Good afternoon, good evening or good morning depending on where in the world you are watching, welcome to this season's Final episode. It's been a long road but we're finally there; the Global Grand Finals. But first, let's sum up a few player movements and team changes. I'm Luke "Dorjan" Kneller, and this, is the International eSports show!
A quick update on some of the teams; Team Dignitas have dropped their sponsor and have returned to their original name “Synergy". DeNova have now fully renamed to GGWP.pro and Xinef left the Evil Panda’s for LemmingTrain. I’m sure there is going to be more movements inside the squads, but that’s it for now https://frostmage.net/iconic-esports-moments-faker-vs-ryu/.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the forums as up-coming teams like WASD Gaming are currently recruiting. A link to their recruitment thread will be in the details below. Have you ever wondered what team is the best in the world? Yeah, occasionally we've seen some of the top teams battle: Synergy bested Na`Vi at Ural Steel, but Na`Vi conquered all of Europe in the Battle of the Continental Leagues, and they also came out on top just above LemmingTrain and Fnatic in the GeForce International. So on the 4th of April until the 6th, in Warsaw, Poland; the Wargaming.Net League will bring together the best teams from every region to battle to the death. OK, not quite death but close to it as they play for the title of the Undisputed World Champions of Tanks.
Oh, and Three-Hundred Thousand Dollars. Representing Europe; Virtus.PRO and Synergy. Holding the flag for North America; Fnatic and SIMP! PvP SuperFriends and UAD come from ASIA. For Korea; Arete and NOA. From the people's republic of China; Energy Pacemaker and JL E-sports Club. Let's not forget the RU cluster's Na`vi and Red-Rush Unity! These teams are joined by two Wildcards; teams that have proven themselves in one way or another over the last few seasons and are added to the pool to spice things up. To represent Poland; LemmingTrain! And Silver medalists from the World Cyber Games; WUSA! I can’t wait to see who truly is; the best of the best. If you can’t make it in person, be sure to tune into the livestream! Links to the Streams and all the details, are up now on “the grand finals dot com”. That’s all for the show today and for this season, I will be at the Grand Finals in person, so be sure to come and say hello! I know I said that every other episode would be a ProTalk, but since this is the last episode, and we only got one in before the end of the season, I’m going to make it a double! So it’s time to meet Arclit, from used to be Dignitas; Synergy.
My name is Alex, my nickname is Arclit, I am from Team Dignitas. Team Dignitas, first it was Synergy. It has a really long history. So Stalker started off when World of Tanks eSports was just born, he started playing, he started his own team, and I started in Red Rush Unity, in time we had just split from Red Rush Unity… now players like LeBwa played in Unity… No… I think it’ll be too long. I’m definitely a tea person, I don’t drink coffee. Coz’, I don’t know, I just don’t like the taste; the tea is more relaxing I got into world of tanks when my friend from University showed it to me; “you know there’s a new game, it’s quite good; let’s try it! It’s in beta yet, but it’s very interesting.” So that’s how I got in! I just tried it and I liked it and I stayed. My favorite color is yellow; Coz’ I was born in the Summer; I guess I like the sun! My favorite tanks museum is Kubinka, I think everybody’s heard about it. It has an insane amount of different tanks from different nations, different years of production. So I’ve seen the Maus there, it’s overwhelming; you have to see it in life! I haven’t been in Kubinka’s toilet actually. Maybe I was lucky!
Pro-Gaming in World of Tanks it’s an entirely different experience. You have to think more, you have to do more, you have to show your skill in everything; so it’s more competitive. I like challenge and so that’s how I get it. Why am I a Pro-Player? The short answer: Just for Lulz! Hobbies!? Are you Kidding me? Pro-Players don’t have hobbies, if someone tells you he has a hobby he is lying! My favorite non-team battle tank would be definitely the Jagdpanzer E100, coz’ it’s really an interesting machine you have to understand it, you have to feel it, it has a soul, a character, it’s not like “very strong, powerful tank” that you just go destroy everyone. You have to feel it, you have to know it and then you’ll get the result. So I like difficult machines and that’s one of them. Mornings? I don’t like mornings… especially when they start early. Well my dream car is a 69 charger, dodge charger. I really like American Muscle cars, like from 60s & 70s; I’m all over them.
The prizes, coz’ usually in offline tournaments; they’re higher! I’m a Pepsi person, but when there is no Pepsi I drink Coke, no problem. I don’t know why, maybe I like the taste better but I can’t really tell the difference why I like it. The difference between online and offline tournaments? If you don’t like someone, you can punch them: IN THE FACE! I would like to thank our fans, all the people who follow us. Also I would thank Wargaming for bringing us together. I would like to thank all the Pro-Gamers & teams who participate, its great fun hanging with you.
And also I would like to thank our sponsors, especially Logitech. See you guys.
I don't really think that Prociak played this hand bad at all, it's just unfortunate that Bazely went runner, runner here. Oh, wow, that is a sick fold. I don't know if I would have made this fold in that spot. But just because of what Bazely has, it looks like Prociak is a genius, so I guess he redeemed himself from the ace king.
Guys, when we come back from this break, I will reveal the answer to this trivia question of the week. Can't wait, it's going to be the best part of the show. - [Narrator] Closed captioning is brought to you as a public service by The Final Table.
(upbeat music) - Welcome back, so I got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is Dave's back, the good news is we are going to reveal the answer to my personal favorite trivia question, which Final Table host eliminated another Final Table host from the 2016 WOSP Main Event? And the answer is, me! I eliminated Dave this year, GG, Dave, GG.
- Yeah, you know what, I'm over it, I'm over it, I know seriously, I've had a little bit of time to get over it and I'm over it now. - Just a few months. - No, but in all fairness, it's like okay casinoslots sa.
I got eliminated by you and we joke around, but you're a really good poker player, so it could have been worse, I could have been eliminated by Phil Hellmuth. - [Maria] That's true. - [David] It is true. Jack's for Prociak, blinds are 200 thousand, 400 thousand. - [Maria] It's nice to pick up premium hands like jacks heads up.
- [David] The old seven, five off suit for the Cincinnati kid part deux. Kind of like saying that, part deux, it's kind of weird, I know, like me. - [Maria] So it looks like Prociak limped in here and Bazely is going to take the opportunity then to raise to 1.2 million. - [David] Nice little mix up here from Prociak, dropping his opponent? - [Maria] Yeah, I like this.
- [David] Do we expect Prociak to three bet now? - [Maria] I think if you limp in with jacks with the intention of kind of letting your opponent take the bait, then maybe you should just call. - [David] Call. - [Maria] I don't mind either though, but it looks like Prociak is going to slow play here. - [David] He calls, pot's two and a half million.
He's in position, as well. Eight, five, four, Prociak with the over pair. Bazely can't be disappointed, he's got a pair of fives and a gut shot. - [Maria] He also does have the seven of clubs in his hand, as well. Certainly, you should continue to bet here after you've raised pre-flop with seven five. - [David] And he does.
- [Maria] No shocker here that Prociak's going to go into the tank. - Oh, perfect time, I've got a great tank of the day. No, no, don't roll your eyes. This one is actually worth it, trust me, okay?
Think about it, it's two gerbils and one, wait for it, wait for it, spinny thing. - [Maria] This is actually kind of cute. - [David] Yeah, they're cute, watch, watch. It's kind of like you and me. - [Maria] I'm not the one chasing you though, oh my God. - [David] Isn't she awesome?
- [Maria] That's kind of cute. - [David] Oh, the poor little thing. Oh wait, wait, there's poker going on. Let's get back, okay, I'm sorry that was awesome.
- [David] And he moves all in. - [Jacob] How much is it? - [Maria] Let's see, 5.7 million is the all in. 200K is the big blind, it's a little bit of a big shove to make here, but it can't be horrible, you do have an ace blocker in your hand. - [Jacob] Do we gamble?
- [David] What do you have? - [Jacob] A really good hand. - [David] Bazely's considering it with just queen high. Now, it's a pretty hand and it's a hand you really want to play post-flop, do you call an all in? - [Maria] Not for 29 big blinds, no. - I should just be heroic, just gamble.
- [Maria] He could just exactly, gambling would be what it is. Queen, jack suited will play very well against a lot of hands, that Prociak is going to go all in here with, but you could just wait for a better spot, I think. - [David] Do you ever have your opponent dominated? Oh, he makes the call.
- [Maria] Wow, here we go, Bazely is ready to gamble. - [David] This could be it, we have to say that by the way, but it can't really be it, because look at the clock, there's still time left in the show. - [Maria] And actually, Bazely like I said, is going to fare pretty well up against this specific hand.
It's essentially a coin flip. - [David] 10, eight, four. - [Jacob] I like that. - [David] Bazely looking for running hearts, a nine, a queen, or a jack. - [Maria] Lots of reasons to be optimistic here. - [David] 10 of spades, running hearts obviously, out of the equation now, looking for a nine, a jack or a queen.
King of spades not going to help him and Prociak doubles up to 11 and a half million chips and with that, it's a time we've all been waiting for, that's right, it's the trivia question of the week. At what age, did Phil Hellmuth. - [Maria] Actually, I just got something in my ear and I think the producers are telling me that we have a new trivia question. Which Final Table host knocked out another Final Table host in the 2016 WSOP Main Event? Do you need any hints? - You know what, I don't like you anymore.
- Well, I guess Dave is going to take an unscheduled break, so I'm going to do this hand by myself. Blinds are up to 150 thousand, 300 thousand. And the flop is king, queen, deuce, two hearts. Proziak has middle pair here, but he is going to check back here. Four of clubs comes on the turn, so actually, Bazely, who didn't connect with the flop at all, now has an open ended straight draw, so I have a feeling he is going to lead just as a semi-bluff because Prociak checked back the flop, so Bazely's probably thinking, I could probably take this down with a turn bet.
In this spot, if Prociak is going to check back the flop with middle pair, he certainly is going to call this bet here. Nothing on the turn really makes Prociak feel bad about his queen not being the best hand. Oh, but Bazely is going to hit his open ended straight here on the river and because Prociak did call the turn bet, I think Bazely might go a little bit on the bigger side, just because it looks like Prociak might have a hand he could call here with.
Pot is three million. Bazely's reaching for the flats and he is going to bet two million. This is a good bet size here, a lot of the draws missed except for the kind of sneaky five three.
You have second pair, king kicker. You probably have the best hand most of the times, right? - [Phil] So I love the bet sizing here. He bets one third of the pot with jacks up.
He really doesn't want to lose his opponent, Antonio. His opponent could have a seven with an eight kicker. - [Antonio] Well, he knows his opponent just check called the flop, right, so he's probably not very strong. So he doesn't want to run him out of the pot.
- [Joe] Yup, Josh Gibson does not call, he's raising. - [Antonio] I would not be raising. - [Joe] 1.25 million, what's wrong with the raise? - [Antonio] Well, the story just doesn't add up. What hand did he call with on the flop out of position and now, he's check raising the turn.
It just doesn't make any sense. - [Phil] I hate the check raise. It just puts you at risk for a lot more chips than you really want to have involved.
- [Joe] And obviously, we're getting a smooth call here from Prociak, whose hoping to pick off maybe a bluff on the river. He's going to be happy to do so, as he fills up. So Gibson now checks, Prociak is going to make a value bet, how much do we think it's going to be?
- [Phil] 1.5 for me. - [Antonio] Couple million. 2.2, 2.3, maybe two thirds of the pot. - [Joe] So 2.4 million is the bet. Gibson thinking about getting kind of hero-y here.
- [Phil] He has a easy fold here. Easy, oh, what is he doing? He can't beat anything, why would you call that?
You can't even beat a seven? - [Antonio] This is why we play poker, Phil, this is why we pay the bills. - [Joe] Gibson raised under the gun with queen, jack suited, he's just been three bet and the money all goes in here. - [Antonio] It almost seems as if this is a frustration play from him.
He knows his opponent's not folding, given the amount of stack sizes, so I really don't like this play with queen, jack. - [Phil] I hate this play with queen, jack, maybe take a flop. - [Antonio] I agree. - [Joe] Well, he is going to take a flop and a turn and a river and he is dominated and that is it, so few outs for queen, jack by the river.
The crossfit guy has been crossed off. - 9.5 million dollar pot for my pick, Antonio. How you like me now? - I'm a little nervous now. - How you like me now?
- I'm nervous now from frog legs to worms, my life is over. - Hang in there, Antonio, back to you guys, Dave and Maria. - [David] I can never get enough of Phil Hellmuth.
- [Maria] I can. - [David] We are heads up. Jacob Bazely is our chip leader, pretty sizable lead. Those placards, do you like placards?
- [Maria] I do, they feel very Monte Carlo-esque, James Bond to me. - [David] Bazely's going to raise here with queen, jack of hearts. Prociak with the ace, six off suit. - [Maria] The usual tank here by Prociak. - [David] He's a deliberate player, we like to call it. - [David] All in.
Pizarro is a game where you just bid on a bunch of dudes, and they're worth victory points, and the game is over. Modern Art, you do that six or seven times. Medici, I think, is also another game where it's just auctions all the time.
Now, it amazes me how often we'll play auction games. So, as players, how to be good at auctions? Actually figure out what things are worth.
Come up with some way to value these items. And think about it. Do you know how many times we play Modern Art, there's a painting that's up. We're playing with someone who's played the game before, they know the rules. It cannot be worth more than $30 play blackjack here.
$30 is the most it could possibly be worth. And some kid will be like, "I bid $35." What's wrong with you? I don't know what to do about that.
And many of you might be doing that too. I've done it on occasion. Auctions, it's really hard to value stuff.
So, get good at auctions, and you'll be able to win pretty much any game that involves auctions in any capacity, because every other player will be terrible at them. And the biggest difficulty of auctions is that you have to value something in terms of something else. So, you might know exactly, that's 5 victory points, that's work 6. But you're not buying them with victory points, you're buying them with coins. And you have to know how many victory points is a coin worth. Well, in something like Seven Wonders, there's n auctions but you know- 3 coins, I think, is a victory point?
Yeah. Modern Art coins are victory points. In Puerto Rico, early in the game a doubloon is worth multiple victory points. Late in the game a doubloon is worth less than a victory point. So, you have to know what turn it is, and on that turn, figure out how many victory points is a coin worth right now.
Not easy to figure out, in addition to evaluating whatever it is that you're buying. Psychology also is a huge component on auctions. We used to play games with this guy in upstate New York years ago, where he was very... Scott could troll him to a point that was legendary. So, any auction game, he'd think very carefully and be like, - "I bid 14." - "15."
And then he'd sit there for another minute like, - "I bid 17." - "18." This would infuriate him and he would not let Scott beat him in the auction. And the reason I was able to do that is because before it even started, I had said, "That is worth $26."
And I would just bid up, exactly by one, to pay as least as possible, and if it got to $27, I'd say I'm out. But simultaneously, Scott isn't bidding his value, because he knows the guy hasn't figured that out. The guy is calculating. This is kind of the psychology. You watch him calculating. He hasn't figured out what he's going to bid.
So, when Scott is immediately saying what the next bid is, the guy is thrown off. He doesn't have time to calculate suddenly. He feels pressured. He feels like Scott knows something he doesn't.
And he didn't like Scott. I wonder why. Sometimes Scott would just bid him up until he'd spend all his money on something worth nothing. And it's like you might think, well, I don't have to calculate anything. I'll just keep bidding up by one until everyone else stops, then I'll have the right number.
No. You'll be over by one. You'll lose that way.
Don't do that. If you've played Power Grid, if you're off by one in the second round, you're probably going to lose the game, if everyone knows what they're doing. I like Mr. Sleepy over here. Okay. So, if you are making games, when do you put in an auction?
Usually when you put in auctions, it becomes an auction game. It's one of those mechanics that sort of dominates everything else. It's like putting chocolate in something. The chocolate flavor overpowers all the other flavors. Right, because basically what happens is, even though you might cut a lot of other things in the game, like Power Grid has tons of stuff in there besides just the auction. The auctions matter so much in determining who wins, that the other parts matter less.
Like where to put your houses in Power Grid, you put them in the cheapest spot you can. Maybe you deny someone a spot, it's not really the.... Right? How much resources do you buy in the market?
You buy what you need to power your buildings. Do you buy a turn ahead? Maybe if there's a lot of cheap resources. Not very difficult.
Most of determining who wins Power Grid is the auction for the power plants. Now, you also use auctions if, as a game designer, you're lazy and you don't want to figure out what your widgets are worth. Think about magic cards. When you make a magic card, if you're a magic game designer, you have to put, in the top left corner of that card, how much mana it is to play that card. Which means it's up to you, the game designer, to get that right. If you're off by one, you could break the game.
Someone will be like, "Yes, this is so cheap!" Boom, boom, boom. "I win!" That's why there's no Moxxi's around anymore. So now imagine if every magic card was just sort of like, "?" We do an auction for that magic card.
Now, it's up to the players to balance your game for you. That would be a cool variant. A mana auction. Cards come up and you auction, you bid with your tapping mana to play the cards from a central pool.
There are countless online games available to play, that too free of cost.
Now not every game requires a strategy to win. Some of the games need strong coordination of hand and eye and some demand high level of patience to win. Apart from the player’s instinct, you will need a great deal of time, patience and effort to gain expertise in a particular game or genre. Also a veteran online gamer should be aware of both the pros and cons of playing these games so that he or she can keep on playing unaffected by the shortcomings.
Here are certain tips and tricks that will help you become an expert in online gaming:
Training: Most of the popular online games are available to play in various modes. If you find a Training mode, almost choose it as a first-timer. The beginner level is as good as the training mode. Once you are able to understand the nitty-gritty of the game, you can move on to further levels. It is equally good to go through the detailed game instructions about strategies and controls.
Practice: Like anything else in life, practice can make your gaming skills even more polished. If you intend to participate in online game tournaments with hefty prizes on offer, you have to practice on regular basis. It will enhance your intuitive control over the game and at the same time let you understand the various critical aspects of the same.
Goal-setting: Goal-setting is a must-do when the aim is to become a proficient gamer. Do not plan to take over the game within a few hours. Instead, take your own sweet time to learn the basics. It will help you master the game in the long run. Self-control: There are plenty of online games that could be fairly addictive. While gaming, you must keep in mind that you do not get so addicted to the games that it starts hampering your day to day life.
Video games will portray things that should not happen in real life, and it is fair to hold the opinion that this is a shame. However, the same moral standards do not seem to apply to classic works of literature and film-making, or indeed to depictions of real life. In video games, you can indeed do things that are wrong, but it might be more productive to concentrate on the people who are doing things like this for real, without needing the encouragement of a video game.
Follow these simple tips and visit TheMockingMemes website to find funny memes about gaming and soon you will emerge as a great online gamer whom no one can win over.
Hong Kong one of the most beautiful places in all of Asia. And it is no wonder that Hongkong attracts millions of tourists each year. People from all over the world as well as Hong Kong locals themselves (often called “Hongkies”) are attracted by the impressive structures, the peaceful and meditative destinations all around the region, great shopping opportunities as well as loads of fun to be had in various theme parks. Here the most exciting attractions of Hong Kong, prepared by Eleventy traveler blog.
The Po Lin Monastery
The Po Lin Monastery, otherwise known as the Precious Lotus Monastery is perhaps the most popular Buddhist monastery in the world. People come to Po Lin to look at the beautiful and serene gardens as well as to send their prayers up to the heavens.
It is a great place to relax in and it offers its visitors a chance to meditate and take some quiet time alone away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The Monastery is also home to one of Hong Kong’s most popular sculptures and that is the copper statue of the Big Buddha. The statue stands at a staggering 34 meters.
The Hopewell center is an impressive architectural creation. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Hong Kong and is the very first ‘circular skyscraper’ in the locale. This 214 meter tall building is made up of 64 floors. The structure stands on a slopping hill and is the reason why its rear entrance is accessible only from the 17th floor; a fact that makes it even more popular to Hong Kong’s crop of tourists.
It has always been said that no visit to Hong Kong is complete without a trip to Victoria Peak. Tourists come during the day in order to see to the Hong Kong harbor glimmer under the sunlight. They then continue to remain until the sun has set so that they can witness one of the most famous cities in the world come to life after dark. Victoria Peak is home to tourist attractions such as the old summer residence of Governor MacDowell, Peak Sky Terrace, Bubba Gump restaurant, EA Electronics and the world-famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum-Hongkong. Shopaholics can while away their time in the Peak Tower or in the Peak Galleria. It is accessible via the Peak Tram or by the bus services that go to and from the locale.
Community tourism is a type of tourism whose objective is to involve and benefit local communities, especially aboriginal people in the Third and Fourth World.
For example, villagers host tourists in their village, managing the operation communally and sharing the revenue. There are different forms of community tourism, including some in which the community works together with a commercial tour operator, but in the end the locals should get a fair share of the profits and have a say as to how tourism is managed.
In general, a few guidelines should should be instated when it comes to community tourism.
First of all, it should be run with the participation and consent of local communities, give a fair share of benefits back to the community, involve the entire community as opposed to single individuals, be environmentally sustainable, respect traditional customs and social structures, help communities cope with the impact of western tourism, work with small groups to keep the cultural and environmental impact at a minimum, educate tourists on proper behaviour in advance, not make local people perform inappropriate ceremonies, and last but not least, if a community does not want tourism to begin with, respect their decision.
The Dark Continent has always been a favorite destination for tourists, due to its many natural attractions.
However, tourism can also provide a means of interacting with the people, and not just with nature. For example, the Bulungula Lodge in the Eastern Cape is a platform for outsiders to gain access to one of the poorest communities in South Africa. This lodge is located in one of the most remote beaches in the country. The best part of this type of tourism in Africa is the fact that visitors can do a lot more than just sightseeing, and actually help a community in need. Visitors can spend their time making bricks, stamping corn, brewing beer or catching crayfish. They may also share their knowledge in their area of expertise with the community. In this manner, tourists can learn from as well as teach the community.
Community tourism in Africa can also involve visiting different tribes and communities in the continent.
This helps people to understand the daily life of the natives. It also includes visits to National Parks and Reserves in Africa and the opportunity to become privy to the co-existence of human beings and wildlife. An example of this scenario is the Masai tribe of East Africa co-habitating with wildlife inside National Parks and Reserves. East Africa comprises the states of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania with the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba islands, and is a melting pot of community, culture and tribes. Each communities with its tribes has its very own particular culture and traditions. Community tourism has become a way to take from but also give back to Africa, an experience that will leave an indelible mark in both the African communities and the tourists, even after they leave.
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On a game drive out of Chitabe Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta we came across a female cheetah, obviously hungry and on the lookout for possible prey. We followed her in our game drive vehicle for some time and were rewarded with action when she chased down and killed an impala.
The spotted cat managed to kill the impala quickly, but her appearance startled other creatures nearby such as francolins, starlings and monkeys, who in turn began making noisy alarm calls. The cheetah was nervous, as they normally are after making a kill and kept looking around, obviously aware that all the noise being made could easily attract unwanted attention to her and her hard-won kill. The cheetah ate as fast as it could and when a spotted hyena showed up, we thought she was about to lose her kill, but the hyena failed to notice exactly where she was and moved off.
We watched the cheetah as it relaxed a bit and ate more and more of the impala and we took pictures of the beautiful cat.
Hyena steals a cheetah's kill - Copyright © Grant Atkinson
An hour later the hyena returned and this time it made no mistake and charged in, driving the cheetah off in an instant. Fortunately cheetahs are adapted to eating hastily and the female cat moved away with a full belly whilst the hyena finished off the remainder of the impala.