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Throwing mud or the way of Tixo

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Jan 24, 2006 18:52

We all know it from our favourite soccer team. Rumours on a new player to join the team or a player leaving the team. It happens all the time and we love to read what's going on between players, their management and the team managers. We really want to know it, but most of the time the discussions stay within those three parties involved and none of them talks to the press about details.
When SK agreed on the deal to sell Element way back, it was pretty much the same. Websites only guessed what really happened, but the core always stayed where it belonged.
This winter it is a bit different. Our German CS team lost one of their players, Tixo, though he was under contract till mid of June 2006.
Today I have to read an interview with a manager from Alternate aTTaX talking about how things happened back in December. Here a part of it:
"Bei tixo waren wir uns anfangs nicht sicher und wollten deshalb die EPS-Finals abwarten, um herauszufinden, wie er unter Druck spielt. Als er uns eröffnete, es existierten interne Probleme bei SK und er würde durchaus zu uns wechseln, wenn er irgendwie aus dem Vertrag, der bis Mitte 2006 lief, herauskäme, nahmen wir die Verhandlungen mit SK Gaming auf. Nach einigem Hin und Her und übertriebenen Forderungen SKs konnten wir uns auf einen Kompromis einigen: SK behält einen Teil des Preisgeldes und löst dafür den Vertrag früher auf. "
Ah, it's German, so I will translate a bit giving you a better view on the situation:
"Alternate wanted to wait until Tixo had played ESL Pro Series Finals, to see how he performed under pressure, before recruiting him. When the player told us about internal problems within the team and he would want to switch teams, if possible with his running contract till June 2006, aTTaX started talking to SK.
After some tit for tat and some outrageous demandings from SK, a compromise was at hand: SK would keep some of Tixos winnings and would release him from his contract."
(keep in mind, I just tried to translate what was said by aTTaX!)
Ok, so besides the fact that I really don't like anyone talking about stuff like this in an interview with a community website, i pretty much dislike if a story is told the wrong way.What if I told you it was different from that? Not only a little bit?
Guess what would have been if SK told aTTaX to contact them and not vice versa? What if the very first statement about an amount to sell the player for would have been thrown to SKs face 30 seconds after mentioning it to the aTTaX manager by an eSports TV host?
What if aTTaX told SK afterwards they were not interested in the player no more?
What would you think if aTTaX left Tixo alone, solving this issue with SK himself and now talks of themselves as the ones clearing up the situation?
Wouldn't that be weird?
Well, it is not my nature to throw mud at anyone. But it would be quite a different story to tell :)

Foo Fighters - you made it

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Jan 20, 2006 09:26

It was back in 1989, when a band came out with their first real album after having released an ep before, that sounded promising.
Titles like "Patience" or the cover of "Whole lotta Rosie" sounded like a lot of fun to me.
Well, the guys I am talking about now called themselves Guns 'n Roses and the album to come out was "Appetite for Destruction". Izzy Stradlin was the brain behind the music. Getting Axl Rose to do the vocals and having Slash smashing his guitar was just the right move to get rock anthems into the world. Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle, you name it, all songs I am still listening to and that is 16 years ago now.
The Album still is my all time Nr. 1, out of the question.
Now it is 2006 and it took a lot of time for me to say that yet there are some other bands producing really good music nowadays, too. When Chris Cornell decided to go with the former guys from Rage against the machine, to create Audioslave, I was tense to hear what the outcome would be and after two records now, I must say well done, great music!
Also we have to admit that Monster Magnet is rock stable. They become better and better and the legends, Metallica, saw them twice within 2004 and 2005, they really know how to play it.
But there is one man with his band that really kicks! Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters.
Most of you will know him for being the drummer of Nirvana (or not? shame on you!), but this guy created one of my favourite bands ever and the latest album, "In your Honor" is a must have.
So the good news is, we don't have to sit and wait infront of MTV, to see the latest crap of some cheesy boy group or "hot" chick. No, we can just relax, rock is back (yeah, I know, always was, but I mean quality wise!) on track with a couple of high class bands and characters playing great music that is more than a five minutes thought of a producer who is looking for the right packaging.
I guess you know where I come from. Yes, I prefer guitar music over regular pop. Yes, I named myself "TheSlaSH" cause it was Soul Hudson who named himself this way. Yes, I think James Hetfield is one of the last man standing and guess what, you are more then welcome discussing it in the comments :)
For me? I will go to see Foo Fighters next week and while I`m there, I will think about what you guys have written here. Maybe I will tell Dave ;)

get that fu*#in' interview goin'

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Sep 14, 2005 10:12

Once more I have to talk about an issue that burns in my brain these days.
Interviews, the stuff we love to read. Straight from the horses mouth, as Aldous would say, I guess.
A good interview is defined by a couple of points I'd say, so here we go:
1. It needs to have someone who tries to be objective, but looking for the truth to have the right questions
2. It needs to have someone who gives good answers to these questions. Answers that lead to new questions maybe, but in the end answers that satisfy the reader
3. It needs to be a tool to setup your own mind, without pushing you into a certain direction while reading it
What could I possibly say now?
I had the chance to work with guys who did a great job in interviewing. Websites like Gotfrag, Rushed or Readmore have proven themselves already.
Others should take it up from there and follow them. I mean, is it so hard to play by the rules?
If you out there really want to get your own opinion posted, use a Blog, use comments or even a column, but please spare us the time for ansering questions or reading about the whole story, when all you do is spread your own thoughts.
Two suggestions for you, for the future:
1. When doing an interview, keep the questions the way you asked them. Don't change them, otherwise Q&A might not fit any more and there is no sense in that, I guess.
2. Under no circumstances and by any chance, do not include your own comments on answers below them afterwards. Doing an interview means Q&A. The rest is between the lines.
I guess there are words for stuff like this and guess what, it is not called an interviuew!
Reading this you might realize I am a bit, well, let's say pi**ed :)
Those of you that are interested in what I am talking about will find it, I am sure!
To the rest:
Hey you good guys out there, doing great interviews, you are doing a great job and whenever you will ask for it, we will have the time and pleasure answering your questions!

It's times like these you learn

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Sep 5, 2005 09:12

These days one of my favourite songs popped up in my head. Reason: I was at IFA in Berlin, while two of our Painkiller guys and the SK.SWE team played CPL UK.
The results, well we all know them. Zyz got 3rd and that is all I was quite happy about. The rest...well, it's times like these you learn to live again...(Foo Fighters, for thos of you that haven't recognized yet and want to know).
Of course everyone expected the SK.SWE team to finish top 3. They were seeded 1st, so let's go for the title I'd say. It turned out to be the other way around.
What comes next is pretty clear, most of the community will go and say, well, the team is not that good and so on.
I had my thoughts on it and have to say I totally disagree. Competition in CS tournaments has grown a lot and teams prepare really professionell for a weekend to show their skills.
This weekend there were other teams that played just better than our team did.
Actually I guess that is how it goes!
Next tournament, WCG qualification, followed by WEG qualification is at hand and everyone has to focus on these two now. There is no time for being disapointed, even though you are...
Anyway, all I want to say is sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you, that's CounterStrike :)
Let's wait and see what happens next. No time to lean back and take a rest now, only time to prepare to be on top again in two weeks maybe.

SK back on track - obviously!

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Aug 23, 2005 09:45

It has been some time, since the old days, when SK dominated. 2003 that was, winning almost everything there was.
Like in any sport, the following year was rather successfull. Indeed it was a hard time for all of us within the whole organisation.
We took some titles, but the websites and the comments showed us we were losing ground.
Then December 2004, the break with the old SK.SWE team. A necessary step for all of us, even though it became public in a pretty stupid way, but that is part of the past now.
Almost 9 months have past since that and I guess the opinion of websites and the community once again has changed. SK is back or where it always was, I guess.
When the eSports awards were held last Saturday at Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, whole SK.SWE crew was sitting in the VIP lounge and guess what, when best eSports team of the year was announced I saw it flickering.
There it was, the fire in the eyes of players that are hungry for titles. It was Spawn, Fisker, Ahl, Vilden and Snajdan who showed nothing but "we will do everything to get this award next year!"
You could possibly say anything right now to summarize the last 20 months within SK, but realising a team shows exactly that spirit is what it takes.
We will see what comes next, competition in CS has grown a lot, but SK will always be one of the teams to beat. Just ask them, I am pretty sure they will pretty much agree on what I just said, so let the games begin once again. CPL UK, we are coming...

bye bye, Mini!

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Dec 31, 2013 12:48

I remember two meetings when I think back and recall the time Mini and I spend in SK. The first is in a Cafe, central Berlin. NGL One finals and I want changes in our WC3 lineup. So I call reis for a meeting to see if we can land him and his players at SK.
We all know what followed. A very long journey with so many intense moments, Mini and I spent together. Last year being the most intense I would say with LCS kicking into full gear, the gaming house in Cologne, the different characters on our roster that just wouldn't click to become a team, the drama attached to all of that and still, it was not only a great time but also a time of being taught essentials in what we do.

The other meeting is at Hard Rock Cafe in Cologne right after IFA (Berlin) in September if I recall correctly. Mini and I discuss the future and what turns out to be the starting point of his career after SK Gaming. The core of our discussion was that he should make a decision, land on his own two feet, take his game to the next level and so it seems like he does now.

Well, from the bottom of my heart, Mini, all the best for your future. I know that our paths will cross a lot and I am thankful for that. I am happy to have spent all this time with you, teaching you, but also learning from you. You will do great with your own business, even though it's in Düsseldorf (you know how I say it out loud while typing, do you?). We will miss you in Kölle.

This also brings one thought right in front of my eyes again: SK Gaming produces a lot of great, if not the greatest talent in this industry. Just look at the people that once started their career with us and moved on. I am proud to say that we are good at picking up these people, shape them and then release them at some point or keep them (as we have awesome people in the organization right now!!).

To all of you reading this: Happy New Year and keep on believing.

Carlos and spiders

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Jan 3, 2013 14:30

It is quite important that you understand what was happening in Cologne on the night of 19th August 2012, the last day of Gamescom. It is a real story!
Yes, my friends, our very own Oce does not like spiders. He really does not. Here and there I might exaggerate a little, but the key message of the story is simply put the truth.

Gamescom 2012 was in the books, our LoL team was qualified for both, season 2 finals in LA and season 3 Chapionship Series starting in 2013. Reason enough for me to invite the guys to my house for a BBQ.

So we are sitting outside, having food and all while the lights go darker and darker. To separate our house from our neighbors, we have a simple white wall. Oce was sitting with his back to this wall.

All of a sudden Alvar says "you have a BUFFALO at your wall" in his Spanish accent. So all eyes turn to the wall and there it is: a spider. A gigantic, brownish, fat, red glowing eyed super spider. Yes, it was quite huge. I guess some 8cm or so overall.

Now Oce, sitting almost 5m from that creature of darkness all of a sudden became quiet before his high pitched voice says something like "watch out, it will jump, it will jump". Keep in mind, that in Spain, people sometimes pronounce the j different from what we are used to. It sounds more like a "u" instead of a "j". This of course made the whole thing even funnier than it already was.

Now here is what happened: I went inside, grabbed the Sundays Newspaper, which is quite a read and kill this evil beast before it can harm anyone at my table. Remember, my house, my guests, I am somehow responsible, right?
And once that was done, I asked Oce what would happen if this spider sat on his chair before he sat on it and in fact he would have placed himself on it, without noticing it. Well, guess what, his answer was "it dies". Good I thought, now let's try and get him to the side of fearless people, so I went on, asking him what would have happened if this spider with some magical power, never seen before on this planet except for Peter Jackson movies maybe, would actually jump (with a "u" instead of the "j") 5 meters and land on Oces ass.

Well, it was actually Alvar who answered first with a simple "it dies".

It was one of the funniest moments of Gamescom 2012 for sure and one I will remember!

And why am I telling you this? To make sure you understand that Oce does not like spiders!!!


By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Jan 25, 2012 12:45

With all that was happening at IEM Kiev only little attention was drawn towards the announcements MLG send out last week. My strong believe is that what they are doing right now is amazing.
It might have taken the industry way too long to get to this point, but the system the guys over at MLG revealed for their 2012 tournament grid seems to get us back in balance. Hopefully once and for all!

Now I have only one additional point on my wish list: Make it happen for LoL, too. Whatever it takes for Riot to support the guys from NYC, do it. Hear me now, believe me later I say!

The eSports calendar seems to unfold for us right now with the announcement of MLG. And the good news for you guys out there: you will see way more MC craziness than you did in 2011 and that was awesome to say the least.

My first MLG event ever will be their very first Arena event 24th to 26th February and I will enjoy it. I am actually quite sure of that!

So KUDOS to the guys across the ocean for stepping up and bringing this new concept to us all.

May the games begin!
(Can't wait!!!)

Did you know...

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Feb 24, 2011 14:49

...that face once grew his hair long and was frontman of a semi popular rock band?

well, here you go, see for yourself. Anyway, the guy on top is Axl Rose for those of you wondering ;)

Let me know, what you think!

My selectah team for Kiev

By Alexander T. 'TheSlaSH' Müller-Rodic
Jan 18, 2011 15:10

Here you go guys, with my budget of 3m I bought my dream team! SK, here we go !!! Check and create your own team to win a gaming-notebook!

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