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      We have moved to Discord   08/04/2016

      There has been a strong desire among the community to migrate to Discord for quite some time. As of today, our community will be using Discord and as a result, we will no longer be actively using our TeamSpeak Server.  The TeamSpeak server will temporarily stay active to help inform all of our move to Discord. Within the next couple of months, it will be shut down completely.  For a quick invite to our new Discord server, you can click here.  
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      New Supersonic Series Start Time   10/17/2016

      We would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent survey regarding the start time of our tournaments.  After reviewing responses from the survey sent out to tournament participants we have decided to make changes to the start time of our events to try to better accommodate everyone.  Beginning on Monday, October 24th, all of our tournaments will start an hour earlier - at 8PM Eastern.  This means that registration will close at 7:30 EST, and that check-in starts at 7:30 EST and closes at 7:45 EST.

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  • Magicmooch

    BlizzCon Americas Championship Qualifier - Heroes of the Storm

    By Magicmooch

    This weekend marks the next stage in the 2015 Road to BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm World Championship. China already punched in their two tickets to BlizzCon for eStar Gaming and Team YL, it’s now time to focus on the Americas Championship. The 2015 Americas Championship is being held September 19-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Teams from all over North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Australia & New Zealand will come together to battle it out in the Nexus for top glory and a trip to BlizzCon.   The group stage of the tournament is different than most group stages out there. According to Reddit User eSportsMatt (Blizzard eSports Coordinator) the group stage can be considered “a double elimination bracket with a twist”. Reddit user TheBrillo made a chart that gives a nice breakdown here:     In Group A, the first matches will consist of Tempo Storm vs Murloc Geniuses and Immunity vs Cloud 9. The winner of each match will move onto the “Winner’s Finals” of Group A and the losers go to the “Elimination Game” with the loser exiting the tournament. The winner of “Winner’s Finals” moves onto one side of the playoff bracket, loser drops to the “Lower Finals” where they will face the winner of the “Elimination Game” with the loser taking their exit. Winner of the “Lower Finals” moves onto the complete other side of the playoff bracket from their group-mate.   The same format takes place in Group B with the first matches taking place after the Group A elimination game. The matchups for Group B are Relics vs COGnitive and Furious Gaming vs Complexity. Saturday ends with both Group A and Group B Winner’s Finals taking place. Sunday begins with both group’s Lower Finals, with the Grand Final taking place the same day. The tournament will be a Best of 3 format throughout with the exception of the Grand Finals which will be a Best of 5.   Winner takes home a share of the $100,000 USD prize purse; $40,000 to first place, $24,000 to second place, and 3rd-4th taking home $12,000 each. Along with the prize money the top two teams will get their tickets punched to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. Action starts Saturday, 10am Pacific Time on the official Blizzard Heroes of the Storm Twitch Channel (link).  
     
    Let's meet the teams competing this weekend, starting with Group A.  
    Tempo Storm (North America)
    Dreadnaught - Support (Captain) Arthelon - Carry
    So1dier - Tank Kaeyoh - Carry
    Zuna - Flex  
    Tempo Storm are the unofficial powerhouse of the North America region. They qualified for the HWC Americas Championship back in June with their first place finish but then went on to finish first in the next two opens in July and August as well. As a matter of fact in the last 10 majors/minors Tempo Storm has gone on to place first in 8 of them and only dropped to 2nd place for the ones they didn't place first, pretty impressive stuff. You can thank the "star-studded" roster that Tempo Storm has managed to gather over the course of the young esports' life. Some of you may remember Arthelon as a solo queue monster in League of Legends. Some of the older players might remember him from a time before LCS when he played on teams like Monomaniac Esports and Meat Playground. Although Arthelon's League career did not amount to much, he is not unfamiliar with the idea of professionalism that is needed in an infant esport like Heroes of the Storm.   As for more star-power a lot of people will look at Zuna and ask "Hey, is that the guy from...." yes, it is. Zuna, former AD Carry of team Vulcan and XDG is no stranger either when it comes to esports. Playing on Vulcan, a team who finished 3rd in both the 2013 League of Legends LCS Spring and Summer splits, and later on XDG before the team was ultimately relegated only to never return. Despite this, Zuna showed that he can be a big time player in big time situations. Tempo Storm's victorious run can be credited to him. After Zuna joined the team on May 21st, Tempo Storm began their NA domination.
    It isn’t all about the star power though. Dreadnaught, captain of the team, has shown a top notch Pick/Ban phase in almost all of their matchups. So1dier and Kaeyoh are also extremely talented and this team as a whole seems to be the favorite going into this weekend’s tournament.  
    Cloud 9 (North America)
    DunkTrain – Support (Captain) KingCaffeine – Tank
    iDream – Carry K1pro – Flex
    Fan – Carry  
    Cloud 9 is another North American power that has shown some consistency in their lifetime. Although, usually taking 2nd place while Tempo Storm takes first, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Consisting of the roster formerly known as Cloud 9 Maelstrom, who after qualifying in July, dissolved Cloud 9 Vortex and unified under the singular Cloud 9 banner.   Boasting a roster of Heroes veterans, they are no strangers to the tournament scene as well. After placing first in last year’s BlizzCon exhibition tournament, Cloud 9 had a lot to replace after the departure of Zuna, Jintae, and Kenma. On July 30th, Cloud 9 settled on the roster (shown above) and has shown promise since. After the team changes, Cloud 9 has been a consistent top 3 threat in North America, winning the latest Heroes Major League hosted by ESL.   With this young and promising roster, Cloud 9 is looking to secure one of the two spots for BlizzCon in hopes of accomplishing their championship dreams.  
    Murloc Geniuses (North America)
    Faye – Carry CauthonLuck – Carry
    MadTiimmy – Support (Captain) Equinox – Flex
    Fury - Tank  
    Formerly of the team Evil Geniuses in the 2014 BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm show match, MG has gone through a lot of changes since April 1st. Coined “The Challengers” by Josh Bury of theScore eSports (http://www.thescoreesports.com/news/2383) the roster was acquired by Zeveron before the June/July/August NA Open events. Before the August Open, Zeveron disbanded and once again took up the name Murloc Geniuses. Although one of the top 5 teams in North America, MG have not had much in the way of success as of late. More or less “backing into” the America Qualifiers as the last NA spot because the teams ahead of them had already placed; first place Tempo Storm, second place Cloud 9, and Complexity finishing 3rd.   Despite the team changes and struggles throughout 2015, MG are looking to have a strong showing and hopefully make it out of Group A.  
    Team Immunity (Australia)
    Shy – Carry (Captain) Robadobah – Tank
    Sashin – Flex Naeiou – Flex
    Enalgon - Support  
    Team Immunity, unifying after their victory in the AU & NZ qualifiers (formerly Immunity White), are the champions of the AU & NZ region and are looking to represent the two Pacific Island nations in Las Vegas. While the team itself is fairly new, and the region itself is substantially weaker than the world as a whole, Team Immunity bring a fairly interesting playstyle to the Storm. Having two preferred Flex players versus the standard two carries that we see from other western teams brings an interesting element to their game. Being able to rotate roles of a Specialist/Carry on two members means Team Immunity can adapt quickly in a Best of 3 scenario.   Can the Aussies make it out of groups and shock North America?   Group B  
    COGnitive Gaming (North America)
    Scylol – Tank Hospital – Carry (Captain)
    Iakona – Support Glaurung – Flex
    iVSlime – Carry  
    COGnitive Gaming (also known as COG) are no strangers to esports as an organization but are definitely new to the Heroes of the Storm scene. Having only acquired a roster in May, formerly known as “Shot and the Bullets: Reloaded”, the squad showed immediate promise finishing no worse than 3rd in their first 2 months together. Unfortunately after the MSI MGA 2015 Americas Qualifier the team has fallen off in terms of performance, finishing no better than 3rd. With the roster moving to San Jose, CA with apartments close by and a practice area in between them, the team has an easier way to build in-person communication which can be huge for any new lineup. The team’s hyper-aggressive style has been a treat to viewers while sometimes being a detriment to the team as well. Despite their shortcomings, the team is looking to be a favorite coming out of Group B due to their style and their practice regiment.   Is this the tournament that COG makes a resurgence and takes a top spot to prove they are among NA’s elite?  
    compLexity (North America)
    Blinks – Support (Captain) Trummel – Carry
    CattlePillar – Tank H0ns – Flex
    Jaximus - Carry  
    compLexity Gaming. Another name that is very well known in the esports scene that jumps on the early HotS bandwagon. compLexity acquired the roster of “Barrel Boys” and saw a lot of success in the ESL weekly tournaments but failed to materialize any meaningful results in any monthly, minor, or major tournaments. After the departure of Erho to Stellar Lotus, the team took to Reddit to search for a replacement. Jaximus contacted the team for a tryout and was immediately a great fit for the squad.   With the addition of Jaximus the coL squad is looking stronger than ever. They are looking to make a big splash at this weekend’s event.  
    Relics (Singapore)
    Revenant – Flex Mirr – Flex
    Trinity – Flex Relyzer – Flex
    Zeys – Support  
    The Southeast Asian qualifier, coming out of Singapore, is Relics. They are a relatively unknown name in the Western scene, pulled off an impressive performance in the SEA Qualifiers by not dropping a single game until the Grand Finals, taking out Philippines Champion Bibingka 2-1. The squad also has a lot of interesting play styles. According to GosuGamers, all players not named Zeys played some combination of a Carry, Specialist, Warrior, or Tank hero in their 6 tournament wins. So what does this mean? Well it means Relics are an unpredictable squad with an obvious amount of talent. Will their wild playstyle result in a spot at BlizzCon?  
    Furious Gaming (Argentina)
    Nittt – Flex Megalomaniac – Tank (Captain)
    Kobu – Support Malheven – Carry
    DEUS – Carry  
    Furious Gaming have a very interesting story on how they got to the Americas Championship. They actually finished 3rd at the Copa America Championships last month, Brave Ozone took the top spot for the Latin America region. Unfortunately, Brave Ozone had visa issues and could not attend. In steps Furious Gaming, known for their Starcraft II clan, to try to grab a spot at BlizzCon.   Unlike North America teams, Furious Gaming love their specialists and will focus on hard pushing and gaining an early lead to stomp out their opponent.   Predictions:   Group A   For me, it’s an easy decision who is going to make it out of group stages in Group A. While Murloc Geniuses and Team Immunity are strong in their own right, I do not think they can hold a candle to Tempo Storm’s impressive Pick/Ban and Cloud 9’s team play.
    Winner’s FInals: Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9
    In the North America July Open Tempo Storm showed to be very strong, beating Cloud 9 2-0. Cloud 9, at the time Cloud 9 Maelstrom, was able to first pick away Zuna’s Zeratul in game 1 but unfortunately the “Double Mage” comp of Tempo Storm was too much to handle. Game 2 saw Cloud 9 ban out Zeratul and Tempo Storm ban out Jaina, but again Tempo Storm was too much to handle. I expect Tempo Storm to be the Group A first seed.
    Elimination Game: Immunity vs Murloc Geniuses
    Despite Immunity’s promise as a squad, MG just have too much experience under their belt to worry much about Immunity. MG moves on 2-1 to the Lower Finals.     Lower Finals: Cloud 9 vs Murloc Geniuses
    The last time these two teams met in tournament play only once before back when MG was known as Zeveron and C9 as C9 Maelstrom. It was a close set in the opening round of the tournament and both teams have shown improvement since then. I give the favorable edge to Cloud 9 in this one based off of player skill alone. Cloud 9 grabs the second seed out of Group A with a 2-1 victory.  
    Group B   This one is a bit closer. COGnititve is an impressive team. They had a lot of time to prepare so I expect them to come out guns blazing in their opening group game versus Relics. Furious Gaming is a bit of an unknown, and for what it’s worth, shouldn’t technically be here anyways. There is also the big question mark about compLexity’s new carry in Jaximus. Will he be able to bring is League of Legends skill into Heroes or is there still a lot of learning to do?
    Winner’s Finals: COGnitive vs compLexity
    These teams have met twice before this tournament, the NA July Open and the NA August Open with both teams winning a game. Expect this to be one of the closest games of the group stage by far as both teams are fairly close in skill level and strategy. coL still has a new lineup at the end of the day and because of this I give COG the win in this very close series 2-1 and matching up against Cloud 9 in the bottom half of the playoff bracket.
    Elimination Game: Relics vs Furious Gaming
    Poor Furious Gaming. I mean, they were able to go to Las Vegas which is awesome. Unfortunately, the best finish they had was 3rd in a relatively weak region. Being that Relics is a bit of a wild card, I expect FG to bow out of the tournament in this game. Relic takes this series 2-0 and moves on to play compLexity in the Lower Finals.
    Lower Finals: Relics vs compLexity
    Relics has the potential to pull an upset here. Being a relatively unknown team they have the element of surprise with their line-up of mostly flex position players. Expect a closer series than the experts think. At the end of the day though, I have to pick coL winning 2-1 and facing Tempo Storm in the upper part of the playoff bracket.  
    Grand Finals  
    Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9  
    Another rematch for these two teams. I mean, it’s hard to pick against consistency and these two teams have it. Tempo Storm consistently finished in first place with Cloud 9 consistently in second place. At this point, it’s almost irrelevant who to pick as a winner here as both teams get to go to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. For the sake of potentially being right and getting to brag (and potentially being wrong and sulking) I will have to go with Tempo Storm 3-1. Cloud 9 will make the first 2 games close, actually taking game 1. However, i think Tempo Storm is just the better team and that will show after their second series of this weekend.
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  • Ballack

    Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice

    By Ballack

    Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice Ready for the knockout rounds? The group stages were filled with plenty of exciting games, favorites and underdogs prevailing, teams from North America letting us all down, and some good fantasy picks and some bad. As in everything in life its impossible to be 100% correct on my picks everytime. I use my analysis, price points, and match ups to determine who to pick and although it doesn't always work out, the process is still correct. If we could all predict what would happen we'd all be rich. I've been getting a lot of good feedback from people and I appreciate it all. Thank you for following and reading these blogs as I enjoy putting the information out there for you to use. Here are the odds for the quarterfinals from http://www.pinnaclesports.com/en/odds/match/e-sports/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-world-championship

      Origen, SKT, EDG, and KTR are the favorites to make the Semi-Finals. That said, SKT are the only overwhelming favorite while it is certainly reasonable to think that the other three match ups can go anyway. The best probable route to go is to stack up on SKT carries (marin, faker/easyhoon, Bang) and look for values in the other roles. Here are my favorite players for the Quarterfinals: SKT is the best bet. Fit Faker, Marin, and Bang in wherever you can. My favorite value players come from FW in the form of Karsa and SwordArt, who has been underpriced all tournament. I have a lack of faith in the midlaners, not because of their skill but because of match ups. There are a ton of really good matchups in the midlane Nagne vs. KurO, Pawn vs. Febiven, xPeke vs. Maple. I think you either pay up for Faker or save and go with Maple, who has been great quietly great this tournament with the most kills and second most assists for any mid laner. I'm staying away from FNC and EDG for the most part. It's interesting because their players are relatively cheap, but I think this will be a really close match up that is hard to predict one way or the other. It could turn into a very objective focused series (as FNATIC does like to do this at times) which would limit fantasy output. Vulcun: Top: Marin (SKT) ($1301)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($1264)
    Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($1625)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($1514)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($962)
    Flex One: GorillA (KOO) ($961)
    Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($1371)
    Flex Three: Score (KTR) ($1053) You use your three SKT spots allowed on the three carries, while paying up they should be worth every penny. You also get to fit two top lane carries into your lineup with Marin and ssumday. You save by using two supports to pay up for value elsewhere, Karsa has the second most kills and third most assists among junglers and score provides a cheap jungle option even though he leads Worlds in assists from the jungle role. Alphadraft: Top: Marin (SKT) ($8900)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($6500)
    Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($8800)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($9100)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($6400)
    Flex: Hojin (KOO) ($7100)
    Team: Flash Wolves ($3000) Again you use the three SKT carries. The rest of the lineup is quite cheap among FW players. I talked about SwordArt and Karsa above, but Hojin provides good value as his agressive style has him first in KDA among junglers at 8.4. Cheap team as always in FW, who could easily win their Best of Five against Origen. Draftkings: Top: Marin (SKT) ($7700)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($5100)
    Mid: Maple (FW) ($6300)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8700)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($4900)
    Flex One: Score (KTR) ($6400)
    Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($6800)
    Team: FNATIC ($3900) This time you only get two SKT carries. Let's talk about that for a second. Draftkings does not combine Faker and Easyhoon into one pick, they're separated. Because of this, it's extremely risky to pick one or the other unless you are 100% sure that they are playing. If SKT vs ahq was the first match up of the week it'd be easier to get a handle on who was playing for SKT, but your lineup will lock after day one and if you stick Faker in while easyhoon is playing (or vice versa) you'll be paying the highest mid lane salary for no points. I'm going with Maple here instead and saving money. The savings go straight into ssumday to replace Faker's carry spot. With the leftover money I'm using FNATIC who are in a close matchup, but usually play objective focus in big games and that's where your team points come from.   Good luck and enjoy the Quarterfinals!
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    It's a cool Monday evening as we drive through the mountainous death trap that is known as West Virginia. I could hardly believe I had just traveled 30 hours, covering 1600 miles, just to coach a competitive gaming team for the weekend. A year ago, I was living in Hawaii working a regular nine to five job and spent the rest of my day casually gaming with my roommates and friends. I didn't imagine that video games would become a bigger part of my life than it already was. At the time, the only competitive experience I would get was competing in the local LAN tournaments for the Call of Duty series.

    In November 2010, I came back to Chicago to spend the holidays with my family and friends that I hadn't seen in a while. Eventually, I decided that moving back to finish up my degree was what was best for myself as well as my family. Upon moving back, I realized that most of my friends were away at college. The first week back was awful, just schoolwork and barely anyone to hang out with. As I sat in my room puffing away at my hookah and searching through my contact list for anyone to hangout with, I crossed over a few names I hadn't seen in a while; Enter Kyle aka NBK.

    At the time, Kyle was just an old friend I had made at our local hookah bar. I knew he was a gamer, just never saw him outside of the hookah bar. I gave him a call, and twenty minutes later I had my hookah packed up and was headed to his house. Now I thought I was a pretty hardcore gamer, that is until I got to Kyles. Two Xbox setups, two hookahs, and I watched him play Halo: Reach for hours non-stop practically steamrolling over most of the online competition. I tried my hand at Halo, but being a Call of Duty player, I got my ass handed to me. Being the competitive guy I am, I vowed to get at least get to be decent at Halo; too bad I wasn't warned about what I was getting myself into.

    Months pass by, and I slowly realized I was developing a routine. Go to class, get my work done, stock up on hookah supplies for the day, then go to Kyles and game for hours; a routine that is still followed to this day. Over the past few months, I had completely stopped playing Call of Duty and began focusing on Halo. The majority of the time I spend on Halo was dedicated to custom games with Kyle and his teammates, just trying to get better. By no means was I on their level, but slowly I started noticing my stats getting progressively better when I played multi-player matchmaking. It was also around that time that I started to get involved with vVv.

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    Hello everyone! What's up! vVv ZeRo here, from Chile, South America! I'm going to tell you everything that happened at one of my most recent Brawl tournaments where I didn't used Meta Knight the whole tournament as always, but I used Snake/Ice Climbers mostly (90%) and some Falco! So, let's get started!

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    August 19th: Travelling is fun!

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    I was going to stay at my Aunt's house for this tournament (so I could borrow her camera to take pictures!) so I bought my bus ticket for 2:30 PM to get to Santiago at 7:30-8PM (after her work is over). I had the pleasure to wake up late (12), had a great breakfast with my mom and my Sister's Husband (he's staying at my house after what happened to my sister) then I got my bad ready for the Travel! The number one thing I pack on my bag is my vVv Gaming T-Shirt!

    I got to the bus station at 2pm, and everything went great. I took my bus with no problems. Listening to music and playing Nintendo DS (Ace Attorney/Resident Evil) makes the trip a really "easy" and fast one. Before I notice, we're arleady in Santiago!

    I had to take the subway for about 30 minutes, and then a Taxi to my Aun'ts house. My Aunt was so nice to let me use her Laptop! After watching tons of Brawl videos and getting some last-minute information, I was too tired to keep going for the night, so I took a shower, and then I went to sleep.

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    August 20th: Tournament!

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    I waked up at 9AM. Took a great breakfast, dressed up, prepared my bag for the day and then I maked sure that the camera my aunt borrowed me was working and was ready to take pictures! Everything was ready, my Aunt gave me a ride to the metro Station. I got to the metro station where most of the players were going to meet up at 12 PM. We waited for 30 minutes for more people to show up, and then we walked to the tournament venue (10 minute walk).

    The tournament was being held at a very cool convention center at the side of a HUGE apartment. We had a very cool view:

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    I signed up, and then I did some "warm up" matches with my Snake for about 30 minutes with Yasfer's Pikachu, and Dragon's Meta Knight/Diddy Kong. After this, pools were ready to go, and my first match was against "Rollo" a very good friend of mine who mains Toon Link.

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    Set procedure: Best of 1

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    Characters: Snake (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Rollo)

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    This match was very, very slow. We both camped really hard with proyectiles to get openings to approach. This match lasted about 7 minutes, and we were both on our last stock and with 150% of damage. He rolled behind me, and I got him with the back-Hitbox of Snake's U-Tilt, which killed him.

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    Characters: Snake (vVv ZeRo) vs R.O.B. (Cloud)

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    I don't like to fight R.O.B. as Snake, especially if that R.O.B. likes to camp, so I played really aggresive and covered as many angles as I could with Snake's grenades. This match was really, really close, going back and forth. We traded hits, and hits, until the last stock, where I started to lose by a lot. At this point I told to my myself "Stop being SO obvious, STEP IT UP!" I began to make the slow comeback, until we were tied at 150%, last stock, last hit! I ran to him and he shielded; I waited for him to do something and he rolled behind me after 2 seconds, giving me the opportunity to kill him with Snake's U-Tilt to win the game!

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    vVv ZeRo vs Felipe_9535

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    Characters: Falco (vVv ZeRo) vs Snake (Felipe_9535)

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    I don't have to much to say about this match, Felipe is very new to the tournament scene so I 3stocked him really quickly, in about 1 minute

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    Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs LeandroHot (Meta Knight)

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    I don't have to say to much about this match too. This was Ortiz's first tournament, so he has a lot to learn. I 2 stocked him with Ice Climbers (JV3 Stock, 2 stocks and 0% of damage).

    I advanced pools with a record of 4-0.

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    Immediatly after Pools ended, the bracket started. My first opponent was PiPn, a Meta Knight/Snake user.

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    vVv ZeRo vs PiPn, Winners Round 1

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    Set procedure: Best of 3

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    Stage: Smashville 1st game and 2nd game.

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    For some weird reason, I'm pretty good at Snake dittos, even with my lack of experience with the character. I managed to 2 stock him both games. I played Aggro both games, I cut off as many angles as I could with Snake's grenades, did a wonderful job with Snake's D-Throw game (reading his reactions very well) and not letting him kill me by doing a great DI both games.

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    vVv ZeRo vs Yasfer, Winners Round 2

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    Stage: Smashville 1st game and 2nd game.

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    Characters: Ice Climbers (vVv ZeRo) vs Pikachu 1st game, and Peach 2nd game (Yasfer)

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    I played extremely patient both games, powershielded most attacks and didn't approach if I didn't have to. I got 3 grabs (Ice Climbers have a really dangerous ChainGrab, so, one grab means the death of that stock) against his Pikachu on game 1, and 2 stocked him. He changed to Peach, I got the 3 grabs I needed to win the game in the same fashion as game 1 (being very patient). I won 2-0.

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    vVv ZeRo vs Fabri, Winners Round 3

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    Set procedure: Best of 3

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    Stage: Battlefield 1st game, Rainbow Cruise 2nd game

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    Characters: Ice Climbers 1st game, Snake 2nd game (vVv ZeRo) vs Fox 1st game, Meta Knight 2nd game (Fabri)

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    Fabri HATES, HATES Ice Climbers, so I knew I had a GREAT advantage by using them. After I got a grab as soon as the match started (Like 3-2-1 GO! *Grab*) he was extremely upset. He attacked my shield with a D-Air, I shielded and grabbed him again, immediatly afterwards he rage quited that game. He counterpicked me to Rainbow Cruise, I changed to Snake because Ice Climbers are very, very bad on Rainbow Cruise. He changed to Meta Knight, a character that HE DOESN'T use. I 2 stocked him with 0-5% on Rainbow Cruise. I won 2-0.

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    vVv ZeRo vs Hb2, Winners Bracket Finals

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    Set procedure: Best of 5

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    Stage: Smashville 1st game, Battlefield 2nd game, Frigate Orpheon 3rd game.

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    Characters: Snake game 1, Ice Climbers game 2 and Snake game 3 (vVv ZeRo) vs Peach Game 1 and 3 and Olimar Game 2 (Hb2)

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    I played really well with Snake on game 1, I played defensive most of the time, but I "Pushed up" every time when I had the chance to do it. I 2 stocked him. He changed to Olimar on Battlefield, so I changed to Ice Climbers. I got the 3 grabs I needed, thanks to my Desynched (The Ice Climbers are 2 characters. One of them is controlled by the CPU, and they both attack at the same time, but you can separate the Ice Climbers attacks as if they were two separated characters, that's called -Desynch-) Blizzards and spot-dodges. He switched to Peach and Counterpicked me to Frigate Orpheon, I went Snake and played in the same fashion as game 1. I 2stocked his Peach again, to win the set 3-0.

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    vVv ZeRo vs Dragon, Grand Finals

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    Set procedure: Best of 5. I have to win only one set in the best of 5 to win the tournament, because I'm coming from the Winners Bracket. Dragon has to win two sets in the best of 5 to win the tournament, because he's coming from the Losers Bracket.

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    Stage: Battlefield game 1, Delfino Plaza game 2, Smashville game 3, Final Destination game 4, Yoshi's Island game 5.

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    Characters: ice Climbers on Game 1-2-4-5 and Snake on game 3 (vVv ZeRo) Meta Knight the whole set (Hb2)

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    Oh boy... Facing the 2nd best player of Chile was going to be tough, I knew it. Game 1 was really close, he camped extremely hard, and used only D-Airs and Tornados to attack me. I managed to keep the game close with my aerial game (U-Airs), Desynched Blizzards and Pivot Grabs. In the end, I managed to get a grab after he did an Up-B on the ground to win the 1st game. He counterpicked me to Delfino Plaza. I played really well, but my inexperience with Ice Climbers on this stage was too much in the end, Dragon won with 1 stock and 40%. I counterpicked him to Smashville with Snake. The game was really close until the middle, where he managed to keep me in the air for a long time to rack up lots of damage, and then killed that stock. He kept his advantage and won with 1 stock and 0%.

    Some people of the crowd were chanting "Without Meta Knight he can't win" in the middle of the set, and wrote this on a board:

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    I counterpicked him to Final Destination with Ice Climbers. I played extremely patiently and had a "solid" aerial game and ground game, I won with 1 stock and around 10% of damage.

    He counterpicked me to Yoshi's Island. I played poorly on the ground and in the air this game, and he was able to punish me really hard for it, in the end he won pretty solidly. I didn't punish his Tornados, and dropped my Grab chances a lot. I played poorly overall, and that's why I lost.

    Here's the video, Game 5, 1st set:

    At this point, I changed to my main character, Meta Knight. I two stocked him the next 3 games with Meta Knight really quickly. I don't have too much to say about it, I played extremely well with Meta Knight, punished everything I could, camped when I had to, and pushed up when i had to, overall, solid gameplay.

    Here's the video of game 1, second set:

    I don't care too much about Trash Talking or people saying I'm bad, tournament results are all the "Trash Talking" I need, and it also "fuels me" to do better every tournament!

    So, that's how I won the Spirit of Smash Tournament! After the tournament, I took the metro with Zein (the winner of Melee) and Dimmu (a new player to the community) then I took a cab to my Aunt's house.

    I uploaded the pictures to the vVv Gaming gallery, facebook, and then I went to the bed, I was very tired.

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    August 21th: Hoooome

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    I slept like 2-3 hours, and I had to wake up at 8AM to take my bus at 10:25 AM. I ate a great breakfast with my Aunt, and then she gave me a "ride" for the metro station. After hugging her, and saying thanks for everything, I took the metro for about 40 minutes. I got to the bus station at 10:24 AM, JUST when my bus was just about to leave! I got there JUST in time, haha! The trip was really fast, I slept 2 hours, and then played on my DS the rest. Easy, haha!

    I got to Chillan at 3:30 PM, walked a few streets, and then took a "Colectivo" which is basically taking a "cheap" Taxi haha. I got to my house at 4PM. Got my much needed rest on my sweeeet bed, spent some time with my dog Maxi, played some Brawl (online tournament match, I'm in Winners 3rd Round now) and then I went to my computer to finish uploading the pictures from the tournament. After that, It was already late (11PM) I was really tired, so I went to the bed early.

    So, this was my experience from "The Spirit of Smash". Thanks for reading, and thanks for your time!

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    Number of players: 18

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    1.- vVv ZeRo (Snake, Ice Climbers, Meta Knight, Falco)

    2.- Dragon (Meta Knight, Diddy Kong)

    3.- Hb2 (Olimar, Peach, Marth, Meta Knight)

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    Tournament thread:

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    http://www.smashbros...ent-resultados/

    Link of the Picture Gallery:

    http://www.vvv-gamin...pirit-of-smash/

    Thanks for reading, thanks for your time, and THANKS to vVv Gaming for their support!

    Best regards, Gonzalo "vVv ZeRo" Barrios.

  2. Well since my Bday is coming up soon I decided to take some time to think about how this last year. It has been one hell of a roller coaster with many ups and a few downs but I can feel a lot of these ups are life changing for me. Going from 18 to 19 usually is a big year for most as it is usually when people start to be more individual because they can finally do stuff like drive and get more responsibility . So let's start off with a little bit before I turned 18.

    A week before Father's day 2010 I got my provisional license, meaning I could now drive without my parents in the car, which was the first thing that changed my life. That individualism has been taken advantage almost every day and is how most of my great memories are possible. It has allowed me to travel to events to see my gaming friends and it eventually lead me to meeting my ex that meant so much to me. She was new to D.C and her brother was a work friend of my dad so when she came to town they set it up so I would show her around D.C.

    She was in college to become a highschool history teacher so she instantly loved all the musuems. We spent the whole day talking about just everything and it was the first time in a very long time I fully opened up to someone and it felt so nice to just let everything out. We talked every day for hours and some days we spent 12+ hours with each other, just talking and having a good time. She was only in D.C for the summer but I really didn't care, I felt so good and so in love with her that I was willing to make anything to work and hey she went to school 2 hours away so I went for it. Even when we we a part, we spent a lot of our time talking and making trips to see each other. She was my motivation for so much and because I wanted her to be happy and be with me, I spent a lot of time thinking about my future.

    As this continues, MLG D.C rolls around and it is the 1st event I can drive to. I missed Friday but came out for Saturday and Sunday. On saturday, I came to the event to be blown away at how much MLG had changed since the last time it was in D.C and spent a good amount just walking around trying to take it all in. After one of the Halo 3 matches I was watching was over, I turned around to see TLR members screaming and chating their heads off and it made me laugh but at the same time it was nice to see people cheering for their community members teams. I then see a bunch of vVv people around a different station playing their match. This is where I first met Ryan aka Perilous and after thier lost I talked to him for a few minutes before they left. I stay and watch until the end of saturday and drive home. During my drive home I think about how nice it would be to join up with a community and have other gamers friends that loved eSports as much as I did and to have a community I could call home.

    Over the next few days as I am recovering from MLG D.C I decide to go to the vVv website and get to know more about vVv. It wasn't until after I heard that weeks Loser bracket that I knew I had to sign up. The professionalism, the entertainment, and how much fun they made being in vVv Sound. So I apply and that is where I met my good friend, exo the Jackass, and shortly after that we talked and laughed and had fun raging. After a while he talked to me about becoming the manager for Black Ops then I got my interview and got to meet Jerry for the first time.I start getting involved with vVv more and Matt finds out I live in Maryland near him. Also, I become friends with Cheese aka Albert and find out their is a major Brawl event near me so I decide to go out so I can cheer him and the rest of vVv on.

    So I show up to the hotel for the event with Chibo (FUCKING CHIBO!!!) and get to see Albert for the first time and he happens to bring Keara with him (well she drove him but w/e) and we end up being friends because she is awesome and brought me cupcakes. Matt shows up to get us in our hotel rooms and we sit and have a talk and tells us that we will be going out to District that night. It just happens to be Lauren's Birthday and we have a crazy fun night. Back at the event, I almost fight one of the players because he has anger issues and I'm a loud mouth asshole the gets hype. The event ends and I am so sick. I lost my voice (2 gaming events in a row) got a terrible cold and end up in bed for like 2-3 weeks.

    I rest and get ready for MLG Dallas. Me and Keara fly to Dallas together and the event was great for the most part. I met so many of my vVv Family members (my lover titan <3, Jerry, Murder, Spectral,Jason and Sundance). I was also coaching vVv MvN and that turned out terribliy with them placing bad and one of the players leaving early. really put me in a bad mood to do such a bad job as a coach and manager but it all worked out and had a great sunday night drinking with my SC2 buddies. Dallas was such a nice place and so glad I got to go.

    After I came back, Matt asked me if I wanted to come out to Dubstep night at District. I of course said yes and got to met a lot of the District family for real. As time went on, I came out more and spent more time talking to all the great people who work at District. I am so greatfull that everyone there has be soon kind and awesome. It is what keeps me moving on these days.

    In the mix of all of the last 2 paragraphs I was dealing with a lot. Me and now ex stopped talking because she became too busy and it soon died out even thou I truely loved her and gave her my all. One of my friends (my first love) commited suicide, my family struggled with money, I almost lost my grandma, and I overall lost my motivation to do stuff. This lead me quiting staff on vVv because I couldn't do the job and couldn't let you guys down. I sat down and told myself that I had to stop living for others and make myself happy but what truely makes me happy is my friends/family being happy.

    To all the people I have met in real life, your friendship has ment a lot to me. From all the people at district that make me feel like a rockstar to keara for being there and making me food (lol so fucking good <3). People like Ben who have made me forget it all and just do nothing but smile, Justin aka FraGzee who makes me laugh and relax, Patt Cronin and Missey and all the other people that I have had a chance to talk to that make me feel at home in the group.

    All of this wouldn't be possible without Matt and Josh Gray and his awesome wife Patti Gray for making sure a great place with so many great people and allowing me to come out. Words can't explan how much this have ment to me Matt and I always feel bad knowing I can't do anything to make up for how well you have been. Matt is the prefect example of why vVv and District are my families. So once again thanks so much for being the best friend that I could ask for when everything seems to being going wrong for me.

    I wanted to write a lot more but it is already so long and I had to cut a lot out out it. But I plan on doing more shout outs and maybe a part 2 of this blog. Thanks to all that read it and have made this coller coaster the best one ever.

    Heart Status to all,

    Anthony "vVv Relent" Goeckermann <3

  3. Well if you guys didnt already knw, my Team and I Decided to Drop TinySuperDude and Change the Team name from Remnants to Poison. Now Tiny is a great player but his mindset and attitude didnt suit our play style. I wish him the best of luck ,and he is a great Host.

    The Team is trying to make decisions that are best for us in the long run. Poison is just a name we decided to go with because it sounds cool and Is Deadly.

    Anyways 2Day was another very successful day as a team. Although we made a difficult decision, and had to let go of a great player

    we ended up gaining a chance to view our options. For one it showed we are capable of making the necessary decisions needed to maintain a great team. We had the opportunity to scrim a few good teams today and I just want to make a shout out to

    Devanes nXs, MistaR P, Square 1, DiemundValkyrie

    Yes im Celend, Good ole Rick, Hec7iK, MaLLue5

    These guys were great competitors and really gave a us a run.

    I will be uploading the videos in the media section on vVv so go ahead and check them out when ever you have time.

    Im Glad to say we are definently looking into picking up a Player, II Unreal

    He seems pretty good and is also a gfx maker, cool points for him lol.

    To basicly wrap things up, i want to say that our team is getting stronger.

    Skill wise , mentally and most importantly Building a Friendship.

    I wish everyone luck and success with your teams and hope to see you guys in upcoming mLG events.

    Peace

  4. As I began writing this blog, it was 4:30 in the morning on the East Coast. I’m chilling in bed after what can be described as the worst, most stressful week of my life followed very quickly by an unforgettable day that is proving to reinforce some of the hardest yet unforgettable lessons anyone can learn.

    As some of you may know, last Saturday - July 30th - was an epic day of lesson learning and getting thrown into a situation that I knew very little about and was not ready for: my grandmother, Patricia Czarnecki, passed away. She fought a good fight, put up with too many medical conditions far too long, and never broke her spirit as to help those around her remain strong.

    We joke in my family that Grandma was really Mrs. Cleaver - there was never a household chore left undone, even towards the end of her life. In addition, my house is a very small and tight-knit family - Grandma, Grandpa, my mother, and myself. My grandma took care of any small need that anyone would require fulfilled. She cooked almost every night and did everything she could possibly do to help the family run more smoothly. One day, I hope to live up to her standards and expectations.

    I could write a book on the grief I feel about the loss, the intense pain of missing the woman who practically raised me, and how much of an impact she made on this house and this family. But all of that aside, she also taught me how to be a better person; and this is how loyalty, heart, passion, and commitment have come to play such a large role in my life.

    I cannot express how important it is to spend time with your family and loved ones. We’re all trying to find a way to balance *everything* and odds are good that we will never figure it out perfectly. However, it is starting to hit I am no longer a spring chicken, most of my friends are grown and gone, and life will continue to hit me. I don’t have time to waste on anyone who doesn’t matter, and it’s the choices I make to embrace moments and really live life that will not only matter, but shape and influence the world around me.

    I realize that my favorite soapbox is the one labeled “vVv *IS* a family!” and that some people just don’t get the level I’m on. However, this past month has shown me that my passionate belief in the concept of a vVv Family is a solid one built on an incredible foundation. I’ve been lucky and blessed for the support of everyone on the team and the understanding of the MOST AMAZING staff on the planet for picking up the slack in my absence.

    I have to take time to shout out a few of my brothers and sisters who’ve been my rock while I deal with family issues, though this BY NO MEANS covers every great experience I’ve had.

    To everyone and anyone who sent prayers, good wishes, karma, or whatnot - THANK YOU! We live our lives online and expecting an entire team to physically show support is nonsense. However, each Facebook post, Tweet, and text message was a reminder that my team had my back and wanted the best for my family no matter what.

    To vVv redvsblue, also known as Smith, who took an early morning phone call when ish started to hit the fan and hear me out about my personal fears. I’m not much of a religious person anymore; but the faith and prayers of Smith and his wife not only touched my heart and brightened my days, but helped remind me of the power of prayer and group thinking. I love you both dearly!

    To vVv Paradise, my fantastic friend Jason, who sent near-constant calls, texts, and tweets to check on me and how I was doing. Jason has always been a great friend, but to have someone pulling so hard who also understands the importance of a family was much needed.

    I have to lump Paradise into a second shoutout also for vVv Nynjatic. You two guys kept me grounded and provided a much needed laugh when I was in the hospital ICU at 2 am. While things were starting to turn for the worse, you both helped me relax and keep a level head.

    I can’t do shoutouts without mentioning the great crew of vVv Jolly, vVv Cheese, vVv Relent, and vVv Perilous. We’re all aware of Jolly’s hospitality, but the trips Cheese and Perilous took to visit both while Grandma was still in the hospital and after blew my mind. These four guys not only helped me to relax and unwind before the storm really hit; but also took time out of their shenanigans to actually talk to me and counsel me through how I was feeling. Some people may think we just go to a club and drink; but getting to truly kick back and be myself and be supported in that helped me work through a lot. As Lord Jerith mentioned tonight, maybe it is time to turn District into a vVv therapy center!

    Last but not least, a shout out for the one and only Lord Jerith. While he may have great rants and strong opinions, intimidating all the eSports land; he is a far more kind and understanding mentor than anyone can know. Thank you, Jerry, for being so patient with my situation and allowing me to work through everything at my own pace. You are quite a role model for us all.

    As I said, I have no ability to put into words the feelings that I have about the family, friends, neighbors, and teammates who did all they could to support me and continue to support me. Thank you all so much. I truly do have a strange, disjointed, motley Adopted Family - but I couldn't trade it for the world.

    With all of that, I finally feel ready to conquer the future; but I realize it is NOT EASY. There is no way that I could have gotten to this space without some key support. Time and time again over these past few weeks, I’ve been continually surprised at the level of support I’ve received and I don’t know what I would have done without it.

  5. Well thanks to vVv HellAshes being so damn amazing at Rock Band 3 PRO Guitar, he won a contest put on by Schick and Harmonix with the grand prize being a trip to California for a tour of the Fender Guitar Factory and then a two night stay in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The trip didn

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    what i'm about to write, is something almost impossible to learn and even harder to teach, it's something you need to find inside yourself, one day everything im about to say will just click to you and you'll be able to understand everything im talking about.

    1. Adrenaline.

    It can make or break you as you try to become a pro gamer, it's when you have a 1v4 and you kill 3, and you are left to a 1v1 your whole team is screaming and your heart is pumping and you're more focused then ever. this is adrenaline, for some people when they get in this state of mind they panic, but pro gamers use it to their advantage, they know how to calm themselves with their breathing and take themselves out of the atmosphere. the most adrenaline i have ever gotten was from mlg, mainstage. People chanted my name as i was getting cross map boltok supermans and headshots, i remember not being able to use my adrenaline right and i almost went zombie by not talking and focused more than anything, good thing i planned ahead for this and got a coach to sit behind me, literally saying everything i was doing, and i completely dominated. it was also my first event so this is expected. i also remember not sleeping the night and looking into my eyes and seeing dot pupils, google meth eyes aha.

    When you play competitive high adrenaline matches more often the level goes down and down, now when i play i barely get any even if im doing the most insane things, but that still doesn't prepare you for when you to lan, you need to completely mentally train yourself to know what you're going to do, when you're going to do it, and be able to verbally communicate what's going to happen.

    2. Leadership and morale killers.

    As you should know i've been the leader of FuLLy SpacEd for about 3 years now and i have alot of leadership skills, a leader should never be one of the other things im going to mention but instead a positive optimistic who's always thinking of ways to be able to turn the game around, whether its by knowing a handful of tactics/pushes/strats, or just by simply being able to know what to tell a teammate to do in any given situation, you need to be able to make critical in game decisions fast and intelligently. a leader should never make team decisions based on emotions it will only come back negatively.

    Downers/ people who give up / emos / whiners .

    these are the people who can make or break the game, quite possibly the best player in the game these people will scream at a teammate for not doing what they think was best for the team or for themselves, these people should always be avoided and replaced, and the people who say things like 'this game sucks' every time they die, that's not helpful for anybody and they need to deal with their emotions before trying to be a top player in any game. when i go down 4-2 on the other teams host tiebreaker i don't find things/people to blame i solve problems and fix what my team is doing and going to do in the upcoming rounds and i dont get down on myself or others, this lets us be able to come back and take the morale back from the other team, steals their adrenaline and forces them to be the emo ones. FuLLy SpacEd has had tons of emo kids going in and out of the roster, i always try to fix the attitudes and it will never happen, then need to grow up before they can be good at a top level, even though they might be the best players on gb they will never be what they want to be.

    Things like 'good job' go a long way, and never underestimate an opponent before it's too late,

    FuLLy SpacEd attitudes V

    Leader attitude - Me obv.

    Good attitudes -Devil D , Termss, reliance

    Bad - Snubs, Strangulate, Yogurt , frenchfries

    3. Habitats.

    There's no use switching the spot of the map in the middle of the game, there should be a certain player for a certain spot, for example, someone who goes snipe street needs to know what he's doing and if he starts losing the emo player's first instinct will be to put himself in that spot, that's the wrong idea.

    you need to know every spot you play like the back of your hand and get in your habitat so you win their at least 75% of the time, spots like p4 blood drive, house on jacinto, up top pavillion, inside security, you need to work on what you know best to make sure what you know best becomes perfect.

    4. Karma.

    The team with the best karma, 'the good guys' will never cheat, never give up, never get down on themselves and never go shady on a team, the people who i call snakes; will be the one's losing, the first ones to leave your team after a loss, cheat even against a friend, talk bad about you behind your back instead of defending you, and will judge you on everything, they tell you one thing and do another, they might be your best friend to your face, or 'ear but will go behind your back and say the worst things they can think about you, there are way to many snakes on gamebattles and not enough good guys. you all need to learn a lesson in sportsmanship and not resort to cheating.

    never make a team with a snake, and never tell your secrets to a snake because one day, they might get jealous and tell everybody, or they will make something up and go with it. snubs is the best psychopathic snake i have ever talked to in my life. but i know by karma that he will never do anything in gaming and probably have bad things happen in his life, while i will be having good things in mine.

    5. The gamer zone

    this is what i call the perfect settings for you to perform well online, this is important for me because i like online competition. i need the lights off, my tb's on, my cap on and my mac beside me, no family bothering me and sometimes my radio on to focus, i like to have an energy drink for the big matches and some food in my stomach, also you need to play on a tv you're comfortable with or an mlg monitor, and you need a decent connection or you will go no where in the pcl. but all of these things don't matter on lan this is just something you need to set down if you try to win alot online.

    another thing, if you ever in your life think that you need someone to talk to, i'm always here and ill always read your messages or aims, i'm a good listener and a problem solver, and i'm good with psychology, so im always here if you need me.

    There will be constant updates so reread often.

    Be sure to like, share, reblog, anything

    and cheer for FuLLy SpacEd in the gow3 mlg season.

    - Carson

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  6. It's been a long time since I decided to divulge in a blog, and I think it's time to hop back on the saddle. This blog isn't going to be about PC, Call of Duty 4, or any of the standard stuff you can find in one of my forum posts. I think at the end you will see a true vVv gamer and hopefully a reason to want to be a part of this great organization.

    Flash back to the fall of 2009. A team filled with players I had known for a year had just joined vVv Gaming. At the time, vVv Gaming was relatively unknown in the PC Call of Duty landscape. I had just come back from an extensive break in the competitive gaming scene and I was looking to get back into it. As a result of this, I joined my friends on the vVv team.

    My initial thoughts on vVv were, "Wow. That is a pretty lame name." A few months went by, and we had some decent results together as a team. Soon after, there was a point where it all changed for me. My outlook on gaming, vVv, Call of Duty 4 and even some aspects of life changed instantly.

    One random day, LordJerith popped into our Ventrilo channel and asked how I was. We talked about school, gaming, sports, ideas for the future and more. Seeing the passion that Jerry has for his teams and the players on them changed how I wanted to approach what I was doing. Up until this point I was happy with just being good at games. Jerry challenged me to do something more than just contribute my playing ability. Despite some of my "confidence" at the time for being a great player, I was still unknown. It was during this conversation that I told him I want people to think of vVv when they hear the alias Cubed. Two years later, I think I have achieved that goal.

    Now here is where it gets tricky. Only being good isn't enough anymore. I realize that this could ruffle a few feathers, but I think it's something worth being said. Only being good is NOT enough to be in vVv, but being in vVv should be more to you than just representing a great organization or getting to wear their tags. I see this a lot where an individual is happy just being in vVv. They are happy just being a part of it. Don't get me wrong, vVv wouldn't what it is without the many different levels of gamers on it. If you are on this team to be a competitive gamer, however, then you shouldn't be happy only wearing the tags and getting your t-shirt.

    Being a part of vVv should make you want to surpass the names of old. Be better than the glory days of Gears of War. Be better than some of the great console players we have. Be better than all of the SC2 players.

    In gaming and life you shouldn't be happy to be just as good as someone else, you should always want more. If we are happy where we are, then we're not striving for anything. If we're not striving for anything, then we don't have any goals. These don't have to be huge goals or strives, but you need to be going forward.

    Maybe I'm just ranting or maybe I'm just more competitive than most people, but every single day I try to do something better in life and gaming. If you aren't going to do your best at something - then why do it at all?

    In short, what I'm saying is be happy for what you have achieved, but don't be afraid to challenge yourself to be that much better at whatever game you play, or in real life. Don't be afraid to run that extra mile, or finally talk to that girl. I hope that this can help some of the younger members in vVv because I have been lucky in life to have a few people teach me some very valuable lessons through sports. It was rare and refreshing to have someone like Jerry do that for me through gaming and through vVv.

  7. So I started an alt/smurf account a couple weeks ago, and have recently been playing on it in order to practice exclusively Protoss for MLG Raleigh. I threw my placement matches because I decided I felt like massing workers every game, and despite how bad kids in bronze are they aren't quite bad enough to lose to mass workers.

    So my experience last night laddering in bronze and silver was eye opening. For the most part, it looks like bronze league is the place where people have a rough idea of the build orders go, but don't have the build orders refined and don't know how to execute them well. For example, I played mostly against other protoss who would four gate, but I would have 12 stalkers in their base before their warp gates even finished.

    When you start to get to high bronze/silver, the game changes abruptly. These kids decided that they can't execute a four gate well, so screw cyber core, I'll just mass zealots on 2-3 gates and maybe proxy.

    This is where the disconnect between high-level players and low-league players comes into play. A 2 gate is impossible to stop with a macro build. You have to scout and respond to what you see. So when players in master/GM/diamond/plat tell people in bronze and silver they just need to work on macro to succeed, they are wrong.

    First a note on walling. While most high level players don't wall in PvP and arguably there are reasons you shouldn't, I think in lower leagues having a wedge wall off (gateway gap cyber core, as opposed to a gateway cyber gap wall) is necessary to defend well. If you position your zealots behind the gap you can hit 1 zealot with 2, which will put you ahead in this battle easily.

    The key to beating a 2/3 gate / proxy is good scouting and responding properly to what you scout. Instead of continuing worker production, the first thing you should do when you scout a proxy is cut workers to get up more gateways. Your economy will be ahead of your opponents because he's already had to cut workers to get his cheese up.

    The next step is chronoboosting 2-3 zealots to hold the initial push. You need something in between your pylons (which seem to be the favored target of silver league players) and his zealots until you can get stalkers or sentries up. Keep your zealots on hold position. Don't be so gung-ho about making units to defend this pressure that you forget to build pylons. Getting supply blocked at any point before your warp gates finish means an automatic loss.

    Once you have your initial zealots, you should have 3-4 gateways and warp gates should be about halfway done. Start building stalkers to supplement your zealot wall. If you don't have a third gateway up, build one, but hold on the fourth until you hold the pressure.

    If he breaks your zealot wall and gets inside your base, don't panic. Chronoboost your stalkers as fast as possible and make sure they exit on the opposite side of the gateway from his zealots by moving the rally points. Once your stalkers are out kite his zealots around if he chases, or just focus from max range if he tries to kill pylons or your nexus. If he goes for your probes move them away while also making sure not to lose your stalkers to his zealots. This can be tricky and may require some practice, but ultimately you should lose neither stalkers nor probes. A good tool to practice this micro is the Team Micro Tournament custom map.

    Convert your gateways to warp gates as soon as the tech finishes. If you haven't already put down a fourth gateway do so now. Also resume probe production until you have 16 workers in minerals and 3 on your assimilator. Send out a probe (replace it if you pulled it from your minerals) to start making proxy pylons. I like to put one in the middle of the map and one near, but not next to, my opponent's base. Warp in only stalkers at this point, or zealots if you lack the gas for stalkers. Push immediately, building up your forces at the proxy pylons you've set up as you go. Chronoboost your warp gates as much as possible. If it was a proxy rush, make sure to find and kill the probe/pylons powering his gateways at the proxy before you push. Don't bother with the gateways as this will only slow your push and give him a chance to recover and transition.

    So now you know how to stop a proxy 2gate and 2gate. The last bit is identifying these builds. A two gate is obvious since he will place two gateways before his cyber core. A proxy two gate can be more tricky, the key is keeping your probe alive in his base. If he doesn't place any gateways in his base or at his natural by the time you have 16 supply you can safely assume he will proxy rush you.

    One variation on this build that caught me off guard was a three gate opening into four gate robo one one base. If someone opens with a heavy zealot build but doesn't push immediately, then as soon as your warp gate research finishes, put down a second gas, build a round of sentries and tech to one base colossi ASAP. After the three sentries are out (zealots to fill in when you can't afford the gas for a sentry) build only zealots until your colossus tech is up. Make an observer while your robotics support bay is building. If he pushes, forcefield your ramp and take pot shots with the stalkers you made initially. Once you have 3-4 colossi it should be safe to move out. Don't bother with the range upgrade, just make sure to micro away from immortals if he tries to focus your colossi. Your zealots will keep attacking and allow you to kill him easily.

    Happy laddering!

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    Hi my name is Mathew Clavet i'm 17 years old I live in Quebec City, Canada and i'm french. I started gaming back in 6 years ago playing Guild Wars on PC then 2 years ago i bought a ps3 with my little brother. I learned a bout the MLG a year and a half ago and i never find a loyal team so i stopped GB's but when i heard Black Ops was on the Pro Circuit this year i decided to learn the game in all of his details and put my coaching experience from the 3 championships i won as a pitcher/cather coach in baseball and my 2nd place in the playoff as a Hockey coach to a new level of Coaching. I got my first LAN event in Columbus with Legend Status we finished 18th and after long talk with FoRce Players i'm proud to be with them for the rest of the season!

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    This past weekend I headed out to California to attend Genesis, an international Smash tournament. Players traveled from all over the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, and even Australia to compete.

    This was not a good tourney for me competitively, so I'm going to gloss over my actual matches.

    Genesis, though, was about more than Smash. It was about having an amazing time with like minded individuals. Smashers rented out an entire hotel. Yes, every single room was occupied by Smashers. We partied, we hit the pool, we ate together, and most importantly, we bonded.

    Let me just try and sum up my Genesis experience, and hopefully the amazing time I had can be conveyed.

    I flew into SFO Thursday morning, and was picked up by a good friend of mine, falln. We'd never met in person before, but he drove miles out of his way and took me to the Smash hotel with him. That's the brotherhood that is Smash. We headed to In N Out, near the hotel, and while sitting there, Smashers continued to show up until the entire restaurant was almost entirely full of Smashers.

    After eating, we headed to the hotel, where we met up with lots of other Smashers and got some solid practice in. We spent the rest of the day meeting lots of people and playing with people from all over the world. We headed to sleep relatively early and were excited for Singles Pools the next morning.

    We showed up Friday morning at the venue, warmed up, and singles pools began. After a poor performance, I squeezed through to the second round of pools with a third seed. After some more friendlies, doubles pools began. Teaming with falln, we played very well, and took second seed to one of the top teams on the West Coast.

    That wrapped up day 1 of Genesis. Some partying and practice later, it was bed time.

    Waking up very early the next morning was rough from being up late, but a quick breakfast had me off to the venue by 8:45. When I arrived it was time for the second round of singles pools. I ended up getting fourth seed by just a one game difference. That knocked me out of the singles tourney, and i was disheartened.

    Not long after the failure that was Singles, the venue closed for a bit for setup. Since there were hundreds of Smashers outside, a giant game of Sharks and Minnows broke out, with everyone playing. It was a great experience, both Brawl and Melee players coming together and just having fun.

    The venue reopened after a while and crews began. Crews were a battle of the coasts, East v West. West Coast won Melee crews on the backs of their Ice Climbers players. Brawl crews came down to an incredibly close game between Atomsk and Gnes. Gnes edged out Atomsk by one stock, winning the crew battle for the West Coast.

    Once again, it was back to the hotel for partying and practice. Exhausted from the day, it was another early night. Sunday morning brought doubles bracket first. Once again, I turned in a lackluster performance, and falln and I went 0-2.

    Then the hype started: Singles bracket!

    Falln v Rain was the first set for a Japanese player. Falln tried to keep up and made it a close set, but Rain's aggression proved too much to handle. Rain's MK is unbelievable to watch. It's aggressive and safe, which is in sharp contrast to the typical American playstyle which is far more defensive, and often relies on timing out opponents.

    Rain's aggression continued to pay off as he 2-0'd mikeHAZE, one of the West Coast's best players and a "Meta Knight Slayer".

    If you can't tell, I love Rain's playstyle!

    Rain fell to Gnes and Krystedez, the latter likely because of his unfamiliarity with American stages and the Wario metagame.

    Matches in Melee were extremely exciting. Armada v Hungrybox came to within just 1% of damage! Melee matches are always more exciting than Brawl when it devolves into timeouts. Mango v Taj was an absolute style fest, and Mango v Armada came to game 5 last hit and Armada barely edged him out. There was more hype in just those few matches than all the others through the weekend combined!

    Genesis was about more than just competing. Watching great players compete is incredible. I loved every moment of being on the sidelines! Sometimes, not worrying about personal performance and just enjoying where you are and who you're with is the best thing you can do!

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    Alright so I enjoy putting my thoughts down on paper. Instead of using paper I am going to use this section of the website.

    I am planning on writing some content at least once a week. My goal since the beginning of playing Starcraft 2 is to be come an expert at it, or also known as a professional player. I wanted to learn the ins and outs of the game because it seemed like it was where the tip top of all players were at. Starcraft was supposed to be the hardest game on the planet. I'm not quite there yet.

    I am currently sitting somewhere between mid diamond to low masters. I've come a long way since my first day in copper. Oh yes, Copper League. Back during the beta. I was terrible at starcraft when I first started. I had no prior experience of the playstyle of any game in the strategy genre. My mindset going into my games is that I was going to make the coolest looking Unit and then kill the enemy. I mean come on. The coolest looking thing is usually the best thing. Thors were so good. Yes, thors were the coolest Unit to me. Along with being cool they also did a lot of damage. You pair that with a lot of medivacs and you get an absolute waste of money. Oh god I had the worst game sense.

    I've definitely evolved a lot since then. When I got into silver I thought to myself, "Okay I am actually getting somewhere with this." This is the time where I started to search for these magical things called "build orders". I copied every build order I could find. When I couldn't get them to work right I found out that people offered coaching. I decided that my career in starcraft 2 was going to be based on which coach was the cheapest price. It was between PsyonicReaver or ReSpOnSe. Yes I know two completely different ends of the spectrum, but I had no idea. My permanent race in Starcraft 2 was decided by price.

    After a few coaching sessions I quickly moved up into gold and then instantly into plat right after. I thought I was amazing. 3 months in, no prior experience, and a decently High League(During the time of Diamond Being Top Tier) This is around the time that day9 began to pick up popularity among the new Starcraft 2 players. I watched him every time there was a protoss Build on his show. I wanted to win. Sadly, I was stopped. World of Warcraft. It's ruined many things in my life. It caused me to quit for months. I didn't play starcraft 2 for 4 months. I lost all of my mechanics and forgot my build orders. All of my time and my money was gone and wasted. On top of that I began losing in game. I began to wing my playstyles. I still didn't win. Nothing that I was doing was helping. What I needed to do was begin reading and starting back from ground zero. I need to regain all of my knowledge that I had just previously lost. It all came back to me. My only problem now is correcting prior mistakes so that I can move forward with my career.

    Where I am at now: I will be playing in Anaheim as my first live lan experience. I am expecting to lose, but I feel like it is a good test of where I have gotten in a year's time. I also want to experience the community in person so that I understand everyone's dedication compared to mine. I want to meet my heroes, and I want to meet others that are just like me.

    I will be expanding this blog every Sunday about what is happening to me during the week, and what are my plans or goals for next week.

    Goals:

    • Remain within the top 8
    • Play at least 4-6 hours a day
    • Fix my priorities

    Tl;dr

    I sucked, Got better, quit, got worse, got better.

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    Hello vVv! Its metaphor here and today I would like to teach you how to setup a Hauppauge HD PVR capture device to your monitor so you do do things such as record video and live stream your game play. Without getting into a lengthy intro lets jump right into it.

    1. Things you will need.

    - Hauppauge HD PVR

    - Component to VGA Converter

    - Xbox 360

    - Will Power

    2. Where can I get these things?

    - Hauppauge HD PVR: http://amzn.to/n1MxGd

    - Component to VGA Converter: http://bit.ly/nrTFV3 (There are many different types of this so you can look around for a cheaper price. This is the one I bought though for $60.00)

    - Xbox 360: http://bit.ly/qeNizQ

    - Will Power: In your brain. (Results may vary)

    3. Ok. I have everything, now what do I do?

    Watch this video on how to set it up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4YJ4L1orsw

    First thing you want to do it take out your hauppauge hd pvr and get its software. The software comes with the package. Once you have it, incert the CD into your computer and install the latest drivers. Go to the hauppauge website if you need any additional drivers, go to: http://www.hauppauge...ata_hdpvr.html. Once you have downloaded the software needed then you can start to set up the hauppauge. When you take the HD PVR out of the box, you will have 3 cables. The component cables, the power supply cable and the usb cable. You need to put the PVR next to your computer and your xbox. Plug in the power supply to your wall outlet and plug the other end into your HD PVR. Once that is done Plug the usb cable into your computer and the other end into your PVR. The slots are big and obvious. There are also name plates so you can read to see which one is the correct one to use. You then need to take the component cables that come WITH your XBOX 360 and plug them into your xbox and the other end into the HDPVR. They will be color coded aswell. Make sure to plug these cables into the bottom and not the top. After that take the component cables that you got with your HD PVR and plug one in intp the top of the PVR, also color coded, and the other end into the component to VGA converter. Then take the VGA cable and plug it into the component to VGA converter and the other end into your monitor.

    If you have any questions please ask. I will be making another video soon, once I get a new flip to record audio with.

  9. So...

    We have a friends with us, he's coaching Team Force, last night he was really upset and I know why but its not the nature of trh blog(sorry). Anyway, with this friends, I sometime get the chance to watch Live pro team scrims and last night was one of thoses night. I must admit, its insane, the mindstet, the strategy and the skills thoses peoples have are way beyond what I thought. Seeing them on Youtube and live is WAY different.

    We also had our very first team coaching and two team scrims(in two months), we lost but did good overall. Team Spirit is good, no one cared if we lost twice in a row, the overall goal for the team is to get better and thats freaking awesome to see.

    As a recap, I'd like to find a coach.

    We have a long road ahead but, whatever, lets enjoy the ride and do our best ti achieve something. We're not aiming MLG Pro Status at the moment, but we would like to complete in one MLG event.

  10. With the amazing expectations of MLG Columbus 2011 the turnout was even more of a bang. With 2 huge sponsors of MLG, Sony Ericsson and Dr. Pepper we give great thanks to for really supporting the event to the fullest. Also on top of that MLG had some players brought over from out of country to compete in the Starcraft 2 game, in which you will hear more about. So as you read on, really pay attention to get the full effect of the event and how it really turned out for each game.

    Call of Duty Black Ops -

    For the Call of Duty Black Ops community and its players we had a much better turnout than the previous Dallas event. With COD on the PS3 and the support from Sony Ericsson the community and circuit for the game should grow drastically throughout the contract. With that being said and the first time that this game is on the circuit there were definitely some last minute problems with the Championship Bracket teams not being able to attend and in other sense some players not even showing up. Thanks to a great job by MLG the bracket was fully able to get underway and it was a blowout! Coming into the event the Call of Duty community voted the 1 time national championship Team FeaR as the most likely championship seeded team to fail. Once at the event that thought soon became a blur. With FeaR captain Moho and his long time partner ASSASS1N they stormed the main stage and Pool competition. Team FeaR ending up with a awesome 3rd place finish. Prior to Columbus 13th seeded FoRce was having major chemistry and what they call

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    The Gears of War competitive community is at a crossroad. We have several decisions, but only one leads us to where we want to be. The others may give us what we think we want, but in the end are not what we actually want for the game. We have GN. We have GearsUp. That is great. The websites are both great. They both have good intentions. We also have the lack of proactivity road, which most can agree is the way we should not go about things. Then we have the real road we want. The road that leads us to a long-living and successful title. The road that leads us to a game that can not only compete with halo, but beat it out. The road that takes Gears of War, the ghetto of competitive gaming, and turns us into a true force in the eSports world.

    How do we go down this road? That is the billion dollar question, and only a few people actually have the answer to it. I can tell you that while GearsUp and GoWNation have plans to do big things and might be great for the community, they are in fact not the main key we need. We need to be presentable. I don't mean we all need to show up to an event in our finest clothes. I mean we need to have something to offer potential sponsors. We need to have something that lures in the general public

  11. This week brings vVv's first loss in WNS at the hands of DarkCell, of Quantic Gaming. These games showcase some strong ZvT, winning against Ruff's Cheese, Murder's macro-based play and NGry's timing based play. DarkCell also wins a close ZvP, coming back from having his third base killed for free.

    Replays can be found here.

    Game 1: vVvMurder(T) vs Agh(P) on Tal'Darim Altar

    Murder opens with a gasless 1 rax expand, into a very atypical 3 rax into 3rd command center. Agh opens with a more standard 1 gate expansion, quickly adding 2 more gates for pressure and a robotics facility. Both players macro up from here, murder teching up to starport and taking his third on the low ground, Agh teching to DTs and taking the natural third base.

    Both players drop simultaneously, murder dropping a medivac full of marines and marauders into Agh's base, which does little damage, Agh warping in DTs into Murder's base, killing a few SCVs and add-ons before Murder cleans up the DTs. Murder loads up four medivacs after dealing with the DTs, dropping Agh's main while also sending the rest of his units to Agh's natural. Agh sees the units coming from the front, and only breaks off a small number of zealots and stalkers to deal with the drop. These units get crushed with relatively few losses for murder, and having no form of AoE, the rest of Agh's gateway army gets picked apart by the split attack.

    Dealing with Terran's split attacks as protoss is quite unforgiving, since small numbers of gateway units are incredibly inefficient against infantry and medivac armies. Agh should have sent far more units back into his main to deal with the four medivac drop.

    Game 2: Murder(T) vs DarkCell(Z) on Metalopolis

    In this game, Murder opens with a 1 rax CC into 4 rax with fast combat shields. DarkCell begins with a hatchery first, following by a very late gas and a fast third queen, droning incredibly hard. Murder scouts with an early reaper, and pushes out to attack DarkCell with a handful of marines as combat shields completes. DarkCell has a perfect defense, though, with 4 queens and 2 spine crawlers. Posturing aggressively with his marines and reapers, Murder forgets to build a supply depot, and is supply blocked at 46 supply for nearly a minute, followed by another lengthy supply block at 56. Coupled with DarkCell's bold drone production, this leaves DarkCell with a 17 worker advantage, while still producing lings in time to deal with Murder's attack.

    DarkCell takes a third base while Murder techs to starport. Murder beings a third CC while dropping DarkCell's main. The drop is dealt with effectively, but after securing his third base, Murder returns with two medivacs dropped behind DarkCell's mineral line and a tank/marine push at the front. Murder's dropped marines sit safely behind a spire and baneling nest, killing several lings and drones, but is eventually clean up along with the entire push due to DarkCell's massive number of lings and banelings.

    Murder continues macroing while attempting to drop DarkCell's main and picking off stray lings and banelings on the map, but DarkCell's macro is phenomenal. Every time Murder pushes out, his units are flanked and slaughtered by a nearly maxed army of lings and banelings. After losing two huge armies this way, Murder's main and natural are both mined out, and he ggs.

    Murder's massive supply block during his initial push cost him a lot. DarkCell droned very greedily, but went unpunished because of the supply block. With an additional round of marines, Murder could have probably killed the spine crawler on the right side of DarkCell's natural and gotten behind the minerals to kill drones and delay mining. Going into the midgame with such a huge harvester disadvantage is almost always going to lead to a loss.

    Game 3: NGry(T) vs DarkCell(Z) on Shattered Temple

    NGry opens with 2 rax; DarkCell again opening with hatch first and a late gas. NGry's first push kills four lings and forces ten more on top of that, while losing no marines. NGry expands behind this pressure, setting him up for a strong mid-game. NGry adds a third command center quickly while producing marines from four barracks. DarkCell, on the other hand, produces mass ling/baneling, staying on two base for a very long time.

    NGry sees no ling/baneling aggression, so moves out to attack what would be DarkCell's third base. Unfortunately for him, DarkCell has not taken a third, and counters with a huge number of lings, ripping through NGry's natural and into his main. Meanwhile, NGry's army takes out two rocks before getting to DarkCell's base, where he is greeted by several banelings.

    NGry's opening was solid, but his mid-game plan was abused well by DarkCell. NGry often pushes at the time most zerg players will take their third, but since DarkCell stayed on two bases, he has a larger army than usual, and crushed NGry. With the extremely early third Orbital, NGry could have afforded to scan to check for the third base, but opted for greedy instead.

    Game 4: Ruff(T) vs DarkCell(Z) on Testbug

    Ruff opens with three barracks at his expansion, aiming to put a ton of pressure on DarkCell early. However, DarkCell opted this game for a speedling expand, and when Ruff's initial marines reach DarkCell's base, DarkCell surrounds them, stopping the rush cold.

    At this point, DarkCell's hatchery has not yet completed at his expansion, so he cancels it and builds a baneling nest, to end the game more quickly. This is a mistake, as it gives ruff a chance of winning the game, but DarkCell's bust is successful, and ruff resigns.

    Ruff's initial push was not executed well. He pushed with his marines out in the open rather than staying against the wall or behind the minerals, where they may have done better against the zerglings.

    Game 5: Time(P) vs DarkCell(Z) on Shakuras Plateau

    DarkCell opens speedling expand, while I open 2 gate FE. I am able to sneak a probe into DarkCell's base, seeing an early roach warren. DarkCell sneaks some lings into my main, seeing nothing but two gateways. Using hallucination, I scout DarkCell taking a quick third with very few units, and push with +1 attack and blink, killing the hatchery for free, as DarkCell has very few units and can do nothing to stop my army.

    During the attack, I built a third base and began teching to colossi. DarkCell begins burrow, roach speed, his third, and quickly after his fourth base. Once I have finished colossus range and my third colossus, I push again while taking my fourth. Due to poor scouting, I engage DarkCell's army out in the open, and his banelings evaporate all of the zealots and sentries quickly, leaving the roaches to deal with the colossi and remaining stalkers quite well.

    DarkCell adds infestors, while I tech to templar and void rays. DarkCell uses lings to take out the fourth base while dropping roaches in the main, turning the game back in his favor. I push again once I approach maxed, and successfully take out DarkCell's natural and most of his army. However, DarkCell continues to abuse burrow to kill buildings in the main and at my fourth, crippling my economy. With reinforcements, DarkCell cleans up the rest of my army, and with constant harass, prevents me from being able to deal with increasing infestor numbers, which continue to neural and spam infested terrans, winning the game.

    Despite gaining a large lead in the early game by taking DarkCell's third out for free, I lose this game with poor army control, losing the first push due to poor positioning, and later due to allowing banelings to blow up all my high templar before using any storms.

    Congrats to DarkCell for the all-kill!

  12. What's happening guys?

    (Note)I'd like to start this blog off by saying that the New England regions attendance hasn't been the best the past month due to most people finishing up school and work issues. Starting next month the turn out for each tourney should be 20-40, who knows maybe even more. This was a small tourney due to issues I stated above, but it packed a ton of fun with it. Sit down and relax while I tell you a little about Quality Inn Smash: Atomic Garden! So with out further a due...

    Morning

    That morning of the tournament I had woken up a tad late. I woke up around 9:50 A.M. and my carpool was going to be at my house at 10:30 A.M. I haste-fully got out of bed and saw my sister eating breakfast. For those of you who don't know my sister is Fatal's girlfriend. Although she does play brawl but not competitively, she always tags along to go to tournies with me to have fun and see her boyfriend. I take a quick shower and get my bag ready for the tourney, by then it is 10:20. My fellow smash friend Erik AKA Hobo arrived at my house. Our ride to the tourney was Nicole/Watkins. They were going to pick up the 3 of us at my house then all of us would head to the venue. After I got completely ready and ate breakfast/ brushed my teeth I went outside and joined my sister and Erik as they were waiting for our ride to come. 15 minutes passed by and we see there car pull up to the drive way. As we all say hello and are entering the car Nicole asks if we ate breakfast. We all said yes, but her and Watkins did not. So we all went to Dunkin Donuts, I got myself a original coffee colada with whip cream (yum). The ride was an hour and a half, time flew by as we all talked and listened to music and before we knew it we were in Rhode Island at the venue.

    Doubles Event

    Doubles was the first event to start. When we arrived at the venue there was about 15 people there. Due to the fact of small attendance the host BloodCross decided to make doubles 5 dollars per person instead of the usual 10 per person so everyone would enter.

    Total entrants- 5 Teams (10 players)

    Teammate- Fatal

    First Round

    Fatal and I received a bye. We had gotten first seed in the bracket.

    Second Round - Fatal(MK) & Pelca(Wario) VS. Sphere(Pit) & Allen(Diddy)

    Second Round we found ourselves playing Sphere & Allen, two New Hampshire players. Allen was new to the community but I have known sphere ever since I started playing at offline tournaments. We lunge into our set and I was not worried at all really.

    Game 1 was on Smashville

    Game 2 we were counter picked to Rainbow Cruise - Fatal and I stayed, Sphere (MK) Allen (MK)

    We won both matches with a commanding lead each time.

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    Sphere, Allen, Pelca, Fatal

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    Sphere, Allen, Pelca, Fatal

    We proceeded to win the set 2-0 and played friendlies with them until our next match.

    Doubles Winners Finals - Mikeray4(Snake) & BloodCross(MK) VS. Pelca(MK) & Fatal(Snake)

    Since the bracket was so small and including the bye we recieved it was already Winners Finals.

    All of the matches were double snake and double MK except for one of them I won with being diddy. For some reason we played almost every game of FD. We ended up loosing the set 2-3, I'm not quite sure what happened but we ended up choking and it costed us a set as a team.

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    BloodCross, Mikeray4, Pelca, Fatal

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    BloodCross, Mikeray4, Pelca, Fatal

    Doubles Loosers Finals - Pelca(Wario/Snake/Diddy) & Fatal(Snake) VS. Nicole(Peach) & Watkins(MK)

    As a result of loosing we find ourselves in loosers finals. I rotated from each character each game for fun, I wasn't worried about loosing that much. We quickly took the set 3-0 and proceeded to Grand Finals.

    -No photo's taken-

    Doubles Grand Finals - Mikeray4(Snake) & BloodCross(MK) VS. Pelca(MK) & Fatal(Snake)

    This time around we met up with the team we lost to in Winners, but something sparked in me and I played very smart. These sets were Double snake and double MK the whole time.

    First set me and fatal win 3-0, since we were comming from looser we had to beat them in two sets.

    Next set we were going 1-1, it was game 3 and a 2 vs 1 VS. Mikeray alone, Fatal had last stock 180%, I had last stock 60%, Mikeray had last stock 140%. I got mikeray in a grab and was pumpling, then all of a sudden Fatal starts to charge a forward smash, I wasn't sure what he was doing but I let it happen since I thought he knew what he was doing. He had port priority so I took all the knock back from the fully charged forward smash and got killed from it. Fatal proceeds to loose the 1 vs 1. I somewhat laughed it off but Fatal took it bad, game 4 we both played bad and lost that one as well but we had a great run!

    We got 2nd in doubles getting our entry fee back and a little more.

    Singles Event

    Soon after doubles, singles sign ups started and began right away!

    Total entrants - 12 Players/ Ranked players entered - 5

    Fatal rank 1, BloodCross rank 4, Pelca rank 5, Mikeray4 Rank 6, Hinkage rank 8

    First Round

    I received a bye due to being a top 4 seed. As I wait for my next match I play friendlies with Fatal because he had a bye as well.

    Second Round - Pelca(Falco/Diddy) VS. Nicole(Peach)

    Comming into this set I was somewhat nervous, Nicole is the best peach player I have ever played offline to date! Game 1 we went to smashville. I chose diddy and she was peach. I barely take that match last stock around 100% then she counter picks me to battlefield. I decided to stay diddy and lost about the same amount I won the match before, she had around last stock 100%. Game 3 she bans Brinstar So I decide to take advantage and go FD and switch to Falco. It was an electrifying match but in the end I JV 2 stocked her. We fist bump and say good games, then I await my next match.

    Third Round - Pelca(Fox/MK) VS. BloodCross(MK)

    I was pretty frightened when I heard I had to play BC round 3 (lol rhyme). Our sets usually go back and forth every tourney. Going into this set I am not quite sure what I should do then it hit me, I remembered back in the day around a year ago I used Fox and beat BC in tourney. Willing to take the risk we proceed the first game and as said I chose Fox VS. BC's MK on Smashville. The game was very close going back and forth immediately taking each others stocks as we took them from each other. In the end I get end up getting a UP-smash kill around 90% or so winning me the first match. Game 2 he tells me Rainbow Cruise, I banned Lylat. Knowing he would go to either Brinstar or R.Cruise I was prepared to play him. I chose MK as well and round 2 was an MK ditto. We were around the 3rd rotation of the stage last stocks, I had around 60% he had 20%. I had taken his second stock in a very smart manner gimping him. He was not to happy the way I took it and was playing very very aggressive after he re spawned his 3rd life. I saw my opportunity and started flying off stage, he following me and was trying to gimp me and still playing aggressive. I'm not 100% sure what happened but I counter him and he ended up shuttle looping off stage and had no ledges to grab and SD'd at around 70%. I took the set 2-0 and proceeded to Winners Finals.

    Winners Finals - Fatal(Snake) VS. Pecla(Falco/Diddy)

    For those of you that know or not, I have never beaten fatal in a tournament set since I started competitive smash. He is basically my trainer and was the one to get me good. He knows me inside out because I play exactly like him just with different characters.

    As this set begun I decided to go diddy on him. Diddy is one of Fatal's worst match ups. I took game 1 barely last stock around 150%. I decided to switch to falco for the rest of the set due to his counter picks and ended up not being able to get the last kill. I lost 3 matches in a row last hits each game and was sent to loosers. I learned a lot from the set and we continued to play for fun until my match was ready in loosers bracket.

    Loosers Finals - Pelca(Falco/MK) VS. Mikeray4(Snake)

    I ended up playing Mikeray in loosers finals because he beat BloodCross in loosers semi's. I was very excited to hear this because I knew BloodCross had the ability to beat me, and I am around 14-0 with Mikeray in singles tournament sets (not exaggerating either).

    As the sets start off Mikeray immediately gets a 2-0 lead over me. A lot of things were running through my head at the time. Mikeray definitively improved since the last time we play, I knew that much. I take game 3 with Falco on a neutral, then he counter picks me to R.Cruise. Knowing it's a bad stage for Falco I take the risk and go MK. I win that match as well then it is game 5. Game 5 he Counter picks me to Lylat. For those of you who do not know Lylat is my worst stage. I can not play there at all for the life of me. I switched back to Falco taking the risk again and I win that match with a safe lead last stock 20%. I proceed to Grand Finals where Fatal awaits me once again.

    Grand Finals - Fatal(Snake) VS. Pelca(Falco/Diddy)

    This time around I decided to go diddy again. I took the first 2 games with Diddy off Fatal. Thinking I was just on the verge of victory I stayed diddy the next 2 games as well and he beats me there with both times when I was diddy still. Game 5 was at FD and I decided to try my hardest with my main so I went Falco. This match felt like it lasted forever. We kept giving trade for trade damage and giving it our all. In the end we both were on our last stocks 150%+ each. I knew I need to get snake in the air so I could manage a kill move but the process on getting the grab was to hard at these percents and how safe he was playing. In the end he manages to kill me a scrape of an UP-Tilt winning him the set 3-2.

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    Fatal, Pelca

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    Fatal, Pelca

    Final Results

    http://www.smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=305515

    (The brackets are included in the link above)

    Doubles

    1. BloodCross & Mikeray4

    2. vVv Pelca & Fatal

    3. Nicole & Watkins

    4. Hinkage & Hobo

    Singles

    1. Fatal

    2. vVv Pelca

    3. Mikeray4

    4. BloodCross

    All in all I had a great day at this event and am proud of how I placed in each event. My next event I will be going to is vVv Chibo's event COT5 next weekend in New Jersey. I plan to do hard training prior to the event and hopefully break top 10 there in singles and doubles! Stay tuned ~~~!

  13. Original post by AlphaZealot: http://www.smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=304134

    To the Smash community,

    Recently the integrity of our tournaments has come under attack. While most would agree having the best players possible at events is in the interest of the community, it should also be noted that it is only beneficial if these players are playing at their best capacity and not attempting to manipulate the tournament for their own collective good. The issue directly at hand is splitting, as it has caused what should be high profile, amazing matches, to instead become a battle of players not trying their hardest, using secondaries, or worse, playing "reverse mains" and also forfeiting. This, because the players have chosen, before playing, how to divy up the winnings of the tournament. This hurts the image of the individual tournament and of the overall Smash community, and this behavior will no longer be tolerated. The BBR-RC is taking the following stance and amending it's ruleset, partially mirroring and in the same spirit as recent decisions made by The Evolution Fighting Game Championship Series, in order to combat this awful practice that has already severely scarred the community (e.g. MLG DC and the Midnight Gaming Championship).

    The first players to be infracted and receive a Yellow Card under the already established authority of the Unity Ruleset, Conduct Rule #5, in conjunction with the newly created Infraction System (category: Bracket Manipulation), are Mew2King, ADHD, and Anti. This is due to their actions at this weekends tournament-KTAR5, where the players agreed to a split the money allocated for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, respectively. This has been confirmed by Tournament Organizer Keitaro. This Yellow Card will be in effect for a period of 6 months, ending Monday, November 21st, 2011.

    We hope future action will not need to be taken, but the Tournament Organizers in the BBR-RC, representing the largest collective of Tournament Organizers ever in the Smash community, with over 50% of tournaments in the community now using the Unity Ruleset, has the unique ability to prevent future issues from occurring. We hope the entire Smash community can work together to collectively cry out in disgust at the all to common action of splitting, as it has deprived the community of prestige, integrity, and most of all amazing matches that participants of any tournament deserve.

    -The BBR Ruleset Committee

    The new section can be viewed in full below

    Unity Ruleset Infraction System

    Players found in contempt of rules within the Unity Ruleset are subject to the Infraction System. This is a system where players can receive either a Yellow Card or a Red Card in a certain category by the members of the BBR-RC based on evidence and discussion.

    Cards

    Yellow Cards are given for lesser offenses, or as warnings for larger ones. Players with a Yellow Card are under extra watch by tournament hosts for later offenses. If a player receives a Yellow Card in a category they already have an active one in, they will be given a Red Card for that category.

    Red Cards are given for larger offenses, or by accumulating two active Yellow Cards in a single category. If a player has an active Red Card, they are unable to participate in any events hosted at a tournament using the Unity Ruleset.

    Cards given to players will have a set expiration date determined on a case-by-case basis by the BBR-RC. Yellow Cards will typically carry longer active periods as a warning lasting approximately between one and twelve months. Red Cards typically carry lesser active periods lasting approximately between two and eight weeks, acting as a tournament ban. Expiration dates may be set differently depending on the severity of the infraction and repeated occurrence of them.

    Cards are assigned a category when distributed based on the rule that was broken. Red Cards gained by accumulating two or more Yellow Cards only happens if the Yellow Cards are obtained in the same category. Categories also help represent the severity of a sentence, as some categories are more important than others. Categories will be decided on when the infraction is given by the BBR-RC. Some examples of categories (but not all of them) are listed below.

    Categories

    Bracket Manipulation: This category is for any offense that pertains to players modifying the outcome of a bracket based on factors such as (but not limited to) Prize Splitting, Intentional Forfeiting, Intentional Under-performance, and Outside Deals. This category may bring additional punishment immediately at the tournament by the Tournament Organizer such as being disqualified from the event or having your winnings forfeited to other placing players at the event.

    Tournament Conduct: This category is for any offense that pertains to players acting out of line at tournaments. This includes factors such as (but not limited to) Fighting, Disruption, Theft, and Destruction of Property. This category may bring additional punishment immediately at the tournament by the Tournament Organizer such as being ejected from the venue.

    Distribution and Operation of Cards

    • Everyone may view the status of all distributed cards including their category, expiration date, and assigned player in the following thread: http://www.smashboards.com/showpost.php?p=12763608&postcount=4
    • Cards will be assigned by the BBR-RC as a whole after discussion following the event in question. Cards may be assigned at any time.
    • Cards do not have to be tied to a specific action at a specific event.
    • Anyone is able to contact any member of the BBR-RC to suggest the distribution of a card, as well as provide evidence that may aid in the decision of the distribution.
    • The BBR-RC may assign cards to players based on events not using the Unity Ruleset.
    • All events using the Unity Ruleset must abide by the player blacklist formed by the Infraction System.
    • Any host not using the Unity Ruleset in its entirety is still welcome to use the player blacklist if they choose.
    • Any player who receives a card is more than welcome to contact any member of the BBR-RC with a counter argument for why they should have not received a certain card.

  14. For this post we will be looking at a game played between vVvMurDeR and EGAxslav from Team Evil Geniuses. This game was for the WCG Qualifier #2 and it was the first round of the upper bracket play. This took place only 2 hours ago. (2:00 p.m 5/22/2011). vVvMurDeR won 2-1.

    Replays:

    We will be taking a look at game 3 on Shakuras Plateau. First, I'd like to lay out the builds of both players, as there isn't too much action in the first half of the game.

    vVvMurDeR's Build: 1 Rax (Techlab) expand into 3 Rax with a fast tech to starport for medivac. I opt for reactor on my factory, for even faster medivac and later viking production.

    EGAxslav's Build: 2 gas, 2 gate expand into twilight council into dts.

    Both of us go for pretty strong economy builds, with all the intentions of getting aggressive and doing damage in the early-mid game. This is pretty standard. Axslav goes for the slightly riskier build that has a large upside, as dts can outright end games in just seconds if not handled properly. I go for standard bio medivac play.

    My mindset: After a very successful early reaper (I manage to kill 5 probes and scout the expansion) I am very confident moving into the mid-game. There is a problem however: I have no idea my opponent is going dts.

    At about the 8:00 minute mark, I decide to take some map control with a group of marines with stim. I do this because he is expanding, and I know that in an open field my army will trade better than his if he chooses to fight for the watch towers. Note: IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE XEL-NAGA WATCH TOWERS. You will notice me and Axslav fight over these things for a lot of the game, it's almost always a "side" battle fought in most high level matches. Note also that I sent one of these marines that pushed out to his 3rd to see when he places it down/deny it. This marine almost always is able to kill the probe, sometimes without the opponent even noticing. (VERY IMPORTANT TO SEND THIS MARINE!)

    At about the 9:00 minute mark, the dts hit my base. Luckily for me, he hit my bunkers and I was able to react properly, sealing off my main base and putting down an Engineering Bay. He also did not split up the first 2 dts and I was able to kill both of the dts with 1 scan. This was also the most critical mistake Axslav makes all game, and I never stop punishing him for it until he leaves the game later.

    After killing the first dts, I immediately move to drop my opponent. The best defense is always a good offense when you have medivacs- so use them. Counter-dropping your opponents when they want to put pressure is a sure way to send them running back to their base and do damage. But once you load that drop up and send em over to the opponent's base, you can't fall asleep. When an opponent opts for an opening like dts, they are more or less forced to use that tech until they can manage to get a different tech out. This makes them very predictable. For this reason, I save my scans and understand that he will use dts in both offense, defense, and for map control. Be prepared to use tons of scans vs these DT users. (This requires that you save them strategically)

    Soon after my drop leaves my base, I spot another dt running up my ramp, scan and kill it. You can't stop watching (and I mean staring at your computer screen for that DT) until that turret goes up. Notice I make 3 turrets in my base. These function both as DT detectors and observer killers. Killing just one observer is worth it in my book, so don't be afraid to put up more than just the 1 turret at your ramp. Some protoss users will even go as far as proxy pylons and warp in dts in your main base, as well as the rare warp prism. Both of these are deadly if you are greedy and do not turret your main: So do it. It's not THAT expensive.

    Moving on. As my drop finally hits, my turrets are up and I am completely safe. This means I can go hyper aggressive mode. My new goal : Deny the opponent's 3rd, and (safely) set up my own.

    My drop does a considerable amount of damage, as at the 11:00 minute mark, I am up 13 scvs, halfway done with my 3rd, and the scout marine I had sent to my opponent's 3rd had killed the probe meant to build the nexus, and given away the fact that he wanted to expand at this timing. Now I have a 3rd to actively deny, and a main to drop so he can't do a thing about it. Let's be honest: He is behind economically, the dts failed miserably, and I have a better standing army with better upgrades. (Yes, I know, only +1, but every upgrade advantage makes a big difference- trust me.

    From here I want to establish my 3rd (with turrets because dts are still a threat), drop his 3rd, and drop his main, while getting control of the watch towers. This is the surest way to win this game. I look for and kill Axslav's proxy pylons, as well. This helps deny Axslav information as well as a place to warp in pesky dts or other units.

    At about the 14:00 minute mark, I had just denied his 3rd, set up my own 3rd, and taken over the watch towers. I am looking very good at this point in time.

    After securing the map, I decide I want to engage Axslav's main army and just micro with him. I want to pick off units and trade armies, as I am way ahead in every way imaginable. I know he won't have any collosus timings anytime soon, and MmM trades very well against un-upgraded, no tech gateway units.

    Axslav leaves the game as he loses his whole army and his 3rd once again.

    This game was all about little transitions. I don't necessarily mean army transitions, as I am pretty much marine/medivac all game. It's a transitioning of mindset. It is important to understand what your opponent is capable of at all times. I think dts are one of the easiest tech trees to deal with, as you are pretty much positive the protoss can't produce a standing army better than yours, so you can play very aggressive with drops.

    I am a big fan of early reactor medivac play because it allows you to safely build up your economy behind bunkers and turrets while maintaining aggression and slowing down your opponent. It is also important to have realistic goals during your game play. It is very rare to win a game by simply running up the ramp and a-moving your opponent. You must try to gain little advantages at the many turns in every game. This game is a good illustration of when to play defense, when to play offense, and how you should control the game to your favor.

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    As discussed at the Academy meeting, going forward we would like to compile at least a few reflections / "battle reports" on past clan wars from the perspective of the players who played. Consider this my attempt at a pre-production write-up.

    This past Monday's clan war (casted by our own Kizoge, and Robbie -- shoutouts!) was against MG. Despite their winning 5-3 in a bo9 series, the Academy was able to produce some interesting games. Ultimately, the Academy zergs (GxZ, Sweep and myself) all met the same fate against MGMaximus (GM 165: 127-79), a Terran player. Playing a variety of styles, he demonstrated the diversity of Terran openings in the matchup. From hellions, to 2 rax openings, he covered pretty much everything in the way of standard openings.

    The flavor I experienced was the 1 rax reaper expand on MLG Metalopolis (cross @ 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock (me)). Somehow, everytime I see a reaper, I get a bout of post-traumatic stress disorder from 6-rax reapers in the earlier days of the game. Thankfully, those days are over but the reaper still allows simultaneous pressure and scouting -- both of which allow the Terran to take an expansion not long after the Zerg. After scouting the tech lab, I know immediately that the first unit will be a reaper. At this point, I feel I don't have enough time to get my drone safely to base so I rather arbitrarily steal his 2nd gas. As the reaper moves across the map, my pool is on the verge of finishing. I start production on 2 queens and 2 pairs of slowlings while I begin to mine gas. T tries to drop a bunker but I pull 2 lings to push the reaper away while a queen and lings work at the scv buildings the bunker. The bunker is denied but he continues to pressure and produce reapers. Through this period, I make nothing but drones and eventually a few speedlings (but only once I lost a queen, nobody touches my babies and gets away with it). At this point I know I am ahead economically so I take my lair and third. Here's where things go wrong:

    Having played quite a bit of Terran (TvZ being my favorite matchup, as T) in recent weeks, I was comfortable pulling a Sjow and "calling the build" without confirming. What first tipped me off was T's disinterest in taking back his stolen 2nd gas quickly. Additionally, I was able to confirm the expand. This, along with his opening signaled to me a 1rax reaper FE into 5 rax transition. Instead he went slightly all-in and dropped a crapton of naked rax setting the rally to my base. My biggest problem was NOT confirming the build and simply relying on front-door scouting and making a judgement call on what was inside the main. Unfortunately, the difference between the build he eventually did (2 base, 11 rax -- see what I mean all in?) and the one I THOUGHT he was doing are not all that different in terms of front-door scouting info. Eventually his continuous rally of marines overwhelmed me and despite cancelling my third, I was not able to hold.

    Analysis of loss:

    A couple of small blunders always make all the difference for Zerg. The main reasons for which I lost were:

    1. Making an educated guess on the post-expansion transition, being tricked into thinking it looked like that guess, and not scouting the confirm (because upon seeing his multiple naked rax and just 1 tech lab rax, I would most likely NOT have taken my third and just cranked mass units, maybe bust, until I felt comfortable since I was AHEAD in workers and supply during and post-harrass)

    2. Did not make a small number of banelings for insurance despite having a baneling nest and scouting a transition to some kind of mass bio. This was in conjunction with the fact that I did not re-take the watchtowers after they were cleared by the early reapers (there's a little bit of cause and effect also). These two created a situation where I was caught off guard by his first push, allowing him the kind of position to just keep a continuous rally to my base.

    Aside from these, I missed a cancel or two on spine crawlers because I always underestimate reaper DPS to buildings. Fundamentally, it was not an issue of mechanics, it was more poor scouting, and "misinfomation" that led me to make a poor decision and poor read. Also in the way of discussing strategy for a series of games rather than just an individual game, I should've expected something a little on the all-in side. What I mean by that is, since MG had the lead and Maximus had his streak (with my match being the final match of the night), it is completely natural that he would just "go for the kill." Although it's not safe to ALWAYS assume this, Starcraft is still the ultimate chess game and these behavioral considerations are quite important nonetheless.

    I will post the miserable replay when I get back from work. Hopefully after Friday's CW against RH, I will have something a little more interesting to present to the community. xD

    Zerg Fighting! Protoss Overpowered!

  15. well I've finally climbed back up about 300 ladder points in the last 2 days ever since dropping outta first pace diamond from my hotkey switch fiasco, now im feeling more confident about my lan tournaments and am excited to goto one on sunday, its a 2 hour travel distance but its well worth the fun and being around other nerds lol..

    and this time I wont be embarrassed about installing drivers at a LAN lol..

    Ill let yall know how I do at this tournament, cant wait to get some vvv gear in the mail, hopefully i make the team and can rep it with pride...

    gl hf and gg folks

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    Hello People,

    As I come into work this morning and fire up my computer, I realized something

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