Pokemon TCG Decks – Malamar & Necrozma

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More Pokemon content is here despite the lack of tournaments at the moment. This is our second introduction of our players favorite Pokemon decks to date. Today, we’re looking at a Malamar & Necrozma deck by Leon K.

“Hello Everyone! Today I will tell you more about one of my favourite decks of all time, the legendary Malamar/Ultra Necrozma.”

“This deck will always have a special place in my heart, not only because I performed really well with it, but also because this version was a recommendation of a friend and it turned out incredibly well! It also showed me my love towards Malamar which I ended up also playing during several other events throughout the 2018/2019 season.

This deck is all about hitting the opponent hard in the beginning and not giving him any chance to come back which was pretty hard at that time since you had strong contenders like Zoroak/Golisopod or Zoroark/Garbador. The goal is to get one or two Malamars on the board and using them as energy pumps for your heavy attackers. Ultra Necrozma GX but also Dawn Wings Necrozma GX and, oddly enough, Lunala prism which ended up winning me a couple of games!

So why was this deck more special to me than other variants? It had the usual consistency at that time – eight draw supports. But what made it really special for me was that I tried playing four Max Elixir, which surprisingly was one of the best and most fun decision I had ever made. Max Elixir lets you look at the top six cards of your deck and choose one basic energy from there and attach it to one of your benched pokemons. Max Elixir was able to temporarily help me out as a emergency energy pump so to say. It allowed me to kill a big enemy Pokemon in turn one even though I hadn’t built up my Malamar, my energy pumps for my heavy attackers.

Even late game when the opponent killed some of my Malamars, there were so many times where I got the Max Elixir and the needed energy to win the game! This sounds a bit risky but the fact that I played many draw supporters and four of those Max Elixirs almost always guaranteed me a turn one attack which allowed me to exert a lot of pressure onto the opponent early on in the game.

Even though the deck rarely had very good matchups against most decks, the really strong thing about it was that it also had almost no bad matchups. Most were 50-50 and I usually ended up winning them. This deck didn’t beat anything really well but was able to beat almost every deck across the board with a bit of luck and good plays. Especially the Mew and Lunala, which often came out as a little surprise and ended up letting me win the game because the opponents simply didn’t expect it! Those Pokemon, that only gave one price card in contrary to my Gx-Attackers that usually gave my opponents two prices allowed me to play more flexible. If I was ever in trouble in early game, because I didn’t have the time to set up my Heavy Attackers yet, I sometimes was able to send in a Mew instead that only costed me one price card, but later on enabled me to take over the lead because of the damage it did.

Sometimes also towards the endgame, when I knew the opponent can only attack my active Pokemon since he doesn’t have any Gust effect (this effect lets you change the active Pokemon of the opponent, which is the Pokemon you will end up attacking). He can’t win the game since they will only take one price card and I have an additional turn for charging my Ultra Necrozma to finish him off.

This was one of the most fun and consistent decks to play in that format and I gladly will play it again. It introduced me to Malamar and also gave me one of the greatest tournaments experiences I ever had. It will stay one of my most loved decks for a good reason!”


The Howl 2021 – Rainbow Six

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Yep Yep, time for another Howl! This time with Sven “Sven” Mucha from our Rainbow Six: Siege team!

Q: Hello, Sven! Would you please introduce yourself so that the readers get to know you?
Hi, I am Sven, the IGL and Team Captain for Wolves Esports R6. I live in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and I’m a very competitive person who likes to compete with others. That’s also my motivation to play competitive Rainbow Six.

Q: Since when do you play R6 and how did you get into the game?
My friends started playing Siege in February 2018 and recommended the game to me. We played “just for fun” in the beginning but it was clear to me that Siege is different compared to other FPS games.

Q: Why did you pick R6 as your game to compete in?
Siege is a great mix between strategy and gunplay, resulting in a variety of rounds and new challenges. For me, the strategic aspect of the game was the most interesting to me, especially in the beginning as my aim was not good at all. Rainbow Six Siege offered me the option to outplay my opponents instead of just having better aim.

Q: What makes R6 special to you compared to CSGO and other games? 
You can destroy and alter most of the map as you wish. Maps in are divided in inside and outside areas which creates the unique aspect of spawnpeeking. Another difference compared to Counterstrike is that not every character, or Operator, has access to the same guns and gadgets. This forces you and your team to keep an eye on what combination of Operators you play.

Q: Do you play any other games than R6?

I play other shooters like CSGO, PUBG, or Apex However, I enjoy racing games such as Formula 1 or Forza Horizon the most.

Q: R6 has its competitive community split between teams that are under and over the age of 18. Underage teams rarely get a chance to shine. Do you think there are underage teams that are better than the ones currently in Ubisoft sanctioned leagues?
I don’t want to name drop but there are some underage teams that are better than teams over the age of 18 competing in leagues such as the GSA or OPL.

Q: What do you think about Year 6 and the upcoming changes?
In general I’m pretty content with the changes and can’t wait for the replay system that will make it easier to analyse your matches and correct your mistakes.

Q: If you weren’t allowed to compete in R6, what other game would you like to try?
I’d try in a racing game as I am really interested in cars.

Q: Let’s get away from gaming a little bit. What is your favourite movie and why?
Star Wars. I grew up with “The Clones Wars” series and looked up to the main characters as a kid. Now that I’m nearly an adult I still enjoy the movies and series and find them entertaining. There’s a bit of nostalgia, too.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? 
I have a very broad taste in music, however I listen to techno and rap the most.

Q: Once this pandemic is over – What are some of the things you will do first?
I would continue to travel in Europe. Maybe I even go visit Brandy.

Q: Any last words to conclude this Howl?
Stay home, wear your masks! #KeepHowling

The Howl 2021 – Super Smash Bros

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Yep, time for another Howl! This time with Adrian “FriskyCissin” Carpenter from our Super Smash Bros team as we talk about Smash, why Norway is better than Denmark and Finland, and what he wishes Nintendo would do for Smash. Let’s get into it!

Q: Hey, would you mind introducing yourself to the readers?
Hello! My name is Adrian Carpenter or as some people may know me as FriskyCissin! I am a Norwegian Super Smash Bros. player for Wolves Esports!

Q: Since when do you play Smash and how did you get into the game?
Well, I have played Smash Bros. almost all my life from when I was a tiny child. 
As how I got into competitive Smash, was by a very good friend of mine (Aura), who told me about these local tournaments here in my hometown about 10 minutes away from my house. I went there and I have been hooked ever since.

Q: Wolves recently picked up a Pokemon Trading Card Game team. What’s your take on it as it is not really a game usually considered to be esports?
It’s a game in my eyes and for other people as well! Just because it’s not on a screen with a mouse and keyboard doesn’t mean it’s not a game!

Q: With 6 players, #WolvesSmash is one of the bigger esports organisations in Smash. Would you say that other organisations should pick up 1-2 more players to further facilitate growth in European Smash? 
I think most Orgs should go out and recruit other smash members to their teams here in Europe. It can be very hard for some super talented smash players here to travel as the scene isn’t as big as the US or Japan. There are a lot of hidden talents here and they deserve to be picked up and be recognized as great talents.

Q: Do you play any other games than Smash?
I love to play Mario Kart and Fortnite with friends as of the moment. But as of single player games I am enjoying Xenoblade Chronicles a lot. I recommend it to everyone!

Q: When a tournament is approaching, do you have a special routine to prepare?
I just usually take 15 minutes by myself to mentally get ready. Sometimes I’ll study players before a tournament set. And I will always warm up.

Q: If you were granted one wish aimed at Nintendo in regards to the Smash scene – what would that be?
That they would care about the scene. If it was possible for them to just make a big circuit with a massive prize pot with a lot of money and tournaments all around the world. It would be such a dream come true for me and others. Nintendo has treated the game in such a bad way and no one likes it.

Q: That does not sound like you appreciate the way Nintendo handles the esports community in particular. Do you think this will ever change?
Depends really who’s in charge of it in the future. The people in charge right now don’t seem to be interested in making competitive Smash a big thing. But if we ever get new people in charge, or just new people at Nintendo, that can change competitive smash forever.

Q: Counterstrike players see Valorant as a direct competitor for their game and vice versa. Do you think other fighting games such as Brawlhalla, Tekken, and Street Fighter are a direct competitor for Smash or can these happily co-exist?
Yes, I think so. Smash Bros has had a bigger impact this last few years and has gained the respect from other fighters.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
Zootopia. Why? I don’t really know… It’s just fun!

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? 

Anything that has put effort into their music is good to me.

Q: Once this pandemic is over – What are some of the things you will do first?
PLAY SMASH BROS. OFFLINE LOCALLY WITH PEOPLE!

Q: Since all of your teammates are from Nordic countries – Why is Norway better than Denmark and Finland?

Well, my country is a lot prettier, more sightseeing stuff to go look at. During the winter we get the lovely snow so people can go out and ski. The food over here is a lot better and isn’t a slump like you’d get over in Denmark and Finland. We are better in any type of way compared to the other countries. Even in Smash! 

Q: Any last words to conclude this Howl?
Please stay home and be safe! #KeepHowling

Pokemon TCG Decks – Vikavolt & Shedinja

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As promised, we are back with more Pokemon Trading Card Game content! Today, we take a look at a Vikavolt & Shedinja deck by Christian F.

“Hello again everyone! Today I am here to talk a bit about one of my all time favorite decks, Vikavolt/Shedinja.

This deck is a bit odd, as it was only legal for play in the Ultra Prism to Darkness Ablaze format. This effectively means that this deck was only legal for POG 2020 (Pokemon Online Global), aka, Worlds 2020.


The deck is all about messing up your opponents set up with Vikavolt-V’s “Paralyzing Bolt” attack, that prohibits your opponent from playing Item Cards during their next turn (This effect is often referred to as “Item lock”). Combine this with cards like Crushing Hammer, that discards your opponent’s energy, and Marnie, that can reset your opponents hand, your opponent won’t exactly be having a good time as you spam all these effects to stop your opponent from playing the game altogether.

Most of what I have said so far is pretty standard Vikavolt stuff, however what makes this deck special is the 2-2 line of Nincida and Shedinja. For those who don’t know, Shedinja’s Ability “Vessel of Life” lets you attach Shedinja as a tool card to one of your Pokemon. The tool’s effect is that when you are knocked out, your opponent takes one less prize card. This basically means your opponent has to get 4 knockouts throughout the game, instead of 3. This is often referred to as forcing a “7 prize game”. In short, Shedinja effectively gives you an extra turn to win the game. This is often enough to completely change a match up, and is the core reason the ever hated “ADPZ” deck is so good. No matter how you do it, changing the way prize cards are taken is one of the most powerful effects in the game, and it works wonders with Vikavolt-V’s Item lock effect.

My story with this deck is kinda funny looking back, as I built it during a time where I wasn’t really playing that much and didn’t really care about the game. I remember wanting to play in POG just for the fun of it and decided that I might as well bring my meme deck, as it was the only thing I had been playing, when I was even playing at all that is.

To everyone’s surprise, I ended up dominating with the deck going 7-1 in Day 1 of the event. I had no idea what the meta was going into the event, but the more rounds I played, the more I started to understand that this deck was a lot more than just a meme. You see, the core problem with Vikavolt-V in this format was that it often couldn’t keep up with decks like Eternatus-VMAX and Centiscorh-VMAX (VMAX are evolutions of Pokemon-V cards), as their big one-shot attacks didn’t really care all that much about Item lock and therefore, would simply overpower you.

However with the added Shedinja, you can easily outlast a VMAX Pokemon, as they now have to spend more turns to win the game. Turns out that just one extra turn and a bit of disruption (Crushing Hammers, Marnie, and Item lock) can turn the whole game upside down. As you are often the faster deck, you can simply out speed them, and set up situations where they are forced to play more defensive. While I didn’t do as well in Day 2 of the event, 6-3 is still a respectable score. I think if I had tested the deck a bit more going into that event I might have been able to make a deeper run, but oh well.

I have said it before, and I will say it again, if we ever get a chance to play this format again, I highly recommend giving the deck a try, as it is not only powerful, but also extremely fun.”

#KeepHowling

The Howl 2021 – Counterstrike

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With a bit of a delay, the second installment of our 2021 Howl is here and this time we talked to Niklas “sIKK.” Welk from our Wolves Esports CSGO team!

We’ve talked about the current situation with the team, Counterstrike and a little bit about CS competitor Valorant as well as non-gaming related questions!

Here we go:

Q: Hello Niklas! While we certainly know you, would you please tell the readers a bit about yourself and your role within the team?
Niklas: My name is Niklas, I am 24 years old from Hesse, Germany. Talking about Counterstrike, I’ve made a small name for myself in the German community where I’m known as “sIKK.”

Within the team I’m the IGL (Ingame Leader) and act as the head of the team so to say. Although this might chance in the near future.

Q: Unfortunately, we just experienced some changes regarding the roster of the team and parted ways with three players at once. Would you mind to explain why this happened and how things will continue for #WolvesCSGO?
The problem was not that we didn’t get along well enough on a personal level but rather differences in the way of thinking and how we wanted to play. We knew that we all are individually strong players but in the end it just didn’t work out and we mutually agreed to part ways. It’s sad of course, but it’s a good indicator that things need to change once you have the feeling that you turn up to practice because you have to and not because you want to. That’s the point where you have to ask yourself if you want to continue like this or if you split up.

After we decided to split up, we quickly found some “new” players to play with going forward. Marc “aerax-” Wilkening and Marcel “FleX” Fischer are two players I have previously played with here at Wolves. You could say this is a bit of a reunion.

As our fifth, we added Tobias “viciouswolf” U.

Q: What were the most important qualities you looked out for in the limited amount of time that was available to assemble a new roster?
A motivated mindset and great harmony between players on and off the server. It’s important to define your goals clearly and work as a team on achieving them. To make that possible, all players need to have a similiar philosophy when it comes to playing Counterstrike.

Q: Now that we have the heavy stuff behind us, let’s talk about you and Counterstrike. When did you start and why are you still playing the game?
I started playing Counterstrike in 2011. Back then I played Counterstrike: Source on jail and mini-game servers with my friends. Once Global Offensive released I was intrigued by the competitive aspect and that developed more and more over time. Why do I still play this game? That’s what I ask myself from time to time *laughs*.

Even when you are playing default most of the time and you are locked into a certain pattern, it’s fascinating how different individual rounds can be. You also can’t really “finish” the game and find new things again and again. All of these aspects captivate me and even if you don’t always get the success you want, it’s incredibly fun to play this game as a team.

Q: Which moments or experiences you had as a player have been stuck with you ever since? Anything particular you enjoyed?
We’ve had good and bad experience with this team and these stuck with me. We were able to beat very good teams, which made me happy. It also showed me that we could have achieved so much. I also have games in mind in which we’ve been slaughtered and I wasn’t able to change anything about it. I’ve been extremely frustrated after these games but in the end losses like this are part of the game and experience as a team.

A special moment for me personally was when I attended the ESL Meisterschaft 2018 in Düsseldorf, watching “faveN” demolish ALTERNATE aTTaX and DIVIZON. I was extremely happy for him as he was still a very young player at the time. It’s not my dream anymore to play on that level but I still think it would be an awesome experience.

Q: If you could change one thing about CSGO, what would it be?
The anti cheat!

Q: If there would be no Counterstrike, what game would you most likely play?
Most likely VALORANT once it released. If a game like this would not be around, I would have stayed loyal to my World of Warcraft Mage.

Q: What is your opinion on VALORANT as a CS competitor?
VALORANT is something different compared to Counterstrike. I really like the approach with the different skills as they are pretty diverse. It’s competition for CSGO but I don’t think it will de-throne Counterstrike anytime soon. At least not without a fight.

Q: What game would you like to see here at Wolves Esports?
A Yu-Gi-Oh team would be a cool idea! Maybe even something like Mario Kart would be possible?

Q: Do you have a special routine before official matches?
I start on aim_botz with a routine of ~800 kills, followed by 30-40 minutes of deathmatch. After that, I take a 30 minute break and watch a series, like “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. This happens to be the best routine I’ve had so far.

Q: Apart from Counterstrike, do you play anything else at the moment?
Currently, I enjoy playing Dead by Daylight or Raft with my girlfriend. I need a more relaxed game to chill with next to Counterstrike. Something to take my mind of competitive matches and a game where I don’t need to watch out for timings and don’t need to have on-point reflexes.

Q: Marvel or DC?
None of them! I actually had a small fight with my girlfriend because of that. If I had to choose, I’d pick DC. Mainly because Joker is a DC character *laughs*.

Q: Whats your favorite movie?
That’s difficult to say, I have may favorites. I’d say Fast and the Furious. Although the new Joker movie is extremely good, too!

Q: After the pandemic: What is the first thing you do?
I already whine about not being able to go swimming or go to the thermal bath. I love swimming and relaxing in the water. So definitely one of these. Also, I want to go play billiards again and go out with my friends.

Q: That’s it! We are done. Any last words to conclude this Howl?
Thank you to those who have taken the time to read through all of this. Let’s hope the new team works out better than the old one!

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Stay tuned for the upcoming Howls as well as more information about our Counterstrike team going forward!

#KeepHowling

Announcing Pokémon section

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Yes, you read that correctly. Wolves Esports is entering the Pokémon Trading Card Game community. No, we are serious. Hear us out!

Pokémon has been a part of our lives ever since Pokemon came to Europe. To us, Generation 1 Pokémon are still the best. However, that’s not what we are here to talk, or rather write about.

As of today, Wolves Esports will be represented by former “Team Freezing Gaze” in the Trading Card Game. The one with the real cards. This is meant as the first step towards our Pokémon engagement as we aim to add a couple of players for the Pokémon Video Game Championships, the Virtual Card Game, further down the line as our efforts to combine Pokémon with esports.

Unfortunately, the scene is currently on hold due to the ongoing pandemic but we are eager to experience events once it is safe to do so.

Players for #WolvesPokemon:
Christian F.
Julius K.
Alfred K.
Alexandre S.
Rune H.
Lucian H.
Jake B.
Lorenzo F.
Leon K.

We’ve sat down with Christian F. to talk about the game, the team and the ambitions.

Q: Hey, great to have you on board! Would you mind to introduce yourself and the team, please?
A: My name is Christian Fontenot, and I am the Owner/Leader of Team Freezing Gaze. I have played with TFG since it was formed back in September 2019. While I didn’t orgionaly run the team, I took over in mid October that same year, and never looked back. The team as a hole is made up of some of Europe’s best teen players, who all have a lot of experience and success in the game.

Q: How long have you been playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game and why?
A: I have been playing Pokémon TCG since January 2016, so 5 years now. The main reason I have kept to Pokémon, instead of switching to play other games, is mainly because of the community aspect of it. Meeting up with both new and old friends from around the world to play Pokémon for a whole weekend, really is like nothing else out there.

Q: Apart from Pokémon – do you play any other TCGs, or have you tried different ones before?
A: I have tried both Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh, but i couldn’t really get into any of them.

Q: If you are not in the mood for Pokémon or can’t attend events, do you play any other games on PC or consoles?
A: I do play a lot of games. For the most part I stick to PC, but I do have a switch that I use quite a lot. As for specific games I have played quite a bit, I would say Smash Ultimate and Overwatch. I also love following the esports scene in both of them.

Q: What was the biggest and/or most loved event you attended so far?
A: That would have to be Worlds 2018. It was my first time playing in the World Championship, and one of the best weekends of my life. I made my first major day 2 at that event, and made a lot of friends who I still talk with to this day.

Q: What is your favorite deck of all times and your most loved Pokémon card of all times? Also, what was your very first card and do you still have it?
A: My favorite deck of all time would have to be Turbo Lapras, from the BREAKthrough to Forbidden Light format. The deck was all about hitting really hard really fast, back in a format where the game was a lot slower than it is today. My favorit card of all time was also played in Lapras, that being Max Elixir. Max Elixir is a card made for decks that want to go fast, helping you with getting energy into play very early on in the game. To be honest, I have no clue what my first card was, but I most likely don’t have it anymore.

Q: A very important question – What is your favorite Pokémon Generation?
A: I got into Pokemon with XY and ORAS (Omega Rubin and Alpha Sapphire) is my favorite game in the series, so Generation 6 is an easy answer for me.

Q: Do you think more Esport organization should give the Pokémon TCG/VGC a chance?
A: I think it’s worth a shot. Some Esports organisations already have VGC players, so I don’t see why TCG shouldn’t work. I do of course have to bring up the fact that it is a card game, but i don’t think that’s a real problem. While I can’t say for sure if it would work in the end, I do for sure think more teams should try to get into Pokémon in general, as I do think there is a lot to gain.

Q: When do the Tournaments start again?
A: The IRL tournaments will most likely start up again when Covid is long gone. It will take a while from now for sure, but I think a safe guess is around June.

Q: What do you want to achieve with the team and Wolves Esports?
A: I have a lot of goals, but my main one with Wolves is to make esports teams more normal in the Pokémon TCG. Right now, basically no major organisations have touched the TCG, but I hope that can change. As for personal stuff, my goal is the same as it always has been – win worlds. I know this is a big goal and all but I personally don’t see a point to playing at a high level if my goal isn’t to be the best. I don’t know how long it will take but expect me to be around until i’m on top.

Q: I think that is enough for now, let’s keep some content for the next few months. Are there any final words for this interview?
A: Me and the team are really looking forward to playing under, and working with Wolves. The opportunity really means a lot to us and now more than ever we can’t wait for IRL events to come back.

Quick intro into how the Pokemon Trading Card Game is played

The Howl 2021 – Brawlhalla

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Our interview series is back, meaning “The Howl” is back!
You can expect quite a few of these throughout the first half of the year and we are kicking things off with Brawlhalla! We asked all of our players some questions regarding themselves, Brawlhalla and a few unrelated questions, here are their answers:

Hello guys! Let us start with something pretty simple. Go ahead and quickly introduce yourselves!

Pavelski: People know me as Pavel outside of Brawlhalla but ingame my nick is Pavelski and I’m 19 years old.
TheNinja729: My name is Daniel aka TheNinja729. I’m 20 years old and went competitive in Brawlhalla in 2018.
Solarson: My name is Ivan, I go by the nickname “Solarson”, I’m from Portugal and I’m 20 years old.
KiXe: I’m a 17 year old “for fun” competitive player fighting game enthusiast.
ErTitoooo: Hello, I’m a spanish Brawlhalla player called ErTito… and I’ve been playing tournaments for around two years.

Okay, thanks! We all know that you are playing Brawlhalla, but what was the first videogame you ever played?

Pavelski: The first videogame I ever played was either Need for Speed Underground 2 or Counterstrike 1.6.
TheNinja729: The first videogame I played was Pokemon Blue Edition on the old Gameboy.
Solarson: This is actually a hard question. I think the first videogame I’ve ever played was when I was 4 years old and it was either Tekken 3 or Toy Story 2 for the PS1.
KiXe: I can’t remember exactly what my first video game I ever played was, but I have always loved playing video games. I remember playing Mario, Pokemon and Smash with my brothers, so those are the first game I’ve ever played. Which I played on gamecube, Wii and my Nintendo DS.
ErTitoooo: The first videogame I ever played was Minecraft.

Talking about Brawlhalla – is there any reason why you chose Brawlhalla over other fighting games?

Pavelski: There is no particular reason why I chose Brawlhalla other than one of my close friends suggesting the game and me having fun with it for a long time.
TheNinja729: It was free to play on Steam and other fighting games usually cost money so I chose the cheaper option.
Solarson: I like the simplicity of Brawlhalla compared to other fighting games. Its definitely not a hard game by any means but it does have its perks. Personally If I had to give you my main reason I’d say its due to the support that 2v2s has in Brawlhalla. I’ve always been a fan of co-op and team games in general so having a fighting game that combines both is great.
KiXe: I’ve played Smash before but far far away from anything competitive. I always enjoyed playing it together with my friends and family.
It was in fact my brother who had this game on his laptop and said it was similar to smash and I had to play it with him. I didn’t play it everyday at that time, it was just a party game we had some fun with. It wasn’t until next summer where I managed to convince my friends to start playing the game. And since I am a bad loser I started practising.
ErTitoooo: Well, I never had an interest for fighting games since they are all played on controller and when I found out you could play Brawlhalla with a keyboard I got really into it.

What are some other games you play apart from Brawlhalla?

Pavelski: I dont play many games outside Brawlhalla but I used to play League of Legends, CS:GO and anything else which I find fun in particular.
TheNinja729: osu! to train reactions and because I was competitive in it before I went pro in Brawlhalla.
Solarson: Outside of Brawlhalla I mainly play Rocket League and Tekken 6/7. I’ve always played Tekken since a young age so I’ve grown to love it. Unfortunately it is better played on PC due to the delay that console has and because my PC isn’t the best I usually don’t play it as much (in regards to Tekken 7). When it comes to Tekken 6 I just play it from time to time when I’m in the mood to grind some records for Scenario Campaign; its similar to a Speedrun type of game-mode in Tekken 6 but the objective is to reach the highest score, combining both knowledge of how the score system works and being fast, I’m ranked #1 for both Single Player and co-op. When it comes to Rocket League I just play it to chill, I don’t take the game seriously at all, but its fun so I hop in for some games from time to time.
KiXe: I enjoy lots of games. But at the moment I probably only play COD other than Brawlhalla. I want to enjoy singleplayer story games but I always end up not playing it.
ErTitoooo: The other games I play are League of Legends and Apex Legends. These are the games I play when I get bored of Brawlhalla and want to play something else.

Let’s talk about Brawlhalla now for a bit. We are used to seeing you in big tournaments. Is there any routine you do or follow when preparing for huge events?

Pavelski: For tournaments in Brawlhalla I always wake up at least 2 hours before the tournaments start so I can warm up properly.
TheNinja729: I always play 30 minutes of osu! to warm up my hands, fingers, reactions and my sight, then 45 minutes of Brawlhalla ranked for every tournament.
Solarson: For me there’s usually not much preparation, it depends on whether its 1v1s or 2v2s. If it’s 1v1s I try to play ranked about 1 week before the tournament to make sure I’m warmed-up for it and if i’s 2v2s, it’s basically the same thing but in 2v2s. Not only do I play ranked but I also try to play custom games and create team combos with my partner.
KiXe: I don’t think I have any special routines for huge events other than just being aware of what I eat and drink. I don’t drink caffeine or sugary drinks when I am gonna play competitive as it gives me bad side effects.
ErTitoooo: I dont do anything special, I see tournament days as any other day.

Looking ahead, what are your wishes for competitive Brawlhalla in the future and for the game in general?

Pavelski: My wish for the future of competitive Brawlhalla is that the devs keep doing what they’re doing and for the game to keep growing as it is right now.
TheNinja729: The biggest wish I have is to have offline events again because it’s such a different game when you play it in person.
Solarson: Brawlhalla is in desperate need of some ranked changes, not only from a competitive standpoint but also from a casuals perspective. I also wish Brawlhalla would have more communication with the players when it comes to balancing and sponsorships. Apart from that, it’d be nice to see an in-game update to the main menu which would provide a direct link to the Brawlhalla Twitch channel whenever there’s a live event, similar to how Rocket League does it.
KiXe: Mainly personal wishes. I would definitely try to go for the podiums and from there to number one.
ErTitoooo: My wish for the future of competitive Brawlhalla is that the game keeps growing and they keep increasing pricepools. Also I would love if they gave more incentives to play ranked, like a new rank or something.

There are plenty of characters to choose from in the game – what are your favourites and who is your most hated character?

Pavelski: My most hated character is Dusk… I despise playing him because hes boring :D… and my favorite character is Lucien because he’s fun to play and I won my first tournament with him ^^
TheNinja729: My most hated character is probably Teros because of his high strength and heavy weapon combination. He takes stocks off of you within 4 hits which is why I hate him. My favourite character is Sidra because I started my esports journey with her and no one else plays her.
Solarson: Most hated character is probably Teros or Fait, they’re very different from each other. When it comes to Fait I’m very bad on the match-up against both weapons and she has really strong sigs. Teros is just annoying in general being one of the best 2v2 characters and hitting really hard with heavy weapons. My favorite character has to be Bodvar since that’s the character I have the most playtime put into and my true first main.
KiXe: My most hated character is definitely Jaeyun as it was the first greatsword legend and totally ruined the meta of the game to a ridiculous state. My favorite character as of right now must be either Lucien or Mordex. They’re both really fun for me to play.
ErTitoooo: I don’t really hate any legend in specific, but I don’t enjoy playing against rocket lance. My favorite character is Xull.

Outside of playing games, what are some of your hobbies and what are you guys doing in your free time?

Pavelski: In my free time I’m mostly in voice chat with my friends or exercising in real life. Sometimes I watch series as well but my biggest hobby is probably exercising.
TheNinja729: Right now I’m studying media culture which consumes a lot of time. Besides that I used to travel a lot and go to events.
Solarson: Usually, when I’m not playing Brawlhalla I just watch Youtube, hop in some streams on Twitch, talk to my friends or study for university.
KiXe: I enjoy programming and just learn new things in general, especially things that have to do with computers. And being with friends, gf and stuff like that of course.
ErTitoooo: In my free time I like to play videogames and play paddle tennis.

Most of us consume a lot more content on streaming websites during this pandemic so we’d like to know who your favourite streamers are.

Pavelski: I dont really watch streams that often…
TheNinja729: PavelskiBH <3
Solarson: I watch a great variety of streams for different games, I don’t think I could say I have a favorite streamer but if I had to pick someone I’d say Boomie for the Brawlhalla section, he’s entertaining on stream and I always like to hear what he has to say about balance or the game in general since I respect his opinion.
KiXe: I don’t actually watch that many streams, but when I do it’s The_Floater and xQc. But nothing stand a chance against EphiBL streams. I just love his personality and how good he is at explaining stuff. And he is also a big reason why I am in this place today.
ErTitoooo: My favourite streamer is Crockie, I’ve been subbed to him for a year now.

Last question: What is your “feel good” food after you had a rough day or tournament?

Pavelski: My feel good food after a rough day or a tournament would most likely be rice, a banana shake and some salad.
TheNinja729: Lollipops because i can aggressively bite on them.
Solarson: I’d have to go with Spaghetti with tuna, it’s delicious.
KiXe: Nothing beats a good steak.
ErTitoooo: Any type of pasta, as it’s my favourite food.

We are done, thank you for answering our questions! If you want, this is the time for final thoughts!

KiXe: Shout out to Sætre for being a good loser.


Wolves Recruiting Pt.2

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New year and Wolves is recruiting!

Second post of our public announcements regarding our recruitment efforts. This time, we are now officially open to applications from teams playing Valorant, PUBG, Rocket League, and content creators!

Requirements for Valorant:

  • Age 18+
  • Stable roster
  • Maturity & honesty
  • Based in Europe
  • Activity and decent placements in recent tournaments
  • Open for a longterm project
  • Able to provide useful links regarding the team (team profiles in leagues, results etc.)


Requirements for PUBG:

  • Age 18+
  • Stable roster
  • Maturity & honesty
  • Based in Europe or North America
  • Activity in cups and tournaments and leagues
  • Activity in qualifier tournaments
  • Open for a longterm project
  • Able to provide useful links regarding the team (team profiles in leagues etc.)

Requirements for Rocket League:

  • Age 18+
  • Stable roster
  • Maturity & honesty
  • Based in Europe
  • Activity and decent placements in national leagues
  • Activity in cups and tournaments
  • Open for a longterm project
  • Able to provide useful links regarding the team (team profiles in leagues etc.)

Requirements for Content Creators:

  • Age 18+
  • Streaming on Twitch.tv
  • Streaming in German or English
  • Game focussed stream
  • Average concurrent viewers: 20+

If you or your team are interested, please reach out to us via Twitter DMs or email us at info[at]wolves-esports.com

#KeepHowling

Wolves Recruiting Pt.1

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New year and Wolves is recruiting!

Over the course of the following weeks, we will publicly announce our search for teams in several different games. To start things off, we are now officially open to applications from teams playing League of Legends, DotA 2, and Warcraft 3!

Requirements for League of Legends:

  • Age 18+
  • Stable roster
  • Maturity & honesty
  • Based in Europe
  • Activity and decent placements in National Leagues
  • Activity in cups and tournaments
  • Open for a longterm project
  • Able to provide useful links regarding the team (team profiles in leagues etc.)


Requirements for DotA 2:

  • Age 18+
  • Stable roster
  • Maturity & honesty
  • NA/EU/Asia
  • Activity in cups and tournaments and leagues
  • Activity in qualifier tournaments
  • Open for a longterm project
  • Able to provide useful links regarding the team (team profiles in leagues etc.)

Requirements for Warcraft 3:

  • Age 18+
  • Stable roster
  • Maturity & honesty
  • NA/EU/Asia
  • Activity and decent placements in leagues
  • Activity in cups and tournaments
  • Open for a longterm project
  • Able to provide useful links regarding the team (team profiles in leagues etc.)

If you and your team are interested, please reach out to us via Twitter DMs or email us at info[at]wolves-esports.com

#KeepHowling

A Year Recapped – 2020

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I guess we can all agree that 2020 was a difficult year for most, if not all of us. But this won’t be a recap of all the crazy things that happened outside the world of gaming and esports.

This is a recap of the year 2020 for Wolves Esports.

The first few months of the year were spent in preparation of the imminent foundation of our company – the Howling Media UG. In April, it finally happened. Wolves Esports is officially a brand of the Howling Media UG.

In terms of esports, we have participated in the inaugural season of the “Realm Royale Champions” league in April and claimed our first championship of the year. At the end of season 2, which ended with a 2nd place finish, we decided to no longer participate in the league which closed its doors just a few weeks after.

Our first-person shooter teams #WolvesCSGO and #WolvesR6 have been quite successful this year as well. Our Counterstrike year has seen ups and downs, a bit of drama, too. Unfortunately, the team did not qualify for Division 2 of the 99Damage Liga and will take another shot at it once the new season starts. Their international journey this year started in ESEA Open and ended with the qualification for ESEA Main, something not a lot of German teams managed to do in the same season. Two ESEA seasons, two promotions. We are excited for the new season with tougher opponents!

Our Rainbow Six: Siege team went flawless in the DeSBL Ultimate League Season 9 with a 14:0 score, winning the trophy. In seasons 10 and 11, we finished on a third place each. Despite not winning the league two seasons in a row, the boys finally managed to win the DeSBL Pokal for the first time, ending a rough period on a high note. We are preparing for the new season and want to reclaim our league title, as well as defending the cup.

Our Super Smash Bros players who rarely played in online tournaments before had to adapt to online play over the course of the year. In the end, we have seen plenty of tournament wins and even more podium placements. We are extremely happy with the selection of players and our shift away from German players to the European players we have now and really hope that 2021 will allow them to participate in more offline events again.

The other fighting game here at Wolves, Brawlhalla, has been incredibly successful as well in both 1vs1 and 2vs2 tournaments, culminating in our very own Pavel “Pavelski” Milev becoming the European World Champion at the end of November. Yes, it really was the European World Championship. That is 2020 for you.

Despite the success and great results, we also went through some struggles with teams, players and the general development of the esports scene around our level. This is why we have to say goodbye to our League of Legends and Rocket League players. We would like to thank all of our players in these games for the time spent with us and wish them all the best for the future. While we are interested in coming back to both games next year, we are going into 2021 without them.

To sum it all up: It has been a challenging but still successful year for us in terms of results. We hope that the world can crush the Coronavirus with the vaccines and that we can return to normality. For esports, this means we would be to able to take in and appreciate big tournaments in front of large crowds again. Something we all like to see and hope to experience for ourselves one day.

See you in 2021!