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    Ballack got a reaction from Yui in LoL Previews: Race to the Summoner's Cup -- The Favorites   
    A colleague of mine wrote this article over at Rotowire previewing Worlds favorites from each region. Thought I'd share it as we build up to Thursday: http://www.rotowire.com/esports/showArticle.php?id=29565
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    Ballack reacted to Angry Doktor in Limited Availability Aug 27th - Sept 3rd   
    I thought.... We were your family?..
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    Ballack got a reaction from Yui in Member Application - Angry Doktor (Brian Boyle)   
    Lets try this again...
     
    I, vVv Ballack, endorse Angry Doktor
    How much time have you spent with the applicant, in-game or out? 
    I've known Will since 2007, we've played a ton of baseball in highschool together, including on travel teams all over the country. Besides that we play league pretty much daily.  What was your first impression of the community member? Did it change at all over time? If so, how?
    Will is the kind of guy who gives his all in everything he does. It's sometimes awkward to meet someone new in highschool, but once he moved to our school, he fit in almost immediately which was quite rare. He's a competitive guy, but doesn't take things over the top. What was your favorite moment with them (in-game or out)?
    Probably filming Double M Day 2009, particularly this scene where Will enters at the one minute mark.  What makes this applicant a good fit for vVv Gaming?
    Will is a good person overall, heavily active with our group on league and is always looking to improve. How could they improve to be a better potential community member?
    I think the most important thing is to just stay active and involved with the community. He does a good job in game but will need to continue being active here as well. Anything else we should know about this applicant? Any skills or talents that no one else knows yet?
    He once dropped the middle finger when he was catching me at a national tournament we played in... which was weird because I was thinking the same thing. ESP moment. haha
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    Ballack got a reaction from PretzL in Member Application - Angry Doktor (Brian Boyle)   
    Error post
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    Ballack got a reaction from Angry Doktor in Member Application - Angry Doktor (Brian Boyle)   
    My boy right here... I love this guy, we go way back.... He'd be a great addition to vVv and plays with most of the members who are active. Keep up the activity and I'm sure you'll be accepted Will. 
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    Ballack got a reaction from Eternal in NALCS Playoffs and Promotions!   
    TSM and Immortals have been on another level all split, but TSM have wiped Immortals twice... I don't see how TSM can't win the split unless they have a colossal let down.
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    Ballack got a reaction from Yui in NALCS Playoffs and Promotions!   
    TSM and Immortals have been on another level all split, but TSM have wiped Immortals twice... I don't see how TSM can't win the split unless they have a colossal let down.
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    Ballack got a reaction from Atrax in vVv Fantasy LCS League?   
    I think OG will rebound like they did this week though... I'm gonna keep the faith. Also Impact has only played in 2 games so that's been pretty lame as well
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    Ballack got a reaction from Atrax in vVv Fantasy LCS League?   
    Ok cool... here is the link to the league. http://fantasy.lolesports.com/share/join/league/1027110/TStyYhuYdDjWIuh6x011
     
    We need one more person for 8 so invite a friend if you have one that might be interested... What time can you guys draft tonight? How is ~7 EST? 
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    Ballack got a reaction from Eternal in vVv Fantasy LCS League?   
    Hey guys, wanted to see if there would be interest in having another vVv Fantasy LCS league. We can do anywhere from 4-8 players based on interest. Please reply here if you are interested and I'll get the league set up. We will have to discuss when we want to draft but as long as it's before Thursday we're good.
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    Ballack got a reaction from Yui in IEM Cologne!   
    QG 2-0 DIG
    C9 2-1 H2k
    FNATIC 2-0 QG
    Ever 2-1 C9
    Fnatic 3-1 Ever
     
    Ever's support was so good on Bard at the KESPA cup I'm hoping he busts it out again
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    Ballack got a reaction from Atrax in New TSM squad has my approval   
    I think they'll be pretty strong come LCS time. I like Cloud 9 to bounce back well with Rush as well. 
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    Ballack got a reaction from Yui in Aeroglow Re app - Hello Again :D   
    Good stuff tonight in ranked 5s. Was a good time, looking to get some more games in. Thanks for setting it up, I think it's going to help me a lot as a player.
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    Ballack got a reaction from vVv B1zkit in Away for training   
    I'm going to a grant writing training in Pittsburgh Monday/Tuesday but will be heading down tomorrow for a little impromptu vacation. I may have some limited forum activity but won't be around to play any games. See you all next week!
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    Ballack got a reaction from BigJus240 in Wednesday Night HotS!   
    Good times... Paradise is the MVP in my opinion for his five man mosh pit!
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    Ballack got a reaction from vVv LordJerith in So ESPN did an article on Faker...   
    Pretty interesting... What do you guys think?
     
    http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/13035450/league-legends-prodigy-faker-carries-country-shoulders?ex_cid=sportscenterFB
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    Ballack got a reaction from vVv Tahvvy in YeNiBeaR Application   
    I think Yeni would be a a great addition to vVv. As far as I can tell she has complied to all requests during her application period and has been very active on the forums, mumble, and in game. 
     
    As far as in game, she has been fun to play with. Whether we win or lose she keeps an enjoyable and positive attitude that makes her easy to play with. No one wants to play with a person who rages all the time and I appreciate that whether we win or get dominated (it's happened at times) her attitude stays the same. vVv could always use more people like Yeni in it's communities. 
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    Ballack got a reaction from YeNiBeaR in YeNiBeaR Application   
    I think Yeni would be a a great addition to vVv. As far as I can tell she has complied to all requests during her application period and has been very active on the forums, mumble, and in game. 
     
    As far as in game, she has been fun to play with. Whether we win or lose she keeps an enjoyable and positive attitude that makes her easy to play with. No one wants to play with a person who rages all the time and I appreciate that whether we win or get dominated (it's happened at times) her attitude stays the same. vVv could always use more people like Yeni in it's communities. 
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    Ballack got a reaction from MikEvil in Community Spotlight: vVv Echelon wins CoD:AW 1v1 Tournaments at i54!   
    vVv Echelon wins Back to Back CoD Advanced Warfare Tournaments at Insomnia 54!
     
     
     
     
     
    On April 4th and 5th vVv Echelon competed in the CoD Advanced Warfare Daily tournaments at Insomnia Gaming Festival 54. It ended up being a very successful weekend for Echelon as he captured titles on back to back days. We caught up with Echelon to talk to him about his experience and the glory of winning two titles in two days.
     
    Ballack: First and foremost congratulations on winning the Insomnia 54 CoD Advanced Warfare daily tournaments! For those who may not know you too well, could you tell us a little about yourself and how you first got into CoD?
     
    Echelon: My real name is Michael, I'm 17, and have been playing competitive Call of Duty on and off for 3 years now. I didn't take it seriously as far as going to LAN events until last April at i51 where I played CoD: Ghosts.
     
    B: What was the format for the daily tournaments at I54? Tell us a bit about how the weekend played out. How many games did you play? What game modes, etc.
     
    E: I didn't know that the daily Call of Duty tournaments were on in this format until two days before the event when the 4v4 tournament got cancelled due to conflicting dates with the Gfnity open. The daily tournaments ran on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I missed the Friday event because we got stuck in traffic while traveling. Onto Saturday, registration opened at 10:30 and there was a maximum tournament size of 32 players. I just made the cut as sign ups were full after 5 minutes. The format was supposed to be 1v1 Search and Destroy but was sadly changed for the Saturday and Sunday tournaments as after Friday it was clear that the defense side had too much of an advantage and that 1v1 S&D also has an element of luck involved. So it was changed to 1v1 FFA up to the final match which was an eight man FFA and the top three players received a payout. The Saturday game was a lot easier than Sunday’s. I was dominating my 1v1s 15-1, 22-0 etc. up until the final FFA which was on the map Riot. I dropped 51 kills which secured me a comfortable 1st place victory.
    Sunday is when the struggle started. I was doing fine until the semifinal match on Retreat which I barely managed to get through by 3 kills. By the time the finals came around I was getting a little bit nervous. I didn't see why I was nervous, after playing against the likes of madcat in a LAN setting before but with 2 minutes to go I was trailing by 10 kills. At this point I just took a deep breath and got setup in the power position on Terrace at showers. I got killed after tying it up at 51 kills and with 16 seconds to go I spawned by the pool. From this point I picked up one kill, headed up the stairs to pick up another kill and turned around for the 3 piece kill as I headed back to the showers. Once I was back to the Showers I picked up one more kill which secured me the victory and my second 1st place finish of i54.
     
    B: That Sunday game sounded intense! Nice to see you pull it out in exciting fashion. Insomnia is known as one of the largest gaming festivals in the UK. How large was the field for the CoD tournaments and did you expect to do well heading into the weekend.
     
    E: The COD tournament was a lot different and smaller than normal as its usually a 64 team 4v4 event but was a 32 player 1v1 event which was due to the 4v4 being cancelled because of the Gfinity open. The field could have been increased to 64 or even a 128 player event as it was generating a lot of interest. I expected to do okay because the really big names like swanny, madcat, markyB were all down at Gfinity but I didn't expect two first place finishes.
     
    B: You've also been to I51 and I53, as well as I54, how did this weekend compare to those weekends? Is the CoD scene in the UK alive and thriving in your opinion?
     
    E: With the amount of people wanting to participate there's definitely some growth from every event I have been to. However, it will be a long time until the UK sees MLG type prize pools and tournament sizes. I didn't expect the turn out that there was at the i54 considering the Gfinity open was on the same dates, but it was definitely good to see.
     
    B: What's next for you? With I54 being over are you planning on Attending I55 in August? In the time before then what will you be up to?
     
    E: As for i55 I will sadly not be able to attend because I have to pay it all out of pocket which is becoming a lot harder. I need to thank my parents for paying for the events for me if I can’t come up with the money. Between now and then the next event I will be attending is AM2PRO in Blackpool in July so until then I will be finding a solid team which I think I have found, grinding the game and streaming it.
     
    B: Is there anything else you’d like to say about your experience at i54?
     
    E: Altogether it was a fun experience. I know it wasn’t your normal call of duty tournament since they are usually 4v4 but it made a great change of pace. We were still playing in a competitive environment but with different game settings it really changed the play style that you would usually play. I think we need more events that do this like how halo has the 4v4 tournament and then FFA tournaments. Something like keeping the FFA as a mini tournament as well as the big 4v4. I think it would be a good idea and would let teams and sponsors see up and coming talents that wouldn't usually get a shot because their names are overshadowed by the players who are already pro.
     
    B: Thanks for your time today Echelon and congrats once again. How can we follow you?
     
    E: Follow my twitter @vVv_Echelon and my twitch stream mikemc757.
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    Ballack got a reaction from Flintelock in Community Spotlight: vVv Echelon wins CoD:AW 1v1 Tournaments at i54!   
    vVv Echelon wins Back to Back CoD Advanced Warfare Tournaments at Insomnia 54!
     
     
     
     
     
    On April 4th and 5th vVv Echelon competed in the CoD Advanced Warfare Daily tournaments at Insomnia Gaming Festival 54. It ended up being a very successful weekend for Echelon as he captured titles on back to back days. We caught up with Echelon to talk to him about his experience and the glory of winning two titles in two days.
     
    Ballack: First and foremost congratulations on winning the Insomnia 54 CoD Advanced Warfare daily tournaments! For those who may not know you too well, could you tell us a little about yourself and how you first got into CoD?
     
    Echelon: My real name is Michael, I'm 17, and have been playing competitive Call of Duty on and off for 3 years now. I didn't take it seriously as far as going to LAN events until last April at i51 where I played CoD: Ghosts.
     
    B: What was the format for the daily tournaments at I54? Tell us a bit about how the weekend played out. How many games did you play? What game modes, etc.
     
    E: I didn't know that the daily Call of Duty tournaments were on in this format until two days before the event when the 4v4 tournament got cancelled due to conflicting dates with the Gfnity open. The daily tournaments ran on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I missed the Friday event because we got stuck in traffic while traveling. Onto Saturday, registration opened at 10:30 and there was a maximum tournament size of 32 players. I just made the cut as sign ups were full after 5 minutes. The format was supposed to be 1v1 Search and Destroy but was sadly changed for the Saturday and Sunday tournaments as after Friday it was clear that the defense side had too much of an advantage and that 1v1 S&D also has an element of luck involved. So it was changed to 1v1 FFA up to the final match which was an eight man FFA and the top three players received a payout. The Saturday game was a lot easier than Sunday’s. I was dominating my 1v1s 15-1, 22-0 etc. up until the final FFA which was on the map Riot. I dropped 51 kills which secured me a comfortable 1st place victory.
    Sunday is when the struggle started. I was doing fine until the semifinal match on Retreat which I barely managed to get through by 3 kills. By the time the finals came around I was getting a little bit nervous. I didn't see why I was nervous, after playing against the likes of madcat in a LAN setting before but with 2 minutes to go I was trailing by 10 kills. At this point I just took a deep breath and got setup in the power position on Terrace at showers. I got killed after tying it up at 51 kills and with 16 seconds to go I spawned by the pool. From this point I picked up one kill, headed up the stairs to pick up another kill and turned around for the 3 piece kill as I headed back to the showers. Once I was back to the Showers I picked up one more kill which secured me the victory and my second 1st place finish of i54.
     
    B: That Sunday game sounded intense! Nice to see you pull it out in exciting fashion. Insomnia is known as one of the largest gaming festivals in the UK. How large was the field for the CoD tournaments and did you expect to do well heading into the weekend.
     
    E: The COD tournament was a lot different and smaller than normal as its usually a 64 team 4v4 event but was a 32 player 1v1 event which was due to the 4v4 being cancelled because of the Gfinity open. The field could have been increased to 64 or even a 128 player event as it was generating a lot of interest. I expected to do okay because the really big names like swanny, madcat, markyB were all down at Gfinity but I didn't expect two first place finishes.
     
    B: You've also been to I51 and I53, as well as I54, how did this weekend compare to those weekends? Is the CoD scene in the UK alive and thriving in your opinion?
     
    E: With the amount of people wanting to participate there's definitely some growth from every event I have been to. However, it will be a long time until the UK sees MLG type prize pools and tournament sizes. I didn't expect the turn out that there was at the i54 considering the Gfinity open was on the same dates, but it was definitely good to see.
     
    B: What's next for you? With I54 being over are you planning on Attending I55 in August? In the time before then what will you be up to?
     
    E: As for i55 I will sadly not be able to attend because I have to pay it all out of pocket which is becoming a lot harder. I need to thank my parents for paying for the events for me if I can’t come up with the money. Between now and then the next event I will be attending is AM2PRO in Blackpool in July so until then I will be finding a solid team which I think I have found, grinding the game and streaming it.
     
    B: Is there anything else you’d like to say about your experience at i54?
     
    E: Altogether it was a fun experience. I know it wasn’t your normal call of duty tournament since they are usually 4v4 but it made a great change of pace. We were still playing in a competitive environment but with different game settings it really changed the play style that you would usually play. I think we need more events that do this like how halo has the 4v4 tournament and then FFA tournaments. Something like keeping the FFA as a mini tournament as well as the big 4v4. I think it would be a good idea and would let teams and sponsors see up and coming talents that wouldn't usually get a shot because their names are overshadowed by the players who are already pro.
     
    B: Thanks for your time today Echelon and congrats once again. How can we follow you?
     
    E: Follow my twitter @vVv_Echelon and my twitch stream mikemc757.
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    Ballack got a reaction from Echelon in Community Spotlight: vVv Echelon wins CoD:AW 1v1 Tournaments at i54!   
    vVv Echelon wins Back to Back CoD Advanced Warfare Tournaments at Insomnia 54!
     
     
     
     
     
    On April 4th and 5th vVv Echelon competed in the CoD Advanced Warfare Daily tournaments at Insomnia Gaming Festival 54. It ended up being a very successful weekend for Echelon as he captured titles on back to back days. We caught up with Echelon to talk to him about his experience and the glory of winning two titles in two days.
     
    Ballack: First and foremost congratulations on winning the Insomnia 54 CoD Advanced Warfare daily tournaments! For those who may not know you too well, could you tell us a little about yourself and how you first got into CoD?
     
    Echelon: My real name is Michael, I'm 17, and have been playing competitive Call of Duty on and off for 3 years now. I didn't take it seriously as far as going to LAN events until last April at i51 where I played CoD: Ghosts.
     
    B: What was the format for the daily tournaments at I54? Tell us a bit about how the weekend played out. How many games did you play? What game modes, etc.
     
    E: I didn't know that the daily Call of Duty tournaments were on in this format until two days before the event when the 4v4 tournament got cancelled due to conflicting dates with the Gfnity open. The daily tournaments ran on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I missed the Friday event because we got stuck in traffic while traveling. Onto Saturday, registration opened at 10:30 and there was a maximum tournament size of 32 players. I just made the cut as sign ups were full after 5 minutes. The format was supposed to be 1v1 Search and Destroy but was sadly changed for the Saturday and Sunday tournaments as after Friday it was clear that the defense side had too much of an advantage and that 1v1 S&D also has an element of luck involved. So it was changed to 1v1 FFA up to the final match which was an eight man FFA and the top three players received a payout. The Saturday game was a lot easier than Sunday’s. I was dominating my 1v1s 15-1, 22-0 etc. up until the final FFA which was on the map Riot. I dropped 51 kills which secured me a comfortable 1st place victory.
    Sunday is when the struggle started. I was doing fine until the semifinal match on Retreat which I barely managed to get through by 3 kills. By the time the finals came around I was getting a little bit nervous. I didn't see why I was nervous, after playing against the likes of madcat in a LAN setting before but with 2 minutes to go I was trailing by 10 kills. At this point I just took a deep breath and got setup in the power position on Terrace at showers. I got killed after tying it up at 51 kills and with 16 seconds to go I spawned by the pool. From this point I picked up one kill, headed up the stairs to pick up another kill and turned around for the 3 piece kill as I headed back to the showers. Once I was back to the Showers I picked up one more kill which secured me the victory and my second 1st place finish of i54.
     
    B: That Sunday game sounded intense! Nice to see you pull it out in exciting fashion. Insomnia is known as one of the largest gaming festivals in the UK. How large was the field for the CoD tournaments and did you expect to do well heading into the weekend.
     
    E: The COD tournament was a lot different and smaller than normal as its usually a 64 team 4v4 event but was a 32 player 1v1 event which was due to the 4v4 being cancelled because of the Gfinity open. The field could have been increased to 64 or even a 128 player event as it was generating a lot of interest. I expected to do okay because the really big names like swanny, madcat, markyB were all down at Gfinity but I didn't expect two first place finishes.
     
    B: You've also been to I51 and I53, as well as I54, how did this weekend compare to those weekends? Is the CoD scene in the UK alive and thriving in your opinion?
     
    E: With the amount of people wanting to participate there's definitely some growth from every event I have been to. However, it will be a long time until the UK sees MLG type prize pools and tournament sizes. I didn't expect the turn out that there was at the i54 considering the Gfinity open was on the same dates, but it was definitely good to see.
     
    B: What's next for you? With I54 being over are you planning on Attending I55 in August? In the time before then what will you be up to?
     
    E: As for i55 I will sadly not be able to attend because I have to pay it all out of pocket which is becoming a lot harder. I need to thank my parents for paying for the events for me if I can’t come up with the money. Between now and then the next event I will be attending is AM2PRO in Blackpool in July so until then I will be finding a solid team which I think I have found, grinding the game and streaming it.
     
    B: Is there anything else you’d like to say about your experience at i54?
     
    E: Altogether it was a fun experience. I know it wasn’t your normal call of duty tournament since they are usually 4v4 but it made a great change of pace. We were still playing in a competitive environment but with different game settings it really changed the play style that you would usually play. I think we need more events that do this like how halo has the 4v4 tournament and then FFA tournaments. Something like keeping the FFA as a mini tournament as well as the big 4v4. I think it would be a good idea and would let teams and sponsors see up and coming talents that wouldn't usually get a shot because their names are overshadowed by the players who are already pro.
     
    B: Thanks for your time today Echelon and congrats once again. How can we follow you?
     
    E: Follow my twitter @vVv_Echelon and my twitch stream mikemc757.
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    Ballack got a reaction from plompoth in vVv Application: I$AAC   
    What are your LAN plans? Are you planning on going to Evo at the end of the month?

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