Casting Specialist for LuXGamers!

I have signed on with https://twitter.com/LuXGamersNet to be the Casting Specialist!

I am very excited for this new adventure! Make sure to check out their website http://www.luxgamers.net/

I have been working on my thesis recently and it’s been crazy… I can’t even describe how hard it is.

I hope you all understand and I look forward to seeing you all around!

Thanks,

AwesomeSauce

 

What a day for CS:GO!

Today the Grand Final champions were crowned. Team EnVyUs won it all today in the best of 3. Congrats to them, what a victory!

The maps were chosen and the first map pick was Train. That was of course Navi’s pick. A good decision for them as they are a very good team on that map. They consistently won games quite a bit throughout the year. This was their map to win.

The second map was Cobblestone chosen by Envy. A good choice for them as it may not be their strongest map, but they are certainly better than Navi on it.

The third map which was randomly selected was Dust 2. Now neither team has looked particularly hot recently on this map. Yet it didn’t even get to this point.

It started out with Envy getting a good start on train on ct side going up 7 to 0. Then Navi started to fight back, and that they did. They ended up getting the scoreline very close. In one specific round a player for Envy named “Happy” had the round of the game. On B site upper he was left alone in a 1v2. With the bomb down he bounced a grenade and peeked out to hit down the defuser in the smoke to low health — the nade killed the player. A star player and Awper for Navi “Guardian” killed Happy, but the damage was done. Guardian had no time for the defuse so he saved his AWP.

The game was 15 to 14 with Envy planting the bomb. Guardian left alone he killed a player bringing it to a 1v1, but died to a player on Envy.

Navi lost this game and in my opinion as close as it was, it still took the life out of them. They just didn’t quite look the same on the next map Cobblestone.

Cobblestone ended up with a 10 to 5 half with Envy on top t side. Within that half a player for Envy named “NBK” had an insane ace. He was in a 2v4 situation and he managed to get it done. I said it was the most important ace of his entire career. Then the switch happened and it was all over. Envy took it and the Grand Prize of $100,000.

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One of the most notable storylines was “kennys” received his first major title. He had an incredible performance on both of the games. Especially early on Train. Overall Envy was the better team and I don’t think it was a suprise they won it.

However it begs the question as to whether we should have a best of 5 series. I’m not sure. However either way I think it’s safe to day Envy was gonna win it all.

I have a lot of respect for Navi as they played a great major. What a great major overall.

Taking a look at the big picture Guardian played amazing. Throughout the entire major he played exceptional. He shouldn’t be too mad with himself. He did his job, his teammates didn’t do enough to support him against Evny.

I had so much watching this major and I hope you all did too!

I hope you all enjoy reading my blog posts and please don’t forget to comment! What are your thoughts on this major?

Thanks,

Awesomesauce

Cluj-Napoca – What is happening so far!

At the time or writing this, Natus Vincere is up on Luminosity Gaming 1-0 in a best of 3. They are currently playing on de_overpass.

Some big things that happened so far was G2 Esports took down Virtus Pro in the quarter finals. They beat then 2-0 in a best of 3. Not really expected for G2 especially since the departure of Scream to Titan. Mind you, Titan didn’t even get out of the group stage. They fell to Ninjas in Pyjamas.

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Now here’s the thing about NIP (Ninjas in Pyjamas), they are in the semi finals. How in the world did they do that? They played today on a level they haven’t touched in quite a long time. The person who has been not playing well for them was friberg. However in the best of 3 today, he had a total of 46 kills in 2 games! NIP 2-0 Team Solo Mid (TSM). How in the world did this happen? Well on de_train NIP held their composure early in the game. They started CT side and they relaxed. They got some rounds early and ended the half with a solid amount of rounds.

They won de_train 16-10 and then played de_dust2. NIP won 16-8. They dominated on dust2. It was an incredible performance by them. Then again TSM didn’t really have a great series. They didn’t play to the level we expected coming into this major. I’m really interested to see what’s going to happen with NIP tomorrow in the semi final. They face the winner of Luminosity Gaming against Natus Vincere.

Another interesting point that happened in this tournament was Fnatic falling to Team EnVyUs in a bo3. Fnatic took the first map de_mirage. A map they are famous for. Then they lost on de_cobblestone and again on de_cache. Envy coming in and rocking them. They will face G2 Esports tomorrow. I would look for Envy to beat G2 2-0. I would also plan on NIP beating the winner of Navi and LG 2-1.

If the Grand Final ends up being NIP and Envy like I feel it will, I would say Envy will take it home. However, if NIP plays like they did today against TSM, we may see the second major win for NIP. How huge would that be for NIP?

Then again, with Envy and kennys now, kenny didn’t play that well last year in the grand final against Fnatic. However, if Envy gets to the grand final and they should, we will probably see them win it all.

Personally, I just don’t see how NIP can keep this up. They played amazing against TSM. Then again, friberg stepped up so huge. If he plays like he did tomorrow they could do it. Regardless, this major has been insane. I’ve really enjoyed all of it and no matter what happens with this LG vs Navi game going on right now, it’s been great. I really hope that the action tomorrow stands to what has happened so far in this ma.

Overall, tomorrow Envy will play NIP in the grand final. Envy wins it!

Thanks,

AwesomeSauce

I’m sick this weekend – HELLO HOMEWORK!

Hey everyone! I’m sick this weekend and now it’s time to get a TON of homework done!

I hope this message finds all of you well on this Friday afternoon! I just wanted to talk about my life recently and what’s been going on.

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Yes that’s a professional photo taken by a great friend of mine. I hope you guys enjoy that one. It’s me and my spunk I’ve been told by multiple people who know me.

I have to write the first 3 chapters of my thesis within the next 6 weeks. I know I haven’t been streaming quite as much recently. That’s the main reason why. I’ve been so busy with school and everything else that I haven’t really had time to stream. I hope you all know I’m not done gaming, casting or streaming!

It’s been a lot for me to deal with in the last true semester that I will have coursework. Next semester I will have 6 thesis hours and it should all be easier in one aspect. I won’t have to drive to school quite as much. I’ll still teach of course. However, I will not be just sitting at home gaming 24/7.

I’ll need to continue to work on my thesis and make sure this is the best thesis attempt ever. I will make it. I will succeed. I will overcome. I know this thesis will be a very big challenge, but I know I can do it.

I’m excited for the next several months. Within that time frame next semester I will be looking for full-time jobs also. My girlfriend and I will be looking to move out within the next 8 months. That means I will have to get a full-time job to help support everything. I will still game as much as I can. I will continue to cast, stream and be a member of this community. I hope all of you know and understand that.

If you’ve read this far by now, you are a rarity. Most people in our generation seem to not have a very long attention span. We are like little squirrels running around the fields. We see something and if we are interested we head over and take a look. If we see something and we aren’t interested we bail.

I’m asking all of you right now – what can I do to make this blog better?

Would you all like it if I did a video blog on my youtube channel two times a week?

This is something I am considering. A professor at my school who I respect and like very much has brought this up. So I am going to all of you to ask this important question. Comment below and let me know if you would like me to do that.

In the meantime remember to keep gaming on – but also – don’t forget that school is more important than gaming. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t slack. Get it done. Or you’ll always look back.

Thanks everyone and have a great day,

AwesomeSauce

Follow your dreams!

I’m really looking forward to casting for CEVO-TV on this coming Tuesday! I will be casting with Sabo and I really look forward to seeing you all there.

Casting CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) has been a blast since I first started. This community is great in a lot of aspects because they have their own opinions. No two opinions are the same and this really makes for a diverse community.

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I do not know what teams I will be casting yet. However, I’ll be sure to bring you as much pertinent and solid information as I can. I think what sets apart an okay caster to a good caster is prep. Although it doesn’t define someone or their entire career, it’s a good starting point.

In everything I’ve done I always try to do it to the best of my abilities. Whether it’s casting, teaching or learning. I don’t like mediocrity and I don’t like being last. I’ll only take last place when I know I gave it my all. When I put everything I could into the task – then I’ll accept last place.

I will learn from my mistakes and grow. Hopefully throughout my casting career I will continue to grow and become better. I recently helped a new caster train one night so he could head to Fragdelphia. I listened into his first cast and it was good to see what he was able to accomplish with the practice that he had with me the night before. He was trying his best and giving it his all. That’s what was important to me.

With anything in life it is important to try your best. I just got done a few hours ago judging a debate tournament at the college I attend and teach at. Nearly 30 schools attended and it was a great experience! I judged persuasion, after dinner speaking, informative and the finals for Impromptu. I have a BLAST! I learned quite a bit about speaking and it’s going to help me even more whilst I teach.

I take in lots of things in life and I try to make the best of it. Through the things I’ve learned not just in school, but in life. Take a step back and look around you. Look at what you’ve done over the past few weeks. What are you doing with your life that is good? I define the term “good” very loosely. Whatever is good to you is hopefully good for others.

Whether it’s studying extra for a big test! What about volunteering your time at an animal shelter in the community! There are so many things that you can do to improve yourself or improve the community.

Remember, don’t give up! Work hard for everything that you want in life. Do good for those around you and in your community. Within that frame and within that context, you’ll make it. Regardless of what others want, you can do – and be – what you want to be! Keep following your dreams!

Working on schoolwork!

Hello everyone! SCHOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL SO MUCH OF IT!

I’ve been sooooo busy working on school this semester it’s not even funny. Don’t worry, it’s not all negative stuff here!

I’ve declared I’m going to write anAutoethnography on me and esports! I am less than a year away from my Masters of Arts (MA) in Communication and this will be my final paper!

This thesis will be about my role in esports. Specifically the differences between traditional sports casters and esports casters.

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Dr. Carolyn Ellis, distinguished Professor at the University of South Florida, defines Autoethnography in her book The ethnographic I: A methodological novel about autoethnography.

“Autoethnography is a form of self-reflection and writing that explores the researcher’s personal experience and connects this autobiographical story to wider cultural, political, and social meanings and understandings.”

I am currently reading this book to fully understand what Autoethnography is. It’s quite an interesting methodology and I’m really excited to bring the academic world and hopefully yours this information!

This paper will not be completed for quite a while, but the process of researching and writing it has already started! This is why you probably will not see me streaming on my personal stream as much over the course of the next few months.

I know my loyal fans will be there no matter what and I truly do appreciate it. I am trying to use my love of esports to give the world of academics a taste of our medicine!

We in the CS:GO community, as well as an esports community, really want to grow! We want to show the world what we are made of! Ever since I started casting for CEVO-TV in late August, my love for this game has exponentially grown. I am learning more and more about this game every single day!

Some of you may be asking if I’ll let you guys read my paper? The answer is I’m not sure yet. It’s going to depend on quite a few things. I’m hoping to get it published or at least some of it in some capacity. I am hoping to go deep into my emotions and feelings in this piece and give this industry some more justice in academics!

I am hoping to hear from you all in the community about things you think should be mentioned. Or perhaps opinions about what you think about casters or just the scene in general. I am more affluent in the North American (NA) CS:GO scene, but that doesn’t mean I’ll just mention and talk about NA teams.

I am very excited to go on this journey and I hope that you all support me and believe in me! This project could not be started without this great community. In salt or in tears, we will fight on to improve. No matter what happens we will continue to grow.

The resiliency of this community is astonishing. I’m hoping to bring you some insight not only into my life, but the life of a CS:GO caster!

Why do YOU love CS:GO?!?

I’ve been playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) for about 16 months now. Wow do I love this game!

Yet, I rarely stop and ask myself why!

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This is a great game, but what makes it great? I’m going to try to explain within this blog post the main reasons why I love this game!

Competitive

This game is truly an esport. This game is competitive and has an extremely high skill ceiling that most players will never reach. Yet, we can play this game and try to get better. Every single day there is so many hours spent on playing this game. I have logged over 1700 hours since I started playing. This game’s 5v5 method is the best there is. Each map has 3 main choke-points and you cannot just put 2 at each point! For that the game would need to have 6 players. This isn’t just what makes the game great.

Team play

There are and will always be those players that believe they are the best ever. They can 1v5 Ace a team and it doesn’t matter about the other players. However, this game is built of 5 brains going into each round. What do you buy? Do you save? What’s the strategy? Who is going to push first? I could go on and on about questions that you ask yourself within this game. The next time you play a competitive match of CS:GO try and work with your teammates to beat the other team! Unfortunately for those of you who think you’re better than everyone else, there’s always going to be someone better. So start being humble and work with your team!!!

Money System

When I first got into CS:GO I was so confused about this money system! I was like.. wait what I can’t just buy whatever I want right now? Why do I have to wait to buy an AK-47? Now, it all make so much sense. This game takes competitive FPS (first-person shooters) to this new age. You don’t just spawn in and start shooting people, your decision impacts the entire rest of the round. “Opps, I didn’t mean to buy that…” I bet you can’t count on one hand how many times you’ve heard that?!?!?!

Recoil Patters

This isn’t true for every gun, but I love this! You have to move your mouse in the opposite of the spray pattern. It’s so funny when I think back and to remember when I started. All I did was pull down and pray! This of course isn’t the case now. Mastering spray patterns is something that takes hours and hours of practice. I didn’t just wake up one day understand the difference between the AK-47 spray and the M4A4 spray pattern? I now do, but that is with a lot of practice! So go practice your spray!!!

Of course there is no way I could cover everything that makes CS:GO a great game. This game is arguably one of the best games of all time in my opinion. So many different things go into player with this masterpiece.

What other things make this game great!?!?! Comment below!!!

Thanks,

AwesomeSauce