I've been doing well with the LCK in Fantasy drafts so I thought I'd share my picks this week.
It's actually a tough week because upsets could easily happen with these two best of threes.
However I am going with the stats and based off previous performances the following picks I believe are going to put me in the money pool.
TOP Apple - $1136
JUNGLER Chaser - $1252
MID Crown - $1332
ADC Fury - $1412
SUPPORT IgNar - $930
FLEX Roar - $1260 SHOTCALLER
FLEX TrAce - $1209
FLEX Pilot - $1321
I avoided all players from SBENU SONICBOOM. They are trash.
So I started off my draft by picking the best to players from SG, hoping they get decent points. SAMSUNG GALAXY: Fury Crown
After reviewing previous match ups I went through and made my picks.
LONGZHU INCREDIBLE: Roar
JIN AIR GREEN WINGS:
These picks are based off performance from the pervious two weeks and from their first match ups against each other from earlier in the season.
Thanks and good luck if you use my picks.
With just over 10 hours till the NA LCS Week 6 Day 1 begins, here my roster for this day.
3x TDK / 3x TiP/ 1x TL/ 1x DIG
Safe Picks IMO: Shiphtur - is consitent and he's going against T8 so he should ultimately do well in this matchup. Quas - dominated C9 they last played. TiP Picks - is going against Enemy Esports, Last time they crushed them.
The risky picks of the week:
TDK Picks - I'm going for a 3 person TDK. Seraph is great, he's one of the best top's in the game and has fought hard to get back to the LCS. They had a very rough start but now that Emperor is back as their ADC, Smoothie should have a good game. The whole team will build momentum off his return and their dominant game last week.
This is a bit of high risk Roster but if TDK hits off, this should be a top contender. (TDK) TOP: Seraph (Kina) - $899 (TiP) JUNGLER: Rush - $1363 (TiP) MID: XiaoWeiXiao - $1577 (TDK) ADC: Emperor - $946 (TDK) SUPPORT: Smoothie - $831 (TiP) FLEX: Apollo - $1516 (Shotcaller) (DIG) FLEX: Shiphtur - $1431 (TL) FLEX: Quas - $1395
I'm really looking forward to hearing what you guys are doing for Week 6 Day 1 NA LCS.
There are a few top albums to hit the shelves this year already. Little Wayne's "Tha Carter IV", J. Cole's "Cole World" and Jay Z Kanye West's "Watch The Throne". The newest album to hit the shelves yesterday was Drake "Take Care". I spent the day listening to the album, the lyrics and the direction of his music. I have to say this album is by far my favourite of the year. I am a huge fan of Jay Z and Kanye, with Watch The Throne being one of my tops as well but the entire album as a whole wasn't the best.
Take Care hit's Drakes true side with some very emotional and truthful verses. Seriously though this album gives me shivers. It's good, real good. Drake went back home to Toronto Canada and hit his roots with this album featuring other artists such as The Weeknd and the song "Under Ground Kings".
I have to give Drake a perfect 100% review on Take Care. Coming from an actor on "Degrassi" to his first mixtape "So Far Gone" back in 2009 to his "Thank Me Later" album back in 2010. "Thank Me Later" is what made Drake stand out in my opinion, the album showed that Drake could hold his own in the Rap/Hip-Hop world but "Take Care" gets a little more personal and every song on the album has its purpose.
It's hard to pick what songs are my favourite on the album but if I could choose, and this is strictly just my opinion.
Over My Dead Body
Shot For Me
Crew Love feat. The Weeknd
Take Care feat. Rihanna
Buried Alive Interlude
Under Ground Kings
We'll be Fine feat. Birdman
Make Me Proud feat. Nicki Minaj
Lord Knows feat. Rick Ross
Cameras / Good Ones Go Interlude
Doing It Wrong
The Real Her feat. Lil Wayne & Andre 3000
Look What You've Done
HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right) feat. Lil Wayne
The Motto feat. Lil Wayne
Hate Sleeping Alone
Wait, that's all the songs.. oops!
I want to mention that downloading an album is really easy these days but if you have to spend 12$ on an album this year, definitely pick this one up.
So this weekend I'll raise a toast to a fellow Canadian who has made it so far in this world.
"I've been everywhere, where you know me from?
These days women give it to me like they owe me one
But they crave attention though they always saying "Show me some".
But girl you ain't the only one that's trying to be the only one
At least I admit that, if you get that, and you with that
Then fuck let's get it then"
Enjoy the music,
So something interesting. I came up with a simple idea of a weekly video where I could just go over recent news in the gaming industry. Whether it's competitive play, new trailers, new games, updates etc.. just good news which fuels us each week. So I approached a friend who works with a lot of local media companies in Vancouver and he was pumped to jump on it with me after explaining my idea. A few days later, I message him about when we should meet up and start to plan this out. He gets back to me and has already got an online website who already wants us to be on the site as a new weekly video column and we found a videographer / editor for our show. Sunday November 6 I have a meeting with a couple guys and it's time to get to work.. the correct way.
Looking back on past projects and ideas I have, there was always a fundamental problem with everything I've attempted to do. Some of these problems consist of being way over my head. I love to brainstorm and be overly creative with my ideas. I blame being an artist and having the large teams around me for the past 5 years of doing animation. Other problems were partners I chose slowed me down and did not put in the right amount of effort. You must be on the same page as your partner/s. The last issue I have was trying to do everything by myself. It's tough to do it all alone when you don't have an open schedule to dedicate your time to something. I needed a team for when my next idea would come to mind.
So now I'm onto my next concept and this one is already on a good path.
Found another passionate gamer who I am not very close friends with. He was a past co-worker so our relationship will be very professional. Working with friends has only ever led me to failure but working with someone who's not your friend, you need to be sure that you will get a long well enough to complete your tasks. I'm going to focus on what I need to do now for this show to be successful and leaving the filming and video editing to someone who's studying and learning that as a career.
I don't have a name yet for the weekly show but once things are up and running, I'll be back here to keep everyone posted!
For now, I hope these words of wisdom can help anyone else starting up an idea.
PAX PRIME 2011
My weekend started on Friday, August 26th at 5:00am. Wake up, shower, drink some coffee and hit the road!
The drive to Seattle is pretty quick except when you get stuck at the boarder for over an hour. I however was a little lucky since the wait was only 40 minutes at 5:45am.. Ridiculous.. and for those who don't know, I am from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
So after getting through the border line, I was on my way and in a little under 2 hours I arrived in Seattle. This year things were setup differently so the will-call to pickup my badge changed. Took me a bit to find it and then I had to wait in a line but no big deal. I was prepared to be waiting in lines all weekend anyway! Once I picked up my 3 day badge, I made my way into the convention center and already there was thousands of people all over waiting for the event to start at 10am.
Last year I got in line right away for the 10:00am opening but this year I decided to chill out in the courtyard for a bit and walk around until around 9:45am when I went over to the line. It's a pretty quick process of getting everyone in at once so the only reason you'd ever get in early is if you wanted to be first to try a game and not wait in a massive line! I was in no rush so I just took my time. All 3 days of the event, I went in just after the 10:00am opening to miss that initial mad rush.
I had no real game plan this year because of my plans being changed about a week before the event. I was about to cancel my trip completely but a good friend of mine came to the rescue and let me use his hotel. Although this changed a lot of my original plans it also opened up for new things, I was free to roam and network. I wanted to see games that were of significant interest to me, so I stuck to that as my first goal. These games include Resident Evil, League of Legends, Counter-Strike and Twisted Metal. All I have to say is that the next 3 days ahead of me were going to be awesome and I'll try to sum it up!
Walking around the exhibition hall was fantastic. The amount of detail, effort and passion that goes into each booth is just amazing. People are everywhere handing out free swag to help promote their product or game. Booth Babes are literally at every station, looking sexy, grabbing attention and actually well informed on the games now. I tested some of girls out with a few more in-depth questions on the game and they answered them fairly well. So they aren`t just pretty attractions to look at during the event, they are also great at informing you about the game... wait.. ok I just like looking at them!
So about the line ups, they were everywhere. Any major title had a huge line. Some lines were 20 to 30 minutes long and some were 2 to 3 hours long. I waited a couple times this year and for specific things. Counter-Strike was my longest line of the event and that lasted about 2 and half hours but it was worth it. The game played out very well on the XBox 360 and on the last round of the 5v5 on Dust 2, I was left in a 1v2 situation. I was going for the bomb which my team dropped earlier near Terrorist side tunnels. I was trying to pick the bomb up but it wouldn`t let me. Then my screen flashes red as a Counter-Terrorist tries to knife me. I do a 180 jump and lay into him with my AK-47, but just as this happens the other CT appears and I quick switch to my Desert Eagle and 1 Deag this player in the face, "BOOM HEADSHOT!" This is followed by a huge uproar in the crowd and many high fives. As we leave the booth, the 2 hour and 30 minute wait is rewarded with a PC Beta code which is set to be released in October this year! I would have never waited that long to just play the game and get a free t-shirt. The beta is what I really wanted, the awesome performance by me was just a treat to all my fans! ha
Next up, League of Legends Dominion. As I walk by the League of Legends booth or should I say, amazing gaming stage that had big screens everywhere and a HUGE multi screen display for the live shoutcasting. I hear my name get called out and I see one of the members that's in my Vancouver League of Legends group that I started on Facebook. I hop in line with them since they only had 4 people. This helped me skip a long line, woo! Once we got up near the front, I start to talk with some of the employees. I explained who we were and that we had a League of Legends group started. This was of interest to them so I now get pulled up to the top level to go speak with the Director of Community Relations, Steve "PENDRAGON" Mescon. He's super pumped about what I do and gives me his contact info and invites me out to the pub for later that evening. After speaking with Steve, I went back down to the guys who I waited with and I continue talking with another employee and he happens to be the Senior Environment Artist. He started to ask questions about what I do and I filled him in on my Animation career and that I am a Lighting Artist and such. After talking for a bit before we went up to play, I grabbed his contact info and went on to play. Networking was a main goal for me this year at the RIOT Games booth of League of Legends. They are an amazing example of something that started off with around 20-30 people and now over 400+ employees in just over a couple years.
Once I was finished with the Dominion booth, I went on to try out more games and walk around with my camera taking photos and video of the event. I ran awesome people at the event which included @djWHEAT, @sWooZ1e, @HatPerson and @JessBrohard. Had some good chats, got my butt kicked in Street Fighter 4 by Swooz and went for drinks with Jess and her boyfriend at the Barcraft on Saturday night. Speaking of Barcraft, it was great being at a bar, drinking with people of similar interests and hanging with djWHEAT! We didn't have paper or anything for him to sign so we took the Starcraft Menu's that they have at this place and got him to sign those! It actually worked out perfectly because everything on the menu has been renamed to fit the Starcraft lingo. (image: http://a.yfrog.com/i...9/176/lw6de.jpg)
Outside the Exhibition, the nightlife was wicked this year for me. First off, networking with the RIOT Games staff earlier on Friday really setup the next couple nights. Friday night was more low key but around 15 people met up and went for drinks then eventually over to another pub to continue the drinking. Saturday was definitely my favorite evening. I started it off by watching UFC Rio. If you are a MMA fan, you would know why this night was good. Such amazing fights and unreal endings. Silva is a true legend but now back to the gaming world! After watching UFC, I went out for drinks at Barcraft. Once we finished up at Barcraft, I split ways with a couple friends and ventured down to Pike Brewing Company down on 1st ave. The RIOT Games crew had a great turn out this night which included more staff members and even more fans! Everyone was in a great mood, lots of drinks and an amazing speech by PENDRAGON. Once we finished up at Pike Brewing, we went over to a bar that was open later then 12. The evening was now really about to start and the rest of the night was amazing. Let's just say I made some great friends at RIOT and we downed a lot of drinks together!
Finishing up my PAX experience I wanted to try a few more games so I discovered a new game that a friend mentioned to me. It's called Smite, and it's similar to MOBA style games such like DotA and League of Legends but it's in a 3D environment with a 3rd person view. All moves are skill shot based and it was actually really fun. The last couple hours on Sunday before I took off at 5:00pm, I made my trip around the exhibition hall to say goodbye to my friends.
PAX Prime 2011 was a huge success and a bigger turnout then last year! I hope to get more vVv people up here on the West Coast for next year so we can really make an appearance as a group! If anyone has specific questions or things they want to ask me about PAX, feel free to hit me up on twitter @aamenta or here on the vVv Forums in a PM.
I'm already missing PAX and I'm stoked for 2012!
Anthony 'Kraft' Amenta
Vimeo has a sweet section based around videos that are easy to make and get people introduced to video editing.
It's called 5x5.
It's simple! You take 5 clips, cut them down to 5 seconds each and bam. You have your own 5x5 video!
Cool example of a 5x5.
I'm going to try and make one based around Rift! Stay tuned for my Rift 5x5 Video
Tomorrow, Thursday February 24th 2011 RIFT the game Officially launches the Headstart for players who Pre-Ordered.
In preparation to the headstart there is a ton of talk about staying up all day and night, drinking different energy drinks and unhealthy food options that are "quick and easy". This is probably one of the most terrible approaches to a games headstart.
Here's my ideas on how to stay energized, keep healthy and have a great headstart on RIFT without killing yourself or burning out.
1. Hydrate. Today, the day before launch try to drink a lot of water. The 8 glasses of water a day thing isn't actually true for each person because of body size, but it's a good start. Drink water!
2. Food. Instead of eating Kraftdinner, PizzaPops, Junk food and Pop. Try some simple alternatives that are a bit healthier and won't make your ass stink 20 minutes later. Below I'll list some dinner recipes but here are just some examples. Fruit.. Fruit gives you natural sugars and energy. Pre-Made Salads from the grocery store are very healthy, quick and simple while you play. If you are against cooking or don't want to cook, they also have different cooked foods in your Deli at any store. Pasta's, Greek Salads.. ect.. Read below for cooked recipes that are quick and easy and taste really good. Believe me, I'm Italian and I know how to cook..* cough cough.. Ladiesss I'm single.
3. Rest. Tomorrow servers open up at 10am Pacific. So get a good 8 hours sleep. Why stay up late tonight talking about RIFT or Pokemon... GET TO BED!
4. Breaks. So tomorrow and the days to come, take breaks while you play. Staying at your desk for countless hours isn't good. Stand up, stretch and take a few minutes away from your monitor.
5. Don't neglect Family, Spouse, Childen, Friends, Chores. It's a game and it's not going anywhere. So don't become a mindless zombie playing this game. Life is more important so get to the real things first, then play RIFT.
6. SHOWER! Now to be honest, I can careless if you wash and stay clean. I don't have to live with you, but think about who you are living with and how much you might smell after a day or two of gaming.. Not cool. Go take a shower, use that as one of your breaks while gaming!
Time to make: 20-25 minutes
Smoked chicken wrap Time to Make: 5 Minutes
Creamy tomato, bacon and mushroom pasta baked.
Time to Make: 35 minutes (Make sure you have an ovenproof baking dish!!)
Friday, September 3rd to 5th
At 5:30 am I started my drive down to Seattle, Washington. I am definitely glad that I left at an early hour because the roads were empty and the boarder line was small. As I got close to the event, my excitement grew. I arrived around 8am, found parking and went to pickup my event badge.
PAX began right at 10am and from that moment, my weekend was going to be crazy. I found myself with to many things to do and not sure what to do. I didn't give myself any game plans so I decided to wing it and just walk around; basically do what ever came my way.
I'll have to admit summing up PAX in a blog is almost impossible because then it wouldn't be a blog anymore, I would have to call this my first published novel. So instead I'll do my best and mention my top moments of pax.
First, meeting 'Swoozie'. I was walking around on day one, checking booths out and well booth babes. Then I hear this voice commentating on Street Fighter. I found my way over to the "voice" and who do I see? SWOOZIE! Playing and Commentating at the same time.. haha soo basicly, if you beat swoozie in a match of street fighter you would get qualified into the Sunday Tournament. He did an awesome job and I just want to give him a quick shoutout because he's a genuine person with a wicked personality. I'm looking forward to hanging out with him again!
Let's see now, my top .. hmm top 3 games of the weekend would be. Actually, before I tell you my top 3, I have to say that .. I don't really have a top 3 since there was so many great games to look forward to, BUT! If I had to make a top 3 it would be Killzone 3, Tera and Duke Nukem Forever. Right behind those 3 are about 15 other games that are just as amazing.
Another great chance for me was to meet most of the cast from Season 2 of WCG's Ultimate Gamer. I hung out with them in the evening down at the lounge and what great people. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the Season!
So after a great weekend of meeting new friends, seeing new games and getting my hands on some awesome swag. I advise everyone who has not been to a PAX event before, should do so next year.
Anthony 'Kraft' Amenta
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