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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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Pathfinder Online Alpha 6

asdfghjkl That is all. Pathfinder Alpha 6 is BY FAR the best build of the game so far. You can really tell that the people of Goblinworks Inc. are putting their heart and soul (and most likely some broken fingers) into this game. The new UI is 100x better, the characters are starting to look better and better. In all honesty I think that at this rate by the time its per say Alpha 8 we will be having graphics better then that of WoW. In other news. It has been rumored that Obsidian Games is going to make a "Neverwinter Knights" style game of Pathfinder for the computer. Those who haven't played Neverwinter Knights please do so, its an amazing game and while I am not supposed to be plugging DnD on a Paizo post but none the less. In other other news. My internet is fixed. This means MORE MORE MORE Pathfinder! IN THE BEST NEWS. Recruit a friend is coming soon, that means that if you want into the Alpha make sure to let me know or ask a friend to recruit you. This will give you access to the Alpha for the rest of its duration! Lets go! Keep up the good work Goblinworks Inc! You guys are doing me a solid. 10/10 Will play this game.

SilverSpoon

SilverSpoon

 

The Current State of Pathfinder Online

As many of you know, I have been dealing with some crazy stupid lag lately. But I haven't let that stop me from playing Pathfinder Online for their Alpha! In this last patch they fixed a few things that I had been talking about, so good job there. But right now the biggest hurdle that I have found is Crowd Forging. People complaining that they aren't having their voices heard by Goblinworks simply due to the fact that they don't know how to get to the Crowd Forging area. Like in my last article, I will include links to my twitter, Goblinworks twitter, and the Crowd Forging website. In other news, Pathfinder Online still continues to impress me. I have basically fallen in love with Cleric so far and really enjoy the Focus/Shield combo. Mage is still broken, and sadly Rogue is still under powered. But that is the nature of the beast for now in Alpha. I expect that once the game hits beta that a lot of these balancing issues will be smoothed out and taken care of. Then comes the issue of new classes and races. Goblinworks themselves has said that they took the Crowd Forging stuff serious when they sat down and decided what classes and races will be there for Beta. You had your chance to vote in that and IIRC its too late to go back and do so again. However its not like you are too late to do ANYTHING related to Pathfinder. Just check my links below to get involved! Goblinworks Twitter My Twitter Crowd Forging Pathfinder Online Homepage

SilverSpoon

SilverSpoon

 

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

So it seems like making a blog is the thing to do for vVv right now, so why don't I join in? - Picture Posted is from about 4 years ago. - I figured it was time to put to words one of the most important decisions that I have ever made in my life. I'll start from the beginning. From a pretty young age, I've battled with severe depression. I never had the self esteem to go out and make friends, or to make myself known. Quite frankly it's this fact that made me turn to a life of gaming, but I digress. Spending my time in doors, and doing nothing but gaming and eating, it's no surprise that I quickly became overweight, and concealed myself away from the world even more. - Sure, this led to me improving my gaming skills on a massive scale, to the point where I normally pick up games quite quickly, but this was no way to live my life. I thought, maybe a change of scenery would be something that could help me. I moved nearly 300 miles from my home town in Ohio, to Chicago, to attend college. During that time, I did manage to make a few friends, but even then it wasn't enough. Being on my own, no one to help me control my overeating, I was to the point where I was eating sometimes up to 8 McDonald's sandwiches for a single meal, then hours later I would be eating again. - At the time, I failed to notice the problem, I was blind to all that I was doing to myself. I hadn't seen a scale, or a doctor for years by the time I had graduated from college, and moved back home. By this time, the overeating was in full effect. Taco Bell, Burger King, Wendy's, etc... If they had a cheap menu, I was ordering from it, and ordering a lot. I remember once spending nearly $40 on one single meal at Taco Bell, and eating it all as if I was never going to eat again. - Finally a few years later, I was hanging out with some friends, and noticed, that even walking I was getting too winded to keep up. I couldn't do nearly anything that they wanted, and I was doing nothing but dragging them down. I couldn't take it. I finally decided to see the damage for what it was, and went to the doctor to be weighed in. The news was less than stellar. I weighed in at an unsightly 553 lbs. Even at 6'10, that put me nearly 270 lbs overweight. I could have died from the sheer shock, I was in such denial. I had to make a change, so I immediately got myself a gym membership. - That was 18 months ago, a time in my life that I'd rather forget ever happened. From that point I've made it down to 380 pounds as of my most recent weigh-in, and I plan on making it down to 300, to be at a proper weight for my height. I've still got the depression, I've still got the fear of being social, but I'm using all of the willpower I can muster up to make a change for myself, and that's really all I can do.

Ranko

Ranko

 

How it all started

Hi Everyone, my name is Bojan (pronounced Boyan) and I would like to tell you about the time I have spent in vVv Gaming. I have found out about vVv in Guild Wars 2. It was roughly around February of 2013 and I was looking for a guild to join after I have quit the game for couple of months. When I came back I chose not to go back to guild I was a part of (HOPE) because in my absence they have grown very big and I prefer smaller tight knot guilds over large armies because then I get to know people and make good friends. I was recruited in vVv Gaming guild by Lamorak Ex Deo who at the time had the rank Leader. He turned out to be the temporary leader while Damien was absent. Around that time there were roughly 6 to 10 people who would log on in the guild daily and that was on a good day. During the next few days I got to know everyone (all 10 of them!) and realized that they were a group of people I would like to continue playing with and enjoy the game. In that resolve I offered to help them expand and become active again and this is how it all started. Over the next couple of months I spent a lot of time recruiting and helping the guild grow. I started running various events throughout the week and I did my best to still have fun with the game. I remember doing weekly Dungeon runs and Guild Missions at that time and I ran my own event that I called Bagzli's Games. The events slowly kicked off, we were low on numbers first but as we recruited people got more interested in the guild and wanted to stick around more. My custom event became very popular due to randomness and creativity that the event provided and this made my time spent organizing it and farming the gold for prizes well worth it. Time went by and we grew. We became very active and we started getting involved with the community. Myself and Lamorak both became applicants and at that time I learned what vVv Gaming really is. Up to that point, All vVv was to me was just another guild I joined and helped out in. Soon enough drama came knocking. One of the main officers in the guild and the current Warlord of the guild quit and would not say why. Around the same time Lamorak had to leave for what was suppose to be 2 weeks but turned out a month. At this point in time we had a guild event happening every night of the week, and three of us were the people who ran them. I ended up running all 7 events for the whole month in hopes that once lamorak is back we can establish new officers who would help out. He came back a month later only to tell me he is quitting as well. I discovered later that part of the reason of them quitting is because they were not very immersed in vVv Gaming and they were too afraid that LordJerith or DoomHammer would decide to log on one day and ruin it all for them. They didn't understand that both LordJerith and DoomHammer only wanted to help them run an active guild. With them leaving, they made a fairly big scene of it and they picked off about 80% of the active members of the guild. Hurray drama. At this point I felt devastated that all those months of hard work have just gone to waste and I didn't want to go on. I got promoted to the leader but we were at the point almost as bad as when I first joined. Few days later I was suppose to meet DoomHammer for my pre-interview into vVv Gaming. I took those few days to think and decided this was not worth it. I decided I'm dropping my application, I am quitting Guild Wars 2 and playing another game. I showed up for the pre-interview out of respect for the organization and to tell him that I was done. Jordan dragged me to the interview channel in mumble and we started talking. He asked how guild wars 2 was doing and I told him of the recent drama and told him how this is really frustrating. The conversation that happened next changed my decision. I remember listening to him talk and explaining things to me about the guild and what I could do and how to do them. He gave me very solid advice, but he also did something more. He made me respect him, but not for the kind of a person he was, for his ability to talk to a person and inspire them to take action. At this point I still did not tell him I'm quitting, the conversation didn't get to that point yet, but when it did I thought to myself: do I really want to leave this behind and never get a chance to learn from this guy ever again? I chose to stay, I chose to take his advice on things in Guild Wars 2 and act on them. And so the journey continued. I started recruiting even harder than before, I appointed few officers to help me out. I organized a guild meeting that put an end to the drama that was going on and I pointed this guild in a new and better direction. I actually still remember writing a speech I wanted to make to everyone to try and inspire them to stick with me and follow me. I ended up reading none of that because a written speech just doesn't have the same effect than when you go and tell it from the heart as the words come on their own. Time went by again and we started talking about organizing a pvp Tournament in Guild Wars 2. We ended up picking up a Guild Wars 2 PvP Team and I was to work with them to make the tournament happen. As they were to be participating, I was the person who organized everything to keep things fer to other teams, but they helped a lot by promoting it and putting me in touch with the key people to make the tournament a success. As all of this was happening, little did I know that my sole reason for being in vVv Gaming was about to get crushed. One night I got dragged into the staff channel by LordJerith and there were a bunch of people there. He said, Bagzli I just wanted to tell you that this is DoomHammers last week of being the president of vVv Gaming. He got a job at riot and he will be stepping down as the president due to not having enough time to run the community as he is now. My response was: " Well that sucks". So basically the guy who I wanted to learn from and pretty much the biggest reason I have stayed was leaving to be replaced by some guy I only heard of "RobZGod". I'll admit, I was a little angry. I had no idea who this RobZGod was not what he was like. I never met him up to that point and I was having huge doubts about a guy who was the current vice president but I never really saw around the community much. Couple days later both DoomHammer and RobZGod found me in mumble and wanted to talk about the tournament, where I was at with it and if they can help. Finally I meet this mysterious guy called Rob. I learned that Rob has been really busy working at Activision and that is why I never saw him around much. I also learned he gets excited about competitive play way too easily (a good thing). So lets get back to the tournament! So time went by, the guild grew and we held our first Guild Wars 2 tournament which I ended up calling Kings of the Mists. We managed to get shoutcasters from MLG to shoutcast our tournament and we ended up being sponsored by ArenaNet. The sponsorship came in at last minute, but never the less it happened! Without the sponsorship the prize for the tournament was going to be 500 gold for the winning team. During the organizing phase, I organized a gold for gold donation drive towards the tournament. For every gold guild donated, I would throw in a gold myself. We ended up raising 500 gold which was enough to get some key teams interested in participating. Most of the teams that participated did not do it for the money, they did it to help the Guild Wars 2 e-sports scene grow; and once we had the few key teams signed up, well lets say the remaining 10 slots got filled very fast. (Actually had an overflow in case a team doesn't show up, roughly about 22 teams in total signed up and 16 was what we organized it for). The tournament was organized and executed really well. There were few minor hiccups but everything ran as smoothly as we could of hoped for. We had close to 1000 viewers at our peak (I think 972 was the actual number) and I believe close to 2000 unique visitors for the duration of the tournament. Basically we had more viewers watching our tournament than all the guild wars 2 streamers combined on any given day, and that was quite the accomplishment! I got to learn a lot from organizing this tournament, I don't think I can explain in words well enough the challenges I faced and in which ways I have overcome them. I had plenty of support and guidance from the executive staff and that made this learning experience even better. Couple months went by and guild was still going strong. We started having discussions about the second tournament, but this time around we wanted to get support from steelseries. So we presented our case to them, showed them the results from our first attempt and they jumped right on board with wanting to help us by providing prizes this time! I was in contact with community manager from ArenaNet and he also did everything he could to make our next tournament a success. They even wrote an article about our tournament and couple other community ran tournaments! Second tournament was a success but not as successful, our team placed higher this time, but there was less interest. We did not get as many views as last time and some of the better teams have fallen apart. On the up side we managed to get european, and asian teams interested enough to stay up late all night so they can be part of the tournament! All in all, I had the chance to organize 2 large tournaments. Well, as large as they get in Guild Wars 2. I had the chance to learn how to manage my resources, how to motivate teams to sign up, how to interact with potential sponsors and how to get them on board to sponsor us. I had the chance to partake on a smaller scale of business side of e-sports and that is something I am truly glad got to do. As far as the guild goes, we kept going strong, when the pvp scene started dying we found other ways to entertain ourselves and that is why vVv Gaming is a place to be in, because we keep going. That is all from me for now, I'll try to write another blog about my experience as the MMO Division Manager and Website Developer of vVv Gaming. Thanks for reading and I hope some of you get interested in joining staff because you get to do some really cool stuff that most people don't even know about. Most importantly you get to learn skills you can take well beyond gaming.

vVv Bagzli

vVv Bagzli

 

Crowd Forging.

Silver Spoon proudly presents 'A Path to Pathfinder!' A sort of new thing to the world of RPG is the idea of having community and player input BEFORE the game goes live or even into Beta. The reason that Goblinworks is going this route is the same way that Paizo did for Pathfinder the Table-Top RPG. It makes for a better game and for better game play. With that said, Goblinworks has already told us not to expect a 'AAA' game when they first launch Pathfinder Online, but don't be discouraged! As a player of the Alpha I can tell you that this game is already on the right path(SOPHUNNY) to being one of the BEST MMORPG games you have ever seen or played. One of the reasons that its so good is that they are so entwined with the community and all the guilds/players that were part of their exclusive Land Rush event which in and of itself was a dynamic event that I personally in all my time of playing RPGs and MMOs I have never seen before. If you too want to take part in the Crowd Forging I would like to direct you to a few links. I will be posting an update to my blog every so often with more links to Crowd Forging as well as new Pathfinder News and my ideas on it. Please note that to vote in most Crowd Forging posts you need to register for IdeaScale. The register button can be found in the top right corner. If you need any help with Pathfinder or with the Crowd Forging aspect please contact me here on the vVv forums or in the Pathfinder Online section and I will be 100% happy to help you in anyway that you can. Here are some links to get you started. My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lSilverSpoonl Goblinworks Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoblinworksInc Pathfinder Online Home: https://goblinworks.com/pathfinder-online/ Crowd Forging: https://pathfinderonlinecrowdforging.ideascale.com/a/ideafactory.do?mode=recent&discussionFilter=active.ideation

SilverSpoon

SilverSpoon

 

Fail to live a normal life

The single most destructive thing you can do to your dreams is try to live a normal life. What is a normal life? It's all those things that take up your time that aren't related to helping you achieve your dreams. Things you do because you feel you're expected to, or because you'll make more money (if being rich isn't your dream), or because they are an entertaining distraction, or because you feel like it's "the next step" in life. And what does it mean for something to be "the next step"? Basically, I like to think of the normal life as a big rut, and the wheel of life goes round and round in this rut as each generation is born, lives, reproduces, and dies. Each turn of the wheel is another life expiring living the normal, ordinary plan that it never chose. For a typical middle-class American, that rut might look something like: Go to school and get good grades,
Get into college and get a degree,
Use your degree to get a secure, well-paying job,
Get married, buy a house, and start having kids,
Send the kids to school to get good grades, through college, and support them starting their own careers,
Retire if you can afford it and enjoy the last few years of your life doing what you actually wanted.
But beyond just this simple list of a plan for your life, there are the little things that fill our lives. Spend time watching TV, movies, or anime? Not interested in becoming an actor, critic, producer, writer, production crew, makeup artist, etc.? Subject matter not relevant to your passion? Probably shouldn't spend a lot of time doing that. Spend a lot of time going out to bars or clubs? Not interested in becoming a bartender, promoter, DJ, owner, designer, doorman, bouncer, manager, etc? Not looking for a spouse to fulfill your dream of raising an awesome family? Probably shouldn't spend a lot of time doing that. Spend a lot of time playing video games? Not interested in becoming a pro gamer, coach, caster, production crew, cosplayer, graphics artist, character designer, etc.? Probably shouldn't spend a lot of time doing that. Spend a lot of time trying to get laid? Not interested in becoming a porn star, prostitute, brothel owner, pimp, adult sex store owner, porn producer, adult fiction writer, matchmaker, or just being the best lover in the world? Probably shouldn't spend a lot of time doing that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVdy6T6YbRg The pattern goes round and round. People follow it as if by impulse rather than actual conscious choice. As such, it takes a lot of effort and energy to decide that this isn't the life you want. Contrary to popular belief, your life is already laid out for you from the moment you were born. If you want to live an alternate life and achieve your dreams, then you have to expend enormous energy to jump that wheel out of the rut and consciously direct your energy toward your passion. And event hen you are in constant danger of falling back into the rut. Only through the relentless pursuit of your passion will you escape being trapped in a normal life. That's not to say that you shouldn't ever have fun. Fun and relaxation are necessary and without them you probably won't be as effective of a person, so definitely set aside time for relaxing and having fun. But if you fill your free time with trying to get laid, then watching Netflix, then playing games, then going out with friends, then getting laid again, then watching Netflix again, while working and supporting yourself, then suddenly all your time is filled with the mundane pieces of life that are just there to help you relax and alleviate boredom occasionally. Set aside the time to pursue your passion FIRST. Then stick to that plan. Didn't get laid this week? Minor inconvenience. Didn't live your dreams this lifetime? Devastating. Planning to put your passion first is the only way to avoid waking up one day on a path you had no intention of going down and wondering what happened to your dreams. You had dreams once, but what happened to them? How did you wake up halfway through your life feeling trapped in a marriage that doesn't support you, with children who are your jailers demanding more and more of your time away from your passion, and a job that you go to only to pay the ever increasing pile of bills from the mortgage, cable, kids college fund, etc. And then suddenly you are retirement age, but you can't retire because you never did anything at your safe, secure job that would earn you a promotion and a raise to cover the lifestyle you ended up with. All the money went to the kids, the wife, the house, the Netflix and cable subscriptions, the nights out, the endless games played—but you never got out of silver league. So even at the end of your life you were never able to pursue your dreams. And that's not to say you couldn't achieve happiness with that kind of life, but was that really your dream? To just be happy frittering away your life aimlessly? Surely there was something you wanted to accomplish, to contribute to the world. More than just "held a steady job, watched netflix, got laid"? I have one more thing for you to consider before I wrap up this blog post. What if, deciding to live a normal life, things don't go exactly as not-planned? What if you get a girl pregnant one night while trying to just get laid? What if your wife finds herself in a loveless marriage and commits suicide? What if you fall asleep exhausted driving to the job you don't love and end up killing someone? What if the example you set causes a child to become jaded and give up his dreams and become a drug dealer instead? What if it's your child? It's one thing to squander your own life, but can you really be so cavalier with someone else's? Do all the opportunity costs and squandered time really only add up to your own personal nightmare? What about the difference you were going to make in the world? Who loses out because you never delivered on that dream? Is it just you, or is the world impoverished because watching the next season of Breaking Bad was more important than figuring out the cure for aging? Or the solution to viable renewable energy? Or the artwork that inspires the next generation of artists and defines beauty for this time period? What is your dream worth? So I leave you with this message: fail to live a normal life. You don't have to leave everything on autopilot. Discover your passion, discover your purpose, and pursue them relentlessly. My own personal mission statement is "No one should have to deal with difficult problems alone", which is the result of experiences I had earlier in my life. My own passion is competitive gaming, ever since I was 5 or 6 years old playing Battle Tanks against my brother on the Atari 2600. Instead of a repetitive rut, your life can look like this: Go to school, but look for opportunities to do things you enjoy until you discover your true passion,
Examine your life and discover your purpose. What is more important to you than anything else? Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
Go to college if it will help you combine your passion and purpose. Otherwise look for opportunities to get started while you're still in high school.
Struggle for a while financially while you pursue your passion and purpose wholeheartedly. It will be worth it.
Discover someone else who enjoys their life as much as you and is also actively immersed in their own passion. Become partners in life in a way a normal spouse could never hope to.
If your passion or purpose demands it, have children. Help them stay free from the rut of a normal life.
Never retire because you love what you do and you've lived a whole and complete life doing exactly what you love.
Sound better than a normal life? I think so, and I hope you do too. When I was in college, I studied Information Technology in order to get a secure, high-paying job. When I graduated I started working at a company doing work related to the IT field rather than pursuing my dream of working in the gaming industry. My life is very comfortable, but I'm also not content with where I am. I spent a lot of time playing games in the evening, watching anime, and watching movies. I worked out a lot and spent a lot of time talking to guys online trying to find someone to date. Looking back, my twenties were basically a huge waste of time. I'm now 30 years old and only over the past few years have I started focusing on finding my passion and purpose. The type of life where you live only for your own immediate satisfaction is not fulfilling, at least not for me. You need to find a purpose to serve others and add value to their lives in some way in order to find fulfillment. Even recently I have struggled with using my time as effectively as possible. For example, I struggle to get to sleep on time a lot of the time. This leads to me being too tired to get meaningful work done the following evening, significantly limiting my effectiveness in terms of what staff work I can accomplish. I've also wasted a lot of time trying to grind staff work every day. I have found that setting aside time on the weekends to play games and spend time with friends and family makes it easier to focus on getting stuff done during the week. One of the biggest failures I experienced after joining vVv was the death of the Starcraft 2 Division. I lost my passion for the game because I spent all my time doing staff work and wasting time and never took the time to actually play. This is a huge error, because it will inevitably lead to burnout. So finding time to play the game you are most passionate about is a must. All of the above things I talked about I speak from experience. This isn't all just generic advice, but things I've learned the hard way that I want to share with everyone else so that they don't have to. This is why it's so important to pursue your passion. It's definitely not the easy choice, but compared to the alternatives it's far easier than letting your dreams die. Hope this was helpful.

vVv OrganicBear

vVv OrganicBear

 

A change for the better

After making the decision to start taking my life more seriously, I started thinking about my living conditions. Right now, I'm living with 4 other people in a two bedroom apartment. There are two people in each room, and I sleep in the living room because I sleep like a rock. I'm almost certain I could be sleeping on concrete with a gunfight going on and still sleep like a baby. We have all 5 of our computer set-ups in the living room because most of us have different sleeping schedules and it makes it to where people can still be on their computers and let others sleep in peace. It makes for a fun enviroment but comes with quite a few downsides. On more than one occasion, we've gotten on each other nerves with either the volume being too loud or laughter and talking too loud to hear what you're trying to listen to. I have a hard time focusing on things as it is, but it becomes almost impossible for me to do something about it with no place to get away from it all. If I ever want to start cracking down and getting stuff done, I need my own space. Luckily enough for me, a coworker of mine has a room open for rent at his place. It would be about $80 more than what I'm paying now in rent but would come with so many added benefits. My own room, a washer/dryer, and air conditioning(Thank god). I would also be only a 5 minute walk away from my current job instead of the 30 minute drive I make now. So I decided to go for it and should be moved in by the end of the week. But this is has been sort of a bittersweet decision. I've lived with my 4 other roommates for 2 and a half years now and have grown extremely close with them. I consider one of them to be my best friend. He let me move in rent free, with no job and paid for my food for 3 months while I looked for a job. If it weren't for him I'd probably still be living with my parents. I wouldn't even have my current job without him. Its just been alot of fun playing games, watching anime, and just goofing off with these guys, but I think this is for the better. It couldn't last forever. Despite all that I'm looking forward to the change. Life can be bittersweet but it goes on nonetheless.

IgnisFray

IgnisFray

 

Curse of Naxxramas Update

Gold version Naxx cards have been revealed to be available to players the other day. It was stated in a recent blue post that by defeating the bosses in Heroic Mode we would then be able to craft the golden versions of the cards. You can see the blue post below for specific clarification. Another change that has come up is that of how deathrattle will trigger. The new change will set it so that the order in which deathrattle triggers on minions that die simultaneously is first played first triggered. This is going to have a fairly large impact on the game as it will require a bit more precision when playing cards. This change will have an even larger effect due to the increase in deathrattle cards coming out with the Curse of Naxxramas expansion. Below is a twitter exchange to confirm the upcoming changes. Finally, we have the released costs of the wings for Curse of Naxxramas pack. If you are planning on using real money your best bet would be to buy all the non free wings for $20. If however, you wish to simply buy them with gold you better start saving. It has come out to 2800 gold required to unlock all the remaining wings. The best way to do that would be to start doing your quests frequently and resetting any quests that is below 100 for a chance to get one worth 100.

DayLyte

DayLyte

 

One Key to Winning at Hearthstone

For this blog I decided to take a slightly different approach from my usual entries and focus on something I think gets overlooked a lot. especially in competitive gaming. Please take the time to read through and I would love to get some feedback on this type of stuff to see if it would be well received in the future! Hearthstone is a game about skill, RNG, and mindset. Having the right skill will only take you so far, and then a little bit of luck kicks in to either boost you further or push you back. There is however one more factor that is often overlooked in not only Hearthstone, but all professional competitions, and that is your mindset. How you feel and think going into a game, as well as throughout it has a large impact on how well you do. If you have ever watched poker you are probably familiar with the term “being on tilt”, which is a reference for being upset basically. When someone is on tilt they make poor choices due to lack of concentration of focus. This can happen from such things as having bad pulls to the opponent having just the right cards to counter you. The important thing to do though is to always remain calm and assess the situation. If you pull crap cards, getting frustrated is not going to help you any. Being upset will only hinder your playing and hurt you. Here are a couple ways to stay calm while playing, especially when stuck in a tough spot. The first is to practice something called primals. Primals are a technique primarily used in the MMA world to deal with nerves. The most common technique is to simply scream as loud as you can. This action will send endorphins through the body that create a calm sensation. The second technique is the heel stomp, which is frequently used in Thai Chi. The heel stomp is a tension relieving exercise, which is fairly simple to execute. Simply close your eyes, put your head straight and forward, bend your knees and put your hands to the side. Then quickly lift your heels while keeping your back straight and drop all the weight on your heels, slamming them into the ground. When you hit the ground let out an exhale and even a grunt to relieve the stress. These are two quick techniques that can be used before, during, or after a game to help to keep you calm. While you may thinkthat your mental state doesn’t affect your gaming, you would be wrong. Keeping calm, especially in times of high stress, can do wonders for your decision making and skill level. You will be able to see things much clearer and make better decisions. Try these out the next time you decide to play Hearthstone or any game really, and see how they affect your play!

DayLyte

DayLyte

 

Might as Well

I have never in my life ever blog before ever..... With that said I really want to share with you guys my world, my thoughts what goes through my head, Ill start at the very fucking beginning and I write this as if Im talking to you in person. I have a brother and sister, and they are a major part of this story too and really I dont even like to open up like this at all! So why I do this I have no idea but heres goes nothing.. So growing up for me was pretty typical, we are a mid class family in a mid class neighborhood. When my brother and sister were around my parents were cool, but they are older and went off to college my parents changed they started fighting alot!! The fights were bad sometimes but never called the cops just tried my best to calm them down, this went on from when I was 8 to when i was 11-12. My dad decided to leave my house at about when I was 9, and he didnt want to but I understood he had to the fights were insane, he was consistently getting hurt by items thrown at him, my dad never ever laid a hand on my mom, I dont know how he didnt sometimes but I give him credit to this day for holding back. When he left my mom got worse started seeing a doctor that gave here xanax and a whole bunch of other shit that made her fucking weird man. She did calm down finally and the fights would be on and off for years, I think the worst it got for me is when my mom stabbed my dads hand to the counter and the weird thing was he didnt call the cops he didnt even tell the truth, we went to the hospital had surgery and got him not a word was mention of this after not even to my brother or sister we kind of just kept it amongst us. During this whole time my grandmother and uncle were always talking to me and started to feel bad I honestly just wanted the fighting to stop and go back to being normal, but I noticed that everyone in my family felt bad for me, so I took advantage of it and started getting literally everything I ever wanted. So I myself started not paying attention til one day I heard a huge bang I went upstairs to see my mom on the floor and her pills every where.....she tried killing herself and a few times after that till i called my sister one day and told her to come home and witness this and she did and it was crazy for the day and the next day we called the cops i didnt want to at all but she did so we did. So now my mom is off in the hospital my dad is doing his thing, When my dad left I stood with him on tuesdays and everyother weekend and fuck were those weekends fun. I found out that my dad owned bars, clubs and restaurants throughout brooklyn, ny. So I convinced him to let me help out and he did and me being the owner son people loved me, girls went crazy over me, im the owners lil son, and the memories I had with my dad his friends were just amazing at that age i shouldnt be in the places but I am. I didnt drink but I had fun watching them and smoking weed and cigarettes, then i started working at the front door with the bouncer now that made it even more fun, the things people did to get into some of my dads place was funny, and the bouncer later on in life i found out he liked i guess underage boys so of course he had me kissing girls left and right and doing all sorts of shit with them and like watching but why would i care im messing with girls I in my head never thought in my right mind would be kissing etc etc etc. Then one night the cops came in ID everyone now the problem arose im not suppose to be in there working nor obviously as a customer so after alot of back and forth I was allowed to bar back or be the ice boy from the basement, So i started bringing my sega gensis and playstation to his bars when I worked and i played for hours!!! Then one day I did a stock list for my dad and noticed he had no idea what he actually had in inventory, once i realized that a light went off in my head that I can sell bottles and cases for whatever I wanted there FREE!! lol, so I started doing that and within a week had 2500 cash and was amazed at the type of money at the time, I felt powerful like I can do whatever I wanted, so I did, I bought something else flipped that and now had 6000 and so then it began, here I am the young age i was and had what I felt at the time was everything. So I did what my dad taught me best always make money.. During all this my mom was in and out of hospitals, my family is still buying me things because they feel bad, my sister is still home with me, my dad lives else where, my brother is becoming a high paying surgeon and we are moving along, til the day my mom and sister search my room and bang they seen what I feared would happen for a while the found my stash and my stashes werent small at that point, they confronted me I said it was someone else paid a friend to come take the heat and find a new hiding place....so now my parents are watching me so I decided can I invite my friends to chiill and sleep over and play video games, remember we didnt have online so to play like we do now we had to have a group over and alot of stupid networking knowledge that my friends father did lol, i feel alseep early and these lil bastards robbed my house and my families jewelry, ok steal my stuff fine, i got u, steal my families stuff and now its war, so i robbed there houses back all of them in one night! I wait about a month i think not sure maybe more and I grab one another of my friends that is over 18 and we started pawning the jewelry, in all i ended up with 9k on the last pawn shop we get arrrested and a whole world of shit opens up. So in result I ended up at 12-13 yrs old getting sent to spofford juv correctional for a month then, my lawyer tells me he had an idea start blaming drugs and they will recommend drug rehab so I did, in the mist of my court case my grandmother randomly accuses me of stealing here jewelry, guys I didnt mention this yet but my grandmother was my best friend my whole life I would never do anything at all to hurt her ever so when she accuses me I broke down and thought maybe I did when I was fucked up one night but I never got that fucked up I always had to walk home and the walk sucked fucked up so I basically said that, the cops took it as a confession and off I went to daytop drug rehab and I did good I wasnt as bad as these kids I made more money then actually intake of the drug which was only weed anyway so these kids were on some other shit. I learned alot though being there it made me smarter both in good and bad ways. Then a call came one day while I was at the poughkeepsie house, that my grandmother found her jewelry she forgot she moved it to the safety deposit box, and bang within hours i was released and on my way home, for my first dish of pasta I had in months and fuck was it good!! But the good turned ugly quick when I was looking for something I hid before I left GONE!!!! My money and stash was gone what the fuck was I going to do, my sister at this time now lived in brooklyn so I went there and asked her, and she told my mom had been stealing from me the whole time which i honestly didnt care but then she stole my stash and would consistently yell at me and flush it down the toilet, so lets put this in perspective, here I am making alot of money to do whatever with, I mean i was buying things my family drooled over and I got them stuff to so no one bitched, but here she is accepting my gifts, taking money, then finding my stash yelling at me, and flushing it down the toilet meanwhile everyone in my house smokes weed, does that make sense? NO! So I flip out and confront everyone and got everyone on the same page, started doing it again til I met this girl and she was hot in my eyes so I kept on going at here trying to get her to chill and we finally did and slowly I won her over and she became my gf and all I wanted to do was impress her, so I did, I even stopped doing what i was doing and started working on the NYSE floor, got fired from there, and got a job as a retail stock broker right at the beginning of the tech bubble, the ride that was, truely was amazing, Ill never forget its May 15th pay day our biggest checks ever, i get mine, im sweating I know it has to be huge, I open it, 350K omfg Im 19 yrs old and just for handed a 350k check, I run home to my mom which is literally blocks away and show her she starts crying cause in her eyes i did it, well i did and i went nuts, we did everything we wanted, by the end of the summer we blew all the money, my whole office was broke, I ended up with at least the house I grew up in some of the other kids just blew it and ended up with nothing but stories! The tech bubble ended, my gf at the time hates me because i became a big dick because i thought who i was, and everything started to crumble, the business we once had was reduced to nothing pennies to the dollar alot cashed out when we did, so we literally were back to square one, we couldnt even pay the rent, so we moved the office and for 18 months we NO check, I couldnt even get home some nights and slept in the office, my gf at the time i have no idea what she was doing but i was in my own little hell. Right around Christmas time one of my friend got a xbox 360 and he invited me over I wasnt working no income at all so I kind of just lingered around looking for a job as a stock broker, I went to his house and played idk what but I thought it was cool, so for Christmas 2006 i asked for a xbox 360 and Gears of War and Xmas day got it and played and enjoyed but still looked for a job then I get a call its my old my boss he asks if I need work I do, couple of weeks later im working again we are flowing with leads, he is helping me with money and giving me a weekly paycheck so I buy rainbow six vegas now i remember the old RS games with that fucking map on PC I hated that fucking map!! Also I was horrible at PC i always tried and just could never seem to get it, WHOMP WHOMP! I played the campaign and was like ok cool fun, gfx r fucking amazing, then my friend calls me and says let play MP at first im like no i know ill get my ass handed to me but he convinces me cause there is a room full of my friends, so i join and OMFG it was fun as shit!! I couldnt stop playing I didnt show up to work for days before my boss came over and I showed him and he was like why dont u look for tournaments to play in, when I was younger like IDK 10 maybe I walked to blockbuster video to rent a game and came out with the mortal kombat arcade because of a local tournament blockbuster was holding, so I did and also went back to work, I found GB and MLG and loved it could stop reading about esports i was amazed how i missed this and didnt see it, I show my boss and he see's the same thing i see a growing sport and industry even though a very small sub industry. I write a couple of forum post as a F/A and next thing you know im in a gamebattles match and FML i sucked badly had no idea what I was doing, and i became back up of the back up which in my eyes was like the water boy, but i noticed alot of teams had coaches, I helped coach and coached my roller hockey team when on the TOURS circuit and I enjoyed it more then playing. I remember the teams name they ECM - East Coast Mafia, so i asked them they liked the idea, I figured why not just sponsor the team so theres no issues, so I did got the shirts, got the plane tickets got the room the team pass, I was soooo excited i couldnt wait, we were scrimming I was learning alot the weekend of the first mlg tournament for RSV half the team shows up and Im just flawed by the fact they didnt show up so now i have to find 2 kids to play so i did, and i told everyone that do there best because I know that this team isnt going to last but do your best and who knows you might end up on a really better team. I coach my ass off, help corridinate plays, get the kids communicating and just tried to stand out as best and as respectfully as possible, I met a few people but nothing crazy I met thought Ninja and Ninjette from Defiance they did really good the first circuit meet so I pitched them to coach them and they said yes after a few weeks I was really impressed so I got my and my dad to sponsor defiance with some pretty cool shirts lol the 2nd meet of the circuit i think we placed top 20 and i felt it was decent enough to go ahead and start writing ot gaming communities and companies etc etc. In the mist of the emails I wrote to vVv gaming and if I remember correctly LJ wrote back and was the nicest response but also made complete sense to me, defience really didnt like the idea but went with it anyway because LJ accepted our app as RSV team, we made one roster change within that and the 3rd meet of the circuit we crapped out, LJ got it out of one of the guys that he was in love etc etc etc and LJ just killed him I did to over some dominos pizza of course, we all bonded and honestly i had a really good time, when we got back defiance split and everyone left vVv except me, I thought why do I have to leave I like it here i found people similiar to myself. So i decided to stick around but coach other RSV teams, the next meet I coached External Exsistence and the were 3rd overall at the time, we even got the whole trip paid for, I show up and snoopy and the other kid r piss drunk and i remember talking to triggerman and me and him decided to fuck it lets see what happens we will do our best and go from there, we did we got like top 20, me and triggerman did our best when we were done we got them even more drunk and told them we are going to stay on the team but look for opportunity else where. I got home within a day Im in a room with dark zone, triggerman, problemz and jwho and to me this was it, all these kids were top players on different teams and I was the coach that alot of other coaches tried to duplicate and YES mR.X was a player at the time figured I add that cause seeing him on EG i was happy but destroyed me when I seen it, much love but still! I watch these kids and its fucking amazing what they are doing helping set up strats or helping counter and these kids are hitting everything i knew it right at that moment we got this completely. We were destroying team after team after team in scrims just non stop the feeling was just like knew this was the team we go to meet 6 of mlg pro circuit and we get 2nd i noticed as we were playing they were pre firing everyone on of our spots and knew our routes and and couter routes and strats overall, they memorized them, so to counter act that we didnt scrim one pro circuit team for the last meet its the championship fuck that we arent risking anything i never thought months ago Id be here, I was with a last place team and went with it, I never gave up and now we r here this is it, Ill never forget the speeches i made leading to that weekend and before we left i felt like a fucking general i was ready for war i didnt care about anything i was fucking ready. So were they.... We are in the room parents included and I just couldnt hold back they are all looking at there shirts for the tournament I take them and got white tee shirts and a marker, and start to say why do we need shirts, why do we need to show even sign that we are a 2nd place team! Did we come here for a fashion show or to play game and win fucking money, months ago did we set out for cool shirts and headphones or did we come to win money! Whats the difference between this shirt and this tee shirt when I write New Era on it, they all agreed nothing, we didnt have sponsors we were our own sponsors, These shirts are irrevelant they make us feel good like we r more then what we are but what we are is a 2nd place team with first place talent, I went to a hockey tournament with some of the worse jerseys and equipment we could find non of us had matching jerseys every team there had all these matching jersey andhockey pants we didnt, and guess what WE WON! Mainly because teams thought we were a joke what they didnt notice was 2 brothers were ice hockey jr usa team members and 2 TOURS roller hockey legends kids but they went by our appearance, when I said that its like it clicked, this was our time not these stupid shirts and from that we won, right before we went on main stage i remember sitting everyone and just saying u know what to do theres nothing more to say except we can win if we focus play like we do everyday just like in baseball when a pitcher is pitching a big game the coach always says its just you and the catcher and I used the same concept different situation here, raised my voice and yelled its our time no one else fuck all these kids we didnt come here for them we didnt play here for this asshole and i pointed at a random kid, and i screamed it i didnt give a fuck we are playing for the championship I seen it in there faces i seen it in these parents faces i seen it in other coaches other players faces i wasnt fucking around neither were they, i remember phobias coach coming up to me and saying hey dont make fun of anything lets keep it clean i laughed said ok and them min we started i went right at them, fuck this kid was he serious do you know what this meant to me and us fuck you, and I didnt stop i did what i was trained to do by my players by the league and I did everything i was allowed i even took respectable low blows at parents just cause i know it stirred emotion up. We won 2 maps if i stand correct and we were down to the last map ill never forget the huddle we took and i just said win this map we are done we did it, all these months all the traveling all the money spent all the stress and the bullshit comes down to this map, you do this we are done, see those camera they are on us, we shine today fellas after this map we go home champions! 1st round it was conquest i cant think of the map but i know jwho, and triggerman hold down this map problemz and darkzone were hti or miss depending on there moods and so forth, round 1 we won going into round 2 all we had to do was hold the conquest 2 of them for or even 3 not fully sure but we had to hold them for 1:27 that was all, the rounds starts we start breaking out the spawn im hopping around like a bunny to lettuce we got 1 point so do they, the push for B is real the kills are coming in our favor we have B all we have to do now is lock down there spawn, im watching the screens to see this form its all going green 49 seconds into that 1:27 we have they locked down im fucking screaming jumping behind the seats lockdown lockdown keep them lockdown, im screaming the seconds we get to 15 seconds and i just right in the ears hetween each head 15 we are done we are champion, i turn to triggerman and since him mom was out there i straight up told him that lady hugging her bag wants this more then u get this fucking done bang 5 seconds i start counting we fucking won they go to drop there controllers i fucking go crazy to finish the match everyone starts laughing triggers mom jumped up so quick her seat flug back, the round ended we went fucking nuts at least i did lol hugging everyone, everyone taking pictures hugging there families then it hit me, Not one person from my family my gf at tt he time no one cared it was like this didnt even exist. That actually bothered me for a while, I won a baseball state championship when i was younger no one was there my neighbor was there, my hockey tournaments no one was there and now this no one was there wtf, lol but fuck them I did it they all laughed but I did, when I got home, what I thought no one watched no cared and boom they all watched they all cared not at home though with those friend but within here within vVv, and i thought that was interesting all my real friends knew, my mom and my dad knew they didnt care I won, there thing was are you done traveling, its like are you fucking kidding me do I speak french!! So know we won im excited im trying to get my gf at the time back into our relationship we never broke up just grew apart because of the time consuming of the game and my commitment ot the team and work. A few weeks go by my grandmother goes to the hospital and dies, fucking destroyed me my grandmother had no idea what i was doing and i was going to shower and never got to, remember she was my best friend so i couldnt wait cause she didnt know. The next day was like i knew it was coming just was hoping not at this time. Its 4am i jut get home from doing IDK what but I turn my computer on to check aol which was not popular at all anymore but i still had friend that used it so i check up on it once and while and a random IM popped up a old friend that wants to talk to me, so I say ok but he wants to come now so know my curiosity gets to me and I tell him to come, he basically tells me my gf is cheating on me and i have been paying for there dates and a vacation which i thought it was funny because when I went to a family dinner her cousin gf said that not her BF but i tried not to think of it. Well I confronted it was true she blamed me playing games and other istuff and bang she was gone so nows its feb 2008 my grandmother dead, my gf is now my xgf with a new bf, i felt like lost everything to playing video games, so i said fuck it i did what i set to do im done. COmpletely disappeared, but always checking in with vVv just to say hello, and to keep tabs. Fast foward a little but to say 2009 i find a new gf things are back in order, income is plentiful i try to get back into games specifically BO 1 and 2, I found it funny thought that people talk about that here and I never had anyone to play with so i just stopped with the fear of possibly losing my gf over it, keep in mind im fucking unhappy as ever cause im not me, im turning into someone she wants but not who i am. So i guess to ease the pain and urge of wanting to play i get stupid games to play with her i honestly do everything to keep the relationship nothing seems to work but we are still cool. let fast foward even more to recently when i came back, I started play LoL WoW anything you guys played I played because lets face it some of you guys i have been talking to since 2007 and on so some of you became real friends to me. I came back again and still was bitching how my Vs got taken away when I clearly stated ill be back again. SO LJ gave me honorary status which i loved to be honest it was cool not the color but the name lol. Well when I came back I was under the assumption I was having a kid and was extremely excited as I dug through things and just to see I found out that word around is that baby might not be mine after some more digging its true not mine and she had a miscarriage so I give of just leave it alone and forget what I heard and try to work things out, then I get this random message in my PMs on here, if you guys know me I dont answer many PMs, the first few I didnt answer then I finally decided to and when I did, it probably has turned into one of the best friendships I ever had. It struck me as odd, here I am becoming someone i dont want to be, and doing I can to keep here around which lets face it, for me its not that hard, and here comes someone that is just chill, wants to play and just have company around, during this time, my xgf leaves my house because i got my best friend now laid by a chick i knew, so i get him laid and my gf leaves, wtf is that lol also guess what els im a gamer, keep in mind though i played more games when she first met me, it didnt matter cause we would go out and spend a wad of cash, figures! so when she leaves i really start open up to my new friend and that friend does the same, and the friendship grew to wear i dont what i would if i didnt have them to take to and play games with I dont have to worry about the time i spend playing i can do what i truely enjoy and struggle to beat my friend everytime, but its fun!! I get so intrigue by this person and their story I have to see this in person to see if this is real, i watch catfish i know how to tell LOL, so fuck it i go, and its all true everything, so now i take a step back and think about it, my friend is honest completely with me, even when i pull there card, they convince me enough the proof is there, im blown away this isnt real, but it is! Every situation i ask, anything i say has the exact response i like, wtf how is this possibly that i found someone thats like me with a better shot! I had to put my friend into my hood to see how this goes. You guys know my dogs barks at everything, my friend i prep about my dog for days "dont worry, her bark is bigger then her bite" my friend walks in the dog looks and goes back to sleep, my dog started to showing old traits of what she used to do with my xgf, wait a min im thinking wtf is that, in my head im thinking bark mothrfucker dont do that, why do that your just mind fucking me. This is what im thinking in my head as im watching my dog interact with my friend, and it fucked me up because we are friend right? and now here am i today, writing to you...........

vVv sK1ppY

vVv sK1ppY

 

A life worth living

"If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself" ~ Rainer Maria Rilke After frying my brain over-thinking things the last few days, I've realized that I'm not satisfied with my current place in life. I always thought that as long as I found a good wife and had some kids, my job wouldn't matter to me as long as I could get by. But after some heavy self reflection I realized I wanted to do something I was passionate about just as much as having a family. I want to be doing something I love rather than working at a place where I count every second I have left before I can finally go home. The problem is, I haven't done anything to make my dream a reality. I was so paralyzed by a fear of failure that I let myself become my own worst enemy. It hadn't occurred to me that while not trying meant I couldn't fail at anything, it also meant I would never succeed in anything. So you know what? I wanna try. Even if I fail a thousand times, even if I don't end up doing what I want, at least I can say I tried. Because any move in the right direction is better than living a bland life. So I want you to do something for me. Ask yourself if your happy. Ask yourself if you're satisfied with where your life is. Are you doing what you love, or have you settle for complacency? The unexamined life is not worth living, so I must beg you to question yourself and your life. Don't settle for normal. Don't let your life filter through your fingers while you do nothing. Ask yourself if you are happy, and if the answer is no, then do something about it.

IgnisFray

IgnisFray

 

Why I find it difficult to be open and vulnerable

This weekend I got to experience the power of vulnerability and connection firsthand while visiting with vVv staff and LordJerith in LA. There were five of us sitting around the couches in Jerry’s living room, and Rob was sharing his story. When he finished talking about his experience with the drunk driving accident and how it changed his life and led him to end up in LA working as President in vVv Gaming, Ahryse said that it was really interesting hearing his story and that she felt that she was more connected to him after listening. Of course, this is exactly what Brene Brown means when she talks about vulnerability being the birthplace of connection in her TED videos: Being my usual oblivious, overly-analytical self, I immediately asked Ahryse “It sounds like you really care about hearing this type of thing and feeling connected, is that one of your strengths?” I was privileged to be a part of that moment because Jerry immediately interjected and pointed out to me the obvious point that I was missing: that this was a normal human reaction to vulnerability and that to build relationships and form connections you have to be willing to open up, share your story, and be vulnerable with people. Being roughly 10 years older than Rob I have lived through a lot more and undoubtedly have a lot more stories to share, but it’s pretty obvious to me that I need to start by explaining why it’s so difficult for me to open up and be vulnerable and share my whole self. For that we have to go back to very early in my childhood. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve never really struggled with or doubted my sexuality. Even when I was 7 or 8 I knew I was gay. I also knew that it was dangerous to tell anyone that you’re gay for a number of reasons. Children get kicked out of the house by their parents when they find out, people get violently attacked, you become ostracized and an outcast, etc. I also knew very early on that the only way to really keep something secret is to never tell anyone. So for the first 18 years of my life that’s exactly what I did: hid my sexuality and told no one who I really was. A lot of people think that when someone takes offense to a racist comment or joke that they are just thin skinned and shouldn’t take something negatively that isn’t meant to be hurtful. But the real problem isn’t that those comments sting or that someone is going to run crying to their bed and cry themselves to sleep, but that they propagate the silence of people like me. Going through high school and having everyone around me saying “gay this” “faggot that” reinforced the notion that gay people were simply hated and that I needed to hide my true self from the world and stay a prisoner of my own silence. Who knows if those gay and faggot comments I kept hearing were actually reflective of a real hatred or just a product of dumb repetition? There were openly gay kids in my school (who I didn’t associate with for fear of being found out by association), but to my knowledge they weren’t really verbally or physically attacked. Maybe I could’ve come out and not had my life collapse around me, but there was definitely no way I was going to open up and share myself in an environment where people used my sexual identity as an insult and a way to express their dislike of things. And this is another thing that sets gay people apart as a minority. When you’re black you’re black. You can’t hide your skin. You can’t hide if you’re a female. You can’t hide your age, or if you’re physically disabled. But if you’re gay you can definitely hide it. And when you hide you find out exactly what people think about you. All those disgusting, bigoted, small minded comments and opinions that everyone has come right out into the open in a grand orgy of ignorance and hate. It happens right in front of you and your nose gets rubbed in it and you have to swallow it like a bucket of vomit and smile the whole time because who would be on your side if you spoke out? And, on a lighter note, that’s why I find videos like this hilarious: Back to the heavy stuff. When I was 18 I found a reason to break my silence that was more important than keeping my sexuality a secret and risk getting kicked out, losing my plans to go to college, and being potentially alienated from my family. It sounds sappy and lame, but that reason was love. I had fallen completely and inextricably for another guy at my highschool, and I battled against that feeling from the start of grade 10 until halfway through my senior year. It might sound really dumb to fight against something like that, but my fear of outing myself was paralyzing. The thought of what might happen to me if people knew I was gay made sure that I couldn’t approach him and tell him how I felt. Plus what were the chances that it was even worth taking the risk? That he was gay too and felt the same way about me as I did about him? So I agonized through what I can easily call the most painful part of my life, completely in silence and completely alone. A lot of people dismiss what I felt and call it a crush. But from what I understand about crushes, they are supposed to be cute and silly and you get over them. But what I felt for him, what I FEEL for him, is so amazing and perfect and wonderful, and I know if he walked into the room right now I would still feel the same way I did the last time I saw him twelve years ago. It’s something I carry around with me every day, even though the wound has scarred over and the pain has numbed, it is a part of me and it always will be. So maybe “love” isn’t the right word for it, but I think crush is also the wrong word. Obsession, lust, etc. none of them fit. To me, love is the closest thing I can think of so I’ll leave it at that. A lot of people I think would describe that experience as hell, but around that time I found a better metaphor due to my being really into Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think a more apt description came about when Buffy’s crew thought she had died and gotten trapped in hell, when in actuality she had been in heaven and they pulled her back to earth. http://youtu.be/Szc-DEyH3ME?t=58s To me, having that perfect feeling was heaven. Every time I stole a glance in his direction, every time I got to see any of his mannerisms or the way he walked, or on extremely rare occasions where I actually got to talk to him, was like a little bit of heaven in my life. And then it was over and I had to go back to earth because ultimately they were very brief, ephemeral moments. Being on earth meant that I couldn’t have that feeling anymore and all I had was my loneliness and disconnection because I didn’t feel safe opening up to people. The relative emptiness of everyday life became increasingly painful and I contemplated suicide. Ultimately, it was the few people in my life that I knew loved me and cared about me that made me decide against it. I knew my mom and best friend at the time would suffer if I killed myself, and so I made the hardest decision of my life. Without knowing where I was going, without knowing what would happen or having any expectation that things would work out, I decided to do the only thing I could: just keep putting one foot in front of the other until I got through it. I think consciously deciding to keep living is different from just living because you’ve never thought about any alternatives. Ordinarily I think it’s easy to take life for granted, to just keep going on every day without any thought to what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. But when you make a CONSCIOUS decision that you’re going to live, when you’ve faced death and despair and hopelessness in the face and said “not today”, every other fear becomes slightly diminished. As our senior year approached the halfway mark, I realized that if I never found out with absolute 100% certainty that he didn’t feel the same way about me as I felt about him, I would regret it for the rest of my life in a way that would leave me incomplete and destroyed. One night, after a band concert I rushed out to my car to wait for him. He came out by himself, completely alone, he looked over and saw me in my car and waved. It was the perfect moment to tell him how I felt. I chickened out, waved back, and drove away. Later that week I knew I had to try again. After school, I drove over to his house, rang his doorbell. His mom answered. I asked if he was home. She went upstairs to get him. Apparently he was taking a nap after school, because I heard him say “I’m tired”. Shortly after that, he appeared at the top of the stairs. Seeing me, he asked, “Need something?” In the loudest, most confident voice I could muster, which came out as barely a whisper, I told him, “I’m gay”. He said, “What?”. I repeated myself, “I’m gay”. His last response to me was, “Okay”. I can’t describe the amount of soul crushing disappointment that those two syllables can possess. But at least I had what I came for. I had my answer. At least I knew 100% that he didn’t feel about me the way I felt about him. Armed with that information I was ready to keep living the rest of my life. I drove home and spent the rest of the day with my best friend who I had already come out to after deciding I had to find out about the other guy. When I got home, my mom took me upstairs and told me that the guy had called and told her what happened. So I never actually got to come out to my mom. She wasn’t what I would call supportive, I think she still hopes she can “pray the gay away”, but it wasn’t the horrible cataclysmic moment I had feared for 18 years. After that I began coming out to more people I was close to. I’ve never really been comfortable talking about it directly with people I don’t know very well (or that I do know well for that matter). I came out in college, but I think half the people I told didn’t even believe me because my mannerisms just aren’t what people envision when they hear the word “gay”. After college I just reverted back to keeping it to myself for the most part and told myself “I’m not going to broadcast it, but I’ll be honest with anyone who asks”. I thought of myself as an open book, even though an open book doesn’t require someone to come along and ask it a question for it to open itself… After talking with Jerry this past weekend, it became clear to me that it does nobody any good for me to not “own” being gay as part of my identity. I’m entering my thirties and there are a lot of people who struggle with their sexuality and coming out in their thirties. A lot of my friends are also having children now, and I can assume fairly safely that it’s likely at least some of those children will be gay or lesbian themselves. As someone who identifies as gay, I can put myself out there as a resource for these people as well as anyone else struggling with their identity or issues they encounter in their daily lives regarding homosexuality. I also limit my own relationships by not being openly gay. Not just romantically, but almost every single deep and meaningful experience in my life in some way relates to my sexuality. If I can’t share the gay part of me, then I can’t share those experiences as stories and potentially help people who are struggling through similar circumstances. I can’t build deep and meaningful connections with other people. And also, why the fuck would I want to be friends with someone who doesn’t like gay people? Anyone who has a problem with it, by definition, shouldn’t be my friend in the first place. So there’s no longer any legitimate reason for me to fear being open and honest about that part of myself (unless I want to go work for Chick Fil A). And even though I feel that I’m already fairly open about my sexuality without calling it out by name, “gay” is still too negative a word for people to assume that I’m gay just because I say things that indicate such. One last thing I want to cover. Another reason I don’t like sharing my story is because it’s really sad, and I’ve experienced all that sadness already and feel like I have a lot of joy and happiness to experience to make up for it. So I’d like to conclude on a lighter note. TLDR: Sounds gay, I’m in!

vVv OrganicBear

vVv OrganicBear

 

My vVv Story - Part 1

Today I turn 21 years old.. The last few years have been a blur, but recently I had a chance to tell the story for the first time in a while. It actually happened this past weekend. vVv staff was all visiting LA for the weekend for MLG, LCS and to get aligned on strategy. Naturally, I’m not a very open or vulnerable person, but after sharing and seeing the reaction of the room - I realized how important the two are in building relationships and trust between people. I’d now like to share that same story with the World. So here goes nothing . . . I discovered vVv Gaming back in June of 2007 after joining a random Public Lobby in Gears of War. I remember it vividly. The map was canals and I was immediately welcomed by the voices of vVv members, applicants and the application manager at the time, vVv Woody56292jr. I had known of clans before from when I played socom on gamebattles a few years back, but had not encountered any on the console before. Woody did a great job explaining what vVv was and told me to check out the website if I was interested in joining. The website, which I learned was designed by a member of the community named “Froot” had an image of their Gears of War team winning a big tournament in New Jersey. I thought to myself, “These guys are legit, I want to one day become as good as them and learn everything I can from this community.” I submitted an application, and the rest was history from there. I was banned from the shoutbox several times, had my application closed due to a very immature attitude. Looking back, I was a terrible teammate and just a brat kid who thought he knew more than he did. Although I departed from vVv before I was ever really accepted back then, they introduced my to competitive gaming, specifically the Gears scene. I took my application being closed as motivation to improve as a player and person. I played every single day that Summer for at least 6 hours on gamebattles and in scrims with friends. I attended my first major event in 2007 which in Toronto and ended up placing 4th. Not too shabby. Local Lan in Connecticut Fast forward about a year later, I ran into a player named Sun Down who was apart of vVv’s Gears division. We both hadn't earned “Pro Status” yet, but we hit it off right away and decided to work together with two other players in Enmity and Demon. This was our team, and the tournament we were preparing for was the next MLG event on the 2008 pro circuit in Toronto. Because Sun Down was already apart and vVv, we decided to approach them to represent a community because we knew they could help us take our game to the next level with their history in the Gears scene. I still remember that interview with Jerry and I know he knew that I was the same brat kid who had his application closed and was banned in the past, but he gave me that shot to redeem myself. We had the spot and were the 2nd Gears team for vVv at that time. That team was called vVv Destiny. Remember that name for later in the story. Clocktower Our team actually stuck together for the months leading up to the event and we were really confident in our strategies and teamwork. I still remember some of the late nights coordinating with Nick (Enmity) how we would play the host spot and secondary positions together to focus down someone trying to go for the mid pillar or sandbag push strat. We went to the event and actually had a to get a last minute replacement at the event for Demon because he sketched out. We grabbed Mephisto from another team and were ready to go. No practice with him at all, we had to change our strats, but we knew his rawl skill would definitely fill in for that. vVv Destiny at MLG Toronto ‘07 We placed 9th at this event, which was a big accomplishment for all of us since it was of the most competitive events of the year and of course with our circumstances of using a last minute replacement. The team stuck together, but made a roster change with bringing in Storm for Sun Down. Our next big event was closer to home for me in New York City at the Samsung Experience Center for WCG. I took the train down from Connecticut and stayed with my sister in the city. This event was on the newly released Gears of War 2 and we took 2nd at this event as an invitational team. vVv Destiny and Coach Sun Down at WCG Holiday Heroes After this event, the team was working towards the next level and my attitude was letting not allowing the team to perform at their best. I was released from the team and got involved with several other competitive titles such as Socom, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. I still hung around vVv, but was not nearly as involved as I was when I was competing. I was very competitive in these games as well, hitting gladiator in WoW on multiple accounts and holding the Crown in Socom for the longest out of any team that season. I became back involved with vVv again for Call of Duty, where I lead the first community team “vVv Essence. to a victory in the MLG NYB online tournament. After Call of Duty wasn’t supported with any LAN events, I stopped playing games all together. This was all around my Junior year in High School. I switched back to Public School from a Tech Program and went on to try to lead an ordinary life, without gaming. I had a lot of catching up to do because I was away from those friends for several years, but I tried my best to be “normal” and live up to the social expectations of a Senior. I went out, hosted a few parties and built relationships. Summer just started. I just graduated, turned 18, got accepted into the school I wanted to attend and got a brand new car. Graduation and Birthday Present I was living the ordinary life. Not in contact with anyone from vVv or gaming at all, I thought this is what I wanted. Fourth of July was around the corner, and I thought it would be a good idea to drink and drive. Long story short. I drove home from a party by myself, hit a car and then drove home with the front end of my car scraping against the pavement. When I pulled into my driveway, the cops were already there. I refused the breathalyzer test and started talking to them about my times as a competitive gamer. They took me to jail and then later the Hospital. I was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving in the Wrong Lane and Driving Under the Influence. Night of the accident Thousands of dollars in lawyer fees later, two of the charges were dropped and was license was suspended for one year. I had to take classes and immediately accept a ton of responsibility to not only pay my family back, but also get my life together. This accident turned around my life. It was a wake up call. That Summer, I worked every day with my Dad and then later got a job at Panera. For the next two years, I commuted to school my train every Monday and Wednesday. Woke up at 6am took a bus to a train, to a shuttle and then another bus. I would get home at about 9pm. My projects in school Around this time, I reached out to Jerry to tell him my story and see if I could get back involved with my passions: gaming and esports. I was paying very little attention to the scene, but it just felt right to go back home to vVv. I began writing articles and blogs just to share my competitive gaming thoughts and stories. The blog hit 30,000 views at one point, but by then I wanted to get more and more involved with vVv staff. At this point, I was getting advice from my sister and parents that I shouldn’t do vVv stuff for too long as it was unpaid work and wouldn’t provide me with anything. I also had the urge this entire time to go out and party with friends, but I stayed focused and stuck to my gut. With vVv, I wanted to help players who had the same challenges I did as a player and help them be successful. I ran tournaments, write articles, consulted on team decisions and did whatever I could to help vVv become a better organization. All of my energy outside of work and school (and even sometimes in school, see photo above) was focused on that goal. vVv Destiny Reunited at Hypefestation About a year and a half later, I became the VP of Operations at vVv Gaming. Two weeks later, Jerry announced that he was joining Riot Games as the Director of People. MLG Columbus 2012 Fast forward to the Season 3 World Finals for League of Legends, I made the trip out to LA to visit Jerry and Jordan at their new apartment. During this time, Jordan and I were working on a project called the Experience Initiative which was focused on providing teams and staff opportunities to work in the gaming industry. While we were watching the World Finals that year, Forbes had released an article about our project with an interview - I lost it. It wasn’t the attention or article, the emotion that hit me was the culmination from that first GoW Public match, to the MLG events, DUI accident and to now. Jerry looked at me, and we both felt it. We both knew at the very moment that vVv Gaming was a very special place. For some reason, at that moment, Jerry also saw something in me and decided to offer me to come live out in Los Angeles to pursue my own personal goal of working in the gaming industry full time. Season 2 World Championship I landed back in New York City to stay with my sister that weekend and told her about the trip. I mentioned that it could be a possibility of me leaving school in Connecticut to come to LA to work on vVv. There were a lot of concerns about leaving school, or how I would manage out there on my own. She suggested that I study abroad in Germany like she did and I was tempted. I kept it to myself for a while because I wasn’t sure how my parents would react, but then, when my Grandma was visiting I told her all about it. We sat down with my parents and sister to explain my decision and the opportunity. About a week later it was December 15th and I had a one way ticket to LA… I'll be releasing the full story throughout the next few days. Do you have a vVv story? Share it with us!

vVv RobZ

vVv RobZ

 

Curse of Naxxramas Leak

Curse of Naxxramas Leaked Pictures! Last night someone of Reddit leaked a ton of images for the upcoming Curse of Naxxramas Hearthstone expansion. The images can be seen below and consist of cards, bosses, and much more! They appear to be legitimate from what can be seen. A writer at PCGamer inquired to Blizzard to confirm the leak and the following response was given "We appreciate your checking in with us, but we don't comment on rumors or speculation." The expected release date is sometimes this summer, and is being hyped up through class specific card releases weekly. Curse of Naxxramas will be the first solo full story expansion for Hearthstone and is set in the same layout as the famous WoW raid. There are 5 wings that will have to be unlocked over a 5 week period, 30 new cards most of which are deathrattle related in theme, and a plethora of story line! The current rumor is that the first wing is free and subsequent wings will have to be unlocked via in-game gold or real money. It is a perfect time for Blizzard to release some new cards to shake up the meta game, as it has been pretty much the same since release. We can see an example of the overall layout of wing selection. Looks like a standard layout that is to be expected. These are the recently shown hunter webspinner cards that are sure to buff the Hunter class right back up. The fact that they are 1 drop is rough, even though there only 1/1 cards the deathrattle really makes these very viable. This looks to be a preview of Loatheb and his hero class ability. If the other boss fights are anything like this looks to be we are in for some serious fights! These are speculated to be playable cards for players. They are very nice cards to have and for only being 5 cost drops they are sure to see some serious play.

DayLyte

DayLyte

 

SludgeHammer Game ( Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare ) 6-15-2014

Hyped about the new Call of Duty? But don't know where to get the latest information. Don't worry I can help you, for about 3 years now I have been getting the latest information on new Call of Duty's games. With the help other blogger friends, Microsoft employees, and family in the gaming industry, i'll make you excited about the next game without ruining any special gifts for players like DLC, add-ons, and Player packs. Enough about me now its time for what you have been waiting for: Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare Guns (AR) : 1. Mystery Bullpup 2. ARX-160 3. AK-12 (Redone) 4. P416 5. SIG556xi Carbon (Rename disclosed) 6. Galil ACE 22 (Rename Disclosed) (LMG) 1. Negev/ PKM (Pistols) 1. P99

RiDeR

RiDeR

 

Miracle Whip

Intro Hey there and welcome back to "The Coin"! I just got back from Florida so that is why this blog is so late from the last one, but better late than never. Today I would like to discuss the rogue class in Hearthstone, and in particular a rogue deck that many have probably heard of and some even play, and that is the Miracle Rogue. While I call this a miracle rogue deck it is a mix of tempo and miracle, but the main focus is on the miracle. It is a fairly advanced deck to use and is not recommended for beginners. It is an extremely fun deck to play though and very powerful. http://www.hearthpwn.com/deckbuilder/rogue#80:2;82:1;87:2;88:2;92:2;131:2;164:2;244:1;284:1;286:2;364:2;378:1;382:2;385:2;471:2;525:1;550:2;674:1; Miracle Rogue Guide To start I will cover what has changed from your standard miracle rogue deck, and that is the addition of Perdition's Blade and Mad Bomber. You might notice that I won't be using VanCLeef , Assassin's Blade , and Fan of Knives, and will replace them with the Perdition's Blade and 2 Mad Bombers. The Mad Bomber is useful in that for the majority of time you won't have minions on the board and a lot of aggro decks run 1hp minions. By putting in the Perdition's Blade we can make it act as another SI7 Agent without the loss of value from combo's. Pros and cons This deck does very well against aggro and face damage decks, because of these new cards. It will however do worse against control decks, but not by much. Basics The main way you will get wins is by bursting damage with Leeroy Jenkins, Shadowstep, Cold Blood, Eviscerate, and those can be hard to get all in one hand. To do that you're going to need to delay and have a lot of card draws. That is the very basic design of this deck, and all cards help to either burst, draw, or delay. The most important card to get is your Gadgetzan Auctioneer and to couple it with either Shadowstep or Conceal. To make Auctioneer most effective you will want to have a decent amount of spells to use and save them for when completely necessary. Next you will want to make sure to play defensive to your minions, and keep the board clear. Never attack to the face with your hero if you can make a play next turn, and always have your weapon out before using Auctioneer so you may cycle with Deadly Poison. Card Roles -Backstab is going to be the best way to get your combos out early and a great way to cycle cards late game with the Auctioneer. -Preperation is very good against aggro or to get combos out, however it is rare. The main use for the card is to be used with the Auctioneer. -Shadowstep used with Leeroy Jenkins to finish off a game is incredibly powerful. If you're playing an aggro you can also use your Shadowstep against a damaged SI7 Agent or with Coldlight Oracle to burn through your opponents deck or have sap destroy minions. -Cold Blood is also an excellent card to use to cycle Auctioneer and do a good amount of damage. It may also be used to do damage and conceal a minion or force a small minion to be dealt with. -Conceal is also a card that should be used with Auctioneer, or to secure lethal. -Dealy Poison may be used for damage to face, activate combos, or as a removal. -Blade Flurry is a board clearer or to be used for a double attack in one turn. -Eviscerate is also an excellent removal and for securing lethal, or to do damage through taunts. -Sap is an excellent delay, and can be used to get to Assassinate if used with Coldlight Oracle. It may also be used to remove taunts or secure lethal. -Shiv may be used to delay. -Bloodmage Thalnos is used to cycle through your deck and get +1 damage. -Mad Bomber has a battlecry that is great for removal or damage to face, and it really won't matter to much if it hits you. -Perdition's Blade is great for damage to face, removal, or to max out Blade FLurry. -Coldlight oracle is great for cycling, or to burn through the opponents cards, but you should be careful as it may be more beneficial for your opponent to draw 2 cards than you. -SI7 Agent is your bread and butter for making it past early game, and can be used very effectively with Shadowstep. -Leeroy Jenkins is going to be your main source of damage and is to be used with shadowstep idealy. -Gadgetzan Auctioneer should never be sent out if you kno wit can be killed instantly, and will want to be protected with either Conceal or Shadowstep. If you use conceal you should be careful for Shadowflames, Flares, and Deadly Shots, however you also need to be careful that you don't use shadowstep and not have enough damage to lethal late game. Mulligan You will always want to mulligan for survival cards, and feel free to throw away Auctioneer against decks that coud be aggro. If you play right you will survive long enough to get the cards for late game. Your main search when getting your starting cards is to find Backstab, Deadly Poison, Mad Bomber, Perdition's Blade, SI7 Agent, and the Coldlight Oracle. You may also keep Blade Flurry if you drew Deadly Poison, and Shadowstep if you drew and SI7 Agent. Feel free to mulligan and duplicates as you only really need one of each.

DayLyte

DayLyte

 

Hearthstone: 101 Intro to Hearth

How to get started in Hearthstone: Welcome to "The Coin", a blog all about Hearthstone! My name in game is DayLyte and today I will be bringing you a guide on how to get started in Hearthstone. First Steps: When you first get into the game you're going to want to get the following things ASAP. Gold Cards Character Unlocks The best way to get these is to play against the AI, which will more than likely net you more wins faster than online play. While it may be boring, it will help you to unlock all the necessary items much faster. First Games: Once you are all settled in and ready to play you will see that the first class you will be playing is the mage. This is a great place to start as they are a very well balanced class. I personally play a mage deck in ranked play and has worked out very well for me, even with an over abundance of hunter decks. This is a decent mage deck that is completely free and will help you to level up. 1 Arcane Missiles (2) 2 Arcane Explosion (2) 2 Frostbolt (2) 2 Acidic Swamp Ooze (2) 2 Kobold Geomancer (2) 2 Novice Engineer (2) 3 Arcane Intellect (2) 3 Wolfrider (2) 4 Fireball (2) 4 Polymorph (2) 4 Gnomish Inventor (2) 4 Ogre Magi (2) 4 Water Elemental (2) 6 Archmage (2) 7 Flamestrike (2) Once you have your deck built you will want to beat each of the different AI opponents for 100 gold. After you have done that you are going to do it again, but on expert level for another 100 gold. You should also note that the game does not show you which classes you have beat, so you should keep track on your own as to not waste time repeating. Once you hit level 10 on the mage, you should begin switching to other classes to level all 9 of them to 10 which will get you not only another 100 gold, but all the basic cards. Once you are comfortable with your play and feel you have a decent deck, you can venture into online play in the "Play" mode. Winning here grants you stars, and each time you fill up your bar of stars you will rank up. There are 25 ranks to go through, and beyond that start the legendary ranks, which I will get into another time. Every time you win 3 matches in Play mode you will also get 10 gold. What to do with gold: You should also have a good supply of gold after beating all the AI's (100 for unlocking the heroes, 100 for beating all the AI, and some spare for small achievements.) With that you can either buy a pack of cards for 100 gold, or go into the arena for 150 gold. Your first arena entry in completely free, and you should take advantage of that by being prepared. If you choose the smarter path of spending your gold on arenas, then you are guaranteed at least one pack of cards. When you go into an arena you will choose out of 4 heroes. From there you will do a draft where you will be given three cards to choose from at a time to build your deck. Once your deck is built you will begin playing games. Depending on how well you do, you will get keys, each win will move you further up in key ranks. You may get crafting items or gold along with your card pack depending on if and how much you win in the arena. If you can manage to win 4 games in the arena then you will at least break even. If you can win 7 games you will get your 150 gold back, and much more. If you feel you can win at least half your games I highly recommend spending your gold on arenas. How to Get More Gold: At this point you may have spent all your gold and be wondering, "how do I get more?", well there are a couple ways to do that. The first is through achievements and daily quests which all give different awards, so take a look through the achievements below. The second is by winning games, as stated earlier winning three games will net you 10 gold. Achievements: Win 100 games in any mode. (300g) Win 1000 games in any mode. (300g) Unlock every Hero. (100g) Defeat every Expert AI Hero. (100g) Collect every card in the Basic Set (all heroes to level 10). (100g) Collect every card in the Expert Set. (100g) Disenchant a card for the first time (95 dust) (Used to create new cards) Daily: (One per day, randomly, stacks up to 3 even if you don't login) Win 2 game with [insert 2x Random Class] in any mode. (40g) Win 7 games in any mode. (100g) Destroy 40 minions. (40g) Play 20 minions that cost 5 or more. (40g) Play 40 minions that cost 2 or less. (40g) Cast 40 spells. (40g) Deal 100 damage to enemy heroes. (40g) Win 3 games with any class. (40g) Win 5 games with [insert Random Class] (60g) With all of that you will be off to a solid start in Hearthstone in just a few hours of play, and you'll have plenty of gold to get going in arenas. Best of Luck!

DayLyte

DayLyte

 

Why the "Titanfall isn't competitive" argument doesn't hold water

I've been looking around lately into what people are thinking about Titanfall as a competitive game. I see a lot of very vocal opinions that Titanfall can't be competitive for various reasons and I want to address them in this blog post. CoD is a Pro Esport, but what does that mean? So what does a $1 million payout tournament look like in real terms? Basically, since teams are four players + a captain, you split each prize 5 ways. This means a million dollar prize pool is already "reduced" to $200,000 on an individual basis. But then you further divide this among the top 8 teams. Ultimately the breakdown looks like this (assuming prizes are evenly split): 8th - $5,000/member 7th - $7,000/member 6th - $10,000/member 5th - $14,000/member (finally crossing the poverty line) 4th - $20,000/member (finally surpassing the annual salary for a minimum wage worker) 3rd - $24,000/member 2nd - $40,000/member 1st - $80,000/member http://esports-nation.com/features/cod-champs-2014-top-8-predictions/ But what about other tournaments? Certainly with multiple events like MLG and UMG that helps! Not quite. The payout for the MLG Championships last year was $50,000 for Ghosts. Anaheim looks to be only marginally better with $80,000 in prizes up for grabs. UMG pays out $20,000 or less per event. In fact, in all of 2013 there were only $1,360,000 in total payouts from major events (including the CoD Champs tournament). http://cod.gamepedia.com/Portal:Tournaments So we're supposed to say "Fuck it! Titanfall is done. 20 kids playing CoD can make an annual living wage playing CoD every year. Now that's a REAL esport!" Sorry if I'm not impressed. When I think of the various things we can all do in life, I think it's incredibly important for people to find what they are passionate about and do that thing as much as possible. We're all given a limited amount of time, and we're extremely limited in how effective we can be if we aren't spending the majority of our time working on things that we care deeply about. Playing a game that isn't fun for a chance to be one of 20 kids making a real living off of it doesn't seem very appealing to me. Especially when even the esports athletes playing the game Define "Competitive" I think a big part of the issue is that the language being used isn't correct. Titanfall features the following gameplay elements: - The game is exclusively multiplayer where teams play against each other - The game requires some measure of skill in order to reach the top of the leaderboards (case in point I'm typically at the bottom) - Strategic and tactical thinking is required in order to control objectives and win games (unless you play Pilot Hunter exclusively) - Respawn's first major patch added private lobbies to the game, allowing premade teams to compete against each other In other words, it's the definition of competitive. Now, does it have features that are needed for ESPORTS? No. It's not an esport in it's CURRENT incarnation. But to be fair, neither was CoD: Ghosts at release. So what are we missing? - Global spectate mode to allow casters to follow the action - Competitive settings for private lobbies (banning things like burn cards and satchel charges, allowing a lobby leader to control the settings, etc.) - A ranked ladder with separate statistics tracking to allow us to get a solid view of how good someone is when they play the game seriously to win (rather than to complete silly regen challenges) - In-game theater to allow for review of gameplay footage (although technically the built-in streaming feature should allow you to look back over the footage, just a little more clunky and if you don't have enough bandwidth then tough luck) That's it. Most of this Respawn should be able to include within the next 3 months. Replay functionality is the only thing I can see taking longer. So really it's a small chore of keeping Respawn to task adding the features we want through calm, reasoned discussion to turn Titanfall into a game that's esports-ready. That doesn't sound like a hopeless task at all, in my opinion. Focus on What's Important What matters to me is that Respawn has created a game that is fun to play that people can be passionate about. We don't need to worry about all the people complaining that Titanfall isn't an esport because they don't actually matter. If we get enough people who are passionate about the game (like we have at vVv Gaming) then we can build up a competitive scene and influence Respawn/EA to support it as an esport with competitive features and sponsored events with prizes. The idea that, because there isn't enough money in Titanfall to support 20 kids financially RIGHT NOW or the proper esports features to support casting and tournament settings RIGHT NOW is ridiculous. Why should that be more important than people enjoying the game and pursuing their passions? IT SHOULDN'T! The very notion that 20 kids can't make a living playing Titanfall trumps your enjoyment of the game is INSANE. Follow your passions, play the games you enjoy, and do it for the sheer love of playing and good things will come. If you don't know where to start, join a professional gaming community that supports Titanfall. At the very least this will put you around other people who share your passion and will immerse you in an environment where people are all looking to grow competitive Titanfall. I <3 Reddit, but you need to make more personal connections with people to share your ideas and make a difference. So let's get together and make this happen! With the core gameplay as solid as it is, there's no doubt in my mind that Respawn will do an amazing job supporting Titanfall. As long as we are just as awesome supporting Respawn and letting them know what we want in the game, they will give us as many competitive features as we could possibly imagine. On that note, I'm looking forward to seeing Titanfall grow into an amazing esport with all of the passionate Titanfall players here Prepare for Titanfall! (as an esport)

vVv OrganicBear

vVv OrganicBear

 

Rise from bronze to silver

Hello everyone, my name is Hinao. I used to be a vVv member but decided to leave until I hit gold. Thus began my journey to rise like never before. It turns out I was able to clime out of bronze 4 and into silver 4. There are a few tricks that I have noticed will get you the most out of the game and rise as well. Now I am a low elo player as well, so my advice is mostly basic things that get overlooked sometimes. So, if interested please read ahead ^^ Also I plan to do this about once a week, for new advice/skills as well as more in depth guides for each lane. 1. Teamwork op. Now, I know you've seen the video and understand it. As well as how frustrating it is when you have toxic members and afks etc. I have about 50/50 for games. 50 good/decent team mates, 50 toxic. Now this isn't anything about skill, but personality. Remember that every single player is a real person. They could have a bad day maybe their a bit off their usual game. Have you ever noticed a game where someone was raged at and they did well? Didn't think so. Say they give up first blood, or miss an obvious play as hard as it is help them. Tell them 'Hey, when I use my ult go in.' 'Gota put wards up more. :)' By being helpful, you'll 90% of the time make them want to play the game better. If you want to test this out, just think about any game you have been in. When you were raged it, I bet you felt down and wanted to surrender. Though when a team was more 'It's ok we'll come back don't worry' you wanted to keep going. The golden rule, treat those like you want to be treated. Also at the start of each game I say something like this; 'Hi, lets not rage this game. We all know it doesn't help anyone and none of us are pro here. So lets have a good game and have fun' ^.^ 2. Lanes/Champions For this I'll go through each lane and a bit of advice for choosing a champ. Also I follow meta most of the time so nothing will be that out of the ordinary. 2A. Top lane. Top lane used to be my main, so I'll start with it. Now, top lane falls into two categories. Tanks and bruisers. Tanks are your front liners, the ones who will take an ult for you and who can carry with not much damage. As a top you will have a few jobs. Most of the time you have the engage. So once you go in, then the team should follow. Most of the time, a lane with a tank vs tank, you'll be in a farm lane instead of a kill. Bruisers on the other hand are fighters and need to be so. Bruisers tend to have more cc and need to get damage out quick. Though they do more damage they lack the tank, so they usually won't hold a front line as long. Make sure you're last hitting is up to par for your champ. Simply since both have a lot of health and armor, it's a waste to fight alone. Remember though, if you want to help the team roam. Roaming to mid can make or break a game. If you get the kill it can be worth it, though if failed your opponent top can get a lot of free farm for no cost.. In team fights, you are the front line. Your job is to do mostly two things. 1. Defend you're damage dealers. Since you have the armor, you are their shield. They rely on you and vice versa. 2. Engage. Most top laners have some kind of engage that will grab someone out of place. Don't hesitate. Now for champs of top. Personally this is my list: Darius, Olaf, Malphite, and Wukong. As you can see, I prefer tanks over bruisers. Tanks allow me to stay in a fight without much fear of damage since I can take it. As well as having a good amount of cc and team fight capabilities. Darius, flash E is risky and costly but can lead to high rewards. As well as his q and ult work well in team fights. Olaf, his axe to slow and his ult to run to their back line. Since he can't be stopped by any cc. Malphite, q for slow and his ult is a team fight wonder. One of my personal favorite against jax as well. Wukong is my one good bruiser. Since he can shred armor and escapes from ganks well, I play a bit passive until team fight. Then his clone and ult are a powerful combo. Remember though, these are only champs I recommend. Everyone has their own playstyle. 2B Mid lane. My main and personal favorite lane. Mid lane has two types. The AP melters and the AD/AP assassin. We'll go through ap melters first. These are the ap ones who tend to have a lot of skill shots. Who start to chunk away from someones health before throwing every spell to melt their health in the blink of an eye. At the beginning of a game, cs and harass is what ya need to do. Personally I prefer to attack minions and use skills for harass. This allows me to save up mana for when it needs to be used. If you use your abilities to cs, you'll run out to soon during early game. You are most of the time useless without it, any skill to escape from ganks or fight is an easy kill. So though you may get pushed a little use abilities for harass. Since they will have to b letting you free farm for a bit. When you start getting items and some mana to spare, clear waves and harass even more. Champions in this category should be ones who have a good amount of cc and poke. Now the assasins. They have the basics of any other mid. Harass and farm, though their play style in team fights is much different. Assassins more than anyone need to be quick to act. As they are the ones who will jump on anyone who is out of place. As they tend to have good escapes, you have to be risky to get any use from them. Going through jungles and roaming are your strongest tools. Against any ap you have a good advantage when roaming. Since they can't get a tower as quick, you can roam without to much risk as well, if they roam you can take a tower quickly. However, the catch is that you will need a catch. Ap champs can usually just poke down someone, you can loose your health bit by bit until it's to dangerous to stay. Making you b and loosing out on a potential team fight. Champs: AP Kayle, Zigs, Annie These champs are good picks if you want simple champs to use. Kayle is a monster late game, as well as stopping most assassins thanks to her ult. Zigs clears waves and does massive damage with just a few quick q's. Annie, my personal favorite. Her q gives mana back on minion kill as well as her ult/stun make the other team cry Assassins. Zed, leblanc. I prefer ap instead of assassins but these two do what you could ask for. CS, Roam, Kill, Win. These two champs also have great escapes should things go wrong. From zeds shadows to leblancs clone. 2C Jungle. A mixed bag of fun, as well as the most diverse of the roles. From ap as Fiddlesticks, to tanks like ramus. Whatever your play style is, you can find it in the jungle. Honestly this one I may wait until next week to give it a good and detailed explanation. So tune in next week for jungle advice. 2D ADC Farm farm farm farm farm farm farm farm BF farm farm farm farm BT. It seems that way as adc, you're csing can't be lacking here at all. If your poppet gets even a few cs ahead, it's one of the hardest to get back ahead. Due to the strength of the items adc gets, it tends to be he who gets a BF sword first wins. You are also a glass cannon. You tend to do a lot of damage and as long as you stick to the back line, you can wipe out a team. This is due to being able to get out quick auto attacks that don't require much skill to land. The skill comes from dodging enemy skill shots and staying safe. Your best bet here is champs with some kind of escape, as well as some kind of dodge or shield. Champions: Lucian, jinx, cait. Lucian and Cait have strong escapes and dodges that allows them to be safe. Jinx though no escape, her chompers allow it. 2E Support Hi, you're last pick. Welcome to the land of support Actually due to the changes in supports, it's not a role people force on others most of the time. Though the adc does the damage, you make the plays. Supports are the ones who have the cc that makes you want to punch a computer. From blitz hooks to morgana roots, it's a hell of a bot. Remember your job is to set things up and let your adc farm. If your adc gets caught then it's your job to help them, if the chance of them getting out or turning it around are strong enough. Though don't let the 'support' name fool you, they can carry a game just like any other role. I believe now that supports are play makers more than the adc. Due to them usually having so much lockdown, they can turn around a loosing battle. If you don't mind spending a bit of gold on wards, you'll like this role. Champions: Morgana, LuLu, Thresh, Leona. Each of these champs have one thing in common, team fights. Their ults are used to save a carry or lockdown the opposing team. Your job is to know when it's time to go in, or better yet make it time. Morganas ult/flash zhonyas takes a bit of time to get, but it does quite a bit of damage as well as a good team fight starter. Thesh hook and flail combined can throw a lot of enemies off. As well as his ult can focus the other team to stay trapped or take high damage and slows. Leona, a lock down nightmare. A persona favorite of most people since how tanky she can be, as well as how long her lockdowns are. LuLU is a bit different. Her ult is to save more than fight, the knockup comes in handy but the health and now giant team member are more of a threat. So, I hope you enjoyed reading this. Next week I will be going over the jungle. The biggest thing is remember this is a game and have fun. ^^ Though kicking ass is always a bonus too

Hinao

Hinao

 

Where I'm at, and what is in store

I haven't made a blog post in a couple weeks. I know, I know, I said daily. Unfortunately, so many things kept getting in the way and I was able to stick to that. However, here I am, making a new post. First, I would like to give an update on my progression. I have gotten better, and then fallen off again on my abilities in game. I had gotten to a point where I was killing more than dying and I felt like I had improved a lot. I was getting outcomes of 14 kills and 3 deaths. My teams were winning thanks to me helping out. I wasn't always on top, but we always won. My K/D went from .8 to 1.9, I felt better about my contribution. Then, things started going downhill. I was focusing on my scores again, and things declined. This morning, I played 6 games. My team lost all of them, and I didn't have less than 10 deaths in each matchup. I feel this is due to a multitude of things, but I'm not one to make excuses. I need to quite worrying about my stupid regen requirements, stop worrying about my K/D, and start playing to win again. My worries, however, may be unfounded, but I'll get to that in a moment. The reason I was worried was due to my want of becoming a pro in Titanfall. I see people wanting to judge skill instead of team play, focusing on things like what gen you are and how good your aim is. My aim is actually not bad, but my decision making is not the greatest in terms of what to do next. I need structure, I need a team environment and a plan to move forward with. I can't be the guy who just runs around with total freedom. That was no more prominent than last Thursdays CGN, where we went 0-4 with myself, Quixitas and several others. We were just completely decimated. It was bad. We figured it out soon enough...we weren't playing as a team. Everyone was running around trying to get the caps, trying to get the most kills, trying to up their own score. My wanting to prove myself was in full effect, and in turn, I showed that when I am out to make myself look better instead of helping my team win, bad things happen. If there was a way to disable the scoreboard during play, that would be fantastic. I shouldn't worry how many kills I personally have gotten, but need to worry how many more my team needs to win, or how many flag runs, or how many more point caps do we need. I was in a good mindset for Saturday's CGN. I knew we needed to go in with a plan and stick to it. But then, no one showed up. After about 45 minutes, Oompa showed up, and we played a couple matches, but I think we both were in just a bleh state that we both turned the game off and called it a night. And this is where my unfounded worries came into play. I have been so set on becoming a pro, on getting to that point. But who is playing on PC right now? There are a few of us, sure, and we are good, especially together. However, is that enough to make a team? Is it enough to change the landscape back? I dunno. I see things posted for the X1 all the time. Team building, rule sets, etc. It seems competitive play, real competitive pro level play, is dead on PC. It's healthy, even thriving in the console world...but I'm not a console player. I'm a PC player. Always have been. Should I get an X1 and get used to a new style of play? Maybe. But I want to do this on PC. The days of Quake and UT are dead and gone. I can't expect that heyday of a real competitive scene for this style of game anywhere but console. Now, please understand, I'm not being a Negative Nancy here (did I really just say that?!?) I'm not trying to say that because PC competitive scene is dead that I'm giving up. I'm not. If anything, it makes me want it more. Now I have something more to fight for, a reason to get better. We have a fantastic opportunity to rebuild a dying platform of competitive gaming that has been taken over by MOBA style games (not that there is anything wrong with that ). We have the ability to help build a community that used to thrive. We are starting on the ground floor staring directly at the prize, all we have to do is take it and run.

Shorlong

Shorlong

 

Coping with Loss(es) and Grief(ers)

Oh boy, where do I begin? It was about two months ago. After a series of losses on Solo Queue I was demoted from Platinum II to Platinum III. I had never been demoted, always on the rise. I took this demotion very hard to the point where I considered dropping League of Legends. Instead of taking it to the extreme, I decided to take a break. I had planned to take a one week break, but that break kept extending as other games were released. Finally, after about two months, I have returned. I reread my first post. I have to admit, I somehow inspired myself to get on the ladder and start climbing again. "You learn more from a loss than a win." - vVv Doomhammer As always, there are things to learn from defeat. I noticed that there are some people out there on the solo queue ladder with malicious intent. It's just human nature, there's not much you can do about it. Anything from a misplaced ward, a missed skill shot, or even a failed gank can spark these individuals. Their ego ignites and explodes into a catastrophic event which derails an easy victory and turns it into an epic struggle that eventually leads to defeat. These individuals think that by purposely losing the game, they will teach you a lesson. You can't let people like this bring you down with their fallacies, stay strong and stay on that ladder. Take a break if you have to, but never give up!

Starman

Starman

 

The Return of My Team Black Angel Gaming, New Twist

So, I am officially returning Black Angel Gaming. This is a team designed to develop not only mine, but other local talent in the Pittsburgh area. I am currently talking to a few players locally, some followed by pros/top am's and one by vVv Gaming its self. Once the final roster is fully confirmed I will make another blog releasing the details. As I mentioned in my away post, this is not full time at all. Just enough time per week to develop to play a LAN monthly, and keep brushed up on the feel of playing LAN events. I will be updating the team twitter as soon as possible, but have just received a team partnership with Cinch Gaming. Cinch is very similar to Scuf, except where Scuf uses paddles, Cinch uses small buttons located near your middle or ring finger. With the feel of the X1 controller in my hand, I find the buttons to be a lot more convenient and comfortable, instead of resting on the paddles like i did on the 360, since I was used to the paddles, I had to adjust, but it was quick and easy! Like what you see below? Use our promo code BaPgh for 5% off your purchase! Thank you guys for reading! Follow us on Twitter @bA_Gaming!

Trivium

Trivium

 

Scuf XB1 Controller Helps Tips & Recommendations

Recommendation: ***Remember all these are based on what I use or have used, but it is up to you to decide what you wish to use. I am just trying to help*** Buy a rechargeable battery charger that can charge both AA & AAA batteries. and have at least 6 AA or more batteries. Use 2 AA in the controller with the others charged or charging. Most come with AAA also which would be the best so you can use them on your headsets. Best I used is this:
Sanyo Eneloop Ni-MH Charger (with 8 "AA" and 2 "AAA" Batteries, Plus 2 "C" and 2 "D" Adpaters) . Found at Amazon.com = $36.29 + Tax http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-Eneloop-Charger-Batteries-Adpaters/dp/B00B51D6NQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1396192277&sr=1-1&keywords=sanyo+eneloop+ni-mh+charger *****EXTRA: Have 2 containers label one "Dead Batteries" and the other "Charged Batteries". As you can guess that you place all batteries in the correct container. I use this so I know what to charge, when I need to, and how many to.***** PLEASE READ: By reading these tips below it will maybe hard to understand because the controller is very sensitive and adjusting it is very hard to do it unless you are not told or shown how, if you wish to contact me to help you to make your controller work the best way possible for what game you play.
Also remember the setting of each game are different are not the same adjusting your controller will be hard to when playing other games.
GT: vVv WooTang Tips: The Grips: These are a pain to take off and get annoying if you try to do it the way the instructions tell you to. Easiest way to do this is to start at the top side of the grip and pop it loose, then continue this down the grip until it pops right off, if you don't have nails or don't wish to use them use a small flat head screw driver, but if you will scratch the controller. Now if you wish to be a little bit more crazy, just simply drill a small hole in the grip that will allow you just to the key straight into the adjustment screw, my friend does this but that is to extreme for me to do. Best way to adjust your triggers: Turn the key clockwise (right) until the gun is aims or shoots by itself ( if you add pressure the gun will aim or shoot )
Then slowly turn the key to counter clockwise (Left) until it stops aiming/shooting
Make sure that if you add pressure to the area it will not aim/shoot itself
Once it stopped aiming turn the key so until it works the way you wish
IMPORTANT: If the adjuster is set where if you just tap the trigger than the by adding pressure to that area will make it aim/shoot. If this happens turn the key a 1/2 - 1 turn or more if needed to fix this. Also when adjusting because you are adding pressure to that area it will aim/shoot, to make sure this does not effect the way you wish to have the triggers as you wish just simply make the adjustment and let go of the key and see what happens. Remember that if anyone wishes to contact me just send me a message via XB1 or leave a post here. GT: vVv WooTang

WillyWooTang

WillyWooTang

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