Hi humans. Yesterday, I shoutcasted a fourth round tournament match between MicroBlizz and chrisw with my buddy Perfectclear on analysis commentary. In case you weren’t there to watch it live, you can watch the replay via the embedded player below. If you’re interested in tuning in to other Hard Drop competitive Tetris live stream broadcasts, you can follow our Twitch.TV channel at http://twitch.tv/harddrop. We also have a scheduled broadcast coming up – I will be live once again this coming Saturday starting from 3 PM PST to cast the remaining fourth round matches. Keep in mind that those who win their fourth round matches will go on to the fifth round, securing a position in the double elimination play-offs. As the name suggests, once a competitor reaches the double elimination play-offs, (s)he can lose a set of matches and still go on to end up victorious in the entire tournament by winning through the loser’s bracket, then proceeding to win the grand finals. As a result, the matches you will see this coming Saturday will all be very close and intense, as a lot is on the line for all the players.
Hi humans. In a previous blog post published earlier on website, I indicated that the second season of my weekly Tetris live stream will resume this coming Friday (tomorrow) and will start taking place on a regular basis afterwards. Unfortunately, due to other responsibilities and time constraints, I regret to inform you that the start of the second season of my live stream show will be delayed until at least the end of the Tetris Tournament Online II. I’m sure most of you know that I’m a university student. I’m in a transition period of my education right now where I’m taking my final year of undergraduate studies and need to focus on moving on to graduate school. Because of that, I need to limit the amount of time that I spend on other things, such as streaming Tetris. However, this doesn’t mean that I’m going to completely stop streaming Tetris all together, as I understand that would make a lot of people unhappy. The primary reason I decided to delay my live stream show is because I am already streaming quite a bit for the Tetris Tournament Online II, and it’s already taking up a significant amount of time. Not only am I streaming during the regular time on Saturday, I am also randomly hopping on stream throughout the week when people notify me that they rescheduled their match. In essence, the time that I am spending not hosting my live stream show is already being put in to streaming other Tetris events. As a result, even though my website formerly indicated that I will be going live tomorrow night, this is an update to let you guys know that it has been canceled. However, on the other hand, I will still be posting a bunch of competitive Tetris shoutcasts on my website over the next few weeks whenever I get a chance to stream some matches, so keep an eye out for those if you’re interested in watching them.
Hi humans. If you’ve been keeping up with my life lately, you might have known that I came back to Madison to my university campus this past Friday. I had to come back early because of work. Of course, working is not the only thing that I’ve been doing. Some other things I’ve been accomplishing are eating, sleeping, and failing at problem solving. Of course, like the past two years, there have been a few miniscule but bothersome problems with my apartment room upon moving in. Last year, it was the fact that I didn’t have a large refrigerator or a freezer, and I had to get my own. This year, on top of a few other things, it was that the hot water in my shower wasn’t working. Unfortunately, I figured this out on Friday, and by the time I had showered and realized there was no hot water coming out, it was too late to file a request with maintenance. They only take emergency requests outside of regular working hours and over the weekend, so I decided to just wait until Monday morning, and hoped that the hot water would randomly fix itself over the weekend. Unfortunately, it did not, and I ended up filing my maintenance request. Maintenance came in to fix everything else that was wrong with my apartment, and looked at the hot water while they were at it. The repair man let me know that the hot water was working fine this entire time. I insisted that hadn’t been working for the past handful of days, and turned on the shower. I turned the knob all the way over to the “H” side and informed him that the water was freezing cold. Then he turned the knob all the way over to the “C” side and said that the pipes were just connected backwards in this room. You may now proceed to spend the next five minutes laughing at the fact that I was so dumb that I couldn’t figure this out by myself over the span of like four days.
Hi humans. Remember the post I made a few weeks ago about how I’ve lost hope in League of Legends? It’s as if the game client read my blog post, and decided to add to my suffering by mocking me even more and making the game even worse. On the Public Beta Environment, they’re currently testing out a few feature to go live on Korean servers when individuals play League of Legends from Korean PC clubs. One of the features of this is that there are full unlocks on champions. Taking advantage of this, I decided to try out Darius. I’ve played him a few times before during his free week, but I never ended up playing him that much. Upon queuing up and joining a game, it loaded and I saw this. (Click on the image to view it in full size.) This might be a little confusing for people who are unfamiliar with League of Legends, so let me explain. Normally, when you start a game on Twisted Treeline (which is what this map is called), you’re supposed to see yourself and your two allies standing in the blue circle in the center of the screenshot. You’re also supposed to see three icons on the minimap, representing the location of the three characters. As you can clearly see, the game decided it would be a great idea if it would turn myself and my allies invisible for the game. I don’t even know anymore.
Hi humans. Last night, I live streamed and shoutcasted the third round of the Tetris Tournament Online II, the second worldwide competitive Tetris championship tournament. In case you missed it, it was recorded and has now been uploaded to YouTube. You can watch the replay of the stream via the embedded player below: This stream actually ended up being three different parts because my Internet failed me twice throughout the stream. Before I uploaded the video above, I took all three parts and combined them into a single file so you wouldn’t have to watch three separate videos. Be sure to tune in next week at the same time (Saturday 3 PM – 5 PM PST, an hour less because there are only 32 players remaining after yesterday’s matches) for the fourth and final round before we proceed to the double elimination play-offs. The Hard Drop stream can be found at http://twitch.tv/harddrop; for more information about the tournament, check out the Hard Drop website at http://harddrop.com/tourney.
Hi humans. Yesterday, I shoutcasted a Tetris Tournament Online II match between competitors CaptainPaul and TC_Corrosive. This was a round 3 match, and I was joined by Perfectclear on analytical commentary. If you want to check out the replay, it is embedded below. That video gets cut off early at the end because, while I was streaming, I had some Internet connectivity issues and got disconnected. Perfectclear then took over and resumed streaming; if you want to watch the second part, it can be found at http://twitch.tv/harddrop/b/329838101. If you want to watch more like this, don’t forget to tune in to the standard Tetris Tournament Online II streaming time later today between 3-6 PM PST.
Hi humans. About a month or so ago when I live streamed the United Kingdom Tetris Open, I gave a preview of the stream overlay that I was going to use. People seemed to like that I did that, so I decided to give another preview of the overlay I’m going to use for the Tetris Tournament Online II, exclusive to my blog readers. I already showed this to a handful of people on my Skype buddy list and I already fixed pretty much all the errors that we could find, but if you happen to notice anything wrong with it, feel free to let me know. A few things that we already came up with is that some of the spacing on the logos and alignment is slightly off by a few pixels. Keep in mind that this is going to be live streamed and most people will be watching it in a video player that’s less than 800 pixels in width (unless they go into fullscreen), so the few pixels will be almost unnoticeable. I realize that the Tetris Online logo is extremely poor quality. I already tried fixing it up and enhancing it as much as possible, but the only logo that I could find of the company was extremely poor quality resolution-wise to begin with, so there is nothing more that I can really do. Someone already suggested contacting the company asking for a high-resolution logo, but I’ve emailed them before about other issues and it takes quite a while for someone to respond, so I don’t think it’s really worth the wait. The official stream will be this coming Saturday between 3-6 PM PST, but there might be some other rescheduled matches taking place earlier, so expect to see this go live within the next few days. In case you’re not aware of where the Hard Drop stream is, you can find it on Twitch.TV at http://twitch.tv/harddrop.
Hi humans. My mom and I went to an auto repair shop today because there was oil leaking from her car. This auto repair shop happened to be attached onto a gas station, and there was no waiting area, so while her car was being fixed, I had to stand around outside being bored. Then I noticed something. Not only was there a gas station right next to the auto repair shop, there was also one across the street. Having two gas stations in such close proximity seems strange, but it doesn’t end there. I turned around 180 degrees and looked over the fence in the opposite direction, and there was ANOTHER gas station within a hundred feet away. I’m not sure what genius thought it would be a great idea to build a gas station when there was already one right next to it, and I’m not sure what other savant thought it would be a brilliant idea to build yet again another gas station when there were already two right next to it. But it seems a little counterintuitive in the business sense. This is literally the first time I’ve seen three gas stations all crammed within the same block. In other news, while I was waiting for the repairs, the gas station attached to the repair shop got a refill. In case you’re curious how they do that, here’s a photo:
Hi humans. I’m on a terrifying sucking streak on League of Legends right now of about 15 games, both as a fault of my own and as a fault of pathetic allies. I tend to have streaks where I win about 10-12 games in a row without even trying, and everything just seems to fall into place. For example, on Twisted Treeline, all three enemies face check the middle bush single file, one by one, and my team scores an ace. Or, a Dr. Mundo turns on his Burning Agony and comes to be aggressive to me in top lane when I play Singed, I Fling him over the Dragon wall, he aggravates Dragon with his area of effect, and I get first blood. Or, a melee champion decides that he just will not let me get away with 10 HP and turret dives at level 2, and we play ring around the rosey under my turret until it finishes him off. So, if I have epic winning streaks like that, it’s no surprise that I also have epic losing streaks. I’m on one right now, and the reasons are either so mystical or so out of my control that I’ve sort of lost all hope for this game. Some of you might know that I tend to completely dominate on Twisted Treeline with off-tank disruptor bruisers, such as Singed, Volibear, and Cho’Gath. Some of you might also know that I tend to give away first blood in about 30% of all matches I play, but still end up completely rolling my laning opponents. But for the past handful of games, even with off-tank disruptor bruisers, things just strangely haven’t been working out, and I just can’t figure out why. It’s almost as if all my enemies have gotten a hidden attack damage and defense bonus – just enough that in situations where I would normally win, they instead win and get away with about 5 HP. I decided that I needed to take a break from playing games seriously, and needed to start having some more fun. Something I’ve always wanted to do was play sniper Lux on Twisted Treeline – that is, play Lux with Clairvoyance and snipe kills and steal buffs with her ultimate. I played ten consecutive games with sniper Lux, and lost nine of them because a majority of the time, my allies would be idiots and pick two other squishy champions after they see me already pick Lux, or pick two other ability power champions. But, I put on my “I don’t care” hat and kept going. Even though I only had a 10% win rate, I still had fun. I decided that after this “fun spree,” it was about time to return to regular games on Twisted Treeline. On my first game back, I played Zyra, allied with a Shen and Renekton. Instead of Renekton going solo top against a Xin Zhao, he chickened out and told me to go top instead. I somehow miraculously defeated Xin Zhao because I got the hang of trying to root him after he already used his Audacious Charge. Unfortunately, bottom lane didn’t work out that well. Renekton and Shen both got completely destroyed. We lost the bottom turret at about 5 minutes into the game. The enemy Teemo and Diana came up to top lane to try to help Xin Zhao take down top turret, but I managed to hold on pretty well (while Renekton and Shen were busy dying to jungle monsters). Then, one time, I missed my root on Teemo because he Flashed in from an angle, and he was so fed from Renekton and Shen that he killed me in about 4 seconds of basic attacks. I hit Tab to check the champion stats screen and noticed something strange about the Renekton and Shen. We all know that if you’re having a tough time early game, you should buy Doran’s items because they’re cost-effective. It seems like Renekton took this advice a little bit too literally, as he had six Doran’s Blades (and no boots). Shen, on the other hand, apparently thought he was doing excellent, because he had purchased a Leviathan (which, for those of you who don’t know, is a snowballing item that scales off how many consecutive kills and assists you have). It works on a stacking system, where you gain two stacks for a kill and one for an assist, and lose a third of your stacks upon death. Seeing as Shen never actually achieved any kills throughout the game, he never got any stacks on his Leviathan (which essentially made it a piece of dead weight), and if the item were able to give negative stacks, I’m sure it would’ve done so for that Shen. Because of issues like this, I’ve essentially reached a breaking point on League of Legends. I think I need more than a “fun spree,” and just need to take a break from League of Legends in general. I’m probably going to play a few more games just in case it gets my hopes back up, but otherwise, I’m going to hold off on League of Legends and focus more on my other priorities. I’m not completely quitting League of Legends all together, and I’ll still be occasionally playing some games on the Public Beta Environment, but I most likely will not be playing for a while on my main account on the North American server.
Hi humans. On my way back home from work today, I encountered this broken car. The entire back of the car was tilted to its right, and it kept randomly swerving off the road. Occasionally, it would swerve too far off to the right and the driver would stop, presumably out of fear, pause for a little bit, then start driving again. I took this photo during one of those moments – the instant it stopped, I whipped out my camera to snap a photo. As I was taking the photo, the car started driving off again, but immediately swerved off the road again. A word of advice: if you have a car that’s in this terrible shape, stop driving it.