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    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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Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for Week Two

Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, and Busts for Week Two     The following rankings are for Week Two of the LCS. We saw a lot of action in week one, some good, some bad, some surprising. How can we apply that for week two? These projections are based on current form of players/teams combined with the schedule for week two in order to figure out where the upside can be found. These projections also only reflect week two. I am trying to focus on less obvious picks, obviously if you have a player like Febiven, you don't need to be told to use him.     Must Plays:     Huni - The entire team is a must play for this week, and to be honest, they're probably going to be must plays all season. Fnatic are the dominant team in Europe at the moment and with a weak schedule against ROCCAT and an under performing Gambit Gaming this week they should be a lock to go 2-0. Look for Huni, who had a modest week one, to get back to top PPG payout this week, especially against ROCCAT's Steve who was picked on heavily in week one.     Amazing - Origen have started strong and look like they could push Fnatic for the top spot in EU at some point this split. While we wait for that match up to come, let's take advantage of the OG lineup. Amazing is in a good spot this week to put out a lot of points against Copenhagen Wolves, who usual have longer games which lead to more points, and SK, who are floundering at the moment and had a staggering amount of deaths in all lanes week one. Look for amazing to gank heavily this week.     Sleepers:     Impact - Impact faces two top laners this week in Balls and Dyrus who do not present much threat of kill pressure in lane, something Impact can take advantage of. His favoring of carry style top laners give him an opportunity to put out a good kill total coupled with his strong CS skills. If he can cut down on his deaths he's a good bet to pick up solid points this week.     Pobelter - This one is a bit riskier, but Pobelter had the best week of any mid laner in the entire LCS week one. CLG were clicking on all cylanders in week one as well and I think they can carry their form over to week two. Pobelter has a favorable match up against Team 8 and Slooshi on day one in a game CLG should win pretty handily. Day two is where the tricky part comes in. Against TSM and Bjergsen, Pobelter will be tested. Look for CLG to put early pressure on Bjergsen to try and get Pobelter the advantage, if he can capitalize he is in a good spot to have another solid week.     Team Liquid - Fnatic and Origen are the top two teams this week, but I think Team Liquid should go 2-0 which usually equates to at least 30 total points for the week. They were tied for second in dragon kills, led the league in baron kills and in PPG week one. I think they will be tested by NME and Gravity, but have a good chance to go 2-0.     Adryh - Adryh quietly had a very good week for GIANTS Gaming putting up the seventh best PPG total. He carried quite well in Giants win against CW on Kalista and faces an aggressive Elements and a struggling SK this week. I think the potential is there for another good week.     Team Dignitas - This one might be a bit of a surprise after the weird week DIG had. I'm not saying you have to play DIG as you probably have a better option available. But in something like Alpha Draft or a Vulcun daily/weekly league DIG are a good contrarian pick for tournaments. They showed their best against C9 and face two weak teems this week. I can see DIG going 2-0.     Busts:     Gambit Gaming - For now I think it needs to be recommended to sit any Gambit players you have. I wouldn't cut bait on Cabochard, Diamond, or Forgiven especially just yet. Gambit came into week one without practicing for a week due to issues at their gaming house. I think Gambit are too talented to be as bad as they were this week and expect them to turn things around. It just might not be this week. If you have other options, I'd sit Gambit's players for the time being.     Fenix - Fenix had the second highest PPG total in the LCS for mid laners in week one, but his death total was also the second highest. I think Fenix can have a solid week again, but I wouldn't expect the second most PPG in the LCS this week.     Altec/Apollo - Both had top six weeks for the ADC role, but expect some regression as they face smart bottom lanes in all four of their games this week. They can still be solid, just may not carry your team.     Good luck in Week Two!

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Fantasy LCS Week 1: Monday Musings

Monday Musings:   Welcome back to the blog guys. I hope you were able to take advantage of the tier rankings during your drafts and scored a solid team to go into the split with. If you weren't able to get all the picks you wanted, that's ok. The point of the tier rankings was to help you identify value and where the drop offs came at each position. Even if you didn't end up with the top option in every role (impossible to do anyway) you still could put together a strong roster.   So how did everyone's week one go? For me, not so well to be honest. I lost in the two leagues I care about, including the vVv Fantasy League. If you lost this week let me start by stressing this point: DO NOT PANIC. It's only one week, there's no need to panic. Some of the best options from last split had down weeks while some players you wouldn't expect led their role in points. Things happen, don't go cutting some of the best players based on one bad week to add a flash in the pan. Anyway here are my thoughts on Week One of the LCS in terms of fantasy aspect.   NALCS:   What a dominating week from CLG, going 2-0 including a performance against DIG where they didn't even relinquish a tower. CLG also took down a strong TIP roster and looked good doing it. Is CLG back on track to be a top team once again? It looked that way after the first week. The two carry options in particular, Pobelter and Doublelift had huge weeks each leading their respective roles in PPG. Aphromoo also ended the week as the top support, while ZionSpartan and Xmithie posted top three weeks at their positions. This looks like a strong roster going forward. If Pobelter is still available in your league he should be a priority pick up. This week, CLG take on Team 8 who they should be able to handle, and then get a test against TSM. The TSM game could really show us how well CLG will perform this split.   Speaking of TSM, they went 1-1 this week losing to Cloud 9 in a close game but defeating Enemy ESports. TSM will be fine, although they let a lead slip against C9, Bjergsen was still dominate. He remains a top option in any role for fantasy purposes. C9 is a tough matchup for any team (well except maybe DIG this week) and TSM showed a lot more fantasy upside against NME. All TSM players besides Dyrus are a must own, and even Dyrus looked good on a more carry based champ like Rumble against NME.   I don't know what to make of Dignitas. They get dominated by CLG on day one, unable to kill a tower, and then turn around and destroy C9 on day two doing to C9 what CLG did to them the day before. Fantasy wise none of their performances stuck out in terms of PPG with all five members being near the bottom of their respective roles. Azingy looked very strong on Zac against C9 and turned in a 5/0/7 final stat line. Keep an eye on DIGs performances but I can't say any of the members are a must own yet. The same can be said about Cloud 9 who should be a top team, but in terms of fantasy they just don't show those huge PPG totals that other teams do.   Team Liquid looked very good this week against two of the bottom teams in the league. With any easy schedule again this week TL could be in a great spot to score more points. Team8 and TDK had rough weeks going 0-2. TDK look like a mess at the moment having to play with subs in the squad, but keep your eye on Slooshi and Porpoise as neither performed terribly and could have more upside in the future. Gravity ended the week 1-1 but could've easily finished 0-2 or 2-0. They played a few close games but didn't look dominate in either. Bunny FuFuu enjoyed a strong week finishing third in PPG for supports. NME look at the very least like they're going to be able to compete with the top teams this split. Keep Otter and Innox on your watch list as both look capable of carrying at times. If Trashy can become even more involved that may help going forward.  
EULCS:   How good did Fnatic look? They were a little sloppy against SK but still looked dominate in every position. Fnatic's aggresive play style makes every one of their players extra appealing in fantasy. All five members are most owns and could definitely repeat as top options in their positions come season end. While Huni looked average this week, I would expect him to bounce back in a big way against ROCCAT this week. Fnatic play ROCCAT and the underperforming Gambit in Week Two which could easily be another 2-0 week.   CW are on the ascension as well having a big week in terms of fantasy production. I came into the split pretty high on Freeze recommending him in the same tier as big names like WildTurtle and Forgiven, and so far I look smart there. I have a TON of shares of Freeze in all my leagues and couldn't have been happier as he led the LCS in kills this week and looked strong doing so. I picked up Freeze in the fourth round of my eight man leagues where he will be a huge bargain for that price if he can keep this up. CW will be tested this week but look like a strong group of players to use going forward in fantasy.   Origen burst onto the scene with a 2-0 week including a good win over H2k. Most of you knew about sOAZ and xPeke coming into the split but Niels had a great first two games in the LCS posting 14/2/14 stat line over the two games. All five Origen members should be owned going forward. Giants gaming picked up a nice win over CW this week with Adryh enjoying the fourth most PPG total in the EULCS this week. If you're in need of an ADC and Adryh is available, he could be worth a pick up.   The surprise of the week for me was Gambit going 0-2. They really under performed against an overhauled Elements and a sub par ROCCAT. It's not time to panic yet as things may still be gelling for Gambit. Forgiven remains a top ADC option as his aggressive style pairs well with Gosu Pepper and they could still end up a top bot lane option in terms of fantasy. However, this may not be the week that happens as Gambit face H2k and Fnatic in a tough week of games.   The final point I'll make is that UoL and H2k but in good games this week but ended up 1-1. Tough match ups against Fnatic and Origen stopped the teams from going 2-0 but against weaker competition these teams should be able to perform quite well. Stay on board with these players as UoL and H2k could easily go 2-0 this week.   Remember, if you are 0-1 after one week DON'T PANIC. Continue to show faith in your top players there's still plenty of time to turn things around! Tomorrow I'll be posting my rankings for week two.

Ballack

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vVv FireWater's Stream Blog Day 3

Hey all,
Back again for Day 3 of my weekly stream (10pm-1am est) tonight!
Here are the goals for this week:
10 concurrent viewers
Minimum stream of 3 hours.

In game goals are to climb to rank 26 tonight if possible.

Last week, I felt I did well engagement but I peaked at 8 concurrent viewers. I really want to see if I can break double digits!

Thanks all for the support!
http://www.twitch.tv/firewaterfx
vVv_FireWater

FireWater

FireWater

 

Strategies to Improve and My Method

Hey everyone, I decided to write this blog about improving and how inefficient some strategies are, and to see how everyone else learns to improve.   We all learn differently, and different strategies are more effective than others. Personally, I learn by repetition. This strategy is probably the most long term strategy and can seem slow, but it works for me. The harder the goal I’m trying to achieve is, the harder I have to work.   I set goals for myself every week and try to slowly increase the difficulty every time I check one off the list. For instance this is my list for this week’s objectives:   · Counter Strike: At least 10 kills, only use AK-47.
· Heroes of the Storm: Diablo- Land stun on ult every time and have the highest Hero Damage dealt.   I set reachable goals that force myself to try a little bit harder every time I load into the match. It’s a cycle of wash-rinse-repeat for the week and I don’t always get it, but I try again until I do. My thought process is, if I break a big goal down into several different, smaller goals, I can track my progress and really see that I’m improving rather than, “I’m not in Plat yet” but instead “Hell yeah, topped the scoreboard again.”   Thank you for reading, and leave a comment on how you improve your game!

vVv Saturn

vVv Saturn

 

vVv FireWater's Stream Blog Day 2

Hey all,
Back again for Day 2 of my weekly stream (10pm-1am est) tonight!
Here are the goals for this week:
10 concurrent viewers
Minimum stream of 3 hours.   In game goals are to climb to rank 28 tonight if possible. I also want to increase interaction with auidience.   Last week, I felt I did well engagement but I peaked at 6 concurrent viewers. I would like to see if I can get 10 tonight.   Thanks all for the support!
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Fantasy LCS Rankings: Support and Team Tiers

SUPPORT AND TEAM TIER RANKINGS:   Today I'll finish my rankings of each role by taking a look at the support position as well as our rankings of the LCS teams. If you missed any of my previous rankings you can check them out here. Let's take a look at the support role first.   Player - Team - PPG   YellOwStaR - Fnatic - 22.25   Lustboy - TSM - 18.71   nRated - SK - 18.46   EDward - Gambit - 17.1   Aphromoo - CLG - 16.99   kaSing (12 games) - H2k - 16.58   Bunny FuFuu - Gravity - 15.79   Unlimited - CW - 15.76   Hylissang - UoL - 15.74   Adrian - Impulse - 15.66   LemonNation - Cloud9 - 14.35   Xpecial - Team Liquid - 13.7   Dodo8 - Team 8 - 13.41   VandeR - ROCCAT - 13.03   KiwiKiD - Dignitas - 9.93   Rydle - Giants - 7.55   Mithy* - Origen - 21.2   Smoothie* - TDK - 17.25   Bodydrop* - Enemy - 16.9   * Indicates the player was on a challenger series team that was promoted to the Summer LCS. All LCS players are based on 18 Games while all Challenger Series players are based on 10 games, unless otherwise noted in parenthesis.   In your drafts you'll looking to select only one support for your team. In my opinion, most of the PPG totals are so low after a certain point that it is wiser to select back ups at other positions than a second support. Also, I would recommend waiting to select your support rather than taking one early as the PPG totals of the top eight players become relatively even after the top dog. Speaking of which...   Top Tier: YellowStaR   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0yWgCF1Gk8   YellowStaR is the only support player worthy of being put into the top tier. He was the only player to top 20 PPG on average and has been the top support in each of the past two splits. With the return of Rekkles to Fnatic and the bot lane synergy already in place, expect YellowStaR to have another strong split. A case could be made to select YellowStaR early in your draft if available. It is up to your discretion whether to do this or not. If a top player in any other role is available I would still recommend taking them over a support. But, if the top ADC, Mid, and Top players are all gone, I would never fault anyone for taking YellowStaR and separating themselves from the rest of the support players. I'm not sure I'd do this strategy, but it is something to consider for sure.   Mid Tier: Lustboy, nRated, EDward, Aphromoo, kaSing, Bunny FuFuu, Unlimited, Hylissang, Adrian   If you don't end up drafting YellowStaR, this is the group of players you'll be waiting and taking a support from. The point totals don't really difference themselves too greatly from top to bottom in this tier. If you create a strong roster while waiting to take a support from this group, I think you'll end up with a strong team. One thing to note, Lustboy has the top rated ADC partnering him in the bot lane and with a strong team around them I think Lustboy has a chance to move into the top tier with YellowStaR by the end of the split. He's a strong play maker in his own right and has shown to be a top support player, expect the PPG total to match that this split.   Low Tier: The rest of these players are undraftable. The PPG totals are way too low to consider them serviceable in your starting role. As I've stated before you're only looking to grab one support player for your team and there are simply better options available. That said, always keep an eye on how players are performing and if anyone from this group rises above their ranking, you could snag them in free agency.   New for this Split: Mithy, Smoothie, Bodydrop, promisq   Promisq joins Elements as one of four new members to their team this split. A high ELO player, Promisq has no LCS experience and I would reccomend waiting to see how the new bot lane performs for Elements before drafting him. The same is recommended for Bodydrop and Smoothie as neither LCS experience and only put up decent PPG totals in the Challenger Series. One note on Bodydrop, while figuring out his PPG totals from the Challenger Series, I noticed that he peformed extremely well on Morgana and extremely subpar on any other champion. That's something to watch this split as Morgana may be banned often against Enemy.   Mithy is a different case as he has the experience and is playing for one a team expected to be one of the top in EU. He averaged the highest PPG total of any Challenger Series support player and has the top ADC from the Challenger Series as his bot lane partner. I could see Mithy ending up in the mid tier and thus making him worth of being drafted.   Now let's look at the team rankings for the Summer Split. These are my actual rankings, even though the PPG from last split may be out of order in terms of ranking. I expect these teams to be the best for fantasy purposes this split.   Team - PPG (Spring Split)   Fnatic - 15.94   SK - 17.11   TSM - 14.67   CLG - 15.56   H2k - 15.28   Origen   Cloud 9 - 15.39   UoL - 13.33   TiP - 13.28   Gambit - 13.78   Elements - 11.61   Team Liquid - 13.11   Gravity - 13.17   Enemy   Team 8 - 11.94   ROCCAT - 11.17   CW - 10.94   Giants - 9.22   Dignitas - 9.11   TDK  
When drafting, like supports, I recommend taking only one team. You're better served to use the back up roster spot on players rather than a second team. If needed you can swap out teams during the split.   Fnatic is the top dog in terms of Fantasy LCS. Go back and look through my individual rankings and you'll notice a trend, at each position a Fnatic player was the top scorer last split and one of those players actually got replaced! I expect Fnatic to have another strong season.   There aren't many surprises here as the top teams are ranked accordingly in fantasy as they would be otherwise. Origen is a top option as I really feel they could be a top team in EU and have the players to score a lot of fantasy points for your teams.   Thank you for reading my tier rankings for the Summer split. I'm looking for seven other people to join me in a vVv Fantasy LCS league. Please let me know if you're interested.

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Fantasy LCS Rankings: ADC Tiers

ADC TIER RANKINGS:   New week, new look at LCS rankings today starts our last week of rankings with the ADCs. If you've missed any of my other entries you can check them out here:   Top Lane Jungle
Mid Lane   ADCs, along with Mid Laners, are a major priority when drafting. ADCs average the most amount of points per game making it extremely viable to fill your flex spot with a second ADC. Eight players averaged over 20 PPG last split providing further evidence of this drafting strategy. ADCs are the most likely first round pick you will make, depending on if an advantage can be found in another lane or not. If not in your first round, you should definitely have two ADCs by the time you've made your first three picks. Lets take a look at the rankings:   Player - Team - PPG   Steelback - Fnatic - 25.84   WildTurtle - TSM - 24.01   Freeze - CW - 23.15   FORG1VEN - Gambit - 22.68   Cop - Gravity - 21.91   P1noy - Gambit - 21.75   Apollo - Impulse - 20.13   Hjarnan - H2k - 20.01   Doublelift - CLG - 19.93   Sneaky - Cloud9 - 19.47   Vardags - UoL - 19.08   Rekkles - Fnatic - 18.48   Woolite - ROCCAT - 17.09   maplestreet8 - Team 8 - 16.07   CoreJJ - Dignitas - 14.08   Piglet (12 games) - Team Liquid - 13.92   Adryh - Giants - 13.32   Niels* - Origen - 24.7   Otter - Enemy - 19.4   LouisXGeeGee (8 games) - TDK - 13.88   * Indicates the player was on a challenger series team that was promoted to the Summer LCS. All LCS players are based on 18 Games while all Challenger Series players are based on 10 games, unless otherwise noted in parenthesis.   Of the 20 players listed above 11 are draftable to be used in your starting line up. The crazy thing about this class is that the top scorer from last split (Steelback) is now a sub for Fnatic and sixth highest scorer (P1noy) is also now a sub for Gambit. It's unfortunate that these two players are subs as it shrinks the pool of players that are draftable in an eight team league. If you're going to go for two ADCs in your starting lineup you need to get them early as after the top eleven the drop off becomes not worth targeting.   Top Tier: Steelback, WildTurtle, Freeze, FORG1VEN   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idyDWw2OPQk   With Steelback's move to the substitute bench this top tier from last split looses as a member. WildTurtle becomes the top option after a strong split where he averaged 24.01 PPG. WildTurtle paced the LCS in kills from the ADC position with 108 to 42 deaths. His strong KDA and ability to win lane with a strong support make him a viable option to be the top ADC this split. This marks back to back splits of over 18 PPG for the TSM ADC. Freeze posted a strong split coming in fourth for both kills and assists, but it was his league leading CS score of over 7,000 that propelled him into this top tier. If his CS falls off some it could be the difference that drops him into the second tier.   FORG1VEN provides a curious case. Known as one of the best ADCs in Europe, he moves to Gambit after requesting his release from SK. FORG1VEN is a good player, but it'll be interesting to see how the change of teams affects him.   Upper Mid Tier: Cop, Apollo, Hjarnan, Doublelift   If you miss out on the top three players in the first round of your draft do not fear, this tier is still quite strong. All four players averaged over 20 PPG except Doublelift who finished with 19.93. If you end up with a pick at the end of the first round, I would almost recommend going back to back ADCs and look to get two players from this tier, depending on what is still available. It is conceivable that by the eighth pick in round one, all three top tier ADCs, the top two Top Laners, and the top two mid laners will already be drafted. I've already recommended waiting until a little later to select a jungler so this leaves you with a choice, you can select one ADC and one mid tier player from another position, or you can fill your ADC position and grab a second ADC for your flex spot. I think the second option is the better choice as the upper mid tier of ADCs will average you more points than a mid tier player at another positon.   With that said, Cop is the strongest option in this tier. The Gravity ADC has had back to back seasons with over 19 PPG in the LCS. He finished second in kills to WildTurtle last split and could possibly continue his upward trend into the top tier of ADCs this split. P1noy falls out of this tier as he has been moved to a substitute role with Gambit.   Lower Mid Tier: Sneaky, Vardags, Rekkles, Woolite   This tier is all about value. If you draft near the first pick in your league you will be waiting awhile to select another player, meaning at most you'll have one ADC when 14 other players are taken before your next pick. If you take a Huni, or a Bjergsen with your first pick, you're going to want to look at whats available and decide if you go two ADCs with your next two picks. The good news is you should be able to snag one of the upper mid tier ADCs and an ADC from this group.   I think Sneaky and Rekkles are very strong picks from this group. Sneaky is trending upward after posting back to back splits of over 17 PPG. He's on a good team in NA with a strong support helping him out in the lanes. If Sneaky is your second ADC I think you're going to be alright while having an advantage with a top Mid Lane or Top Lane player.   Rekkles also is a strong option. He had a down split with only 18.48 PPG but it should be noted that his move back to Fnatic could be beneficial for all involved. He already has a strong synergy with YellOwStaR and the last time the two played together Rekkles led the LCS with 23.5 PPG.   Low Tier: You're better off waiting awhile to take one of the remaining players as there are better options available. Piglet had a rough split, sharing time with Keith as Team Liquid's starting ADC. He finished the playoffs as the starter and I expect him to begin the season as the starter and bounce back.   New for this split: Niels, Otter, LouisXGeeGee, Tabzz, CandyPanda   There are a lot of ADCs coming in this split either from the challenger series or to replace outgoing ADCs for teams. Lets start with Tabzz and CandyPanda, who replace Rekkles and FORG1VEN respectively. I think both provide some sleeper potential to be strong ADCs this split. They are both experienced and should be able to play to a high level. Tabzz last split in the LCS saw him finish third in PPG with 21.2 while CandyPanda averaged 18.3. As long as there is no rust both should be draftable.   Niels had a pretty dominating split for Origen in the EU Challenger Series averaging 24.7 PPG. He had strong KDAs in every game but one and should provide a solid option on a team expected to push for a top spot this split. Otter had a pretty strong split for Enemy, but with a team inexperienced to the LCS format and going against some strong NA bot lanes, I'd expect Otter to finish in the lower mid tier. LouisXGeeGee is undraftable to begin with, he only averaged 13.88 PPG in the challenger series and with the addition of Emperor to TDK his starting spot is in question.   I hope you enjoyed this look at the ADCs, Wednesday we'll look at the Support position.

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Mid Tier Rankings

MID TIER RANKINGS: Welcome back ladies and gentlemen to the third article looking at lane tier rankings. Today we'll take a look at the mid lane. If you missed the first two lane rankings you can check out the top lane here and the jungle rankings here. The mid lane is the first of two lanes that average the highest amount of points. There are six mid laners who averaged over 20 PPG this past split which is three more than the top lane and jungle players combined. With this in mind, Mid Lane is the first lane I think you should look to draft two players from. It isn't unreasonable to pick a starting mid laner and also consider using a mid laner in the "flex" role in your line up. Before we go any further let's take a look at the tiers. Player - Team - PPG Febiven - Fnatic - 24.43 Bjergsen - TSM - 23.22 Fox - SK - 22.12 Soren - CW - 21.33 LiNk - CLG (released) - 20.68 Betsy (10 games) - Gambit - 20.26 Froggen - Elements - 19.24 PowerOfEvil - UoL - 18.49 Pobelter - CLG - 17.7 XiaoWeiXiao - Impulse - 17.61 Slooshi8 - Team 8 - 17.51 Ryu - H2k - 17.39 Keane - Gravity - 17.03 Fenix - Team Liquid - 16.55 Hai (retired) - Cloud9 - 16.47 Nukeduck - ROCCAT - 15.98 PepiiNeRo - Giants - 15.25 Shiphtur - Dignitas - 14.35 xPeke* - Origen - 22.55 InnoX* - Enemy - 21.8 * Indicates the player was on a challenger series team that was promoted to the Summer LCS. All LCS players are based on 18 Games while all Challenger Series players are based on 10 games, unless otherwise noted in parenthesis. There are two ways to look at this role when drafting. The first is that you can draft one of the top tier mid lane players in the first round with an early pick and secure a high scoring player to carry your team. This strategy is fine if you can get one of the top tier guys. Another way to look at this role is to notice that the point total drop off in this role is not as severe as in the Top lane or the jungle rankings. This means you could wait, secure a top option in another lane in the first round, and end up with a second tier mid laner and perhaps a third tier mid laner as a back up while having a top option in another role. Both are effective and draft dependent. If Bjergsen and Huni are both available when it's your turn to draft, in my opinion you'd be better off taking Huni, who has a huge PPG advantage over mid tier top laners and waiting to take a mid laner from the second tier who still averages a high PPG total. Draft position and what is available during your draft will dictate who you want to select. Top Tier: Febiven, Bjergsen, Fox, Soren The mid lane is our first look at a real carry position for your fantasy roster. What makes an effective mid laner is the ability to control their lane while providing roaming pressure in both the top and bottom lanes and getting kills to help snowball the entire game. The ability to get 1v1 kills is also crucial. Febiven (97), Bjergsen (92), and Fox (98) ended the spring split as the top three in terms of kills. Fox finishes behind the other two players due to the fact he had more deaths and less CS and less assists than the other two players. Bjergsen will be a popular #1 overall pick in fantasy leagues for this split, and rightly so as he is one of the stars of the lane on one of the most popular teams in the world. But, Febiven actually had more kills and assists, and less deaths during the spring split. He also held his own at the MSI including the semi final games against SKT. Either way you can't go wrong. Another point I will make is that six of the top eight mid lane players from last split reside in EU (not counting the promoted xPeke), while only LiNk joined Bjergsen as the NA representatives in the top eight. This lack of top tier opponents helps further the case for Bjergsen as the #1 mid laner in Fantasy LCS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne9LnaE6eSk One last thing to note about the top tier is that Soren finished with a much lower KDA than the other three players, but propelled himself to this tier with strong CS ability. If his CS falters this split he may not earn a top tier ranking again. Upper Mid Tier: LiNk, Betsy, Froggen, PowerOfEvil With LiNk's release from CLG there is a bit of uncertainty around him at the moment. A clash of ideals and personalities seemed to lead to his release but he remains a strong player and should be picked up before the split begins. Leagueapedia lists him as TDK's starting mid laner, but I have not found an official announcement yet. LiNk ended the split with 91 kills, the fourth most of all LCS players. If he indeed joins TDK we'll have to see if he can transition his strong skill set with him. Froggen is another strong pick from this tier in terms of skills with back to back splits of over 19 PPG. However, Elements has replaced the entire starting line up around him and we cannot tell for sure how this will effect him. Betsy is an up and coming mid laner for Gambit who averaged 4 kills and 6 assists to 2 deaths in his 10 games as the starting mid laner. With a full season of games he could provide a nice mid tier bargain. Lower Mid Tier: Pobelter, XiaoWeiXiao, Keane, Fenix, Slooshi8, Ryu This is the tier of players after the top eight to consider as back ups. It's possible that they could sneak into your lineup in a flex position, but you'd be better off going with two mid laners from the first two tiers as your starter/flex. Pobelter has joined CLG along with HuHi to replace LiNk. The rumor at the moment is that CLG will be going with a seven man Korean style roster set up. This leads to some confusion as to who will be the starting mid laner week to week. What may end up happening is a situation like we saw last split with Team Liquid between Keith and Piglet. In my opinion, it might be better to stay away from drafting either player until we get more information throughout the split. XiaoWeiXiao lead all mid lane players in farm but finished with only 70 kills and 84 assists. So while the CS is nice, it's all about the KDA. Low Tier: The remaining four players are undraftable. There are simply better players available to play in your lineups. Also, Hai retired and has been replaced by Incarnati0n. New for This Split: InnoX, Incarnati0n, xPeke New players for the summer split in the mid lane include some big names and all three have LCS experience. Incarnati0n joins Cloud9 replacing Hai in the mid lane. I'm interested to see how this goes and if he can mesh well with the rest of the roster given his history of toxic behavior. xPeke is one of the most well known players in the world. He dominate his counterparts in the EU Challenger Series with a KDA of 7.21. The next closest KDA was 3.32. He is one of the most experienced players in the world on a team that should be one of the best in Europe. I feel pretty comfortable recommending him as a top option in the mid lane, with expectations of him pushing into the top tier by splits end. I hope you enjoyed our look at the mid laners. Coming next week we will finish our tier rankings by looking at the ADC and Support roles while also taking a look at the team rankings.

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vVv FireWater's Stream Blog, Day 1

Hey all, In lieu of creating a vVv Gaming Stream team with regards to feedback received from LordJerith as well as other vVv Gaming staffers, I will be focusing on making my stream the best possible stream I can make it. Every Wednesday from 10pm est to at least 1am est I will be streaming either Heroes of the Storm, or other games if the viewers want me to play something else. I am sticking with HotS for a few reasons. One being I feel like I am getting pretty good at the game and climbing (according to HotS logs I have a gold mmr for ranked, and platinum for norms), the second being that I feel its easier to break into the HotS scene rather than League or CS:GO, given that the game will be in open beta on 5/19/2015 and released in June. My objective for my stream is to be sort of like a Nightwingblue or Trick2g, as they provide entertaining streams and good commentary. I feel that HotS streamers while they do that, are sometimes very technical and don't add some humor to it overall. I want to do both, entertain and educate (and dominate =D ) My goal by the end of June 2015 is to have a top 10 HotS stream. My goal for this stream is to have 10 concurrent viewers. Here is what I need from the vVv Gaming Community. 1) I would really appreciate the community taking the time out to view my stream as well as be active in chat. If you can only stay for 10-15 minutes that is acceptable. I will take any viewers at any time. Concurrent viewers are important because I was told at a PAX East panel that most people looking for a new stream will not take a look at people that have 0 or 1 viewers, but if you have 10 or 15, the scales begin to tip in the favor of the streamer, and more likely random stream viewers will connect. 2) Anyone who views, please give a follow, it helps grow the channel significantly. 3) Comment on my channel/stream quality. Is there something you don't like about my Bio or my stream, be BRUTALLY honest. I will not get offended by constructive criticism. I need it to grow the channel. Sometimes it may not be what I want to hear, but it will be what I NEED to hear. Need is more important than want. 4) Let me know if I am entertaining or not. Let me know what I can offer of value to you as a viewer. Honest feedback is key, in my profession (as a therapist) it is necessary for me to give feedback as well as receive feedback from my clients. Sometimes giving/getting feedback is uncomfortable. Please again with point 3, honesty is the key. Well I guess that's it for my Blog, please connect tonight around 10pm EST at http://www.twitch.tv/firewaterfx Thank you all for reading my blog, I will be creating a weekly blog post stream to solicit feedback to improve. vVv_FireWater

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Fantasy LCS Rankings: Jungle Tiers

JUNGLE TIER RANKINGS: Welcome to the next rendition of our tier rankings where today we will look at the junglers. If you missed my first tier ranking of the Top Lane players you can check that out here. Like the top lane, you will be looking for one jungler for your starting lineup and one back up if necessary. Let's take a look at the stats. Player - Team - PPG Reignover - Fnatic - 20.27 Svenskeren - SK - 19.71 Santorin - TSM - 19.68 Diamond - Gambit - 19.63 Kikis - UoL - 18.93 Rush - Impulse - 17.57 Airwaks - CW - 17.42 Porpoise8 - Team 8 - 16.91 Loulex - H2k - 16.37 Meteos - Cloud9 - 16.1 SaintVicious (retired) - 16.06 Xmithie - CLG - 15.97 IWDominate - Team Liquid - 15.66 Shook - Elements - 15.55 Jankos - ROCCAT - 15.27 Fr3deric - Giants - 10.55 Azingy (8 games) - Dignitas - 7.62 Amazing* - Origen - 21.8 Trashy* (9 games) - Enemy - 19.22 Kez* - TDK - 16.6 * Indicates the player was on a challenger series team that was promoted to the Summer LCS. All LCS players are based on 18 Games while all Challenger Series players are based on 10 games, unless otherwise noted in parenthesis. Before we look at the specific tiers, I want everyone to notice that unlike the top lane players there is no clear jungle king. Less than one point separates the top tier players from last season, while the bottom of the mid tier is less than five points back. The top eight junglers from last split are only seperated by 4 points from top to bottom. Keep this in mind during your draft as there isn't a huge amount of difference in your jungle pick. Noticing this, it is my recommendation that you do not use the jungle as a priority pick and instead solidify your roster elsewhere. In an eight team league even if you end up with the eight best jungle pick you will not be at as significant a disadvantage if you waited at other positions. For example, the drop from the best top laner last split to the eight best was almost nine points, while in the jungle it is only about four. Top Tier: Reignover, Svenskeren, Santorin, Diamond The top tier of junglers is separated by less than a point from top to bottom. Each of these players remain a strong pick for the upcoming split while playing for teams who look to push at the top of the LCS. With four top tier picks to choose from, I would not rush to secure any one of these picks if better options at other positions are still on the board. All four players are strong play makers. Svenskeren saw a large increase in his PPG total from this split compared to the winter split where he only averaged 13.3 PPG. Perhaps the season 5 changes to the jungle helped, or perhaps it was a one time thing for the SK jungler. Svenskeren finished with the lowest KDA of the four junglers in the top tier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZNERFbFhfk Santorin finished as the Rookie of the Year in the NA LCS and finished the split with a 6.79 KDA, the highest of the first tier of junglers. He is a strong pick to end next split as the top jungler. Mid Tier: Kikis, Rush, Airwaks, Porpoise8, Loulex, Meteos, Xmithie Again not much seperates this mid tier in terms of PPG. Xmithie and Meteos had down splits in comparison to past performances, making this two splits in a row Meteos has "underperformed". Even with a lower PPG total, Meteos finished with a high KDA and could outperform this tier ranking. Out of this tier, I like the consistency of Airwaks the best as he's turned in back to back splits with over a 16 PPG average. This is the tier I would recommend looking to take your jungler from, unless a top option falls down the draft board. If you eneded up with your starting jungler and a back up from this tier I think you'd end up with a strong roster. Low Tier: The rest of the players are undraftable, except perhaps IWDominate who has turned in back to back seasons with over 15 PPG. He could vault himself into the mid tier with a strong split. Saintvicious, who originally would've fallen into the mid tier, has retired from competitive play and obviously becomes undraftable. We will have to keep an eye on who Gravity picks up to fill his spot. Newcomers: Amazing, Trashy, Kez Amazing and Trashy's 10 game averages in the challenger series would've placed each in the top tier. Both have LCS experience but, like his Origen teammate sOAZ, I like Amazing a bit better. Origen should be a top team in the EU LCS and Amazing averaged 15.4 PPG in his last split in the LCS. I could see Trashy and even Kez finishing in the mid tier range, which might give them some "sleeper" pick potential in drafts. I hope you enjoyed our look at the junglers, if you have any questions feel free to comment below. My next article will be on the mid laners, where we get our first look at one of the priority lanes.

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Fantasy LCS Rankings: Top Lane Tiers

TOP LANE TIER RANKINGS: I hope everyone enjoyed my introductory article to Fantasy League of Legends. I am looking for feedback both good and bad, to see if there is any interest in this and what I can improve on so please feel free to let me know! Today I want to take our first look at the rankings by position, starting with the Top Laners. We will take a look at the stats from the Spring Split, look at how we think these players will stack up this Summer, and also take a look at any newcomers, including players from promoted teams and any roster changes that may have taken place. In terms of what kind of league to play in, I'd recommend the eight team leagues available at LoL Esports. Four and six team leagues feel too shallow, I think eight team leagues are perfect. So as we look at the rankings, the top eight players are the most important for each role. SPRING LCS Top Lane Final Points-Per-Game: Player - Team - PPG Huni - Fnatic - 25.08 Cabochard - Gambit - 22.5 Impact - Impulse - 19.5 fredy122 - SK - 17.97 Hauntzer - Gravity - 17.94 Vizicsacsi - UoL - 17.7 Odoamne - H2k - 17.51 ZionSpartan - CLG - 16.45 YounBuck - CW - 15.59 CaliTrlolz8 - Team 8 - 15.43 Quas - Team Liquid - 15.22 Balls - Cloud9 - 14.55 Dyrus - TSM - 14.35 Overpow - ROCCAT - 13.91 Wickd - Elements - 12.71 Gamsu - Dignitas - 12.14 Werlyb - Giants Gaming - 10.19 Flaresz* - Enemy - 19.35 sOAZ* - Origen - 18.55 Seraph* (8 games) - TDK - 14.81 * Indicates the player was on a challenger series team that was promoted to the Summer LCS. All LCS players are based on 18 Games while all Challenger Series players are based on 10 games, unless otherwise noted in parenthesis. Drafting in tiers is a practice I like to use when looking at positions. This draft strategy involves looking at the points per game of the top players and seeing where the drop off from the top options to the next options is. This helps when drafting because you know when in your draft you should target a specific player. So for example, in an eight team league you're looking for one top laner for your roster, Huni and Cabochard stand out from the crowd. You can use an early pick to secure Huni or Cabochard, or if they're taken already, you can wait and secure a player from the next tier as they are similar in PPG and use your pick to secure a bargain in another role. It's all about value. There's no reason to take a mid tier top laner early just to secure the position. Taking a stronger player at another position would be the better move. Taking into consideration these final stats let's rank the top laners. Top Tier: Huni and Cabochard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKMn9ZJml5s HUNI HUNI HUNI had a dominating spring split. His weapon of choice was the prancing pony himself Hecarim. It was a lot of fun watching the Arcade Hecarim explode around the map with Huni playing him. Huni had a great split, and with Fnatic looking to be a top team in EU again there's no reason to think Huni won't be a top option again in the Summer split. Huni's 25.08 PPG were second only to Steelback's PPG total for any player in any role during the spring split. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH4y2ixSWqg Cabochard averaged 22.5 PPG during the Spring split, the only other top laner to eclipse 20 PPG on average. Gambit's roster looks unchanged other than losing coach Leviathan. Cabochard is a strong top lane choice early in drafts. Mid Tier: Impact, fredy122, Hauntzer, Vizicscacsi, Odoamne This group of players is the group to target later on in your drafts if you miss out on Huni or Cabochard. In an eight player league you are most likely guaranteed to grab one of these players. Impact finished third in PPG this Spring but a PPG loss of 3.0 points from Cabochard to Impact is enough to push him down a tier. Low Tier: The rest of the players in the table above I would advise to stay away from. It is possible you could pick one up as a back up but there are better options to be your starter. That said, Balls, Zion Spartan and Dyrus all play for strong teams and could vault themselves into the mid tier. The rest of the players simply don't score enough PPG to be viable starters. Newcomers: Flaresz, sOAZ, Seraph Flaresz and sOAZ 10 game averages in the Challenger Series would place each in the mid tier for PPG. It will be interesting to see how they fare against top competition in the LCS this split. Of the two, I like sOAZ a bit better. He's a proven LCS player who plays for a well known team. His last go in the LCS saw him finish second to kev1n with 16.9 PPG. If he averages around 18 PPG this split, sOAZ would be a worthy starting top laner in the mid tier with the potential to be push into the top tier. I hope you enjoyed this tier rankings for the top laners. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.

Ballack

Ballack

 

Fantasy LCS: An Introduction

Hey guys, for those of you that may not know me I'm Ballack. In the past two months I've started playing and following League of Legends quite heavily including watching the LCS Spring Splits. I've become a big fan of fantasy LoL as well and want to try and provide some analysis and information to help you guys participate and dominate your Fantasy LCS leagues! But first a little back story... It was the spring of 2003, I was in seventh grade and my biggest passion to that point in my life was sports, specifically baseball. When visiting ESPN’s website one day I see on the front page an advertisement for their free Fantasy Baseball services. Intrigued I click the link and what do I find? A game centered on real life baseball, players, stats, and match ups. I was already watching as much baseball as I possibly could; now I could draft my own team of players to follow for an entire season. The concept of fantasy sports is quite brilliant. It adds to the viewing experience of football, baseball, basketball, etc. In the past decade we’ve really seen an explosion of fantasy relevant content. Hell, you can even pursue a career as a fantasy analyst these days. Let’s flash forward to the present day. So take my love of the LCS and my love of fantasy sports and imagine my excitement when I learned about Fantasy LCS. Unfortunately, since I only started watching about halfway through the Spring split, I was only able to play two weeks of Fantasy LCS but it was good for an introduction to how things worked. It helped me to do a draft and learn how the scoring worked. I imagine most of you who follow the LCS also play fantasy LCS. Over the next month or so I plan to analyze all things Fantasy League of Legends starting with this article providing information about Lolesports Fantasy LCS leagues. Fantasy LCS: Lolesports offers Fantasy LCS through their website for each seasonal Split. This allows you to draft a team of six players (one of each role and a “flex” pick that can be a second of any role) and a team. After your initial draft you can replace players via free agency or trades with other teams. Once your roster is set you take on another team in your league each week of the split in a head to head format. The team with the most points at the end of the matchup gets a win for the week. In this type of format it is better to pick for consistency. If you have a consistent set of performers you are likely to score a similar amount of points each week and win (if they’re consistently performing well) or lose (if your players are consistently performing poorly). This set up makes the draft extremely important. You want to have a good team in place so that you don’t have to completely rebuild during the split. Depending on the size of your league, the best players will already be drafted to other teams in your league leaving it tough to find replacements in free agency. The scoring in fantasy is always an important thing to take note of before you draft. The fantasy LCS format is as follows: LCS Players are scored accordingly: 2 points per kill -0.5 points per death 1.5 points per assist 0.01 points per creep kill 2 points for a triple kill 5 points for a quadra kill (doesn't also count as a triple kill) 10 points for a penta kill (doesn't also count as a quadra kill) 2 points if a player attains 10 or more assists or kills in a game (this bonus only applies once) LCS Teams are scored accordingly: 2 points per win 2 points per Baron Nashor killed 1 point per Dragon killed 2 points per First Blood earned 1 point per Tower destroyed 2 points if the team wins in less than 30 minutes There is an extreme emphasis on kills and assists making players with top KDA's the most valuable. There are many players known for their CS skills, Xiaoweixiao comes to mind. His farm skills are impressive but you need 200 CS to = 1 kill in terms of Fantasy scoring. The scoring for CS is extremely devalued and you really shouldn’t consider drafting anyone based on this. Points for teams are important as well and are listed above. In my opinion it is more important to select your players first and then find a team. The way I look at teams is similar to the way you look at selecting a defense in fantasy football. For those familiar with this idea, you can pick a team based on their matchup. So while it would be nice to have a TSM, there are always matchups to exploit. For instance, taking TSM would cost you an earlier draft choice than selecting Gravity. But if Gravity is playing Team Coast and TSM is playing Cloud 9, who would you expect to score more points that week? Selecting a consistent group of players first leaves you with the option to exploit weekly matchups for teams. I will be covering more strategies and analysis in future articles including draft advice, drafting in tiers, weekly pick up advice, and more. So for those of you already involved in fantasy LoL I hope you enjoy the content and participate in the discussion. For those new to fantasy LoL I hope this content helps you learn and start playing. We’re already watching all the games, why not be involved and root for players on our own fantasy teams?

Ballack

Ballack

 

A reflection on my time as President of vVv Gaming

With Jerry returning to vVv to run things again, my time as President of vVv has come to a close. I wanted to take some time to reflect on how things went. Primarily I feel like I failed vVv in a lot of ways. The ADL stagnated due to my mismanagement and failure to keep people pushing toward excellence. The CoD division was on life support for way too long. As a whole I didn't effectively execute on my vision for making vVv Gaming an awesome place for competitive gamers. Primarily there were certain personal things holding me back from executing on my vision. The main two were my self-awareness with how I handled my working relationships and my inability to focus. I looked for all kinds of ways to increase my productivity, reading up on things like prioritizing, focusing on your mission, having a clear idea of what it is that you want to accomplish, but none of that addressed the core problem: I was just getting distracted by everything and unable to focus when it came time to do the big, important work. I wasn't lacking a strategy, I was lacking discipline. With my working relationships, I was acting like a complete ass to people without even realizing it. I didn't take the time to re-read what I was writing, or think about how I was coming across to people, and the ways I tried to approach people to "help" them made me come across as a bureaucratic authority who's only help was to tell people "no" or "do things my way". Obviously these two flaws are going to prevent anyone from being a good, let alone great leader. Thankfully Jerry was able to help me regain my focus and also help me raise my self awareness within just two weeks of returning. In the past two weeks I've gotten more accomplished, felt better about myself and my future, and improved the way I handle my relationships more than any time in the past 9 years. I've even started looking at some difficult problems I've been facing personally and just by asking myself "What would Jerry tell me?" I can usually figure out the best way to proceed and handle things. So now I just need to return to my vision and remember why it's so compelling for me. As a kid I had to go through some real difficulty trying to figure out how to be gay and in love with someone who would never return that feeling. It's deeply important to me that no one should have to go through life facing difficult challenges without feeling like there is someone there who can help them. I think that within the larger gaming community there are endless opportunities to fulfill that mission. Don't like the way you look? Cosplay as your favorite game character. Bullied at school? Go online and find people who love you just because you share a passion for the same game as they do. Giving up on your dreams? Volunteer your time doing amazing things for the larger gaming community and develop marketable skills to work in or outside of the gaming industry. There is so much good that we can do together, and I am passionate about making the world a better place than the one I had to grow up in. I sometimes wonder how many people there were in the world when I was growing up who gave up on their dreams to live a normal life. How many hours spent watching TV that could have been spent changing peoples' minds about homosexuality? How many hours spent in closeted sex clubs or on seedy hookups that could have been spent coming out and leading the LBGT awareness movement? How many desperate, needy relationships that distracted people from opening places where LGBT youth could come for help? Not that no one should watch TV, or people should never hookup, or that people shouldn't find love, but what was the real cost to the world when this becomes the focus of a life instead of a way to enhance it? How many suicides could have been prevented? How much bullying could have been stopped? And it's not just LGBT who have difficult challenges. Everyone has a closet. How many people feel like they have no one to turn to for help when the burden of hiding inside of it becomes overwhelming? How much of a better world could we create for all of humanity if we just took the time to focus on each other? I aspire to be as good as Jerry at finding, identifying, and communicating what people need in order to go from struggling to successful. And I look forward to creating an awesome community for all competitive gamers here over the next few months, and wherever life takes me I will continue on this mission for the rest of my life. If you feel the same way then come join me and let's make this awesome together.

vVv OrganicBear

vVv OrganicBear

 

I feel like I've always been a floater

My first game that i played seriously was Pokemon FireRed. On my original copy i have more hours logged than the actual game can log, more than 999 hours total. Truth is, i couldn't tell you how many hours of that game I've played. This is also the only game where i have never started a new game. My name was Red, the name of the actual trainer of the game instead of Ash, which EVERYBODY thought it was. When i grew a little older i got into WoW, pretty much right after the second expansion came out. It was fun for a while but i no class was really that attractive to me. The races were even harder, sometimes i would go with how badass they looked or what the endgame for a class was, but not if it was my play-style or what i really wanted to devote some of my time doing. I usually made Blood Elves because they were the most attractive. Anyways i was always floating between classes and character customization settings because i thought it was cool at the moment but about 4 hours in i hated it, only to delete the character and start over again. This same motion was always present for almost every game I've played since those days. Also in the games I've played and the names I've called myself this same theory is true. My original gamertag was "S1L3NT6utDE4DLY" (silent but deadly if you couldnt read that). i hid behind this name for a long time and really liked it, mostly because every once in a while someone would laugh at it. I've always been that kid that's xXDragonxSlayerXx and the like and i feel like i could never become this character/hero/total badass. up until recently people knew me as Jesta. The story behind this was a camp counselor was Australian and his camp nickname was Jester (they all pronounced it Jesta because of his accent). At the end of camp he told us all that it would be his last summer and that he wanted me to become the new Jesta. i laughed but immediately got onto League and changed my summoner name, corny isnt it. My first class of college starts and its astronomy. I've always liked science and definitely astronomy. the first project we had was to pick a planet and learn everything we can about it. I probably could tell you all about it or know the exact link to find out. I loved how unique it was to the other planets and how it was so much bigger than a majority of planets and that there is a significant amount of separation from it to other planets. I feel like i am just like the planet Saturn because of how much we actually have in common, even though it is a planet and i am human. I think this is the last time ill change my name because it is short, sweet, and its actually unique, just like me.

vVv Saturn

vVv Saturn

 

The Transition

Hello vVv Community, Many of you in the community know me from the League of Legends ever since I became a member of vVv. However after taking a closer look into my life I realized that video gaming no longer made me happy. I was constantly angry and I became very cynical towards others in my actual life that I was actually pushing my friends and family away. So I decided to just play some non-multiplayer games to take a step back and really evaluate what was going on in my life that was causing all this inner animosity. So what I did was every week I would stop playing one multiplayer game and then record my moods/feeling for that week while absent of that game. I did this for about five weeks until it was the week were League of Legends was up. At first I thought it was going to be a rough week and even make me angrier because I was going to be absent from the game that I loved and cared about the most. However as the week progressed I started to see myself more as me instead of the angry shell that I had become. I then decided to stop playing League of another week to see if I got the same results, and I did. I would be lying to you all if I said that League hasn't changed my life. League of Legends drew me to this community that I know and love, League of Legends brought me together and solidified everlasting friendships. At one point in my life it was the medicine that I wanted and needed, but over time it slowly became the poison. Now its been a little over a month since I have even logged in to League. And my life has never been better. League will always be apart of my life in the way that it shaped me, however I cannot see myself returning to it any time soon.

Plague of Rats

Plague of Rats

 

[2.0] A Response to Sky's Video On Female Streamers

If you haven't seen Sky's video yet, you can do so and his follow up video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCdor8xjsPg. There are 4 major issues here: The intent / goal of streamers
HOW that goal is reached
Harassment of gamers – specifically those who are female
Streamer diversity
Let’s break this down. The inherent goal of streamers is to make money. I suppose it may compete with the desire to entertain and provide a good experience. When it comes down to it, streaming is a business. The more money a streamer elicits the more frequently a streamer is likely to stream. This may allow a streamer to make this a full-time job or career. Streamers reach this goal by the entertainment value of their stream – whether that’s comedy, showmanship, personality, great plays and/or… boobs. For women we have this awesome marketable feature no one else has. Those are breasts. It’s great. However, it’s also not so great. This is something that is infinitely complex because there are so many sides. Boobs are great! The issue lies in the intent behind the marketing. As we already defined, the goal is to make money. However, does the streamer manipulate the relationship between streamer and viewer to capitalize on this? It’s when streamers exploit the already female hungry male gamers to extract more money from them, that an issue is created. Furthermore, I think this is also a huge issue for girl gamers. Why? Because we try so hard to show we’re a gamer, whether or not we’re male, female, transgender, we’re gamers. We don’t want to be treated differently. I do think Sky stuck his foot in his mouth a little when speaking on this subject. I really do think after reading his twitter after the video was posted, that he was focused on the intent behind the marketing. However, I believe if he had simply titled his video “Dear Streamers” without focusing directly on female streamers – it would have been more accurate. To say some males don’t exploit their streamers as well is a fallacy. I do think though, that girls are simply more noticeable or at least the marketing is more noticeable – more talked about - than other streamers. I find it incredibly ironic actually, since we spend so much time complaining and flat out, avoiding, sexual attention. Do gamers realize how many women masquerade as men in games because we don’t want the sort of attention we normally receive? Some of us refuse to talk in any kind of voice client to avoid any attention that could cause – because a lot of times it’s either sexual or hate. Some of us refuse to even join any community aside from one which is girl-only. In fact, when we ask ourselves why any gender or identity-only groups exist; it’s because we don’t feel safe. Which leads me to my next point: Harassment. Let’s be honest – gamers are assholes. We ALL are assholes. We play to win and god forbid if we think anyone has the potential to prevent us from getting that. We have no problem telling someone where to shove it or when. This means our filter is for the most part non-existent. Not exactly a good thing. We get used to saying whatever we want – when we want. The internet is anonymous after all, who will know? Furthermore, since gaming has been predominantly men until relatively recently, there’s still a lot of nastiness there. As soon as someone reveals she is a girl, she is friended, showered with gifts (RPGs), and harassed. The harassment can take the form of sexual predations or just plain hate. Twitch chat especially is a cesspool of filth. Regardless if she shows skin or not, she will receive hateful comments. What does this all mean? We need more streamer diversity as a gender! We cannot change a player’s sex drive – sex marketing will always work. We may be able to alter people’s online behavior, but I believe that will take a lot of time. It will be a gradual shift. What we can do, right now, is if someone wants to stream, do it. Do it however you desire. Persevere through the hate and keep doing what you love. Just keep in mind the long term effects of your actions. Happy streaming! "she" is meant to be ambiguous.

Ahryse

Ahryse

 

I want to become a Twitch.TV Partner, and I need your help.

Hey all, This is my first time creating a blog in a fair amount of time, in fact I am not even sure when was the last time I did create a blog. The long and short of it, is that I would like to become a Twitch TV partner, as I feel streaming for me is the way to keep gaming fresh and perhaps, potentially profitable, and is the best way that I can promote vVv to attract more like minded gamers to here. My reasons for streaming might be slightly unorthodox, and allow me to explain my logic. 1)I am 32, married with a dog. My wife and I talking very seriously about having kids. As such both of us will have to sacrifice a lot if not all of our free time. If this is the case then I will have to sacrifice my hobby for my child which I will do gladly. Becoming a twitch streamer/partner would structure my time as a gamer (successful streamers to be successful have to have structured time) and also allow me to hold on to my passion as a gamer whilst still addressing my responsibilities as a parent. 2)I have the means to purchase the necessary resources to run a successful stream. I have an excellent desktop with a strong processor and capture card, as well as a strong internet connection with a 75Mb upload which is more than sufficient to stream. 3)When I stream and interact it takes my gaming to a whole new level. I LOVE having people watch me play, even when I was kid playing Nintendo or Sega Genesis, I always wanted someone to watch me when I was playing and I would try to put on a show. 4)This is the most effective way I can promote vVv gaming. I would love to continue to promote vVv as this community has given me a gaming Renaissance if you will and I feel it is my duty to repay the organization by promoting it. 5)I think my personality, my background both professional (as a therapist) and personal (I love to goof around and play to win) can be an attractive personality. I think my ability to analyze and break things down as well as communicate those findings could be valuable to other gamers and I believe it will be. Here is what I have so far I have OBS Setup with a 720p webcam, and a more than strong enough computer to stream successfully. I also have sufficient bandwidth I am going to be working on a schedule to stream regularly. I have a Twitch TV account, with a bio up but I feel I could use some feedback on it. What I need: I need followers. If everyone in vVv Gaming could become a follower of my channel that would be awesome. I need viewers. If anyone feels that they can open a browser tab and just let my stream run that would be completely awesome I need promotion. Now I am going to work on this with Reddit as well as Twitter but when vVv gaming sends out a tweet if others could re-tweet it that would a HUGE help to me. I need people chatting in chat. BS with me and/or each other, keep it lively keep it interesting. I can be a pretty chatty person so please feel free to virtually AMA. I need graphics for both youtube and Twtich, preferrably in an Overwatch theme. I am willing to pay for them as well. If no one in vVv is available I have a service that can do it for a what I Feel is a fair fee. Also I am willing to help other streamers do the same. I think if we could have a dedicated core streamers promoting each other I think would not only help each other as streamers, but attract more gamers to the vVv community, which in turn to can continue to promote the streams (amongst other community actitivies) which can help us get bigger and thus attract more people to vVv gaming, and then etc...... So with all that said, are you willing to help me reach my goals as a vVv Gamer? I hope you say yes. vVv_FireWater @vVv_FireWater on Twitter http://www.twitch.tv/firewaterfx

FireWater

FireWater

 

So i guess this is how i tell my tale

I've always loved playing video games and writing, i guess. In school i could type out a 4 page essay in an hour, then come home and turn on my computer. I have noticed after a few years of playing highly competitive games is, that I'm not very good at them... I can learn all of the information one can learn about the game but in practice i usually end up choking. I was immediately drawn to League of Legends because of my friends and I love the fact that you never actually beat the game, you just improve... After leveling to 30 i tried my hand at ranked, as a top lane main it didn't go well. I was placed in Bronze 5 and decided to stop playing, why commit myself to something im not good at. But a few days later i found myself trying to get out. Season 4 hit and i swore to myself that i would hit Silver and i did. i feel like i am improving but not enjoying the game as much as i once did.

vVv Saturn

vVv Saturn

 

I suck at RPG's: An Introduction

Video games are my passion. From the first time I played my dad in Mario Kart 64 to my first Gamebattles match, walking on to mainstage at my first tournament and living in a gaming house, all of my most memorable experiences have involved video games. When I moved to LA two years ago I was introduced to a whole new world of gaming. Tabletop games, board games, roleplaying games and the like.. Interesting. I was actually pretty resistant to trying these out at first. I can remember always wanting to play video games, the stuff that I was more familiar with and didn’t want to touch board games or RPG’s. Once I even walked out of the house before we were about to start a campaign of Numenera because it was so god damn terrifying. My roommates love them, and I always felt guilty if I didn’t play and didn’t want to be that guy. It was up until about a few months ago that I dreaded RPG’s entirely. But why? Why was I scared or nervous to participate to begin with? Fear. Fear of not doing the right thing. Not knowing the rules. How to roleplay. How to fall into my character. d20 wut? You get the point. So, okay. I’ll give this a shot. In our latest campaign of Pathfinder (Ravenloft) we all went out and bought props/costumes. I figured that I would try to fall into my character a bit more than the last time. I thought the whole thing was going to be really painful, but it actually was pretty fun.. $120 later, lol. I felt like a kid again trying to find just the right short swords, bracers, cloak, etc. So, a few sessions into the campaign later. I’m fading in and of what’s going on. I (and the group) realize that I’m hardly paying attention. Like, I’m there, but my mind isn’t. This becomes super frustrating for the group, so the DM turns to me and wants me to run the group. This was excruciating. I never realized how indecisive I was. Deliberating sucks. So there I was, around my closest friends, not adding or making their experience any better. I actually made it worse. Eerggh. I feel like shit after and go to bed after everyone leaves. The following day, I have a conversation with the DM in which I realize that I wasn’t even trying. I had never even committed or given it much effort to get better. I just defaulted to neutral and disengaged. Fuck, I thought. I want to be better. There are some pretty awesome skills that I can develop through role playing. Exercising my imagination, leading, problem solving, communication and probably even more that I haven’t even realized yet. So, that’s why I’m writing this blog: To embrace my suck. I am going to log my journey of becoming the best roleplayer that I can be. There’s a long road in front of me, but I’m determined. Our next session is Sunday, January 4th. So far, my strategy has been focused around watching and reading about RPG campaigns and best practices. My next entry will detail the group and our progress so far. If you have any RPG resources, or general advice please send them my way via the comments or through Twitter @vVv_RobZ. Thank you for reading! Teaser: I’m the Rogue. And our next session we will be embarking on our journey into Castle Ravenloft. Get Excite! Resource list so far: 11 ways to be a better roleplayer

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

My experience helping out with the ADL & some rambling :D

Hey everyone, this is my first blog post so I apologize if it's a little rough and I promise to get better over time So where to begin... Last night helping out SunDown and Kotazu with the ADL was an awesome experience. For a while now I've been wanting to help vVv out in someway or get involved by being more than just a community gamer. A long time ago when I was just starting out PC gaming (I was about 14-15) I got involved with a community called Quiet Storm and quickly became the "Events Coordinator". I would manage in-house tournaments, game nights, etc... After that I become an "Administrator" and I basically ran the clan while our clan leader was on medical leave. After the clan leader eventually came back the game the clan was based around was bought out by a foreign company and was no longer available to play. The clan quickly fell into shambles. After finding a new game to play I picked up some of the old members and made a clan of my own. It was awesome for a while. We were growing rapidly, having tournaments, in-houses, our forums were always active, & it was a ton of fun. I really enjoyed being able to bring so many gamers together and being able to help normally shy gamers meet other people that shared the same passions as they did. After about 2 years I had to step down as the leader for personal reasons. It was probably one of the saddest times in my life. I lost connections with a lot of close friends over the years and I regret not keeping in touch. Getting back on topic; Since I've gotten back into gaming with League of Legends I've felt like there is more that I can do and should be doing to again help foster those type of connections with gamers. I used to be one of those shy gamers before I realized that there were a ton of other people like me that shared the same passion for gaming but just didn't have the social skills to gain friends online to play with. I remembered this awesome community I used to lurk around in my Halo 3 days, vVv Gaming, and I decided to look them up and see if they have a League of Legends division. It turns out that they did and I started coming and getting to know everyone in the League of Legends division and I have to say it is one of the best communites that I have ever been apart of and it's more than I could have ever dreamed about back in my days of running a community. Last night, helping out with the ADL gave me a taste of what I used to feel when helping people and I just can't get enough of it. I've always loved managing things and helping out with the spreadsheets, sorting, feedback, etc... was awesome to say the least. I want to be able to help gamers again and I think that me and vVv have a long and great future ahead of ourselves. I'm very excited to see where vVv is going in the future and I very much want to be apart of that future. Thanks for listening to my ramblings guys I'll be using this blog much more often. This was actually really fun to write and I hope you all enjoy it. If you have any feedback please let me know.

C Wide

C Wide

 

Pathfinder Online, The Cold Start, Read All About It.

While the times of Pathfinder Alpha seem to be going in the right direction the Goblinworks Inc company made by far the smartest decision ever. The Cold Start, Goblinworks went through the painstaking task to simulate the effects of Early Access. I was surprised that they moved for this since I have never heard of a company doing this before. It was by far the most enjoyable thing that they had done since during this time you could get a ton of exp and then level some skills. This not only let you try out the skill leveling system but it also let you try out the said leveled crafting skills. Next thing that happened was the 'Read All About It!' In this 'patch' they sent out a list of things that they wanted everyone to try and do during the Alpha. In this update they also doubled the amount of players that will be in the Alpha! If you are like me and have been playing the Alpha. You will find out that yes, there is a sad lack of players that are in the starting zones or even doing things in the area. Most of them have already moved out and are doing things out in the wild. But when they double the amount of players this should make it easier for the new people to get integrated since they can ask questions and get answers from the others who have been playing. The community has been very welcoming and helpful to anyone who has asked questions or even needed help with stuff. This is a great thing to see even this early in the game. If this keeps on going we will be sure to have one of the best communities ever. Good job Goblinworks, 10/10 so far. Keep it up!

SilverSpoon

SilverSpoon

 

Snippet about the past, present, and future...

So for my Technical writing class I had to write a little 3 paragraph article about my past, present, and hopes for the future. I decided to share it with you guys so you can get a little bit of an insight into some of the key points of my life and what I think about. Cheers. "The hardest part of high school was coming to terms with being gay. While struggling to figure out who I was, I immersed myself in music, band specifically. It was my life’s passion, it made me a lot of friends, and it was the inspiration for my first tattoo. After I graduated high school, I came out as gay to my friends, who weren’t shocked at all, and moved in with my real dad. I went to community college while figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, and once I realized I wanted to do Crime Scene Investigation, I had my sights set on UNT. I had a large falling out with a bunch of my close friends because of small things, and it pushed me to move far away from my hometown of El Paso. Once everything was set in stone and I received my acceptance letter, I took my car and my belongings and headed out to start one of the biggest chapters of my life. Saying goodbye to my family, especially my dad, was one of the most heart-wrenching things I’ve done to this day. Now that I’ve been living in Denton for almost two years, I find myself often worrying about my finances and my future. I always feel like I never have money and no matter how much I work, I lose even more money because of all my monthly bills. I always get homesick and wonder if moving so far away was really a good choice, even if UNT has an extraordinary criminal justice program. My friends I met through online gaming have kept me going, and even though they live all over the United States, they give me great advice and keep me sane when I feel like I’m going to crumble. Being a part of an online gaming organization has also boosted my confidence and has helped me become more comfortable with myself. I know that strangers will still judge me because of my personality, but I’ve learned that they don’t matter, and as long as I’m comfortable, who cares? Because I have learned this, I can open up to complete strangers more easily and have since made many new friends during my short time in Denton. Thanks to my family, gaming organization, and friends, I can see my future in the distance, and I hope that I can make something out of myself and make my family even more proud of me. Senior year is nearing, and internships are starting to pop up. I can see myself walking the stage and grabbing my diploma, knowing I already have a secure job in crime scene investigation. I know everything I need to know to be successful, and I feel ready to conquer the world! I will have a nice apartment for one, drive a fancy car, and have the most stylish wardrobe. I don’t know what city I’ll work in, but I honestly don’t really care. Sometime in the future, before I grow old, I will visit Europe. I’ve always wanted to go. I also want to attend a gaming convention with all my online friends. Even though the future is super unpredictable, I will make the best of it. "

Crazyviva

Crazyviva

 

Professionalism: In eSports and in Life - Inspired by Lord Jerith

Hi guys its Trivium! Long time no talk? Anyways, we had an outbreak within Agent eSports, which spread onto Twitter. It infuriated me and I immediately though of vVv and The Five Pillars. For those who don't know I am an ex member of vVv, and I still love this organization! Many don't know, Jerry is a huge inspiration and one of my most favorite people in the world! I spoke to him a few times before, but when we met at MLG Columbus back in November, I was awe-stricken by the amount of intelligence one man can have, and motivated by his wording. Honestly, he's one of those people that can tell you more about yourself than you knew about yourself before! I'm sure everyone else who ever met him can agree with that as well! Well anyway, here is the article! If you enjoyed it please retweet this tweet it would be very much appreciated! #BelievVve! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ @Agent_Trivium on professionalism in @AgenteSports, eSports, and in General. I expect everyone in @AgenteSports to maintain a higher level of professionalism, weather you are planning on going pro or not. If were giving you the chance, the least you can do is show we don't just pick up anybody. If you were able to look at our DM's on the Agent twitter and see how many people would love to have your opportunities, maybe you all would stop taking things for granted. For those who don't know I was a player and staff member for an organization known as Vision Valor Victory, or vVv. When you apply and earn an interview to become part of the organization, you are expected to know and be able to explain the "Five Pillars of vVv Gaming" which I will link for everyone at the end of this article. These were written out by the owner himself and one of my personal mentors, vVv Lord Jerith. These pillars were established for two purposes: one as a guide to give every single person wanting to be involved in the a concrete post explaining what is expected of them as a member of vVv: and two, help vVv maintain the prestigious image it has managed to upkeep over 7 years, and earning itself over 120 top 5 placements in 20 different titles. Is there a correlation to maturity over social media and respect for the teams each player represents? I'd say so. It doesn't matter if you are a youth AM wanna be AM team, or a T8 team, act mature. If you think the players of Evil Genius, Complexity, Optic, Team Kaliber, or even Annex are where they are today by complaining about their team mates on social media, or down talking their own organization where the public can see or hear it? I don't think so. Of course everyone messes up and says something they don't mean, or a harmless joke is taken the wrong way. But when it turns into a 14-15 tweet battle back and fourth, that is UNACCEPTABLE. I don't care if you have 40 followers and half of them are smurf accounts you made to make yourself look better (which thats a whole other story), that is still 20 people that get a poor taste in their mouth of you, as a representative of an organization, therefore making the organization, your team mates, other players, the staff, the designers, and the organization as a whole look bad. Of course I used a small example and that may or may not have gotten the point across. Lets move on a larger scale now. Your an AM team with a combined total of 1200 followers (we will say 500 per player and 200 on the team/org Twitter), you drop one player and announce you have an open slot on social media. Everything between you and the dropped player is worked out behind closed doors, everyone looks good. On the other hand, if you say something along the lines of, "@'insert name here' is dropped from our team LF1" and nothing was resolved prior, or the dropped player wasn't informed before the Tweet went out, thats a major problem. Especially when names get thrown back and forth at one another, people cry and carry on, etc. Now that looks bad in front of a lot more people. Lets say somewhere along the line something gets 4-5 retweets from randoms with 200 followers a piece. Thats an additional 600 that see your immaturity, now your at an 1800 person reach. Thats how a lot of teams get a bad rep. Even outside of eSports this little lesson is very, if not more, applicable. One day every single person reading this will represent something, weather its a small business, clothing brand, musical group, or even just there self. Being able to show the correct level of maturity, based on the situation, is key in anything you do, and problem solving is the most important skill in both the workplace, and at home. Why not practice on a small scale? Learn how to interact on a day to day basis. Most importantly, hold yourself to the highest standards. Who knows, one day you could be interviewing for the position of a lifetime and how you compose yourself could determine your fate of that position. One more thought before I end this post, I want to leave everyone something to think about and its a quote from Lord Jerith himself: "It's not about what an organization can do for you, but what can you do for the organization". For those of you not understanding that quote, I can tell you right now you will need a lot of work, especially if you want to be in the gaming and eSports industry. This quote simply means , if you do good work for somebody (an eSports organization in this case), it will get recognized. If you are someone who puts 110% of their effort into something, passion, and maintain a positive presence in the [eSports] community, the organization will grow, and because of your involvement, YOU will grow. In conclusion, just problem solve behind closed doors, and if you do get in an argument in public on social media, there are things called "Direct Messages". Send them there, leave them there. I want nothing but the best for the people we at Agent eSports pick up as players, but I also expect them to give us their best. If I see poor representation, I will take note and let you know in a PRIVATE and CONFIDENTIAL message. If problems persist, actions will be taken. On the other hand, I will do my best to reward the positives as well. Thank you for reading this and I sincerely hope that this has opened some peoples eyes. As promised here is a link to the 5 Pillars of vVv. Everyone should read this! http://www.vvv-gaming.com/forum/topic/39135-five-pillars-of-vvv-gaming/

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