A Safe Bet

*Originally published in the UWM Post, 2008

The half cobble-stone, half paved alley way looks daunting with the sun still setting. It doesn’t help the nerves to know that you’re about to be humiliated for others enjoyment, either. If you’re going to get into the safest place in town, however, this is the way you’ll need to go.

I take a few steps down the alley and look at the first door to my right. Well, it’s not the right door. I look further down to the second, and wrong, entrance. Finally, I see a slightly old looking door frame with door that has seen better days. It creaks open and closed as I step inside. I might as well have stepped through a time machine.

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The Best Haus in Town

*Originally published in the UWM Post, 2008

Mazen Muna’s energy and ambition isn’t only palpable, it’s electrifying. Have one simple chat with him you’ll find out that his commitment to bringing something special to Milwaukee is unparallelled. With his contagious smile and upbeat attitude, he’ll make you a believer in his cause, and that cause is hot dogs.

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The League of Legends eSports Weekly Recap – 10/25 – 11/3

Roster updates, banned players, and pre-season changes … it’s been a busy week for League of Legends and eSports. In case you missed anything, you’ll find all of the major news that occurred over the last eight days below. Let’s get to it!

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Who Is – Julian Collins, Manager for XD.GG

Originally published on Leaguepedia on 10/25 (click to see pictures!)

“R-A-W-L-I-N-S.”

Julian Collins is spelling out his middle name for me over a good old fashioned phone call. We were originally scheduled to have a Skype call, where the call clarity would most likely be superior, but his mic decided to be uncooperative. Also unfortunate is the speaker phone quality on my Windows phone, making the answers Collins supplies sometimes difficult to hear. My Sony IC Recorder, a little gray rectangular brick that looks as if it predates me, is up for the challenge of documenting what Julian has to say, though.

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Season 3 World Championship Semifinal Preview – NaJin Black Sword vs. SK Telecom T1

Published on Leaguepedia by Darin Kwilinski and William Turton on 9/26

In the chats of Leaguepedia there have been many people torn on who they think will win the semi-final matches. So, we decided to show both sides of the story in our predictions, with one staff writing simply who they think will win and why. The first match we will look at is Najin Black Sword vs SK Telecom T1. 

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League of Legends Season 3 World Championship Preview: Cloud 9

Published on Leagupedia on 9/15

NA … plays too slowly. Now if they go into the mid-game at their own pace, their power can be recognized …”

- Kim Dong Jun, OGN Shoutcaster

It’s fitting that the stereotype of the North American League of Legends scene matches the stereotype of Americans in general. We’re big, loud, and a little slow on the uptake, but if we catch you, you’re in for a fight. It might not be the prettiest scrap you’ve ever seen, but it’ll be a brawl nonetheless.

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Season 3 North American LCS Super Week Preview

Published on Leaguepedia on 8/12

It’s a mess.

Let’s be honest, the North American LCS standings are a mess. Currently, there are no 4th, 5th, or 7th place teams. Instead, three teams sit at 11-12 and two teams at 9-14. Some teams who have consistently beaten higher ranked teams still sit behind those teams in the standings. What does this all mean?

It means it’s a mess, and from the looks of it, it’s not going to get much better after this week. Let’s take a look at the teams participating in Super Week who aren’t named Cloud 9.

Going into Week 9, the standings are Team Vulcun in 2nd place, with Counter Logic Gaming, Team Dignitas, and Team SoloMid sharing 3rd place. Sixth place is held by both Team Coast and Team Curse, and Velocity eSports makes the caboose.

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NA LCS: Counter Logic Gaming Decimates Azure Cats 3-0 to Requalify for the LCS

The most talked about Best of 5 in the Summer Promotion Qualifier ended up being the most one-sided series in LCS history. Counter Logic Gaming didn’t need five games to prove they belong in the LCS, instead putting Azure Cats down quickly 3-0. Game 3 was no exception, and played out just like the first two. A confident CLG displayed solid, dominating play that made the hyped up, lion-like Azure Cats look more like unprepared kittens.

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North American LCS Summer Promotion Qualifier Previews

*Published on Leaguepedia on 5/9

Things have been rather quiet here in the Western Hemisphere. It’s been two weeks since we last saw a North American LCS match, and the silence was a welcome reprieve from the chaos that transpired in the playoffs. But as silence tends to do, it’s starting to drive us mad. We crave action. Thankfully, the Summer Promotion starts this Friday, May 10 at 11:00 AM PDT. Heavy consequences will befall the defeated, particularly if they are Team Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming. The very foundations of the League of Legends pro-scene could be altered, or even shattered, if they fail to qualify for the Summer Split. Team MRN and compLexity Gaming are also on notice to shape up or ship out.

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