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  1. My predictions were right up until that Cloud 9 upset.  FeelsBadMan   It was a great tournament though.  Thanks Medusa!
  2. This weekend marks the next stage in the 2015 Road to BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm World Championship. China already punched in their two tickets to BlizzCon for eStar Gaming and Team YL, it’s now time to focus on the Americas Championship. The 2015 Americas Championship is being held September 19-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Teams from all over North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Australia & New Zealand will come together to battle it out in the Nexus for top glory and a trip to BlizzCon. The group stage of the tournament is different than most group stages out there. According to Reddit User eSportsMatt (Blizzard eSports Coordinator) the group stage can be considered “a double elimination bracket with a twist”. Reddit user TheBrillo made a chart that gives a nice breakdown here: In Group A, the first matches will consist of Tempo Storm vs Murloc Geniuses and Immunity vs Cloud 9. The winner of each match will move onto the “Winner’s Finals” of Group A and the losers go to the “Elimination Game” with the loser exiting the tournament. The winner of “Winner’s Finals” moves onto one side of the playoff bracket, loser drops to the “Lower Finals” where they will face the winner of the “Elimination Game” with the loser taking their exit. Winner of the “Lower Finals” moves onto the complete other side of the playoff bracket from their group-mate. The same format takes place in Group B with the first matches taking place after the Group A elimination game. The matchups for Group B are Relics vs COGnitive and Furious Gaming vs Complexity. Saturday ends with both Group A and Group B Winner’s Finals taking place. Sunday begins with both group’s Lower Finals, with the Grand Final taking place the same day. The tournament will be a Best of 3 format throughout with the exception of the Grand Finals which will be a Best of 5. Winner takes home a share of the $100,000 USD prize purse; $40,000 to first place, $24,000 to second place, and 3rd-4th taking home $12,000 each. Along with the prize money the top two teams will get their tickets punched to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. Action starts Saturday, 10am Pacific Time on the official Blizzard Heroes of the Storm Twitch Channel (link). Let's meet the teams competing this weekend, starting with Group A. Tempo Storm (North America) Dreadnaught - Support (Captain) Arthelon - Carry So1dier - Tank Kaeyoh - Carry Zuna - Flex Tempo Storm are the unofficial powerhouse of the North America region. They qualified for the HWC Americas Championship back in June with their first place finish but then went on to finish first in the next two opens in July and August as well. As a matter of fact in the last 10 majors/minors Tempo Storm has gone on to place first in 8 of them and only dropped to 2nd place for the ones they didn't place first, pretty impressive stuff. You can thank the "star-studded" roster that Tempo Storm has managed to gather over the course of the young esports' life. Some of you may remember Arthelon as a solo queue monster in League of Legends. Some of the older players might remember him from a time before LCS when he played on teams like Monomaniac Esports and Meat Playground. Although Arthelon's League career did not amount to much, he is not unfamiliar with the idea of professionalism that is needed in an infant esport like Heroes of the Storm. As for more star-power a lot of people will look at Zuna and ask "Hey, is that the guy from...." yes, it is. Zuna, former AD Carry of team Vulcan and XDG is no stranger either when it comes to esports. Playing on Vulcan, a team who finished 3rd in both the 2013 League of Legends LCS Spring and Summer splits, and later on XDG before the team was ultimately relegated only to never return. Despite this, Zuna showed that he can be a big time player in big time situations. Tempo Storm's victorious run can be credited to him. After Zuna joined the team on May 21st, Tempo Storm began their NA domination. It isn’t all about the star power though. Dreadnaught, captain of the team, has shown a top notch Pick/Ban phase in almost all of their matchups. So1dier and Kaeyoh are also extremely talented and this team as a whole seems to be the favorite going into this weekend’s tournament. Cloud 9 (North America) DunkTrain – Support (Captain) KingCaffeine – Tank iDream – Carry K1pro – Flex Fan – Carry Cloud 9 is another North American power that has shown some consistency in their lifetime. Although, usually taking 2nd place while Tempo Storm takes first, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Consisting of the roster formerly known as Cloud 9 Maelstrom, who after qualifying in July, dissolved Cloud 9 Vortex and unified under the singular Cloud 9 banner. Boasting a roster of Heroes veterans, they are no strangers to the tournament scene as well. After placing first in last year’s BlizzCon exhibition tournament, Cloud 9 had a lot to replace after the departure of Zuna, Jintae, and Kenma. On July 30th, Cloud 9 settled on the roster (shown above) and has shown promise since. After the team changes, Cloud 9 has been a consistent top 3 threat in North America, winning the latest Heroes Major League hosted by ESL. With this young and promising roster, Cloud 9 is looking to secure one of the two spots for BlizzCon in hopes of accomplishing their championship dreams. Murloc Geniuses (North America) Faye – Carry CauthonLuck – Carry MadTiimmy – Support (Captain) Equinox – Flex Fury - Tank Formerly of the team Evil Geniuses in the 2014 BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm show match, MG has gone through a lot of changes since April 1st. Coined “The Challengers” by Josh Bury of theScore eSports (http://www.thescoreesports.com/news/2383) the roster was acquired by Zeveron before the June/July/August NA Open events. Before the August Open, Zeveron disbanded and once again took up the name Murloc Geniuses. Although one of the top 5 teams in North America, MG have not had much in the way of success as of late. More or less “backing into” the America Qualifiers as the last NA spot because the teams ahead of them had already placed; first place Tempo Storm, second place Cloud 9, and Complexity finishing 3rd. Despite the team changes and struggles throughout 2015, MG are looking to have a strong showing and hopefully make it out of Group A. Team Immunity (Australia) Shy – Carry (Captain) Robadobah – Tank Sashin – Flex Naeiou – Flex Enalgon - Support Team Immunity, unifying after their victory in the AU & NZ qualifiers (formerly Immunity White), are the champions of the AU & NZ region and are looking to represent the two Pacific Island nations in Las Vegas. While the team itself is fairly new, and the region itself is substantially weaker than the world as a whole, Team Immunity bring a fairly interesting playstyle to the Storm. Having two preferred Flex players versus the standard two carries that we see from other western teams brings an interesting element to their game. Being able to rotate roles of a Specialist/Carry on two members means Team Immunity can adapt quickly in a Best of 3 scenario. Can the Aussies make it out of groups and shock North America? Group B COGnitive Gaming (North America) Scylol – Tank Hospital – Carry (Captain) Iakona – Support Glaurung – Flex iVSlime – Carry COGnitive Gaming (also known as COG) are no strangers to esports as an organization but are definitely new to the Heroes of the Storm scene. Having only acquired a roster in May, formerly known as “Shot and the Bullets: Reloaded”, the squad showed immediate promise finishing no worse than 3rd in their first 2 months together. Unfortunately after the MSI MGA 2015 Americas Qualifier the team has fallen off in terms of performance, finishing no better than 3rd. With the roster moving to San Jose, CA with apartments close by and a practice area in between them, the team has an easier way to build in-person communication which can be huge for any new lineup. The team’s hyper-aggressive style has been a treat to viewers while sometimes being a detriment to the team as well. Despite their shortcomings, the team is looking to be a favorite coming out of Group B due to their style and their practice regiment. Is this the tournament that COG makes a resurgence and takes a top spot to prove they are among NA’s elite? compLexity (North America) Blinks – Support (Captain) Trummel – Carry CattlePillar – Tank H0ns – Flex Jaximus - Carry compLexity Gaming. Another name that is very well known in the esports scene that jumps on the early HotS bandwagon. compLexity acquired the roster of “Barrel Boys” and saw a lot of success in the ESL weekly tournaments but failed to materialize any meaningful results in any monthly, minor, or major tournaments. After the departure of Erho to Stellar Lotus, the team took to Reddit to search for a replacement. Jaximus contacted the team for a tryout and was immediately a great fit for the squad. With the addition of Jaximus the coL squad is looking stronger than ever. They are looking to make a big splash at this weekend’s event. Relics (Singapore) Revenant – Flex Mirr – Flex Trinity – Flex Relyzer – Flex Zeys – Support The Southeast Asian qualifier, coming out of Singapore, is Relics. They are a relatively unknown name in the Western scene, pulled off an impressive performance in the SEA Qualifiers by not dropping a single game until the Grand Finals, taking out Philippines Champion Bibingka 2-1. The squad also has a lot of interesting play styles. According to GosuGamers, all players not named Zeys played some combination of a Carry, Specialist, Warrior, or Tank hero in their 6 tournament wins. So what does this mean? Well it means Relics are an unpredictable squad with an obvious amount of talent. Will their wild playstyle result in a spot at BlizzCon? Furious Gaming (Argentina) Nittt – Flex Megalomaniac – Tank (Captain) Kobu – Support Malheven – Carry DEUS – Carry Furious Gaming have a very interesting story on how they got to the Americas Championship. They actually finished 3rd at the Copa America Championships last month, Brave Ozone took the top spot for the Latin America region. Unfortunately, Brave Ozone had visa issues and could not attend. In steps Furious Gaming, known for their Starcraft II clan, to try to grab a spot at BlizzCon. Unlike North America teams, Furious Gaming love their specialists and will focus on hard pushing and gaining an early lead to stomp out their opponent. Predictions: Group A For me, it’s an easy decision who is going to make it out of group stages in Group A. While Murloc Geniuses and Team Immunity are strong in their own right, I do not think they can hold a candle to Tempo Storm’s impressive Pick/Ban and Cloud 9’s team play. Winner’s FInals: Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9 In the North America July Open Tempo Storm showed to be very strong, beating Cloud 9 2-0. Cloud 9, at the time Cloud 9 Maelstrom, was able to first pick away Zuna’s Zeratul in game 1 but unfortunately the “Double Mage” comp of Tempo Storm was too much to handle. Game 2 saw Cloud 9 ban out Zeratul and Tempo Storm ban out Jaina, but again Tempo Storm was too much to handle. I expect Tempo Storm to be the Group A first seed. Elimination Game: Immunity vs Murloc Geniuses Despite Immunity’s promise as a squad, MG just have too much experience under their belt to worry much about Immunity. MG moves on 2-1 to the Lower Finals. Lower Finals: Cloud 9 vs Murloc Geniuses The last time these two teams met in tournament play only once before back when MG was known as Zeveron and C9 as C9 Maelstrom. It was a close set in the opening round of the tournament and both teams have shown improvement since then. I give the favorable edge to Cloud 9 in this one based off of player skill alone. Cloud 9 grabs the second seed out of Group A with a 2-1 victory. Group B This one is a bit closer. COGnititve is an impressive team. They had a lot of time to prepare so I expect them to come out guns blazing in their opening group game versus Relics. Furious Gaming is a bit of an unknown, and for what it’s worth, shouldn’t technically be here anyways. There is also the big question mark about compLexity’s new carry in Jaximus. Will he be able to bring is League of Legends skill into Heroes or is there still a lot of learning to do? Winner’s Finals: COGnitive vs compLexity These teams have met twice before this tournament, the NA July Open and the NA August Open with both teams winning a game. Expect this to be one of the closest games of the group stage by far as both teams are fairly close in skill level and strategy. coL still has a new lineup at the end of the day and because of this I give COG the win in this very close series 2-1 and matching up against Cloud 9 in the bottom half of the playoff bracket. Elimination Game: Relics vs Furious Gaming Poor Furious Gaming. I mean, they were able to go to Las Vegas which is awesome. Unfortunately, the best finish they had was 3rd in a relatively weak region. Being that Relics is a bit of a wild card, I expect FG to bow out of the tournament in this game. Relic takes this series 2-0 and moves on to play compLexity in the Lower Finals. Lower Finals: Relics vs compLexity Relics has the potential to pull an upset here. Being a relatively unknown team they have the element of surprise with their line-up of mostly flex position players. Expect a closer series than the experts think. At the end of the day though, I have to pick coL winning 2-1 and facing Tempo Storm in the upper part of the playoff bracket. Grand Finals Tempo Storm vs Cloud 9 Another rematch for these two teams. I mean, it’s hard to pick against consistency and these two teams have it. Tempo Storm consistently finished in first place with Cloud 9 consistently in second place. At this point, it’s almost irrelevant who to pick as a winner here as both teams get to go to BlizzCon on November 6-7th. For the sake of potentially being right and getting to brag (and potentially being wrong and sulking) I will have to go with Tempo Storm 3-1. Cloud 9 will make the first 2 games close, actually taking game 1. However, i think Tempo Storm is just the better team and that will show after their second series of this weekend.
  3. Well it is with heavy heart that I put in this resignation. Since I am hardly around anymore outside of the forums, and since I haven't really been providing any value for some time, I feel it is time to step away. I have spent two and half wonderful years apart of this organization and when I joined I never thought it would be as important to me as it became. I was able to participate in a lot while apart of vVv and those experiences are something I will take with me for the rest of my life. On top of that I met some amazing people that have become life long friends for sure and I will always cherish that. To everyone I have met while here are some of the most interesting and amazing people. To everyone just joining or somewhat new here it is up to you what becomes of this organization in the future, so make your time here count! I will most likely still be around on the forums so if anyone needs advice or anything feel free to drop me a line, I will help anyway I can. Thanks again everyone, and good luck in your futures! - vVv Magicmooch
  4. Colin Cowherd also thinks hockey isn't a sport, so I don't think many people at ESPN take him seriously.
  5. Hmm yes and no. Faker, without a doubt, is the most prestigious name in all of esports today. If you mention the name Faker in any competitive game (at least on pc) someone will know Faker. Which for the first time in history has probably happened. You can debate that old Starcraft players like Flash and Boxer, and from Warcraft 3 you of course had Moon, were super stars at their peak, but for the most part that was limited to Korea and somewhat unknown anywhere else unless you were a die-hard fan of the competitive scene (which not everyone wast). I think names like Fatal1ty, Forest, and maybe even more modern in terms of Dendi, come to mind as some of those "superstars" of esports throughout history. Here's my case for Faker being the most prominent one EVER: He is the most popular player in the world for the most popular game in the world. I mean we are talking upwards of 27 million players A DAY logging into League of Legends. I can guarantee that 90% of that 27 million (24.3 million to be exact) have heard of Faker. At its peak WC3 had between 70,000 and 100,000 daily players on Battle.net. To say that the two are even comparable is a bit laughable if you look at it from a strictly numbers standpoint. Best part is some teams design strategies completely based around shutting down Faker and SKT just sub in Easyhoon instead and he carries the game. Given how much esports has grown in the past 5 years I would say that Faker is the first most prominent esports "celebrity". Granted, at least in the states, you might have more people outside of esports who would know who TSM and Cloud9 are and not necessarily Faker, but I am sure this article would hlep that case. I realize it has no relevance to the discussion of the content of the article but I wanted to leave my two cents.
  6. Magicmooch#1145 I don't play but if I am invited then I can't possibly say no.
  7. Haven't played World of Warships but World of Tanks I have played a ton and from what I am hearing they are really similar in how they are set up. If that's the case it should be a really fun experience for sure. Be prepared for a grind though. In WoT you start with really shitty Tier 1 tanks and then have to grind experience and credits to move up. WarGaming does a nice job by balancing the matchmaking though i.e. Tier 1 tanks vs Tier 1 tanks, Tier 2 vs high ranking Tier 1 and 2 etc, so hopefully they have the same system for Warships. I heard Warships doesn't have that many tiers though which wouldn't make it so bad. You can spend real money to get gold that you can trade in for experience and credits if you want though, not necessary but if you want to its there. For esports WarGaming is super committed to WoT esports and have made it fairly popular considering its a very niche market with like 9 players on a team. I imagine they are looking into doing the same with Warships.
  8. Luden's Echo on him would be kinda Kreygasm
  9. Saint is my favorite player of all time. I miss his CLG days back when he was streaming from home and told a bunch of drunk stories. Oh man, those were the days.
  10. While I don't play League anymore I know what its like jumping into a new role that you're unfamiliar with (or have been scarred from previous experiences). Honestly, there aren't any tips or tricks. The best thing to do is to just dive in with an "expect the worst hope for the best" kind of attitude. Expect to have people rage at you for small, and large, mistakes and take them with a grain of salt. The only way to get better at something is to keep doing it and thats the best advice I can give. Also from what I have seen lately Sivir seems to be pretty popular in the LCS. Same thing with Kalista but I don't know shit about her so good luck lol.
  11. hook me up with swag kthanks
  12. Pherz, any other previous time when I asked if I should buy a game to play with you your answer has been "Fucking do it bro, don't be a bitch". THAT IS THE ANSWER I WAS EXPECTING
  13. Magicmooch

    Ace CT Cashe

    lol I am no senpai, all I have learned was from pros. Look around for videos on simple things and work on your shot. I would deathmatch a lot and focus on your shot, everything else comes later.
  14. Magicmooch

    Ace CT Cashe

    Your crosshair placement could be better. When you were peeking your crosshair was placed toward the ground/torso almost every time. Also, its not Call of Duty you can't really kill someone while jumping/moving/strafing. An ace is an ace though. Nice job.

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