LoL ADL Season 7 Begins October 16th! 10/05/2015
It's that time again, boys and girls! We're proud to announce the Amateur Draft League is returning for its Seventh Season! Since dropping Tuesdays worked well last season, we will continue to be playing every Sunday and Friday at 9pm EST (6pm PST) starting on October 16th and continuing until December 13th. Even though the ADL falls on days that the LoL World Championship is taking place, we will STILL be playing! World Championship games start anywhere between 5-7am EST so we will have plenty of time between then and the beginning of the draft :} Be aware that we moved from Mumble to TeamSpeak! Our Server Information is down below along with a guide on how to set it up.
Last season, we also removed MVP voting, introduced our new Champion and Challenger Tiers, and also randomized Captain selection within the same relative rank to make picking a little more fair for the captains who were closer in Solo Q rank. All of you who regularly play in the ADL were super happy about those changes so they'll be around to stay! Since there was no demand for an ADL All-Star match, we didn't have one, but that doesn't mean we can't have one at the end of this season! Just be sure to let us know you want it and we'll make it happen. Significant Dates: 10/16/2015 - Start of Season 7 11/13/2015 - Week 5 of Season 7 (Champion Tier and Challenger Tier begin) 12/6/2015 - Last night of the regular season 12/13/2015 - Finals Mini-Tournament (Must attend to qualify for Top 4 finish) Quick Info: TeamSpeak info: TeamSpeak Server: ts65.gameservers.com:9222 How to set up TeamSpeak ADL ELO Lookup: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/adl-look-up Start Time: 9 PM EST/6 PM PST Sundays and Fridays Holidays: The Friday after Thanksgiving there will be no ADL (11/27/2015)
Changes based on your suggestions: This isn't a change that only we can do, but we got some feedback where you guys wished there were more people to play with/against. Even though our debut first nights are the most attended, we get a very stable 30 or so people per night, and they're the same people who attend every night. If you would like to learn how to get more people involved in attending the ADL, make sure you read this guide on how to bring in more people! Everyone needs to pitch in on this effort, it's not something that we as Staff have ultimate power over. Also, don't forget to bring your friends!Also on the topic of recruitment, if you guys are interested in bringing more players let us know if you'd be willing to participate in recruiting nights where we would get together on TeamSpeak and try to bring new players onto the server to get to know us and join us for ADL :3Season 6 was a HUGE success in the fact that multiple people stated that the event was organized and run better than other events they've been to. We're very proud of this! If you see something you would like to see changed, be sure to hit up one of the Staff members! We specifically ask for feedback after every night, so there are plenty of opportunities to speak up!As always, we MAY make changes during the ADL Season. This only happens if there is enough negative feedback about a certain aspect where it warrants an immediate change, or if it's something we want to test out (ie: a better pick order, a better way to determine who faces who, how we draft, etc). We will always ask for everyone's opinion beforehand. If any changes are made during the Season, players will be informed of said changes before drafting begins.For this next season, we want to focus on providing more opportunities for getting to know your fellow LoL players. One of the things we've learned that could benefit from an organized play environment is that higher level players have trouble finding teammates who share their motivation and goals. By providing a more relaxed environment people can come to after each night's games are finished, we can offer moments for people to connect outside of simple game comms so that you can actually get to know each other and not just how you are in-game. We've made a couple nice visual guides that hopefully explain the season format and how to participate much easier for new players.Always be sure to give vVv Organicbear or vVv Medusa any feedback you have! We can always make things better or easier, we just need to be informed that something needs changing! A link to our profiles containing our contact information are at the bottom of this post. Feel free to contact us in any way that is most convenient for you (including chatting on TeamSpeak). How to Participate: NOTE: Anyone can play, regardless of Solo Q rank, as long as you're Level 30 and have at least 16 champions to participate in Custom Tournament Draft. Season Format: Official ADL Rules: Please take the time to read and familiarize yourself with the rules! You are expected to know the rules before you join TeamSpeak and participate!!!
Are you as excited for Season 7 as we are? Let's make this another fantastic ADL! See you in TeamSpeak on Friday, October 16th at 9pm EST!
If you have questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions please contact any of the below ADL Staff members and they would be happy to assist you!
vVv Returns to Guitar Hero! 10/06/2015With the release of Guitar Hero: Live on the horizon, vVv Gaming is reentering rhythm gaming with three of the most passionate plastic instrument players in the world. vVv Gaming has a history of success in rhythm gaming with over 30 top four finishes at tournaments including the World Cyber Games, Electronic Sports World Cup, and more. Our new rhythm gaming players hope to continue this trend when Guitar Hero events are held in the future. Additionally, all three members of the team will be creating rhythm gaming videos and streaming on Twitch. Read on to learn more about our new Guitar Hero players! vVv Acai vVv Acai28 obtaining one of the current highscores on King for a Day in the Guitar Hero: Live demo
Alec “vVv Acai28” Castillo first joined vVv Gaming five years ago and went on to become the Gold Medalist in the 2010 WCG Grand Finals. As the last WCG World Champion, Acai is looking to continue his tournament dominance in Guitar Hero: Live. When asked about his return to competitive gaming, Acai said: Follow vVv Acai28 here: Twitch
YouTube vVv Paradise
vVv Paradise before a recent rhythm gaming stream on his Twitch channel Jason “Paradise” Kuntz is a two time national tournament winner in the USA and a long time member of vVv Gaming. Once a staff member for vVv, Paradise now returns as a player to compete in Guitar Hero events and stream on Twitch. Folllow vVv Paradise here: Twitch
YouTube vVv UkogMonkey UkogMonkey achieving 100% on Fury of the Storm by Dragonforce at a live event in the UK
George “vVv UkogMonkey” Boothby may be the newest face in vVv Gaming but he is a veteran of the Guitar Hero scene. UkogMonkey was the Gold Medalist in the 2008 WCG Grand Finals and has amassed countless achievements in the rhythm gaming scene. Upon joining vVv Gaming, UkogMonkey was quoted as saying: Follow vVv UkogMonkey here: Twitch
Please welcome our new Guitar Hero players: vVv Acai28, vVv Paradise, and vVv UkogMonkey!
We Moved from Mumble to TeamSpeak! 10/06/2015TeamSpeak 3 Guide
Don't have Teamspeak 3?
Download here: http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads
(Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, etc)
Server address: ts65.gameservers.com:9222
(You can uses spaces in your name)
Need help setting up your microphone and sound settings?
Tired of hearing that beeping/ding noise, when people post in TS chat?
Can people not hear you while you have a game open?
You should now have the basics of TeamSpeak set up. Welcome to the better VoiP program! You don't need to do anything extra so you can now come in and join us for events, find people to play with, or just to socialize.
If you have any questions or need help, just ask a staff member or send me a PM!
Guide to using plugins (add-ons) with TS3. This is NOT required: (Coming Soon)
dmbrandon added a blog entry in Diem probably wrote this blog for YOU.
dmbrandon added a blog entry in Diem probably wrote this blog for YOU.Chris Hu needs our help.vVv versus the world: Until someone needs help:
Chris "Fascinating" Hu has had a terrible tragedy in his family. Recently, a fire broke out in his family's apartment burning everything they owned, including their life savings. Chris has done a ton for the gaming community between his amazing personality, untouchable commentary, and overall great spirit for gaming. He deserves what we can afford to give him!
Some people are donating 100$, some are donating 1$. Anything you can possibly give would be a cherished gift to both Chris, and his family. If 10,000 people donate a dollar, he's still getting a ton, so just because YOU think it isn't a lot, doesn't mean that they will not!
Do what you can!
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dmbrandon added a blog entry in Diem probably wrote this blog for YOU.Diem's guide to making your application not look like crap.Before you start reading my guide, make sure you have completely read this completely. If you don't then you might miss some of the points I'm trying to make.
I'm dmbrandon, and I'm the one of the guys you'll first have to get through to be able to meet with the boys upstairs. Before you fill your application out, I suggest you read through my guide, and take it's contents to heart. When applying for vVv, there are certain things we look for in applications to show you're the kind of people we'd want to have join our family.
Small advantages you can use to get yourself ahead of the curve:
1. Don't trash talk other teams. We want teams who can positively represent both our brand and themselves. Needless to say, (Most of the time) by attacking other people, you're making yourself look desperate. Just focus on your accomplishments.
If you're better than another team, post the tourney where you beat them. Also, beating them once, doesn't automatically mean you're better or even on equal ground. Take football for instance, how many times has an undefeated team won the Superbowl? Once. Does that mean last years winner, with an imperfect record, mean they weren't the top team? One win isn't the end of the world. Either is one loss.
We want to see facts of your wins. Don't just post us numbers, cause we'll over look them. There are results thread for every tournament, and we want links to them.
2. Your team is a small drop in a large pond. Your goal is to make the biggest initial splash. With that said, the best way to get our attention, is by making an awesome first impression. The best way to do that, is to make sure both your applications, and profiles look amazing.
The best food in the world also looks great when it's served. The same ideas focus into pretty much all aspects. The most expensive cars generally look the coolest, as well. In e-sports, we need to be able to market you. If you can't market yourselves to us, then how are we gonna sell you to our sponsors?
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. 90% of the teams we see apply don't fill out the application to their fullest potential, and we hardly give it a second look. Make sure you do whatever you can to make it POP. Colors are your friend. So are fonts, and bolding.
Videos. Videos. Videos.
3. Three out of four, isn't a team. We need all four people to have their sponsorship application filled out completely. (All five, if there's a coach.) We won't even consider a team who's members won't even put the effort into filling the application out. It shows a lazy, sometimes narcissistic side to their personality, and we don't need egos.
More often than not, players will be way above average in skill if they're trying to apply to vVv, or play in the big leagues. Again, more often than not, said players aren't going to be top 10 material out of the gate. Your biggest weapon right now is your keyboard. Show us why you deserve to join vVv.
Remember the big influx of boy bands from 1997-2003? E-sports teams are marketed almost in the same way. They take a group of 4-5 talented people, and sell them to fans. Now, is Justin Timberlake a better singer than Pavarotti? That's for critics to decide. But, it's fairly obvious that that 12-17 demographic wasn't yearning for classical singing, and wanted cool personality, with some solid talent to back it up. So, while some of the most talented players in the world are sponsored by some top companies, there are still players with extraordinary skills who have to stay at home because they can't fully explain why they deserve a shot! Show us why you're a good venture for vVv, and why you have the skills to be known as one of the best players in the world!
Don't post an application until your team is ready to post alongside you. If you post on May 1st, and your teammates don't post until the 9th, it shows us a lack of leadership and communication.
4. Always keep in mind that you're applying to us. If you're applying, it means you're looking for sponsorship, so always make sure that you word your application accordingly.
Don't tell us that we'd be missing an opportunity. We won't care.
If you're not sponsored, and we didn't personally come to you and ask you to join the vVv family, it means that we don't know much about you. This is your chance to let the world know who you are, and what you can bring to the competitive gaming table!
5. Every team of four players or more will need to designate a captain. No excuses. Someone has to be responsible for the team. There has to be someone to turn to with problems, someone to tell if they can't show up to practice. We have a strict chain-of-command in vVv, and we need someone to make sure their team gets the messages we need to send them.
A team captain doesn't have the be the best player on the team. It should be the most responsible one.
A team captain should be actively looking for tournaments, making sure you guys are taking pictures of yourselves at tournaments to show the world you exist.
The most dominant teams in competitive gaming history have had notable, marketable captains. T-Squared, Walshy, and Shockwave are three of the most notable players over the last 10 years, and all of their teams have been extremely successful. They knew they had to take charge, and get things moving. We expect this of your team's captain as well.
6. Get involved! We want to see you doing your best at being a part of our community. That means we want to see forum posts, profiles having enough information that people will know (And want to know) more about you, and get to know our current family. Most of the vVv users are extremely friendly and willing to help you get your bearings.
Don't be afraid to ask questions! We have staff for a reason, and anyone with a white vVv name has been accepted as a great poster and positive force in our community! All ready and willing to guide you.
We have forums for a reason. Never feel like you're posting too much. We'd rather see a person posting at a slightly annoying rate, than not posting at all; however, make sure your posts are written well, and have some type of meaning to them. Having 500 posts of "lol" isn't getting anyone anywhere.
Thanks for taking the time to read my guides, and thank you greatly for your interest in vVv-Gaming. We are proud to have the teams we have on our roster, as each of them brings something strong and unique to the table. In the end, we understand that finding sponsorship, and playing amongst the names you know and fear from afar is a daunting task. If you feel you need any help filling your app out, or you have any questions related to vVv-gaming, or it's sponsors, feel free to contact me, or anyone else on the staff at anytime:
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dmbrandon added a blog entry in Diem probably wrote this blog for YOU.Diem's guide to not playing terribly at MLG:Everyone's been asking advice for MLG, so I figured I'd just write a blog, and skip the individual conversations.
Day 1 is probably the most important. It's gonna set the tone for the whole weekend! So before you even get to the venue, there's a checklist you need to make sure you've completed! Try and follow along for now. I will go deeper into these points as we go.
Step by step, let's take a look.
Eat. Eat. Eat.
Your Travel Plans
Don't bring one pair of clothes and your controller. That isn't how real life works. If you want to play well, right off the bat, you're going to need back ups in case things go wrong. So if you pack EXACTLY how much you need, and SuperMarioman16 spills coffee all over you, then you're looking pretty screwed.
For instance, I'm going from Thursday-Monday. I'm bringing:
Four pairs of pants
Six pairs of Underwear
About 100 pairs of socks. (Fight me ><)
Entertainment for shuttles/plane. YotBR Novel, DS, PSP.
Wii, for in hotel gaming excellence
Wallet, with enough money to cover expenses.
Two pairs of shoes
Cologne (Light mist! too much is BAD)
My bases are covered pretty much on all ends. I'm not worried about someone ganking my controller, cause tomorrow I'll have my back up. (You're still gonna get your *** kicked if I find you stealing, though. >_
Don't be afraid to over pack. Unused items take up space. So, what!? If you don't bring enough, your confidence could suffer, or you could worry about where your next meal is coming from. The more options you have, the better, right? (RIGHT, SO STOP PLAYING ZELDA)
2. Eat. Eat. Eat.
Your body, obviously, needs food to be able to run. Food is fuel. However, just like ****ty gas, bad food will diminish energy faster, so you need to make sure you eat right. You're going to be going through a good amount of walking/running for the day, and mental stress, so attacking all points is a must.
In my opinion: Two Eggs, a bowl of cereal, juice and tea. should cover you for at least a few hours. Teas with ginseng should increase mental stamina, while the Carbs and protein from the Eggs an cereal will keep your body moving. (Make sure to walk around a bit after eating to get your blood flowing.) The juice is for... Well, juice. Vitamins are cool and all, but it's ****ing JUICE!
Another trick I've picked up is that, while obvious, chewing your food completely will absolutely increase your stamina throughout the day. The digestion process starts in the mouth, so by swallowing have chewed food, your body uses up energy to break it down. I prefer 25-30 times before swallowing.
Throughout the day, snacking is important. Make sure you keep a good amount of carbs, or protein readily available. No one plays good on an empty stomach, and MLG doesn't give a ****. They serve icky awful food, so make sure you have something with you, or plans to get something in between matches.
As for the commentators, thinking about biting into a steak or Lemon, when nothing is available to you, will make your mouth mater, and coat your mouth/throat in a softer way than water. Drinking is important, but don't go overboard, or you'll dry your mouth out!
If you're the first up, don't fall back asleep and groan, get up and get your *** in the shower. Not only will the poepl around you be subconsciously grateful, but you will have a confidnence boost knowing you don't offend anyone by being near them. You'll find yourself playing better when you're not having to concentrate on the odors you might be attacking people with. When you're out of the shower, ****ing groom yourself. Get your clothes on, make sure they're ironed (You should have an idea of what you're going to wear before you put it on.)
Then, get to the mirror, start doing your hair in the way you like it, wash your face and BRUSH THOSE TEETH. No one, and I mean no one wants to talk to someone with bad breath. Get those things cleeeeaaan. When you look in the mirror after it's all said and done, you'll feel like you have new skin. You'll need that new skin for sponsorships. Now, follow me here: YOU CAN'T JUST BE GOOD ANYMORE. You have to be a household name, and with that said, it's easier to be popular if you look the part.
I'm not saying to go out and buy a suit, but wear what makes you, you. Doesn't mean you can't make it swag. I know a certain smasher who wears kinda ridiculous clothes, but he makes them WORK, constantly. No one ever questions his confidence, which makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Keep it fresh.
4. Tournament Prep
It's gonna suck when you go to play round 1 versus Zex, and your controller isn't working. Not only are you stupid for using a controller that isn't working, but you just lost to Marth. Ew.
After you're ready, turn on the TV, and chill out. When someone else is done, make them play a few sets. Use your tag, and play it like it was a tourney set. Make them MMs if you have to. Blind, Strike, Ban, CP. You need to get your fingers and mind set for the day ahead. No one travels with hopes of taking last place, but you know what? Half the people who go will place in LAST PLACE.
That's how brackets work. And unless you get a name like Ally or Atomsk, there's no reason you can't win at least round one. Once you get to the venue, find a person you've never met and play them. No one sandbags against people they don't know.
Everyone wants to be the best, so they'll try their hardest, too. After the set, laugh, shake hands, and meet some more people. The more comfortable you are with your surroundings, the better you'll feel. The better you feel, the more confidence you have. The more confidence you have, then the better you'll play!
Seriously, keeping your body at peak is important. Water is the easiest way to get that done. Avoid sugary drinks like Gatorade and Soda, and keep to the stuff that keeps your body working. W-A-T-E-R.
A secret I've picked up is that a small pinch of salt in a bottle of water will provide your body with an electrolyte replacement! You can't even taste it! This is the kind of stuff companies like Coke and Pepsi don't want you to know, so you'll buy ****ty drinks with tons of caffine. That **** is BAD for you. Water is good! So is juuiiice. People have linked lower back pain, migraines, fatigue, and a billion other things to just a lack of hydration. Every hour, take 2-3 ounces of water in. It's not a crazy request. Try it even now and you'll see your health improve, even if only slightly. It's been a god send for me.
Take this in stride, because over hydration is a problem as well. Too much water (Or food, for that matter) will make you feel sluggish, and reduce energy as your body needs to turn all that excess to waste. Try and keep it level.
6. Your travel plans.
As an out-of-stater (Or OOS) more often than not you're going to be flying into Florida. That said, not every hotel or smasher's house is going to have a pre-determined way for you to get where you need to go. You can't do well in a tournament you can't get to. It's your job as an adult to make sure you know what the **** to do. You can't be calling every smasher in the world for a ride the night before the tourney (Unless your previous plans fall through). That's sloppy and ****ing childish.
GROW. THE. ****. UP.
You need to know how you're getting from the airport to the hotel. From the hotel to the venue all three days, and then back to the airport. Those staying at the MLG resorts will have travel amenities set, but those of us not staying at the over-priced hotel need to figure a way around. For instance:
Thursday, we've scheduled a player to pick us up from the airport to drive us to out hotel.
Friday-Sunday, we take 3 shuttles to reach our destination.
Monday, we have a different smash taking us back to the airport.
Do not leave your house if you are incapable or too shy to get these plans set. You are not an adult, or if you're a minor, you will suck at being one. Ask favors, offer money, call resorts, question the front desks, do what you have to do. When you don't have those things to worry about, you'll notice yourself playing better during the day. The less stress you have, the more energy your body can use to focus on your goals!
7. Getting Pumped!
Johnny-cuts-himself isn't gonna place high, cause all day he's wondering why his mother tried to poison him by putting EXTRA cinnamon on his waffles. That **** is spicy, amirite? (If you're offended by this statement, then you need to see a doctor. Don't cry, just talk.)
So, what do you do if your mother tries to make you eat spices? YOU GET PUMPED. In our crew, we like to yell and jump a lot. Do what you have to do. You need to be excited and ready to play if you're going to succeed. If you doubt yourself, of don't get your blood flowing, your reaction time is gonna suffer, and Razer is gonna hit you with Fsmashes. (Sorry, Dphat. :\ )
After you've eaten, get your hotel room or house mates to get excited. Talk about all the things you wanna do, or see while you're in Orlando! Going to MLG? SICK! Going to Disney? HYPPPPE. You're at a tourney, and you wanna do well, but you're on VACATION! You're with your friends in a foriegn place, you should be having a good time!
8. Game Time!
If you follow these steps, hopefully you'll have seen an increase of both energy and focus! Use this, your knowledge of the game, and your confidence to best everyone you fight! Remember to shake off the mistakes you make and focus. Don't fiend, and just try and survive as best you can.
Until MLG, practice DI, dodging, and recovering safely. The best offense is making your oppenent think they can't hit you. A defensive opponent is a weak opponent, in my book. Whether you win or lose, shake hands, say good game, and get ready to move on. If they plank or scrooge you, too ****ing bad. The rules are there to keep things in check, but if you let it happen, it's your fault. Don't blame the game. If you're paying the money to go, you at least have some chance of winning. Keep that in mind. No one is invincible.
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