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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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  1. vVvAlucard is coming on tonight's show as a bit of a counter-point to the last episode of Meta-Game Magic. I loved our last episode, with vGAlkresh, about pressuring Terran who get too greedy -- but not everyone did. So this week, we will be looking at a much more passive style that focuses on getting more economically for your time, without dying a painful death. If you have trouble staying alive, or don't really feel like you're a very good macro player, this is the episode for you! This episode will be airing in about 15 minutes (sorry for such a short notice, but previous engagements were cancelled and I can't leave fans hanging!). That is, 9 to 915 EST, as our guest gets warmed up appropriately. Livestream - http://twitch.tv/theonlyshaft VoD Archive - http://blip.tv/theonlyshaft YouTube - http://youtube.com/user/Misusedshaft Reddit - http://www.reddit.com/r/starcraft/comments/tyfwy/metagame_magic_zvt_macro_styles_with_vvvalucard/
  2. VoD http://blip.tv/theonlyshaft/episode-6151721
  3. In today's ZvT meta-game, most Zerg are content with their fast hatchery opening. Generally speaking, after this, there are two approaches: 2 base with a macro-hatch, made famous by personalities like Stephano, or more eclectic styles like Nerchio's roach ling infestor composition, which employs roaches to get a third up earlier, instead of a macro hatchery. Essentially, the Zerg meta-game in this match-up is defensive, and revolves around Hellions, working under the assumption that due to supply depot walls, bunkers, and OP marines, Zerg is not in a position to apply pressure early on. Not only that, but the assumption is, it's not beneficial to apply pressure early on -- afterall, those units are drones not made. On this episode of Meta-Game Magic, vGAlkresh will be joining your host to discuss why this assumption is flawed, and explain how Zerg can apply pressure to the Terran based solely on his opener (rather than, say, a counter-attack that is dependant upon the Terran moving out), and why it is beneficial. Your host, vVvShaft, forever flying in the face of the meta-game and unafraid to look at all perspectives, is a noted caster for GameReplays.org, as well as vVv Gaming. He is also a caster for LegitGaming, FraggedNation.com, and the host of several other shows. vGAlkresh is a top 25 Masters player and representative of team vG known for his stylistic aggression and odd interpretations of the game. This episode of Meta-Game Magic will air Thursday night at 6 PM EST on http://twitch.tv/theonlyshaft VoDs will be available thereafter at http://blip.tv/theonlyshaft (reddit thread for upvote is http://redd.it/tqqoi)
  4. Starcraft 2: Zerg for Noobies (eBook) v1.2 now live. Check out the reddit thread to get the eBook download! http://redd.it/tg5bh
  5. Zerg player saying Z is OP. That's me. But overall, game is fairly balanced. If you don't think your race is the strongest, why play it? Hipsters... xD
  6. Yes. Shift, caps lock (select idle drone, for me), and ` (queens), depending on what position my hand was in initially. Then again, my keymap was designed to make use of little-used items, like a pinky
  7. GameReplays.org is looking for more casters, once you feel like you're good enough. I use www.sc2replays.eu/search/player/?v= to find replays, as well.
  8. Agreed lol! Same situation.
  9. Thanks guys BTW, I use XSplit.
  10. Hey guys, I'm entering myself into IPL5's casting competition, where a select few of the winners will be chosen to cast the IPL5 qualifying matches. The thread can be found here. Please guys, check out my submission (View) and if you enjoy it, show some love in the reddit thread. I'm sure they'll choose only the best casters, but having community support always helps! Thanks guys.
  11. Download SC2 Gears. APM can be important, but eAPM is far more important. Keeping your redundancy low. Even if you're spamming, you'll be able to see where and what is spam, and how you're doing in the actual game. But SugarBear has basically hit the nail on the head -- the question you meant to ask here is how to get better at mechanics. Think of APM as a resource, though. I'll be speaking from a Zerg perspective, but it applies to all races about equally. You have minerals, gas, supply, production (larva), and APM. You will be spending each of these resources in a variety of ways. But critical to each resource is a macro-mechanic. For the purposes of this discussion, I want to apply the concept of bottlenecking to each. Minerals/Gas -- don't forget to build stuff, and keep your production at a high level so you aren't mining more than you can output. You also can't get supply blocked, so you have to keep making overlords, otherwise again you've bottle necked yourself. A bottle neck is just like it sounds. Look at a Pepsi bottle somewhere, and look at the neck. All of the liquid doesn't pour out at once, it's funneled through which takes longer and is much more inefficient. For a beverage, that's great, as it means we don't drown ourselves or pour soda all over our person, but in Starcraft, it means things are not coming out as smoothly as they could be. The next resource is production, which goes right back to mineral/gas -- if your production isn't high enough, your resources will show it (assuming you have perfect macro). The final resource is the one you asked about, but it's also the most abstract so I wanted to paint a more fluid picture for you of the other resources first. APM is a resource -- you spend the APM you have/focus on what you can. But you can do things in such a manner that will reduce the load on you later. For example, imagine not using rallies off your hatcheries. All of your drones, Zerglings, overlords, and mutalisks pop out beside the hatchery, and you manually have to send them where you want them. You'll have to do this every 30-40 seconds, on top of injecting and everything else expected of you. It'd be a headache. Rally points are one way of reducing APM bottle necking. Stephano is one of the most dedicated rally point setters I have ever seen. On his stream, you constantly see him re-rallying units mid-battle, just so they are a few steps closer when he needs them. It's really quite insane. But there are other things you can do as well, most of which is just basic control and getting used to the UI. Shift-peeling Most people know that you can hold shift and click a unit out of a group, but they don't do much with it. Let's imagine you have a group of 16 speedlings, though, and you need to send a single ling out of that group to take the Xel'Naga tower. You can select the appropriate group (let's say it's control group 1, for our example), then right click the Xel'Naga Tower. This will send all 16 lings to the tower. Hold shift, click one of the lings on the selection panel at the bottom, then issue a new order to the group of (now) 15 lings and all of a sudden the ling is the only one going to that tower. This is incredibly beneficial as it doesn't force one to manually select individual lings. But there's a down-side here as well. Imagine as you're taking that tower, you see a group of marines moving across the map. You have enough lings to kill this small force, so you press 1 to select your lings, and attack click into it. Great! But, you just gave up your tower, as well. For a lot of people, there's this constant fight with the towers, always having to re-send a unit, et cetera. But let's revisit the above paragraph. What happens if you add a Ctrl+1 just after shift-clicking out the single ling. Now all of a sudden your 1 key is programmed with 15 lings til you re-program it, no more fighting with the single ling at the XC tower. You never have to have units idle, sitting still any more! Shift-rally As a Zerg player, all of my units come from eggs. So let's say I have that group of 16 lings, and I make 4 more ling eggs (8 lings total). I can rally them to a good spot on the map, and hopefully I'll remember to scoop them up eventually to add to my group. Generally, that would be done by just boxing the reinforcements and pressing shift+1 (it adds the current selection to the 1 control group), but I could also make the 4 eggs, with say 8 larva left over. So my select larva screen would have 12 larva initially, I make 4 ling eggs, so it's 4 eggs and 8 larva. I hold ctrl, click the egg -- this selects ALL eggs. I press shift+1 now, and those eggs have been added to my control group 1. There are all kinds of tricks like this in Starcraft. But essentially, the best APM you can have is just finding a way that works for you, and saves you time. Look at where you're being inefficient, and find ways not to be.
  12. And Cable works on a community bandwidth. Which means you won't get constant speeds when streaming, which can vary your broadcast quality greatly. There are downsides to both; my point in saying an 8 meg DSL line will handle it is to say that DSL has far worse upload than Cable -- and still, DSL 8 meg will handle everything you need, well. I live on a farm, in rural North Carolina, bro. It doesn't get much further from a hub than this. But if you really wanna debate the tech specs... the more rural you are, the better cable is for you. And the more urban, with loads of people around you, the better off you are with DSL.
  13. You can do everything you need to on an 8 meg DSL line