Category Archives: eSports

Golden Joins Quantic Gaming

Just days after NaNiwa announced his departure from Quantic Gaming, the eSports team has announced the arrival of Cho “Golden” Myung Hwan, formerly of LighT eSports and SlayerS. Golden joins the current squad with such members as TheStC, Apocalypse, and team captain Sase.

“I wanted to join a foreign team because I really like playing in foreign tournaments and think they are a good experience,” Golden said in an interview with Quantic. “I came back to Korea on Monday and will be living here… for now.” Golden also indicated he plans on moving back to the US into the Quantic Training Facility in the future.

For now, Golden says he will be focusing on Korean tournaments before he returns to the US. Golden will be attempting to qualify for the GSL Code A Season 4 tournament soon.

The MadCast Open Tournament LIVE Streaming on Observer ESports

That’s right! The GKick Netowrk’s sister site, Oberserver eSports, has joined alongside our good friends in MadCast Gaming to provide you today with live streams and casting of this month’s Open Tournament from the MadCast Gaming crew as well as the good folks over at The Killing Blow! Head on over now to Observer eSports and follow the streams for your fill of all things League of Legends!

vVv Gaming Cuts it’s Fighting Game Arm

In a sudden move that caught much of the fighting game community off-guard, vVv Gaming has cut their fighting game team, leaving RTD, REO, CD Jr, and Romance without a team. The announcement was made on their official site earlier today. vVv RobZGod (VP of Operations)  stated that:

“We sponsored our fighters throughout the road the evo, but their representation of the organization diminished as time went on. From forgetting shirts at multiple events to ignoring texts about interviews and opportunities it got to the point where we were put in this position. I agree that they are fun to watch and cheer for at events, but when it comes down to the numbers and value they just aren’t a good fit for the direction that we are moving towards. ”

Keep in mind, this comes a day after vVv posted a glowing statement of their players, congratulating them on their recent successes by saying that, “The road to EVO was a long one, ending with our vVv Fighters accumulating numerous top 4 finishes, major tournament victories, and garnering the respect of all in attendance at the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year.  For those who had their doubts, our fighters are the real deal, and it would be a mistake to not look out for them in the future.  We’d like to thank everyone that tuned in to support the vVv fighters this past weekend, and a huge congratulations to our fighters for once again showing that they came to compete, and played to win.”

Why vVv’s attitude went from “…our fighters are the real deal,” to their value not being “…a good fit,” is curious. CD Jr took 2nd place at EVO and CEO for MK9, RTD took 1st at CEO for Soul Calibur V, REO got 1st at the CEO MK9 tournament, and Romance got 2nd for KoFXIII at CEO.

Sounds like a pretty successful team to me. But maybe remembering your shirts and answering texts is more important.

Master’s Cup Series League Season 7 Finals

Evil Geniuses Starcraft 2 team tournament, the Master’s Cup Series League, is heading towards a dramatic conclusion this weekend!

Season 7 of the MCSL will wrapping up on June 30th, pitting the top four teams against each other to determine who will get paid and who will go home empty handed. 11 weeks of intense matches between 12 of some of the world’s best Starcraft 2 teams have left us with just four remaining: CompLexity, Fnatic, Mousesports, and SlayerS.

Being casted by Geoff “iNcontroL” Robinson andIsaac “Azael” Cummings-Bentley, round one will feature SlayerS going up against CompLexity, and Fnatic and Mousesports duking it out in round two.

The teams will be competing for a prize pool of $10,000, with 1st place taking home $5,000, 2nd taking $3,000, and 3rd getting $2,000.

Each team will field four players in a first to 3 series. If the teams end up tied 2-2, a final 5th Ace Match will be played to determine the winner. Each game in the series will be a 1v1 best of 3

If you want to catch the matches, click here. You can watch the live stream once it goes up at 12:00 p.m. PDT (3:00 p.m. EDT)

You can also check out the past matches to catch up on how the top 4 made it to finals.

Big prize pool, amazing teams, great castors! Those of you looking for a SC2 fix should look no further. Check it out!

 

Blizzard Offers HoTS Beta Keys for Help With Arcade 1.5

People that want to increase their chances of getting into the Heart of The Swarm beta-test have a great opportunity avaliable to them for the next couple of days!

From now until the 29th, Blizzard is offering players that help them test out their Arcade beta 1.5 additional chances to win a key, one for each day they test! That’s an additional 3 chances!

“If you want to get in on the action, playing the Rate the Game beta contest is easy. First, visit your account management page, download and install the Arcade (1.5.0) Beta product you see in the game accounts section, then hop into the Arcade. To enter the contest, simply play, rate, and review an Arcade game. The first time you rate and review a new game each day the contest is running gives you another chance to win, so it pays to visit every day until the contest ends. At the end of the contest period we’ll randomly choose 500 eligible contestants to win StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta keys!” -Blizzard

Go here  to opt into the Arcade (1.5.0) Beta.

Remember! You can come back each day from now until the 29th to rate a game and get another chance to win a Heart of the Swarm beta key! There are only going to be 500 winners, so every day you play will really help!

Good luck!

Starcraft: Brood War Legend “NaDa” Retires

NaDa, among the greatest and most well known Brood War players, has officially retired according to an announcement made on compLexity’s team-page. The news was officially posted on June 19th.

The following is a statement made by NaDa to all of his fans:

“I wanted to apologize to my overseas fans, compLexity teammates, and everyone else involved that I had to retire early. I was not able to make it to an event due to military service issues, and my biggest regret is that I was not able to see you all one last time before leaving. Thank you for always taking care of and treating the players so well through online skype.

Due to my financial difficulty, current poor state of health, pending military issues, as well as some family issues, it is difficult for me to continue on. However, I feel the need to continue running towards my dream. One of my greatest qualities, in fact, is having big dreams.

I also hope that you will continue to cheer on my fellow Korean players in compLexity, because they are my kind-hearted, hard-working and lovable younger siblings. I also truly regret not having interacted more with the other players from overseas.

One thing I really noticed at compLexity was not only the importance of good scores, but the true family-like atmosphere which I loved. Thank you for taking good care of me, Jason Lake and Scott Ford!

I have one last thing I would like to say to my foreigner fans. It is a joyous thing that I am leaving. Why, you ask? Leaving is not a sad thing after all - because it’s just the start to a new beginning.

Thank you! Good bye .. I LOVE YOU MY FANS”

-Lee Yun “NaDa” Yeol

NaDa was one of the most successful BW players of all time. He won three consecutive KPGA tours in 2002, and is one of only four players (also the first!) to receive the Golden Mouse (awarded to players who have won three OSL championships.)

It’s a sobering moment for followers of the scene.

All things that ascend to the Heavens must eventually find their resting place back on Earth.

You’ll be missed NaDa!

Black Ops 2 Will Support Ranked Dedicated Servers

A few of the Call of Duty titles never had dedicated serves, a notable one would be Modern Warfare 2, but that was fixed in Black Ops. You may now be very excited to hear that Black Ops 2 will not only have dedicated servers but ranked dedicated servers too!

This all was announced on the weekend over Cesar Stastny’s twitter feed who is the director of technology over at Treyarch.

This brings me to wonder how this is going to boost the competitive scene in the Black Ops series. I also wonder if it’ll be anything like World of Warcraft’s ranked battlegrounds system which would definitely make for interesting matches.

 

CEO 2012 is Underway, Tune In!

Anyone that has ever picked up a controller or a stick to toss some Hadukens at their friends should set aside some time this weekend to check out possibly one of the biggest Fighting Game Community events happening this season before EVO lands.

Taking place over the rest of the weekend, CEO 2012 (http://ceogaming.org/) is underway and is only going to be heating up as more players get knocked out and we get closer and closer to the finals. Every current fighting game from Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Skull Girls, Soul Calibur V, and more are being represented by some of the best players in the world!

Even Diago Umehara (famous for his 3rd Strike full-parry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS5peqApgUA) is coming out to compete, his first match in the United States since EVO 2011. It’s going to be a very,very hype event.

If you want to get in on the action, there are two streams avaliable:

The official CEO 2012 Stream: http://ceogaming.org/media/tv

Team Spooky: http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky

Featuring a payout system where the top 10% gets paid guaranteed, everyone has a shot at making money.

The real fun will start tonight at 6:00 p.m., when the finals for BlazBlueCS:EX and Tekken 6 will start. Following that, Skullgirls will be up next with KoFXIII finishing up the night.

Tomorrow the finals will be starting early. Soul Calibur V at 12:00 p.m., Mortal Kombat 9 at 2:00 p.m., with the bigger name games starting later in the evening.

The big finale will definitely be Super Street Fighter 4: AE 2012, where Diago is likely to be competeing for the 1st place prize money.

For a full schedule check out http://ceogaming.org/schedule or @CEOJebailey for updates and a complete list of this weekends events.

 

Blizzard’s Heart of The Swarm Multiplayer Preview

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard about Blizzard’s two HoTS Multiplayer VODs. Casted by Day[9] and Rob Simpson, the two go through a full ZvT and ZvP with most of the new units. There are definitely a lot of new tactics and strategies avaliable, with Zerg even getting what appears to be a new late-game unit composition.

One thing to keep in mind is that the balance team has decided to start the units off really strong, and then scale them back as need be as opposed to starting weak and scaling up. This means the damage, ranges, or even abilities could be changed or removed. It’s still in the testing phase so anything seen in the video might not be there or might be changed once HoTS finally drops.

Here are a few of the high-lights from the videos:

Hydras: These things are fast. It’s kind of ridiculous now. Once you hit Hive Techyou can research a movement speed buff that makes them just as fast off creep as they are when they are on it. They are now really easily micro-able, reminiscent of how they were in Brood War. They look really powerful, doing hit an runs with their amazing DPS and escaping easily when the enemy arrives. Looks awesome.

Vipers: The new Zerg caster unit. Abduct looks awesome, able to pull key units of your opponent into the jaws of your swarmy army and take them out. It works especially well with Lings and the new faster Hydras, preventing the units from retreating back to their friends. The Blinding Cloud ability is only usable against biological units, but it’s going to help a lot when Terran starts massing up Marine balls.

Swarm Host: This is the new Zerg siege unit. It’s an interesting take on the role, as this thing does slow sustained damage by spawning small, free ranged units rather than doing bursty damage like the Siege Tank or Colossus. If you can get enough of them together, combined with spines they seem like they’ll be able to lock down positions really well.

Widow Mine: This thing looks a little ridiculous right now. It can one-shot queens, they do AoE damage, and they are only 75min 25gas. Luckily there is a 10 second or so delay before the mines actually explode, so microing your army to make the mines less cost efficient shouldn’t be too hard. Still, if you aren’t careful you can lose valuable units like Queens or Infestors to a cheap factor unit. You can also build them 2 at a time with a Reactor.

Oracle: Protoss’s new economy harassing unit. It’ll be interesting to see if they change this one. Right now they can move into range of mineral patches, and use spell to lock them down with a shield, forcing the opponent to break them down before the mineral patches can be used again. In the ZvP video, spines were used to that the player didn’t have to manually tell his units to break the shields. It looks a bit powerful right now if you aren’t paying attention. It can also cloak your units, but it has to stay stationary to work.

Tempest: It’s a flying 22 range siege unit. And it flies. \ o.O/

Over all it looks pretty awesome. More units means more options. Excited to see what changes and what stays the same!

ZvT VoD

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