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

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

WESG qualifier

Played the Swedish qualifier in WESG (World Electronic Sports Games) last weekend. There are tournaments in both CS:GO, DOTA2, SC2 and Hearthstone and they have qualifiers in each country that participates to determine which teams and players that get to represent their country. I played the qualifier together with Limmp, Pablo, Solitude and s4 but we participated mostly for fun since for example s4 already is playing with OG (but can’t participate in this particular tournament with them because they all aren’t from the same country). We faced Loda’s and EGM’s team in the finals (they played together with m’ICKe, Jonassomfan and Handsken) and managed to win 2-1! They took the first game but we came back and won the last two.

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The names are a bit weird because there wasn’t any ingame ticket so we all had to change manually.

First game was quite one-sided for them after the first 15 minutes. We tried to engage and fight them too much early on and when you look at their heroes you can tell it’s exactly what they wanted to do as well. It wasn’t something we thought of during the game and the outcome showed that as well ^^.

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I think our draft was quite good this game. Their first three picks were Mirana, Sandking and Venge which all are spellcasters that don’t really want to get an early BKB. We decided to pick Silencer after that (s4’s idea) which made us win a lot of early engagements and take control of the game. Batrider could blink and lasso one target at the same time that we used global silence and then we could force towers 5vs4 or chase to get more kills if that was possible. We could also siege with SD’s disruption without being scared of getting into a bad position.

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Last game was quite crazy and very back and forth! We took an early side of barracks but after that they won a couple of fights and got aegis on storm which made it hard for us to keep on taking more sides. We got the first side right before the 20 minute mark but didn’t manage to get the second one until like minute 42. I think they picked and played quite smart by having Beast and Storm on the team. You never want to fight Huskar straight on, you want to find the healers and other weak heroes in the back and go on them first. So by having Beastmaster’s hawk they could easily scout me and then just jump me with Storm. I tried to hide the best as I could but as you can see on my deaths it was easier said than done.. :D

Went to both GG Bar and Kappa Bar here in Gothenburg last week. GG Bar holds a quiz every Monday and Wednesday which is a lot of fun depending on the theme of the questions, last time it was Nintendo 64 and Playstation 1 and I really loved Nintendo 64!

Started to pack down some things in the apartment yesterday. Me and Bummi bought a new one some months ago and we’re getting the keys October 3rd so it’s time to start preparing! :)

Cheers,
Akke