It’s been over a year since I posted here and I felt it’s time for an update (it might be short but at least it is one!).
Around the same time I stopped blogging I actually started co-casting Dota 2 on Swedish channels. I even got the honor to be co-caster and analyst for the TV coverage of DreamLeague last year, which was challenging but extremely rewarding. Since then I co-cast whenever I’m needed and available. It’s a lot of fun!
Drayich, Slop3, Bummi and Bogdan during DreamLeague S2 (photo: DreamHack)
I get kinda nervous casting Alliance games though but I’m very relieved they are doing a lot better now. Even if the results at the Frankfurt Major wasn’t what a lot of us Alliance fans hoped for, it’s still a fact that they managed to qualify. They’ve also qualified for DreamLeague (Season 4), The Defense (Season 5) in Berlin and WCA 2015 in Yinchuan. Compared to last year and earlier this year, it’s a great achievement and I’m happy for them.
I’m especially thrilled about DreamLeague and DreamHack (starts tomorrow!), since DH is the only LAN event I ever go to nowadays. Every time i reminisce about all the times I slept on the concrete floor there. I’m really thankful for DreamHack, since I always had something to look forward to twice a year. I can’t believe it’s already been 12 years since I first attended. Akke and I went there together and played mostly WarCraft III. Good old days!
Last weekend DreamHack kicked off and this time (last time I was in Osaka) I could join the party! I had an awesome time as usual, thanks to all the nice people I met! I also watched the legendary Daigo play Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, which made me a bit starstrucked. I forgot my camera back home though… So I’m sorry to say I have no pics to share this time. Instead I will give you some amazingly fun pics of our Christmas decorations:
Living room window. Plant got pimped too.
Living room corner.
From mom and dad! Love it so much.
I always get too upset and excited when Alliance play so I tried to calm myself down playing 3DS between their games at DH. Sadly they didn’t make it to the finals but there will be more chances! And one shouldn’t forget that 3rd place also is quite an achievement.
The game I was soothing my stressful soul with was Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX; after completing the fantastic Oracle series I decided to continue my “Zelda quest”. Link’s Awakening DX wasn’t as good as the Oracle games though, but it’s older and they have re-used a lot from it in the Oracle series. With that said, it would’ve of course been better to play this game before the Oracle games. Some bosses were re-used which resulted in zero challenge: the bosses overall were way too easy. Usually there are some kind of challenge when it comes to bosses in Zelda games but this was a bit disappointing. The palace designs and such were pleasing though, which is what I found most important.
The next portable Zelda game I’ll take on is prolly Minish Cap
or the new A Link Between Two Worlds
, depending on if I can get my hands on Minish Cap or not (it’s quite rare these days I think?).
After two days of awesome games in the group stages, Alliance remains undefeated with their 12-0. With them winning their group I’m now looking forward to the All-Star match in two days, especially since Akke (and Loda) got selected for it.
Loda, Akke, s4, EGM and AdmiralBulldog! Photo: Valve
Valve is doing such an amazing job and like many others, I wish I could be in Seattle right now. Instead I’m working but at least it’s not very hectic at the moment, which means it’s no problem staying up late to watch the TI3 games. Hopefully I can be in Seattle next year (if Akke will be competing that is), but I also want to go to Tokyo and I guess it will be a bit too expensive to do both. Luckily, it’s very convenient to watch TI3 from home! And at least I’ll be able to go to this year’s DreamHack Winter, probably.
Alliance preparing for the 1st game vs TongFu. Photo: Kelly
Here are some useful links concerning TI3:
* Main homepage of TI3
* joinDOTA’s TI3 coverage
* GosuGamers’ TI3 converage
Today it’s been three weeks since I came home from Japan and it’s been kinda hectic since then. The press release involving our company’s “interactive guide app” for the tourist spot “Skeppsholmen” (Stockholm) was yesterday and today we had workshop and meeting all day. The press release went very well so hopefully this will give our company its needed boost.
Now it’s weekend though and tomorrow I will return to Stockholm and to Alliance’s bootcamp. Combining with work, I’ve been staying there back and forth since they got there. It’s been a lot of fun and I enjoy being able to work while they’re scrimming. The Alliance guys (and Kelly ofc!) are awesome! <3
Me playing Zelda: Oracle of Seasons on the 3DS while Alliance is scrimming. Photo: Kelly
Now when I’ve been traveling around so much, the portable Nintendo 3DS has been a “lifesaver”. I recently bought two Zelda games on the 3DS’s Virtual Console, namely Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages. I’ve wanted to play them since their release on the Game Boy Color like 12 years ago, so being able to play them while riding the train now is really sweet. I finished Seasons and started Ages a few days ago. Seasons is an awesome game and I’m enjoying Ages even more, since it’s the trickier one of the two. The game design in Zelda has always been well thought-out but the dungeons’ puzzle design in the Oracle games (and especially Ages) are some of the best I’ve seen so far. Needless to say I love these two games!
As much as I want to be present at DHS 2013 it won’t happen since I’m on the other side of the planet, but yet again: Streams! And even though I was planning on visiting the Planetarium in Osaka Science Museum today, it’s raining like crazy so I decided to make this day a “housework day”. When the housework’s done I will go for some necessity shopping and prepare for a night with little sleep and loads of Dota 2!
Here are most of the useful links concerning Dota 2 at DreamHack Summer 2013:
Group info & schedule etc (DreamHack)
Group info & schedule etc (joinDOTA)
Stream (main): Draskyl & Ayesee
• For the SSF4 lovers:
Super Street Fighter IV AE streams (DreamHack)
The group stages kicks off ~15:00 CEST (GMT + 2; Swedish local time), don’t miss it!
Go go Alliance!!!
It’s been two days since I got here and after a rough start I finally feel at ease. Due to some anxiety for being on my own in combination with the heaviest of jetlags, the first 1½ days were quite bad I must admit. Until yesterday evening I had no appetite at all and I slept on the most crazy hours. But today I’m feeling quite good and most of the necessities has been bought for my apartment. I’m very thankful for my school (ECC) being extremely helpful during my first day: they sent a person to meet me up at the airport and then they made sure I made it to my apartment and such.
Entrance to my apartment building Kopo Miyako. My room is on the 2nd floor (you see its window to the right).
The placement test I had yesterday morning went okay considering my poor condition at the time, though it didn’t really help that I forgot my latest textbook at home and I haven’t studied Japanese at all since last November. Anyway, they descided to put me in upper beginner’s class which made me feel a bit bad since the course i took last fall was an intermediate one. I chose the communication course though, which consists of a lot of conversation classes and since I feel a bit rusty not exerting the language for some time I guess upper beginner’s will fit me well. Time will tell!
Umeda district where my school is.
Entrance to my school building.
Also, I made a few friends at school yesterday which felt very nice and we’re actually making a trip to Kyoto tomorrow already! It’s a good time to go on some trips since school doesn’t start until next week. I’m excited! Since I have tomorrow to look forward to I’ve decided to make this Saturday a working day, so work it is!
By the way, No Tidehunter has advanced to the StarLadder Grand Finals in Kiev undefeated. The Grand Finals (best of 5) will be played tomorrow (Sunday) at 19:00 CET, don’t miss it if you like Dota 2!