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      We have moved to Discord   08/04/2016

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

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

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  • 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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  • Magicmooch

    BlizzCon Americas Championship Qualifier - Heroes of the Storm

    By Magicmooch

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

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  2. Today, I reached my 81st FC in RB3 on Expert Guitar, out of 82 songs. That last song, is Caught in a Mosh, by Anthrax. I've even had a 100% overstrum run on that song! It's just a pain in the neck to keep combo, and It's killing me to get it.

    So as I thought about this, I realized, that the reason why I'm constantly trying to go above and beyond my goals is that I'm so close to the next level up, and the next, and the next, until I finally reach the highest peak possible.

    Then somebody Beats me and I have to try it all over again. ;P

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

    Replays:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Call of Duty Black Ops -

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

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

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

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

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

    Devanes nXs, MistaR P, Square 1, DiemundValkyrie

    Yes im Celend, Good ole Rick, Hec7iK, MaLLue5

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

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

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

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

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

    Skill wise , mentally and most importantly Building a Friendship.

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

    Peace

  7. Well you know all good things come to an end and with recent happenings, I feel like its time for me to say goodbye. I have had fun with vVv the short time I've been here. Have had some things I disagree with, some things I enjoyed. All things aside its a great community and alot of you I will miss you but then of course others you know a bye will be suffice. All the people who I've grown kind of in good terms with Bizkit, Glory, Exodus, and Trod, you are alot of fun and I do hope to stay in contact with you. Exodus I know I will with you buddy :).

    I mean you know, wish vVv and everyone here the best of luck in the future.

    Adios.

  8. Dream (ex vVv)
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    Hey guys and gals, its eFxGamer but now known as vVvDream!

    Very excited to tell you all that I have been accepted into vVv through the work and content I have put into this blog. This is going to just be a quick update post for anyone interested on how often I will put out my blog posts as well as when they will be coming out.

    Right now, I am super busy with school and I have hardly any time to play SC2 as well as I am in Grade 11 now, and also in the International Baccalaureate program. The homework keeps me until at least 12 every night which makes it hard for me to even try to fit in games of Starcraft T.T

    So for now, I have decided that I will be releasing a new blog post every 3 weeks starting in October, which will help me have a solid schedule in releasing them.

    Thanks for all the support that vVv has shown me and I hope that we will do great things in SC2!

    vVv Fighting!!~~~

    vVvDream (eFxGamer)

  9. I have been involved with competitive Call of Duty for more than six years now, I have experienced the ups and downs with the releases of each game. It is not by accident in the past that around the middle of every year people are starting to get tired of the current Call of Duty title and looking toward the future one. Every Call of Duty title before Black Ops 2 has stagnated after around 4 to 5 months competitively. Since Call of Duty got its chance on the pro circuit with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare there has been a simple rule set, a mix of a few or less game-types and a lengthy banned item list. With this new title, Black Ops 2, new life has been breathed into the CoD eSports scene.

    This is almost 100% due to Treyarch and there interest into competitive gaming as well as their new CoDCaster feature. Treyarch voiced that they wanted almost everything allowed and nearly nothing banned. The biggest change was to have killstreaks enabled, which have always been banned and was supposedly an "obvious" ban in past titles. When the rules were first being put together in the beginning of the game some pros were saying that they were not going to play if killstreaks were allowed, but within a few months and tweaks everybody adjusted and now mostly agree that killstreaks make the game more enjoyable. Also with all the tactical grenade options and the new pick ten system so many new strategical opportunities have opened up that were impossible before. The game's meta changes throughout every event, people find better ways to hold down positions or break them. Every event has had that one play that has shocked the viewers and changed the game forever. This is what Call of Duty was missing in past titles.

    With Call of Duty: Ghosts just 3 months away and with the next generation of consoles coming there is much to look look forward to, but you must wonder if Infinity Ward will come out with a competitively balanced game that supports LAN tournaments. Now this might sound stupid, but after Black Ops 1's success as a competitive LAN game everybody thought that it would grow. When Modern Warfare 3 released there was no tournament LAN ready system, and that hurt Call of Duty as an eSport. Now yes there were major Call of Duty tournaments in Europe, but no where near the size of tournaments for the previous game. Infinity Ward needs to support competitive Call of Duty, because if they don't it might be the fall of Call of Duty as an eSport. Now many people are saying that if Ghosts isn't what people want then we should just stay with Black Ops 2. Well, that would be a good alternative if the new consoles weren't coming out at the same time and not backwards compatible. Also a lot of the sponsors are not going to want to support an out dated game,for example the publisher Activision. Without publisher or developer support any eSport title will die off. If Ghosts does deliver the eSports support that the competitive community deserves then the sky is the limit, it will be such an exciting year for players and spectators. This year is just the beginning as long as the players have the developer's support.

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    Hello everyone. I felt like doing a blog today regarding the recent changes to the meta game for PvP in Starcraft 2 and the new builds that are coming out of this change. For this particular blog we're going to look at the 2 Gate/Robo/Stargate build that has gained much popularity very recently in the matchup and how this build is so good currently.

    Over the course of the year we've seen a change in the metagame for PvP. Instead of just every game resorting to 4 gate rushes, we've seen a number of different builds that play out for either aggressive or safe play. From builds like the blink stalker/obs builds to the 3 Gate/Robo expand, 3 Stalker rush, 1 Gate/Stargate, 2 Gate Robo expand leading to now, we've seen more of a deviation from the old style of 1 base all ins to new builds that still give that choice of early aggression but also countering the 1 base all in builds from before. Right now a very common option for Protoss seems to be using this 2 Gate/Robo/Stargate in PvP. Below we will discuss why this build is so versatile and also very powerful in PvP and how it allows players to have a safe counter against very early aggression while also being able to put on their own aggression or harassment.

    The general build order goes as follows (there are different variations that other players may do based on personal play style). This is taken from MC during a PvP vs. Grubby featured in the Day[9] Daily #527

    9 - Pylon

    13 - Gateway

    15 - Gas #1

    16 - Pylon

    17 - Gas #2 (This gas can be taken as early as 15 and as late as 19/20 depending on if you want to make a second sentry slightly faster at the cost of delaying your stargate by a couple seconds i.e. your opponent may be doing a 3 stalker rush, 4 gate, etc. in which case this build can turn into a defensive build such as HerO's variation found here http://wiki.teamliqu...e_(vs._Protoss))

    18 - Cybernetics Core

    21 - Zealot #1

    22 - Pylon

    22 - Warpgate

    25 - Sentry #1 (chronoboost once)

    27 - Stargate

    27 - Zealot #2

    30 - Gateway #2

    30 - Pylon

    31 - Sentry #2

    33 - Phoenix #1

    35 - Phoenix #2

    37 - Pylon

    37 - Phoenix #3

    39 - Robotics Facility (6:25)

    THE CONCEPT :

    The concept of this build is very simple, being able to use early phoenix play to harass your opponent, get scouting information and allow for a safe expansion while forcing your opponent to use a specific tech path (stalkers w/ blink or archons if they didn't use a stargate build himself). If your opponent does not go for a stargate build himself then this sets you up perfectly because your opponent will be forced to use a stalker based army to deal with the phoenix's (and later archons once the game progresses). The good part about this is by having a robo, you will be able to build immortals early (the best counter to stalkers) while also having a good number of zealots supported by a couple of sentries to counter stalker/archon play and also able to transition into colossus if needed. You can also use your robo for a fast observer if you believe your opponent may go for quick DT's (in which case he will most likely follow up with a blink stalker/archon army composition). This build can also be used defensively if needed to defend against early aggression such as the 3 Stalker Rush, 4 gate rush (take your gas sooner for a faster sentry or robo before stargate to get a faster immortal or using phoenix micro to lift units if you go stargate before robo).

    Pros:

    - Can be used to defend early aggression sufficiently

    - Allows for early harassment to cause economic damage

    - Pretty much forces your opponent to use blink stalkers and archons to counter unless going stargate as well which is countered by robo units/zealots

    - Allows for a number of different transitions whether it be continued zealot/immortal/phoenix production, double stargate, double robo, colossus, etc.

    - Works best against Gateway/Robo builds but is still sufficient against early pressure and DTs.

    Cons:

    - Can be hard countered by blink stalker all in builds

    Keep in mind that the exact build order may vary based on personal player's preferences and also scouting information. Normally the stargate is made before the robotics facility and the second gateway however the order can be switched allowing a robotics facility before stargate if you feel it's important.

    TRANSITIONS :

    This build allows for a number of transitions after expanding to your natural. The most common transitions can include double stargate (if your opponent also goes stargate and is trying to get air control, be sure to upgrade air units instead if that's the case), zealot/immortal/phoenix with charge or colossus (if your opponent is using mostly stalkers or stalkers with robo units and sentries). (Because this build is still relatively new, many players have yet to really figure out any all in or upgrade timings using this build)

    The only real drawback using this build is if your opponent goes for a blink stalker all in. Otherwise this build works great against just about any other standard PvP opening. By having mostly zealots with a couple sentries, you can counter stalker and robo composition fairly easily. You can also you your phoenix's to micro against these compositions as well (using graviton beam to lift sentries that could FF against your zealots)

    In the event that your opponent also opens up stargate, the most common follow up seems to be double stargate to maintain air control by massing phoenix's with zealot/archon ground compositions while putting emphasis on air unit upgrades opposed to ground units.

    Various games of players using this build:

    - Day[9] Daily #527 - MC vs. Grubby

    *Updated: I cannot upload replays due to the limitations of only being able to upload a max of 10KB worth of files for blogs on here so I'm going to try and look for games on streams from BWC Grand Finals and IPL 5 where this build was used.

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    It has been a month since vVv has picked me up and the experience so far has been amazing. I originally applied to vVv because of the reputation of the management staff and the community at large. A reputation that is most certainly desired. The staff kept up to date with me, not solely caring about my progress as a player for vVv but as a person too.

    I have done nothing but improve since joining vVv a month ago. The overall level of my play has increased, I still have room to improve but I’m pleased with my progress. Through a collaborative effort from both Aspire programs and head management to ensure the best possible practice for our players we have been able to create an environment which allows learning and productive growth. While working with the Aspire programs I have gained the sense of community that I was looking for in a team. Sharing experiences with the players as rededicated my love of the game and my dream of becoming a pro gamer.

    Our current plan for new content is to produce a scheduled time for many avid StarCraft players and fans to ask questions and to have them answered them with finesse so both the tippy top of masters and our brothers battling it out in bronze will have something to take away. More details to come so stay tuned an get your questions ready.

    The major LAN tournaments I’m planning to attend is the LAN ETS in Montréal, Quebec, Canada in March as well as MLG in Dallas, Texas, USA. Many online qualifiers and tournaments will be attended along the way but the primary focus is to train for these major LANs as well as the IPTL that is incoming very soon. The IPTL will be an amazing experience for everyone in vVv Aspire program. I can say that Aspire has been tirelessly practicing because they are eager to show the other teams, the fans and themselves that they can compete with the best.

    This year has been very up and down for me, real life challenges stood in the way of my practice time for StarCraft. This year has just been a crazy roller coaster ride that never seemed to end. After realizing I’ve been going with the wrong attitude towards my training and just outlook on life, I decided to make a New Year’s Resolution to better myself. I never really had a New Year’s Resolution before so I was a little lost, my personal coach, Zoran Swanson, responded with: “A new year’s resolution is something that you either lacking or missing in your life and you take necessary changes so it becomes a reality.” After many sessions of reflecting, I have realized what I have lost and am determined to get it back, whether it may be in the near future or further down the road, what will keep me driven is the fact that it is going to happen within my life time.

    The recent state of StarCraft in the eSports scene has been an unfortunate blow. Many teams such as SlayerS, Quantic and TSL having to disband really do show how fragile teams really are. You hear of such success with these teams and after many years of hard work, it can be washed away within a couple of weeks. I’m sad to see many of the great teams having to disband and wish nothing but the best for the players.

    The current state of NA ladder has been unfortunate as well. With the increased prevalence of players using 3rd party programs to gain unfair advantages the top of the ladder has seen some new and underserving names. That being said, the only thing that I can do is to try my best but ultimately we have to rely on Blizzard to improve ‘Warden’ to keep the trolls at bay. The new StarCraft expansion, Heart of the Swarm, looks very promising for numerous reasons. Starting with Blizzard promising; more consistent updates to the map pool, destructible debris at the bottom of ramps, new units as well as the Clan tag feature. However, there will be many patches – not all of which will be good – but I have faith in Blizzard and ourselves to balance to the game.

    I am very excited for the future of StarCraft. Promising events, patches, strategies, and players are coming in 2013 and we better be ready to embrace them!

    I’d like to thank vVv and our sponsors for the opportunity and the support they have given me.

    Special thanks to my fans and supporters that keep me driven!

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    We now know seven of the eight teams that have qualified for Season 3 and will play in the North American League of Legends Championship Series. Four teams still remain in the offline qualifier, but only one can receive a contract from Riot Games this Sunday. Three of these teams will have their dreams denied for at LEAST the next six months. Unfortunately, for the majority of players remaining, the harsh realization is that this might be their last chance to become a professional League of Legends player. Let’s take a look at the competitors facing off later today and what the keys to success are for each team.

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    Dirtnap Gaming

    Overall record this weekend: 3-2

    Champions Selected:

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    Important Champions to Watch For:

    Jayce - 100% (2-0)

    Maokai - 66% (2-1)

    Sona - 66% (2-1)

    Graves - 60% (3-2)

    Olaf - 50% (2-2)

    Keys to Success for DNG against Azure:

    • Dirt Nap has excelled this weekend when Cris is able to make plays. Get Cris early kills against Azure and apply early pressure.
    • PR0LLY succeeded with Jayce in early matches. Expect him to pull out AD Casters instead of picks like Kassadin or Kayle.
    • Graves has been played in all five DNG matches. As that ecKo feels most comfortable with Graves, expect him to stick with what works.

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    Azure Gaming

    Overall record this weekend: 2-3

    Champions Selected:

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    Important Champions to Watch For:

    Katarina 100% (1-0)

    Nunu - 66% (2-1)

    Cho'Gath - 50% (1-1)

    Keys to Success for Azure against DNG:

    • Azure was shut down vs. Curse Gaming. Azure needs to pick champions they are comfortable with and play safe and standard. There is a lot of momentum against them. Wait for the opponent to make a mistake and capitalize to gain momentum back on their side.
    • Shut down Cris. DNG rocked through the group stage when Cris was able to make early plays. Never allow him to get to that point.
    • While it might seem like an odd move, a ban of Graves against DNG could potentially throw them off their game. ecKo has only played Graves at this event and it could remove him from his comfort zone.

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    Meat Playground

    Overall record this weekend: 2-3

    Champions Selected:

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    Important Champions to Watch For:

    Sona - 66% (2-1)

    Vladimir - 50% (1-1)

    Malphite - 33% (1-2)

    Keys to Success for Meat Playground against MRN:

    • If xHazzard gets his hands on Malphite, make sure to land those Unstopable Forces! We saw just how much of a game changer he could be when Meat Playground eliminated 1 Trick Ponies. xHazzard hasn't had the same luck since. If Malphite is banned, xHazzard is also comfortable on Nidalee. Pick her up and split push to a win.
    • Make Team MRN uncomfortable and never underestimate them. MRN was able to base race a win already this weekend. Meat Playground needs to contain any potential tricks that MRN could have up their sleeves.

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    Team MRN

    Overall record this weekend: 2-2

    Champions Selected:

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    Important Champions to Watch For:

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    Keys to Success for Meat Playground against MRN:

    • Stay unpredictable! Team MRN has played four games this weekend and they have chosen 19 different champions. The only champion that has been played twice was Cho'Gath. With this spread of champions, the team cannot be banned out. Keep using a variety of champs and keep MP guessing as to what they will do.
    • Use nonstandard play to throw Meat Playground off their game. The base race vs. Cloud9 took everyone by surprise. Pulling out Urgot, the only time in the tournament thus far, was a shock against Azure. If MP cannot react to the off the wall strategies of MRN, this team could be one step closer to a Season 3 contract.

    Tune in live at 2:00pm EST as the final day of action unfolds! The last remaining of these four teams will become the 8th and final team added into the North American League of Legends Championship Series!

    Which of these four teams will receive the final Season 3 Contract? Leave your predictions in the comments below! If you predict the overall winning team correctly, you'll be entered to win an out of print League of Legends Riot Nasus skin! Enjoy the final day of the Season 3 Offline Qualifiers! Predictions must be entered before the end of the first game today between Azure and DNG!

    Credit for graphs to reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends user Polarclaw.

  11. 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:

     

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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.

  12. At the bottom of every post page here in the vVv forums are these little "buttons" that help other people who might like the articles in here and on other sites, but they wont know if you do not do one simple thing, share!

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    on different sites the buttons may vary, depending on what that site feels is relevant to its site. Here the buttons are, twitter, google plus, digg, stumbleupon, add me, reddit, send in email, print, download, rss, and facebook. On my site for Rebel Gaming I have facebook, google plus twitter, pinterest, stumbledupon and linkedin. My site is dealing with a lot of media for gaming, and gaming related products so these share buttons make sense.

    Why is it so important to share?

    Besides the fact that your mother always taught you to share, social media sharing is a bit different. When you share people get interested in the things other people are interested in as well, you know this by how many times you see something shared. Some share buttons show how many people have used the button to share, others do not. When someone see's that the number is really high on a post, they will as well know that article is really worth reading and sharing as well. When you share on twitter, someone following you RT that and someone see's it and does the same, but all of a sudden, you get a new follower! Seems you both "share" the same interest. ;) Now you have gained a follower who shares the same interest as you and the site a new patron. All with the click of one button.

    The other important reason is sharing drives traffic to your site and people learn about your site and what it does. There by having them want to share it as well and so on and so on, what a great web of networking! The owner of the site can tell as well what social media sites work well for certain articles a bit better and can focus future social shares for posts of the same.

    So do vVv Gaming a favor and share those articles on twitter and your fb, and remember to hashtag them properly!

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    as every one knows this season is coming too an end.

    black ops 2 is coming too an end.

    Xbox 360 is coming too an end.

    And new things are coming instead of all those things.

    a new season with Call of Duty: Ghosts on the xbox one.

    New applicants, new staff members, new rules, new gameplay and new events will come.

    But before all those things i wanna take you guys back too where it all begon for me and what i have learned and what i wanna reach in this journey in the gaming scene.

    It all begon with MW2 playing solo getting better and playing non stop because i have lost my job and was home for like 6 months total.

    i have met alot of new online friends but also made a lot of new enemies all over the world haha and in this game i wasn´t really takin it serious though but i was good with my UMP45 and kniving every one that was in front of me like 6 too 10 feet away lol..

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    like this^ what ingame was like this:

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    But then MW3 came out and i lost a lot of online friends cause they were sticking too MW2 But i wanted too go a long with MW3 so i again i made a lot of new friends and i was getting a bit into the competitive scene watching youtube live streams from OpTic and Fariko Impact.

    But this is something i havent really played a lot though...Then last months of MW3 it began for me playing competitive i signed up for EGL too scrim with some fellow dutchmans i have go too know online and it didn't turn out that great tbh and i have also played against some great clans i wasn't even known of till this year like TCM Gaming and Epsilon Gaming and RNX clan...

    But then Black ops 2 came out i left my old clan and joined TG - Tactical Gaming and this wasnt for a long time.

    Then the search for me began too find a clan/community where i would find and see myself a good fit and so i ended up here..

    vVv Gaming.

    I have learned a lot of cool new persons here and also many helpfull persons i would like too call friends by now even though i wouldn't ever are going too meet them in real life..

    I also noticed i was growing in and outgame here in this community i also got accepted in this community thanks too every one that supported me helped me and believVved in me.. and i hope my future will look bright and good in the future thereby i would also get more europeans in here hopefully

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    And therefor i am also planning too go to attend the next gfinity in london and maybe hopefully the ESWC paris... as viewer or as player i don't mind...

    therefor i hope this between me and vVv Gaming will be a long and a fun cooperation between each other..

  13. Pumastep
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    I'm not quite sure if anyone has noticed, but my blogs have stopped. I haven't lost hope or motivation, but I have not been able to sit down at my computer very much. The holidays are absolutely destroying me schedule wise. 40 hrs a workweek + family coming and going non-stop has put a halt to my blog writing.

    League weekly will be back. I will pick up right where I left off with s4 changes. Once the holidays clear up I'm going to be writing with renewed vigor, so get ready.

  14. 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

    *****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:

    1. Turn the key clockwise (right) until the gun is aims or shoots by itself ( if you add pressure the gun will aim or shoot )
    2. Then slowly turn the key to counter clockwise (Left) until it stops aiming/shooting
    3. Make sure that if you add pressure to the area it will not aim/shoot itself
    4. 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

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    As we all know we all started at the same place at one point of time or another. And as for myself I am still in this same place. My names Soraya “Vall” Soule and I’m a vVv applicant. I’ve never seen such an organization reach out forth towards there “apps” to help them strive to obtain their own set of V’s. I can gladly say for myself that I am clearly enjoying the experience. The amount of members you get to meet as well as the other applicants is really amazing. I can clearly say vVv treats their community like a family. Each day I get to come home and enjoy the rest of the night with the community playing 8’s and or just playing a game in general. I feel very comfortable and able to express myself in my own way around everyone. Least to say I have a ton of fun.

    Now as an applicant it’s not all about applying and hoping to get in. I can clearly see that for myself. As an “app” Members of the community want to see how you can apply value to vVv. They don’t want to just give V’s away to people who won’t put forth the effort. This can be done numerous of ways whether it be streaming, being a GFX artist, or etc. Also as an applicant it’s greatly appreciated to stay active in the forums. This is a good way to meet more members and other applicants as well as get some information across. As an applicant the community also wants to see if you’re willing to support the organization you’re trying to be a part of. This also includes supporting the sponsors too. This is achieved by through social media and supporting the vVv teams. And it’s not such a bad idea to wear the vVv gear too. Lastly if you ever have an issue with another member or applicant is to first discuss it with them in private. The last thing everyone needs a little drama here and there. And if that doesn’t work then your next option is to contact a staff member. From there they will help you. The things I’ve mention hear all follow under the guidelines of the 5 pillars. This is something that applicants and members look up to.

    It’s really not that bad in my mind.

    As expressed applicants have a pretty decent wait time before they even get the chance to go in for an interview. But why is that you suppose? Well it seems to me that the community wants to see how you progress along side of vVv. How you’re applying yourself to the community. Also to see how you get along with others and how active you are. It’s understandable to a point. To be honest sometimes I think the longer the wait the more bored you get and start to lose interest. But then you have to think there are other applicants also. But honestly I’m fine with the wait.

    Lastly applicants are on the lookout for endorsements. As for myself I have not acquired one yet, but you can’t let yourself down. Endorsements are like shout outs in my opinion honestly. But it’s a shout out with detailed answers along with it. This helps along with the application process and may shorten the time. But that doesn’t mean go around asking for them. You have to earn them and if the members endorsing you think you’re ready.

    Now I’ve gotten to have a couple one on one’s with an applicant and a member and ask about their experience as an applicant.

    @WillyWooTang

    1. What is your name? And why did you decide to apply for vVv?

    My nickname is CJ. And I’ve been watching vVv on Game battles and streams and I saw one of their players and I got invited by one of the community members and got to play with them and from then on I’ve wanted to join.

    2. How would you say you are adding Value to vVv?

    I’m a player that’s always on always willing to play with other members even though I’m not the best player. I’m still trying to get better.

    3. If anything what advice would you give to your fellow applicants?

    Post on the forums and play with other members that are on. And also try to do something different something like blogs something that would make you noticeable.

    @vVv Bizkit

    1. What is your name? And why did you decide to apply for vVv?

    Theodere Anthony “Bizkit” Molling

    2. As a member already can you give a brief description on what it was like being an applicant?

    When I was an applicant it was very different from how you guys value experience now. Value then was based on much social media and how much activity you had. It was fun and I enjoyed it as well.

    3. If anything what advice would you give to your fellow applicants?

    The advice Id give to applicants now is, think outside the box. We all think of ideas everyday but the ones that are different from the rest is what we look for. Think about how you can make the biggest impact on vVv whether you entertain, educate, and/or dominate.

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    Another year and boy how things have changed. Some people know about some don't. A year ago I lived in darkness. Believing that hope and dreams were both impossible and unobtainable. I didn't think any of my friends were real, that anything anyone said was true, that any of my smiles were fake. In February of last year I was hospitalized for self harm. Believing the only thing that pain was my only comfort when I messed up. Diagnosed with clinical depression. Though the hospital did help it was still an uphill battle for me. Every day for many months was trying to find a reason I deserved to exist. Those months of darkness though slowly the light started to return. I realized many things that simply I was blinded too.

    I learned who my true friends were and what they really meant to me. That no matter what they are there even if it's just to make me smile and laugh with them for a day. That I will always have them and my family who will have my back even when I make mistakes. My mistakes that I make are no longer something that keep me down, but how I learn. I'm not perfect no one is. Though coming from a place where I didn't believe that I could have a real smile, it's nice to have a real one.

    I wanted to share this with my fellow vVv members for a few reasons. First I wanted to say thank you. When I was down here I made an entry wondering if I should just resign and quit being part of this community. What I got wasn't what I thought. I got others who offered an ear and help, something I didn't think would happen. For me this place is a family as well as community. I remember back when I first joined I was nervous as hell to be honest. I never thought it would come to the day when I would actually be staff, which I couldn't help but smile all day. That's why I needed to say thanks. Also, I notice a few people on here who seem down like I was. This is my offer to you if you do need just someone to listen go ahead and contact me. A way of me giving back what was offered me before. Here's to many more awesome times with vVv no matter the branch. Good luck in all you're gaming.

    P.S.

    I may not be the best at words but for those of you out there who seem to be down or loosing hope. The road ahead of you may seem dark, but don't focus on how dark it is. Focus on the light no matter how small.

  15. 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.

    Hey guys – there is a bit of confusion here that I wanted to help clear up.

    First, let’s start off by quoting something I mentioned yesterday about golden Naxxramas card acquisition:

    So, crafting golden cards was always a part of the equation during internal testing when it came to Heroic Mode. However, you were not able to craft golden versions of a card until you defeated the Heroic Mode version of that boss. Getting a golden card as a confirmed drop from a Heroic Naxxramas boss was never a part of the equation – they have always been craftable, but the ability to acquire and craft them used to be through defeating the Heroic Mode version of that boss as opposed to just getting the non-golden version of the card through Normal mode in order to craft the golden version.

    This didn’t feel like a good reward for defeating a Heroic Mode boss in Naxxramas, so we took out the part where you had the defeat the boss on Heroic first to craft the card. In this manner, it made acquiring the golden version of Naxxramas cards more accessible to everyone.

    This was not explicitly clear that crafting golden Naxxramas cards has always been a part of the equation in my initial post, hence the confusion that has manifested. For this I apologize – I hope this explanation helps clear up what may appear to be contradictory statements, but was in fact simply just omitted information in the initial post, where assumptions could easily be made.

    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.

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    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.

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    Hello Hello!
    So I figured I should write a hopefully small blog about my time with vVv and the people within it.
    I joined vVv in April of 2014 and was kicked from vVv in June of 2015 so i just passed my 1 year mark. At the time vVv was about the Community and the people it strived to create and mold into awesome gamers that you'd want on your team.

     

    To start the story off I'll talk about my first encounter with vVv. I was introduced to Rob and Jerry through an old member named Ivan. Ivan would rave about vVv and would never shut up about how awesome and great the community was for his career for whatever the heck he wanted to be (he could never decide). One day in April Ivan and I went to one of the League's LCS games and that's where Ivan introduced me to Rob. One way or another we all end up at the vVv gaming house chatting the night away about many topics and this is where I was introduced to Jerry. Now I already heard many things about vVv from Ivan but to talk directly to the owner himself, that's a way better conversation in itself. I've never been sure if Jerry actually didn't mind me as a human but in my eyes I had some what of an approval from him. I mean the first day I met him he was trying to recruit me into vVv and talking about being on staff. So that night I Google the vVv page and started my journey as an applicant!

     

    As an applicant of course I wanted to be an "A+ student" so i did my forum post, I was in Mumble all the time and tried to make it to events. Sooner or later i ended up getting my Vs! And not so soon after I was put on staff. I was the application manager and oh man how I loved to tell people about it events XD I'm sure I had a few eyerolls about it but I was proud! Proud to have my Vs and be apart of the process for others! Although I could never make staff meeting because of my weird schedule, I would write reports on all the applicants and talk to the other staff about it as much as possible. One day I actually was able to make an event; The glorious ADL I've always heard about but never able to attend! I was so excited since a friend of mine picked me and we won both games! But then I get pulled to a room by the ADL Lead at the time Pleague and told that I can't play in ADL anymore because I was reported for spamming laugh. Now for me, I'm a silly person some times and I like to make League a fun environment but when told that for spamming laugh I can't play anymore is quite absurd. So I blew it off, I mean I never make the event so it didn't seem to be a problem. But for Pleague that apparently was and he brought it to Sugarbear's attention right afterwards to where the three of us were in a channel talking about not two minutes later. Pleague believed that I should have a harsher punishment because I, at the time was staff, but Sugarbear said it being ban for awhile was a fine punishment and we left it at that. To me it was all just a pointless battle.
    But that very weekend after the incident the staff meeting was canceled because Jerry had Sugarbear as a guessed in his home, and that Sunday November 16 i got a message saying "I just wanted to send you a message letting you know that we're going to be going through some changes in how we run vVv. As a result of those changes we won't need you on staff anymore and want you to return to being an awesome community member."
    Once I saw this in my head and even out loud I said "Wait, What?! Why????" No explanation nothing to tell me if I did anything wrong or why I wasnt apart of the transition to the new staff team and even when I did ask I never got a straight answer. Here I was think I was doing a great job getting good community members into vVv and lightening the load on the other staff members at the time. Of course I was quite upset, very pissed off actually. How could some one just throw away another person so emotionlessly? It broke my heart to have to be forced out of my place and thrown aside with out even a tissue from the other party. But I continued on as a member but a bit of me was now disconnected with vVv and its unprofessional like ways made me salty towards it.

    The best part of vVv is it's members old and new. God these guys are amazing people! And I really do mean that. The only great thing i honestly got out of vVv was these friendships and bonds I've created.
    PAX South was coming around in January and a group of us plan to go. And we all thankfully got to go together and have a blast! We went as vVv repping gear and looking awesome and I'm so glad I was able to met up and hang out with people I talked to every day in Mumble.
    But then PAX East came around in March OHHHH BOY!!! The group at PAX east was amazing as well and I loved how well some of us got along and some of the people I went with are very dear to my heart now. But it was 5 of us in a room for 4 nights and of course most of us were already comfortable with one another and we joked and drank. But we had a complication within the room, there was a snorer. Only one. And non of us minded but if you didn't have earplugs you might as well been sleeping next to a freight train. Now every night we were all drinking and every night we had to deal with snorebear and on I believe the Sataurday morning(4am) I decided to Snapchat a ten sec video to just the others in the room of the snoring. The video was pitch black and you could faintly hear the snores in the video, no name was placed just blackness and the sound. Of course when every one awoke they saw the video and it was the talk of the morning. Apparently that was not okay in Sugarbear's eyes because on the Monday morning when everyone was leaving I was threatened in front of everyone in the room. Sugarbear told me if he ever hears of me doing that to another community member he would delete me from vVv and make me disappear from the community and wouldnt be able to communicate with anyone from the community. Yeah what a heavy goodbye morning we had. So here was another tick away at vVv in my eyes and I unlatched myself from vVv for a bit because of that. How could a blatant joke made for only people within the room be so blown out of proportion? But yet again here I was joking around with some one who I considered as friend and then given an unprofessional and robotic response.

     

    Then 3 months passed and I've been semi afk with the vVv community, mumble and forums because of the incidences.
    I was just about to start coming back from this when I finally figured out why my mumble wouldn't let me log in, I thought I was ban and I was like "oh no.... it's happening." But the servers changed and I logged on to see one of my friends there. We started talking and then he told me the news about the chop list. I was on it and so i logged onto the forums once again to see the list but...you have to be a member to see it ( which personally I think is fucking stupid because if I didn't have my friend to tell me, I would still be sitting here saying "oh im still in vVv" so that shit needs to be seen for the people chopped also maybe a twitter blast about dat shit? like come on! half the community has twitter ffs.)
    No explanation for why I was chopped either, not one message or note, anything to tell me what is going on. Which once again shows me how unprofessional some people are. Ex. Hey we're going to fire you from your job and not tell you so you'll still come to work until one of your co-workers go "dude didn't you hear? you got fired last week."
    ^ In no way is that acceptable so why is vVv doing that? Because it's a community? This is not in anyway a good reason for this behavior. We applied for this, we waited our months through the process and we donating time and money to it, so why is it so hard to tell some one a simple "Hey, I'm sorry to tell you this but we are going to have to cut you from our team for "reasons listed". Because nothing makes a better experience in ending a relationship than doing it the RIGHT WAY! Why is the vVv staff so impersonable about these things and yet screams that we are a "Community" based organization? This baffles me to even think that this is the same vVv! The same one that Ivan told me about what feels like so long ago.
    Now that vVv is making changes towards Pro-gaming I think it just switched tracks all together and said hope all the passengers survive.

     


    So here I am post vVv and yet I feel that the only thing tying me to it is the people.
    I'll possibly still be around every so often just to chat with friends.
    And sadly this didn't end as a shot blog as i hoped sorry ^u^;;;
    Thanks for reading ^w^ and good luck gamers!
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    This year; one of the things I'm thankful is none other than... vVv, umm duh, especially LordJerith.

    But, it's not just because they are here to play games with, and that they're just a great group of guys and gals, though those things help.

    It's actually because no matter how my real life is going, or how it dampens my ability to do the things I need to do for vVv, they always have my spot open for me when things settle down. Hopefully, with how things are going now, I'll be much more active, and have the ability to do much more for the vVv Family that I love so much.

    Now, on to LordJerith. I'm thankful for him as he is always around to talk to about family problems when no one else around, including real life friends due to their immaturity and other such nuisances, is willing to just chill and talk. Thank you LordJerith, I appreciate it.

    Expect me to keep my work load up and consistently completing tasks from this point on for you guys.

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    Recap: Thanks to LordJerith and vVv in general. You guys are great!

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    Written kind of fast, as I now have to leave to go eat grandparents, etc. Have a good thanksgiving everyone whether you're vVv or not! Though, if you're reading this you better be or be becoming part of vVv, or I'll hunt you down.

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    With the start of the new season comes the dreaded placement matches. A place where all your hopes and dreams get crushed... or will they? The following kit will give you the tools you need to survive the treacherous journey ahead. In this kit, you will find tips on optimizing for the win, champion selection and minimizing risk.

    Optimizing for the Win

    As humans, we have a limited amount of focus. Optimizing for the win means focusing on what will bring you the greatest chance of success. When we begin to focus on negative events, we OPTIMIZE for the loss. Do NOT confuse this with ignoring negative information. Such as, an on-coming gank or a tank focusing your adc. What follows, is where you decide to put your FOCUS. Do you focus on, “well, my adc sucks” or focus on HOLY SHIT my adc is getting slapped in the face and I need to go help him! Optimize for the positive outcome. Lingering on “what ifs” and “bad teammates” will only make you frustrated and cause you to make mistakes. Optimizing for the win means focusing on actions that will help you help your teammates do better.

    Pff, that wasn't even close!

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    Champion Selection

    In order to avoid making mistakes in champion select, being prepared for most negative circumstances, and having a diverse champion pool is a must. Aim to be proficient in at least 2 champions for every role. This is the most IMPORTANT tool in your kit, without it, you will be very fragile to trolls, and other unfortunate circumstances.

    Minimizing Risk

    Find a partner in crime. The buddy system is an effective way to overcome personal slumps and misgivings. Having a buddy to rely on to help each other up when the going gets tough will save you many a match. But the buddy system has much more to offer beyond minimizing your risk. It will make leading a team easier and open up opportunities for more complex and game changing plays.

    Be WARNED, make sure you can rely on your partner. Simply because a friend is able to pubstomp in one game, does not mean he will do so for the remainder. Consistency is key and aim for those that make as few MISTAKES as possible. While also having an ability to either lead or follow the team. Make sure to find a reliable buddy before going on your ranked journey. Some criteria include;

    • How cool headed are they?
    • Do they take unnecessary risks?
    • Do they play the blame game?
    • Can they take criticism?
    • Can they follow or lead a team?
    • Do you enjoy playing with them?

    An example of a duo's unlocked potential at leading teams:

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    While these tools won't guarantee better placements, they will help you play a better and more consistent game.

    Being robust to change is key to overcoming the woes of Ranked play.

    Good Luck!

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

    To the Smash community,

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

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

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

    -The BBR Ruleset Committee

    The new section can be viewed in full below

    Unity Ruleset Infraction System

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

    Cards

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

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

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

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

    Categories

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

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

    Distribution and Operation of Cards

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