Arena of Valor, gamescom, Illidan and WESG

Hey all, long time no see here on the blog! :) Not long after I got back from TI I went to gamescom in Cologne to promote the new mobile game Arena of Valor. It’s your typical MOBA but played on your phone instead of computer. Most of the times when I get asked to do things like this I decline, in the past the reason has been to focus on Dota but also that I generally don’t want to promote things I don’t enjoy or like. In this case I really enjoy the game a lot and a game duration of 10-20 minutes is very convenient, especially now when I have a kid.

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Happy Illidan :)

Anyway, Loda went to gamescom to do the same thing as well so it was kinda like the old times when we went to tournaments together. It was fun to get to hang out more again and both of us were hyped about competing in a new game even though it was a promotional event for us with no prizes. In one of the games we played against old League of Legend pros which kind of became a grudge match because both of us wanted to win really badly and show that the players from “our” game were better than theirs.. :D After the event was over we had dinner with all the players, organizers and the owners of Arena of Valor. We were only there for 2 days but it was 2 good days indeed!
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Me with one of the iPhone 7+ winners during the Arena of Valor event

Next week I went to Stockholm for a photoshoot with Dreamhack for their new merchandise. Their new web shop isn’t all up and running yet, so far I think they only have the Dream League jacket out, but we took a lot of cool photos! Anna, an old friend of mine now who I’ve met at multiple events, was one of the people working with Dreamhack and was there during the photoshoot to make sure everything went smooth. It’s fun to get to work with friends on things I never thought I would do when I started to work in the gaming industry.
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Picture from the photoshoot with Dreamhack

After this and a couple of weeks after not much happened because me and Bummi were expecting a child so we were chilling most of the time. We’ve tried to keep it somewhat secret because we wanted to announce it when we felt we were ready for it. Becoming a father has been a lot of fun, sure some nights have been somewhat sleepless but apart from that it’s been cozy and fun to take care of little Illidan! I’m very happy with the name, when Bummi and I met over 14 years ago we played a lot of Warcraft III together and we wanted to take a name that meant something for us. We wanted a name that was easy to pronounce in both Swedish and English and that didn’t sound weird in any of those two languages; Illidan fits both those categories. And let’s not forget that Illidan is an extremely awesome character! :)
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Bummi and Illidan

Going back to Dota, I qualified for the WESG EU playoff together with Loda, Gorgc, Micke and Insania. It’s mostly for fun since we haven’t gotten to practice much at all, it’s hard for me to find time but as always I’m very serious when it comes to competing. Doesn’t matter how much or little I’ve practiced for anything like this, I still always want to win! We will go to the European playoffs in Barcelona in a couple of weeks and the goal there is to qualify for the main event where the first place prize is 800’000 dollars! It will be hard for us to get there but I believe! ^^
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Shiva and Midas… :D

Coming up next me, Loda and some other Swedes will represent Sweden in an Arena of Valor tournament. We are going to Poland next weekend to play against the French team so the next month will be a mix of Arena of Valor and Dota tournaments! :)
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Cheers,
Akke

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