netolic pro league starts tomorrow morning

April 1st, 2013 by vyk

So far since I switched this blog to mostly focus on Dota content I haven’t really done much or indeed any promotion of my own Dota stuff, but I’d like to start amending that somewhat. Tomorrow morning marks the beginning of the Netolic Pro League 2nd Edition, a tournament that I’ll be casting over the next month or so. From my perspective there are 2 remarkable things about this tournament: the extremely high quality of the teams involved in the East division, and the unique and attractive time of the broadcasts for the West division. I mean, that, and I’m casting it. The site’s linked above, the stream is http://www.twitch.tv/netolictv , and the tournament ticket for in-game viewing can be found here.

WePlay Dota 2 Group D Mini-Preview

March 23rd, 2013 by vyk

This is the third in a series of posts covering the WePlay Dota 2 Tournament, sponsored by WePlay.ua and primarily casted in English by LD at BeyondTheSummit.tv. I am not affiliated with either of these organisations and you should absolutely support them via your internet patronage or Dota 2 tournament ticket purchase.

There wasn’t much especially interesting to talk about in the results of Group A of the WePlay tournament, played out last Sunday, so we didn’t; suffice to say Na’vi advanced with sufficient ease to troll most of their matchups. Joining them in the next stage are substitute team Keita Gaming (fka Out of Tangoes), upsetting the potentially fragile 3-team balance for 2nd by replacing Vivacity Esports, who were forced to forfeit due to a scheduling conflict with the Starladder Pro Series final bracket in which they eventually placed 2nd. Eosin+4, my choice for #2 of the original teams, ran a new lineup that failed to impress, but time and practice with the new roster including joinDota‘s HamSandwich may yet yield dividends. They’ve got a lot of games coming up against a veritable gauntlet of Russian teams, so we’ll certainly see more from them, and earned fans when they deployed the inaugural game for Timbersaw this week on the pro scene in the Alienware Arena finals. Imperium Gamers (fka Down Them All)  also looked underprepped but promising, winning their game against Eosin+4 with a bold tri-core lineup (Lifestealer, Gyro, Weaver) but dropping to Keita twice including once with their favoured Wisp. We’ll keep an eye on this team as well. Now, let’s skip forward a week and move on to Group D.  Read the rest of this entry »

WePlay Dota 2 Day 1 Wrap-up & Day 2 Mini-Preview

March 17th, 2013 by vyk

This is the second in a series of posts covering the WePlay Dota 2 Tournament, sponsored by WePlay.ua and primarily casted in English by LD at BeyondTheSummit.tv. I am not affiliated with either of these organisations and you should absolutely support them via your internet patronage or Dota 2 tournament ticket purchase.

Well, day 1 of WePlay is over, with Group E following the alternate scenario I envisioned in yesterday’s post. Final standings of the group:

Group E Results

1) No Tidehunter (advance)

2) Fnatic.NA (advance)

3) Isurus ESports

4) Rat in the dark

After a tense Match 1, the rest of the games of the day were not close. Let’s quickly recap the games. Read the rest of this entry »

WePlay Dota2 Group E Preview – Isurus vs Rat, and the Rest

March 16th, 2013 by vyk

The WePlay Dota 2 tournament begins this weekend. It’s received a little less attention than many other tournaments, since this is an especially busy weekend in the Dota 2 world. In fact, we’re heading into a period of extreme activity in professional Dota 2, with The Defense wrapping up as well as playoffs for Starladder Starseries 5, TPL Season 4, Raidcall EMS One, and Raidcall D2L all coming in rapid succession, all contemporaneous with big Asia/SEA tournaments like the GEST Challenge, the ramp-up of G-1, and so on. Consequently, a tournament run by a CIS organisation, with very short lead time on the big announcements, was bound to go under the radar a bit.

Nonetheless, the tournament contains an abundance of talent- almost every relevant Tier 1 team in the Western scene is represented via direct invite and 8 ‘wildcards’ entered via qualifier rounds. The tournament’s pool play structure is innovative and appealing: each group of 4 has a “mini-bracket” with a pseudo-double elimination structure. You can find the group info at the usual suspects (please note, their translation of the pool play structure is NOT CORRECT). Today, March 16, is the kickoff, with Group E (the No Tidehunter group). Not a lot of people know about the competitors in this group other than No Tidehunter, which makes it one of the more interesting groups to predict the outcome of. Certainly NTH will advance, but who else? Who ARE these teams? I have a bit of knowledge about least one, so I thought I’d share. I hope this acts as a decent resource or viewing companion for those observing the games today.  Read the rest of this entry »

internet comment spotlight iii

November 22nd, 2012 by vyk

4th best part of movie after lez 1, lez 2, and m’bate scene.

TVSLT 3 months ago

From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je6L2clZOGM, a movie clip from Mulholland Drive

internet comment spotlight ii

October 22nd, 2012 by vyk

Texascelt
20 October 2012 5:19PM
Word of Big Tex going up in flames spread quickly here in Dallas. The reactions have tended in two camps. One is the grief stricken Christians who mourn his loss and proclaim their hope that the huge iconic figure will be replaced with something equally as awful and ridiculous.

On the other hand the less numerous but more reflective druids and expatriate Celts that live here took some pleasure in our inadvertent wicker man on the plains that in a more ancient setting would have contained some of the thieves and con artist that actually work the carnival areas that constitute the State Fair.

Ultimately people here will demand the return of Big Tex in a better more automated form that will continue to scare small children and fascinate the populace that has for many generations chosen to marvel at over sized monstrosities favored by egomaniacs the world over.

From http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/20/texas-fair-big-tex-fire

internet comment spotlight i

October 21st, 2012 by vyk

lol ignorance “Drugs” if you’re reeefer-ing to Marijuana then you shouldn’t have used Drugs as a plural. Also Marijuana isnt a drug : / . Its scientifically proven whilst being high you fathom better ideas then you ever would. The ideas are soo good you forget them because you think of something better. So If you’re making accusations factor all sides of it this man has a family he clearly wasnt sure where they were at on the script. You sound narrow minded when thats your 1st though of someone.

thehookahguy25 7 hours ago

Taken from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFgDqg_YXUE&feature=youtu.be

journalists!! your under’salt’ed headline woes solved!!

July 23rd, 2010 by vyk

Hello journalists and copy editors! Right now, you may be gritting your teeth, sweat pouring down your brow, panic setting in steadily, and we at Vykromond Enterprises know why: you’re down to the wire with your review, interview, feature, or blog post about Salt, the Angelina Jolie-starring summer political action blockbuster, and you don’t have any clever salt-themed wordplay to use for a headline!

We can help. Read the rest of this entry »

oh, the places you’ll re-go

June 17th, 2010 by vyk

“There are also some new features that will be introduced with the Volume III: Book II update. Turbine Executive Producer Kate Paiz explained one of the most notable ones to us with a new system that will allow the dungeons of LotRO to scale by level. This will allow players to return to older dungeons such as The Great Barrows and experience it all over again at an appropriate level. Loot will also scale, so there should be plenty of shiny items to go around.”

— Lord of the Rings Online Heads south at E3 | Ten Ton Hammer

one quote – 09jun10

June 9th, 2010 by vyk
“In other genres, the games tend to simply ridicule Russia with images of bears riding unicycles down the street, and I mean, come on, this just doesn’t correspond to reality.”
— http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/06/09/russia-sponsors-pro-russia-games/