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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.  
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      New Supersonic Series Start Time   10/17/2016

      We would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent survey regarding the start time of our tournaments.  After reviewing responses from the survey sent out to tournament participants we have decided to make changes to the start time of our events to try to better accommodate everyone.  Beginning on Monday, October 24th, all of our tournaments will start an hour earlier - at 8PM Eastern.  This means that registration will close at 7:30 EST, and that check-in starts at 7:30 EST and closes at 7:45 EST.

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  1. StarCraft II Aspire Team Update - December Time for another monthly Aspire update. December tends to be very laid-back month in terms of gaming, with everyone being mostly occupied with pre-christmas/holiday madness. However, that doesn't mean we do not have at least small update for you. First of all, after proving his dedication and strenght in his games, we proudly accepted Poche "Reere" Hu into our Academy Team, as our new Zerg player. He is a hardworking player, who went from mere Silver all the way into Grandmaster on his own. He is yet another excellent example of the fact, that if you do put in the effort, anything can be done. We hope that Reere will only flourish more in our team, to reach that greatness he strives for. We also have a new Trialee, in the form of Tae Hee "Hanism" Han, who originates from South Korea, is 29 years old and plays on mid/high Master level. So far, we believe he would make a good addition to our team, given his activity in game and potential resting within him. We also sent out our application for the prestigious IPTL; which opened its' Amateur division for sign ups. Both Academy teams are taking part. The full roster is as follows! Jana "BabyToss" Otahalova () Chris "PoSeR" Clauson Ryan "NazguL" Thornton Christopher Lee "RoboGunner" Gustafson-Nolan Adam Son "SonTran" Tran Thomas "TuFF" Parker Aaron "haphazaRd" Russell Jared "Hiei" Scruggs TJ "Fearful" Lopez Ott Madis "Oakwarrior" Ozolit Poche "Reere" Hu John Victor "NuBrGNi" Kim Brendan "GunHogz" Reid Dylan "Infested" Warren Wish us luck! The end of the year is approaching - and our team is dedicated to stepping it up in the coming year of 2013. As first step towards that goal, we aim to have a friendly/practice war with another team each Wednesday at 8 pm EST. Our first opponent will be Soviet Gaming, whom we fought during our participation in URTL and we faced a defeat. Will we take the win this time? The match will start on 9th January at 8 pm EST, BO7 allkill format, starting map Daybreak. Despite of recent slumber due to Holidays and all, the Academy team will certainly be back to climb to the highest heights in 2013. You all are welcome to join us on our journey. Last but not least, our team is still looking for Assistant Manager and Team Coaches. More informations on the positions can be found on it's usual place HERE.
  2. Something Special

    I've been watching. I probably should tell you that I'm not writing this as the owner of vVv Gaming, or even as someone who works in the video game industry. I'm writing to you as someone who has had the pleasure of experiencing vVv Gaming as a community member. I want to share with you some of the things I've noticed, and I want to point to an observation about something. Let's call it, "something special." I was struggling with where to begin this. I was going to talk about the move to LA and starting at Riot. Those are just facts, though. The right place to start this is at the League of Legends' World Finals. I was sitting between Rob, Kevin and Jordan. Rob leaned over to me, and he showed me a Forbes article that had come out while we were at the world finals. I think it was right there that the journey that has been vVv Gaming culminated in a very special moment for me. Indulge me. I want to take you back in time. I want you to know something very important. Everything about the World Finals moment... I did not know that any of it was possible six months before. In six months, what was possible changed. In that moment, a 14-year-old, annoying, emo kid, who was at best a B+ Gears of War player had grown into a 19-year-old that accomplished a win for himself and vVv Gaming solely because of his passion for eSports and commitment to vVv. After that moment, I've been looking and watching what the people in vVv Gaming have been doing. There is something very special going on here. I'm not sure I can list everyone who has caught my attention. I certainly can't list every act of awesomeness I have observed over the past couple of months. What I can do is share with all of you some of my observations. Friends. I'm just amazed at how many of you are actually friends.Think about it. How many people in vVv Gaming make up a part of your daily life? Just for myself, Kevin, Nick, Rob, Greg, have all visited already. Nick is visiting again in December, Nathan is visiting in January; it's actually pretty amazing. In 2013, I'm going to make it a point to attend many more eSports events. I look forward to meeting more of you in person. Great gamers. Has anyone noticed that even some of the worst vVv Gamers are probably better than a vast majority of players out there? I've played with people in the gaming industry. I've played with people in the eSports industry. You should all know that you're better. If you think for a moment that the people in vVv Gaming are not skilled then I encourage you to actually get a group of your real life friends together and compare them to the people you play with daily in vVv. Personally, I choose vVv every time. eSports. I'm amazed at how much eSports continues to grow and change. 2013 will be a huge year. New games like Hawken arrive. Season 3 for League of Legends. SC2 Heart of the Swarm. And the eSports leagues will finally be coordinating and working together. Each of you are witnessing an industry emerge, driven on passion and a consistent commitment to excellence. Social. The way we socialize has changed. When we were primarily a console organization, everything relied on the vVv Gaming forum shoutbox. XBL limited us to 100 friends. Chat parties were limited. Now that we have a focus on PC gaming, we use Mumble to connect. I want you to think about this the next time you feel the shoutbox is empty. We don't need to type to communicate anymore. We can just hop on Mumble, have a short conversation and build stronger relationships. Finally I want to give a few shoutouts. Sontran. You have that "something special." You make people laugh. Your positive nature and energy are infectious. vVv Gaming is a better place because of people like you. Voided. Your consistent financial contributions to vVv Gaming are deeply appreciated. You demonstrate that vVv Gaming has real value to you, and you're willing to support our humble efforts. What you contribute is critical. From our servers to our Mumble server, your contributions help keep vVv Gaming running. I appreciate your consistent commitment Paradise. I can see you growing up. You're starting to leverage your experience in vVv Gaming to drive positive results and set yourself up for success. Your work is part of the DNA of vVv Gaming. There is not a day that goes by that I am not deeply thankful for your loyalty, commitment and efforts in making vVv Gaming better. Your potential as a leader in vVv Gaming is unlimited. What happens here in vVv Gaming matters. People are watching. Never forget, everything you do counts. Medusa. I miss you. I miss talking to you. I see your work everywhere. Your signs idea, although it may have seemed simple, has changed the way we interact at events. You have made vVv Gaming better. I can't believe that no one had the idea to make signs. Even if someone had the idea, you took the step that counts. You made them. You brought them to events, you raised them high for the world to see. I'm very proud of your work. Every time I get a chance to hop into a staff meeting, I hear the voice of someone who deeply cares about the quality of people in vVv Gaming. Thank you. Sugarbear. You remind me that vVv Gaming can have a positive influence on a wide variety of people. After the opportunity to come interview at Riot, your laser focus on vVv University is awesome. Much as I mentioned to Paradise, what you do with this really matters. There is a larger opportunity here than I think you know. You have quietly guided Starcraft 2, attended and contributed at events, and been a thoughtful, consistent, practical contributor to what we do. Every team needs a Sugarbear. vVv Gaming is so very fortunate to have one. SC2 Aspire. What Babytoss has started here with the help of Sugarbear and others, is very important. What you are trying to do is very hard. This is about the journey. Please remember that. The habits and skills you learn will carry throughout life. It matters what happens here. I don't need to tell you that. What you put into it, you will take out of it and more. I'm watching. Sometimes, when you only have two or three people on stream, one of them could very well be me. This is already too long. There never seems enough space or confidence in peoples' patience to write down everything. There are so many new faces in vVv Gaming. Website traffic is the highest it's been in the history of the organization. Under Jordan and Rob's leadership, vVv Gaming has continued to grow. I have tasked Jordan with grooming Rob to take over vVv Gaming at some point next year. I'm so excited at what Jordan has done with the organization, and realize that I should have been giving others a greater opportunity to lead. With Rob moving to LA, Jordan will personally be able to groom him. This also means there are many more staff opportunities for the greater community. I expect our current staff to grow in their responsibilities. We are grooming future leaders. Think about that. A tiny group of gamers in 2007 has grown into a global eSports brand that develops players, contributors and leaders. Your efforts as both individuals and a collective community make the lives of others better. Who gets to say that? There is something very special about vVv Gaming. I don't know what it is exactly. I know it has to do with the people. The people of vVv Gaming have created a very special culture. Being able to experience that culture instead of always having to shape and lead it has been so valuable. I look forward to growing old with all of you. I see myself gaming for the rest of my life. I imagine many of you do, as well. I hope that what we are building with vVv Gaming will not only serve all of us as we grow old and game together, but also serve as a special place for future generations of gamers. Some of your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, may very well one day wear the three V's. For many of us, we have gotten more out of vVv Gaming than we have contributed. This place is a force multiplier for success. Onward! Continue to do great things. Stay hungry. Stay humble. Never forget that the world is watching. You are all better collectively than you are individually. Take nothing here for granted. More importantly, this is yours. Own it. Most importantly, become stewards of it. Be stewards for future generations. There is "something special" here.
  3. With MLG Dallas just around the corner, it's time for some spotlighting. I am bringing Bryan "Glon" Gemler in, who will be representing vVv Gaming in StarCraft 2. This young and promising talent has been causing some major upsets in tournaments lately, and we look forward to seeing him continue that streak at this upcoming MLG! The competition will be tough, but Glon has been preparing himself to face the best of the best! Glon was kind enough to spend some of his time answering our questions to provide insight into what we can expect from this rising young star. Check it out below to see his perspective leading up to the last MLG of 2012. We wish you a good luck, Glon! Pre-MLG interview with Bryan "Glon" Gemler (Written by Ott "Oakwarrior" Madis Ozolit) Hi Glon, how's it going? Pretty good. Just finished my first round of college applications (that are due November 1'st), so now I'm in the waiting game to hear back from colleges. How has StarCraft II been for you lately? I've heard you're quite busy with real life obligations. College and school have gotten in the way, but I've still been pretty active with StarCraft. I try to play at least 2 weekdays, and during the weekend whenever I have time/am home. Overall, I think that at the moment I have no weak matchups, and am ready to go! So, MLG Dallas is right around the corner. Can you tell me a little bit how you've prepared for it? Basically, I've been laddering like crazy while working with practice partners to iron out specific builds for each match up. Yesterday, I hit top 10 Grandmaster, so ladder has been fairly successful. It's hard to compete with the people who ladder all day and have three times as many ladder games though -- so I just look to use ladder as a means of improving game by game rather than setting a rank goal. How do you feel about participating in the tournament? Are you in top shape? I believe that I have been seeded into WR5 of the open bracket -- this is because of my performance in the Invite-Only MLG qualifier. With notable wins over ROOTVibe, dSelect, and MasSan, I ended up in the top 16 group. However, due to some people not showing up to MLG Dallas/qualifying through the MVP Invitational, I believe that I have been bumped up to the right seed. WR5 Will be big for me -- it means that I only need to win 2 series to get into group play. I believe that, with the proper mental preparation, I'll be able to post a big performance at MLG. Wrapping this up - are there any of your StarCraft idols present at MLG? I'm getting very excited to see Soulkey and how much of a dent he can put into the group play. I also want to play the Kespa players very much -- Believe it or not, I'm actually HOPING to play Rain in the Open Bracket. I'd rather win or lose big than win or lose small. Any shoutouts or other comments? I'd like to thank vVv Gaming for their support of me in the beginning stages of my professional career. I'd also like to thank all of my fans for supporting me, come up and say hi @ MLG!
  4. I wanted to update the community on what can only be described as a historical event. It was amazing! Let’s get right to it. Fighting Games The interviews with CDjr, Reo, Romance and RTD tell their story better than I could. Please check out our YouTube Channel for their interviews. Keep in mind that CEO in Orlando and EVO in Vegas is upcoming, and our players will be practicing hard for the next events. They all represent vVv, their games and themselves like true professionals. I can promise you that fighting games are here to stay. League of Legends This is one of the most important games in the history of eSports. You should play this game. It’s free. Trust me. Learn this game. We have an AMAZING LoL community. In fact, vVv Ockiral was so impressive that he is now our new LoL manager. Our team learned a lot. From horrible issues with the Astro Mixamps game one (that first loss was not our teams fault) to learning how each played under pressure, this is what attending your first major LAN is all about. SteelSeries was very supportive in helping our team ensure their equipment worked, despite the issues with Astros. They will be replacing TriDream, and are looking forward to the LANcouver event in Vancouver. Did I mention you should play LoL? Seriously. Starcraft 2 I do not need to say much, as you all know this is the biggest game in town. We will focus on developing players. We will end WNS and focus on developing and promoting both Glon and Ruff. All players could have performed better! Guild Wars 2 Every MMO fan will be playing this. Get it. You have been warned. Pre-order now! And now, something for the casual members! The Secret World This is for those seeking CASUAL Fun. Like MMOs? Want something filled with puzzles, riddles and a blend of Alternate reality Game (ARG). This is worth looking into. DayZ, ARMA2 Zombie Mod Google these videoes! Seriously. Average life expectancy is 30 minutes. You can thank me later. Looking Forward It is clear now that our role in identifying and developing talent is even more important than ever before. We used this event to create more content to better promote our players. We also are going to make a few changes and all for the good, and all motivated by good things we learned. I will share with you some changes. We will be focusing on our talent factory, and launching development programs in SC2 and LoL Players in these programs will receive customized scorecards to benchmark their performance We also will develop eSports professional staff via intern program In order to be on vVv Staff (not intern), you must have attended a major LAN event or have professional promotional experience (street team or trade show). We have media and player checklists for events to ensure that everyone comes prepared We will no longer have staff dinners or meet and greet dinners to ensure we are all at the event during key matches. Drinking in my suite after all our players are done for the day is still encouraged for those over 21. We are going to focus on promoting certain players and their brands We are going to end WNS, as we will allocate those funds elsewhere For future events, Doom and I will be arriving on Friday, getting right to work, and leaving Sunday (for Raleigh and beyond). Staff should expect to do the same. Halo 4 and Gears: Judgment are both worth looking into. If Halo 4 gets a spectator mode, it has the highest potential of all games to come back to the circuit. The New GoW has a great new mode called Overrun that has a cool class system. Please reach out to vVv Radiation who went to E3 and has hands on experience with both games. I also want to thank Alex (vVv Radiation) for giving us a ride to LAX on our way home! Thank you! Staff Changes I want to thank NoControl, Medusa and Plattypus for their service. All of them did great work on staff. As I mentioned earlier, vVv Ockiral will take over the LoL Division (so no need for Plattypus or NoCOntrol). We just don’t need a D3 manager anymore nor do we need an event coordinator as we are not doing staff dinners or any meet and greets. Although Medusa did great work, we just don’t have a need for anyone in either role.
  5. SC2 Lab Sessions - Day 2

    Normally, I tend not to have a schedule when I make blog posts, but for a daily journal such as this, it's hard not to keep up with the precedent set so far. However, because there has only been one blog post before this and, as far as I'm concerned, 0 hits, who cares what the result is. I could just stop posting all together. But I guess this is more for me than anyone else. Unfortunately, I was unable to sit down last night and type this up, so I'm getting to it the following day. Most likely I'll have two of these go up on the same day, but whatever. Yesterday was a pretty busy day for me, but it didn't start out that way. After classes, I was determined to take a nap before getting to any activities that day, but my inability to dose off prevented that from happening. Instead, I decided to go for a run, which actually turned into going to the gym and working out by myself. I'm not a gym rat at all, in fact I'm rather frail and skinny because I don't work out ever and my exercise mainly came from sports (which I don't really play much of anymore in college). It'd be a bit of an understatement to say, plainly, that I'm sore today following my workout yesterday. After cooling off and showering, I made my way to the library for another lab session. Yesterday was such a beautiful day, so thankfully I was able to grab my usual seat on the 3rd floor next to the window. I opened that shit up and let the amazing breeze and clean spring air flow in. It felt pretty awesome to have the breeze coming in as I played on ladder. As I said yesterday, my goal for each day is to play a minimum of ten games before coming to a decision on either leaving the session or laddering more. Yesterday was quite not like that routine, but it certainly started off normally. My home...the Silver League. Maintaining my high Silver league status, I was put up against two Silver players, a Terran and a Zerg, both of which I lost to. I was keeping my notes from the previous day in class – don't do stupid builds, scan and scout often, don't let the opponent stabilize, etc. And, personally, I felt like I did a good job. In both games, however, I was essentially out-macroed. The first ladder match, the TvT, probably came down to an early marine/marauder push I made that dropped my army numbers much lower than they should have been, and I just could not recover. I wasn't too happy, but they weren't the worst losses in a row. But then my next two games were much easier. I got paired against two Bronze players in my following matches and one without difficulty. This bothered me a bit – the game felt confident in pairing me against Bronze players, which means it may be suggesting that that's where I belong. However, I solidly beat these players, which means while I definitely do not belong in Bronze, I cannot consistently beat Silver players in the same way I beat Bronze players, so I won't be in Gold or higher until I can do that. I quickly moved on and stopped concerning myself with the issue. In my fifth 1v1 ladder match, I got another TvT, which was certainly an odd match. The game started out simply – I began with a standard Terran opening and was essentially building up a marine/marauder/tank army that would just push out alongside an upgrade timing or something. However, my opponent had a different plan in mind. After a small bout in the middle of the map, things quieted down, until I found that he was massing tanks outside my base and was inching closer. I couldn't do much at first; walking right up to the siege line would be suicide. I had some Thors popping out, but they couldn't do much from my natural and would only get damaged if they tried to creep down the ramp. I even lost a bunker and some depots thanks to the siege line and a few scans gaining my opponent vision temporarily. Without any avenue to leave my base or expand, I was effectively pinned down, and with each passing minute my opponent's mass of tanks was growing larger. Even marines were streaming towards my base. He had all my options covered, it seems. Times a million. However, in reality, that was not the case. My opponent was so concerned with moving closer and closer to my base while picking off any outlying buildings that he could that he wasn't paying any attention at all to what was going on in my main base. With all of his scans being used up for my ramp and a small distance into my natural, he could not see that I had transitioned into starports. I plopped down tech labs on all three of my new structures and began to get the resources necessary for the newest additions to my army: three battlecruisers. Before I had begun making them, however, I had sent out a couple of medivacs and a viking to support my army and scout, respectively. Seeing that he only had his natural expansion as the only base other than his main, I took this opportunity to drop into his natural mineral line. Of course, he had no army to defend it because his whole army was sieged outside my base. He decided to send a small squad of marines, but he underestimated the power of 1/1 marines and marauders supported by two medivacs. Another squad of marines fell to my drop, but it would end up meaning very little – three battlecruisers created a large presence in my base. They inched toward my ramp, over my army, closer and closer to my opponent and...ragequit. “Victory!” my screen read, he had left the game without even a good game exerted. Obviously, once he saw that my battlecruisers existed, there was no other option. Tanks, as many of you may or may not know, cannot attack air units. Battlecruisers fly. Put 1 and 1 together. I was happy to finish my first 5 games with a 3-2 record; not the best performance, not the worst. As for now, my 1v1 ladder practice was over with. A few friends had gotten online, so we had enough to run 3v3s. And let me just say this – fuck team games. Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely love team matches. They're a great way to practice macro, and it all takes place without the seriousness of 1v1 (at least for me, that is). We all shot insults at each other, scoffing at one's micro or whatever, but we had a fun time. However, it seems to me that everyone else that plays team games does not want to have a fun time. Or maybe they find just the mere mention of cheese to be really hilarious, because we got cannon rushed, 6 pooled, dark templar rushed, several times in the 6 team games we played. All of which fucked up my builds and all of which frustrated me. The team games we did win were the ones without cheese, except the final match. Another friend had logged on, though this friend was as amateur as you could get. With only 7 games under his belt within the four days he has owned the game, my friend actually didn't do that bad, except that he really wasn't adding to the team. That meant when we got into a heated match in our final game, it didn't go to well. He did good for a new player, though. I'm proud of his progress! Toxic Slums was the map for our last match, a 4v4. The match was solely Terrans and Protoss. Not an ounce of cheese was found in the first minutes (and not for the whole match, either). Finally, a regular game! The only problem with a lot of Protoss in a team game...a lot of Void Rays. For a long 47 minutes, our teams struggled for the gold expansions in the middle. One of my Protoss teammates dominated with his blink stalker/Colossi build, while I dealt damage with siege tanks and a fuckton of marines. Our armies fought each other off constantly. It seemed like there wasn't a single moment in which an engagement wasn't going on. I was dropping marines into their bases, one of my Protoss teammates had his charge zealots making rounds in the middle of the map, etc. But their armies were just as strong as ours. It seemed like it would be a game of of who can survive for the longest, as the resources on the map were getting severely diminished. The fortieth minute hit and my team found itself slowly losing map control. Reapers were hitting our outside expansions just as I quickly grabbed a far right expansion that had no activity within it. The other team was able to land a huge drop into the weakest of our teammate's base, allowing the other armies to move in through the front, and though we would hold it off for several minutes, at that moment we lost the game and could never get it back. Our buildings began to get ravaged, just as I began an ultimately unsuccessful mission to nuke enemy bases with ghosts. The only nuke that would actually get used almost connected with a small cluster of thors. They escaped with only a few feet from the explosion. I was salty. After that game, which was finished with a number of positive comments from each team on how exciting and good the match turned out to be, everyone on my team logged off. My five hour session came to a close there, as well. I ended the day with 3 wins and 2 losses in 1v1; 2 wins and 1 loss in 3v3; and 0 wins and 3 losses in 4v4 for a total of 11 games played yesterday total. Because I only played 5 1v1 games yesterday as opposed to the 10 I usually play (it's assumed that 10 games means 10 1v1 games), but I still got practice either way, even while having some fun. And I definitely learned from the session, which is good. I found mostly that what I had found yesterday was 100% correct – don't do stupid builds. When I play textbook and solid, with good marco and micro, I have a good game, even if I don't win. That goes for team games as well – I dominated in one 3v3 match thanks to my smooth transition to mass thors in the late game. With several upgrades, my glacier of steel and rocketry, so to speak, steamrolled our opponents with little effort needed. And, obviously, I play better when I'm not getting cannon rushed or dark templar rushed, either. Tonight should be a good day for Starcraft. My dad is picking me up in the afternoon after my classes and his doctor's appointment. I'll eat lunch, try to catch a nap, watch some television, etc. But eventually I'll log in and, hopefully, I'll be playing for a very long time into the late hours of the night. I'll be taking this opportunity to better myself and get much more experience with the ton of games I plan to play. It'll be quite the lab session.
  6. SC2 Lab Sessions - Day 1

    (Original post date - 3/7/12) I've decided to post up the first of my practice journal, SC2 Lab Sessions. Though I've been practicing Starcraft 2 for a couple of months now, today is the first day I'll be going over my day. I feel like recapping what I did today will help me with practice and keep things in perspective. Hopefully some analysis will help me with future matches. Of course, it's sort of weird to just say, “HEY DIARY I PLAYED SOME STARCRAFT TODAY AND AND AND” and it's equally as weird to simply post on a blog about it, so let me give you some context. My goal is to become a top Starcraft 2 player. Being a freshman in college, it's surprising that I have a lot of free time, but I do. With it, I try to get in several hours of ladder play a day. If I miss a day, I go harder the next day. I am coached by a friend, I practice with peers, and I go over tons of replays, including my own. Today was another “lab session”, in which I sit down either in my room, at the library, wherever I feel like I can concentrate and play, and get to grinding. Currently, I'm a high-ranked Silver league Terran. I'm pretty booty. But I'm trying to get better! Usually what I like to do is to play at least ten games of SC2 a day. Once I've played them, I decide whether or not I have the time and/or will to continue forward. In a several hour session today, I got in 11 games. However, there were several games that lasted very long, so it seems skewed. In the amount of time I played today, I could have probably hit 15+ matches, but I digress. Here were the stats: 11 games played 4 wins 7 losses Longest win streak – 3 wins Longest loss streak – 7 losses The day started out pretty well, as I clocked in a solid victory in a TvP Shattered Temple match. It lasted for only twenty minutes, it was a great warm-up game. However, it didn't prepare me for my next seven games, all of which I would lose. Some were close, some were atrociously bad on my end. Ultimately, what mattered was that I knew I had a lot of work to do. What struck me was odd was my terrible TvZ play. The TvZ match-up had been pretty good for me earlier in the week as I began to figure out ways to deal with banelings and infestors, two units that were giving me a lot of trouble when I entered the Silver league. However, they weren't necessarily the problem this time around. Three games in a row, I found myself the victim of early game roach all-ins. As hard as I tried, I just could not keep up with the production of marines to keep them out of my base so I could stabilize. Bunkers didn't work, more marines didn't work, and I couldn't get tanks out in time. I felt at a loss. Fuckin' roaches... I began to analyze how I was playing. I went back to the replays and looked at what I had done, and I tried my best to figure out what it was that was going wrong. Still, it would take an outside party to help me out. I ended up asking a friend for help with the roaches, and I was told that marauders were a good solution to the roach pushes, except I'd have to get my second gas a bit earlier to maintain marauder production. I was really happy with learning this, despite not actually having any more TvZ problems after that streak because I had no more roach all-ins against me after I asked my friend how to deal with them. I felt a bit of improvement, mostly in my knowledge. But then I learned, the hard way and once again, that I still was not the most knowledgable in build orders. My coach, and many others, have told me how doing a simple build until Platinum league, while working on my macro, will make me a better player and only after then should I get into specific builds. Nevertheless, I still have the urge to try different builds, and I do. Sometimes I go more mech heavy, others I push harder with marines, still others I try a strong 1/1/1 or something like that. I like to mix it up, and it does work if I play well. However, when sometimes I lose because I'm not playing well, others it's because I am simply an idiot. In one particular game, I got a TvT match-up with close spawns. Thinking I was smart, I decided to go with reaper aggression while expanding and pumping out marines. However, I know absolutely nothing about reaper builds and the timings behind them, so by the time I had about 4-5 reapers (which you don't need that many of, by the way), his army was ready to defend it and large enough to clean it up quickly. He then realized I had a small army and home, so he walked over, squatted over my face, and took a dump. I had to gg my way out of there. So far, I was getting discouraged. The losses were piling up and I felt like I should just get off before I began to tilt. Finally, I got another TvZ pairing, and while I wasn't subject to a roach all-in, I had a long battle ahead of me. That was certainly not what I wanted – dealing with a maxed Zerg army can get difficult if the Zerg is maintaining a strong economy. My harassment skills are just not what they should be, so the Zerg was able to keep his economy strong and his army stronger. There's a chance I could have won the fight, but I'll never know, and that's because my army micro, particularly when I have my units clumped onto each other, is terrible. My tanks were sieged, my marines stood before them, my thors in the mix, medivacs flying above, and 4/5ths of my ground army was washed away as banelings rolled in. Unable to micro effectively, my army literally disappeared before my eyes. If I had taken the banelings out, his army would have been toast. But I didn't. My lack of micro was splash-damage heaven. Don't encourage the banelings, Husky! I realized that I need to be more precise and do those actions when I'm in a conflict like that. My multitasking and microing has gotten better, but I still know it's a problem. Things like that, though, are inexcusable. I should have scanned to know exactly where his army was, sieged up, and split my army so I could avoid as much splash damage as possible. Eventually, I lost my 7th game in a row. But I wasn't done yet. Shakuras Plateau was the map of choice, TvP was the match-up, and I found myself in another match. I was determined to win this one (against an opponent named SHEEK, cool name?), no matter the cost. Lately, I've found that I've been doing a much better job of taking out expansions, and that's exactly how I won this match. As our Terran and Protoss armies got close to maxing, with all tiers of units being represented, I decided to make my way to his farthest right expansion (he had four bases at this time) as I expanded to my third base. Sieging tanks up, I took out pylons while he oddly advanced into the tanks. He also had Archons, for some reason not using High Templars, and ultimately I was able to hold it off, but just barely. His Dark Templar harassment was shut down very effectively, as were his drops. I definitely learned a bit about the drops just by how I handled them, very proud of myself! After retreating a bit and bringing my army back in numbers, I hit the same expansion again, fully taking it out this time. Raging, my opponent began to curse me out and simply gg'd, giving me the win without me even stepping foot in his natural expansion or main base. Granted, my ground army had 3/3 upgrades and my air units getting close to it, and I was on a gold mineral expansion with bunkers churning out marines, but at least he could have invited me into his natural for a house warming. Needless to say, I was happy, and after that I got another win on Metalopolis. Ten games down. I decided to stay in the library for one more game. I wouldn't leave for another hour. You see, it was a long struggle in a TvT match-up, but a rather uneventful one. Our armies maxed out, fought in small battles a few times, but nothing actually happened until the half hour mark, when I began to push out toward the middle of the map after he successfully took out my third expansion. He probably got excited, seeing as my main and natural were getting close to empty in terms of minerals. However, I had expanded to a fourth and fifth base on another corner of the map, giving me much more of a steady income. And once I was able to push through to his expansions, using the siege tanks I had to keep his army away from my thors, his income literally stopped. However, he was able to get another base going, and while I pumped out marines and was at max, as well as repairing my thors and tanks, he tried to max his army, as well. He got close to putting the gap a 50 supply. His army may have eventually matched mine, but after baiting him a bit with marines, he got edgy. Then I dropped into his natural to take out gas-mining SCVs and some buildings, prompting him to take all of his marines to stop this. This is when I moved closer to his sieged tanks. For some reason, just as I sieged up, he un-sieged and moved in, getting dealt tons of damage before he actually attacked. By the time his entire mass of marines raced back to help, it was too late. I had 6 more thors on the way and about two dozens marines marching closer and closer. Without so much as a good game, he left and the victory was mine. Ultimately, while my record became worse, I learned a lot from this session. Here's what I learned: 1) Roach all-ins are very effective if you're not prepared to deal with it in the early game. Scouting for a roach warren and seeing little gas being taken can help find a roach all-in before it happens. Marauders mixed in with marines are a good option in holding off these kinds of attacks. 2) Don't try builds you don't know, stick with what you know. 3) Don't build too many reapers if you plan to harass with them, and actually have an army being built, or make your economy stronger, while making reapers so you can hold off a counter-attack if need be. 4) Microing large armies is key. Do not keep your units bunched up against banelines. Use stimpack to get out of there if need be, and don't clump up large mech units next to each other. 5) Scan and scout often. Make sure you know of all transitions, tech, upgrades, everything. 6) Don't let the opponent stabilize. Constantly make sure you know what is going on after you deal a large blow to the enemy. Keep the pressure on, keep the attack on (if you can) so that way the opponent doesn't bring it back. Don't blow opportunities to deal a game-winning knock-out. Knowing these things, hopefully I'll do better tomorrow. I definitely felt like today's session was a good one. I learned a lot, even though I lost a lot. Winning is good, but you learn more when you are defeated. Until I'm the perfect SC2 player (which I will be, curse you DRG!), I will always have more to learn. That's how it goes. Tomorrow, there's more SC2 to play. Fuck yeah.
  7. Hey guys! Quick update. For those of you who aren't religious Day[9] fans, vVvReset appeared on a Funday Monday on February 27th, 2012. The show specifically focused on his mothership play in high masters/GM. Watch the VOD after the link below (sorry, couldn't embed from blip), the game starts at about 18:00! http://blip.tv/day9tv/day-9-daily-425-p1-funday-monday-5988396
  8. With the announcement of MLG's PPV plan for the Winter Arena, vVv Gaming is proud to announce that we have now officially partnered with MLG! This partnership means new ways for vVv to fund our teams and players. Starting with the Winter Arena, vVv will be providing a banner link that will allow us to receive a portion of the proceeds for all stream passes purchased HERE. So when you're buying your MLG Winter Arena pass, make sure to use THIS LINK so that vVv is supported by your purchase! Although StarCraft 2 is not everyone's preferred game, it's significance as an eSport is unprecedented. We are on the cusp of reaching critical mass and breaking out into mainstream popularity – but there are still challenges ahead. For eSports to remain viable, we have to make full use of this opportunity and make sure that MLG becomes a financially viable organization. To you, that means supporting the Winter Arena with your dollars, regardless of your gaming affiliation. Remember that StarCraft's success now paves the way for all future eSports going mainstream, while the failure of StarCraft 2 could signal a withdrawal of sponsorships and funding. If you want your game to be next to break into the mainstream, MLG needs your support now. In order to help, vVv Gaming will be holding a live event on Mumble all weekend during the Winter Championship, a "virtual barcraft" to allow people of all stripes to come together, learn together, and share in the experience. Whether you do not know anything about StarCraft 2 or if you're on the verge of making Grandmaster League on ladder, please feel free to come on and enjoy the comeraderie and community. Here are the details: MLG StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Winter Arena MLG’s first Arena, on 2/24-2/26 in New York City, will be a PPV event. For just $20, you’ll get access to: - 20 hours of live gameplay o Every single match from the tournament will be streamed with commentary o 32 of the world’s best players will be competing for $26,000 in prizes, as well as Championship seeding o Broadcast airs LIVE – o Friday, 2/24 – 6pm – midnight ET, o Saturday, 2/25 – 2pm – midnight ET, o Sunday, 2/26 – 2-8pm ET - FIVE live streams in HD for the entire weekend o The MLG Main Stream: the highly polished content you’ve come to expect from the Pro Circuit o Three gameplay streams: constant action and commentary from some of the best up-and-coming StarCraft 2 casters o The Dr Pepper Ultimate Access Stream: go behind the scenes for a candid look at your favorite players that will feature interviews, polls, chat, and more - MLG’s new Premium streaming experience page o Never miss a moment– watch up to all five streams at once o Quick access to the brackets, schedule, liveblog, chat, and more o Instantly switch audio tracks and position each stream on the page; customize your own experience - Instant access to VOD o VOD will go up immediately following each match, right on the page o VOD will be released for free for those who didn’t purchase an Arena pass one week after the end of the competition For $20 you get a full weekend of nothing but the absolute best StarCraft 2 in the world. That’s roughly the same cost as a movie, a large pizza, a concert, or a round of drinks. Don’t want to buy anything without seeing it first? We agree, and we wouldn’t ask you to. You should know exactly what you’re getting. The Dr Pepper Lounge stream will be free to all, without an Arena pass, all weekend long. And we’ll be streaming the first hour of all five streams on Friday and Saturday for free! The MLG Winter Arena PPV Event is not included in any of MLG’s current Membership packages, so be sure to buy a pass today!
  9. MurDeR vs MakaPrime

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    vVvMurDeR vs MakaPrime on Ladder.
  10. vVv Gaming Sponsorship Qualifications The new year opens with many new applications, especially in Starcraft 2 and Call of Duty. Now, we want to know how YOU feel about how vVv Gaming awards sponsorships, as well as what you expect from our sponsored players. We designed a survey for the greater community and our vVv members. Please take this the survey to help us with our sponsorship decisions. As an incentive for all those who finish the entire survey, you will be entered into a random drawing to win one $60 Amazon Gift Card! (Like Kevin did from Pennsylvania, our last winner!) We look forward to all your responses and cannot wait for our sponsorship season to start. Please take this SURVEY! -MizKitten
  11. ****Warning! Long, detailed post. Here are the results from our eSports Survey (n=398). We will use these results to guide our strategy for 2012. The first two charts show that although most of the respondents own many gaming consoles, the two primary gaming platforms are the Xbox 360 and the PC (Chart 1 and Chart 2). Being the most accomplished console organization in the world, it is no surprise that the Xbox360 (41%) edges out the PC (36%) as the most used platform for gaming. Chart1 Chart2 When looking at the games actually played, we could see the console focus more as Call of Duty and Gears of War rose to the top of games played. On the PC side, it is important to note that League Of Legends was PLAYED more than Starcraft 2. Game Informer magazine visitors spend on average 18 hours playing video games. The majority of our community spends more than 24 hours a week playing video games, showing that as competitive gamers, we game more than the average. When we look at games being watched, we see that two very interesting trends: Starcraft is watched by nearly two-thirds of our community (60%), proving that more people WATCH SC2 than play SC2. Call of Duty is the most watched and the most played console game Three-fourths (77%) of our members watch at least 3 hours of streaming per week. On both the console and the PC platforms, many of our visitors and members purchased at least 15 games per year. When we asked respondents to tell us which games LACKED quality content, Call of Duty, Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3 all rose to the top. Although BF3 was in the mix, when we asked to narrow it down to ONE game that respondents most wanted to see quality content, it was Call of Duty (17%) and Gears of War 3 (15%) Overall, this indicates that console titles lack quality content. A majority of respondents said that they visit the vVv Gaming Website more than once per day, and over 82% visit our site at least once a week. As far as our website, there were little surprise when it came to the features that are most used, like our forums and shoutbox. The new website has increased the use of the home page, and we also see that the video feature is popular with over half of the respondents reporting they use this feature (52%). When we asked respondents to pick ONE feature, the forums came in a strong first, followed by the shoutbox and videos. There was little surprise on the features most used on our forum profiles with the "About Me" section coming out on top. Getting more sponsors and more ads (41%) edged out frequent donation drives (33%) as a primary way to increase revenue in 2012. 77% of our users are ages 18-29 and 94% are male. So, what does all this mean for 2012? I am happy to see that we are doing many things right. The one thing we need to do better is our investment in and content surrounding Call of Duty. Here is a preview of some of the things to expect in 2012: Sponsor a Call of Duty team Create content/media for Call of Duty Create content/media for Gears of War 3 Establish brand champions in all our divisions (SC2, LoL, CS, MMO, GoW , CoD, Halo, FIFA, Fighting) Add more partners Conduct two large donation drives Explore opportunities in Halo:Reach Explore opportunities in DotA 2 Explore opportunities in CS:GO Add Guild Wars Add Diablo 3 Continue Wednesday Night Starcraft, The Losers Bracket and Directional Influence Continue promote bloggers and create general gaming content Continue writing for Chicago Tribune Geek to Me Blog Continue League of Legends 1v1 tournaments I look forward to the hard work in 2012.
  12. Who else got this?

    Who else has gotten the MLG Starcraft 2 Arena beta? I have gotten it! It is great because you can get into tournaments or even create tournaments. This website and things is expected to come out some time next year, and i am so excited about this. This could get your name out in MLG and help you playing with high level players. This can help clans and organizations to get more members that looking for a team to play with. Hope to see a lot of you guys to take advantage of this because this might be a big step into getting you known.
  13. MLG CEO Sundance Giovanni will be here to discuss MLG's amazing 2011 year, as well as give us a glimpse into 2012. Subscribe to our Twitch.TV channel so you know when we go live: http://www.twitch.tv/livevvvgaming Start Time: CST: 8:30 PM ------ EST: 9:30 PM ------ PST: 6:30 PM Have questions for MLG CEO Sundance? Please post your questions in this thread. If someone else asks your question or you believe someone else's question to be a good question that you feel needs to be asked, please quote it and write "This." We want to be sure to ask the most popular questions first. Feel free to support many questions. Thanks for your support in making this organized and ensuring that we can best serve the community. Some food for thought from MLG:
  14. hey! im new =)

    Hey everyone. My name is Matt, I'm an Sc2 player and am interested in joining your team in the near future. I enjoy streaming and appreciate live commentary. I'm from temecula California and just wanted to get to know u guys better. =) Here is my stream link. http://www.teamliquid.net/video/streams/mhaze24 , i am a plat solo level player trying to get to diamond/master league. thanks, i look forward to hearing back from u guys.
  15. The question is: If we could open a Starcraft themed Restaurant what would be on the menu? All unit, player, map, and race themed ideas are welcomed and appreciated! We'll collect all the ideas, nominate them, and make a menu from the best ideas. Have fun and be creative!
  16. vVv Gaming takes 1st in KEYD: Battle for America After a grueling 3-2 series against the Kiwiclones, vVv Gaming takes first in the KEYD: BFA League! The league featured some tough competition, including the Kiwiclones (who previously defeated us 4-3 in WNS) and Infiniti Seven (who bested us in ESEA this seaseon). Additionally the league promoted relationships to grow between Latin American teams and North American teams. The match started out strong for vVv, with Xog going 2-1 against SiN who abused a bunker rush into 2 port banshee timing in game two. Xog was able to play standard in game one, and was taken by surprise by a tank, marine, banshee, scv timing in game three, but somehow managed to control his units well and be patient enough to break his opponent's siege line and take the advantage and the game. After Xog, Ruff and Titan both went 2-1 against their opponents. Ruff won game 1 by doing some strong bio pushes against heavonearth's zerg, getting marines into excellent positions with two early pushes before transitioning into reapers mid-game. The reaper timing caught heavonearth unprepared, and he lost his spawning pool, leaving him vulnerable to a marine+marauder followup. In game two, Ruff's harass build didn't do enough damage, and his opponent simply got further ahead and eventually overwhelmed Ruff with superior economy and tech. In game three, Ruff made mistakes with his banshee control that allowed heavonearth to come back and win from behind. Titan was up next against binski. In game one, Titan was a bit star-struck from watching Stefano win, and wanted to try to imitate his style. Unfortunately, his opponent selected a build that strongly countered that style, and he ended up losing despite some good control with infestors. In game two, Titan came back strong with his standard playstyle and easily overwhelmed binski, tying the match 1-1. In game three, Titan's opponent went for a strong two-factory hellion timing, which titan tried to wall with evo chambers, but left a gap that allowed binski to leak through with a mass of hellions and do significant damage to Titan's economy. The followup push was too much for Titan to deal with while recovering from the earlier harassment, and he ended up dropping the match. Finally, Hasuu closed the series against Caliber 2-0. In game one, it was looking bad for Hasuu when Caliber went for a fast cannon expo that Hasuu didn't scout. Fortunately, Hasuu was able to use an interesting warp prism technique to elevator all his units to the high ground and overwhelm Caliber before his macro advantage kicked in. In game two on Tal'Darim altar, Hasuu went for a four gate against Caliber's three gate blink build. Hasuu's attack hit just before blink finished, giving him the edge he needed to overwhelm Caliber after a long fight and take the win. Finally it was Ruff vs binski for a 5 round TvT ace match. After trying two gold FE builds in the first two games and losing to a base race both games, Ruff chose to switch things up and dial up the pressure. Binski couldn't handle it and crumbled all three of the remaining games, despite pulling off some pushes that came close to ending the series in Kiwiclone's favor. For game three, Ruff went for heavy drop play, and his mech eventually overwhelmed binski's inferior tank marine army. In game four, Ruff used a ninja scv to sneak into binski's base and scouted the mineral count on the far mineral patch to determine that he could throw down a proxy barracks and bunker pushed into his base. This was followed by cloaked banshees, which binski was completely unprepared for without even a scan for detection. In the last game, Ruff went for a blue flame hellion build, which did damage to binski's army and workers, but due to the nerf was not strong enough to end the game outright. Binski recovered and pushed with four tanks, some marines, and a few red flame hellions. It was not looking good for Ruff, but he had been powering starports and had the capacity to build 4 vikings at a time. With this advantage, he gained air superiority as binski was destroying his front wall, and stopped the push just in time with a combination of blue flame hellions and banshees. After the push, binski was trapped in his main with an immobile tank army while Ruff was able to expand and harass while maintaining air superiority, taking the game, the series, and the league for vVv Gaming! Congratulations to all our players and I hope to see everyone do even better at MLG Orlando this weekend! If you're curious to watch the matches, they are mostly available here: http://www.twitch.tv/caliber206/b/297105784 http://www.twitch.tv/kiwiclonearmy/b/297108484 http://www.twitch.tv/kiwiclonearmy/b/297112891
  17. RevSoda - SC2

    Name: John Soter Age: 17 What is your in game name (ie vVvRoar.873): RevSoda.726 How long have you been playing competitively? I've been playing sc2 since the beta back in August. But Ive been competing in various games since 2007. Link to all social media sites used.(Twitter/Facebook/youtube channel): http://www.youtube.com/user/sSodaGames, http://www.facebook....p?id=1498452551 How frequently do you use Facebook and Twitter?: I use facebook everyday What current division are you in and how many points do you have? (SC2 Applicable): Terran, Masters 1200 Have you attended any national events? (MLG, ESEA, WCG?) I attended mlg back in 2008 for rainbow six vegas two and got 11th. I went to Dallas 2011 for sc2 this year and did ok. Are you shy around people you don't know? It kind of depends on the situation but usually no. Link us to some of your best personal achievements. I won the 2011 sc2 Pax tournament this year. Other than that I have no notable tournament winnings other than getting top 32 in pro/am style tournaments. I play in a lot of tournaments, I can't really remember which tournaments I did well in. What was your biggest loss or disappointment in gaming? Why did you lose that match? Back in 2008, when I played rainbow, I went to my first event in Dallas. Well anyway, we went through open bracket without much trouble even though we were disqualified out of winners because one of our players was late. But anyway, we played a team and we were up 1-0 in maps and needed one more round to win 2-0 but we "choked" and lost. This was disappointing for me because we would have played on main stage next round and that was my goal. How can you PERSONALLY benefit vVv Gaming? I'm a smart player and I can represent a team really well. I may be young but I have a lot of potential and I consider myself really mature for my age. What are your hobbies and interests outside of gaming? I play Golf in my free time and I'm a huge sports fanatic in general. Other than that, gaming is my only hobby and I'm really trying to take my skills to the next level.
  18. It's time to get serious. Wanna watch our SC2 team practice? We are now holding practice every Sunday and Monday from 8 PM until 11 PM EST. The Starcraft 2 team will be training together to improve for major LAN events and tournaments. In the spirit of vVv Gaming, the team wants you, any vVv member or applicant, to come spectate their games. Bring a practice partner, too. By bringing a large group of players together, we will allow players in our SC2 community to find each other and even set up practice games with each other—although our SC2 team will only be playing with other members of the SC2 team. Anybody who wants to find a practice partner for SERIOUS training is welcome to come, but this is not a social event. The first Training Night will take place this Sunday, September 4th in the SC2 mumble channel "Training Night".
  19. Time has decided to leave vVv Gaming to pursue an offer by iS Gaming. Time's reasons for leaving are that he has "disagreements with [vVv] management about the goals for the SC2 team", and he wants to pursue "other sponsorship and business opportunities". Time was a highly skilled player and it is unfortunate that he decided to leave. We will miss his consistent displays of talent. vVv wishes Time luck with his new team and future business plans.
  20. Starcraft 2 MLG Raleigh Recap

    vVv StarCraft 2 was in force at MLG Raleigh! The Raleigh event was full of ups and downs for the vVv Starcraft 2 Division. vVv Ruff had a debut performance on the feature stage against coLDrewbie (a first for vVv Gaming StarCraft) and in a gut-wrenching matchup vVv Titan took a game off LiquidTyler. With an amazing run through the winner's bracket on the first day Ruff and Murder both made it until round 4 before dropping matches to some very skilled players. Day two they started strong, with Titan making it to round 6 of the loser's bracket and Ruff and Murder making it to round 7 before being knocked out, losing to players like JEcho and 4klost. NGry also had a disappointing run, getting knocked out of the winner's bracket in round 1 by JEcho, but then losing to kevizoid in round 2 of the loser's bracket. vVvMurder ready to crush some MLG dreams before the event. In addition to our sponsored team, vVv had several Academy and community players in attendance. The first two days were hectic for the vVv spectators with a vVv member playing in almost every heat right up until Titan, Murder, and Ruff were knocked out of the tournament. There was always someone to watch and cheer for, and vVv generated our own cheering section every time someone from vVv was playing. At the end of each day, there was also lots of camaraderie as our players and community got together to relax and talk about the day. vVvDway showing vVvSweep how scary zerglings are. On the final day Starcraft was not as dominant as it had been in previous events. Part of this, no doubt was due to Hurricane Irene causing people to think twice about staying in the area, lest they be stranded in Raleigh. Another part of the subdued feel of the SC2 finals was that Instinct, the undefeated Halo team was dropping games to Believe the Hype (vVv's Halo team) and Infamous (the team that ended up taking 1st place at the event). As a result, only two of the three big screens were showing the SC2 finals while Halo finished. The vVv StarCraft division learned some good lessons at MLG Raleigh and I know that we will take those to heart and enter the next MLG event stronger than ever. Our community is strong and our team is solid! I want to thank everyone in our Community for coming out and representing vVv, and thanks especially to our sponsored team for being so solid and giving us a team to get behind. The vVv Community is looking forward to the next event!
  21. PolskA-SC2 Academy

    Name: Sebastian Swierad Age: 20 What is your in game name (ie vVvRoar.873): Polishcheese.236(NA), iovPolskA.466(NA), How long have you been playing competitively? In SC2 I have been playing competitvely about 7 months, but in a previous games 10 years. I played(still coach people) in Pokemon Trading Card game. Pretty much since I was 10 years old I have been a competitive player in the PTCG. Achievements listed below. Link to all social media sites used.(Twitter/Facebook/youtube channel): http://twitter.com/#!/polishcheese http://www.facebook.com/sswierad http://www.youtube.c...eB?feature=mhee How frequently do you use Facebook and Twitter?: Facebook everysecond Twitter, whenever there is a major tournament What current division are you in and how many points do you have? (SC2 Applicable): Masters, I havent played much ladder. Im focusing alot on my KR account and playing with my practise partners. I cant stand to play players that dont know timings. Personally I dont think mid-masters ladder can even make you a better player, since youre playing to win, not to get better. You do get slightly better ofcourse, but playing with players that take the game seriously will have much better effects on your play. Have you attended any national events? (MLG, ESEA, WCG?) None yet. Are you shy around people you don't know? Nope I have moved 8 times in my life. Making friends and being welcomed into a new place is kinda my thing. Link us to some of your best personal achievements. In SC2 I got 2nd at Game Nation Toronto LAN in June 2011. Losing to my practisemate(SlayerSBaekho) which was my first LAN. Noteable players were coLSUGGY. In Pokemon Trading Card Game: 35x Regional Tournaments Won(including cities, states, regionals) in my career Ranked #1 Player in Canada 3 years in a row Top4 Worlds Championships 2004, Top32 Worlds 06, 07, 08 Over $12k scholarships won from tournaments. What was your biggest loss or disappointment in gaming? Why did you lose that match? In 2004 Worlds(PTCG) I was up against this Japanese player(the koreans of that game), I thought I was ahead, I misplayed, fell behind and lost my chance to be #1 in the world. In SC2, not to sure. I have only been playing this game for 7 months and this was my first RTS. I guess losing to cheese and stuff is pretty dissapointing, but my W/L ratio in macro games is rediculous. Mostly because every game I play is 25mins+, I don't know how to cheese, I rather beat people mid-late game with sick strategies I have prepared. For those of you dont know how to play the PTCG, its pretty much like SC2, excpet turn based. Heavy on the strategy. How can you PERSONALLY benefit vVv Gaming? Having those practise partners. I currently play for the new E-Sports team(icons of vanity), theyre good players alot high masters/GM but our actuall team management is atrocious. The main guys told me the site would be up in May 2011(iovgaming.net) but its not yet. We are also sponsored which is nice, but I'm really after clan wars and such and massively improving my play. This being my first RTS(and never even interested in BW)it was a hard transition from Card games to Real time games, but not only will I benifit from vVv because of their high level players, but personally I think they can benifit from me because I seriously do have intense strategies they can learn from. What are your hobbies and interests outside of gaming? Well I play the guitar alot, always loved music. But I coach people in the PTCG, I dont play actively anymore because Nintendo has turned into a easier luck based game. Before it was 90% skill 10% luck now its more like 60/40. It turned into anybody has the chance to beat someone else, rather than using their mind /sigh. I'm pretty sure youre thinking, LOL what PTCG, who cares. Well I'll say a few things. 1) I'm never nervous in a game, after playing 10 years competively I have grown to be the chillest players 2)Ive had 1000s players spectating me on a big screens, cameras on my face, I wont play any different than I would in a practise match and that I believe 95% players in the SC2 community dont have that type of experiance. I will be a top contender in this game, because I know I can, and I have done it before and not being #1 I wont take anything less Whether if you decided to take me under your wing and help me grow faster or whether I do it on my own. Im one of the few players that will say: Im in it for the fame, not the money. After experiancing fame in PTCG, it is almost like a drug and you need to have it, and that is my motivator. ~PolskA
  22. dice - SC2

    Academy Player Application Format: Name: Daisuke Katsumata Age: 25 What is your in game name (ie vVvRoar.873): dice.687 How long have you been playing competitively? I have been playing SC2 competitively since October of 2010. Link to all social media sites used.(Twitter/Facebook/youtube channel): I use Twitter and Facebook at dicesc2 and http://www.facebook.com/dkatsumata How frequently do you use Facebook and Twitter?: Right now I use Facebook daily and Twitter almost never. What current division are you in and how many points do you have? (SC2 Applicable): I am currently in the Master league and have 900 points with >80 bonus pool. Have you attended any national events? (MLG, ESEA, WCG?) I have not attended any national events but have attended live LAN events including WCG @ NYC. Are you shy around people you don't know? It depends on the situation if I'm shy around people I don't know. Sometimes I prefer to sit back and observe first, which could come off as being shy. Other times I prefer to take the initiative and break the ice myself. Link us to some of your best personal achievements. Some of my best personal achievements include (in chronological order): 3rd place at WCG @ NYC for $250, and 3rd place at Plantronics Gamecom SC2 Tournament for $200, http://gamecom.plantronics.com/sc2 What was your biggest loss or disappointment in gaming? Why did you lose that match? My biggest loss or disappointment in gaming was a game 3 in the Geforce Pro/Am Tournament vs. Nineteen. I lost the match in a base race scenario where my opponent typed out, "gg wp gl next" then stayed in the game as I proceeded to type "gg" back and mis-clicked the last remaining Pylon guarded by his entire army. Upon reviewing the replay I could have actually won if I had properly split up my Zerglings scouting for Pylons (i thought I did, I didn't). I took the mature path and even exchanged REALID information after the game. How can you PERSONALLY benefit vVv Gaming? I will provide leadership not only in-game but also within the organization by being an active member in the community and contributing my time and ideas for improving vVv Gaming. For example, I could offer ideas on practice methodology and vVv Gaming outreach to the greater SC2 community. What are your hobbies and interests outside of gaming? Sports (soccer, tennis, volleyball), intellectual curiosity, humanities, science.
  23. I'm not a member of vVv as of right now. I hope to become one soon. I was wondering if I could enlist a few vVv members though to help me out. I'm a Protoss player currently in platinum. I believe with enough games I can achieve Diamond with in 2 weeks. However! This just doesn't work for me. I want to be better than a simple Diamond player. So let me explain why I creating this post. I was looking to enlist a Protoss, Terran, and Zerg vVv members. Preferably Masters+ that could help me out. Now I know you all are thinking "Another freeloader wanting help and coaching" while this is half true I don't want to be a free loader. So this is what I was thinking: School starts back up on Sept. 21st and I have plenty of time after work to practice on Sc2. Where do vVv guys come in? Well here is the deal. If 3 people are willing to help me get to high diamond/low masters by Sept. 21st I will be in your debt and I was thinking of a fun way to pay you all back for the help. The Incentive: This is a win/win deal! If I accomplish my goal of High diamond or low masters by then, then I will ordera large Pizza for the three people (This is per each person. everyone well get their own large pizza) that helped me! That's right. I will call up your local pizza hut (Or what ever pizza shop you prefer) and have them deliver a pizza to your house. But what if I don't make it to my goal? Well I said this would be a win/win so I want to make it worth your while. Instead of ordering you a pizza I was thinking of ordering you something like a p'zone/breadsticks. The reason: I have people that I practice with but realistically our "Practices" aren't really helpful because well.. They are all lower leagues than me. I have a couple Masters+ friends but they don't always have the time. I'm just looking for a few good guys willing to help... For some pizza. I know I am asking for a lot... I really wish I could offer more. For now though this is what I can do. If you want to discuss some terms or just talk hit me up here or in Sc2: Eisenhower.204. Hopefully I can get into vVv because that would make this all the more fun!
  24. This weekend, watching both Anaheim and EVO, I felt a childlike exuberance I have not felt in a long time. I was reminded about two things sports does so well: inspire and entertain. I have done some reflecting on my experiences this weekend, and it has prompted me to make some changes to vVv Gaming. Before I get to the changes, I want to take you on a journey with me, in case you missed some of the highlights. First, I want to point to an interview with Korean Starcraft legend and founder of the Korean Team Slayers, Boxer. He said this about what he hoped to accomplish: I was deeply impressed with Boxer. What an endorsement of his team and organization! Such a simple sentence, but it really was pure elegance. Even DJWheat and Day[9] commented on it. I know Boxer was a legendary player, but he instantly became a role model to me (I know he is already for many). I then saw a Korean Starcraft player thanking MLG at the start of the match using in-game chat. I thought, when was the last time I saw that? They are so polished with the crowd. Respectful. It FEELS right. It feels like professional sports. Finally, I want to turn my attention to vVv Reo. He single-handedly made me a MK9 fan. To know his story, to know that he almost didn’t make the event, to know that his teammates started a collection for him because they were so confident in his performance. I was and still am humbled. More importantly, and I was not sure why at first, but I watched Doomhammer watch him. Paradise’s family was watching him play, and Starcraft players were watching on Mumble. We were all there with him, every step of the way. When he finally made into the Grand Finals, the shoutbox erupted in cheers, the mumble erupted, allies sent congrats on Twitter, and Doomhammer leapt from his seat. But why? Why did we all care for this player whom we didn’t know, and we had never met? It was because he wore the three V’s. It was because he was one of us. It was because that black shirt represents so much to so many of us. I texted Napalm, and told him I wanted to talk to Reo. Napalm called me, but before he handed over the phone, I asked Napalm, “How are you doing?” He replied, “I am still shaking.” Needless to say, I had the honor and pleasure of congratulating vVv Reo and letting him know that he won’t need anyone to take up any more collections for him. He was now a sponsored vVv player. I realize this post is long enough, so I will now cut this short. I can promise some fundamental changes coming to vVv Gaming. Expect another post detailing changes alter this week. Expect us to have jerseys, more sponsors, new partnerships and more player development, as well as higher standards regarding whom we sponsor. Most of all, look for us to look for more players and teams like vVv Reo, the kind that capture our spirit and remind us that anything is possible.