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

      Supersonic Series Season 4!   09/24/2016

      Supersonic Series Season 4 starts on Monday, October 10th, 2016   vVv Gaming is proud to present the return of the Supersonic Series!  Unique game nights each week will allow teams and individual Rocketeers to bring their A game and level up their gaming skills!  Whether the goal is to improve teamwork, find suitable opponents, or just acquire valuable feedback on how to improve one’s gameplay, these events will accomplish just that!   Quick Facts: Supersonic Draft is every Monday at 7:30 PM EST. Supersonic Showdown is every Thursday at 7:30 PM EST. Supersonic Showdown will be factored into the RLC Power Rankings! Supersonic Showdown will be streamed, Supersonic Draft will not (unless we find more casters - interested? click here) Supersonic Series Rules & Regulations can be found by clicking here. To register for the tournaments visit www.vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament If you are late to check-ins via our Discord Server, you will not get to play.  Don't be late. To stay up to date with Supersonic Series, follow us on Twitter @vVv_Gaming Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more about becoming a vVv Gaming Community member or how you can join our staff Season 4 will last 8 Weeks, which will be followed by a Season Finale which will be the 9th Week of the Series Supersonic Draft Season Finale will feature top 24 players based on the Solo Leaderboard from Season 4 Supersonic Showdown Season Finale will feature top 8 teams based on the Team Leaderboard from Season 4   Supersonic Draft When: Mondays at 8PM EST (5PM PST)  Check-in starts at 7:30PM EST and close at 7:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Gaming Discord Server: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite  (Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/guide)
      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. Style: Captain's Draft - Captains are chosen at random (see Registration section for more details) and each captain picks their team-mates. 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. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register 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 teams, 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.  


      Supersonic Showdown When: Thursdays at 8PM EST (5PM PST)  Check-in starts at 7:30PM EST and close at 7:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Gaming Discord Server: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite  (Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/guide)
      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. Style: Pre-made Teams Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register 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. To ensure your participation in the event, you should be seeking out other free agents to form a team.  Another alternative is to seek a team that only has two players and join their team for the evening. If you do not have a team by the end of check-in period, you may not be able to participate.  If this is the case, contact an admin and seek help with finding a team, please only seek help after attempting to form a team on your own.
       
      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/rocket-league/register 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 seek help from a Supersonic Staff Member. Reminder:  Solo participants do not earn points towards the season finale tournament.  We strongly suggest putting a team together to sign up with!  Feel free to use our discord chat to find teammates.    Point System
      You will receive points for your participation in each tournament.  These points will determine the top 8 teams from Showdown  and the top 24 players from the Draft. The first tournament finale will be hosted for the top 24 players based on the individual scores from Supersonic Draft event.  The second tournament finale will be hosted for the top 8 teams based on points earned during Supersonic Showdown nights. Keep in mind that participating in Supersonic Showdown event will earn Team Points, participating alone earns you no points.
       
      Breakdown: 2 points for participating 2 points for every match won in the Winner's Bracket 1 point for every match won in the Loser's Bracket 2 additional points for placing 4th 4 additional points for placing 3rd 6 additional points for placing 2nd 10 additional points for placing 1st   Join vVv Gaming
      Become a Community Member If you are looking for an open and supportive community filled with e-sport fanatics that you can game and socialize with, then you should fill out an application and join vVv Gaming Community.  Being part of vVv Gaming Community is about being part of something more than yourself; It is about playing games with friends that are supportive and honest; It is about meeting up in person at LAN events; It is about making a difference in each other's lives and making a difference in e-sports. If this is the type of community you seek, then click here and fill out your application.   Become a Staff Member Working for an online gaming community has many rewards.  It is a good place to kick start your career in gaming, whether you are looking to become a business major or a community manager.  You will learn new things and acquire transferable skill sets that you can use to build your resume.  If you would like to get involved and help with running of Supersonic Series or other events, please visit our jobs page for more details: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/jobs   Supersonic Staff If you have a question, just reach out to one of our event administrators via Discord or private message via our forum. 
       
      Event Administrators:
      Mohulis, Bliss, Cherp
        For more information on vVv Gaming and to stay up to date with events that we host across various games, visit our website at http://vvv-gaming.com,  follow us on twitter @vVv_Gaming, join our Discord server at http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite or join our Rocket League Steam Group at http://steamcommunity.com/groups/vVvGamingRL   To join the discussion, click here!
    • vVv Bagzli

      Supersonic Series Stacks Up to Support the Troops   11/07/2016

      vVv Gaming Joins Forces With Stack-Up To Support The Troops     We believe that all gamers, regardless of skill, have a place in competitive gaming. We also believe that great things can come from competitive gaming and the communities that support it. As such, starting today, we are joining forces with Stack-Up in their missions and dedicating the Supersonic Series to the troops. Our goal is to help Stack-Up raise money to fund their missions. Each dollar that is donated goes directly to Stack-Up to support their cause. We invite you to join us in our mission by watching our stream, playing in our tournaments, and donating towards a greater cause: supporting the troops through gaming.  
      Stack-Up's Mission   "Founded in 2015, Stack-Up (TAX ID: 47-5424265) brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. With the motto: 'Veterans are our Mission. Gaming is our Passion', Stack-Up serves US, NATO and ANZAC veterans through three primary programs: The Stacks, Stack-Up Supply Crates, and Air Assaults." With one of their programs, Stack-Up assembles "Supply Crates" filled with video games and nerdy goodies which are sent out to veterans in combat zones, on humanitarian missions, in recovery hospitals, and sometimes even bases located stateside.  They strive to help improve experiences of service members while they are deployed; instead of focusing on how many days of deployment they have left, Stack-Up encourages them to be participating in video game activities with their battle buddies.  It isn't just about having fun either!  Scientific studies have shown that video gaming can help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, stress, and even pain relief!  
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      You can watch vVv Gaming events live on our Twitch channel.

      Please come to watch and show your support!
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Meet the Aspire: Adam Son "vVv SonTran" Tran

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Another week has passed. Our Aspire Team is steadily coming up, establishing practice times. Some people already showing signs of improvement, the last person interviewed (PoSeR) went 8-0 on the ladder the next day after practice. Awesome? Awesome! Alas, as promised, that we would bring you weekly interviews with our members, today is the day again, when we pick up one Aspire member and interrogate them to the fullest. Today, we will talk with Adam "vVv SonTran" Son Tran.

Adam is 22 years old, comes from Sewell, New Jersey. He picked Terran as his race of choice, joining vVv as an enthusiastic, hard-working person. He also streams regulary, so make sure you do pay him some visit, you can find his stream right here, to show him the love he deserves. Without further addo, let's talk to him for a bit.

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Interview with Adam "vVv SonTran" Son Tran

Hey Adam, how are you?

"I am feeling good and feeling fine! I feel like I am ready to conquer the world! (ahem) I am doing well."

Introduction is in order. So, can you please briefly introduce yourself?

"My name is Adam Son Tran, and I am known as SonTran on Starcraft and I happily play for team "vVv Gaming". I am a friendly, loose type of person and I love to have fun as much as possible."

Thank you very much. Let's browse your history for a bit. How did you get into gaming? What other games did you play before StarCraft 2?

"I got into gaming when I was just a kid. My first gaming console I ever had was a Super Nintendo and the first game I ever played was "Megaman X". I almost had every single console and I can tell you a list of the games I play, but it'll be too long. And when I had my first computer, the first game I played was the Original Starcraft, and Starcraft: Brood War in 1998 (8 years old)."

Of course, getting to the game in the center of attention - StarCraft 2. How did you get into this popular RTS?

"Like I said, I always playing Starcraft: Brood War and when they announced it with Dustin Browder narrating the changes, I was stoked! I pre-ordered the game from my local GameStop, and on the first day, I bought the game! I drove home with joy and I started playing the campaign but I never tried the online multiplayer because I wasn't into that. So I took the big step and tried out the game and I was really impressed, but I stunk so bad! So I searched up some videos, asked for tips, and soon enough I got better and better."

You picked up Terran as your race. Any particular reason for this choice? Mechanics, gameplay? Something else?

"I picked up Terran since Starcraft 1 because of the connection with the human race. We all depend on ranged weapons and explosives, so I feel a connection in how we should engage the enemy, or which type of weapons we have in the arsenal. My favorite units are the Ghosts and Siege Tanks. Mechanics and gameplay wise is that I love how the Terran race has all of these variations! It's like going into a Super Store, so much to choose from and so many options! And also, not only because they are variable, I also chose Terran because of Lim Yo-Hwan (SlayerS_BoxER)."

What do you believe is your biggest weakness in StarCraft 2?

"My biggest weakness in Starcraft 2 is that..I feel a bit "intimidated" when playing against someone. There are times in which I get scared to do drops in their main bases and take out some tech structures because i feel that if I were to do a drop, they would either deny it right away, or send a huge force and take out mine waiting at home. Also my macro tends to slip at times when I'm heavily concentrating on how to engage the enemy. My worst matchup is TvZ because the Zerg is just so mobile that I become afraid to actually move out."

And, on the opposite scale of the spectrum, what do you think is your biggest strength when it comes to StarCraft 2?

"I have excellent micro, and I know which units to build to counter the army of my opponents. Also I love to do some "guerilla warfare" by hiding some units in spots. So when my enemy attacks, I can have a huge arc and destroy the army. My decision making is fairly good when playing against certain matchups and my favorite matchup to play in is TvT. If I am not being pressured and I'm calm, my opponents are going to see a world full of hurt heading towards them."

You've been part of vVv Gaming for a while. What would you tell everyone about your experience with us?

"It's an awesome feeling being part of this team. It's like a second family! I love how when people from the team tune into my stream and we all have laughs, serious conversations on improving myself, etc., and it's really heartwarming. If you haven't tried to join vVv, I suggest you do. We all love and tolerate each other too damn much!"

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What were your thoughts and feelings, when you were invited to vVv's Aspire team? Tell me about it.

"I felt completely honored when I was added to Aspire. I feel that this is my chance to prove to everyone on how I really want to improve myself and go for pro at MLGs, IPLs, Dreamhacks, HSCs, and possibly the GSL! (Hey! like what Day[9] said "If you want to do something with E-Sports, just do it!")"

There are always sacrifices needed, if you want to truly commit to something. Here at Aspire, we ask for a dedication well beyond the casual players. How do you feel about that?

"I feel that this is needed for any team you join. Dedication shows how much you want to become this certain person you have in your mind. if you don't have the dedication then where are you going then? I'm always willing to give my 120% (and more) to my support, hard work, and dedication here to the Aspire team and my fellow teammates."

What are your expectations from the team? Have we disappointed you in any way so far?

"My expectations from the team is that we will become this strong force of nature and we will become better than what we already are. So far, there has not been any dissappointment. Practices are always fun and educational, we have a good time in the Mumble chat. I just love it!"

Tell me, where do you see yourself in a year from now on, as a player and a person?

(laughs) "I hope to see myself winning a GSL! But all in seriousness, I see myself as a player that people can look up to. All of my friends and family are giving me a lot of support and fandom that I actually need at the moment and it just warms my heart that they know that I can go far in becoming a player. I just hope I don't let anyone down but so far they see me as a hero."

What other activities besides StarCraft 2 do you engage in? Other passions, hobbies you may have?

"I work at a sweatshop in my father's company (JOKE!). Besides Starcraft 2, I like to play other games and hang out with my friends playing some Airsoft. Airsoft is fun until you get shot where you don't have protection (for example, your pant's leg goes up and you get shot in the shin T_T)."

We are going to wrap this little interview up. Your chance for last shoutouts, mentions. StarCraft 2 players do have fans, so, you know, something for them? (grins)

"I would like to thank my family (mom, dad, sister, grandma, etc.) for all of the support. I also want to thank my fans and team vVv for the support and knowledge as well. And... (laughs really loud) I would like to thank everypony for showing me the discovery of friendship and kicking butt in Ponycraft!" (I am a brony btw, and I have fans from the Brony Community)"


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