Mesmer Tryout Info
written by Zzyzx
15.12.2012 - 13:05
If you're interested in trying out to be our 5th core player and filling our mesmer position please read this first so you know what you're getting yourself into first!
First off I'll start with some of the key qualities we are looking for:
Active – daily player
*Team player/Follow team calls & directions
*Thick skin – not a sensitive carebear otherwise you prob wont last long
*Must be able to handle constructive criticism without getting kitten
*Can play late nights/until paid tournaments stop queueing
*Ability to learn other classes quickly if needed and not a one class only player - practice other classes during off time if necessary
**Mature, professional & good mannered **
***A lot of high level mesmer play experience
Other important things to know before trying out:
If you play mesmer a lot you already know that mesmer is one of the hardest positions and most important players in tournaments right now. Obviously this will make you subject to a lot of constructive criticism. You may feel like your mistakes are talked about more often than other. However we tend to get caught up in the heat of battle often and our constructive criticism may come off in the wrong tone that we don't mean and we just expect them to not argue and just brush it off and not make the same mistakes and move on to the next game and continue to get better and grow as a team. This is why thick skin is required - just being honest and straight up.
Remember that our home node is your #1 priority and everything else comes second. We do expect our mesmers to come middle and do timewarp and do a strong burst to hopefully kill someone but then they should be out of the battle from ranged so that they aren't taking AOE damage and have to portal back at half HP. If a team is constantly pressuring and back capping our node you should know better then to run in and waste all your cooldowns and risk porting back not at full HP.
Positioning is very crucial - you should always been in a great position to scout people splitting our base as early as possible and calling it out so that we can rotate back OR if we are fighting at mid and you have to portal back, you should be calling out you're portaling back and calling out where your portal is and make it clear that you need help until one of our roamers acknowledge it and say they are coming.
As I just started above and want to reiterate, if someone is going our close and you need help or even THINK you MIGHT need help you need to call it out loud and clearly and keep saying it until one of our roamers acknowledge it and say they are coming. There has been times where our mesmer has called it but because we were in the middle of the team fight we didn't hear it and he only said it once and nobody heard it. So just keep letting us know until we acknowledge it.
Lastly, this stuff wasn't written to try to tell you how to play or anything like that but more so just to let you know what we are accustomed to hearing and expect from our mesmer. Communication is very important! We also do not tolerate any type of cheating, hacking or stream sniping
Message me in game if you have any other questions, comments or concerns.
The Guru Move Towards Supporting E-Sports
written by Zzyzx
24.10.2012 - 00:18
The time has come for Guild Wars 2’s e-sport community to stop expecting ArenaNet to build up their scene and take matters into their own hands. As we all know much of the load has been stacked on Arena Net but their failure to deliver in the e-sports subdivision has prompted in a strong drive by the community that we must put to use. Thus it is my proud honour to present to you “Guru e-Sports” a hub for all competitive e-sport players to look to in bringing you all the details and events of the Guild Wars 2 e-sports community.
“Guru e-Sports” will aim to bring many things that an e-sport community deserves, however we would hate to make promises and then never deliver on them so the ideas presented to you in the following article only details a vague idea of the things to come and entirely counts on the willingness of the community and the support that we get in this.
It is our goal to bring you loads of content and many ideas have been brain stormed in order to bring you premier content on a consistent basis.
Our goal is to bring you things such as:
Consistent high-quality streaming
State of the Game
And much, much more.
Team Exposure & Stream Featuring
We here at the Guru e-Sports department understand that exposure is needed for teams to thrive, to gain sponsors and sign organisations and thus we plan to provide that. Many teams have already been recognised and even more teams will become recognised as we plan to feature streams in a stream plug-in that will display on the main Guru page.
Not only will we be featuring individual streams but we will also be offering the opportunity for teams to guest stream on the main Guru Channel. This way we can have a consistent stream running with multiple teams and players providing the viewers with a clearly scheduled stream containing high quality pvp most hours of the day!
As soon as ArenaNet provides the community with private servers an enormous increase in tournaments will pop-up as players and organisations gets the required platform to host these. To make sure that even the smallest tournaments gets the support it deserves we will be helping all hosts advertise their tournaments. On top of that we plan on doing a small coverage including game predictions and provide the hosts with help to find suitable casters if needed.
The following are two event ideas we have come up with and before releasing them to the public we will be trying some private-invite only versions to test the format and ensure that we can handle it. Remember we are here to satisfy the community so we don't want to bring a horrible tournament as that could destroy our chances to building an e-Sport community.
The Guru Sunday/Monthly Cup
A cup run every Sunday/Month that will feature
The Guru League
Our goal is to have a league consisting of five divisions; 4th Division, 3rd Division, 2nd Division, 1st Division and the Premier Division. The premier division will consist of Guild Wars 2’s top 24 teams and the divisions will get bigger as you go down divisions. Promotion and demotion will occur for teams performing and not performing. Of course qualifiers will be run in order to decide initial league.
Guru e-Sports will serve as a community hub to service the community. We are here to satisfy your needs and to hear your feedback and improve on our events and content. Content writers and admins will be recruited to make sure the site is at optimal efficiency.
If you are interested in helping out, through content writing or being a tournament admin, then please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org - Make sure you include a little information about yourself and what you want to help out with and a descriptive description!
The site will first go through a closed beta in which we invite certain teams to view and offer feedback as well as a closed league in which an invite only league will occur allowing us to fully test our systems. The finals of this league will be a show match and will serve as the grand opening to something special.
Some more info on what we expect from the new members
written by Mirth
28.08.2012 - 10:08
Guild Expectations and Rules:
•Loyal, Respectful, Mature & 18+
•Competitive & Intense PvP Experience
•Highly skilled PvP Player
•Doesn't have an elitist/cocky attitude
•Mumble & Headset
•Reliable Computer & Internet
•Has thick skin & can handle constructive criticism
•NA Based or very fluent in English
** We will not be allowing multiple competitive guild membership . We are strong believers in loyalty.
** We also do not condone any type of cheating, hacking or ghosting of any sort. Anyone caught doing so will be removed immediately.
*** We will not do anything to hurt or ruin the reputation of our guild. This includes public arguments and fights and no unprovoked or uncalled for shit talking etc etc.. It will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning followed by removal from the guild.
Mumble Rules and Reminders:
When people are in the Tournament PvP channels - Do not disturb, bother or go in there talking and distracting them. They're in the tournament channels for a reason and trying to focus and play serious. Be mindful of the teams in "Tournaments" channel at all times!
While we are streaming on our team channel, people need to refrain from using extremely racist words, mainly the N-bomb and other terms that may be deemed offensive by twitch admins. This is very important and we have already received some complaints.
GW2WvW.com Guild Spotlight: Almost Famous
written by Zzyzx
18.06.2012 - 10:56
Almost Famous [ALFA] greatly appreciates another Guild Spotlight on the behalf of GW2WvW.com! If you guy's haven't had time to go check out the great article head over to their website and read the article and then browse their site. Make sure you guys register and show them some support just like they have done for us! They have some very good and useful tools coming out in the near future to help us all in GW2 and WvW.
Almost Famous Community Spotlight
written by Zzyzx
12.06.2012 - 10:58
A special thank you from us here at Almost Famous [ALFA] to Guild Wars Insider for the featured article on us! For anyone who hasn't seen the article yet head over to their website and check it out. If you haven't already, be sure to register and show them some support just like they showed us!