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#1 Frozire

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:21 AM

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October 17, 2012 - Today Curse Inc., a heavy weight in North America's professional gaming scene, is excited to announce the acquisition of the Guild Wars 2 division.  Former team “impossible Odds” will take up the mantle of “Curse Esports” here on in, representing Curse Inc. in any and all Guild Wars 2 related events.  Consistent performances against the top teams in North America, and a rare enthusiasm for practice will allow the newly formed Team Curse to dominate their competition in the upcoming tournaments.  Here is a short interview with Curse’s Guild Wars 2 team.

Hello, would you please introduce yourselves and describe your role in-game and on the team?
Hein:  Hey, I'm Jamie "Hein" and I main Ranger.  I play a damage based role in game, and on the team, I constantly strive for better communication to keep us on top.
Redek:  Hello, my name is Maximiliano "Redek" Oliveira, and I mainly play Guardian for Team Curse, but I really excel at carrying Hein.
Cry:  Sup guys, I’m Trevor "Cry" Hall, and I main Thief for the team.  In game, I play the primary roamer and slayer, which means I make sure kids stay on the ground.
Ex Force:  Hey everyone, my name is Justin “Ex Force.”  My role in game is pretty complicated to describe, but the easiest way to put it, is that I like to carry the team as best I can.  Sometimes I play a roamer and sometimes I hold points, I do whatever I can do to win the game.  On the team, I help make sure we get our content created and published.
Neuro:  Hello, my name is Patrick “Neuro” and I play Mesmer primarily.  I like to think of myself as a cerebral gamer.  In game, I keep timers on bosses and spawn times, as well as vocalizing positions of our opponents on the map.

How did you become interested in Guild Wars 2?
Redek:  I originally played GW1 and I loved it.  I did everything from Tombs to GvG.  Although GW2 is nothing like GW1, what really intrigues me is the pace of the game.
Cry:  I first came across Guild Wars 2 while playing other MMO's.  When I finally got into the beta, the combat just made me fall in love.  I also saw great potential for GW2 e-Sports, which made my interest explode even more, as becoming a player for a pro team was always something I wanted to do.

Out of all the games, what makes Guild Wars 2 different?  Why will it succeed as an e-Sport where so many others have failed?
Hein:  Guild Wars 2 will succeed because of ArenaNet and how much support they bring to their game.  Once tournaments and spectator mode start coming into play, it’s going to be fun to see how big the scene gets.
Ex Force:  The easiest reason is that it’s fun to play, and fun to watch.  It’s a fast paced game, with fast paced objectives.  Also, Guild Wars 2 has no monthly fee, so that makes it easier to be accepted by the public.

What separates your team from the rest of the Guild Wars 2 teams out there?
Hein:  Our team is easily the most dedicated and committed team out there right now.  All because of our practice schedule, this consists of Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM EST to 1:00 AM EST and ramps up even more close to tournament time.
Redek:  The fact that we practice for 40+ every week, and we have a good relationship with one another.  Sometimes we might get on each other’s nerves, but at the end of the day we’re all on the same page.

How did the relationship between your former team, impossible Odds, and Curse develop?
Ex Force:  Well, I guess I can take credit for that. I made a very in-depth guide about Necromancers and many people gave me positive responses.  My YouTube channel grew as I continued to market myself as a player.  I joined impossible Odds a little later on, and one day I contacted Curse Inc.  The Director of e-Sports ended up responding to me and I felt like it was destiny to be sponsored by Curse.  We had an interview with him and they found us worthy of a sponsorship.
Neuro:  Short answer… Networking.

What is your primary focus in the upcoming months?
Cry:  To do work, we need to work on team synergy, comps, and strats, well those and Redek's ego.
Redek:  What?
Neuro:  Haha, in all seriousness we need to keep growing as a team.  We’re going to focus on syncing our play styles and executing strategies more effectively.  When we’re playing OUR game, you’ll see dominating performances in the coming months.

Do you have any comments, or would you like to thank anyone?
Hein:  I’m excited for the future and I would like to thank Curse for taking us on, and allowing us to represent them in Guild Wars 2.
Ex Force:  I would like to thank those at Curse for giving us a chance to prove we are one of the best teams in GW2.  Also, thanks for ArenaNet for giving us the chance to become professional gamers.
Neuro:  I’d like to thank Curse for their sponsorship, and let everyone know you can find us on facebook at facebook.com/CurseGW2 – From there, you can find player facebooks & twitters.

#2 Cry

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:19 AM

Hopefully Arena Net pumps some cash and features into the game, to make it ready for e-sport.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:06 PM

It sounded like they mostly only wanted to offer promotional stuff... (which doesn't pay anyone's bills)

They need to get off that 1-way street, offer rare unique in-game stuff, and then give those winner exclusive exemption to sell it to whoever they want in real auctions.  That's what Steam/Valve does.  Most unique steam items are only worth up to 500usd, some GW1 items are worth thousands.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:46 PM

I'm sure I'll get some hate for this, but running into Curse in tourny play twice really wasn't too impressive. I've fought plenty of the "Pro" teams out there, and they simply didn't seem pro in comparison. Not sure if they were just new or what...I guess having a big sponsor behind them gives them auto-cred.

Edited by Isms, 18 October 2012 - 07:47 PM.


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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:25 PM

[quote name='Isms' timestamp='1350589615' post='2028096']
I'm sure I'll get some hate for this, but running into Curse in tourny play twice really wasn't too impressive. I've fought plenty of the "Pro" teams out there, and they simply didn't seem pro in comparison. Not sure if they were just new or what...I guess having a big sponsor behind them gives them auto-cred.
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I hate to do this, but I mirror this sentiment.
Their play was decent at most, haphazard at worst

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:54 PM

[quote name='Isms' timestamp='1350589615' post='2028096']
I'm sure I'll get some hate for this, but running into Curse in tourny play twice really wasn't too impressive. I've fought plenty of the "Pro" teams out there, and they simply didn't seem pro in comparison. Not sure if they were just new or what...I guess having a big sponsor behind them gives them auto-cred.
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I don't think its that, we have played almost every team out there and have never NOT been competitive with them. I can sit here and say who we have beaten but it doesn't matter until paid tournaments come out, and then in turn when LAN's come out.

I think right now we are a very strong team individually, but I think we definitely can get better as a team. But it's very early in the game, we have plenty of time to grow.

I honestly don't think any team out there is "pro" yet. Not even our own.

Edited by Draecor, 18 October 2012 - 08:57 PM.


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Posted 18 October 2012 - 11:07 PM

[quote name='Draecor' timestamp='1350593675' post='2028229']
I don't think its that, we have played almost every team out there and have never NOT been competitive with them. I can sit here and say who we have beaten but it doesn't matter until paid tournaments come out, and then in turn when LAN's come out.

I think right now we are a very strong team individually, but I think we definitely can get better as a team. But it's very early in the game, we have plenty of time to grow.

I honestly don't think any team out there is "pro" yet. Not even our own.
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Exactly. My team beat you guys twice (once pre Ex Force once post Ex Force) but they were by no means domination/decisive wins. We won the last by less than 10 and the 1st one you guys weren't all on your mains and it was somewhat close. Every team has good matches and bad matches, plus part of the game right now is trying things that may not be viable in order to see what actually is. No team can necessarily be considered above the rest or, like you said, pro.


btw, Grats on the Curse sponsorship :)

Edited by Nick5130, 18 October 2012 - 11:12 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:22 AM

Can I join your leet krewe?  :lol:

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:46 AM

[quote name='Nick5130' timestamp='1350601667' post='2028463']
Exactly. My team beat you guys twice (once pre Ex Force once post Ex Force) but they were by no means domination/decisive wins. We won the last by less than 10 and the 1st one you guys weren't all on your mains and it was somewhat close. Every team has good matches and bad matches, plus part of the game right now is trying things that may not be viable in order to see what actually is. No team can necessarily be considered above the rest or, like you said, pro.


btw, Grats on the Curse sponsorship :)
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Yeah I agree, iO was a much different team before I joined it. We have changed a lot and continue to change. I don't brag about beating specific teams when I very much could. In the end its about winning where it counts, paid tournaments and lan events is what we are focusing on. We tend to try a lot of things in normal games especially with paid tournaments coming. I think we have FINALLY found our comp that works, so we are excited for paid tournaments.

This means big things for all of eSports for this game.

Also, we could possibly be recruiting a 6th man...but nothing concrete yet.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

[quote name='Isms' timestamp='1350589615' post='2028096']
I'm sure I'll get some hate for this, but running into Curse in tourny play twice really wasn't too impressive. I've fought plenty of the "Pro" teams out there, and they simply didn't seem pro in comparison. Not sure if they were just new or what...I guess having a big sponsor behind them gives them auto-cred.
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Have to agree as well, ran into them in tourney and beat them twice. Once being when they were on "mains" and once when 2 of them were on alts. My tourney team consisted of guildmates of which a couple were only playing tournament for the 2nd or 3rd time.

On a parallel with some earlier comments I think the "meta" is still weak.  People consider it to be "bunker" wars with only a few guild teams finding ways to eliminate bunkers without zerging the whole team around the map. As the game goes on and with paid tournaments coming on the 22nd, we'll see if anything changes or any new "comps" come up.

On an up note, grats on the sponsor.

Edited by bmrossman, 19 October 2012 - 01:24 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 03:53 PM

[quote name='Draecor' timestamp='1350629208' post='2028955']


Yeah I agree, iO was a much different team before I joined it. We have changed a lot and continue to change. I don't brag about beating specific teams when I very much could. In the end its about winning where it counts, paid tournaments and lan events is what we are focusing on. We tend to try a lot of things in normal games especially with paid tournaments coming. I think we have FINALLY found our comp that works, so we are excited for paid tournaments.

This means big things for all of eSports for this game.

Also, we could possibly be recruiting a 6th man...but nothing concrete yet.
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Yeah, you guys have a number of solid wins against great teams, no one can argue that. And you're right, after watching Hein's stream the other day the differences are obvious, the intense practices seem to be working out well. Personally I can't wait to find my new team/roster and play you guys again :)

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:30 PM

What about the other night when we beat you by 300 points and you proceeded to call us " f a g s" and pm us with this [url="http://i.imgur.com/K8vJm.png"]http://i.imgur.com/K8vJm.png[/url]

Edited by Milty, 19 October 2012 - 07:30 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:22 PM

I was disappointed by Team Cursed last night, because when I was watching Crs Heiny's stream he had his sound muted and seemed very angry. Also correct me if I'm wrong but they seem to have lost to a pug at 16:00 of this vod [url="http://www.twitch.tv/hein6/b/335715484"]http://www.twitch.tv/hein6/b/335715484[/url]

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:28 PM

[quote name='Milty' timestamp='1350675019' post='2030156']
What about the other night when we beat you by 300 points and you proceeded to call us " f a g s" and pm us with this [url="http://i.imgur.com/K8vJm.png"]http://i.imgur.com/K8vJm.png[/url]
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I didn't call anyone such a name, though nice try. I have much nicer things you guys have said to us screen shotted as well.

I just find it amusing that someone wants to disagree with my statement that I am the best Necromancer in NA, but doesn't want to prove me otherwise. I am confident, but everyone has the opportunity to prove me wrong...but no one does.

I do appreciate the press, I am happy to know you talk about me enough to name a guild and forum account off of things I say. Thanks for the support.

Btw, congrats in beating us in a normal game.

Edited by Draecor, 19 October 2012 - 08:32 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:35 PM

Normal games are all we have right now so good luck in the future if you can't win "Normal" games right now. 16:00 In [url="http://www.twitch.tv/hein6/b/335715484"]http://www.twitch.tv/hein6/b/335715484[/url] you lose to a pug as well.



p.s [url="http://i.imgur.com/K8vJm.png"]http://i.imgur.com/K8vJm.png[/url]

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:56 PM

[quote name='Milty' timestamp='1350678933' post='2030261']
Normal games are all we have right now so good luck in the future if you can't win "Normal" games right now. 16:00 In [url="http://www.twitch.tv/hein6/b/335715484"]http://www.twitch.tv/hein6/b/335715484[/url] you lose to a pug as well.



p.s [url="http://i.imgur.com/K8vJm.png"]http://i.imgur.com/K8vJm.png[/url]
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Your logic didn't make sense, paid tournaments start on Monday. If your team isn't trying new things than you should do really well. You guys have lost repeatedly to other teams, but I don't sit here and talk about that all day because it's irrelevant.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:21 PM

Paid tournaments start Monday so losing badly to pugs now Is ok. I got it now thanks. Anyway I'm done here, so feel free to delete these posts since I know you're just itching to ;)

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:24 PM

[quote name='Milty' timestamp='1350681689' post='2030345']
Paid tournaments start Monday so losing badly to pugs now Is ok. I got it now thanks. Anyway I'm done here, so feel free to delete these posts since I know you're just itching to ;)
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I don't delete posts, I write content to help the community. Losing to a pug once means we are definitely in trouble for Monday... ^_^

Good luck to you guys on Monday.

Edited by Draecor, 19 October 2012 - 09:26 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:44 PM

Thanks, man!  Keep the streams flowing.  We really do sincerely enjoy watching you guys play.  It's always entertaining (as long as you don't mute the audio).  Really appreciate what you guys and Hein do for the community.  I think I speak for many of us when I say that it legitimately makes us happy to see Hein gingerrage after a loss (so much firey, red-headed emotion -- love it!).  And then your team's post-game commentary... absolutely priceless and epic.  

I've been playing games competitively for a long time.  I'm an old man.  I've always marveled at video game e-drama and wondered what it was like, having myself typically played for functional teams with levelheaded players.  The Crs stream really bring it to life for me.  I love it.  "Jamie what killed you?!"  "If I said I saw two, then I saw two -- end of story."  So many amazing stream moments.

I really do love it.  Please don't ever quit doing what you're doing.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:45 PM

It's nice to see the sponsored team maintain dignity, honour and humility on public forums as they promote their names.

Good luck in your first real tournament.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:40 AM

[quote name='Draecor' timestamp='1350680203' post='2030305']
You guys have lost repeatedly to other teams, but I don't sit here and talk about that all day because it's irrelevant.
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Source?

Really, the only reason I started messing with you guys is because you lie out of your asses on a daily basis.

Edited by Demonstrative, 20 October 2012 - 12:42 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:23 AM

I quit playing for a while and come back to this. I am disappoint Curse, you could've done better.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:24 AM

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Source?

Really, the only reason I started messing with you guys is because you lie out of your asses on a daily basis.
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I heard you guys did good against some EU teams, but as I have said... No one has accomplished anything yet in this game, so you guys can continue to try your best to harass us. But in the end, I keep a straight face and respond kindly and you guys continue to troll threads not not only affect us or you but the entire community. A big sponsor in NA means good things for the community. I am glad to lead the torch to help make eSports successful for this game.

Most people who posted against it in this thread are the same people who troll us all day in game and on our streams, so it's not really a surprise. As I have said, best of luck to everyone even those who hate us for no real apparent reason except fabricated nonsense.

Edited by Draecor, 20 October 2012 - 01:28 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:35 AM

It's already explained. I wouldn't mess with you if you wouldn't lie constantly.

Congrats on the sponsorship, but your method of getting said sponsor isn't through quality of play. I couldn't care less about Curse moving into GW2 nor does it mean it's for the greater good. There's no cashflow in yet, is there?

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:38 AM

[quote name='Demonstrative' timestamp='1350696905' post='2030706']
It's already explained. I wouldn't mess with you if you wouldn't lie constantly.

Congrats on the sponsorship, but your method of getting said sponsor isn't through quality of play. I couldn't care less about Curse moving into GW2 nor does it mean it's for the greater good. There's no cashflow in yet, is there?
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Lie constantly? Once again, you have no proof to anything relevant. And quality of play, lets be honest...you know who we beat. You also know deep down it means nothing until a major tournament except a personal victory.

The fact that you could care less about the sponsorship for the community explains how passive-aggressive and selfish you are as a person.

The hate you guys have, is almost comical considering I have never personally attacked any of you. I have been a member of this community for some time and I have tried my best to provide content to help people get better at the game, and you...well you post in a thread how bad we apparently are and that we lie...then claim a sponsorship in the game you play is not a good thing. Sounds a bit selfish again.

Edited by Draecor, 20 October 2012 - 01:42 AM.


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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:17 AM

Hate? Nah, it's pretty funny.

Selfish? I dunno, I'm not the one claiming that I'm a somebody: http://i.imgur.com/geHwr.png
I never claimed I was "the best" at anything either. But you know, I'm not the famous Ex Fork. Claiming Curse sponsoring iO is a community move is a joke.

For the most part I don't watch you stream. People say your team rages, I tune in. Otherwise, I don't.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 02:29 AM

Put away the rulers thanks. Want to trash talk? Take it to PM's. Let's keep this thread on topic thank you.

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