Weekend Recap October 12-14

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The last weekend has been quite busy. We’ve seen Super Smash Bros player Benjamin “wusi” Baye compete at the Big PPM X in Berlin, the CSGO team had matches to play in several leagues and started their journey in the FoXRaiD Cup #6 while our Warcraft 3 players have had a busy schedule as well with the Americas Qualifier for the Warcraft Gold League Winter 2018 and other smaller tournaments. Let’s recap!

Super Smash Bros
At the Big PPM X in Berlin, Benjamin “wusi” Baye participated in the Smash 4 and the Brawl Singles tournaments. In the Smash 4 tournament, he managed to get into the winner bracket semi final where he dropped the match 2-3 vs Sodrek, having to compete in the lower bracket. There, he reached the lower bracket semi final in which he lost to Zebra, putting him at 4th place. In Brawl, wusi reached the winner bracket semi final again and again lost to Sodrek there. However, he went through the lower bracket and secured himself a spot in the grand final this time only to drop the match vs Sodrek again meaning wusi placed 2nd.

Counterstrike: Global Offensive
With several that needed to be played in the 99 Damage Liga and the ESL Meisterschaft, the team still found the time to compete in the FoXRaiD Cup #6, a 16 team tournament split over two weekends. The team was placed in Group B alongside Wio.rl, Turtle eSport Academy, and urFatality. In the first match, we faced urFatality and managed to grab a spot in the winner bracket final of Group B, where we took on Wio.rl. Again, the match was won and the team qualified for the playoff stage starting next weekend.

Warcraft 3
The Warcraft Gold League Winter 2018 is the most important tournament of the year and while Ilya “Sonik” Malish qualified through the first European qualifier, besting his team mate  Artem “Cash” Shirobokov in the lower bracket final to secure a spot at the tournament in China, Cash still has a chance to qualify at the second European qualifier on October 20th. During the last two days the Americas Qualifier took place and with Joaquin “Mackay” Ampuero participating one Wolf had a chance to qualify. Unfortunately, he lost his first round match and was eliminated in round 3 of the lower bracket, taking away his chance to join Sonik in China.

In the end, we’re happy with the results and hope to experience a lot of these weekends in the future!

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The Howl #4 – Counterstrike

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It’s been a long time since we did a Howl here at Wolves eSports but it is back! This is Howl number 4 and this time our Counterstrike: Global Offensive team is answering a few questions after a busy few weeks with a lot of CS action going on all over the place.

Lineup Wolves eSports CSGO:
Andreas “Myschoo” Rändler
Niklas “sIKK.” Welk
Marcel “FleX” Fischer
Danny “Fl!NT” Decker
Jonas “Müller” Müller

We had all 5 players answering some of the questions with Marcel “FleX” Fischer taking care of the team related questions. Let’s jump straight into it!

Hello Marcel, we usally start with a short introduction about the player or the team. Would you be so kind to introduce yourself
FleX: Hey, my name is Marcel, or FleX ingame. I am 19 years old and together with Myschoo, Müller, FL!NT and siKK., I am playing Counterstrike here at Wolves eSports. My main role is the AWP. I managed to gather some experience in the 2nd Division of the 99Damage Liga and the ESL Pro Series (now called ESL Meisterschaft). We’re currently trying to play our way to the top of the German scene.

Before we go any further, what are some of your hobbies outside of gaming?
FleX: I enjoy doing sports such as tennis, table tennis or billiard with my friends.
Müller: Besides esports I am fascinated by history and languages. Both are interests I’d like to pursue in the future.
FL!NT: I’m interested in anything related to media design. Doesn’t matter if it’s photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling or even level design. There are practically no limits when it comes to your own creativity in these.
sIKK.: In my free time I’m usually out with friends, play billiard, or go swimming. I’m adding diving soon, though. I’m also into spiritual things such as meditation or lucid dreaming and read quite a few books about it.
Myschoo: Apart from CSGO and work I don’t have that much time for other things. I’m doing sports and go out with friends but not that much more to be honest.

Pretty much all the leagues you guys play in are in off-season at the moment and you spend a lot of time preparing for them to start. What are the goals in the 99 Damage Liga and the ESL Meisterschaft?
FleX: The goal in both leagues is the promotion into their respective second division. With a good preparation we have a decent shot at it in my opinion and we have small advantage as it seems like we are the only German team that is going into the new season with the same lineup. Of course, there are some good teams waiting for us but I’d cheekily say there are no teams in either 3rd division that we aren’t able to beat.

You attended the Supreme Masters in Switzerland not too long ago and since some time has past after the event, how would you describe your experience?
FleX: The event itself was, for it’s first iteration, relatively well organised. A bit of delay and a lack of stream coverage are my main points of criticism. And even if the Supreme Masters haven’t been what we hoped for in terms of results we were able to learn a lot during and after the event. Our team chemistry is even better than before. I’m not just playing with team mates but with friends which is an important point for me. If you put in a lot of work and invest a decent amount of time, having fun is critical as it would quickly wear down your motivation. We have a clear plan and goals ahead that we willingly invest everything we have into to achieve them!

Let’s talk about something else! Who is the one responsible for the tactics and who is calling during the matches?
FleX: I’m the one preparing most of our tactics, executes and our play style in general. However, sIKK. is the one who is calling in game.

Real talk now: Who is the worst learner in the team when it comes to tactics and grenades?
FleX: Everyone is learning rather fast. Sadly, the same goes for forgetting them though.

Why do you guys play CSGO and not a different game? What keeps you playing?
FleX: The incredibly amount of depth and that you can always improve.
Müller: For me, CSGO is the only game that managed to keep me hooked over a longer period of time and even with bigger breaks I was able to get back into it comfortably.
FL!NT: CSGO offers an incredible amount of depth when it comes to tactics and individual play style. You can learn something new and useful every day and the meta changes from time to time which keeps CSGO fun and engaging.
sIKK.: A team based shooter with sometimes wonky mechanics. What more do you want?
Myschoo: It’s the only competitive game that motivates me and I have fun with long term.

Follow up question coming in. If you could not play CSGO ever again, what game would you play competitively, if any?
FleX: I most likely wouldn’t play any other game competitively but rather spend my evenings playing different games for a few hours. You never know what the features holds, though.
Müller: I’d defnitely switch to PUBG as every FPS esport title motivates me.
FL!NT: I would take a look at Rainbow Six:Siege as it offers the same amount of tactical depth as CSGO, maybe even more. The mechanical skills are similiar despite different gun play, too.
sIKK.: I wouldn’t play any other game as esports takes a lot of dedication when it comes to time investment which is something I most likely won’t do again.
Myschoo: If CSGO wouldn’t exist anymore, i’d maybe try League of Legends without investing as much time as I did with CSGO and focus on real life more.

 

Let’s talk about the pro scene now. It’s always interesting to know who you guys support and cheer for during the major or any other event. Let us know who your favourite team and player is!
FleX: I cheer for BIG as they are the best German team since a long time and always put in everything they got. When it comes to players, “ISSAA” from HellRaisers. He came into FPL as a nobody, always chased his dream and now qualified for the Major. You can tell there is a strong dedication and love for the game.
Müller: The old TSM, now Astralis, is the perfect example for a CSGO team in my mind and it would be a dream to even just get close to those players. Talking about individual players I have to say “s1mple” as he’s the best player in the world and his skill is unmatched even on the highest level of competition.
FL!NT: It’s BIG for me. For me, they are the German national team in a sense as they represent Germany in the highest CSGO competitions out there. My favourite player is “tabseN”.
sIKK.: BIG for me as well. Their team spirit and their motivation inspire. Talking about players, shox is my favourite, He’s an insane player with a lot of game sense.
Myschoo: NiP and “GeT_RiGhT” all the way! They’re just one of the, if not the most likeable team and person in CSGO. I follow them ever since I knew about CSGO.

What is your favourite Counterstrike moment of all times when it comes to the pro scene?
FleX: BIG going 3:0 in groups at the Krakow Major, especially the extremely close 16:14 win. I can’t recall I ever yelled and cheered so loud and much before.
Müller: The “Olofboost” from FNATIC at the Dreamhack Winter 2014 tournament. They’ve shown how many possibilities there are to win the game which no other game offers in my opinion.
FL!NT: When it comes to events, it’s BIG live at the ESL One Cologne. The atmosphere and the feeling to cheer for BIG was legendary. My favourite moment however was at the ESL One Cologne in 2014. Hiko, back then playing for cloud9, vs dignitas. It was one of the first moment that gave me goosebumps after Anders and Semmler went crazy while casting it.
sIKK.: I was attending the ESL Meisterschafts finals when Euronics Gaming won the title with FaveN.
Myschoo: Happy’s Deagle ace against TSM. It was simply an insanely strong play from Happy and I loved how the caster reacted to it.

Last but not least, this is where you can say whatever you want! Well, maybe not everything but you get the idea. Go!
FL!NT: We settled quite well at Wolves and are extremely happy with the communication between the players and the management. The support we received from Wolves eSports and their partners that allowed us to attend the Supreme Masters in Switzerland is fantastic, thanks for that! I’m excited for the next seasons!
Müller: I hope the cooperation between the organisation and the team continues to be this well and I’m happy my team and I have found a home. This is not always easy and hasn’t been in the past.
sIKK.: A huge thank you to Wolves eSports as they made this whole experience possible and I hope we’re onto a bright future. #KeepHowling!
Myschoo: The best thing will always be to attend offline events with the boys. The feeling, the hype, the motivation and the focus while rocking the jersey sitting next to each other is just indescribable. We thank Wolves and their partners that allowed us to experience a wonderful event in Switzerland.

 

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New Sponsor: SUMMACUM

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Wolves eSports acquires a new sponsor and partners up with SUMMACUM.

The partnership with SUMMACUM is just another step towards the right direction for Wolves eSports and our longterm goals. It will enable us to continue working on our overall improvement and help the brand Wolves eSports grow in the upcoming months. We certainly hope both parties benefit from this partnership and can elevate both SUMMACUM and Wolves into higher spheres.

About SUMMACUM:
SUMMACUM is a self-liquidising granule in form of pellets that boosts your cognitive abilities as well as your ability to concentrate just 20 minutes after use. As a result, your ability to react is increased and your focus is sharpened. It can be used while studying, at your job or in sports and esports.

Website: www.summacum.works
Facebook: SUMMACUM
Instagram: summacum_performance
Twitter: @summacum_works

 

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We are recruiting – Round #2

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After our first public recruiting annoucement a few days ago, here’s the second one! We are now officially looking for teams in Rainbow Six:Siege, Rocket League, Fortnite, and Call of Duty!

Criteria that all teams have to match:
– Age 16+, preferably 18+.
– Located in Europe.
– Being able to communicate in either German or English.
– Full team (no single players or teams that need more players).
– Already playing in leagues and tournaments.
– Bonus points: Able to provide YouTube or streaming content.

Rainbow Six: Siege:
– Active in leagues and tournaments (ESL etc).
– We’re looking for PC teams ONLY!
– No banned accounts.

Rocket League:
– At least ranked champion.
– Weekly participation in tournaments and cups.
– Striving for Rival Series and other high profile tournaments.

Fortnite:
– Able to stream / already streaming.
– Actively playing.
– Platform: PC
– Minimum lineup of 4 players.
– Activity on Twitter is required.
– Both NA/EU teams welcome

Call of Duty:
– Active in MLG.
– High online tournament presence.
– Platform: PS4.
– Offline events not required for now.
– Both NA/EU teams welcome.

To apply, please send an email to either andre@wolves-esports.com or patrick@wolves-esports.com or contact us on Twitter. Please include all available information about the team and players. Links to team profiles and achievements are also highly advised.

Please note that we also accept applications for games not mentioned in this post. The same rules apply in this case.

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We are recruiting

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Rebrand – check, Merchandise – check.

Time to get back to business! We are now officially looking for teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and DotA 2.

Criteria that all teams have to match:
– Age 16+, preferably 18+.
– Located in Europe.
– Being able to communicate in either German or English.
– Full team (no single players or teams that need more players).
– Already playing in leagues and tournaments.
– Bonus points: Able to provide YouTube or streaming content.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:
– German team: Active in the 99Damage League, 4th Division with playoff chances or higher.
– European team: Active in ESEA Intermediate+ or near flawless record in Open.
– Additional leagues are a bonus for both DE and EU teams.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds:
We’re looking for a squad that is active in at least one the following leagues:
– Auzom Premier League or Open Series.
– PUBGOnline.
– Global Loot League.
– German teams: ESL Meisterschafts qualifier.
– Other leagues and tournaments are a bonus.

DotA2:
– Active in the joinDOTA League (3rd Division or higher).
– Participating in qualifiers for important tournaments.

To apply, please send an email to either andre@wolves-esports.com or patrick@wolves-esports.com or contact us on Twitter. Please include all available information about the team and players. Links to team profiles and achievements are also highly advised.

Please note that we also accept applications for games not mentioned in this post. The same rules apply in this case.

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New merchandise drops

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It’s finally here, our new and updated merchandise in our Gamers Apparel store!

Right after the redesign of Wolves eSports we also launch the new merchandise which will be available on Gamers Apparel from now on. We’ve been with them for quite some time now and this is the third line of apparel coming out and quite frankly, the new jersey is the best we’ve had so far!

Huge thank you to Gamers Apparel for the designs, it looks stunning!

Head over to our store and get all the things you’ll ever need for your clothing needs. On top of that, you also support your favorite Wolves.

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The new Wolves eSports

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Here it is – the new Wolves eSports and our new and updated logo!

Around this time last year we briefly talked about the option to update our beloved logo for the first time and over the year we continued to talk about it from time to time. Those talks lead to a decision at the end of last year which was aimed at getting Wolves a cleaner, more appropriate look. The main idea was to fix the issues we’ve had with the old logo while maintaining the characteristics we liked the most.

With the start of Wolves eSports back in 2013 the logo we used until now was made. During these times Wolves was not meant to be a serious project and the logo was good enough for our needs. At the end of 2016 however, we decided to take Wolves eSports a lot more serious going into 2017 and over time the flaws of this logo became apparent and a struggle to deal with. The color gradients (shades of different colors throughout the logo) look okay when in digital form. Printed and on clothing however, it always had the potential to become a problem. The general shape of the logo and the free space between the body and tail were other problematic areas to deal with and the logo lacked some of the versatility we were looking for. To be honest, we all loved the logo more than we hated it for the flaws it had but we felt like it would be the first thing that needs to change to move forward with the brand Wolves eSports. However, the colors, the visibility of the head, upper body and tail, as well as the pose (non-aggressive, howling stance) have been things we wanted to keep as close as possible to the old logo and we believe we achieved that with the new logo.

To summarize it – we wanted to get rid of the gradients, make the logo a lot more versatile for digital use as well as print and clothing while keeping the mentioned characteristics from our beloved wolf alive.

The new Wolves eSports – after some trial and error phase (we are still learning!) we finally found the person that we felt comfortable with to take on the project. At the end, we come out of this grueling process with two different versions of the logo. The primary version which includes the wordmark, and the secondary logo without the wordmark. This gives us a lot of flexibility when it comes to designs for completely different occasions. Our color palette and the non-aggressive stance allow us to stick out of the logo creations that involve animals as most of them feature said aggressive or combative stance. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying these logo are bad or worse than ours but simply follow a different narrative. With that being said, we can’t wait to move on with our new logo!

 

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New Sponsor: eXz-Hosting

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Wolves eSports acquires a new sponsor and partners up with eXz-Hosting.

eXz-Hosting will take care of all our hosting needs when it comes to game and voice servers.
The partnership with eXz-Hosting allows us to allocate our resources differently going forward which means we are able to concentrate on growing Wolves eSports in other areas.

About eXz-Hosting:
eXz-Hosting is a German company that was founded in May 2014 and concentrates on providing high quality hosting services for affordable prices. Among game servers, eXz-Hosting also offers domain registration services, shared hosting and VPS hosting solutions.

Website: www.exz-hosting.de
Facebook: eXz-Hosting.de
Twitter: @eXzHosting

Stay tunes as we have more things to come soon!

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The Howl #3 – Vainglory

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It’s time for another Howl! This time we talk Vainglory and other things with our Vainglory boys Alexander “Keygasza” Rudolph and Sebastian “Chrysior” Lautenbach. We talked about the new 5v5 mode of Vainglory, what kind of game they would develop and what hero they hate the most. Let’s get into it!

Hello guys, as usual we start with the introduction of who you are. So please go ahead!
Chrysior: Hey, I’m Sebastian „Chrysior“ Lautenbach. Im 16 years old and I live in Germany. I am the main support player for Wolves‘ Vainglory team.

Keygasza: Hi, my name is Alexander Rudolph or Keygasza. I live in Hamm, Germany. There are two things in my life that are important to me – football and gaming. I’m a competitive person by nature and love to dismantle opponents that are a lot stronger on paper by playing mindgames.

Chrysior, you  went to the DreamHack Leipzig, met some other Wolves and got to play Vainglory in a 5v5 show match on stage. How was it?
Chrysior: The Dreamhack in Leipzig was the first ever gaming event I attended. Meeting some of the Wolves there and hanging out together was great. In addition, getting my hands on Vainglory’s brand new 5v5 gamemode on the event stage and playing together with Sn1x in front of a huge audience was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had!

Next question goes to Keygasza – What was it like to be a part of FNATIC?
Keygasza: It was an important experience for me and I was able take in the atmosphere on stage as well as getting to see a lot of the world. Also, getting an insight into how a premier esports organisation works was pretty informative. Another memorable experience was the bootcamp in Los Angeles. All that showed me that I want to be in gaming and esports and that I belong here.

What are your opinions and expectations of the new 5v5 mode of Vainglory?
Chrysior: Vainglory 5v5 is something I have been waiting for since early 2017 and I’m very happy that it’s finally out. Now, after about one month full of scrims I’ve slowly found out how the mode works and I’m honestly impressed. It provides a way deeper strategical depth than the 3v3 mode and perfectly combines mechanical skill cap with macroplay. I think the 5v5 mode will become the main game mode for Vainglory in the future, both for casual and competitive play. It is great already and I see a lot of potential in it.

Keygasza: I think that the 5v5 mode is still at the very beginning but has a lot of potential. Since I already have a lot of experience in other MOBA games (DotA2, LoL, HotS etc.) that are being played 5v5 I believe that, if we work hard enough, can build an early advantage that could mean we are one of the winners of the change so I’m pretty confident looking forward.

Looking at the future, what are your wishes when it comes to the team and Vainglory in general?
Chrysior: I hope many new people will get to know Vainglory and how fun it is. With a growing playerbase there will also be a growing esports scene and thats obviously what I wish for the future.

Keygasza: My biggest wish for Vainglory is a better organisation and transparency when it comes to leagues, tournaments and the game itself and that the competitive scene is becoming more successful. Talking about the team, I hope that we’ll be able to take the step from being a semi-pro team to becoming a pro team, especially with the change to 5v5. I’m confident we can achieve it if we continue the way we are on right now.

What are your favourite and most hated heroes in the game?
Chrysior: My favorite hero is definitley Lance. He is a strong captain that provides tons of crowd control for his team. The hero I hate the most is Reza. He is easy to play and still does insane damage.

Keygasza: Most hated is definitely Alpha. A hero with a minimal skill cap shouldn’t be one of the top damage dealers in the game. My all-time favourite has to be Idris as he is a perfect example of “easy to play, hard to master” and his outplay potential gives me exactly what I look for in a hero.

If you wouldn’t be able to play Vainglory or any other MOBA game anymore, what would you play and why?
Chrysior: I would propably start playing a battle royale game like PUBG. Although I haven’t played much of it yet, I’m a huge fan of its esport scene and it seems to be pretty fun.

Keygasza: To relax I prefer games like Borderlands, Age of Empires or roguelike indie games. To satisfy my competitve need I’d most likely go back to FPS games as the tactical component in higher skill ranges fits me a lot.

Imagine you are game developers and could develop the game of your dreams – What would it look like?
Chrysior: A game developed by myself would be a strategic type of game with a high skillcap. Maybe a 1st person – 2 Lanes MOBA?

Keygasza: If I were to develop a game.. most likely a technical roguelike.

Which game is a “must-play” for everyone?
Chrysior: Of course everyone should give Vainglory a try, but also GTA5 is one of those games everyone should have played already.

Keygasza: Borderlands and Binding of Isaac.

If you are not playing games, what are you doing?
Chrysior: Apart from gaming I mostly focus on school stuff, but I also like playing clarinet, watching movies and hanging out with friends.

Keygasza: Football and bad jokes.

We’re done with the questions and now it’s your turn to say some things!
Chrysior: I hope for a nice time in the future with Wolves. Our roster is doing great so far and I’m looking forward to competing with them in the Vainglory esport scene.

Keygasza: I can’t wait to wear the Wolves jersey on big stages. Remember my name, you’ll see it again.

New Partner: eByte

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We’re happy to announce a new partner for Wolves eSportseByte

The eByte is a cryptocurrency specifically designed for gaming and esports and after the first talk with the people behind the eByte project, it was pretty clear that there is a big overlap in ideas and goals for both projects and the esport community in general. With a match that great, both parties quickly came to the conclusion to support each other going forward and we are excited to see where the journey takes the eByte and Wolves eSports.

To allow you to take a closer look at what the eByte actually is, here is a short introduction that can be found on the Ebyte.cash website:

Vision of the eByte

The main objective of the eByte project is the creation of an internationally accepted and widely used monetary system for esports. Whether players, dedicated teams, leagues of different game genres, streamers, admins or modders – every esport enthusiast should be able to benefit from his or her commitment. By using eBytes, all achievements in the field of digital sport are to be adequately remunerated and the decentralized nature of esport is to be maintained.

To achieve this goal, various platforms will be created in advance. Currently we develop a contract system as well as a service market that allows providers of services (e.g. streaming, modding, casting) to offer their services in exchange for appropriate compensation in eByte. Additionally we develop a multiplayer football manager with an integrated eByte monetary system. The use of our portals is not a must to trade with eByte since immediately after the publication of our coins, trading with eBytes will be possible on common Crypto exchanges.

To read more about the eByte project, go check out their website and social media below.

Website: www.eByte.cash
Facebook: eByteCommunity
Twitter: @eByteCommunity