How Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi became a pro LoL player (iBuyPower)

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This is my first blog here on iBuypower and I’m not too sure what direction I want these blogs to head in. I’ll start off my first blog talking about my history and how I “went pro”. I think the start of my gaming career was when my group of friends and I started playing DoTA-Allstars on Warcraft III. I had so much fun playing around with them on easy mode. Some of my favorite heroes back then were techies like Pudge, Mirana, and other solo lane champions. From there I moved into WoW and HoN. I played WoW for a few years back in the 6th grade and kind of set school aside for my gaming. Although my grades were still fine throughout 6-7th they got a little bit worse in 8th grade and my teachers actually had an intervention with my mom about my grades because the didn’t think I would do so hot in high school lol. Another reason why they probably did the intervention is because I slept through most of my classes whenever I got the chance to.

Why North America Historically Has Failed Internationally by LemonNation (iBuyPower)

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Original article from iBuyPower blogs by LemonNation I want NA to win worlds more than anything. I am personally working as hard as possible to make Cloud 9 as good as possible to have the optimal chance at winning worlds. But there will be three North American teams at worlds, and if any of these teams end up winning then I will be extremely happy. One of the reasons NA has historically failed against international competition is because of its reluctance to look outward and the tendency for the NA meta to become inbred and weak. The Adoption of The World Meta The Asian scenes historically have had the most access into videos of the American and European scenes, while the American and Europeans historically having little to no vision into the Asian scenes. This gave the Asians a very significant advantage in the past, which we saw at Season 2 World Championships. This advantage has been erased over the past year, with top games from all over the world now readily available and documented for anyone to view. This research path has leveled the gap tremendously amongst all teams willing to put in the effort and time to look outward into the professional League of Legends world.

Midway Point! by Hai (From iBuyPower)

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So we’re halfway through the LCS season, we have played 15 games out of the 28 total needed. Our record is 13-2 at the moment and we only lost games to CLG and Vulcun. I hope we can continue our dominance through out the rest of the split.

I’ve noticed that a lot of people think we just copy the Koreans or play the overpowered champions but that’s not necessarily true. In one aspect, we do learn from the Koreans. We look at what they consider strong and try adapt their champions or strategy into our own so we can evolve it and make it better for our team. We also pick champions we consider strong for OUR strategy/gameplay. Different champions provide different things to a team, and the ones we pick fit that strategy perfectly. Every team considers different champions overpowered or strong and that’s what makes each team unique. For example, Link likes playing standard AP mids like Orianna/Karthus and he considers those champions “OP/Strong” where as I consider bruisers/assassins strong. Each champion brings different things to a team and some champions will be strong for some teams and weak for others depending on their play style.

We have another 13 games to go and then playoffs, I’m a little bit nervous/unsure of what is going to happen the rest of the split but I’m hoping for the best or at the very least we do our best so we aren’t disappointed with ourselves.

Keep cheering on for us and supporting us, it only makes us play better and we appreciate all the fans we have!  Thanks!

I would also like to thank our sponsors. Thank you iBUYPOWER, Cooler Master, Kingston HyperX, Crunchyroll, LoL-Class, Astro Gaming!

Original article on iBuyPower


Smart players, or mechanical players?

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So I just tweeted out saying "Random thought, but I think the best players are the smartest players, not the mechanically godly but dumb players." I'm going to expand on why I believe that way so people can get understand my thought process on that a bit more.  * Smart players don't get caught as often or are usually where they need  to be at the right time. They know where to be on the map, when to apply pressure and how to apply that pressure. A good example of this would be my teammate Meteos, he's a very smart jungler. He's almost always doing something whether it be applying pressure on a lane, a buff or dragon he's doing something with his time and just generally being smart (rarely gets caught/does bad plays). * They can provide a lot of insight into the game itself, as far as picks/bans why champions are strong/weak and just generally will think more about the game. They look at numbers and see why things are good and what can be improved upon. A good example of this is...

My thoughts on the games.

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So we got back from Anaheim last night, at least Lemon, Balls and I did. We went 2-1 this weekend and it's a pretty good score, I wish we could have went 3-0 but we got outplayed by Vulcan so whatever! I'm going to talk about my thoughts on each game and a bit of detail on what we did/could do better so people can get a little insight into our team.   Game 1-  So our first game of the weekend was vs Coast, the game went pretty easy for us. There's not much to say, Meteos went and pushed top down really fast and I got FB on Lissandra mid. When those two things happened, that was game over for them as they lost all control of map when that happened and we were able to snowball to victory. I think losing like this is more graceful than the other team throwing and then you throw after, so I wouldn't be ashamed to be snowballed on if I was Team Coast. Because that does happen to every team and it's not a big deal.  Game 2-  We played CLG in our second game of the weekend and last time we faced them, they beat us :(. This time around we did our picks and level 1 a bit better than last time, Balls died bottom lane when he shouldn't have and gave first blood to them. It was a tiny mistake but...

"Life on Cloud 9" by Hai Lam (from ibuypower blog)

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Hey all. I don’t really have any direction of where this blog is going but, I’m probably just going to talk about my life in the gaming house and various other things! I’m going to keep things candid, so that people can get a realistic glimpse into our lives. Ever since starting Cloud 9, Jack has done a phenomenal job at getting us sponsors, exposure and creating a brand for us. One of the few sponsors we have is iBuypower and I’d like to say we couldn’t have made a better choice. We play on the computer 10 hours a day or so and I wouldn’t want a bad computer ruining my experiences or anything :p. We also get sweet Crunchyroll accounts to watch anime in the downtime which is pretty cool to be honest, I already had an account on there but hey! Free things are always nice!  Everyday I basically cook dinner or lunch for everyone in the house since no one else cooks. On the bright side, I don’t have to do the dishes! Which is a pretty good trade in my opinion. I also get to choose what to eat and how to make it, so that’s nice as well. Sometimes we all go out and eat. We’d chow down on pho or Chipotle or pretty much anything. But those are the staple things we get when we eat out. As I’m typing this I’m actually eating...

MLG Anaheim

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So we go play at MLG Anaheim this weekend, I'm not really sure what to expect as far as results but every MLG has always been a good time for me. Hopefully we'll have a few more fans this time than the last few times haha. We got a few signatures per MLG event and like 1 or 2 photos, maybe it will change since we are a "bit" more popular :p. 

As far as results versus CLG, Vulcan and Coast? I'm hoping for a 3-0 but at the very least a 2-1, I wouldn't want to go negative but it might happen sometime! I imagine I'd be quite sad if we did that though so let's hope it doesn't happen hehe ^_^. 

If you're coming to MLG Anaheim, don't be afraid to come up and ask for a picture/signature! We'll be happy to do either as it is something we all enjoy! I'm hoping the venue will be as cool as it was last year, I don't really know what we ate last time around. Maybe we'll get better food this time around, I love good food! 

Anyway that's pretty much it for this blog, expect cool things from us in games and come say hi to us! Thanks for reading :)



LCS Summer Week 2: Can the success continue?

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Last week Cloud9 made an immediate impact on the North America scene going 5-0 and showing everyone they are not to be taken lightly. C9 showed many traits that make up a top contender in the League of Legends competitive scene as they were able to win convincingly in several games while also showing the ability to handle pressure and alter their strategies on the fly.

This week the team will enjoy a shorter week of play as they have just two games to play against the last two NA teams they have yet to play. Thursday June 20th Cloud 9 kicks off week 2 of the NA LCS against Counter Logic Gaming, a team still adjusting to roster changes in their first meeting of the season. Cloud 9 will not only try to continue their success from week 1, but also show CLG first hand and the rest of the world that week 1 was not a fluke. Then on Friday June 21st C9 faces Vulcun TechBargains in another first meeting of the season. Vulcun coming off a successful week 1 along with a great end to the spring will try and continue their surge among the top NA teams and attempt to put a blemish on Cloud 9's perfect record thus far.

Tune in to watch Cloud 9 along with the rest of the North America teams for week 2 of the Summer League Championship Series on Thursday, June 20th starting at 1pm PST. The action continues on Friday, June 21st starting at 3pm PST. 


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