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    • vVv Bagzli

      We have moved to Discord   08/04/2016

      There has been a strong desire among the community to migrate to Discord for quite some time. As of today, our community will be using Discord and as a result, we will no longer be actively using our TeamSpeak Server.  The TeamSpeak server will temporarily stay active to help inform all of our move to Discord. Within the next couple of months, it will be shut down completely.  For a quick invite to our new Discord server, you can click here.  
      For a full detailed guide visit http://www.vVv-Gaming.com/Discord
    • vVv Bagzli

      vVv Gaming Presents: ADL Season 10!   08/12/2016

      TL;DR: Season 10 of the vVv Gaming LoL ADL begins Friday, August 19th @9pm EST/6pm PST! Discord Info              Just be on Discord at the check in time and have a level 30 with at least 16 champions to participate! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ vVv Gaming has had a long history in competitive e-sports; and, while the LCS may be a long way off for the organization, we can still participate in semi-competitive LoL activities as a community. The ADL has, and will continue to be, our main way to achieve this. However, let’s be honest, the ADL has had a rough time over the past few seasons. This comes from both participant enjoyment, as well as coordination and structuring of the event as a whole. While I do not plan on completely fixing the system from the start, I do believe that there are some short (and long) term changes that can make the experience better for everyone: ·         We are keeping participation points for this season, as well as the Elo ranking system used for previous seasons. ·         We will have people recruiting more in the game from the community, and attempt to bring more LoL community members to the discord that we feel would be good for the vVv community. ·         We will be implementing new rules for the drafting phase. Some of these rules will be introduced as the season progresses and are covered below. ·         Unfortunately, at this point in time, there is no information regarding a prize. If a viable prize method/opportunity comes about in the future, current season winners will be rewarded retroactively. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rules and Details (Read if new):          Nights will consist of two matches per night. You must be able to attend both games (Don’t be that guy, play it out).          Be on Discord NO LATER than 8:55pm EST/5:55pm PST for Check In. This will be slowly changed to 8:45pm EST as the season progresses. We want the drafting phase this season to be as smooth as possible.  We want to give people time to announce their roles before hand.           Check in will happen in the ADL Check In Discord Channel BEFORE players move to the regular ADL channel, and at 9:00pm EST people will move to channels matching their Dynamic Queue rank. Missing the check-in deadline means that you will not be able to participate that night and will not receive a participation point.          During the Check In, participants will announce their top 3 preferred roles for a staff member to place in a spreadsheet (Discord does not allow for your descriptions to be changed, that I am aware of).          Have a level 30 account, at least 16 champions, and be ready to have some fun!          Additional Questions? Contact vVv Eternal or vVv Yui        The ADL will last for 10 weeks this season, there will then be a three-week break before the next season starts (Currently scheduled for Nov. 11, 2016).        Cheating or Smurfing in the ADL is not permitted. Anyone caught doing either of these this will be suspended from the ADL, no exceptions. Cheating will result in a permanent suspension, smurfing will result in a 5-week suspension.  New Drafting Process: So, in previous seasons of the ADL, the highest ranked players were given the priority in being team captains for any given night. While this was not a bad system, it did leave some players feeling left out over the course of the season. That being said: ·         Highest ranked players will no longer be automatically chosen as the team captain. ·         Team captains will be chosen by the number of participation points that a player has (you earn 1 point for each night you attend, REGARDLESS of whether or not you are picked). ·         No player can be captain more than once every 4 weeks (depending on overall participation). ·         The first weekend will have captains from an arbitrary division and lower. So here is my logic (bear with me). With some outlying cases, most of the team captains would pick from highest available skill in a role down, until all of the top players (and a few peoples friends) were picked. I don’t expect this to change at all; however, this allows for both new and lower skill level players and community members, as well as frequent participants, to always have a shot at playing. They also get the benefit of knowing (eventually) in advance that they will be captains. Additional Information: I would like to try and address the speed of the drafting process. For now, the primary way of doing this will be the check-in time; however, if another feasible method is suggested, any changes will be updated in this section. After the Games: ·         Players will join the winning team's discord channel, and all players will be given feedback if they desire it. ·         Players may also provide criticism and suggestions for the ADL. (We are still seeking to improve the event if the community desires it) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More Darn Rules ·         Teams will still be matched by alphabetical order of Discord channel for the time being. ·         The winner of the first match will play the winner of the second (both matches are played out simultaneously), and the same goes for the losing teams. ·         The higher team alphabetically will be chosen to be on the blue side for the first game, and the lower team will get blue side when the second game is played. Leaving/AFK: If someone leaves a game for any reason and does not reconnect, they will be given a 2-night suspension from the ADL. The player may appeal the suspension with an ADL Staff member if there was a legitimate reason for the disconnect. However, all appeals must happen at least 24 hours before the next ADL event. You also may only appeal a disconnect once per season. Pausing: Players may pause the game for UP TO 10 minutes if a player on their team is having connection issues. PLAYERS MUST INFORM AN ADL STAFF MEMBER IF A GAME IS PAUSED. If the reason cannot be resolved in 10 minutes, the team whose player disconnected will concede the match. If the enemy team agrees, they may also use their 10-minute pause to give the other team more time. Teams only get two pauses per game. Replacement Players: Player replacement will be handled the same as in previous seasons. A player may be replaced by another player of the same rank or lower, provided both teams agree to the replacement. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So that’s it folks.  Thank you for sticking through the whole announcement, we understand it is somewhat lengthy, however the information had to be provided.  You are now ready for the 10th season of the ADL! If you have any questions feel free to contact vVv Eternal     See you on Friday, August 19th at 8:55pm EST/6:00pm PST!     ADL Staff: vVv Eternal   To join the discussion click here!  
    • vVv Bagzli

      Changes to Community Game Nights   09/13/2016

      Thank you to everyone who participated in week’s survey.  After reviewing responses from the survey sent out to tournament participants the previous week, staff availability, and looking at conflicts with other tournaments, we have decided to make changes to our Wednesday Night Tournaments.  Moving forward, as of Thursday, September 22nd, team tournaments will be hosted on Thursdays as opposed to Wednesdays. We hope with the new schedule, the overall participation will improve, as there will be fewer conflicts between tournaments being hosted.   If you have any further feedback, please leave us a comment in the following thread:  http://www.vvv-gaming.com/forum/topic/72439-supersonic-series-feedback-thread/
    • vVv Bagzli

      Supersonic Series Season 4!   09/25/2016

      Supersonic Series Season 4 starts on Monday, October 10th, 2016   vVv Gaming is proud to present the return of the Supersonic Series!  Unique game nights each week will allow teams and individual Rocketeers to bring their A game and level up their gaming skills!  Whether the goal is to improve teamwork, find suitable opponents, or just acquire valuable feedback on how to improve one’s gameplay, these events will accomplish just that!   Quick Facts: Supersonic Draft is every Monday at 8:30 PM EST. Supersonic Showdown is every Thursday at 8:30 PM EST. Supersonic Showdown will be factored into the RLC Power Rankings! Supersonic Showdown will be streamed, Supersonic Draft will not (unless we find more casters - interested? click here) Supersonic Series Rules & Regulations can be found by clicking here. To register for the tournaments visit www.vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament If you are late to check-ins via our Discord Server, you will not get to play.  Don't be late. To stay up to date with Supersonic Series, follow us on Twitter @vVv_Gaming Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more about becoming a vVv Gaming Community member or how you can join our staff Season 4 will last 8 Weeks, which will be followed by a Season Finale which will be the 9th Week of the Series Supersonic Draft Season Finale will feature top 24 players based on the Solo Leaderboard from Season 4 Supersonic Showdown Season Finale will feature top 8 teams based on the Team Leaderboard from Season 4   Supersonic Draft When: Mondays at 9PM EST (6PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30PM EST and close at 8:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Gaming Discord Server: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite  (Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/guide)
      Format: 3vs3 - Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three in the winner's bracket and best of one in the loser's bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three. Style: Captain's Draft - Captains are chosen at random (see Registration section for more details) and each captain picks their team-mates. Captains will take turns picking their teammates in a “snake-style” (A, B, C, C, B, A) draft until all teams have 3 players each. Participating with friends is encouraged, however, there is no guarantee that you will be on the same team. The captain’s name will be entered into the Challonge bracket and will be used to represent their team.  Voice channels will be created for each of the teams on our Discord server. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament to register.  While signing up you will be able to volunteer to be a captain.  If there are more volunteer captains than the total number of teams, the captains will be picked at random from the pool of volunteers.  If there are not enough volunteer captains, then the remaining number of captains needed will be chosen at random from the remainder of players.  


      Supersonic Showdown When: Thursdays at 9PM EST (6PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30PM EST and close at 8:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Gaming Discord Server: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite  (Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/guide)
      Format: 3vs3 - Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three in the winner's bracket and best of one in the loser's bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three. Teams are pre-made by the players. Style: Pre-made Teams Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament to register.
       
      Participating as an individual: After filling out the signup form you will be in a free-agent pool. To ensure your participation in the event, you should be seeking out other free agents to form a team.  Another alternative is to seek a team that only has two players and join their team for the evening. If you do not have a team by the end of check-in period, you may not be able to participate.  If this is the case, contact an admin and seek help with finding a team, please only seek help after attempting to form a team on your own.
       
      Participating as a team: After filling out the signup form above, your team is all set. All you need to do is show up in the discord server during the check-in time.  If you are seeking a third player for the evening, you can view the list of free agent players signed up at http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register and contact them to be part of your team for the evening. If you are unable to acquire a third team member on you own, then please show up on the Discord server at least 30 minutes prior to the event starting and seek help from a Supersonic Staff Member. Reminder:  Solo participants do not earn points towards the season finale tournament.  We strongly suggest putting a team together to sign up with!  Feel free to use our discord chat to find teammates.    Point System
      You will receive points for your participation in each tournament.  These points will determine the top 8 teams from Showdown  and the top 24 players from the Draft. The first tournament finale will be hosted for the top 24 players based on the individual scores from Supersonic Draft event.  The second tournament finale will be hosted for the top 8 teams based on points earned during Supersonic Showdown nights. Keep in mind that participating in Supersonic Showdown event will earn Team Points, participating alone earns you no points.
       
      Breakdown: 2 points for participating 2 points for every match won in the Winner's Bracket 1 point for every match won in the Loser's Bracket 2 additional points for placing 4th 4 additional points for placing 3rd 6 additional points for placing 2nd 10 additional points for placing 1st   Join vVv Gaming
      Become a Community Member If you are looking for an open and supportive community filled with e-sport fanatics that you can game and socialize with, then you should fill out an application and join vVv Gaming Community.  Being part of vVv Gaming Community is about being part of something more than yourself; It is about playing games with friends that are supportive and honest; It is about meeting up in person at LAN events; It is about making a difference in each other's lives and making a difference in e-sports. If this is the type of community you seek, then click here and fill out your application.   Become a Staff Member Working for an online gaming community has many rewards.  It is a good place to kick start your career in gaming, whether you are looking to become a business major or a community manager.  You will learn new things and acquire transferable skill sets that you can use to build your resume.  If you would like to get involved and help with running of Supersonic Series or other events, please visit our jobs page for more details: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/jobs   Supersonic Staff If you have a question, just reach out to one of our event administrators via Discord or private message via our forum. 
       
      Event Administrators:
      Mohulis, Bliss, Cherp
        For more information on vVv Gaming and to stay up to date with events that we host across various games, visit our website at http://vvv-gaming.com,  follow us on twitter @vVv_Gaming, join our Discord server at http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite or join our Rocket League Steam Group at http://steamcommunity.com/groups/vVvGamingRL   To join the discussion, click here!
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vVv Gaming announces Aspire: The Starcraft Learning Consortium

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Aspire: The Starcraft Learning Consortium

Aspire – to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value

Consortium – an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member

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Entertain, Educate, Dominate. Not many organizations offer opportunities to those with fewer options, who have yet to unlock their potential in terms of skill and professionalism. For these players, there isn't a framework in place where they are given proper guidance, support and training in order to pursue those goals. While other well-known organizations have "Academy" teams, they don't live up to the high standards of excellence that vVv sets for our members. vVv Gaming aims to educate, train and raise our own dedicated and talented members. Therefore, the idea of Aspire: The Starcraft Learning Consortium was born to provide a more official, organized training structure for those who truly wish to become Professional Gamers. Since succeeding as a professional gamer requires true dedication, organization and commitment, Aspire is designed to provide the tools and training necessary to our players. Through a structued development environment, internal coopetition and external competition, players receive an opportunity to reach the skill needed to enter the competitive scene, while growing as players and professionals.

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Every team needs its own organization. We will have proper leadership, support roles in the team (such as coaches and casters), and the very important body of the team: the members—students—who will make up the bulk of the team. Without proper organization, teams usually fall apart. It is important and necessary to remember that we are as strong as the weakest link of the chain. For this to succeed, we will need serious commitment from everyone involved.

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The Aspire Captain (Manager) must be adept at organization, ready to lead and motivate players to succeed. The Aspire Manager must be a dedicated StarCraft 2 player in order to offer game advice to developing team members. The manager must provide a voice for the team, as a public representative, if you will. All members should be able to put their best foot forward, but the manager should be additional skilled in handling public image and dealing with the SC2 community at large. vVvBabyToss (P) will be heading up the consortium at launch.

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Since the purpose of the consortium is to offer a training environment, a good, dedicated coach is necessary. The coach's responsibilities include helping the members progress, monitor their strengths and weaknesses and give advice. This position is demanding and it should be reiterated that dedication is necessary for this role to succeed. Coaching, training someone, takes much more than just being a Master or Grandmaster player. As in real-life, the coach needs to be able to customize a teaching style tailored to an individual. Just barking orders at your student won't make you a good coach, on the contrary, it will hinder their development, as they'll stop thinking on their own.

A good coach questions his or her students, why they made certain plays, how they'd react when scouting specific things. A good coach teaches how to catch the fish, instead of just feeding the hungry with the fish; that way, they'll be well-fed for the rest of their life, as the saying goes. A good coach motivates, guides, inspires and leads, but doesn't hold anyone's hand.

I can't avoid putting a huge emphasis on the fact that the person having this function truly has to enjoy seeing others grow and like helping others. More about coaching can be found in the following article; I suggest you give it a read if you are considering taking up this position. The Aspire Coach would also serve as Manager's direct 2nd In command and assistant, working closely with him or her.

- Protoss Coach - vVv HyunA

- Terran Coach - This position is currently open

- Zerg Coach - vVv ToXSiK

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Being a member of Aspire shouldn't be taken for granted. vVv Gaming wants to be represented in the best possible way and Aspire Members should strive to excel in practice, progression and competition. Being an Aspire Member should be taken as a privilege: getting direct support, a good training environment and solid organization. Above all, being an Aspire Member requires actual commitment from a person.

I want to make it clear that this position is for those who want to put in the time to grow and develop; this is not for those who would join and leave after a week. There will be a minimum number of games per week required - each of the members having their own forum topic to log their training, where they'd post their uploaded replays weekly. That'd be both to ensure the member is truly investing time into training, as well as to keep an eye on their progress.

Finally, the player's league (bronze, diamond, etc.) shouldn't really matter for admittance into the consortium, however, as said above, the dedication and willingness to truly work do. vVv firmly believes that no matter where you start, you can go far, as long as you are smart, well organized and work hard. vVvGlon is an excellent example of this.

Our initial roster will include the following people:

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Manager and Captain

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Race: Protoss

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League: Diamond

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Chris "vVvPoser" Clauson

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Race: Protoss

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League: Master

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Carlos "vVvPrimeTime" RIos

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Race: Zerg

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League: Master

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Adam Son "vVvSonTran" Tran

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Race: Terran

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League: Platinum

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Walter TJ "vVvFearful" Lopez

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Race: Zerg

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League: Master

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Nathan "vVvWakai" Pigeon

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League: Diamond

Stream: N/A

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A well-spoken, knowledgeable person, experienced in casting StarCraft 2 matches should fill this position. Their main purpose would be to cast in-house tournaments and showmatches between Aspire Members as well as clan wars with other teams. This person should be able to promote Aspire events on to the larger SC2 community, as well as fuel the actual competitive spirit within the team; so the members know their efforts matter.

- Taeradun

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To enhance the competitiveness in the team, there will be in-house tournaments every 2 months. That's how long each ladder season lasts, and it provides a good benchmark of how each member is progressing. To add a flavour to it, there will be a scoreboard kept on the website to show ranking throughout all of these tournaments. Nobody really wants to be at the bottom of the list, so it also encourages members to stay active, while maintaining a positive competitive atmosphere, as well as team spirit.

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Many amateur teams make a big mistake: lack of events to keep the members interested. The team needs to stimulate the players, so they go and work even harder. This is where the clan wars come in. This is where the Aspire members get the feeling of competitiveness first hand and it becomes good competitive experience for them. Competition is then ingrained in their minds; they do not want to badly represent and are encouraged to practice hard, to not get all-killed in every competition. Entering Team leagues is also a possibility. To further make the results of the Aspire team meaningful, they'd be tracked on the vVv Gaming website.

Clan wars would be scheduled once per two week period, typically on weekends, starting between 7-8 pm EST. This however, would be open up to discussion once the consortium is fully formed and all positions filled. Clan wars would be organized either by the Coach or Manager, depending on availability.

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There would be two Aspire Team practices per week, where the members, the Manager and Coach would meet up on Mumble and in game to work together toward improving. The team members are encouraged to help each other, as well as the leadership and coaches adding their input and advice. Members decide one or two things they wish to work on and try to pursue that solely during the practice. The purpose of these practices would be to encourage teamwork, get the team together and to work on improvement of the individuals.

-Days and times to be decided at first meeting

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Depending on availability of the coaches, there would be an option to have personalized coaching for an individual, should the member require it. It'd depend on the agreement between the coach and the student, but generally, no more than one session a week would be recommended, and two sessions max per week for the whole consortium; both for the sake of full schedules and to provide adequate time for the player to 'absorb' and practice what he/she was taught during the session. We also want to ensure members are teaching each other as much as possible, as teaching is the ideal method of solidifying knowledge learned during practice.

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Part of our goal is to monitor and provide regular feedback to Aspire Members. Feedback will be based on observations by the Coach and Manager and will be provided in the form of a progress report every two weeks. Players will be able to look at the progress they are making and easily determine areas they are doing well and areas that need improvement. The progress reports will include feedback on a variety of different areas, including progress with SC2 skill, interaction with fans, ability to deal with gaming psychology, etc.

As said in the previous paragraphs, being on the Aspire team is both an advantage, priviledge and mainly, commitment. vVv Gaming values cultivating our own talents, but we also do not appreciate wasted efforts. Players who go inactive, do not attend the in-house tournaments & practices, or simply stop progressing could be replaced in the program. Likewise, inappropriate behaviour, disrespecting fellow teammates or not following the chain of command can lead to member's expulsion from the consortium.

Remember, there would be time invested into the Aspire team members, so the same is required from them. Signing up and then not being active just takes an opportunity from someone else who would truly wish to invest that time.

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Looks pretty sweet SB! Wish I still played a lot since I would of loved to of coached Terran players. People should do this if they actually want to improve their game, best of luck guys!

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This looks awesome! Maybe I will be able to join one day

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Where do I sign up ;) Im feeling anoxious after my summer break with hard work ;) Still had some few games but cause no playing Im back to high dia ;) And not master where I should be but as I see it I wanna represent vVv in the european front ! ;) Thats why this is so good for me ;)

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Where do I sign up ;) Im feeling anoxious after my summer break with hard work ;) Still had some few games but cause no playing Im back to high dia ;) And not master where I should be but as I see it I wanna represent vVv in the european front ! ;) Thats why this is so good for me ;)

You can apply to be a part of the SC2 Team at http://www.vvv-gaming.com/forum/forum/743-starcraft-2-community-applications/. Then, if you are accepted, you can ask to be apart of the Aspire Consortium

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Our first cohort is set (see the post) but if we can get enough staff to expand it later we can grow the program and maybe even have multiple teams running.

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Hello from my holidays.

I want to say, that this is going to be an interesting experience for me, both an opportunity to grow as a player as well as to explore more possibilities. Definitely a humbling experience too. I hope for all of us to take something from our time together, for each single member to learn and find what they look for from this. But, it will require an effort from all of us. Let's do this together. And remember - the team is only as strong as it's weakest link. :)

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This would be great for my race switch ive been thinking about

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Looks awesome! I would love to learn more about Starcraft 2 and its playstyle but I dont have the time :(

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Very well put together, sent a tweet out, this is looking to be a tremendous element for vVv!

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Looks like a very ambitious project! After the initial announcement from! complexity about their academy project i never heard much from it again. I hope this is not the same for this. I hope to join it!

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Looks like a very ambitious project! After the initial announcement from! complexity about their academy project i never heard much from it again. I hope this is not the same for this. I hope to join it!

Complexity never had a training program so much as a tournament where you win a PC and a trip to MLG.

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i thought complexity had their academy which was to train amateur masters players?

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This looks very interesting. Looking forward to it ~!

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I am super excited about this. I ll definetly put in the hard work and dedication to be come a much better player. Also to help the other players around me!

Chris(vVvPoSeR)

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I can't wait to get started. I just got back from vacation and now I'm raring to go.

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Well, mom's back home, so after I kill this awful headache and sleep for couple of hours, I'll be all ready to go - you Aspire guys know where our channel is on Bnet. :)

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this sounds like it will be very helpful to all players of all calibers

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This looks like it would be a lot of fun to watch

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yo when am i gunna be put up yo :( i wanna be cool too!

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CompLexity Academy works in a different way. We are geared towards actually training our players, through teamwork and coaches as well. :) Where the players decide to take this, that's entirely up to them, but I'd say that the majority of us wish to make it at least to semi-pro level, when it comes to skills.

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