End of the year. Yup, here comes the end of 2012. There's so much I wanted to do, things I've not been able to fit into this busy part of the year. My videologs were neglected for longer than intended. My practice became rather erratic last week again, due to so-called pre-christmas madness. You know, the chores around the house, families keeping us busy. Well, me complaining about the hecticness of year ending, that's not really the purpose of this writting of mine.
2012 - My year of S
It's December, a month usually circling around appreciation for others, where we share our thoughts about them and show how much we appreciate them. A month, where we appreciate all these small things. It's also a chance for me to let out that closet fangirl - I don't do this often. Well, could you blame me? I'm 28 years old woman, so it would be it bit odd, to say at very least, to scream like crazy how much I admire someone who can be considered famous. Heh. But, since it's December & I ju
Written by Ott Madis "Oakwarrior" Ozolit
Hi guys and gals, I'm back with another interview with the vVv's StarCraft 2 Aspire team, this week it's going to be Jake "vVv_Virulent" Smith, a 23-year-old Zerg player. Currently he's focusing on Wings of Liberty as much as he can, but since he got his Heart of the Swarm invite, he can be seen actively playing the beta as well.
Interview with Jake "Virulent" Smith
Hey Virulent, how is it going?
"It's going pre
We are often being approached as to if our lineup in this and that tournament is our main vVv Gaming's lineup. It came to our attention that there's not a huge knowledge about the so-called "vVv Gaming's Aspire StarCraft 2 Team". And thus, allow me to shed some light on the team. Take it as a belated introduction, if you will.
Aspire.SC2 team was officially launched in July 2012 - with the intent of accepting hardworking, dedicated players, who aim higher than playing couple of games per we
Written by Ott Madis "Oakwarrior" Ozolit
Hello everybody! My name is Ott Madis "Oakwarrior" Ozolit, a vVv community member and lurker (lol), bringing to you an interview series, with vVv's Aspire team. With the Aspire team in vVv well underway with its endeavours, I was asked by our very own BabyToss to complete the interview series with Team SC2 Aspire. First up, or rather fifth up, is actually Jana “vVv BabyToss” Otahalova herself!
As a brief introduction to her doings, Jana is a 2
Time for some balancing. After short break, due to reasons specified in the vlog, I am bringing up talk about my team, vVv Gaming's Aspire StarCraft 2 team, where I try to summarize the events and how we were doing in these past 2 months. I am talking about how we started, bilancing the players at the beginning, going deeper into how we progressed in terms of skill levels and such.
I am pointing out the positive, as well as focusing on what is in need of improvement, addressing each player
Written by Dakota "Rapture" Lasky
After jumping from game to game, it seems like TJ "vVv Fearful" Lopez has found his home not only in Starcraft 2, but in vVv Gaming's Aspire program. Despite his experience in many other titles, including competitive experience in Warcraft 3, Fearful is confident that he has made the right choice in Starcraft 2. Let's learn a little more about this wandering, yet dedicated Starcraft 2 hopeful.
TJ "vVv Fearful" Lopez
Alright, so first
Written by Dakota "vVv Rapture" Lasky
With vVv BabyToss hard at work as captain of the Aspire Team, I have taken over the duties of delving into the vVv Aspire roster to learn more about the players that make up its class. Just as Babytoss did, I shall be interviewing all of the players one-by-one and this week, it's vVv WaKai's turn.
After beginning his Starcraft 2 career in gold league, Nathan “vVv WaKai” Pigeon worked his way all the way to Masters by the end of the summer of 2
In this vlog, I talk about the very own SC2 community I've been apart of for a year. I'm touching the highlights of the community, why this community is awesome and giving some spotlight to Day and White-Ra, who are one of the nicest people the community has (in my humble opinion), also highlighting some of the people I've met through the course of my time with SC2 community, who are not necessarily progamers or known personalities, but who do inspire me in one way or another. Kudos to ReereS
This week, I'm talking about tournaments, mentioning my first ever experience from a biggest LAN tournament in Czech republic, and of course, can't forget mentioning my experience during DreamHack Summer 2012. How these events affected me, how they helped me to grow as a person and a StarCraft 2 player.
Briefly touching the subject of tilting, choking and anxiety as well, the common things occuring during the tournaments, as well as the enviroment differences which ultimately affect o
In my second vLog, I talk about my team, specifically vVv Gaming's Aspire.SC2 team. What we are about, what our goals and motivations are, what we require from our players. It's a short introduction of the idea behind the team; rather than it's members.
Comments, suggestions, ideas, they all are welcomed and appreciated!
An introduction vLog of mine, where I talk about how I got into StarCraft 2, about why I love the game, also briefly touching my goals and dreams. I also wittingly make fun of my very first ladder game ever at the end of the video.
I'm taking these videos both an opportunity to talk about SC2 related subjects, as well as a small personal theraphy for myself, to combat my shyness, to be able to react better to people, if there's a chance someone might be watching me and I could fall
Another week has passed. Our Aspire Team is steadily coming up, establishing practice times. Some people already showing signs of improvement, the last person interviewed (PoSeR) went 8-0 on the ladder the next day after practice. Awesome? Awesome! Alas, as promised, that we would bring you weekly interviews with our members, today is the day again, when we pick up one Aspire member and interrogate them to the fullest. Today, we will talk with Adam "vVv SonTran" Son Tran.
Adam is 22 years o
With our own vVv Gaming launching the StarCraft Aspire, it is time to get deeper into this little project of ours and first, and foremost, meet the members of the Aspire itself. With this little series of mine, I'll be bringing up individual members and coaches of the Aspire, questioning them a little, so we can get to know them better, what their motivations and goals are and so much more.
This week, I'm bringing up Chris "vVv PoSeR" Clauson up for the interrogation. In short, Chris is a P
Published on Thursday, 22 June 2012 01:08 | Written by BabyToss
Finally sitting down to write down for a bit. I would like to share my experience from Dreamhack Summer & my participation in StarCraft 2's Eizo Open tournament. Now, some quick facts, before I even get to the whole thing. First of all, this was my first international event. I've never had chance to compete in an international offline event before. This is why there were many unknown factors for me in there, I'll go more in
Published on Thursday, 14 June 2012 23:32 | Written by BabyToss
My habit of randomly (ok, ok, not so randomly) picking up interesting StarCraft 2 personalities is not going anywhere, if dear readers were wondering why the little me was quiet for some time. I've been focusing on some stuff behind the scenes as well as on my preparations for DreamHack. Alas, enough of me, I'm bringing you yet another small venture out, meeting awesome personality, this time a member of compLexity Gaming; mayb
Published on Wednesday, 23rd May 2012 00:29 | Written by BabyToss
We all use them. Well, most of us. We want to keep in touch with the gaming world. We also want to share our own thoughts and ideas, to shout them out to the world. Yes, talking here about social media, such as Facebook or Twitter. To those, who are part of prominent teams, that is even a must thing, in order to be able to promote their brand and themselves, to attract even wider audience. Howewer, there are m
Published on Monday, 21 May 2012 02:51 | Written by BabyToss
Note: While an older work of mine, written on my personal website some time ago, I wanted to share this piece, as it is still very relevant. There's always a lot of crap stirred when some women appears and even openly admits she's a woman. There are so many crappy stereotypes about the gender of female or even male (I hate them with passion), which lead to mess we often see in the general public, when StarCraft 2 & women pop
Published on Monday, 14 May 2012 00:29 | Written by BabyToss
I thought I'd share this, it's a both a mixture of my own 3rd person narrative as well as the interview which was done by the female-only community, Girls of StarCraft over on Facebook and recently posted on TheGoSC Teamliquid's thread, very slightly edited to provide more recent view. I've been doing interviews with some awesome personalities and I realize I'm little nobody compared to them, and articles about many things, so I f
Published on Friday, 11 May 2012 00:06 | Written by BabyToss
As promised, that I'd be writing spotlights of interesting personalities - I'm bringing you another one. This time, we have yet another role-model personality here. I believe, that if you actually follow StarCraft 2 scene, you'll know him. I'm talking about
Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, a Dutch Protoss player.
First, when you go and watch Grubby's stream, you'll notice one thing. He is entertainer. He enjoys making his
Note: As I've been around the StarCraft 2 community, I've seen about hundreds of people offering StarCraft 2 coaching, seeing many of coaches in action as well, on their streams. It became some sort of a trend within a StarCraft 2 community. You can easily hook yourself up with a SC2 coach, if you look hard enough. Some of them offer their services for free, some of them ask for a hourly fee. Now, what has me thinking is, that a lot of people do follow the formula of 'He is a GM player, he will
Published on Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:16 | Written by BabyToss
Each time I see a topic on Team liquid about someone wanting to go pro in StarCraft 2, I actually read it, with a faint curiousity. And often, I just shake my head. Not because of their league, whatever it may be, but because of the wrong approach most people choose, as well as wrong motivation for their desired goal. Take this with grain of salt, here goes yet another rant.
So why people claiming publically they want to
Published on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:52 | Written by BabyToss
It doesn't happent too often, for us to see a new StarCraft 2 talent rising, arriving as suddenly as spring storm. We often see all these same names on the scene and it is really difficult to spot a new talented player on the rise. And that is exactly what happened during last IPL; IPL4, where those of you, who paid close attention, could spot a promising Zerg player, Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn.
Scarlett managed to impress ma
Published on Monday, 16 April 2012 10:33 | Written by BabyToss
There are many known players & StarCraft 2 prodigies, which you hear about every day, if you actually watch the progaming scene. They inspire us, to strive to be better StarCrafters, but in the end, it sometimes feel, that they are out of reach, as if I watched a Hollywood movie, rather than a real person. This is why I decided to actually go and spotlight interesting personalities in StarCraft 2 - not necessarily progamers,