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Entry #25 - KICK.TV Invitational - LIVE FROM NYC (Dynamic Esports)

Welcome to the KICK.TV Invitational - Esports Changing?? - LIVE from NYC This past week (20th – 25th) I took part as a full time analysis professional at the KICK.TV Invitational where the largest FIFA YouTuber’s battled it out in order to claim a $10,000 1st place prize and the title as “Champion” in NYC. Last year, this event erupted with popularity across the community as the audience watched with anticipation as each match went LIVE on YouTube with the top FIFA content creators facing

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Entry#24 - The Return of Blogging! What’s happening in 2014 Esports? – FIFA News

The Year of the Talent What’s happening beautiful people?? I’m ready to return to blogging with a set schedule… Most of my previous entries describe experiences at different events around the world and my recollection of those trips. From this point forward I will be writing “Bi-Weekly” blogs talking about competitive FIFA, esports in general, and different life situations that correlate with gaming. Starting out fresh with a new year, I’m expecting considerable changes with the vVv

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Entry #23 WCG National Final

WCG 2012 National Final – New York City This year World Cyber Games held the National Final at Comic Con NYC, which was just a massive event that included new games, promotional opportunities, comics, celebrities and MUCH MUCH MORE! The convention center packed in more than 100,000 hyped fans which built up a nice atmosphere to hold a gaming event within all the madness. The event included the top 8 players in the nation, who all qualified via online weeks prior to the event. In my g

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Blog #22 Career Mode: Back to Business

Career Mode: Back to Business So check this out I've been playing a lot of career mode in FIFA 13, because it’s actually enjoyable thanks to EA Sports making some significant changes from the past few years. I've really never been able to spend much time with any offline game mode in FIFA mainly because it’s just so repetitive, and lacks depth however things are changing this year. What Impactful changes have been made? 1. The AI (Artificial Intelligence) is finally educated, they make

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Blog #21 FIFA 13 Demo - Deadly 7

FIFA 13 Demo New features: What I’ve noticed from the demo – Deadly Seven 1. Impact Engine This might be the first year in quite some time where pace isn’t everything in terms of defense, throughout experimenting with the demo it’s finally possible to use the larger center backs without having trouble defending through balls or keeping up with the speedsters…. What’s changed??? In this FIFA installment it’s quite easy to put your body between the ball and attacker therefore c

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Blog #20 WCG Pan American 2012 (Santiago, Chile)

WCG Pan American 2012 (Santiago, Chile) This past weekend I was selected from WCG to represent the USA in the Pan American games taking place in Santiago, Chile! Having attended the past two WCG Pan American Championships & placing well in both I had high expectations going into the event. Gaming: So the venue was actually at a stadium in Santiago, Chile that was filled up with a devoted fan base. Outside of just having the WCG Pan American Championship the event also was simila

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Blog #19 Damn, That's a Sweaty Goal!

8/11/12 -- Quick Blog Today! No matter the version of FIFA, each year players love to debate what is considered “cheap” compared to what is considered “skillful”. This has dated back since I started playing FIFA in 2004, -- Go to Forums, Watch YouTube Videos & this debate continually arises in the community. When I’m playing, especially in a competitive match I’d much rather win ugly than lose pretty. What the hell is a Sweaty Goal? In the past couple installments of FIFA, pl

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Blog #18 Why Can't I Win a Damn Header!

So easily one of the most popular and frequently asked questions in each FIFA installment is “How do I win headers?” Each year when I go through forums there is almost always a couple trending topics circling the frustration players are having when it comes to winning 50/50 headers or defending against crosses. The forum topics tend to include sob story after sob story of how the player has very little luck and just can’t rectify with why they are unable to win headers at a consistent rate. K

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Blog #17 Championship FIFA, The Big 3

6/22/12 Today’s blog will cover some factors that shouldn’t be overlooked when putting players on the pitch and choosing formations. People always check individual player’s statistics but often miss some of the most paramount data. Ever wonder why players sometimes move amazing on the pitch or vice versa? Check below for a step by step on a few characteristics to look for in players when you’re putting together that all-star lineup. Each player on the pitch has a dominant foot, wh

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Blog #16 Have you played FIFA Ultimate Team Mode!

Have you played FIFA Ultimate Team Mode!! Welcome back guys for another edition of FIFA Fridays. If you’re active in gaming networks on twitter your notice multiple trending topics that include things like #FUT… The amount of my friends who ask me what the hell #FUT is an acronym for is pretty amusing. So let me breakdown what #FUT (FIFA Ultimate Team) is all about. This mode I believe started in FIFA 2010, but it’s grown over the past couple FIFA installments. I’ve put in a lot of time pl

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Blog #15 Why MLG should add FIFA 13 to the Circuit?

6/8 -- Major League Gaming & FIFA Let’s look into what FIFA 12 has achieved this year… FIFA may be the largest growing title in the world, especially in the competitive gaming circuit. FIFA 12 obtained the title as the fastest selling sports title of all time, surpassing all others. (Including Madden) Multiple reputable game review sites placed FIFA 12 on a podium all its own with the majority spreading the word that this title was only heading in one direction. I personally belie

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Blog #14 Real Madrid, Simply the Best? FIFA Fridays (2)

6/1/12 Why does everyone use Real Madrid? In this week’s FIFA Friday ‘s blog I’m taking a closer look into what makes Real Madrid so dominant in FIFA 12. Without a doubt Madrid has the most complete squad and has multiple balanced players that are interchangeable at each position which provides “Depth”. Why is depth important? Mainly because FIFA players have separate styles and different players cater to different tactics. For instance, a smaller undersized team will excel in pressing

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Blog #13 Offsides with vVv michs09 (1) FIFA Friday Series

5/25/12 So I’m going to be putting out a new blog each week on FIFA Fridays where I break down teams, tactics, and formations in FIFA 12. Also if you’re into Ultimate Team mode, I can gladly go into detail about making money, getting top players, hidden gems, and differences in gameplay. In my first entry, I’m going to breakdown one of the most commonly used formations over the past few years of FIFA. The 4-1-2-1-2 If you’ve ever played FIFA online then running into the 4-1-2-1-2

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Blog #12 "Virgin Gaming Challenge Series"

4/28/2012 Virgin Gaming Challenge Series World Final Manhattan (Terminal 5), NYC If you have been following Esports news, then over the past few months Virgin Gaming has been running qualifiers for their huge event that took place this weekend. The Challenge Series!! FIFA included a field of 256 players, with more than half flying in from outside the United States. This doubles the largest FIFA LAN I’ve participated in regarding participants. Let me get into the Pros & Cons

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Blog #11 Xtreme Soccer FIFA Invitational

12/3/11 Houston, Texas "I'm from Houston Homie" I went back to my hometown for a local FIFA tourney this past weekend which included some solid competition and allowed me to start practicing for LAN events in FIFA 12. (PS3) There were 16 competitors invited – The event was held at what’s going to become “Xtreme Soccer Shop”, in the video the venue is totally empty because renovations haven’t been made yet. The owner is really involved in FIFA so he opened up the store to hold an

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Blog #10 WCG Pan American Championship (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

11/8/11 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Largest city in Brazil World Cyber Games Pan American Championship Team USA arrived in Sao Paulo early Friday morning with expectations to put on a solid showing at the Pan American Championship. The competition titles included FIFA 11, Starcraft 2, and Counterstrike 1.6. Our Starcraft player was unable to get an approved visa in time for the trip therefore we didn’t have a representative at the event. My group play started early Saturday afternoo

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Blog #9 Third Times a Charm? – Andong, Korea

10/10/11 It’s that time of the year again; the IeSF 2011 World Final (International Esports Federation) took place in Andong, Korea this year. I qualified to represent the USA in the Hyundai Veloster promotional title after winning a qualifier held by WOGL. (World Online Gaming League) Titles: (FIFA Online 2, Starcraft 2, A.V.A. & Hyundai Veloster) 40 Nations (400 total players) Team USA arrived at Incheon Airport jet lagged after 20+ hours of traveling. We took a bus ride

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Blog #8 Here We Go Again! -- Daegu, Korea

11/2/10 (IeSF Challenge Grand Final 2010) The IeSF Challenge (International Esports Federation) took place over the weekend and myself with a few other American teammates were lucky enough to be competing. The two major games focused on at the event were

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Blog #7 WCG National Final 10th -12th Los Angeles, California

9/14/10 The WCG National Final is considered one of the most prestigious events of the year and mainstream results are normally demanded from any gaming organization. At vVv we were lucky enough to have 6 players in attendance including 5/9 for Guitar Hero and myself for FIFA. I put in a lot of time training FIFA 2010 and I must admit winning the event was the only goal I set for this year

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Blog #6

8/31/10 About: WCG Pan American is an international event that brings North & South American countries together for competition. It

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Blog #3: WCG National Qualifier FIFA 2010

7/18/10 I just finished up a WCG National Qualifier for FIFA 2010 on the pc, where I was able to go undefeated without dropping a game and clinch a berth to the final. (Los Angeles, California)

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Blog #1 WCG Ultimate Gamer Casting Call

4/10/10 - 4/11/10 Day #1 Upon the announcing of WCG Ultimate Gamer Tryouts, I needed to make a decision and fast. The dates and locations were put on paper about 10 days before the actual casting calls. (Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC) I immediately began to view flights and try to price the trips, naturally I was interested in attending the NYC casting call because the majority of my family lives there. Being from Houston meant that none of the locations were necessarily going

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