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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)
Rinzler added a blog entry in vVv Rinzler's BlogA Tale of Might and Magic
In my days as a young nerd, I was plagued with a constant state of indifference that I still carry with me today. If I liked the idea of something enough to try it, chances are I loved it. If I didn't, there was no amount of bartering or intellectual prodding that could accelerate my interest. If you doubt this as truth, I ate the same exact turkey sandwich for seven years. Yeah, I know. This infection of sorts did not isolate itself to my stomach, nor my brain. It is my every day, and it goes without saying that it's a love and hate relationship. While the aforementioned may sound awful and appalling to the majority of the academic community, there are several advantages, especially when it comes to competitive gaming.
The beauty of gaming is that there is always something to be done. I can log on any given day and have a craving for something new regardless of the previous days activities. Foreigners like me call this "variety". Five days ago I was in one of the previously described perpetually indifferent moods when I was messaged by our very own vVv Paradise. The timing could not have been better, and our rather brief conversation went something like this:
Paradise: "Hey bud, as I recall you've played TCG's competitively in the past, and I have a new one for you to try. Might and Magic: Duel of Champions. So get it done."
Myself: "Ok, sweet."
That was that. As soon as I started the download, I began researching this newest conquest. I was immediately struck by the similarities to Magic: the Gathering and knew it would be at the very least a fun venture. I assumed I would have a tough time picking up on brand new themes, deck building tactics, and strategies, due to my previous encounters with the TCG genre. My MTG learning curve was pretty extensive, some would say "slow", and I still don't consider myself to be good at the game. You could say I was feeling a wave of skepticism coming on based on earlier experiences. I have never been more wrong in my life.
The combat math, usage of spells, even concepts of card advantage and board position, it was all familiar. Everything felt like only a homemade gooey cookie could except the playing field. It looked like I was watching a chess board. Creatures were moving around like Othello pieces, jockeying for optimal position, prioritizing certain spells to get you that position, and attempting to put your opponent as far out of friendly territory as possible. This was a truly intuitive and crazy system of combat, but it made total sense to me the second I started playing the game. I have no idea why, but it did.
Over the next hour before I went to bed, I played several games, reaching roughly 250 ELO. I was hooked. There was no denying my excitement, and I didn't try to. I messaged Paradise back immediately after finishing my last game and sent what I'm sure quantified to several paragraphs of desperate fanboy letters, which had to resemble a calamity of schoolboy nerdhood crashing against a defenseless ginger colored rock, unable to escape. Thankfully, he was encouraging, and the fun continued early the next day.
I woke up to my usual routine of not having a routine, and sat down in front of my computer. I proceeded to open up my DoC client and clicked the matchmaking button. A friend of mine had jokingly said that I would probably be 600 ELO before he got home from work, to which I scoffed and chuckled sarcastically. He came over several hours later to see an 800 ELO sticker next to my name, at which point we both freaked out like small children and flailed dramatically. We quickly scurried to ignore what had just happened and kept playing.
The next day resulted in more of the same domination, reaching 1000 ELO on what was then day 3, followed by a much needed break. On day 4, 1105. Then today, 1243. I messaged paradise after each session letting him know where I had landed and how I was progressing, and I was greeted with a more morbidly shocked response each time. Things like, "Dude, go outside." and, "F*** that guy." were regularly mentioned around the Ubisoft office as I made my comical climb on what looked like a rusty one-and-a-half wheeled bicycle of a deck. While this was all new and awesome to me, I didn't really understand the magnitude of what I was doing until I looked at the surrounding victory totals on the leader board above and behind me.
I had taken a swim upstream and landed in shark infested waters in a matter of 100 victories and I still couldn't tell you the names of half the cards I'm playing against, or with for that matter. As embarrassing as that is I'm having a ton of fun, and I can't really stop at this point. I'll be sure to update the masses regularly via Facebook and Twitter as I continue my climb, and I'm sure there will be a prolonged streaming session in the very near future. Keep an eye out and if all goes well, I should be attending GenCon in mid August as well as continuing my online march for the Road to Paris qualifiers.
I would encourage everyone reading to take a stab at Might and Magic. Give it a download and allow yourself the opportunity to throw your arms everywhere like a wacky inflatable tube man. I know I have on multiple occasions. For those interested my IGN is "SolidBlak", but don't stop there. I will connect you with the people connecting with me if you do so much as ask, and I would love to see some new faces on an incredibly well designed game such as this. It is in fact free to play, so you really have nothing to lose. If you find yourself enthralled in such an experience, and want to take your game to the next level, there is a place for solid deck builders in this game. I will include links below, and as I did, you should get to it.
Off we go.
Deck building and theorycrafting hub:
Duel of Champions Twitter:
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