite a few memorable moments.
Is there anything you will miss the most?
The team. It's an odd feeling not jumping on and talking with them every day.
Do you think we will see ANZ teams continue to perform well overseas in the future?
Yes, I believe that ANZ has plenty of talented players. With more teams getting international experience, it's only a matter of time before we are a bigger threat on the global stage.
Any parting words for the region?
First, I need to say thank you to the Chiefs staff, especially Nick, Mike, Josh, and Aiden. You guys took a chance on us, and I'm proud that we managed to bring you four titles and an international appearance. You truly put the players first and keep elevating the scene each year. I'm looking forward to seeing you guys continue to grow and expand both Chiefs and ICON.
As for the team I hope to see them continue succeeding heading into the 2022 season. You are all insane players & great blokes couldn't have asked for better teammates for the past 2 years.
What can you tell us about what you are doing next?
I am still sticking around in the scene, I am involved in a few projects. I'm excited to be taking on brand new challenges, the first of which is being announced later this week.
So we can expect to see more from you in the future?
From us here at The Chiefs, we thank you for such a brilliant tenure as Head Coach. Your dedication to the team and The Chiefs was unwavering and it showed with your incredible results. We wish you all the best on your next adventure and will be here to support you through it all. Once a Chief, always a Chief.