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    • Twitch Caster Opportunity for Rocket League!   10/04/2015

       Wanted: Rocket League Twitch Caster   vVv Gaming is looking for a streamer who wants to turn our biweekly Rocket League tournaments into a premier event.  Your role as a caster would be to stream the events on our vVv Twitch channel and commentate on plays in the game.  There are 4-6 Rounds in each tournament and you would be casting one game out of each round.  This is a volunteer position.   What we are looking for: - Available Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9pm EST to about midnight - 720p 60 FPS video - Ability to work in a team environment - Ability to interact with an audience - Willingness to stream from our official channel.   What we consider a bonus: - Familiarity with video editing and editing software - Previous streaming experience (specifically shoutcasting) - Familiar with Rocket League eSports scene - Know how to setup and use twitchalerts.com or similar system   These tournaments provide a chance for amatuer Rocket League players to connect with and play against others to learn key elements to the game and the importance of teamwork. The point of the stream would be to highlight great plays from teams and to recognize new and upcoming talent.
      For the specifics of the event, refer to our guide on the Community Tournaments here.   If you are interested in the opportunity, please send me a private message via these forums!
    • vVv Returns to Guitar Hero!   10/06/2015

        With 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!   10/06/2015

      TeamSpeak 3 Guide
      Don't have Teamspeak 3?
      Download here: http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads
      (Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, etc)
      Server Info:
      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)


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About Merlin787

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    I can finally use the Shoutbox
  • Birthday 04/05/1994

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  • Full Name Mitchell Alexander Christie
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  • Location Canada
  • Alias Merlin
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  • Favorite Games Gears of War 3, Starcraft 2, ME1/2/3
  • Favorite Foods Pizza
  • Favorite Movies Inception/snatch/oceans 11
  • Favorite Music a lot...
  • Interests Starcraft 2/books/movies/hockey

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  1. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Can I stream with these specs?   

    Hehe I came into this thread ready to give advice, what your asking is "can I drive 100 mph in my knew Ferrari F40?" and I go "Well YES YOU CAN!" hahaha

    Your specs are WAY above average to stream, and your upload is also very good to stream so your good
  2. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Cryptys' Current Build Orders - Thoughts? Tips?   

    You are a bit condensending, goodluck with your future
  3. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Cryptys' Current Build Orders - Thoughts? Tips?   

    silly I did read your post, don't insinuate I didn't, and after I went over it a bit (I didn't spend 2 hours going over it indepth) I came to that conclusion, and if you want to improve that's my advice.
  4. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Cryptys' Current Build Orders - Thoughts? Tips?   

    My advice is to focus on 1 build for each matchup untill you are mid masters, then start to subtly change your play, in diamond your mulittasking/game knowledge actually isn't to a sufficent level to be able to appropriately change your builds on the fly/remember them exactly under every situation so you need to familarize yourself with a few seperated situations. That is the main reason you are most likely in daimond and not masters, that and you may need to work on macro/micro but that isn't part of this thread.

  5. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Music while playing SC2?   

    I personally prefer to listen to Blackmill
  6. Merlin787 added a post in a topic PvT   

    The overall issue with PvT in higher level is getting to the lategame, as of now Terran lacks the revolution/mindset to appropriately compose there army, such that the lategame protoss army roles it (wether they can or not, I'm not debating balance, this is just how it is right now) so the main goal is either A)surviving to the late game or B)2base timing

    A) surviving to the lategame should consist of opening macro orientated and generally getting a fast 2/3 colo and a fast third with blink stalkers and with observer/map control being able to see if:

    1. his army is pushing across centre
    2.if not then just position your army at each possible drop location (like zerg with ling/infestor)

    In this regard, you now can completely cover, when you do see a push but it seems light (like you can kill it with ease) it's most likely a trap, for instance he is going to drop your main/third while pushing or "three pronged attack" and in this regard with proper observer/map control you can prepare an army that can handle his army while haivng the rest scattered prepared for the drops

    Now, you've handled drop play, you are on three bases, you need to get 20-25 warpgates 3/3 upgrades (shields if u want but they are not required) and a composition of 2/3 colo (try not to make more) 3-4 templar (depending on composition you can make 1 templar to 6 templar) zealots/archons (prefer 5 zealots for every archon) and around 6-12 blink stalkers to ward off vikings/drops, and one or 2 sentries (FF's at this point are generally not needed because you have charge and most cases can ac tually block your advance.

    At this point, you expand, deny his 4th and slowly starve him to death, I personally drop 4 cannons in my main (where he'd drop) and third (around nexus) to give time for warpin to defend or just plain snipe the medvacs because you'll have banked cash.

    2base pushes are MC's territory, so I advise watching his replays, you'll want to do it when you are confident you can crush him (he delayed medvac/viking and you have colo? He went fast third (thorzain style) ? He skipped on something ? You have superior upgrades and theres an opening? He negated to make bunkers? All these things are on the fly reading, you have to judge by experience (PREPARE TO LOSE GAMES) but once you become better at judging you'll hit stronger timings.

    My advice for build
    1gate FE (either the 1zealot/1stalker variety or the 6 sentry 3gate push naniwa style) into a quick robotics/third and quick colo/upgrades I generally make my forge when robo is half way complete and when +1 armor is half way complete I make my 2nd forge so I can nthen produce 2-1 3-2 upgrades in that way then go into 3-3-1 3-3-2

    Anyway, persnoally, just feel it out and play defensively, no need to hit these crazy timings, just let him be the aggressor.
  7. Merlin787 added a post in a topic $500 Tournament Qualifications! & Support a Disabled Gamer!   

    I feel as if "random" users should be not permitted to play in a tournament setting... It's such an unfair advantage/farce game. My first opponent went random vs me (protoss) and he 1/1/1 first game on Antiga and then 6pooled the 2nd game on Bel shir beach... I signed up to support/compete, not waste my time, I I had of known that was allowed I would not have participated.

    That being said, I hope it all goes well, goodluck ruff
  8. Merlin787 added a post in a topic $500 Tournament Qualifications! & Support a Disabled Gamer!   

    saving time was today wasnt it? can someone tell me how long from RIGHT NOW it is away, not like time, just how many hours from this post?
  9. Merlin787 added a post in a topic $500 Tournament Qualifications! & Support a Disabled Gamer!   

    signed up, hope it helps the cause.
  10. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Homophobia, Racism and Sexism in eSports: A Call to Action   

    The biggest issue in all of this, isn't that gamers are racist, homophobic or sexist at all, the biggest issue is that they use the words in an entirely different manner than what it truly means.

    The biggest one I see is the way people approach the homophobic side, because right now OBVIOUSLY racist jokes are always going to be a grey area where Catz can publicly on his stream call minigun a frog and have minigun call him a beaner Proud Black Man<--- happens when you type the N word, I love it! and it be "ok" because they are friends, but on the flip its not ok to use that language by others based on race, or iNcontroL making anal sex references to the female porn star on SOTG (which can be viewed as sexist in the sense I'm sure if a homosexual male pornstar was on they would not have asked or make reference to it, and you could tell the girl was offended)

    So on to homophobic comments in gaming, obviously its unacceptable in any community, to refer to someone as "faggot", but if taken into context I believe the general issue is a LOT less drastic as it has been being played out on Reddit/TL by the masses. It's well known that eSports community jump over EVERYONES neck to get noticed/viewed/cause drama.

    I'll take this for example:
    Player 1 "You 2 base allining faggot"
    Player 2 "gg"

    ^ ok so obviously the first player is upset, mindset is obviously in a place where he is going to say vulgar things in general just to vent. Here's the catch, the way he used his wording (in context) is not meaning to be offensive at all to homosexual people. You could insert asshole just as easily and have the exact same venting response, so I don't believe it's an issue of player 1 (or players in general) not accepting homosexuals at all. I'll be the first to admit (and many of you would be hard pressed to say you haven't) calling someone a "faggot" or make a sexist comment to a female gamer who's making outlandish comments back to me, I don't accept or believe I acted appropriately but it's imperative to realize we are all humans and all vent, and the first place to start is by accepting it happens and for what reason it happens, personally after watching enough white-ra he's rubbed off on me and I've been slur/offense free since 2010 at least from gaming.

    So my point is, hidden in all that typing, we need to first address to gamers that gamers need to more carefully realize the text gamers are typing has a much greater negative effect than they'll are ever trying to make by venting, that it's obvious gamers are not racist/homophobic (to an extent obviously some are but ignorant people are everywhere), and that we need to simply transgress and change the way we vent from slurring others into just plain "fuck/shit/piss/asshole'esc" words.

    Anywho that's my opinion.
  11. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Novice Help?   

    I don't understand why this would be a warning?

    Cheese is a ridiculously efficient way to teach a new player, it gives him one end goal to work at and gives him something he can work on and perfect. I am a big advocate of cheese to learn process, if you think about it, going "just macro man, it's all good" and the player can't handle the units hes making, it's not going to pan out.

    It is my opinion, that if you teach a new player, you should balance the scales 60-70% cheese and 40-30% macro, it'll be VERY confusing for a new player if you go "just 1gate FE, handle the 2rax or 1/1/1 while not producing to many probes because you need a strong army count then dont forget tech/and you can't underproduce probes or economically he'll crush you midgame, and dont forget you need the EXACT composition etcetcetc"

    I think, if you are coaching, start him off with a simple build (if hes protoss, 4gate. If he's terran, 3rax or 1/1/1. If he's zerg, baneling bust/roach allin. After he can execute these at fair bit, his overall game control will improve drastically, then he will be able to handle more complex things.
  12. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Getting a new comp   

    You need to state a few things
    Location(state/province but nothing concrete, I don't want your address hahahaha)
    Price range(most computers range 600-700 > 700-900 > 900-1200 > 1200 +)
    Expected quality of streaming? (360 minimum to 1080p)
    how is it being made? Pre built/manufacture/custom built/self built?
    Are you also looking for peripherals? (gear such as 120 dollars for quality mouse/keyboard/pad plus 60-300 dollar headsets?)
    Monitor included? Bought seperately? Already have one? Dual/quad monitor display? (having 2 monitors will increase CPU drain, but also increases work function by 60-70% so its a hefty price but I suggest it, but not while streaming!)
    what graphics will you be looking for (I recommend 150 dollar minimum, 100 dollar BARE minimum if not running 1080p, the CPU is more important than GPU for streaming though)
    What product? Intel or AMD? (AMD more affordable but less reliable, Intel is the top of the line product but runs a hefty price for its products)
    Do you plan to do anything hardware intensive? (Running sc2/streaming/music/skype can actually be rather straining at 1080p or even 720HD)

    if you are setting out for around 600>1000 dollars aim to buy good quality hardware but not top, a Ford GT is fine, no need to grab a Ferrari F40.
    CPU? Aim for AMD for price, Intel if you have the dollars to spend. Intel will always have higher quality, better performance but NOT always better performance per dollar then AMD so choose on a personal level, monetary level and opinionated level based on educated thoughts
    GPU? Anything really, I always recommend the latest (or close to) nvida products
    Motherboard? Anything that is compatabile with DDR3 and the latest CPU/GPU set ups, MOST IMPORTANTLY you need SPACE! you might want to add another graphics card and run 2, or increase your ram from 8 > 16 in the near future so aim BIG with your Moboard
    Case? BIG! Get a bigger case then manufacture, if you open a HP pavilion you'll see cables running across CPU/GPU and those go REALLY HOT and dust fills up REALLY EASY! aim for a custom case, as big as you can fit comfortably, the bigger it is, the easier it is for you to clean it later and thats actually really handy!
    Mouse/Keyboard? doesnt matter but I recommend mechanical keyboard and NOT a wireless mouse, always wired for least delay (though lately its nearly un-noticable)
    Monitor? Go for about 20 inches, HD (can run TV/computer, most monitors do this now anyway) the bigger you aim, the less quality your play will be, sure watching movies is AWESOME on 32 inch monitor, playing SC2? no, aim for 18>26ish for monitor.
    INTERNET CONNECTION? You need a rather fast internet connection to run 1080p streaming, your upload is KEY, if you are in Canada you might have to dish BIG dollars to get faster upload, your internet should be fine though at 10mb/s (or less but I recommend as much as possible, work with what you have though)

    Anyway, glhf, reply with that info and i'll try to get more advice through, hard without price point
  13. Merlin787 added a post in a topic ZvP practice partner needed   

    here to help : P
  14. Merlin787 added a post in a topic ZvP practice partner needed   

    Hey, I'm a mid>high masters, I can give you some tips/play some games
  15. Merlin787 added a post in a topic Best Streaming Desktops   

    Ok, but read the first comment

    "trying to save up"