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    • vVv Bagzli

      Changes to the Application Process   08/03/2016

      Hello Everyone!   I'm creating this announcement to inform every vVv applicant that I have introduced a few short-term goals that we all will be working toward accomplishing over the next few weeks. One of these goals directly affects your application process.  If you would like to read the full post in detail, and maybe learn a little about me, follow this link. The TL;DR of why I'm addressing this announcement to you is to inform you that our application process will be undergoing a few dramatic changes that will affect your application. vVv Gaming wants to be as transparent as possible when it comes to what changes our Staff team makes and why. We will be changing the applications themselves as well as how they work. Our community wants and needs a larger say in who is accepted and who isn't. We also want to encourage community interaction as much as possible. With these changes, we are wanting to allow members the ability to give constructive criticism to applicants, provide the opportunity for applicants to interact with members and other applicants that they normally may not, and open a platform for discussion and the sharing of ideas. With the reimplementation of the Endorsement System, vVv Gaming is looking to give the power back to our Members and put the fate of the Applicant (and their application!) in their own hands. Applicants will need to receive 5 endorsements from current vVv Members (Staff endorsements work as well!) to earn their pre-interview. If an Applicant fails to receive a new endorsement every 3 weeks the application will be closed. Full details on how the Endorsement System works can be found through this link. Because we are introducing new application forms and a different way of how the application process works, we will be closing all currently open applications. Once the new application forms are posted, all applicants that had an application open during this time will be able to immediately reopen their applications. This means that those applicants do not need to wait 30 days as the new rule states, this will be a one-time exception due to circumstances under which these applications were closed. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a private message. I apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause. Thank you for your patience and your enthusiasm for joining vVv Gaming!
    • vVv Bagzli

      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.  
      For a full detailed guide visit http://www.vVv-Gaming.com/Discord
    • vVv Bagzli

      vVv Gaming Presents: ADL Season 10!   08/12/2016

      TL;DR: Season 10 of the vVv Gaming LoL ADL begins Friday, August 19th @9pm EST/6pm PST! Discord Info              Just be on Discord at the check in time and have a level 30 with at least 16 champions to participate! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ vVv Gaming has had a long history in competitive e-sports; and, while the LCS may be a long way off for the organization, we can still participate in semi-competitive LoL activities as a community. The ADL has, and will continue to be, our main way to achieve this. However, let’s be honest, the ADL has had a rough time over the past few seasons. This comes from both participant enjoyment, as well as coordination and structuring of the event as a whole. While I do not plan on completely fixing the system from the start, I do believe that there are some short (and long) term changes that can make the experience better for everyone: ·         We are keeping participation points for this season, as well as the Elo ranking system used for previous seasons. ·         We will have people recruiting more in the game from the community, and attempt to bring more LoL community members to the discord that we feel would be good for the vVv community. ·         We will be implementing new rules for the drafting phase. Some of these rules will be introduced as the season progresses and are covered below. ·         Unfortunately, at this point in time, there is no information regarding a prize. If a viable prize method/opportunity comes about in the future, current season winners will be rewarded retroactively. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rules and Details (Read if new):          Nights will consist of two matches per night. You must be able to attend both games (Don’t be that guy, play it out).          Be on Discord NO LATER than 8:55pm EST/5:55pm PST for Check In. This will be slowly changed to 8:45pm EST as the season progresses. We want the drafting phase this season to be as smooth as possible.  We want to give people time to announce their roles before hand.           Check in will happen in the ADL Check In Discord Channel BEFORE players move to the regular ADL channel, and at 9:00pm EST people will move to channels matching their Dynamic Queue rank. Missing the check-in deadline means that you will not be able to participate that night and will not receive a participation point.          During the Check In, participants will announce their top 3 preferred roles for a staff member to place in a spreadsheet (Discord does not allow for your descriptions to be changed, that I am aware of).          Have a level 30 account, at least 16 champions, and be ready to have some fun!          Additional Questions? Contact vVv Eternal or vVv Yui        The ADL will last for 10 weeks this season, there will then be a three-week break before the next season starts (Currently scheduled for Nov. 11, 2016).        Cheating or Smurfing in the ADL is not permitted. Anyone caught doing either of these this will be suspended from the ADL, no exceptions. Cheating will result in a permanent suspension, smurfing will result in a 5-week suspension.  New Drafting Process: So, in previous seasons of the ADL, the highest ranked players were given the priority in being team captains for any given night. While this was not a bad system, it did leave some players feeling left out over the course of the season. That being said: ·         Highest ranked players will no longer be automatically chosen as the team captain. ·         Team captains will be chosen by the number of participation points that a player has (you earn 1 point for each night you attend, REGARDLESS of whether or not you are picked). ·         No player can be captain more than once every 4 weeks (depending on overall participation). ·         The first weekend will have captains from an arbitrary division and lower. So here is my logic (bear with me). With some outlying cases, most of the team captains would pick from highest available skill in a role down, until all of the top players (and a few peoples friends) were picked. I don’t expect this to change at all; however, this allows for both new and lower skill level players and community members, as well as frequent participants, to always have a shot at playing. They also get the benefit of knowing (eventually) in advance that they will be captains. Additional Information: I would like to try and address the speed of the drafting process. For now, the primary way of doing this will be the check-in time; however, if another feasible method is suggested, any changes will be updated in this section. After the Games: ·         Players will join the winning team's discord channel, and all players will be given feedback if they desire it. ·         Players may also provide criticism and suggestions for the ADL. (We are still seeking to improve the event if the community desires it) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More Darn Rules ·         Teams will still be matched by alphabetical order of Discord channel for the time being. ·         The winner of the first match will play the winner of the second (both matches are played out simultaneously), and the same goes for the losing teams. ·         The higher team alphabetically will be chosen to be on the blue side for the first game, and the lower team will get blue side when the second game is played. Leaving/AFK: If someone leaves a game for any reason and does not reconnect, they will be given a 2-night suspension from the ADL. The player may appeal the suspension with an ADL Staff member if there was a legitimate reason for the disconnect. However, all appeals must happen at least 24 hours before the next ADL event. You also may only appeal a disconnect once per season. Pausing: Players may pause the game for UP TO 10 minutes if a player on their team is having connection issues. PLAYERS MUST INFORM AN ADL STAFF MEMBER IF A GAME IS PAUSED. If the reason cannot be resolved in 10 minutes, the team whose player disconnected will concede the match. If the enemy team agrees, they may also use their 10-minute pause to give the other team more time. Teams only get two pauses per game. Replacement Players: Player replacement will be handled the same as in previous seasons. A player may be replaced by another player of the same rank or lower, provided both teams agree to the replacement. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So that’s it folks.  Thank you for sticking through the whole announcement, we understand it is somewhat lengthy, however the information had to be provided.  You are now ready for the 10th season of the ADL! If you have any questions feel free to contact vVv Eternal     See you on Friday, August 19th at 8:55pm EST/6:00pm PST!     ADL Staff: vVv Eternal   To join the discussion click here!  
    • vVv Bagzli

      vVv Gaming Returns: Community Game Nights! (CGNs)   08/15/2016

      Rocket League Community Game Nights (CGN) with vVv Gaming are back starting on Monday, August 22nd!  These CGNs will allow teams and individual Rocketeers to continue to bring their A game and level up their gaming skills in two unique events each week! Whether the goal is to improve teamwork, find suitable opponents, or just acquire valuable feedback on how to improve one’s game-play, these events will help accomplish just that! Mondays will continue to be our draft night and due to your feedback, we will be returning to a format of random captains with the ability to opt out of being a captain. Wednesdays will continue to be a night for pre-made 3v3 teams. Supersonic Series Season 4 is happening and we will be announcing information on that and the start date at a later time.   Monday Night Draft
      When: 9PM  EST (6PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30PM EST and closes at 8:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Discord Server  (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf)  Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord Format: 3vs3 - Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three in the winner's bracket and best of one in the loser's bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three. Captains are chosen at random and each captain picks their team-mates. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/RLRegister on the day of the tournament to register.  While signing up you will be able to volunteer to be a captain.  If there are more volunteer captains than the total number of tea`ms, the captains will be picked at random from the pool of volunteers.  If there are not enough volunteer captains, then the remaining number of captains needed will be chosen at random from the remainder of players.  Captains will take turns picking their teammates in a “snake-style” (A, B, C, C, B, A) draft until all teams have 3 players each. Participating with friends is encouraged, however, there is no guarantee that you will be on the same team. The captain’s name will be entered into the Challonge bracket and will be used to represent their team.  Voice channels will be created for each of the teams on our Discord server.
          Wednesday Night Teams (Games are counted towards Power Rankings!)
      When: 9:00 PM  EST (6:00 PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30 PM EST and closes at 8:45 PM EST
      Where: vVv Discord Server  (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf)  Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord Format: 3vs3 - Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three in the winner's bracket and best of one in the loser's bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three. Teams are pre-made by the players. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/RLRegister on the day of the tournament to register.
        Participating as an individual: After filling out the signup form you will be in a free-agent pool available to fill up spot a team might need or you will be placed on a team with others who have signed up individually. Check-ins will be 15-30 minutes before the start time so we can get everyone organized. A team may contact you to play with them before the event starts.  We also encourage you to talk with any other free agents signed up to form a team!
        Participating as a team: After filling out the signup form above, your team is all set. All you need to do is show up in the discord server during the check-in time.  If you are seeking a third player for the evening, you can view the list of free agent players signed up at http://vvv-gaming.com/RLRegister and contact them to be part of your team for the evening. If you are unable to acquire a third team member on you own, then please show up on the Discord server at least 30 minutes prior to the event starting and we will assign you a third team member if one is available for the duration of the night.   Click here to join the discussion!
    • vVv Bagzli

      August Chopping List   08/20/2016

      As I have stated when I became the president, I will be removing all inactive members from vVv Gaming.  I have given everyone 3 weeks to reach out to me and get in touch with me.  Some have reached out and decided not to vVv members anymore, due to time constraints and other reason.s  Some reached out and promised they would take certain action to show they want to be members but it did not happen, and lastly, some have never reached out to me at all.  I really wish that things could be different, but as it stands the following people are being removed from vVv Gaming.  We wish them the best of luck with their future endeavours and hope to see them come back to us one day.   The following is a list of donor members who will be returned to Donor rank on the forum, but will no longer be vVv Members. vVv Brocco vVv Koala vVv Krewel vVv Rising Dawn   The following is a list of vVv Members being returned to normal forum rank. vVv Acai28 vVv AmpeD vVv Arkaine vVv Blazek vVv Buzz vVv Cherp vVv Cr0nus vVv Deadaim vVv Falcodile vVv Matchu vVv Oriklad vVv ShySluShy vVv SilverSpoon vVv Spike vVv TyTy vVv UkogMonkey vVv Zeeb
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Personality Spotlight: Bryan "Glon" Gemler

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Published on Monday, 16 April 2012 10:33 | Written by BabyToss

There are many known players & StarCraft 2 prodigies, which you hear about every day, if you actually watch the progaming scene. They inspire us, to strive to be better StarCrafters, but in the end, it sometimes feel, that they are out of reach, as if I watched a Hollywood movie, rather than a real person. This is why I decided to actually go and spotlight interesting personalities in StarCraft 2 - not necessarily progamers, but simply people, who inspire me somehow & they aim high, in terms of competition. I will be writing about interesting personalities as I see them, consider this to be the very first token of it.

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The first person of choice would be us.gifBryan "Glon" Gemler, a 17 years old guy from Cleveland. He may seem like your ordinary SC2 gamer, someone you meet on the ladder daily, however, Bryan managed to surprise me in recent MLG, when it comes to the performance. It's not too often you see rather unknown player to go and shine, but Bryan managed to do just that.

Let's look at his ride through - His first rounds seemed to go smoothly, as he faced unknown players, in terms of renown in StarCraft 2 community - He beat JoshFreeman in first round; 2:0, then continued in round two, beating StoicRegret 2:1, and finally, in third round, he encountered us.gifBryce "Machine" Bates, a Zerg player from Evil Geniuses. Besting him 2:1, Bryan soldiers on, right into 4th round, this time facing us.gifBrian"Spades" Francis. And yet again, Bryan shows that his Zerg armies are capable of wrecking havoc, beating Spades 2:0. Next round, Bryan fights against kr.gifMoon "Ddoro" Jung Ho from team Vile; however, this time, he falls to his opponent 1:2, dropping into losers' bracket.

His journey continues in losers bracket, where he faces fr.gifIlyes "Stephano" Satouri, one of the best foreign Zerg players. That alone is an unique opportunity to learn, and Bryan tried his best in order to best his Zerg opponent. Unfortunately, this is where Bryan's MLG journey ends, as he falls to Stephano in both games; 2:0.

Some of you may now be wondering why I want to spotlight Glon, aren't you? Let's look at the another part of the story, let's return at the very beginning of Bryan's StarCraft 2 career.

Bryan "Glon" Gemler joined North American team vVv Gaming a year ago, as mere Silver level Zerg. Yes, you read it right. A mere Silver Zerg. Through his dedication and help from fellow teammates, he climbed higher and higher, eventually reaching the high Master level. Additionally, what is even more unique, StarCraft 2 is Bryan's first RTS. There are many people duscouraging others from trying to attain something in StarCraft 2, but Bryan is an excellent example of the fact, that if you truly are dedicated to something, you can do it, no matter what your starting point is.

While he is not on the top just yet, he is an inspiration to all of us, who started low; the game can be cruel and gruesome at times, but in the end, it is truly rewarding experience, to see one grow from the very bottom to the higher levels of the gameplay. I wish that Glon will climb even higher, as he continues his own training and becoming even more solid Zerg player.

At the end of my writing attempts; Bryan was so gracious to spend some time answering my pesky questions, hoping you'll enjoy reading it.

Hello Bryan, first of all, could you introduce yourself briefly to our readers?

"Hi! My name is Bryan Gemler, and handle is vVvGlon (@vVvGlon). I play zerg in Starcraft 2 and have been playing the game since about a month after it came out. I am currently 17, and looking at colleges at the same time as pursuing a career in professional gaming. On top of starcraft, I enjoy biking, piano, soccer, and debate."

Now, that we know a bit about you, let's look into your gaming past for a bit - have you played any other games, and if so, which ones?

"I used to play Warcraft 3 and Starcraft brood war. Both were confined to just team games, nothing special (aka I was bad at both games)."

Slowly getting to StarCraft 2, as it's major interest of ours - tell me, how did you get to playing StarCraft 2?

"Last winter, I was in silver league. Now, I am one of America's top zergs and am looking to do even better than my recent top 48 performance at MLG Columbus. My Starcraft 2 beginnings are actually quite humorous. I 7-roach-rushed my way from silver to diamond league (the then-master). Realizing from all the rage that I got from countless wins that I should probably look for a less abusive and more overall solid play style, I began to learn how to macro as zerg and eventually stopped roach rushing all together."

Could you tell us a bit more about your StarCraft 2 beginnings? What were your biggest struggles with the game?

"Building off the previous answer, my biggest struggle was learning how to macro. All inning every game (for 500+ games) taught me 2 important things: how to micro, and how to be fast. I learned how to be quick in my movements, decisive in my game decisions. It's here that transitioning into macro was less of an adjustment as people think. Speed/quickness meant that I could gain a macro edge over my opponents through multitasking. Once I learned the macro openings, it was a simple matter to transition into a macro player (for point of reference, this was a year ago, at the beginning of last summer). It got to the point where I wasn't all inning at all anymore, something that I quickly corrected this past fall to mix into a multi game series."

We all have our goals. Someone bigger, someone smaller, but in the end, we all have them. What were your goals in terms of StarCraft 2 by then? Did you just decide to try hard and aim high?

"Back then, I had ambition. I applied and was accepted to vVv as a community member. I was a part of the vVv academy, and made my move to the A team this past winter. I've always strived for success, and nothing ever changed that. A lot about being a professional is not being born with some talent. It's about working harder than anyone else/putting more effort into each meaningful game."

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In your MLG report, you mentioned, that you had friends helping you. Would you mind saying who it was, and how exactly did they help you along the way, in order to become a solid Zerg player you are today?

"My sole biggest influence and tutor in my path of Starcraft 2 is vVv Titan (Tristan Johnson). Although he has retired from playing professionally at the moment, Titan helped to refine my practice and gave me inspiration while watching him play."

Finally getting to your recent MLG performance, where you managed to raise couple of eyebrows - what were your feelings before the tournament? Were you nervous? Did you look forward to the experience?

"Actually, I was more nervous about getting there on time than anything. At the greyhound station, my bus was delayed by an hour + with no explanation or expected departure time given to us. After I got to MLG, I had a settings scare where I couldn't find my normal settings. In the end, I came out confident and ready to face anyone, knowing that I was fully capable of competing with the best players in the tournament."

You faced some renown players during your MLG journey - how did you feel about that? What did it mean for you to be on equal footing with players like EG.Machine and Spades?

"More than this, I was on equal footing with almost every player there. In the winners bracket round 5, I fell to VileDdoro 1-2. This was my biggest mistake of the tournament, as I do not think I should have lost to Ddoro or lost the games that we played. If I had won, I would not only have been one win away from pool play but also would not have had a misfortune of playing Stephano in losers bracket round 7. My performance confirmed my practice results, that I could take down anyone."

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You eventually fell to one of the best Zerg players in the world, Mill.Stephano. What were your feelings about the game with him? Is there anything you know you could've done better? Any 'lessons' you took from that game, which would help you to improve as a player and further solidify your gameplay?

"Rather than retype this out, I wrote a blog on teamliquid about my MLG experience an in particular my games vs Stephano. It can be found here"

Let's move on a bit - you started as Silver level Zerg. That is rather low level - there are many people on that level, who might want to follow your footsteps; is there any kind of advice you'd offer them, to be able to reach what you did?

"I would suggest picking an abusive strategy that wins a lot of games. As a lower level player, honestly just increasing your win rate by any means possible should be your goal. When playing better and better players, your apm and multitasking will up, as well as how cleanly you execute a build. Also, don't be afraid to make up your own strategies. Look at vVvRuff, who has had HUGE success with his unique strategies."

An inevitable question - how much time do you spend practicing StarCraft 2? Any regular schedule, or just winging it, whenever you feel like it? Any specific practice routine, or just ladder for you?

"During school, I practice ~10 hours a week (compared to the 10 hours a day of pros I beat @ MLG :o). During the summer/breaks, it's about 6-8 hours a day. I do a mix of customs and ladder, although I like to spend all my meaningful practice in customs or on korean ladder (because yes, AM ladder is bad)"

I can't forget ask you about your future goals, in terms of StarCraft 2. Anything specific in planning or are you just going to go with the flow? Will we get to see you participating in further MLG's?

"Due to my top 48 MLG performance, I am in the invite-only qualifier for Spring Arena #2. Here, I hope to not only qualifier for the Arena in NYC but then qualifier for Pool play in MLG Anaheim. Regardless, I will be at Anaheim."

Anything else you enjoy besides StarCraft 2? Hobbies, studies, anything?

"I enjoy soccer, biking, and debate. I'm actually quite good at debate, I'm a state finalist. As far as my future concerns, My best guess is something to do with Chemistry and Engineering (Chemical engineering...? :o ). Other than that, school/social life keep me busy on top of practice for SC2."

Thank you for your time, Bryan. I wish you many more successes in StarCraft 2, make us all proud by your hard work!

"As a last word -- shout out to the whole vVv family, in particular our manager, vVvSugarbear. Thanks a bunch!"

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Good job, there 'Toss!

I can't wait to see where our three SC2's will place at Anaheim, and the qualifiers going on this weekend.

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