To: You / From: Celeste

Dearest Player,

Let me start by thanking you for the overwhelming support and affection you have bestowed upon me during my brief tenure as a champion of the Fold. Due to my high skill cap, I was concerned my arrival would be met with apprehension and even disdain. In a wonderful surprise, you have embraced my precision mechanics and have taken me to places I never thought I’d see, like the darkest corners of the jungle, professional tournaments and especially Korea. It has been humbling and I couldn’t be more thankful for not being treated like Petal. Continue reading

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VIPL Semifinal Featuring Hunters vs Invincible Armada

In the Vainglory World Invitational tournament that took place in July, the Hunters never got the chance to face off against Invincible Armada, as they fell to the Divine Brothers in the semifinals. After losing to the Divine Brothers they went on to lose to GankStars in the third place match, securing themselves a fourth place finish. The Hunters have an uphill battle, matching against one of Korea’s finest guilds, and potentially moving on for a rematch against the American juggernaut, GankStars.

Invincible Armada was the favorite to win this tournament after they had an impressive showing in the World Invitational and finished first. However, after losing to pQq in the group stage and fighting through the wildcard qualifiers, Invincible Armada knows that every game matters.

If you missed the preview for the other semifinal matches then you should definitely check it out. We’ll be following a similar format, but taking a slightly closer look at each role and the matchups that we can look forward to.

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VIPL First Semifinal Review

With the conclusion of the first semifinal match, one team has punched their ticket to the Vainglory International Premier League’s finals. The three-game semifinal set was full of action and strategy, pushing both teams to their limits.

Each game was unique and exciting, and I encourage you to watch all of them! Each team that was able to adapt had distinct advantages and strengths that were difficult to be answered. Continue reading

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On the 1.8th floor of the Vainglory North American Headquarters, an elegant yet powerful business woman sits at an intricately carved desk made from Gunnr Great Oak. She is the perfect age for authority without loss of beauty. Her hair is just the color it should be to bring out the hue of her skin. Her eyes have 50% pierce and her smile is kept under wraps by a determined jaw that means to get some serious work done. She taps her self-manicured fingertips on the desk with calculated calm. She is The Matchmaker. Her desk faces a large window across the small room that looks down into two rooms that are divided with a thin wall. A young female assistant stands next to the desk with a stack of files at the ready.

Matchmaker– Did you have a nice break?

Assistant– Oh! Um, it wasn’t bad. Didn’t really do much. I saw a ground squirrel in my yard. Is that the same thing as a chipmunk? I think it’s eating my flowers, but that’s alright, I don’t like yellow flowers anyway. They remind me of tiny suns and I just think about how they’ll die and one the sun will die and then we’ll di-

Matchmaker (the Matchmaker interrupts) – I spent most of the time reading internet comments.

Assistant– Oh no. I thought you weren’t going to do that anymore.

Matchmaker– I just don’t understand how so many can complain about a process they could never even begin to understand to complexity of.

Assistant– Hubris, I think.

Matchmaker (jabs a finger of agreement) – Exactly, hubris. “To split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise.” (Matchmaker quotes Shakespeare seamlessly)

Assistant “I would I were thy bird.”

Matchmaker– Who’s bird?

Assistant– Well, your…(looks at the watch she’s not wearing) Servers will be back up in fifteen seconds.

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VIPL Wild Card Matches Preview

After hack’s amazing recovery from Group C, the second-place teams from each group will be playing in a miniature round robin format bracket to select a winner that will join the top seeds in the semifinals. Here is the schedule for Thursday’s games.

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This format will be quite different than what we’re used to, as it’s basically a mini tournament with two teams being eliminated in one three-game event. I’m going to run over the matchups as we get our first taste of cross-group action! Continue reading

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Group Stage Finals – VIPL Bracket Review

I hate it when I’m wrong, but the conclusion to the Vainglory International Premier League definitely made my incorrect prediction worth it. With two potential three-way ties on the line, games were exciting and meaningful on Saturday.

In the fight for survival, eight of the 12 teams in the league were battling to see which three would move on to the playoffs. Read on for full match spoilers. Continue reading

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Finalizing the Bracket – VIPL Round Robin

Three groups, three potentially different outcomes. If the Vainglory International Premier League is the first competitive bracket that you are trying to follow then you could easily get lost in the complicated results. I’m going to lay out the standings below, and from there we’ll be able to paint a beautiful picture of what to expect, as well as which teams I think are going to win and why.

Group A Wins Losses Group B Wins Losses Group C Wins Losses
pQq 2  0 Gankstars 3 0 Hunters 3 0
Invincible Armada 2 1 Beyond 1 1 Wild 1 1
Unknown 1 1 Tiger-Phobia 1 1  Raid 1 2
Victorious 0 3   Vap 0 3  HACK 0 2

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Set in Stone – VIPL 5th Round Robin

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This round of the VIPL moves us just one step away from having the final bracket set in stone. With jaw-dropping performances from three of the top teams in the league, Invincible Armada, Gankstars and Hunters each showed why they are some of the best teams in the world.

If you missed this set of games, read no further! Click here and watch them before reading any further! These games were too good to miss and I’m going to spoil every piece of the action. Now that you’ve been warned, let’s get to the goods! Continue reading