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  • 07 Aug
    导出博客文章Video games are supposed to be fun.Sometimes you forget that in the world of
    esports, especially when youre inside the industry. To the untrained eye,
    esports, or competitive video gaming in its purest definition, is a haven for
    unbridled laughter and joy. How could it not be? Teenagers and early
    20-somethings get to play their favorite games for ludicrous prize money in
    front of arenas full of screaming fans.I hate to break it to you, but esports
    isnt fun much of the time. Its a job that for some players means upwards of 12
    to 14 hours a day of work, and if theyre lucky, one or two days off a week to
    rest. The professionals have almost no job security unless theyre at the very
    top of their preferred game. Even then, a top players peak on average lasts only
    a year or two before that player is surpassed by the next generation.At last
    weeks Scouting Grounds, Riots League of Legends combine for the NA LCS that
    wasnt really a combine at all, fun was the name of the game -- as well as
    learning and competition. Thats why it was one of my favorite events of the
    year.As I sat in the Immortals house early last week, I watched BmxSpecks, a
    20-year-old aspiring jungler from Toronto, marvel at the fact that he was
    practicing in the same seat as former NA LCS MVP Reignover, whom Specks idolized
    the past two years. Specks laughed as he locked in Reksai for one of his first
    scrimmages as part of Team Mountain, the amateur team of five that was drafted
    by the Immortals organization to face off with the junior teams created by Team
    Liquid (Ocean), Counter Logic Gaming (Cloud) and Echo Fox (Infernal). Specks
    hoped his forthcoming Reksai play wouldnt sully Reignovers monitor. (Spoiler: He
    played well.)[Immortals] taught us a lot, the jungler said following the
    conclusion of the weeklong exhibition/experiment. If I were to take anything
    from Scouting Grounds, it would be that the players, on all four teams, were
    taught a lot. From media training to practicing in a real pro environment to
    playing onstage, the players were given a crash course in how the pros live. The
    short week was packed with practicing, learning from Riot, playing official
    games and practicing some more until the players had to leave the team houses
    and return to their hotels.Its a tournament youre supposed to showcase your
    skills, but I learned more in this tournament than I did in my two years of
    playing solo queue, said Tuesday, 18, from Quebec, Canada, and the top pick of
    Team Mountain. Of all the players on the team, Tuesday was the one expected to
    have the best chance of making a pro roster one day.A talented individual
    player, Tuesday impressed in spurts but learned the difference between playing
    online and at an offline setting. He came in confident, expecting to be the top
    player at his position in the field, and he left a more developed player,
    learning from his mistakes and becoming a player he would have never realized
    without Scouting Grounds.Team Mountain went 0-6 and lost all their matches. The
    team did well in scrims; however, in official matches, the team failed to
    scratch, continually doing well in the early-game before failing in the latter
    parts of the match. If the tournament were conducted online, the team probably
    would have swept the field and won the championship. That isnt what it takes to
    become a pro, though, and they learned it the hard way. The losses kept piling
    up, and with little time to breathe or practice, the five amateurs were
    overwhelmed, succumbing to the pressure.After the final loss, the team sat
    silently in its designated green room, with a Team Mountain logo situated on the
    door, the players mumbling to themselves or going outside to get some air.The
    one request all the players on the team made to Riot Games, if there is a
    Scouting Grounds 2, is more games. More opportunities to play. More chances to
    learn. And, if possible, a longer event. The players from Team Mountain, and
    assuredly for the rest of the groups, werent ready to go home. They were
    learning, having the time of their lives, and the clock was striking midnight,
    ready to send them on their way home back to the North American solo queue,
    where bad habits die hard and the development they received might wash away with
    no coaches to keep them focused.I learned I can play more champions, said
    Bobjenkins, 17, the top laner from New Jersey who entered this tournament seen
    as a one-trick Kennen with not much else in the arsenal. To the surprise of no
    one, including himself, Kennen was banned in every game Bobjenkins played, which
    forced him onto the likes of Gnar and Yasuo.Im not a one-trick anymore. I think
    I improved on reading the map better, being more vocal and calling out teleport
    flanks more, Bobjenkins said.Even when the team was two matches down with four
    straight losses, the players attempted to calculate ways they could somehow make
    it into the final match with one game remaining. Just one more match. Just two
    more matches. Just more games was their thought process. When the dream of
    playing on the LCS stage was ultimately destroyed for good, there was no yelling
    between the players or pointing the finger. It was sadness, like the last day of
    summer, realizing that soon the world would return to monotone colors and daily
    life would begin once more.I want to be a pro even more so after getting a taste
    of what its like, said Shynon, 21, the teams marksmen and shot-caller throughout
    the event. Knowing that those world-class players practiced there [at the
    Immortals house] makes an even bigger fire [within me] to go pro.The other four
    members mirrored in response. The losses, while stinging, were not the takeaway
    for the players or coaches involved. It was a training ground more so than a
    scouting ground, with the players focusing on self-improvement over standing out
    amongst their teammates. Riot awarded the players in NA solo queue who did well
    enough in the Ladder to get the wall, and only the players who passed the
    personality test were invited.Whether or not we see Tuesday suit up for an NA
    LCS team in the future is not the barometer of success for Scouting Grounds.
    Making it as a pro is difficult, paved with countless people with the same
    amount of skill and devotion who fail to make the cut for one reason or another.
    If the players who leave Scouting Grounds return to solo queue with a positive
    mindset, and even are a little better than before, more informed, and able to
    create a healthy, optimistic environment for the future of North Americas online
    and minor league scene, then Scouting Grounds is a success, and a sequel should
    be a when and not an if.I like everyone on their team. Theyre pretty cool, said
    Winter, the teams support, in giving his final thoughts on the entire journey. I
    thought players on the other teams might be toxic, but actually not. Theyre all
    super cool.Its the truth of the event. At the end of the final between Team
    Ocean and Team Cloud, where Ocean swept Cloud to win, Riot had an after-finals
    meet-and-greet with all the players, media and any staff from professional or
    minor league teams that came to watch the action. Although a few players were
    hurried along to talk to representatives from teams, the rest stayed on the LCS
    stage, looking around at the monitors and setup, talking with pros about their
    love of the game -- for some of them, it was their first time to do so.Joshua
    Dardoch Hartnett, one of the coaches for Team Ocean and the former jungler for
    Team Liquid, stood at the peak of the stage, talking casually about the game as
    the group of amateurs, some of them older than him, hung on his every word and
    stared at the real-life example of somebody who went from nowhere a year ago to
    one of the brightest talents in the western region.When asked if I saw any
    players I thought could be future NA LCS players, I honestly couldnt answer. Too
    little time and too little data to see how the players grew over days of
    practice.When asked if I had a good time, if I had fun? The answer without
    hesitation is yes.It was one of the most fun events of the year, and it wasnt
    even streamed. Swell Kopen
    . The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of
    anonymity because the Lions have not announced the hiring, which was first
    reported by ESPN. Lombardi, the grandson of former Green Bay Hall of Fame coach
    Vince Lombardi, has been an offensive assistant on Sean Paytons New Orleans
    staff since 2007.
    Swell Waterfles
    .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of
    the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season.
    . -- Mike Smith never saw his first NHL goal go in.
    Swell Bottle Bestellen . Rinne
    played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May.
    Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied
    5:15 later for Nashville. Swell
    . -- Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, and
    the Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with their fifth
    straight victory, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. The Western
    Bulldogs vowed to bring the fight to the Swans in the AFL season decider after
    pipping Greater Western Sydney by six points in Saturdays epic preliminary
    final.Jack Macrae converted his set shot with a tick under three minutes
    remaining at Spotless Stadium, giving the Bulldogs a six-point lead.Devon Smith
    then missed a chance to level the scores before Troy Dickson hit the post after
    the siren in an appropriately dramatic finish to a pulsating clash, which the
    visitors claimed 13.11 (89) to 12.11 (83).The Bulldogs had won plaudits for an
    entertaining style of football this year but won ugly to snap a run of seven
    consecutive losses in preliminary finals.Both sides were a man down for the
    entire second half, with GWS co-captain Callan Ward and Bulldogs ruckman Jordan
    Roughead both suffering heavy hits to the head during the second quarter.The
    Giants were more refreshed after a week off but it was Luke Beveridges side who
    handled the dogfight better.I said to them before that when Ali was in his
    prime, when he started, he danced and had all the skills in the world, Beveridge
    said.Late in his career, he won The Rumble In The Jungle with the rope-a-dope.
    We saw a bit of everything tonight from both sides but we just kept getting off
    the mat, kept getting off the canvas.We feel like were going to be thereabouts
    next week in the biggest game of our lives.Well respect them (Sydney) but well
    go in trying to do what we know best. Thats a little bit of Ali dance, a little
    bit of rope-a-dope ... but I dont think theyll let us dance too much.Beveridge
    callled the minor premiers one of the best teams that have ever gone
    around.ddddddddddddThe Bulldogs will return to the grand final for the first
    time since 1961, while they will be shooting for their first premiership since
    1954.The second-year coach noted he was ecstatic but drained after the scrappy
    game - sentiments shared by many Bulldogs fans among the crowd of 21,790.Itll be
    a big night all around Australia for our supporters and we feel pretty good
    about that, Beveridge said.Having overcome a series of setbacks in an
    injury-riddled campaign, the Bulldogs again rallied against the odds.The Giants
    boasted a game-high lead of 14 points after booting the first two goals of the
    final term.The visitors somehow took control of the see-sawing contest thanks to
    clutch goals from Dickson, Marcus Bontempelli and Zaine Cordy.It was almost like
    a game of chess and a war of attrition, Beveridge said.There wasnt any great
    margin in the game the whole time ... who knows if it goes for another five
    minutes?Clay Smith booted four goals in the first half to help the Bulldogs back
    up knock-out final wins over West Coast and Hawthorn, last years two grand
    finalists.Luke Dahlhaus, Josh Dunkley, Caleb Daniel and Liam Picken were also
    influential for the Dogs, while Tom Scully was inspirational for the home
    side.Its disappointing but the Dogs deserved to win. We scrapped pretty well but
    ... their pressure was great, Giants coach Leon Cameron said. ' ' '