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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Titan for a blog entry, Gaming - :D   
    Have you ever had met a person in life who shared all of your interests? Thought the way you do?
    The Moriarty to your Sherlock - Sometimes the other way around? Well, my brother, Chris, was and
    is that to me. There is nothing in this world that gets my blood flowing like the thrill of a challenge,
    a competition, or pursuit of perfection.
     
    The earliest memory I have is playing Mortal Kombat Ultimate. My brother was a beast at
    Nightwolf and Sindel. God, I couldn't stand that fucker and his axe combo; if you know the game,
    it started with a low kick... followed by an annihilation of your manhood (insert rage). Anyways,
    we'd play the game with large health pools so that the matches lasted for 7-10 minutes. We figured
    this would balance out the flukes and allow the better player to always win. It was always him.
    I would practice hours upon hours, character after character, just to find a way to beat his
    Nightwolf. I would go so far as to play into the AM's while everyone was asleep on a school night.
    Finally, a miracle happened. Jesus took the wheel, or in this case, control of the controller leading
    me to accidentally pick Noob Sabot in the select screen. Well, it turns out the timing of Sabots
    combos completely and utterly destroy Nightwolf. I ended up figuring out something called an
    "infinite combo" in the fighter genre, like Marvel vs Capcom. I was unbeatable. This led to my
    brother demanding the hero be banned from play, lol.
     
    Fast forward a few years, and the best game of all time had been created; Starcraft: Brood War.
    Our second greatest rivalry. I can still remember the day my brother came home with a disc of this
    game. For all you youngins out there, we had to have cd-rom discs of the game to play it. This is
    back when windows 95 was the most up to date operating system. Anyways, our buddy Jeremy
    from down the street was all about this game. We installed, opened the game, picked protoss,
    and entered a world that would define our childhood. Even to this day, I find myself searching
    youtube for the game's music, old tournaments, and everything GomTV. The game was flawless.
     
    Alright, enough gushing about Starcraft, down to the nitty gritty. Like all games, top tier players
    separate themselves from the community and create their own secret hideout. In Starcraft, this
    was Clan x17. To put this place in perspective; think of the biggest crush you've ever had. Now
    imagine her surrounded by a multitude of bouncers, and around these bouncers are other nerds
    ust like yourself. Just like the world of dating, clan x17 is the girl you want to bang, and the
    amount of horny teenagers trying to get in her circle represents the starcraft community.
     
    This is where my brother played.
     
    Having only 1 computer growing up, I spent a great deal of time watching my brother in a chair
    right beside him, learning from his every move. There was this one game I remember vividly,
    the game he played against Testie. This guy was one of the top terran players in North America
    at the time, a man ahead of his time in terms of skill. Testie decided to do a tank push/contain
    on my brother's protoss base very early in the game. However, my brother had created a build
    rushing zealot speed and shuttles in order to drop on top of the tanks, nullifying the terran
    advantage. The game was a 30 minute slugfest of epic proportion. The result: my brother was victorious.
     
    Throughout the next few years, he would play against the top canadian protoss Smuft- from
    time to time, as well as many other Clan x17 members. I’m not sure of all the opponents
    anymore, but I am certain he had to of run into Artosis, Tasteless and Day9 at one point or another.
     
    As for myself, I played in x17 as well. My defining moment came before my brother’s success
    in the game. One late night, my brother went over to our friend’s house in order to play me
    1v1 online. We played for hours upon hours into the AM’s, digging deeper into competitive
    nature with each passing game. And so the moment came where I defeated him in 3 straight
    games, convincingly. My brother didn’t even type a word as his connection disappeared from
    the LAN screen. I was beside myself because I had never truly beaten him on even terms
    before. But… he crushed me in a harmful way. The following day he told me this, “I was just
    playing around you know? I’m still better than you.” As a young, 12 year old boy, I accepted
    my older brother’s statement and quit Starcraft for good.
     
    There are times in my gaming career where I wonder, "what might have been if I had done 'x'?"
    Well, this is one of them.
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Ballack for a blog entry, Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice   
    Worlds 2015: Quarterfinals Fantasy Advice
    Ready for the knockout rounds? The group stages were filled with plenty of exciting games, favorites and underdogs prevailing, teams from North America letting us all down, and some good fantasy picks and some bad. As in everything in life its impossible to be 100% correct on my picks everytime. I use my analysis, price points, and match ups to determine who to pick and although it doesn't always work out, the process is still correct. If we could all predict what would happen we'd all be rich. I've been getting a lot of good feedback from people and I appreciate it all. Thank you for following and reading these blogs as I enjoy putting the information out there for you to use.
    Here are the odds for the quarterfinals from http://www.pinnaclesports.com/en/odds/match/e-sports/league-of-legends/league-of-legends-world-championship


     
    Origen, SKT, EDG, and KTR are the favorites to make the Semi-Finals. That said, SKT are the only overwhelming favorite while it is certainly reasonable to think that the other three match ups can go anyway. The best probable route to go is to stack up on SKT carries (marin, faker/easyhoon, Bang) and look for values in the other roles.
    Here are my favorite players for the Quarterfinals:

    SKT is the best bet. Fit Faker, Marin, and Bang in wherever you can. My favorite value players come from FW in the form of Karsa and SwordArt, who has been underpriced all tournament. I have a lack of faith in the midlaners, not because of their skill but because of match ups. There are a ton of really good matchups in the midlane Nagne vs. KurO, Pawn vs. Febiven, xPeke vs. Maple. I think you either pay up for Faker or save and go with Maple, who has been great quietly great this tournament with the most kills and second most assists for any mid laner. I'm staying away from FNC and EDG for the most part. It's interesting because their players are relatively cheap, but I think this will be a really close match up that is hard to predict one way or the other. It could turn into a very objective focused series (as FNATIC does like to do this at times) which would limit fantasy output.
    Vulcun:
    Top: Marin (SKT) ($1301)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($1264)
    Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($1625)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($1514)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($962)
    Flex One: GorillA (KOO) ($961)
    Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($1371)
    Flex Three: Score (KTR) ($1053)
    You use your three SKT spots allowed on the three carries, while paying up they should be worth every penny. You also get to fit two top lane carries into your lineup with Marin and ssumday. You save by using two supports to pay up for value elsewhere, Karsa has the second most kills and third most assists among junglers and score provides a cheap jungle option even though he leads Worlds in assists from the jungle role.
    Alphadraft:
    Top: Marin (SKT) ($8900)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($6500)
    Mid: Faker/Easyhoon (SKT) ($8800)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($9100)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($6400)
    Flex: Hojin (KOO) ($7100)
    Team: Flash Wolves ($3000)
    Again you use the three SKT carries. The rest of the lineup is quite cheap among FW players. I talked about SwordArt and Karsa above, but Hojin provides good value as his agressive style has him first in KDA among junglers at 8.4. Cheap team as always in FW, who could easily win their Best of Five against Origen.
    Draftkings:
    Top: Marin (SKT) ($7700)
    Jungle: Karsa (FW) ($5100)
    Mid: Maple (FW) ($6300)
    ADC: Bang (SKT) ($8700)
    Sup: SwordArt (FW) ($4900)
    Flex One: Score (KTR) ($6400)
    Flex Two: ssumday (KTR) ($6800)
    Team: FNATIC ($3900)
    This time you only get two SKT carries. Let's talk about that for a second. Draftkings does not combine Faker and Easyhoon into one pick, they're separated. Because of this, it's extremely risky to pick one or the other unless you are 100% sure that they are playing. If SKT vs ahq was the first match up of the week it'd be easier to get a handle on who was playing for SKT, but your lineup will lock after day one and if you stick Faker in while easyhoon is playing (or vice versa) you'll be paying the highest mid lane salary for no points. I'm going with Maple here instead and saving money. The savings go straight into ssumday to replace Faker's carry spot. With the leftover money I'm using FNATIC who are in a close matchup, but usually play objective focus in big games and that's where your team points come from.
     
    Good luck and enjoy the Quarterfinals!
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Ballack for a blog entry, Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Six/Day One   
    Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for EU Week Six/Day One

     


    Welcome to week six everyone. I'd love to hear from some of our members on their first week experiences with Vulcun. How's it going so far? Have you won money? Which games are you playing? I'm interested in who's playing and how it's going. Remember, use this link:
    https://vulcun.com/a/vVvgaming, when signing up to get a 100% deposit match.
     


    I absolutely love my lineup for day one of the EU LCS this week. There are a lot of really good value plays this week that make it possible to get some of the top players. Because I like my lineup so much I'll probably even play a tournament or two on Thursday in addition to a 50/50 game. Let's take a look.

     


    EU Day One Picks:

     


    Top:

     


    Must Play: Cabochard (GMB) ($950) vs. CW: I'm a big fan of two value plays this week in the top lane and Cabochard is my favorite play of the week in this role. CW look a bit of a mess right now with lineup changes and some drama going on within their ranks, GMB are no sure thing but I think they pick up the victory this week. Cabochard was one of the best top laners last split and has been playing solid all split. I expect him to have a nice game against CW.

     


    Sleeper: freddy122 (SK) ($949) vs. ROCCAT: I'm on the bandwagon with SK this week. They started this split horribly but things have been looking up the last couple of weeks and it has a lot to do with improved play from freddy. After dying 37 times the first three weeks he's only died seven times the last two while racking up 12 kills and 41 assists. I think for his price he's a very good choice on day one.

     


    Bust: None. I really don't think there's a bust on day one in the top lane. You have Odo, Huni, and sOAZ as the most expensive but if you wanted to play any of them they're all in good match ups. I like my two value picks I listed above better because they allow me to spend up in other roles on day one. That said, I'd stay away from Steve, Jwaow and Lenny, who is CW's new top laner.

     


    Jungle:

     


    Must Play: Reignover (FNC) ($1485) vs. GIANTS: He's very expensive, and I won't be using him because of it, but he's definitely in a great spot to put up major points on day one. FNATIC should beat Giants and Reignover will look to punish the aggressive Spanish side with lots and lots of ganks.

     


    Sleeper: Svenskeren (SK) ($882) vs. ROCCAT: Much like I talked about above SK have been playing a lot better the last two weeks and like freddy, Svenskeren's improvements have been a big reason why. He has a 10/10/46 KDA the last two weeks and his extremely cheap price make him my favorite option in a game I think SK will win.

     


    Bust: Shook (CW) ($1083) vs. GMB: He's the fourth most expensive jungler and I'm not sure why. I know Gambit haven't been great this split, but CW look like a bit of a mess at the moment. It's possible he could have a decent game, but I'd rather save some money and use Svenskeren than use Shook on day one.

     


    Mid:

     


    Must Play: Febiven (FNC) ($1815) vs. GIANTS: Here's where I start paying up a bit. Febiven is the most expensive player of the day but I think he's worth it. He leads the EU LCS in Kills and Assists from mid laners and has the third least deaths. Pepiinero is a solid mid laner, but I expect FNATIC to win the game and for Febiven to win the match up in the mid lane making him a great play.

     


    Sleeper: Fox (SK) ($1159) vs. ROCCAT: Fox, like the other members of SK I've mentioned, has stepped up his game the last two weeks. Nukeduck is a decent mid laner, but since I think SK will win this game I think Fox is a nice cheaper priced mid laner if you want to spend up elsewhere.

     


    Bust: Ryu (H2k) ($1545) vs. EL: I think H2k will beat Elements and Ryu will have a solid game in the process. But the risk lies with the fact that he's the third most expensive mid laner, and also that Froggen has proved he can have a big game even when his team loses. I think for the price Ryu isn't worth it in this match up.

     


    ADC:

     


    Must Play: Rekkles (FNC) ($1680) vs. GIANTS: Rekkles will be in my lineup this week as he's been able to punish overly aggresive teams so far this split and has been solid all split. GIANTS tend to over extend at times and I expect Rekkles to be able to dish out a major amount of damage against them. He's my favorite play of the day and I'll be using my "Shotcaller" bonus on him on day one.

     


    Sleeper: CandyPanda (SK) ($979) vs. ROCCAT: I'm personally not going to use him, in fact I'm going to use a second support over him for the same price, but I debated putting him into my lineup. He could have a nice game vs. ROCCAT, but in the end I decided he was too much risk. I like the other cheap SK members much better than CandyPanda.

     


    Bust: Forg1ven (GMB) ($1321) vs. CW: He's the fourth most expensive ADC against CW who have looked pretty poor lately. But, he only has 15 kills the entire split and just hasn't looked like himself. Compare the fact that MrRallez has 14 kills and has played six less games than Forg1ven to understand just how much he's been struggling. GMB vs. CW could potentially be a bloodbath, but I'm kind of nervous about picking to heavily in either direction. Better to just stay away.

     


    Support:

     


    Must Play: YellowstaR (FNC) ($1096) vs. GIANTS: Been the best support in the EU LCS so far and is pretty cheap (he's almost $400 less than Kasing). I think the nice match up against GIANTS coupled with the cheap price make him by far the best play of all the supports.

     


    Sleeper: Mithy (OG) ($979) vs. UoL: I'm going to do something I'd usually advise against: play two supports this week. There is so much value in this role this week with YellowstaR and Mithy that it makes it possible to pay up for two ADCs and Febiven. I can't pass up Mithy for such a cheap price when he's been so good all split.

     


    Bust: Kasing (H2k) ($1476) vs. Elements: Good match up, will have a good game. But he's so expensive and I'm not paying up for that. Especially when you can get the two guys listed above for so much less.

     


    Here's my lineup for Week Six Day One in the EULCS:

     


    I love my lineup. If SK wins as I expect it should be a really strong lineup. I'm using Mithy over CandyPanda as they're the same price, but the risk isn't there with Mithy like it is with CandyPanda. I'm thinking my value plays have good games and they allow me to pay up for Febiven, Rekkles, and Hjarnan who I expect to carry my lineup.

     


    Top: Cabochard (GMB) ($950)



    Jungle: Svenskeren (SK) ($882)



    Mid: Febiven (FNC) ($1815)



    ADC: Rekkles (FNC) ($1680) Shotcaller



    Sup: YellowstaR (FNC) ($1096)



    Flex One: freddy122 (SK) ($949)



    Flex Two: Hjarnan (H2k) ($1643)



    Flex Three: Mithy (OG) ($979)

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    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from Fenixsniper for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
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    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from Daviepants for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
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    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from OSH for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
  7. Like
    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from Voison for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
  8. Like
    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from vVv Brock for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
  9. Like
    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from ChubbieChunkins for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Ballack for a blog entry, Vulcun Daily LCS: An Introduction   
    Vulcun Daily LCS: An Introduction

     

    Exciting news yesterday as vVv Gaming announced a partnership with Vulcun.com! Vulcun offers daily fantasy tournaments for LoL, DOTA2, CS:GO, Hearthstone, and CoD. Use this link: https://vulcun.com/a/vVvgaming when signing up for 100% deposit bonus!
     
    If you saw this information yesterday and were wondering, what the hell is this? Do not fear, I'm here to help you gain some basic understadning of how daily fantasy tournaments work. Daily fantasy sports has risen to ascendancy in the last few years. Daily and weekly games on sites like Draft Kings and Fan Duel offer a cash prize in various game forms. Head to Head games against another person, 50/50 games where players in the top 50% win money, and Guaranteed Prize Pool tournaments where the big payouts are. Vulcun is now offering this same format for LoL, CsGo, and DOTA 2, Hearthstone, and CoD.
     
    I am going to be specifically focusing on League of Legends, but the general information I provide here goes for all games. The scoring for other games will obviously be different but the general principles of daily fantasy are the same. Before you begin my first piece of advice would be to watch the following video after you sign up:
     


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T97LhrP9hU

     
    Also please read the contest rules provided by Vulcun here: https://vulcun.com/main/contestrules you can search by each individual game for important information like how to draft, what roster roles you need, and the most important: how you score points.
     
    Vulcun users can construct a team of eight players using a salary cap format of $10000. Each player you choose from has a set price. The roster construction includes one player in each role, plus three flex roles where you can use anyone. It is important to note that these prices influence the game greatly. It is hard to fit in all the top players making bargains a huge deal. You expect Bjergsen to play well each week and as such he will always be priced highly. But who are the value plays that have an easier match up you can use to fill out your roster? You need to consider the pricing when looking at who to select on any given day.
     
    Alright here is my general advice for Daily Fantasy eSports:
     

    If you're wondering how much you need to deposit to start with, the general rule is to start with $100 if you can afford it. I'm not telling you that you have to deposit $100 but that is a good starting point when looking to get into daily. However, deposit whatever you're comfortable with to start. Let's talk about bankroll management, or how to manage your money once you've made a deposit. Once you've made a deposit, no matter how much it is, it is strongly advised to only play 10% of your bankroll on a given day. So for example, if you deposit $50, your first day you would only play $5. This keeps you from burning through your bankroll too fast and keeps you in the game. Now, if you play that 10% and lose it, you would go from $50 to $45 making your 10% for the next day only $4.50. You can use this 10% rule whether your bankroll increases or decreases. If you don't need to worry about how you spend your money then this 10% rule doesn't apply. PLAY 50/50 TOURNAMENTS! We all have dreams of winning huge sums of money playing daily fantasy, but let's be real it's not that likely. Sure it could happen, but the best way to steadily increase your bank roll is to play 50/50 tournaments. In this format you only need to place in the top 50% of all competitors. Contrast that to a tournament where the top prize is huge, but steadily decreases with less spots to even finish in the money. My general rule I use for myself in daily is that if I am not cashing in my 50/50's I do not allow myself to play in tournaments. 50/50's are the best way to increase your bankroll. This one goes hand in hand with #3. If you can, play in 50/50's with large player pools. On Vulcun you can play in 50/50's with 10 people or 100 people, but give yourself the better odds to finish in the top 50% by playing with more people. The variance will be less and although it's still the top 50%, it's easier to take top 50 out of 100 than top 5 out of 10. Don't get discouraged if you aren't cashing in tournaments. You really aren't supposed to win your tournaments on a consistent basis. The player pool is much larger making the competition stiffer. That's why I recommend playing 50/50's to start. Last but not least - HAVE FUN. It's what it's all about. Oh, and don't get addicted. If you're having a rough go of things getting started, there's no shame in taking a break for a day.

     

    I hope this general information helped. Remember to check out the links above for Vulcun's contest rules and information. Good luck!
  11. Like
    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from vVv Paradise for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
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    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from torford for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
  13. Like
    vVv LordJerith got a reaction from B Easy for a blog entry, As One Flag Falls, Another Flag Rises   
    I’m taking things personally. It’s been a historic couple of weeks. Friday was a historic day. It started for me with the President’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinkney and ended with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Yesterday, got me thinking. Actually, it got me feeling.
    It’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. The last time I had this feeling was in 1989. I was in Orlando, Florida getting ready to graduate from Naval Nuclear Propulsion School. I was watching the Berlin wall fall. It marked, for me, the end of the Cold War. I felt optimistic. Having spent many summers in Germany visiting my relatives on my mother’s side, it was also strangely personal. It was that unique feeling of history happening to me versus history happening around me.
     
    History doesn’t always feel personal. The tragedy of September 11th didn’t feel personal. I remember being angry and disappointed, but I didn’t feel it personally. Friday’s events, however, felt very personal.
     
    As I mentioned earlier, it started with the president’s eulogy. Although I’m an atheist, I was moved by the president’s comments about grace. He spoke about the violent act and how it sits in a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches. He spoke about how the killer imagined he would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. What the killer didn’t understand was the grace surrounding that Bible study group.
     
    According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. From my understanding, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. The president specifically mentioned that this terrible tragedy allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He mentioned that despite our rancor and complacency, our shortsightedness and fear of each other, we still received grace. Grace in the form of awareness that the Confederate flag is much more than just ancestral pride, but is actually a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. It’s clear that this flag will finally fall. Much like the Berlin wall fell. I felt hopeful.
     




     

    Amazingly, the hope train would continue to chug along on this particular Friday. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold gay marriage across the land was a very special kind of hopeful vindication. It was an exoneration. People were set free, free to lay claim to a historic and ancient institution: marriage.
     
    Yeah, this is personal. From “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to the Christian Right’s efforts to paint gays and lesbians as pedophiles, not fit to parent and certainly not deserving of the right to marry to the bullying, insults and abuses aimed at gays and lesbians, it’s been a long road. That road has had many highs and lows.
     
    For me, the highs have always been about the people. While in the Navy, I spent a decade in Virginia. During that time, while serving in the U.S. Navy, I was surrounded by an amazingly open, welcoming and loving gay community. It was there that I learned to become a gay man: to wear that identity with pride, to learn the history that I was never taught in school and then to discover an amazing culture and legacy. Thankfully, the lows for me were few and far between. They were there. It was always in small moments.
     
    For those of you who know me well, it’s safe to say that I’m direct and confident. Having spent a decade being a consultant, I often need to establish credibility with executives who I really don’t know in a matter of one or two minutes. In my most recent job, that approach created a very unique situation. I’d been on the job for only a few months when I had discovered a coworker had come up with a very interesting theory. The coworker described my behavior as a “byproduct of me being gay in the military.” She had observed similar confidence in her uncle who was gay. Therefore, she concluded that all gay men who served in the military had to be overly confident and direct to make up for their insecurities about being gay.
     
    And there it was, one of those frustrating, little moments, where another person’s ignorance, like nails on a chalkboard to my rational mind, reminded me of the perceptions that we still need to overcome. I remember coming home that night and telling the story to Jordan, who at the time was just my “domestic partner." We were not allowed to marry back in 2012. We both laughed about it. Yet, it happened. One of those small moments of awareness. Awareness that ignorance and prejudice still existed.
     
    In 2013, the great state of California allowed Jordan and I to become married. Of course, I knew that our marriage wouldn’t be recognized everywhere. Somehow, it wasn’t important. It really wasn’t important until yesterday. Yesterday, I realize the depth of the problem with hate, bigotry and ignorance. You see, I had accepted that my marriage was only valid in California. Almost the same way many whites “accept” the Confederate flag is a symbol of ancestral pride. I had become complacent. Hard to confess that, strangely. It’s almost that I had allowed a truth to disappear.
     




    [side note: Don't let anyone tell you that the truth can't disappear. If I believe in anything, rather than God, it is that I am part of something that goes all the way back to Antigone, and that whatever speaks the truth of our hearts can only make us stronger. Can only give us the power to counter the hate and bigotry and heal this addled world. Just remember: You are not alone.---R.I.P. Paul Monette]
     

    Of course, the good fight is far from over. There is so much more work to do. Hate, ignorance and misinformation still exist everywhere. Hate is still taught from one generation to another. Friday’s events are actually a call to action. We all need to take these things very seriously. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By being a little more vigilant, a little more outspoken, by being, dare I say, direct and confident by standing up to those who speak out of ignorance or hate, we can make a difference. As one flag falls, I’m optimistic that another is rising in its place, but this time a flag that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
     
    I for one am taking it all personally-too personally, in fact. You see, I don't really have the choice to ignore it, because it's happening on my watch.
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Ballack for a blog entry, Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, Busts for Week Two   
    Fantasy LCS: Must Plays, Sleepers, and Busts for Week Two

     

     


    The following rankings are for Week Two of the LCS. We saw a lot of action in week one, some good, some bad, some surprising. How can we apply that for week two? These projections are based on current form of players/teams combined with the schedule for week two in order to figure out where the upside can be found. These projections also only reflect week two. I am trying to focus on less obvious picks, obviously if you have a player like Febiven, you don't need to be told to use him.

     

     


    Must Plays:

     

     


    Huni - The entire team is a must play for this week, and to be honest, they're probably going to be must plays all season. Fnatic are the dominant team in Europe at the moment and with a weak schedule against ROCCAT and an under performing Gambit Gaming this week they should be a lock to go 2-0. Look for Huni, who had a modest week one, to get back to top PPG payout this week, especially against ROCCAT's Steve who was picked on heavily in week one.

     

     


    Amazing - Origen have started strong and look like they could push Fnatic for the top spot in EU at some point this split. While we wait for that match up to come, let's take advantage of the OG lineup. Amazing is in a good spot this week to put out a lot of points against Copenhagen Wolves, who usual have longer games which lead to more points, and SK, who are floundering at the moment and had a staggering amount of deaths in all lanes week one. Look for amazing to gank heavily this week.

     

     


    Sleepers:

     

     


    Impact - Impact faces two top laners this week in Balls and Dyrus who do not present much threat of kill pressure in lane, something Impact can take advantage of. His favoring of carry style top laners give him an opportunity to put out a good kill total coupled with his strong CS skills. If he can cut down on his deaths he's a good bet to pick up solid points this week.

     

     


    Pobelter - This one is a bit riskier, but Pobelter had the best week of any mid laner in the entire LCS week one. CLG were clicking on all cylanders in week one as well and I think they can carry their form over to week two. Pobelter has a favorable match up against Team 8 and Slooshi on day one in a game CLG should win pretty handily. Day two is where the tricky part comes in. Against TSM and Bjergsen, Pobelter will be tested. Look for CLG to put early pressure on Bjergsen to try and get Pobelter the advantage, if he can capitalize he is in a good spot to have another solid week.

     

     


    Team Liquid - Fnatic and Origen are the top two teams this week, but I think Team Liquid should go 2-0 which usually equates to at least 30 total points for the week. They were tied for second in dragon kills, led the league in baron kills and in PPG week one. I think they will be tested by NME and Gravity, but have a good chance to go 2-0.

     

     


    Adryh - Adryh quietly had a very good week for GIANTS Gaming putting up the seventh best PPG total. He carried quite well in Giants win against CW on Kalista and faces an aggressive Elements and a struggling SK this week. I think the potential is there for another good week.

     

     


    Team Dignitas - This one might be a bit of a surprise after the weird week DIG had. I'm not saying you have to play DIG as you probably have a better option available. But in something like Alpha Draft or a Vulcun daily/weekly league DIG are a good contrarian pick for tournaments. They showed their best against C9 and face two weak teems this week. I can see DIG going 2-0.

     

     


    Busts:

     

     


    Gambit Gaming - For now I think it needs to be recommended to sit any Gambit players you have. I wouldn't cut bait on Cabochard, Diamond, or Forgiven especially just yet. Gambit came into week one without practicing for a week due to issues at their gaming house. I think Gambit are too talented to be as bad as they were this week and expect them to turn things around. It just might not be this week. If you have other options, I'd sit Gambit's players for the time being.

     

     


    Fenix - Fenix had the second highest PPG total in the LCS for mid laners in week one, but his death total was also the second highest. I think Fenix can have a solid week again, but I wouldn't expect the second most PPG in the LCS this week.

     

     


    Altec/Apollo - Both had top six weeks for the ADC role, but expect some regression as they face smart bottom lanes in all four of their games this week. They can still be solid, just may not carry your team.

     

     


    Good luck in Week Two!

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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Yui for a blog entry, Practice #1 9Line eSports Bravo   
    Practice #1 on the Ranked 5s team 9Line eSports Bravo, June 1st 2015.
     
    Practice Start: Gold V 0 lp
     
    Game 1: vs Royal Negus Gaming
     
    Result: Victory
     

     
    Commentary:
     
    Coming into this game I was a little unsure on how we would perform. It was our first practice with this new roster and we hadn't had much time to work together as 5 and work out the kinks in our communication. We picked up Canz as our new jungler and Duty will be subbing for ADC over the next two weeks and the tournament on June 14th. As a support working with a new ADC can be interesting since the nuances in lane that you have grown accustomed to are no longer there. However once the game started we gelled pretty well and were able to pull out a through stomp.
     
    Starting with our comp, we were looking to put together a team that could peel for Kalista. This is why we picked up Cho'gath, Gnar, and Nautilus. We were able to sit back on our carry while she put stacks up on their champions. Picking up Rengar ensured that we had adequate damage as well as gave us a tool to nuke one of their carries at the beginning of fights. It also allowed us to abuse Evelynn in her jungle and gave our Rengar an early lead.
     
    In game it started out rather even up until the 10 minute mark. We traded even kills how ever our kills went onto Kalista and Rengar while theres went on to Sion and Zyra mainly. This showed at the first dragon fight, which occurred at the 10 minute mark where we secured dragon and traded 1 for 1 again (Kalista killing Lucain and Zyra killing Kalista). Once we established a gold lead on our carries we swept the outer turrets on top and mid and pushed down mid T2 by 14 minutes. At this point we had a 6 k gold lead and we were able to pressure out the rest of the game until the surrendered at 26 minutes.
     
    Game 2: vs MrChewsAsianBeavers
     
    Result: Defeat
     

     
    Commentary:
     
    Our second game of the night was much tougher and was a pretty even match up until 35 minutes or so. Looking at our team we switched out our style and went for a hard engage comp. We were looking to layer CC with Vi, Lissandra, and Gnar while providing Lulu ult to the target they focused first. We picked up Jinx because she is a long ranged marksman that has strong AOE damage and can fast push when provided the opportunity to do so.
     
    Going into game we we started out strong with kills in the mid and bot lane. We were able to abuse our high CC comp to lock down their champs. However we gave up ground after the first few minutes and let them establish themselves in the mid game. They were able to pick up a tower, dragon and a 4 kill advantage by the 10th minute resulting in a 2k gold deficit. From this point we knew we had to fight around our ults and planned to fight around the next dragon. Our slow play and their uncoordinated calls allowed us to pressure down two towers, top and mid, and set up vision for the 16 minute dragon fight. With all of our ults up we managed to initiate a huge fight that gave us 5 kills, dragon, and bot tower for 2 deaths. This swung the gold from 1 k down to 3 k up.
     
    At this point I failed as the shot caller and was unable to pressure down any building for the next 15 minutes. We were able to find skirmishes but we played into their win conditions with a double ad comp. I failed to direct the team to push down the lanes and we stalled out. The only objective that we could control was dragon. The decisive fight happened at 34 minutes where they managed to establish vision control over dragon and were looking to nuke it down before we could converge. I saw this and called for baron, looking to trade their 2nd dragon for baron on our team giving us the tool to push down towers. However I underestimated their neutral objective damage with the double ad comp and they finished dragon in seconds and convered on Baron. They managed to get their with baron at around 3k hp and engaged on us allowing Nunu to get in range to Smite Consume Baron. They secured baron, killed 3 (Gnar, Jinx, and Lissandra) and pushed down an inhib. After that they had too much of a lead and they pushed bot while supers pushed on to our nexus turrets from top. Once the supers were in place they dove turret and wiped us then ended the game.
     
    Game 3: vs Pentatek
     
    Result: Victory
     

     
    Commentary:
     
    Here we continued to use a variation of the hard engage comp using what I like to call the submarine engage. The idea behind it is to have Rengar ult, put the Orianna ball on him and have him jump in and then blow everything. We picked up Cho'gath to provide a tank line from their poke as well as providing sustain in lane verses the Yorick. The Janna and Ezreal picks were to provide high mobility and peel verses their all in lane as well as in team fights verses their high volume of skill shots.
     
    Going into game we called for an invade as our level one provided much more burst and cc then their level one. We invaded through tri-brush and picked off Leona right away. We pushed into their red and secured vision control. As lanes started we called for a hard push to allow our Rengar to rush to their red after Gromp and pick off Fizz. They tried to rotate their bot lane to help but since our lanes were pushed we pinched with Orianna, Ezreal, and Janna and secured 2 more kills. At this point it was 4-0 in kills and we had a 2k gold advantage. Our Ezreal had a 6 minute BF Sword which allowed for us to poke bot lane down super hard and effectively make them useless all game. We used this advantage to pressure down turrets securing their T2 bot at 12 minutes. They were unable to ever use their comp correctly as we were too far ahead and they surrendered at 25 minutes.
     
    Game 4: vs kevin vu is my boo
     
    Result: Defeat
     

     
    Commentary:
     
    This game was a disaster. This was probably my worst game of 5s play in a year or so. The whole game was flawed from picks/bans to shot calling and mechanical play. Lets start with champion select. I started out wanting to go the same comp as we did the last game, so I first picked Cho'gath. However in their first 2 picks they secured the Orianna pick, taking away that avenue of play. Now instead of falling back into the more traditional engage comps (Lissandra, Vi, Sej, etc.) I decided to try and build a Yasuo comp. Looking back on this champion select we were doomed to fail as our initiates relied on either a hook, a rupture, or a flash Nautilus ult. That's pretty much it. So we had 3 ways to set up a fight in a comp that relied on team fighting, which allowed for the enemy team to counter that play with a heavy disengage comp. All they had to do to win was bait out my hook and then they were relatively safe to engage.
     
    Getting into game we saw these flaws rather quickly. The one positive note was that we caught out Orianna trying to early ward and got first blood. From here it was down hill. In lane they went even and once we started to fight over objectives, they destroyed us. Their positioning was excellent which forced me to put my self in danger to try and land CC on their carries. I had one shot to land it each fight before I was chunked out and if I missed, I would be at half hp for nothing. They did this over and over to the point where they had a 8k gold, 4 tower, and 2 dragon advantage at 14 minutes. At this point we kinda just gave up, accepted our loss, and worked on our communication in attempting to engage (calling out targets, timers, etc.). They finally pushed down our Nexus at 28 minutes with a 20k gold advantage.
     
    Night Results: 2-2
     
    Practice End: Gold V 30 lp
     
    Overall it was a rather successful night of practice. With 2 new players, going 2-2 in our first night isn't bad and I feel confident moving on into future practices and tournaments.
     
    Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts!
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to vVv OrganicBear for a blog entry, A reflection on my time as President of vVv Gaming   
    With Jerry returning to vVv to run things again, my time as President of vVv has come to a close. I wanted to take some time to reflect on how things went. Primarily I feel like I failed vVv in a lot of ways. The ADL stagnated due to my mismanagement and failure to keep people pushing toward excellence. The CoD division was on life support for way too long. As a whole I didn't effectively execute on my vision for making vVv Gaming an awesome place for competitive gamers.

    Primarily there were certain personal things holding me back from executing on my vision. The main two were my self-awareness with how I handled my working relationships and my inability to focus. I looked for all kinds of ways to increase my productivity, reading up on things like prioritizing, focusing on your mission, having a clear idea of what it is that you want to accomplish, but none of that addressed the core problem: I was just getting distracted by everything and unable to focus when it came time to do the big, important work. I wasn't lacking a strategy, I was lacking discipline. With my working relationships, I was acting like a complete ass to people without even realizing it. I didn't take the time to re-read what I was writing, or think about how I was coming across to people, and the ways I tried to approach people to "help" them made me come across as a bureaucratic authority who's only help was to tell people "no" or "do things my way". Obviously these two flaws are going to prevent anyone from being a good, let alone great leader.

    Thankfully Jerry was able to help me regain my focus and also help me raise my self awareness within just two weeks of returning. In the past two weeks I've gotten more accomplished, felt better about myself and my future, and improved the way I handle my relationships more than any time in the past 9 years. I've even started looking at some difficult problems I've been facing personally and just by asking myself "What would Jerry tell me?" I can usually figure out the best way to proceed and handle things.

    So now I just need to return to my vision and remember why it's so compelling for me. As a kid I had to go through some real difficulty trying to figure out how to be gay and in love with someone who would never return that feeling. It's deeply important to me that no one should have to go through life facing difficult challenges without feeling like there is someone there who can help them. I think that within the larger gaming community there are endless opportunities to fulfill that mission. Don't like the way you look? Cosplay as your favorite game character. Bullied at school? Go online and find people who love you just because you share a passion for the same game as they do. Giving up on your dreams? Volunteer your time doing amazing things for the larger gaming community and develop marketable skills to work in or outside of the gaming industry.

    There is so much good that we can do together, and I am passionate about making the world a better place than the one I had to grow up in. I sometimes wonder how many people there were in the world when I was growing up who gave up on their dreams to live a normal life. How many hours spent watching TV that could have been spent changing peoples' minds about homosexuality? How many hours spent in closeted sex clubs or on seedy hookups that could have been spent coming out and leading the LBGT awareness movement? How many desperate, needy relationships that distracted people from opening places where LGBT youth could come for help? Not that no one should watch TV, or people should never hookup, or that people shouldn't find love, but what was the real cost to the world when this becomes the focus of a life instead of a way to enhance it? How many suicides could have been prevented? How much bullying could have been stopped?

    And it's not just LGBT who have difficult challenges. Everyone has a closet. How many people feel like they have no one to turn to for help when the burden of hiding inside of it becomes overwhelming? How much of a better world could we create for all of humanity if we just took the time to focus on each other? I aspire to be as good as Jerry at finding, identifying, and communicating what people need in order to go from struggling to successful. And I look forward to creating an awesome community for all competitive gamers here over the next few months, and wherever life takes me I will continue on this mission for the rest of my life. If you feel the same way then come join me and let's make this awesome together.
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Ahryse for a blog entry, [2.0] A Response to Sky's Video On Female Streamers   
    If you haven't seen Sky's video yet, you can do so
    and his follow up video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCdor8xjsPg.
    There are 4 major issues here:
    The intent / goal of streamers
    HOW that goal is reached
    Harassment of gamers – specifically those who are female
    Streamer diversity


    Let’s break this down.

    The inherent goal of streamers is to make money. I suppose it may compete with the desire to entertain and provide a good experience. When it comes down to it, streaming is a business. The more money a streamer elicits the more frequently a streamer is likely to stream. This may allow a streamer to make this a full-time job or career.

    Streamers reach this goal by the entertainment value of their stream – whether that’s comedy, showmanship, personality, great plays and/or… boobs. For women we have this awesome marketable feature no one else has. Those are breasts. It’s great. However, it’s also not so great. This is something that is infinitely complex because there are so many sides.

    Boobs are great! The issue lies in the intent behind the marketing. As we already defined, the goal is to make money. However, does the streamer manipulate the relationship between streamer and viewer to capitalize on this? It’s when streamers exploit the already female hungry male gamers to extract more money from them, that an issue is created. Furthermore, I think this is also a huge issue for girl gamers. Why? Because we try so hard to show we’re a gamer, whether or not we’re male, female, transgender, we’re gamers. We don’t want to be treated differently.

    I do think Sky stuck his foot in his mouth a little when speaking on this subject. I really do think after reading his twitter after the video was posted, that he was focused on the intent behind the marketing. However, I believe if he had simply titled his video “Dear Streamers” without focusing directly on female streamers – it would have been more accurate. To say some males don’t exploit their streamers as well is a fallacy. I do think though, that girls are simply more noticeable or at least the marketing is more noticeable – more talked about - than other streamers.

    I find it incredibly ironic actually, since we spend so much time complaining and flat out, avoiding, sexual attention. Do gamers realize how many women masquerade as men in games because we don’t want the sort of attention we normally receive? Some of us refuse to talk in any kind of voice client to avoid any attention that could cause – because a lot of times it’s either sexual or hate. Some of us refuse to even join any community aside from one which is girl-only. In fact, when we ask ourselves why any gender or identity-only groups exist; it’s because we don’t feel safe.

    Which leads me to my next point: Harassment. Let’s be honest – gamers are assholes. We ALL are assholes. We play to win and god forbid if we think anyone has the potential to prevent us from getting that. We have no problem telling someone where to shove it or when. This means our filter is for the most part non-existent. Not exactly a good thing. We get used to saying whatever we want – when we want. The internet is anonymous after all, who will know?

    Furthermore, since gaming has been predominantly men until relatively recently, there’s still a lot of nastiness there. As soon as someone reveals she is a girl, she is friended, showered with gifts (RPGs), and harassed. The harassment can take the form of sexual predations or just plain hate. Twitch chat especially is a cesspool of filth. Regardless if she shows skin or not, she will receive hateful comments.

    What does this all mean? We need more streamer diversity as a gender! We cannot change a player’s sex drive – sex marketing will always work. We may be able to alter people’s online behavior, but I believe that will take a lot of time. It will be a gradual shift. What we can do, right now, is if someone wants to stream, do it. Do it however you desire. Persevere through the hate and keep doing what you love. Just keep in mind the long term effects of your actions.

    Happy streaming!

    "she" is meant to be ambiguous.
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to vVv RobZ for a blog entry, I suck at RPG's: An Introduction   
    Video games are my passion. From the first time I played my dad in Mario Kart 64 to my first Gamebattles match, walking on to mainstage at my first tournament and living in a gaming house, all of my most memorable experiences have involved video games.

    When I moved to LA two years ago I was introduced to a whole new world of gaming. Tabletop games, board games, roleplaying games and the like.. Interesting. I was actually pretty resistant to trying these out at first. I can remember always wanting to play video games, the stuff that I was more familiar with and didn’t want to touch board games or RPG’s. Once I even walked out of the house before we were about to start a campaign of Numenera because it was so god damn terrifying. My roommates love them, and I always felt guilty if I didn’t play and didn’t want to be that guy. It was up until about a few months ago that I dreaded RPG’s entirely.

    But why? Why was I scared or nervous to participate to begin with? Fear. Fear of not doing the right thing. Not knowing the rules. How to roleplay. How to fall into my character. d20 wut? You get the point. So, okay. I’ll give this a shot. In our latest campaign of Pathfinder (Ravenloft) we all went out and bought props/costumes. I figured that I would try to fall into my character a bit more than the last time. I thought the whole thing was going to be really painful, but it actually was pretty fun.. $120 later, lol. I felt like a kid again trying to find just the right short swords, bracers, cloak, etc.





    So, a few sessions into the campaign later. I’m fading in and of what’s going on. I (and the group) realize that I’m hardly paying attention. Like, I’m there, but my mind isn’t. This becomes super frustrating for the group, so the DM turns to me and wants me to run the group. This was excruciating. I never realized how indecisive I was. Deliberating sucks. So there I was, around my closest friends, not adding or making their experience any better. I actually made it worse. Eerggh. I feel like shit after and go to bed after everyone leaves.

    The following day, I have a conversation with the DM in which I realize that I wasn’t even trying. I had never even committed or given it much effort to get better. I just defaulted to neutral and disengaged. Fuck, I thought. I want to be better. There are some pretty awesome skills that I can develop through role playing. Exercising my imagination, leading, problem solving, communication and probably even more that I haven’t even realized yet.

    So, that’s why I’m writing this blog: To embrace my suck. I am going to log my journey of becoming the best roleplayer that I can be. There’s a long road in front of me, but I’m determined.





    Our next session is Sunday, January 4th. So far, my strategy has been focused around watching and reading about RPG campaigns and best practices. My next entry will detail the group and our progress so far. If you have any RPG resources, or general advice please send them my way via the comments or through Twitter @vVv_RobZ. Thank you for reading!

    Teaser: I’m the Rogue. And our next session we will be embarking on our journey into Castle Ravenloft. Get Excite!

    Resource list so far:

    11 ways to be a better roleplayer


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    vVv LordJerith reacted to vVv RobZ for a blog entry, My vVv Story - Part 1   
    Today I turn 21 years old..




    The last few years have been a blur, but recently I had a chance to tell the story for the first time in a while. It actually happened this past weekend. vVv staff was all visiting LA for the weekend for MLG, LCS and to get aligned on strategy. Naturally, I’m not a very open or vulnerable person, but after sharing and seeing the reaction of the room - I realized how important the two are in building relationships and trust between people. I’d now like to share that same story with the World.


    So here goes nothing . . .

    I discovered vVv Gaming back in June of 2007 after joining a random Public Lobby in Gears of War. I remember it vividly. The map was canals and I was immediately welcomed by the voices of vVv members, applicants and the application manager at the time, vVv Woody56292jr. I had known of clans before from when I played socom on gamebattles a few years back, but had not encountered any on the console before. Woody did a great job explaining what vVv was and told me to check out the website if I was interested in joining. The website, which I learned was designed by a member of the community named “Froot” had an image of their Gears of War team winning a big tournament in New Jersey. I thought to myself, “These guys are legit, I want to one day become as good as them and learn everything I can from this community.” I submitted an application, and the rest was history from there. I was banned from the shoutbox several times, had my application closed due to a very immature attitude. Looking back, I was a terrible teammate and just a brat kid who thought he knew more than he did.







    Although I departed from vVv before I was ever really accepted back then, they introduced my to competitive gaming, specifically the Gears scene. I took my application being closed as motivation to improve as a player and person. I played every single day that Summer for at least 6 hours on gamebattles and in scrims with friends. I attended my first major event in 2007 which in Toronto and ended up placing 4th. Not too shabby.








    Local Lan in Connecticut


    Fast forward about a year later, I ran into a player named Sun Down who was apart of vVv’s Gears division. We both hadn't earned “Pro Status” yet, but we hit it off right away and decided to work together with two other players in Enmity and Demon. This was our team, and the tournament we were preparing for was the next MLG event on the 2008 pro circuit in Toronto. Because Sun Down was already apart and vVv, we decided to approach them to represent a community because we knew they could help us take our game to the next level with their history in the Gears scene. I still remember that interview with Jerry and I know he knew that I was the same brat kid who had his application closed and was banned in the past, but he gave me that shot to redeem myself. We had the spot and were the 2nd Gears team for vVv at that time. That team was called vVv Destiny. Remember that name for later in the story.











    Clocktower


    Our team actually stuck together for the months leading up to the event and we were really confident in our strategies and teamwork. I still remember some of the late nights coordinating with Nick (Enmity) how we would play the host spot and secondary positions together to focus down someone trying to go for the mid pillar or sandbag push strat. We went to the event and actually had a to get a last minute replacement at the event for Demon because he sketched out. We grabbed Mephisto from another team and were ready to go. No practice with him at all, we had to change our strats, but we knew his rawl skill would definitely fill in for that.








    vVv Destiny at MLG Toronto ‘07


    We placed 9th at this event, which was a big accomplishment for all of us since it was of the most competitive events of the year and of course with our circumstances of using a last minute replacement.

    The team stuck together, but made a roster change with bringing in Storm for Sun Down. Our next big event was closer to home for me in New York City at the Samsung Experience Center for WCG. I took the train down from Connecticut and stayed with my sister in the city. This event was on the newly released Gears of War 2 and we took 2nd at this event as an invitational team.




    vVv Destiny and Coach Sun Down at WCG Holiday Heroes


    After this event, the team was working towards the next level and my attitude was letting not allowing the team to perform at their best. I was released from the team and got involved with several other competitive titles such as Socom, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. I still hung around vVv, but was not nearly as involved as I was when I was competing. I was very competitive in these games as well, hitting gladiator in WoW on multiple accounts and holding the Crown in Socom for the longest out of any team that season. I became back involved with vVv again for Call of Duty, where I lead the first community team “vVv Essence. to a victory in the MLG NYB online tournament.






    After Call of Duty wasn’t supported with any LAN events, I stopped playing games all together. This was all around my Junior year in High School. I switched back to Public School from a Tech Program and went on to try to lead an ordinary life, without gaming. I had a lot of catching up to do because I was away from those friends for several years, but I tried my best to be “normal” and live up to the social expectations of a Senior. I went out, hosted a few parties and built relationships. Summer just started. I just graduated, turned 18, got accepted into the school I wanted to attend and got a brand new car.




    Graduation and Birthday Present


    I was living the ordinary life. Not in contact with anyone from vVv or gaming at all, I thought this is what I wanted. Fourth of July was around the corner, and I thought it would be a good idea to drink and drive. Long story short. I drove home from a party by myself, hit a car and then drove home with the front end of my car scraping against the pavement. When I pulled into my driveway, the cops were already there. I refused the breathalyzer test and started talking to them about my times as a competitive gamer. They took me to jail and then later the Hospital. I was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving in the Wrong Lane and Driving Under the Influence.





    Night of the accident


    Thousands of dollars in lawyer fees later, two of the charges were dropped and was license was suspended for one year. I had to take classes and immediately accept a ton of responsibility to not only pay my family back, but also get my life together. This accident turned around my life. It was a wake up call. That Summer, I worked every day with my Dad and then later got a job at Panera. For the next two years, I commuted to school my train every Monday and Wednesday. Woke up at 6am took a bus to a train, to a shuttle and then another bus. I would get home at about 9pm.





    My projects in school


    Around this time, I reached out to Jerry to tell him my story and see if I could get back involved with my passions: gaming and esports. I was paying very little attention to the scene, but it just felt right to go back home to vVv. I began writing articles and blogs just to share my competitive gaming thoughts and stories. The blog hit 30,000 views at one point, but by then I wanted to get more and more involved with vVv staff. At this point, I was getting advice from my sister and parents that I shouldn’t do vVv stuff for too long as it was unpaid work and wouldn’t provide me with anything. I also had the urge this entire time to go out and party with friends, but I stayed focused and stuck to my gut. With vVv, I wanted to help players who had the same challenges I did as a player and help them be successful. I ran tournaments, write articles, consulted on team decisions and did whatever I could to help vVv become a better organization. All of my energy outside of work and school (and even sometimes in school, see photo above) was focused on that goal.





    vVv Destiny Reunited at Hypefestation


    About a year and a half later, I became the VP of Operations at vVv Gaming. Two weeks later, Jerry announced that he was joining Riot Games as the Director of People.





    MLG Columbus 2012


    Fast forward to the Season 3 World Finals for League of Legends, I made the trip out to LA to visit Jerry and Jordan at their new apartment. During this time, Jordan and I were working on a project called the Experience Initiative which was focused on providing teams and staff opportunities to work in the gaming industry. While we were watching the World Finals that year, Forbes had released an article about our project with an interview - I lost it. It wasn’t the attention or article, the emotion that hit me was the culmination from that first GoW Public match, to the MLG events, DUI accident and to now. Jerry looked at me, and we both felt it. We both knew at the very moment that vVv Gaming was a very special place. For some reason, at that moment, Jerry also saw something in me and decided to offer me to come live out in Los Angeles to pursue my own personal goal of working in the gaming industry full time.








    Season 2 World Championship



    I landed back in New York City to stay with my sister that weekend and told her about the trip. I mentioned that it could be a possibility of me leaving school in Connecticut to come to LA to work on vVv. There were a lot of concerns about leaving school, or how I would manage out there on my own. She suggested that I study abroad in Germany like she did and I was tempted. I kept it to myself for a while because I wasn’t sure how my parents would react, but then, when my Grandma was visiting I told her all about it. We sat down with my parents and sister to explain my decision and the opportunity. About a week later it was December 15th and I had a one way ticket to LA…




    I'll be releasing the full story throughout the next few days. Do you have a vVv story? Share it with us!

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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Spard for a blog entry, It's Official, vVv LoL advances to the NACS playoffs!   
    With a stellar win for the underdogs of vVv over the highly praised LoLPro team, vVv has officially advanced to the North American Challenger Series playoffs! Our boys in red and white are one step closer to being crowned the kings of the challenger scene, so I wanted to make a recap article to highlight some of the great play that brought them to this point. Let's start this party with a recap of the latest victory over LoLPro... that is if you have a few minutes to spare from playing Titanfall !

    NOTE: Time stamps are for the In-game clock

    Game 1: LoLPro draws first blood

    This game kind of makes me sad because vVv had a terrific lead all the way until the final minutes of the match. vVv struggled with closing out this game and allowed too many opportunities for LoLPro to make a comeback, specifically, with leaving Tail's wide open to get to. It seemed that around the 35 minute mark that vVv started to get some miscommunications and bad timings which really hindered the progression of the game for our boys. While vVv lost this game, I believe that coming so close to a victory fueled their ambition for the following two matches.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t1RE-j8GkY&list=UUvqRdlKsE5Q8mf8YXbdIJLw&feature=share&index=3

    3:25 - Get Snuggled and Heaven Time both come mid. Nyjacky and Heaventime pull out ahead forcing Get snuggled to base and Pekin Woof to farm under tower

    3:40 - Cris all in's Hauntzer at level 3 and pulls out the first blood

    9:05 - vVv takes first dragon with 4 members uncontested

    9:23 - Nyjacky and Hauntzer dive cris at top. Cris Missed his Cask Explosion which would have probably killed Hauntzer for a 1 for 1 trade but instead ends up being a 0 for 1 trade in favor of LoLPro

    11:06 - Get Snuggled and Cris dive past the t1 top turret chasing a weakened hauntzer down to the t2 turret burning two flashes to secure the kill.

    13:47 - Nyjacky is caught in the enemy jungle by Get snuggled. Pekin Woof, Gaunty and Tails are nearby to secure the kill. Gaunty lands a magnificent hook over the Ancient Golem wall while Tails and Pekin Woof collapes with Get Snuggled onto Nyjacky. Nyjacky attempts to escape by flashing over the golem wall, however, gaunty is there to lay down the box.

    15:19 - LoLPro secures the second dragon with 5 while vVv attempts to contest. vVv is split 3 and 2 which allows LoH to zone tails and get snuggled with tidal wave. Nyjacky follows up on get snuggled to attempt the kill while the rest of LoLPro collapses on the Gaunty, Pekin Woof and Cris. Pekin woof had plenty of room to lay down heavy poke with cris to push LoLPro out of the fight resulting in a 0 kill team fight.

    19:06 - Heaventime initiates onto Pekin woof with skyfall as LoD, Nyjacky and LoH push up mid to dive with Heaventime under the t1 turret. LoH follows up the intiation with a 3 man tidal wave, however, no kills were secured. Pekin woof turns after the failed initiation by LoLPro and is able to take down heaventime with the assistance of Gaunty and Tails.


    21:31 - LoLPro intiates the third dragon while vVv rushes down the ancient golem ramp to contest. Gaunty lays down a hook onto heaventime which is enough for Tails and Get snuggled to finish him off. With smite down, Cris flashes over the wall and lands a cask explosion onto Nyjacky which effectively forces LoLPro to retreat from dragon. vVv then secures the third dragon kill.

    27:01 - Cris lands a great cask explosion onto LoH bringing LoH to less than 10% hp forcing LoH to retreat... unfortunately a heads up ult from Pekin Woof does not allow that to happen. This leads to vVv taking down the t3 mid turret and inhibitor.

    28:05 - vVv goes for the fourth dragon immediately after securing the inhibitor turret and kills it before LoLPro is able to respond. Hauntzer dragon forms over the wall as vVv attempts to retreat from dragon going down before Heaventime and nyjacky have the change to flash over the wall to assist. Nyjacky ults heaventime and brings Pekin Woof extremely low. vVv takes the kill onto Heaventime and backs out before the rest of LoLPro has a chance to collapse.

    34:10 - vVv attempts to siege the t3 turret at top but Hauntzer dragon forms onto 3 members of vVv while Heaventime lands a beautiful 5 man skyfall. LoH was able to follow up with a 5 man tidal wave while nyjacky chunked Gaunty, Pekin Woof and Tails into oblivion with glitter lance. The fight ends 5 for 0 in favor of LoLPro as Nyjacky chases down Get Snuggled in the jungle.

    39:20 - Heaventime skyfalls onto vVv as they attempt to take the mid inhibitor causing Gaunty, Tails and cris to be caught by LoH's tidal wave. Tails gets seperated from the team by Hauntzer's dragon form which results in an early death. LoH flashes to aqua prison Pekin woof before he has a chance to duck into the jungle with Get snuggled, ensuring his death. LoLPro is able to even the mid lane out by taking the inhibitor off of vVv's hands.

    41:42 - LoLPro secures the fifth dragon uncontested and catches Get Snuggled out near the ancient golem camp.

    44:40 - LoLPro pushes down the bottom t3 turret and starts working on the inhibitor when Heaventime skyfalls into the back line of vVv ontop of Pekin Woof, quickly eliminating the yordle.

    46:40 - As vVv is setting up vision at baron, LoLPro is able to catch Pekin Woof out by his wraiths forcing vVv into a bad fight in a bad position. LoLPro is able to overwhelm vVv's base and come out with the victory.

    Game 2: vVv strikes back

    Game 2 was a much more concrete performance from vVv although early game a bit shaky at first. It seemed as if LoLPro had momentum coming into this game when they made a call for a 4 man dragon nine minutes into the game. Unfortunately for LoLPro, Tails and the rest of vVv were hungry for a win and turned that 4 man dragon into a dragon steal plus 2 kills which set the tempo for the rest of this match. Gaunty and Get Snuggled did a fantastic job at keeping a front line in tact for Tails which was an issue in Game 1. This allowed Tails to get 11 kills with only 2 death including a penta kill. I don't think you can have a much better game in the NACS than this one, however, in order to make it to the LCS vVv will need to work on control and tempo. vVv needs to ensure that everyone is on the same page and communicating effectively because, at times I see Tails in a good position but Cris/Gaunty/Get Snuggled leaves him exposed for the enemy team.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-mZc5mvmk&list=UUvqRdlKsE5Q8mf8YXbdIJLw&feature=share&index=1

    9:45 - LoLPro takes 4 to dragon with Nyjacky sitting in the mid river brush. Nyjacky gets the jump on Pekin Woof bringing him to half health, however, grunty is able to land a 3 person solar flare. This gives Get snuggled enough time to stun heaventime and steal dragon away. Before losing his life to heaventime, Pekin Woof is able to assist Grunty and Tails in taking down LoD, resulting in a 2-1 plus dragon in vVv's favor.

    12:33 - Get Snuggled roams down to bot lane and pushes up into the 2nd brush to set up a lane gank. LoH uses a ward to safely check the brush making Gaunty miss his zenith blade which gives heaventime enough time to get to lane and throw his ult onmto Get Snuggled. LoH throws our a 3 person tidal wave that resuts in LoD securing the kill on Heaventime.

    13:15 - Cris roams the enemy jungle to try and steal red buff from hauntzer, but Nyjacky is quick to respond. Hauntzer lands a great pillar which forces Cris to dragon form out of danger. Meanwhile at bot, Heaventime, LoD and LoH continue to lay down pressure onto the lane bringing Gaunty very low under tower.\

    14:25 - Cris roams into the enemy jungle again and gets converged on by Nujacky, Hauntzer and heaventime resulting in a swift death. Pekin Woof and Get Snuggled are able to quickly react to this and bursted down heaventime and forcing Nyjacky to retreat. Pekin Woof and Get Snuggled then lock in the kill onto Huntzer.

    15:50 - Nyjacky lands a decent cask explosion onto Pekin Woof which brings him so low that the purple caster minion is able to land the kill on Nyjacky's behalf.

    16:12 - Heaventime, Hauntzer and Nyjacky push down mid and Heaventime vaultbreakers into a lonely Cris. Hauntzer follows up with a great pillar that forces Cris 2 steps off of the tower, which is enough time for Nyjacky to land his full combo and Hauntzer picks up the kill. vVv Answers this by getting a 3 man gank going in bot with Get Snuggled, Tails and Gaunty picking up a kill onto LoD and LoH past the t1 tower.

    18:04 - Nyjacky lands a great Cask Explosion onto Pekin Woof which puts him into a bad position under the t1 mid tower with no minions alive. Heaventime capitalizes on this and Assault and Batteries into Pekin Woof to ensure that kill was picked up.

    19:10 - Cris and Hauntzer begin dueling in top land and just as you think that Cris is going to die, Pekin Woof shows up to turn the tides onto Hauntzer. Pekin Woof is able to land the killing blow as Cris runs for his life.

    19:20 - Get Snuggled skyfalls into the back of LoD and LoH as they push up bot lane, effectively trapping them. LoH seems to be off page with LoD as he goes to stop Get Snuggled as LoD goes all in onto Tails and loses his life. Heaventime makes it to bot lane just in the nick of time to get LoH out of battle.

    20:40 - Nyjacky roams to bottom after all of the action has ended which allows Pekin Woof to get both the mid t1 turret and a kill onto heaventime.

    23:40 - All 5 members of vVv secure an uncontested dragon kill and then Heaventime flash assault and batteries onto Pekin Woof as he distortions under tower and Get Snuggled skyfalls in onto LoD and LoH. The rest of vVv collapses onto Heaventime, LoD and LoH securing 3 kills.

    25:00 - Get Snuggled, Cris and Pekin Woof push down middle and are caught in the enemy wolf camp by Hauntzer and Nyjacky resulting in a swift kill onto Get Snuggled.


    26:26 - Get Snuggled Skyfalls onto the enemy team to assit with Cris's engage while Pekin Woof, Gaunty and Tails are able to clamp down on the team fight. Get snuggled is able to pick off Heaventime and LoD before turning with the team onto Nyjacky who took out Pekin Woof. Tails is able to take Nyjacky down resulting in a 3 for 1 in top lane and baron.

    28:20 - Get Snuggled Skyfalls onto the t2 mid turret where LoD and LoH are being sieged by Tails and Gaunty picking up the kill onto LoD.

    28:40 - The rest of vVv meets up in mid to push down the t2 turret, however, Gaunty and Cris are able to start a team fight onto Heaventime. Since both Gaunty and Cris chased Heaventime, Hauntzer is able to pin Tails down between the t2 and t3 mid turrets and pick him off.

    32:00 - Heaventime engages onto Pekin woof at the bot t2 turret as LoH tidal waves 4 members of vVv, bursting down an over extended Pekin Woof. Hauntzer runs straight past the front line of vVv to make it onto Tails again while Get Snuggled is picked off by Heaventime, LoD and LoH. Gaunty is able to find a zenith blade into LoD which gives Tails enough time to scare him back. While chasing the rest of vVv, Tails is able to pick off Heaventime.

    34:20 - Get Snuggled misses his skyfall onto LoD and Cris misses his dragon form as LoLPro seemingly collapses onto an out of positioned Cris.

    35:15 - Nyjacky finds a cask explosion onto Gaunty and Get Snuggled making a 2 for 0 trade in favor of LoLPro. Pekin Woof tries to burst down LoD as he shows up a tad too late to the fight with Tails and is taken down by LoD. Assault and Battery is used onto Tails which locks him up long enough for Heaventime to kill him but not before Tails bursts down nyjacky and ignite kills LoD.

    39:00 - Get Snuggled skyfalls into Hauntzer and the LoLPro team in the baron side brush of mid lane which is countered by a beautiful tidal wave/aqua prison combo from LoH. Cris is able to Dragon form over the mid wall onto LoD and Cris to zone them from the fight as Pekin woof drops dangerously low. Pekin Woof is able to get a kill onto LoD with Cris as he is taken down by Nyjacky. Heaventime is dropped dangerously low as Hauntzer and LoH are being reengaged on by Gaunty and a full hp tails. Heaventime takes out Cris as he is making his retreat. LoLPro backs off as tails is chunking them on the chase

    42:03 - LoLPro gets 5man Skyfalled by Snuggled as they push the mid lan. Nyjacky lands a solid cask explosion seperating 3 members of vVv. Heaventime is taken down by Tails in the back of the fight as Nyjacky loses his GA. Gaunty lands a fantastic zenith blade onto LoD which ensures his death as Nyjacky revives from his GA.

    43:00 - vVv attempts to force the baron as Nyjacky, LoH and Hauntzer are the only members alive for LoLPro. Cris and Pekin are able to take down Hauntzer as he tries to make his way into the pit in exchange for Pekin's life. This results in a baron kill for vVv.

    44:10 - Snuggled lands with skyfall right on top of Nyjacky making a quick pick for the t2 mid tower.

    44:50 - vVv pushes out onto the t3 turret with a 4v5 power play with baron picking up the mid inhibitor.

    48:34 - Tails Penta kill and the win!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtYjU4MkQCA

    Game 3: vVv clinches playoff berth

    After 2 nail biting endings, vVv shifts into 5th gear as Gaunty and Snuggled amass a massive advantage in bot lane for Tails. Even though Heaventime, Nyjacky and Hauntzer tried their best in mid game to save the ship from drowning, it was too late. Tails had blown a hole the size of Saturn into the hull of LoLPro and it was only time before the ship went down. If our boys playing for vVv want to progress into the LCS, this is the game they need to replicate. The play was very tight and restrained without being conservitive. They made the right plays at the right times and capitalized on LoLPro's mistakes and short comings (such as not warding tri brush for 9 minutes after 2 successful ganks from snuggled through the jungle). Great job to everyone on vVv especially Pekin who is definitely an unsung hero in these games. While you may not have had a score like Tails, the amount of pressure you applied on zigs was CRAZZZZZZZZZY. Congrats on moving on up into the NACS Playoffs!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN6DjPeOzoU&list=UUvqRdlKsE5Q8mf8YXbdIJLw

    3:35 - Gaunty lands a zenith blade onto LoH, causing LoH to use black shield. Little did LoH know that Get Snuggled was creeping into the lane behind LoLPro through tribrush, landing a vaultbreaker onto LoH (Surprise!). Gaunty follows up the vault breaker with Shield of Daybreak which allows Tails to take down LoH for first blood.

    5:00 - Not too sure as to why LoLPro wouldn't ward their own tri brush as Get Snuggled had gotten a successful gank 2 minutes earlier, however, it allows Get Snuggled to come back to bot for a repeat gank. Snuggled lands a great vault breaker which gives Gaunty enough time to get in range with zenith blade to secure a second kill for tails onto LoH.

    8:20 - LoLPro starts to set up a gank onto bot, however, they are met at the entrance to vVv's ancient golem ramp by Heaventime which leads to an easy kill for Snuggled.

    9:27 - LoH lands a binding onto Gaunty, however, zenith blade doesn't care that he's binded. Tails is able to follow up bringing LoD down to below 20% hp when Pekin Woof drops his Mega Inferno Bomb in LoD's escape path. While LoD is able to flash out of the ultmiate, he flashes in range of Tails who is able to shave off the last 20% of hp.

    11:20 - Gaunty lands ANOTHER zenith blade onto LoD and LoH as Snuggled races through the enemy jungle to eassit bot lane. Tails lays down a beautiful culling, tapping into the brain of LoD and bringing him down AGAIN. Snuggled finally makes it to the fight and begins the dive onto LoH but ends up backing off due to tails being too far back.

    13:36 - Heaventime and Nyjacky decide that enough is enough and attempt to 4 man gank bottom lane. As they enter lane, LoH lands a nice ultimate onto Gaunty and Tails which results in a kill for Nyjacky.

    16:35 - vVv has 4 men down at dragon as LoLPro rush out of their jungle to contest. As LoLPro come in, vVv backs off allowing LoLPro control of dragon and it's damage/debuff. Hauntzer uses his teleport to ensure that vVv backs of, however, Snuggled gets caught to the side of the dragon pit by Hauntzer's pillar. LoLPro are able to secure the first dragon off of this.

    17:28 - "Gais pls, I beg... pls stawp!" That's what I imagine is going through LoH's head as gaunty and tails land another beautiful combo onto him resulting in a swift kill. As LoD is trying to escape, Peking Woof throws out another Mega Inferno Bomb in which LoD is able to flash away to safety.

    18:20 - Nyjacky sees Tails in his jungle as he goes for a seemingly easy kill, but little did he know that snuggled was waiting in the flanks to set up a counter-gank. Hauntzer is able to make his way down to mid as get Snuggled and Tails start to retreat resulting in a kill onto Snuggled.

    19:50 - Heaventime is waiting in the brush near his ancient golem as Snuggled comes in to get vision. Nyjacky is quick to react, distortioning over the wall to lay down some law resulting in a clean kill.

    22:53 - Nyjacky and Heaventime catch Tails at the mid ramp entrance to the jungle, deleting him from existance.

    27:19 - LoLPro has a bit of miscommunication as Hauntzer engages on Tails and Cris as the rest of LoLPro is maneuvering towards white wraith. Snuggled vault breaker's a bit too deep as he is destroyed before he is able to get back to his team. Cris is able to chase out LoD and secures a clean kill ending the fight in a 2-1 exchange in favor of vVv.

    29:20 - Nyjacky is being surrounded by Cris, Gaunty, Tails and Pekin woof and while he is able to back off, it leaves LoH in a vulnerable position behind the enemy team resulting in a death at the hands of Tails. Heaventime is too late to help LoH escape which allows Cris, Snuggled, Tails and Pekin woof to take down LoD. Cris over extends as the team pulls off to chase Hautzer into the jungle which gives Nyjacky an opening to take him out.

    31:45 - Snuggled Lands a beautiful vault breaker from mid brush over the wall onto LoD, chunking him to half hp as the rest of LoLPro starts to engage. Snuggled follows up with a beautiful 3 man Assault and Battery as Pekin Woof lands a 4 man Mega Inferno Bomb which takes out both LoD and LoH. Heaventime is able to land a nice ultimate on to Pekin Woof which provides the rest of LoLPro some time to retreat.

    32:20 - vVv is in the midst of taking baron when Heaventime baits cris to dragon form over the back wall of baron. This allows Nyjacky a chance to pick off Gaunty and Snuggled who are both sitting critically low in the baron pit with Pekin. LoLPro decides to back off after losing Heaventime since there was no smite available.

    35:20 - LoLPro makes their final stand at the top t3 turret but it's too late. Pekin picks off Heaventime out of the base (why he was there... who knows?). Because of this, Cris is able to dragon form past the turret onto LoD and makes quick work of him. vVv pushes forward and is able to secure the victory with 20 seconds remaining on the respawn timer of Heaventime.

    Series MVP: vVv Tails [ 22/5/19 : 8.2KDA ]

    I'm about 10 seconds away from making a parody video of "Teach me how to dougie" to be "Teach me how to Luci" inspired by Tails. Tails put on a clinic Sunday evening in games 2 and 3 on how to not only play Lucian, but how to play smart. A lot of marksmen can get in trouble by positioning inappropriately but Tails was spot on all night using his team, brushes and the fog of war to edge out a positional advantage in almost every team fight. Ending the series with a 8.2 KDA, It's safe to say that Tails may be the best Lucian NA... sorry Imaqtpie but you've lost your crown! Congratulations vVv Tails for being this week's MVP!
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to vVv OrganicBear for a blog entry, Titanfall is the most important FPS of this decade   
    Let me preface this by saying I've been playing games for a long time. Not as long as some, but since Quake came out in the early 90s and massively competitive multiplayer was born. I'm going to borrow on that experience to make my case for why I think Titanfall is the most important FPS of this decade.

    The Wrong Questions
    I see a lot of people arguing about whether Titanfall is the CoD killer. I'm going to tell you that is the wrong question. CoD has consistently failed to engage its audience since CoD4. The most recent release, CoD: Ghosts is so underwhelming as a title that many CoD players don't actually enjoy playing it. The only reason CoD hasn't died already is because it is entrenched so firmly in the competitive scene that the community will keep playing it regardless of how enjoyable the gameplay is or isn't.

    There's no alternative that fills the competitive niche the way CoD does, at least for the competitive console FPS community. Given CoD's history of releasing lackluster titles that do little more than tweak the graphics and add a new set of maps, it doesn't matter if a new game can "kill CoD". The real question is: can a console FPS deliver new and exciting gameplay mechanics that make console FPS fun to play again?

    To that question, I give a resounding yes. Titanfall's gameplay is unlike any other FPS I've played. There are similarities to CoD, especially in the aiming and firing of most of the weapons revealed in the beta, but that's about where the similarities end. And it's not just that the gameplay is new, it's also GOOD. It felt natural to run around on walls and double jump my way across the map. Even as a life-long PC gamer who has two-left thumbs, it felt good to jump into windows and climb skyscrapers, or jump on the backs of the huge titans that roam the maps. And it felt natural that I'd be able to do these things in the game.

    But is it competitive? This is another question that I see asked a lot. Again, the answer is that this is the wrong question. Name for me one successful game that was designed to be competitive from the first release of the series. In fact, other than Shootmania, there really hasn't been any other game that was designed specifically with competitive features in mind, and Shootmania flopped hard.

    One could also argue that Black Ops 2 was designed to be competitive, although as a sequel at the end of a long string of CoD titles it isn't realistic to compare BO2 to Titanfall. Also, BO2 was replaced by CoD: Ghosts. While BO2 was a noteworthy success, developer pressure forced the competitive scene to move on to CoD: Ghosts, the game that no one likes. Ghosts removed all of the competitive features that the community loved. With that kind of history, I think the more important question CoD players should be asking is: why do I think Titanfall will be any less of a success due to a lack of competitive features when CoD wantonly adds and removes the same competitive features almost randomly?

    On the other hand, if I list games that were developed with the purpose of creating a fun player experience and enjoyable gameplay mechanics, the list would look something like:
    Starcraft, Starcraft: Brood War, and Starcraft 2,
    League of Legends,
    DotA and Dota2,
    CoD4,
    Counterstrike

    That's right, every major successful esport that has endured for the past decade and the biggest esports titles still to this day. Do I even need to elaborate on this point? Who cares if the game was designed to be competitive on release. If the game is a success and people want to play it competitively, then it will become an esport. There is no magic formula or set of features that are prerequisites in order for a title to be successful competitively other than that people want to play the game and see it played competitively. Something that I feel Titanfall delivers in a big way.

    The Realism Trap
    For a long time CoD has tried to fulfill the fantasy of a "realistic" war simulator. The problem is, the thing they are trying to simulate isn't fun for most people. It takes creativity to make a game fun, not a dogmatic adherence to realism. For example, one of my favorite mechanics in FPS games has always been rocket jumping. It gives you tactical and mobile superiority and makes the game more exciting and fast-paced. No where in reality would you EVER see someone point a rocket launcher on the ground in order to perform aerial acrobatics. It's fun in part because it is divorced from reality. It allows me to exist in a world that is not constrained by the limits of everyday life.

    The movement in Titanfall has found a way to faithfully reproduce that feeling of mobility. Along with a few other really cool features (like cloaking), this game is just extremely fun to play. And it's fun to play because it escapes from the "realistic" trope and focuses instead on fun gameplay elements. For this reason, I do not have much faith that CoD ever CAN innovate in a way that meaningfully adds interesting new gameplay elements.

    This Has All Happened Before...
    What I see people in the CoD community saying is the same thing that SC2 fans were saying about LoL in 2010. "The game is too simple", "it's for children", "the skill cap is too low", "it's not as competitive". I think Blizzard has shown us that when you focus your development efforts on creating a competitive title at the expense of solid gameplay, you lose. Just flat out you lose. That doesn't mean that SC2 is dead, not fun to play, or that it's not a solid competitive game, but look at how big LoL has become in comparison. If you aren't focused on creating an enjoyable experience for the person playing the game, then it doesn't matter how many competitive features there are or how high the skillcap is, you won't be as successful as the guy who is creating a fun, engaging game.

    So will Titanfall kill CoD? Only in the sense that LoL killed SC2, which is to say, not really. SC2 still has a pretty healthy competitive scene and lots of people follow it and watch the game. But, barring some disaster, I really do believe Titanfall will eclipse CoD in the competitive scene in much the same way LoL has eclipsed SC2. In 10 years I think we'll all still be playing Titanfall or its successors, but I do not believe that CoD will still be around given its current trajectory—with or without Titanfall.

    What About Hype?
    So then how much of this is just hype and how much of it is real? Believe me, I have been around to see games hyped beyond realistic expectations before and I do not see the same patterns here. Halo Reach was hailed as the game that was going to save the ailing Halo franchise and dying competitive scene, but the developers failed to deliver. Why is that? The sad reality is that, aside from some slick graphical updates, Reach was essentially the same game as every other Halo that has ever been released.

    As a spectator, I've never sat down at MLG to watch a Halo match and thought "Wow, this looks way more fun and exciting than the previous version". I can only imagine how repetitive and stale it must have gotten for true competitors who sat down to practice and grind for hours on a regular basis. Without sufficiently complex gameplay mechanics, the game simply doesn't engage an audience that has mastered lining up the crosshairs and pulling the trigger.

    The same thing happened with Rift. Everyone hailed it as the WoW killer due to the "Rift" feature that would spawn mini-raid encounters at random locations around the world. This sounds really neat, but when you are operating with the same basic mechanics of target, push buttons, repeat, then even new features seem stale and repetitive. Rift didn't fail to kill WoW because of a lack of new ideas, but because, ultimately, it didn't offer a new experience for the user playing the game.

    And that is why I don't think that there is just hype surrounding Titanfall. The gameplay IS different. The experience for players IS good. And with all the wall running, double jumping, and complex titan battles, there will be an enormous amount to learn and improve upon for the competitive player. Maps are no longer a two-dimensional series of boxes and corridors, but now are a three-dimensional puzzle to be navigated and exploited by the smarter, more experienced player. It's no longer about who has the better ping or who can set their crosshairs on who faster, but who can maneuver better and gain an advantage through superior mobility. And it's not enough to just have better gun skill, but which team can manage and coordinate their titans to gain an advantage before having to eject and start over.

    Respawn has taken a genre that was previously defined by simple point-and-click mechanics, and created a game that is engaging strategically and tactically. They have taken a genre that was focused too hard on realism and created a game that is fun and complex. They have redefined what an FPS is and what it will take to be a good FPS player. THAT is why Titanfall is the most important FPS of this decade. I hope you'll join us while we participate in this historic game!
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Spard for a blog entry, 2/18 - 2/19 PBE Notes Analysis & Discussion   
    Hey guys,

    Welcome to the first article for my new Around the Rift blog! The purpose of this blog is to discuss upcoming changes and the effects that they might have on the current meta. Today I will be discussing the latest PBE Notes from 2/18. I will be providing my analysis of these changes and the positive/negative effects they may have if they were to go live. For those of you who have not had a chance to peruse the new patch notes, you can find them here.


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    ** NOTE: Colors are reflective of my opinion on the changes proposed. [Negative Change] [Minimal Impact Change] [Positive Change]

    Corki [situational Pick]: I think that adding an AD ration to his Phosphorous Bomb in addition to the AP ratio will make Trinity force an amazing item on him. The problem with corki is that he is good at a lot of things but not excellent. I think that caster based adc's like corki are just a tad weak compared to aa centric adc's like Cait or jinx in this meta unless you are running a poke comp.

    Gragas [Godlike Still]: They removed the AD ratio for gragas's body slam which will lower the damage to be a bit more manageable. The thing to write home about here is the reduction of AP ratio to gragas's explosive cask and whether or not it will have a major impact. Currently, every 100ap gives Gragas 100 damage to his ultimate. With the proposed changes, that number would be reduced to 80. Typically gragas can get to about 400-600 ap with relative which would translate into 80-120 damage lost on his ultimate if the changes go through. Honestly, to gragas... this is just a drop in the bucket. I think that while this is a good step towards bringing down Gragas's power, it is not enough. I think Gragas's ult ap ratio needs to be .6 or .65 for it to be in line with others.

    Kassadin [What is a nerf?]: Oh Kassadin, try as the might... you will still rock the a 100% pick/ban rate in solo queue. There's a reason why Kass is not played as much in competitive play and that's because he is a high risk high reward play style. You have to take risks on kassadin to snowball which is why he hasn't been nerfed. Why play Kass when you can get moderate risk high reward champs like Kha'zix, zed, leblanc, etc.? Anyways, Kass's silence was nerfed by .5 sec, he lost 20 base dmg to his Q and 40 base damage to his E. All in all, he's still a monster who will take the big risks and be rewarded for it. His late game is a tad weaker now but you won't feel much of a difference from current play to this change.

    Miss Fortune [Dethroning Jinx?]: Okay so this one was interesting... First, the new formula for the 2nd hit of double up results in the same damage from the old formula. This is important to note because it is neither a buff or a nerf:

    New Formula - Based on 100 AD
    1 point: [25 + (0.75*100)] = 100 * 1.2 = 120 dmg
    2 points: [60 + (0.75*100)] = 135 * 1.2 = 162 dmg
    3 points: [95 + (0.75*100)] = 170 * 1.2 = 204 dmg
    4 points: [130 + (0.75*100)] = 205 * 1.2 = 246 dmg
    5 points: [165 + (0.75*100)] = 240 * 1.2 = 288 dmg
    Old Formula - Based on 100 AD
    1 point: [30 + (0.90*100)] = 120 dmg
    2 points: [72 + (0.90*100)] = 162 dmg
    3 points: [114 + (0.90*100)] = 204 dmg
    4 points: [156 + (0.90*100)] = 246 dmg

    5 points: [198 + (0.90*100)] = 288 dmg

    Secondly, Impure shots now scales off of AP rather than AD. While the maximum damage for impure shots is increased, you would have to build AP to make use of it. The saving grace for this change is the MASSIVE attack speed buff that MF will now get from activating the ability. MF used to gain 4/6/8/10/12% attack speed for 6 seconds whereas now she will gain 30/35/40/45/50% attack speed which is much needed. One thing to keep an eye out for is the scope of the change to the wording of this ability. Impure shot's used to only apply on a successful basic attack, however, the word "basic" has been removed and replaced with "...causes her attacks..." if this is the case, then this is a massive buff. By using her ultimate, MF will be able to apply a 50% reduction of healing to ANYONE who takes a tick of damage. This is huge and can be used as a hard counter to sustain supports/compositions.

    Ryze [From the Ashes]: Well shit, ryze will have a lot of sustain in lane now. By giving Ryze 1/2 the mana cost of Q back when killing a target, riot has given ryze the power to farm more efficiently without running oom early. This will allow ryze to cast 3 Q's at the same cost as 2 currently. That could equate to an additional 60/85/110/135/160 (0.4 * AP) every 10 seconds in which he can use to harass. I think that we will definately start to see this champion again, especially with the way ryze player's tend to build. Running a Ryze could potentially free up item slots for your jungle/top for more damage or sustain.

    Tee[no]mo[re OP Traps]: The days of teemo farming endlessly and leaving little presents for people around the map are finally over... sort of. This nerf was a huge one cutting the AP ratio of teemo's shrooms in HALF. Idk about you, but this pleases me greatly.

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    Aegis of the Legion [still luxury]: I main support and I have been forgoing this option because it was too costly for the return on investment. I feel like in this meta, you need to build effectively for the largest source of damage on the enemy team. I still feel like the resistances are a tad weak for the price of the item. For 1875 gold, I can buy:
    Negatron Cloak: 720g - 40mr - Builds into Spirit Visage/Banshee's Veil
    2x Cloth Armor: 600g - Builds into a warden's mail
    Finish Warden's Mail (+20 armor + 15% atk spd slow) or Buy Ruby Crystal (+180hp)

    Aegis to me is a luxury item if you are ahead in jungle now or on a squishy support. Why would leona/thresh/lulu/annie want to build an aegis when they can go full on tank and allow for their jungle/top to tack on some damage.

    Ancient Coin [No difference]: Honestly, the removal of hp/5 and the addition of 5hp per kill is fine. If you are relying on that hp/5 to keep you alive, well then you are just doing it wrong. Yes, you do have less sustain in lane but it's minimal.

    2/19 Ancient Coin Update [Have mana, will travel]: Ancient coin now has 5 less mana regeneration . Not game breaking but I can bet that I'll be making more stops to the fountain!
    Boots of Mobility [Can't slow me down!]: While the base movement speed enhancement has been reduced, these boots weren't meant to be so effective in combat. These boots are for roaming and supports/jungle's utilize them for early game vision control and map pressure. The cost reduction on this item just makes it 200g more accessible to the role that needs it (support) while not really changing anything for supports in combat with these boots equipped.

    Relic Shield [heal op]: MASSIVE buff to the healing that you return upon killing a unit. Prior to this change, you used to heal for 2% of your maximum hp. that is 2hp restored per 100 max hp... pathetic. The new heal gives you a base 40 hp restoration which, if you do the math, would mean you would have needed 2000 max hp in order to mimic this with the old passive. It is also nice that it gives 25 additional base hp.

    Face of the Mountain [situationally amazing]: Now that it does not cost HP to the wielder and scales off of the receiver's AD, this active is really legit for bot and Leona. In order to get a 300 dmg shield from FOTM you used to need to have over 3000 hp, which as a support... can take a long time to get to. What's cool about this new active is that it rewards ADC's who form a lead from CS'ing effectively. The more GPM the ADC has the bigger they get, which gives them more ad that turns into a larger shield. I think this item will work really well for ADC's that don't need to build Attack speed first such as Jinx or the upcoming Miss Fortune changes.

    2/19 Face of the Mountain [Less AD, More AP]: The ad ratio on the shield was scaled back to 100% from 150%, however, 30% of the targeted champions AP is now calculated into the total strength of the shield! As a support who takes advantage of roaming, I like this change. It allows me to go this item route and still be effective outside of my lane.

    Spellthief's Edge [shitcicle]: Cool, I can do 15 additional damage every 10 seconds on a tower now. Such amaze, many damage. Potentially devastating active for initiation if you land it, but I doubt it will be utilized more effectively than FOTM or AC. Honestly, I'd probably try this item out on Annie with the new active depending on the target reticle. If it has the same target reticle as tibbers then combining the 2 would work really nicely (1s stun into a 1.5-2.5s slow)

    2/19 Spellthief's Edge [Just keep tuning]: Riot partially reverted some of the changes to tier 1/2 of the Spellthief's Edge giving it +5ap and +1 gold per hit (t1) / +10 ap and +2 gold per hit (t2). While I don't think it is enough to make me want to invest in this item on traditional utility supports like Nami or Lulu, it may be powerful enough to consider on mage supports such as Annie, Lux or Morgana. I think this item will have the most benefit on these champions because of the chain of cc that can be applied. Stun/Imobilize > AoE slow = OP

    Farsight Orb [i see you stealthing, you hating..]: Much needed change to see any enemy units regardless of stealth. This will make trading in lanes against a stealth mid/jungle much safer early/mid game. As support, I will definitely start with Warding Trinket, switch that out to a Farsight orb on first back and then use Farsight until I have the gold to purchase a 3rd tier sweeping lens against stealth comps.

    Ionian boots of lucidity [5% off]: I'm mainly upset because this was the only niche item that could give me the 5% CDR I was looking for. The price reduction is nice but I don't think I'll be investing in these boots as I can get a kindlegem for 75g more. Changes reverted as of 2/19!

    Ohmwrecker [Ohm... NO]: Please just stop. This item was never used, will never be used and is a waste of time. Turrets do not do enough damage for this item to be worth 1975g. If Riot want's supports/tanks to pick up this item, they will need to give it WAY better stats or a better active.... honestly, if I could use ohmwrecker to redirect it's attacks on the enemy team for 3 seconds, then I'd purchase it.

    Sightstone / Ruby Crystal [i get it]: More accessible for support freeing up their resources to keep up with the rest of the team.

    Rylai's Crystal Scepter [pfft]: Whatever, just 2 extra CS for it. I think it was priced low to begin with.

    2/19 Doran's Shield [stat efficiency]: Riot partially reverted the Hp/5 nerf to doran's shield and returned it from 0 hp/5 to 6 hp/5. I think doran's definitely needed a nerf but the orginal nerf down to no hp/5 regen was over kill. I think 6 hp/5 is a good spot to sit for this item and brings the total "Stat value" to be barely efficient for the cost. The big thing to note is the passive on doran's is still op.
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Hinao for a blog entry, How things have changed for this gamer.   
    Another year and boy how things have changed. Some people know about some don't. A year ago I lived in darkness. Believing that hope and dreams were both impossible and unobtainable. I didn't think any of my friends were real, that anything anyone said was true, that any of my smiles were fake. In February of last year I was hospitalized for self harm. Believing the only thing that pain was my only comfort when I messed up. Diagnosed with clinical depression. Though the hospital did help it was still an uphill battle for me. Every day for many months was trying to find a reason I deserved to exist. Those months of darkness though slowly the light started to return. I realized many things that simply I was blinded too.

    I learned who my true friends were and what they really meant to me. That no matter what they are there even if it's just to make me smile and laugh with them for a day. That I will always have them and my family who will have my back even when I make mistakes. My mistakes that I make are no longer something that keep me down, but how I learn. I'm not perfect no one is. Though coming from a place where I didn't believe that I could have a real smile, it's nice to have a real one.

    I wanted to share this with my fellow vVv members for a few reasons. First I wanted to say thank you. When I was down here I made an entry wondering if I should just resign and quit being part of this community. What I got wasn't what I thought. I got others who offered an ear and help, something I didn't think would happen. For me this place is a family as well as community. I remember back when I first joined I was nervous as hell to be honest. I never thought it would come to the day when I would actually be staff, which I couldn't help but smile all day. That's why I needed to say thanks. Also, I notice a few people on here who seem down like I was. This is my offer to you if you do need just someone to listen go ahead and contact me. A way of me giving back what was offered me before. Here's to many more awesome times with vVv no matter the branch. Good luck in all you're gaming.


    P.S.
    I may not be the best at words but for those of you out there who seem to be down or loosing hope. The road ahead of you may seem dark, but don't focus on how dark it is. Focus on the light no matter how small.
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to vVv WaKai for a blog entry, Visit to the vVv Gaming HQ Part Two   
    I sit here, keyboard at my fingertips, and I'm trying to find the words to describe my last 7 days in L.A. Surely, going from looking at a sun soaked valley, to an iced stained window has its saddening attributes.

    "Of all the things that wisdom provides for living one's entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship." -Epicurus*. I cannot stress this idea more, finding people to truthfully call a friend is hard to come by. For me personally, I had never really experienced true friendship until now. Most of my past was filled with fizzled friendships which explains my inability to take something at face value. I hope this sheds some light on why I avoid people. I hope you didn't take it to heart, as my questioning as to what is implied in conversation drives me to insanity. Jerry was able to figure this out after asking me one single question,"Who do you consider to be your best friend?". I really didn't have an answer for this, I could not think of one person whom I've ever thought as a best friend. Before vVv gaming, I preferred a life of solitude as human interaction was as tedious for me as someone might feel when writing lines for bad behavior. Which explains why I always avoid petty conversation.

    Small talk was probably the thing I hated the most. Due to its way of focusing on what people thought was socially right to say; rather than discussing about themselves or ideas. As a child, I tried creating conversations about ideas or about things learned. To my dismay, most kids and even parents thought I was a "know it all". I then understood that the discussion of ideas wasn't for everyone. So I spent most of my years in quiet solitude. Surprisingly, the small talk coming from people who are true to themselves is quite interesting.

    What the vVv gaming HQ has shown me is that small talk between close friends is a way to find and explore more about each other. To laugh at each others quirks and help fix each others poor attributes. I believe vVv Gaming within itself is an extension of that.

    Over the last week, my activity with the community has increased. I can say, I'm interested in how other people feel and interact. I enjoy helping others complete their goals and make something of nothing. What I didn't realize over the course of my lifetime is that I have a lot of empathy at my disposal. I'm able to sympathize with almost anyone, thinking of why they may feel this way or have done that. But as with my love for ideas, asking someone questions of why they are feeling a certain way and giving advice isn't within their best interest. So yes, most of my skills where for deeper human interaction then what was socially acceptable. The only way for me to actually use these abilities is when someone consciously comes to ask help from me.

    The trip was definitely an enlightening one, not because of the hot California sun, but of Jerry's ability to really show who I really was. I hope, that by reading this you come to understand the impact that the people here at vVv gaming have on us. Take every opportunity vVv gaming gives you, it will be a rewarding journey for anyone brave enough to take the first step.

    Good Luck in your vVv Gaming travels!
    If ever you need to run an idea by someone, you know where to look.

    * pg.73 in "The Essential Epicurius" by Eugene O'Conor
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    vVv LordJerith reacted to Ahryse for a blog entry, [1.1] Q&A with vVv Natural   
    In an attempt to get to know the other players/members of vVv better - those who don't play in my respected division, I've decided to branch out and talk to these players. I've always been interested in not only the people in a community, but also how they came to be in the community, the hows, whys, what ifs.





    Q&A with vVv NaturaL

    Ahryse: How did you first become interested in vVv? What keeps you around?
    vVv Natural: I didn't apply to vVv until February of last year. I've known about vVv since their beginning, because I was a Gears of War player growing up. That's what got me involved in the competitive scene and how vVv started. What made me apply and interested in becoming a vVv member, was improving myself as a gamer. At the time, I didn't really play Call of Duty - it was actually the last game I wanted to play. But unfortunately it's the only console game that's played competitively. The community is a big bonus too, you get to meet people and play with new people. Overtime, I wanted to be on staff and learn about the eSports scene in general. I started following League of Legends a lot more and MMOs as a whole. I got interested in the eSports scene, which is what I like to do now. I'm always learning about what's big, what's coming out and how the business side of eSports works.
    Ahryse: If you followed vVv for so long, what held you back from applying earlier? Did vVv just not have a division you were interested in?
    vVv Natural: No it really wasn't that, because vVv had Halo, Rainbow 6 and Gears, which were all games I'd played competitively over the years. Back when Gears had just started and picked up by the competitive scene, when vVv had just started, I was in another clan/organization which lasted about a year and a half. At the end of it, I was really burnt out and didn't want to be involved with a large group of people. Some of my friends from that organization went to vVv. Due to this, I was around vVv even though I wasn't a part of the community or a member. In the meantime, I just played with my friends from school and my team. A few years went by and I wasn't playing with anyone and wasn't playing competitively anymore since Halo 4 died, which led me to applying for vVv's Call of Duty division.

    Ahryse: Is Call of Duty the only big FPS console game played competitively?
    vVv Natural: Right now, yeah. Console gaming was made successful because of Halo. MLG got big through Halo. It really took off Season 2 of Halo 2 and by the time Halo 3 came out, you started seeing the big sponsors like Dr. Pepper partnering with MLG. In my opinion, Halo is the reason MLG is where it is today. Without Halo, MLG probably would have never gotten big enough to include Starcraft. Halo Reach was an awful game which slowly killed the competitive scene. When Halo 4 was released, it stayed in the competitive scene for about 6-8 months before the money disappeared. This left Call of Duty as the only FPS in the competitive scene that was even relevant as a console shooter.
    Ahryse: Is the upcoming Halo expected to be better than its predecessors?
    vVv Natural: Unfortunately that's not really how console gaming works. Usually the original is always better than its sequels. Take Unreal Tournament for example. Unreal Tournament was amazing, but by the time it got to Unreal Tournament 3, it was atrociously bad.

    Ahryse: Oh so what about Battlefield, it doesn't have any competitive scene? Oh no, you're laughing!
    vVv Natural: Think about that for a moment. You've played Battlefield before right?
    Ahryse: No, but I used to be part of a community where it was hugely popular, so I thought it seemed like a good choice for the competitive scene.
    vVv Natural: There's two different sides to Battlefield. It's an awesome game to most people because there's nothing else like it. You literally get to run around a map in tanks, airplanes and choppers and blow things up. But because of that it can never really be competitive, only because it would basically be vehicle warfare. I'm not saying it wouldn't take skill, but it wouldn't be ranked competitively. Everyone would be camping for vehicles. They've tried running tournaments without vehicles, like 2v2, 5v5 but it's not big. Its just not a competitive game, because the maps are too big and player movement is choppy. Actually, now that I think about it, pretty much no console game was made for competitive play except for maybe Halo 3. So yeah, there are too many things about Battlefield that are buggy, broken or just wouldn't fit into a competitive atmosphere.

    Ahryse: Will the competitive scene for Call of Duty: Ghosts drop and revert back to the previous title?
    vVv Natural: Call of Duty releases a new expansion every year and everyone follows the new title. So Black Ops 2 isn't even played anymore. I'm really looking forwards to Titanfall or Destiny. Those two games could possibly replace Call of Duty in the competitive scene.
    Ahryse: That was going to be my next question! Are there any other console games that could be played competitively outside those two?
    vVv Natural: In the near future, that's about it. Those are the only two hopefuls - possibly with Halo. But they really screwed themselves with Halo 4, so we'll see what happens.

    Ahryse: Why did you decide to join the vVv staff?
    vVv Natural: When Addiction rose to Vice President of Operations, Call of Duty Assistant Manager became vacant. BlackStarr was the current Call of Duty Manager at the time and when he announced the position was open, I thought I would be a perfect fit. When I got it, I found I enjoyed the staff work and being involved with vVv. I was able to be more involved with the community. When you're on staff, you need to know who everyone is as far as members goes. When I was Assistant Manager, I did a really good job keeping up with applicants, I knew who just about every applicant was. I tried to know who they were, what they did, why they were in vVv, what they liked to do, etc. I like to get to know people on a personal level. I tried to do that with the staff as well.
    Ahryse: What would you say your biggest challenge has been since being on vVv staff?
    vVv Natural: I would say... It's a combination of a few things. A personal challenge was getting used to the fact that I didn't have time to play competitively anymore. I also had to grow into my role and learn to be a leader. I mean, I've been captain of a few sports teams, but having a whole division of 20-30 guys looking to you [and BlackStarr], it was stressful sometimes. You want to make sure what you do is right. I want to make sure if I'm going to put something out, it's 100%. I don't want to have any second thoughts or anything like that. I needed to make sure I made enough time to interact with everyone while still completing my staff duties. It was a complete turnaround from what I was used to as a gamer.

    Ahryse: How would you say you learned to be a leader?
    vVv Natural: I had a lot of good help. I've always had a really good idea of people. I'm really good at talking to people one on one, especially because I can usually tell in someone's voice whether they do or don't get something. I learned from both Addiction and BlackStarr, they're both really good at what they do. They know how to talk to people, how to make something sound right.
    Ahryse: What did you do in the instances that you felt unsure or weren't confident in what you were doing?
    vVv Natural: Jerry has always been really open, as with Addiction and BlackStarr. If I ever had any questions, I would always go to them without any hesitation, because they would answer to the best of their ability. Obviously there are instances where they'd make me figure it out on my own, maybe put a different spin on it. You can't have someone always giving you all the answers, sometimes you need to be able to think for yourself.

    Ahryse: What do you enjoy most about being on staff?
    vVv Natural: Knowing you're a part of such a great and growing community. You're involved in the growth of vVv and the direction it's going in. You're involved in helping make it successful. I've learned a lot about eSports, business and just life in general. One of the advantages about being on staff is you get to know Rob and everybody. Everyone on staff is really smart, so you get to learn so much. You learn things about certain things that maybe you previously didn't have any interest in. You get to talk to Jerry a lot more - and Jerry's probably one of the smartest guys you'll ever meet in your entire life. I swear to God, he's wicked smart.

    Ahryse: What have your learned from your cumulative time with vVv, as an applicant, member and staff member?
    vVv Natural: Just from being in vVv in general, I've learned its crazy how you can bring so many people together who all share a common interest and learn so much. What brings everyone in vVv together is we all love games, playing games together, being around and learning about games. So it brings a large group of people in, then friendships and bonds are formed, which may even be stronger than the bonds you have in real life. It all comes from our love of gaming. Its hard to have that type of connection with somebody.

    Ahryse: Do your family and friends know about vVv?
    vVv Natural: My mom does. I don't even tell my dad about it. He would never understand this whole scene. He's so old school, he doesn't understand the growth of video games and all the opportunities that comes with that.
    Ahryse: Your mom knows, does she understand or support you?
    vVv Natural: No, neither one of my parents really supported me. My mom hates the fact I do stuff like this, but she's more understanding to a certain extent.
    Ahryse: Was having your family be unsupportive of gaming ever something you had to contend with?
    vVv Natural: Pretty much after I got my first 360, everything gaming-wise after that I paid for by myself. It's funny because my parents always supported me in baseball and basketball. But they never really supported me in video games. So if you think about it, what's the difference between me playing video games and making money off that versus playing basketball or baseball. I never got the support for the one thing I really loved to do. It's just ironic.

    Ahryse: What do you think is the biggest thing separating vVv from other communities?
    vVv Natural: Definitely success. We're extremely successful in pretty much everything we've been involved in. Our nickname is the 'talent factory' because we've produced so many talented players who got their start at vVv or grew to the point that they were a top player or in the top 32 players in their respective game. We had 12 of the top 18 Gears of Wars players get their start at vVv. There are no other communities like this one. Simply because not a lot of communities are also an organization. They're not around the height we are. I mean, we have a challenger LoL team. There's so much hype around that, it gives our community something to get around, support and root for. I can't even think of other communities that do that. There are other organizations who have teams, but they don't really have communities behind them.

    Ahryse: What are your 2014 goals for vVv, outside the Year of Talent?
    vVv Natural: It's hard to say, because most of my goals are involved with talent. Ideally, I would like to get really good Call of Duty players back into the vVv scene. I want to help vVv grow from a business standpoint, learn from Rob and see if I can help him with ideas or pitches. As a whole, my number one thing is to help make the Call of Duty division better. Even with League, I want to help get better players. Something I personally want to do, is grow the community on a talent level. On a personal note, I want to improve as a person. I want to better myself and make my life a little bit better.

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