Chase “NotLoading” Neely is a competitor at heart, having played lacrosse, ball hockey and football all the way through to senior high school. NotLoading eventually transitioned to esports and focused his efforts on Rainbow Six Siege. He has competed in the Champions League, Canadian Division 2020, and North American League 2021. We caught up with NotLoading to discuss his career trajectory and his time with Mirage.
How did you initially get into competing in Siege?
NotLoading: I’ve played since the game came out, and I was streaming Siege. Eventually that competitive drive from sports just kind of carried over and made me want to compete in esports. It’s just a natural transition, caused by being bored and competitive.
What has your journey with Mirage been like up until this point?
Rob “Flynn” Flynn picked me up as “the American” in the Canadian league. I’m actually the only remaining member from that roster, sadly. I was picked up at the start of the team in the Canada division. Basically, we won for two stages, and then we lost in the finals. Then the transition to the US league happened, and we had to rebuild the team completely because we couldn’t get Canadian players here in time. After the transition, we came in third place with Matthew “Hotancold” Stevens on the roster. And then at the last stage, we competed with Alexandre “QrTz” Moranta, who was also on the original team, but we didn’t do as well. He was released from the team. Now we’re here with Tommy (Tomas “Tomas” Kaka).
Any memorable moments you can share, whether it’s in the heat of a CL game or anywhere else?
When the transition happened, people didn’t think I was going to succeed and do well. With the roster with Matt, we ended up doing really well. My story throughout that stage was basically doing really poorly in the beginning, then ramping it up towards the end. Through stage two, I also continued growing. I got to show that all my hard work was paying off.
That must have been a validating moment for you.
Yeah, exactly. I just got to keep it going.
What can fans look forward to seeing from you during the last few months of the year?
Continuous growth. I think I’m always getting better. There is always something to improve on.
This interview has been edited for clarity, style,