Time for WESG!

Just woke up here and it’s around 5 am. Even though it’s early, it is a decent first attempt to change the sleep schedule! It’s so weird to feel wide awake at this time – imagine to be able to wake up this early every day and not be sleepy. That would be something! :)

Alliance had a small bootcamp before the tournament in Gothenburg so they all took their flight from there. From my team it’s only me and Gorgc (and Ludwig who is coming with us as our manager) who lives in Gothenburg so we met up with the rest in Frankfurt.

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Gorgc, Loda, me and Handsken!

The trip was quite long since the event is being held in Chang Zhou so after we touched ground in Shanghai we had to take a buss that took 3 hours. We also had to wait for the buss for like 1-2 hours so I’m safe to say we were all quite tired when we arrived! :D

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Whole Swedish squad ordering food at the airport in Shanghai. Kelly is making sure everything is going according to plan with the orders!

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Buffet at the hotel. Gorgc and Eskil are still hungry, trying to find something more they can (and want) to eat.

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Me and Pablo, two tired boys just waiting to get to go to sleep. :D

Today’s schedule is photo session and time to practice. Looking forward to get to play some pubs in China, always fun to get some variety and see if you gain or loose MMR :D. Tomorrow there are also gonna be photo session for some teams but also rehearsal for the opening ceremony. Event starts the day after the 12th according to the schedule we got here but we don’t know exact times yet for our games (EDIT: Here is the schedule) in the group stage. Looking forward to the tournament starting, gonna be interesting to see how strong the other teams are and how we perform! :)

Cheers,
Akke

Happy New Years!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year’s Eve! I spent most of the time with family, friends, good food and games – I got enough of party after the Christmas party we had with Alliance.. :D Got some good and practical Christmas presents from my parents like clothes and such. Even though it’s a lot of fun with gifts the most important thing for me is to get to see my family and have a good time. Me and my sister decided not to buy anything for each other since we hadn’t found anything we thought the other could enjoy or use. It just feels wrong when you spend money on things you know a person wont use or like, then it’s better to just give it some other time when you actually find something nice!

On New Year’s Eve me, Bummi and my sister went to my uncle and his husband for lunch and coffee. After I posted a picture of that on Instagram I got a couple of questions and negative comments (mostly happy though which is nice) because I wrote “uncle” and “husband” and yes, they are gay. They are also two of the kindest, coolest, most inspirational and generally awesome people I know and I’m so happy to have them both in my life. They’ve been together for more than 50 years but are still as caring and loving towards each other as they’ve always been, just as (in my opinion) a relationship should be.

We’re going to China on Sunday for WESG – going to be interesting to see how it goes. Our latest games in our officials have been quite mediocre but hopefully it will all get together for the event ^^. As I did in the tournament in Kiev (the European qualifier for WESG) I will go in with zero expectations but aim for the top and just see where we land. If we win I’m gonna be super happy but if we aren’t able to perform we still gave it a good try.

Cheers,
Akke

Alliance Christmas party

Two days ago we had our Christmas Party at GG-bar and almost all the players and people involved with Alliance came. It’s not often we get the chance to have everyone under the same roof because not many tournaments have competitions in all the games.

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Almost everyone. Some people are missing.. :D

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Loda and Joeleen (Kelly’s sister). We played a bit of Codenames which is a board game. Super fun! :)

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Played some Smash4 with Orange, Armada and Android. Obviously Armada and Android are ridiculously good on that as well and not only Melee.. ^^

Played against (ex) Imperial yesterday in Prodota Cup #13 and lost 2-1. Could have won the last game if we played it better and split pushed more (we had Io + Tiny) but we choose to fight them straight on instead. Oh well, at least it’s nice to have a big tournament coming up so you can take all these games as practice and not feel to bad about it even though it always sucks to loose. We are going to WESG finals in January where the 1st prize is 800k dollars so it’s almost like a Major.. Insane! Looking forward to play there! :)

Cheers,
Akke

Nordens Ark

Went to Nordens Ark yesterday together with Mobile Storytelling. After we had lunch there we met up with Tom Svensson (a famous “conservation photographer”) who showed us around the park and told us some amazing stories about the animals. He has a website with some pictures he has taken while traveling the world if you are interested.

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Cute wolf! :)

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Lynx (I think)!

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Nordens Ark are a part of a conservation project to secure a sustainable development of the Amur Tiger. He looks so innocent and nice but… ^^

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Since our official we were supposed to have today got cancelled (we got default win) our next one is on Saturday the 17th 20:00 CET instead if it doesn’t get rescheduled. We are playing against Alliance so it will be an interesting match! ^^ They are also playing in the Dotapit qualifier right now versus Elements Pro Gaming (Twitch link) – hope they will qualify!

Cheers,
Akke

New patch, last weekend and Alliance announcement

Was a lot of hype yesterday to read the patch notes. I had heard before the patch was gonna shake the game up a bit and it sure did! I think the talent tree is nice because it gives you more choices to tailor your hero and play style a bit and it can also make some hero viable super lategame if the games goes on so everyone is level 25. For example Crystal Maiden got a talent that adds 200 damage to her nuke which can be really useful to push out lanes. Really looking forward to when the patch hits the main client!

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At our friends Reuben and Johanna last Saturday

I went to see my father get 5th dan in jiujitsu yesterday. It was really fun and cool to see since he hasn’t been so active the past years after me and my sister was born. He got 4th dan in 1980-something so it’s fun to see him train/practice some again after so many years!

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My father just got 5th dan in jiujitsu! :)

We did an announcement a couple of hours ago, that Alliance now are a player-owned and independent organization. It has been something in the work for a long time so I’m happy it’s finally settled and looking forward to see what we can do in the future. I can make a longer blog post about this later and explain more of how it works if anyone is interested.

I’m playing in the ProDota Cup #13 that starts this week with team Horde and our first game is on Thursday. I updated the “Upcoming games” tab so you can keep track when we are playing! :)

Cheers,
Akke

Dreamhack, Horde and WESG

Sorry for not updating in a very long time but I haven’t just been able to find the time to write lately. I’ve been very busy with a lot of things like moving, working some at Mobile Storytelling and playing with Horde. Been playing scrims and some small tournaments together with Pablo, Xcalibur, Gorgc and Eskil and we finished 2nd in the latest one we played (WellPlay) losing to Imperial 3-2. We were quite happy with the results since we the week before lost to Imperial 2-0 so it feels like we are making progress. We have WESG coming up in January so we are trying to squeeze in as many games as possible! :)

I went to Dreamhack one and a half week ago to participate in the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament which actually went a lot better than I expected. I managed to make it out of the pools and win a set in the brackets! I always try to play when I get the chance, it’s fun to try to keep improving even though I don’t stand a chance against players like Armada :D. I got to play him during the group stage (and of course they put us on the stream.. ^^) and I felt very lost while playing. It was hard to even get a hit onto him, he read every move I made and even when I tried to mix it up a bit he was still one step ahead. Very fun and interesting to play against him – it’s not every day you get to compete and play against a world champion in a fighting game! :)

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Picture from Dreamhack!

Some have asked why we (Horde) don’t play with Kefka and Solitude anymore. They did get the option to continue to play with us but Solitude wanted to continue to play with his old team “Solidudes” and later on Kefka joined them instead as well. I thought it was quite unfortunate they didn’t wanna keep on playing together after our success at WESG in Kiev but at the same time I’m very happy to be able to play with Gorgc and Eskil as well! Looking forward to see what we can achieve in China in January when the LAN finals are :).

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Cuddle with Shiva after I got home from Dreamhack ^^

Still have some things to do in our apartment until we feel it’s finished enough to take pictures and share with you guys. Will have to suffice with a picture of me and Shiva for now :)

Cheers,
Akke

2nd place at WESG

I’m actually very surprised we got 2nd place. When we first won our group 4-0 (and with that secured a slot for the next event in China) we were super happy because that was our main goal and I honestly though just achieving that would be hard. The reason why I thought it would be tough for us is that we only practiced together for around 6 hours before we went to Keiv (0-4 the first day we practiced but 2-0 the second one).

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Looks like me and Kefka are holding hands :D Dinner after the first or second day.

It was a lot of fun to go to WESG together with Pablo, Kefka, Solitude and Xcalibur. Only Xcalibur had been to an event as big as this one before so I’m happy to have been able to be a part of the other guys first big competition on LAN. Seeing them explode with happiness after a close game was awesome :). They are all very talented players and have their things that they excel at so one of the reasons of our success was that we were able to see these things and make sure everyone got what they needed to play at their best.

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The venue where we played when we didn’t play on the stage.

The event was handled by Starladder and the only things that I can complain about is that it wasn’t possible to get any practice PC’s (which makes sense since there were 20 Dota teams, 20 CS:GO teams, 20 Hearthstone players and 20 SC2 players there) and that the food was a bit so-so. They tried their best to give space to the teams playing though and we went to Cyberarena one day (the internet café where we’ve been before at other events in Kiev) so at least we got to practice a bit!

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At CyberArena getting some practice when we had a long break before our next game. Was fun to see the place again! :)

Many of you have asked if we will continue to play as Team Horde but right now we have had to put in on ice since Kefka is gonna participate in the Boston Major qualifier with his team ProDota. We’ll see what happens after that, I’m not sure myself except that we will make sure to get more practice for the next even in China than we got for this one!

Lok’Tar Ogar! ^^

Cheers,
Akke