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Gravitas off to Germany...

By alice 'ali' lew
Mar 4, 2009 11:59


I want to go back to Germany!!!

Happy March!!! Is it just me or are the months literally just flying by? 1/4 of the year is already over and I guess it's true when people say that when you get older, time just seems to pass sooo much faster. (I know you're going to make fun of me because of that statement Jso so let me just tell you know that I hate you!)

Have you guys been keeping up with the EM Euro finals? Competition is definitely pretty tough, but I'm glad the SK guys got out of the first day. A win for the SK boys would definitely start the new year off right. I haven't had time to actually watch HLTV's (plus they are like at random times for me), but I have been keeping up with the coverage and watching the videos. Pretty cool stuff and glad to see Carmac's face back on the website one way or another. :)

As stated in my last blog, Gravitas has been at my house for the last 3 days bootcamping. We have a lot of room in the dining room so we set up a couple tables so they could play together here. Since all the guys live in Southern California, I don't know why they don't get together more often and play! I tried taking vids of them, but they are freaking shy. -_- Once I had my vado on, they yelled at me... assholes. I even made them all steak dinners last night and they still shaded me. :(

They leave for Germany tomorrow and I am so jealous! They are going for the EM Global finals in Hannover and I'm hoping they place well. I'm not sure if their bootcamp was "successful" because the quality of play in America kind of sucks. :/ A lot of you guys noticed on our match screen shots that a couple of us have to play with 70-80 ping! We honestly WISH everyday that we could have insane internet like you guys do in Europe and have the opportunity to play teams in different countries with 5 ping.

In all, I'm sure the Global finals will be a great tournament. I am looking forward to watching some great HLTVs and know there will be some nail-biting matches. This weekend is my opportunity to steal strats, setups, and cool nades. A leader knows you have to do your homework.... :)

Have a great flight Gravitas and SK! Good luck!!!!





ali's CS history -- part 3

By alice 'ali' lew
Feb 25, 2009 22:52



ESWC 2004 and our first successful sponsor.
Now that GX3 has been formed, now what? We were a female club created to provide female gamers with a SAFE environment to play. It wasn't so much about competition and being the best, but more about the passion for wanting to see other female gamers excel and providing an environment where they can act themselves and be supported. Being one of the first female gamers in the community really gave me a heads up on how HARD it really is for female gamers to really grow into top notch players, especially because this gaming community is 99% male dominated. I know many of you may flame me with the fact that "girls shouldn't have separated leagues/tournaments," but having played in both male and female teams, I have to admit there really is a significant difference between a female gamer and a male gamer. Though I'm sure I can probably write 10 pages on that subject, I'm going to save that for another blog....

So we go on finding girls around North America and start playing in online leagues for "fun." There was really no actual commitment-- we didnt practice much and played in online matches just to get ourselves some match experience. After awhile though, we really started to get into it and took it to a whole new level. Though 2002-2004, we revamped the team to a group of girls with a definite competitive nature. There was something about playing with 4 other females (AND BEATING MALES) that was so.... exhilarating!!! It was a rocky road to say the least. We participated in numerous online leagues, often making playoffs and then getting disapointed. We were often flamed by the community, as they figured we were easy targets, and were frequently called names, had our egos shattered, and dreams broken. Every year, girls came and went, some girls not being able to take the heat of the moment and eventually got cut or left the team themselves. GX3 was transforming into something other than just a friendly club, but a competitive female team that had the drive to be the best. It wasn't just the fact of making an impact on the female community, but it was the dream of making an impact on the entire gaming community as a whole. We had a vision, something in our hearts that drove us passionately towards our goal. And even though this dream was first recognized 7 years ago, it is still a driving force for our team today.

So come 2004, we hear about this awesome opportunity to play in a female tournament in Paris, France called ESWC. The year prior, a team called "SK-Gaming" won the female tournament. I didn't know much about the international scene at this time, but I was so intrigued by it all.

6 months prior to the event, we must have sent out over 10,000 emails to different companies. We spent hours and hours researching different companies that might benefit from sponsoring a team in e-sports. New to the scene, we did not know who to contact and where to start. Mishl and I also tried calling companies, hoping to find someone to support our cause. I honestly felt like a telemarketer, but I knew this is what it would take for our name to get out there. 95% of the emails were ignored, but we only needed one response to help us achieve our dream, and indeed, we got super lucky.

Team GX3 was slowly losing hope. For the last 5 months, we had been trying our best to convince ANYONE that we were worth the investment. Then one month before ESWC, Sheryl Huang from Nvidia responded back to me. She had already been a supporter of e-sports, showing her face at numerous CPL's at the Nvidia stand. She knew the industry and truly wanted to help us, except there was really no money leftover in the Nvidia budget. Luckily, Sheryl was able to pull some strings and decided on a "one-event sponsorship" deal and depending on our results, would consider future events from then on. They purchased the tickets, wished us luck, and excited as hell, in June 2004, we went to Paris for the first time ever. I was 18 years old.

picture from left2right: alice "ali", ashley "ash", michelle "mishl", carol "snuggly", mary "littogurl"

If you want to see more pictures from ESWC 2004, go to my photo albums!




Welcome back yummy Cupcakes!

By alice 'ali' lew
Feb 24, 2009 02:46



finally... a full roster!!!
Just to give you guys an idea on my schedule, I recently started a new semester at school and started a new job at the bank. Last semester, I changed my major to math (it was marketing/communications before) because I've always been pretty good at it and have always had a passion for teaching. I figured since I was decent in math, I could use the passion I had for it and teach it to struggling kids. In my math classes, there are usually so many students that are always struggling and asking me for help. They always looked at me funny while I receieved an A on my tests while they failed. I think it is because I am Chinese and they are just stereotyping the fact that Asians are usually good with numbers. In reality, I really don't know why I'm good at math. I guess I am pretty decent at English too, since I thought about being an English teacher first, but figured since my vocabulary isn't that great, I should stick to math instead.

Regardless of the fact, the reason why I am telling you guys this story is because this semester I am currently taking 3 math classes. One of these classes, my statistics class, is randomly in a computer lab. I never sat in a seat with a computer so I didn't know the computers actually let us roam all over the internet. Therefore I am happy to say that since I sat on a desk with a computer today, I actually get to blog in class! This teacher has the worse monotone and is so boring. Finding out that I can actually get on the internet during class literally made my day. I am super tired today.....

Anyways, back to the matter at hand, we announced Mel today! As said in the article, she is a former champion of ESWC and we are so excited to have a full roster. In our ESEA league, we're currently on the week of de_strike so we're not very excited about practicing this map. After this week though, we can start playing more popular and normal maps. We just need to get through this week. We're definitely hoping to get some lan practice in before we have to go to Paris to defend our title at ESWC.

Holy crap, this class is insane. I guess I am not as involved in this class as my other math classes because the teacher is so freaking monotone. I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this class and I have never failed a class before. :( Why does it feel like I'm going to be failing this one? Blahs... maybe I should have stuck with Communications and Marketing all along....

I did start a poll on my profile hoping to find out what you guys want to see more of! Surprisingly, you guys want to see pictures. Dammit, I hardly take any pictures, and have no clue what to take pictures of, but I'm hoping I can hold you guys off with some old ESWC pictures until I can take some other good ones.

For those that didn't know, I live with 2 Gravitas members. My boo Ben and his teammate Derrick which some of you may know as Impulsive. They have been practicing hard for the EM finals and will be travelling to Germany in just a couple weeks. Supposebly, they will be turning our house into a bootcamp for a couple days so the entire team will be running around the house annoying me I'm sure. I'll take some vids while they're over so you guys can see Gravitas in action. Gravitas actually has been travelling pretty often so I've actually been home alone alot. When Ben's gone, I get to bed hog and steal the good pillows, so I never mind when he's not here. :P

Thank God this class is almost over and I can go home. I get out of class at 6:30pm and start practice at 7pm, so I usually have to drive like a maniac home to make it on time for practice. The things I do for my girls....... -_-





bootcamp in chicago

By alice 'ali' lew
Feb 16, 2009 12:20



It's in the wee hours of the morning and the rest of the girls are sound asleep cuddling with their blankets. Sadly, we're at the end of our bootcamp and we're all flying back home tomorrow. We've never had such a short bootcamp!!!

In all, to say the least, the bootcamp was as I expected. Me and Benita flew throughout the night Friday to arrive in Chicago early Saturday morning. We went directly to meet Tobi at the Steel office to check out the setup and start practicing right away. We played all day Saturday and Sunday, working our hardest to improve our communication, strats, and teamwork. It's refreshing to play on lan together rather than have to speak through ventrilo online. Seeing the girls is always a nice sight, but seeing the commitment and dedication first hand in person is definitely a treat. Though we're sure there is always room for improvement, we know we're on our way to success. :)

Honestly, you would think that me and the girls actually went out to see the city or party and have a good time, but we're pretty serious about bootcamps and spent most of our time at the Steel office dedicated to improving our game. I know many of you may still be wondering who our 5th will be and I can only assure you that we will be announcing her very soon! We have spent a lot of time with different potential candidates to ensure that we will pick up the right candidate. With ESWC just a couple months away, we know we need to act quickly.

Other than ESWC, we're sure to be attending some local lans around North America throughout the year. This bootcamp was merely an opportunity for us to start the new year off right. Alex always said that the hardest part wasn't to win a tournament, but to keep the title and stay on top. I believe me and the girls really understand what it's going to take to stay on top. We're really hoping that THE ESWC CHAMPIONS will be able to bring it back for the 3rd time in a row. That would such an amazing accomplishment. Winning this year would honestly reassure me that I am definitely doing something right.

And by the way.... do you guys see the advertisement about our bootcamp/5th on the website? I'm holding the "G" by the way... I just figured I'd tell you guys since i think IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE ME!!! :P

also, i owe a big thanks to someone from estro for my 1.1SE. (ill tell this story another time!) lots of people have been asking me recently about my mouse and where i got it. might want to refer to the steelseries website if you want to purchase one. it could be a big possibility they don't actually sell/make them anymore.... so in that case, tough luck! my mouse better not break any time soon!



MY CS HISTORY CONTINUED..

By alice 'ali' lew
Jan 29, 2009 03:10



*THE CREATION OF GIRLS GOT GAME* *edited
So from 2000-2002, I spent most of my time lounging, playing, and working at Cyberhunt, "my" internet cafe. At this time, internet cafes were blossoming literally on every corner, with kids packed inside them and a wait list that went on for days. Lan centers took advantage of this growing trend and $1,000 tournaments were becoming a weekly occurence.

My group of friends and I would go to a couple different lan centers depending on our current location. As we became regulars at other lan centers, we became recognized by other lan teams in the area. This is where we got most of our match experience from. Other lan teams would schedule scrims versus us in person and we became more acquianted with other top tier lan teams around the area. This is how I was introduced to Jennay and Mishl, the founders of GX3.

During this time, mIRC was barely getting popular, so many teams got their practice by calling other lan centers to see if their lan team wanted to scrim. Because of this process, many "gamers" in Socal became better acquianted and actually became good friends, as I was with a team named PODED.

Cyberhunt and PODED were competitive rivals, but were friends nonetheless. Through PODED, I was introduced to Jennifer and Mishl, who were competitive female gamers like myself. This was the first time I ever met a female gamer that was on the same page as me. Who would have thought we would build a dynasty that is still holding strong today?!

Randomly, the first time we met was at a bowling alley. It was the first time I ever met any of the PODED people. We had just finished scrimming CS and wanted to compete at something else, so we met up at the local bowling alley and duked it out..... GG right??? LOL

Jennay and Mishl sat me down and talked to me about the uniting of female gamers around America. They had been intriguied hearing about my competitive nature from their PODED friends and insisting we make some type of team. On top of it all, they insisted I be the leader of it. I was not only flattered, but excited to have found females with the same vision.

In Feburary 2002, Girls Got Game (GX3) was created. I believe it was Mikey (Method) So that convinced the girls on the name. This was when mIRC was just getting popular for me and I would meet Jennay and Mishl online regularly to play together.

The beginning of GX3 was a definite learning experience. We allowed basically any female gamer to join GX3 and HONESTLY, actively looking, we were only able to get 6 girls total! This proved to us the scarcity of competitive female gamers. We were merely looking for fun/semi-competitive females with passion. This happened almost 7 years ago so is it bad that I can't remember who joined the team first??? -_- ugh...

I know I'm starting to ramble now so I'll tell you guys about my first successful sponsor and ESWC 2004 next time. Pretty sure I have some pictures from that event also..

picture: GX3 REUNION IN LOS ANGELES, CA (2004)
L2R: leila (DBABY), jennifer (JENNAY), mishl (MICHELLE), carol (SNUGGLY), mary (LITTOGURL), alice (ME!), ash (ASHLEY)



ali -- my CS HISTORY

By alice 'ali' lew
Jan 18, 2009 12:04



Tales from my CS beginning to present day. I'll try to capture as many stories as possible through my blogs!
I was going through my folders today and I found a lot of old CS and tourney pictures from like 2004 to now. I figured you guys might have a good time looking at old pictures and hearing some old stories so here I go. :)

I started playing when I was a freshman in high school at 15 years old. While living in a town 10 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, the Counterstrike scene really boomed with lan centers opening up on virtually every corner. A definite hotspot for teenages during the time, Counterstrike was a hit from the start in southern California. Lan centers were filled from open to close with ridiculous waiting lines. The year 2000 proved to be a big year for upcoming southern Californian stars.

I started playing counterstrike first at a lan center called Game Structure. Right away, intimidation rushed through my body, and the fact that this video game was male-dominated went through my mind immediately. I was constantly fustrated because I had a hard time picking the game up. It pissed me off that I couldn't remember how to buy different guns. The first gun I was taught to buy was the para, and it was my favorite gun for the first couple of weeks, until I realized it was the most expensive and took way too long to reload.

I was instantly addicted and everyone knew. I began to call my friends to go play instead of them begging me. I would make the decision to ditch school and to go to the lan center instead. Though now that I think back and realize how poor of a decision that was, I can't say that I regret it at all. All those hours of pubbing and bunny-hopping on de_dust was just too much fun!!!

Because of my obvious dedication to GS (Game Structure), they recruited me on their lan team and let me play for free. In a way, this was the first sponsor I ever got. This opportunity gave me the chance to really improve my skills and through hard work and patience, I really started to shine. Being a regular, I started getting recognized as a solid player in the server.

My group of friends (all male) and I literally ran lan centers. We would be the best in the server and eventually acquired 3 different lan sponsors at the same time. These lan centers recognized the boom of gamers and started hosting tournaments. Representing their name, we would go to these tournaments and compete for the $1000 cash prize.

At this time, mIRC was barely getting popular. I remember customers at the lan center would ask me to go on IRC for them and help them find a scrim. The majority of gamers at this time weren't even playing scrims. The jam packed lan center would spend their time pubbing in a server on dust or italy (my fav). I don't understand how I was able to pub for 12 hours a day nonstop. Spicy cup of noodles was my best friend back then.

I learned alot during this time in my gaming career. Being "sponsored" by these lan centers, I helped them run the store in exchange for free lan time and a guarenteed computer. Dedication and loyalty was key. Lan centers were literally popping up on every corner. The community was growing right before my eyes, but I never thought it would grow to the phenomenom it is today.

2 years later, in 2002, I would meet 2 other female gamers that would change my life. WIth the same vision for female gamers worldwide, we would build a dynasty then named Girls Got Game, now named SK Ladies. Though representing a different name, I can honestly say I will never forget where I came from. From GS, to GX3, to MTV, to SK, this gaming journey has been nothing short of incredible.

I know sometimes I ramble... but want me to tell you about it? :)



IM OLD! SK LADIES UPDATE AND STUFF...

By alice 'ali' lew
Jan 13, 2009 14:19



PICTURE: ESWC 2004 - my first time in Paris! :) L2R: mary (littogurl), carol (snuggly), michelle (mishl), me, ashley (ash) I think I have one for every year I've been there...
Time has honestly gone by so fast. Now that I stop and REALLY think about it, I truly have been playing this game for a long time. I started playing this game in 2000 and led GX3/SK LADIES since 2002! And sadly, every single year, we had to replace at least one player from the roster. This year though, it’s really different. The girls on my team are young, they're fresh and hungry, and I can really see potential in the future for this team. We know we just need to focus, build good teamwork, and talk!

The search for a 5th player has been ongoing. We have basically narrowed our search down to 2 remaining players and will be making our decision at the end of the month. We will be joining the highly anticipated new ESEA League so you can get updates on our matches on this site! Our first time together will be early February while we bootcamp at the new SteelSeries office and prepare for the busy year. Hopefully I will be spending Valentine's Day with my loves in Chicago. :)

The new year looks optimistic for American 1.6!!!! Finally! I have been waiting for CGS to just take a poop and give the opportunity for veteran players to come back to 1.6! Source totally killed the American community and now that CGS is dead, I am happy to say that the American scene might look a lot more interesting this year. American LAN tournaments are really starting to become a frequent occurrence so we look forward to attending some throughout the year.




ANTICIPATION FOR 2009 IS OVER!

By alice 'ali' lew
Jan 3, 2009 03:21



Just a personal reflection on the last few years with SK.Ladies
I've led this team for the last 6 years, going on 7. these last 3 years, we've had to go through roster changes, replacing 2 veterans with 2 new recruits, and battle our way back to being at the top of our game. Being an American based team, it has always been hard to distinguish whether we were at the top of the female chain or at the bottom.

It's common knowledge that the North American female scene can be said to be obsolete. With no real competitive female teams, SK ladies have always took much pride in competing with the best North America has to offer, often playing against top tier players and teams. Although the teams goal is ultimately to be the best, and not just the best female team, we have always supported the female community with high hopes that more females would show their faces in this male dominated scene.

With the departure of 2 veterans from the SK ladies team, it only makes room for 2 new faces. One is a girl named benita, who has been on the team for the last 2 years but was unable to play at ESWC because she was under 16 at the time. The other is yet to be decided but our search for a new 5th continues and we are getting closer to a decision which we will announce shortly after we decide. :)

As said before, the North American female scene is so small! It has not been difficult to find girls with potential that were interested in joining but it has been heartbreaking to have to weed out the stronger of the group from the rest, and crush some dreams in the mean time.

The departure of potter and jane might come as a suprise to some but it was inevitable to the team especially after a couple incidents that occured during this past summer. In regards to jane who had just graduated, she had decided she no longer had the same love for the game as she did before. People grow up, things change, and shit happens. We know she'll be so successful in her life and wish her the best of luck.

Potter on the other hand, found a new home with PMS where she will be joined by missharvey and 3 others. Though a little bittersweet, I can only wish them the best of luck and hope that we will meet each other in the finals this coming ESWC.

We've planned a bootcamp at the new steelseries office in chicago during the end of this month so stay tuned for pictures, vids, and blogs!




SK XMAS party at Sansibar

By alice 'ali' lew
Dec 20, 2010 00:27



Four days, four flights, a very jetlagged and tired Alice...
Hey guys! I know it's been awhile since I've written a blog, but I'm definitely going to try to get back into it. I'm currently on my flight back home from Dusseldorf and am able to enjoy free wifi on this Delta flight! How amazing would travelling be if there was free wifi on every flight... honestly! WHAT A TREAT!! :D

Anyway, I was approached by Alex and Tim a couple weeks about joining them for the SK Xmas party they wanted to have. Throughout the years, we have always talked about doing something during the holidays to celebrate that year's success. This year in particular, we were planning to spend the night at the famous Sansibar restaurant on the island Sylt. Eat, drink, and party until the place kicked us out.

I spent most of my paid days off on tournaments and other PR conventions. This trip kind of came out of no where and I didn't have many days off that I was able to take from work. Work is super busy and stressful for me right now, so I decided to suck it up and leave my home for 4 days for this so-called "vacation," in which two days were going to be for flying and two would actually be on the ground.... or so I thought.

I get to LAX and the airport is insane. Yes, I know we are in the holiday season and such, but the amount of people that were just at the gate check-in and security checkpoint was overwhelming. I found myself amongst the crowd feeling like a herd of cattle, being directed and pushed around, shoulder to shoulder.

My first flight was 9 hours straight to Amsterdam. I would have a five hour layover, which I didn't mind much, as I was able to walk around and buy some gifts for my friends. The weather was absolutely terrible and I think if I wasn't so much of a pansy, I would have taken the train to the city center and went to go sightsee. I've always wanted to go out and explore in Amsterdam-- I guess moreso the smokeshops-- and be able to tell my friends back home that I've done it. It was dumping snow and cold as hell, so I opted out of it and stayed warm in the airport.

5 hours later, my flight had become delayed. I felt bad for Min as I knew he was probably going to be at the airport waiting for me. At the time, my phone wasn't able to make international calls so I wasn't able to reach anyone. The central station/airport offered free wifi for an hour, but was unreliable and pretty much worthless. Eventually, my flight got cancelled and after waiting 4 hours in numerous lines, I got a hotel for the night, and exchanged my boarding pass for a train out to Dusseldorf the next morning.

I stayed at a Radisson near the hotel. I arrived there a little past midnight and went up to take a shower. The day had been long, exhausting, and annoying, so a drink was much needed. I go downstairs only to find that the hotel bar was closed for the night. What hotel bar closes at 1am? ESPECIALLY in Europe where alcohol is served 24 hours a day... or am I wrong about this? Anyway, I went back upstairs and resorted to my minibar, where I paid 6euro for a can of Heineken. Tired and jetlagged, I tried to get the best rest I was able to before my long journey to Dusseldorf in the morning. I was only able to close my eyes for two hours.

The next morning, I arrive back at central station to find that my train had been cancelled due to the weather. Upon finding other alternatives, it looked like all trains going that direction were getting delayed, and eventually getting cancelled as well. I had another flight to catch from Dusseldorf to Sylt at 3pm that day, so it was crucial I was in Dusseldorf in the afternoon.

The train station was hectic and crazy. I eventually was able to get on a train, but only for one stop. There was something wrong with the train's engine and I resorted going back to central station. My good spirits were fading fast and I was losing hope. I wondered if I should just stay in Amsterdam and fly back home to LA. I didn't think I'd be able to make it to Dusseldorf to meet the rest of the SK staff.

FINALLY, I find some random guy next to me who happened to be needing to travel to Dusseldorf as well. I went up to him and just asked if I could follow him. He gave me a weird look, but eventually said yes, and made some calls to his office. We both needed the fastest and most likely train to get there. We took our chances with ICE 123, service to Frankfurt with a stop in Dusseldorf. At last, after an hour or two, I had made it to Dusseldorf at 1pm, just in time to meet Min and go straight to the airport to meet the rest of the crew.

The emotions of joy and happiness when I saw everyone!!! I could have cried! We were due to fly to some mysterious island named Sylt where this famous Sansibar restaurant was. The dinner was that night and I felt like I was going to topple over from exhaustion. The experience of being there though was just spectacular.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by friendly staff who apparently already knew we were coming. We sat at a long table where millions of appetizers were being placed on our table. Delicious white wine was constantly poured in our glasses. Alex made some great speeches (I guess since Tobi was translating haha) and I got to try some of the local beer. I ordered a Filet for my main entree and it was absolutely magnificent. The owner, Herbert, was a super down-to-earth guy and came to greet us. I talked to him for a bit and immediately noticed his passion for WOW. He plays with his son and likes PVPing more than PVEing. I hear that he once brought the entire guild to Sansibar just to have a meeting. In case I want to start playing my mage again, I will be sure to join his guild.

The night itself was so magical. Great food, great drinks, great company, all due to SK having a great year. Great job to everyone for all their hard work this year and thanks for the great time. :]

We went to some local bar after where we took mystery shots and some waiter poured a bucket of peanuts in my purse. RANDOM? I guess I can save that for another blog though lol.

We flew home that next day after having brunch at Sansibar. Again, amazing food and again I was on a flight. At this point, I almost felt like I was in a trance. I went back to Min's hotel where I got to rest a bit. We went to have some Korean food for dinner and then back to the hotel we went as my flight home would be the next morning. Now here we are.... 4 hours til I'm back in LA and I have work at 8:45am tomorrow morning. FML.

BTW, I've never seen snow on a beach before. That was weird.

Wishing the community a Merry Christmas and great holiday! On with the next year!!! It will be even greater than this one...



ESWC 2010 Disneyland and AFTERPARTY!

By alice 'ali' lew
Jul 15, 2010 19:01



Who wants to battle JSO 1v1 downing beers? HONESTLY?!
I had such a great time at the afterparty that I am a little bit torn between what was better: winning ESWC for the 4th time or being live at the afterparty with Bob Sinclair with great company and entertainment?

The tournament itself was great. I guess I may say different if we ended up not winning, actually... I shouldn't guess. I KNOW my team probably would have broken up if we didn't win this tournament. Somehow winning ESWC has jumpstarted everyone's passion for counterstrike and we seem more into the game than ever. A month before the event, I strived to attempt to be at the top of my game again (I feel like I'm so far from it still), averaging 40 hours a week of CS, but it could just be that I'm out of my prime and I'll never be at that level again. But it also reminds me of my teammates who have helped pick my slack when it was most needed to still come out with the victory. There is just something about this team that is so unique and I guarentee that if you have ever hung out with us, you would agree (RIGHT COL???)

I always seem to get sidetracked so let's get back to the afterparty....

So the grand finals for the ladies was set for 10:30am and it was sometime around 2pm when we finished with the matches, pictures, interviews, and all. We decided to go back to the hotel to chill for a bit before the male finals which was due to take place at 6pm. We were extremely exhausted since we hardly slept during the tournament (way too anxious I guess) so we all took naps and chilled out. We got back to the venue to watch the SK boys play around 7pm. They won pretty convincingly on the first map whcih was Train but ended up falling short losing both maps afterwards. It was still a nice 2nd place prize, but you can only be dissapointed making it to the finals and losing. Nonetheless, it was a very impressive showing by the SK boys and we were proud of them anyway!

After the final, all the SK members and staff decided to go to the party together. Some of the SK boys decided they wanted to chill out and not attend and it was understandable. We went to Disneyland and were told there were about 5 rides we could ride for free. I beileve they had closed off a part of the park just for ESWC employees and players. That was really cool. I'd like to let everyone know that I am a complete pansy when it comes to riding any type of ride unless it's the most kiddy ride ever so me getting on Hollywood Hotel: Tower of Terror was a big accomplishment. We also went on this Aerosmith rollercoaster that was really fun! You only live once right???

It's about 10pm or so and the party was due to get started. More people are starting to show up and there is already a random DJ playing some music. I was happy to hear some Deadmau5 and David Guetta... Benita and I had missed one of the biggest music festivals while being away from LA during the time we were in TX, so we were glad to hear that the DJ was playing some jams. Bob Sinclair was due to come on at midnight so we stopped by the bar to get some drinks. I went to the bar first to purchase 10 beers for the first round, making sure all the girls were double fisting. I haven't had a drink this entire bootcamp or ESWC and it was so needed and much deserved!!! Believe me, the HEINEKENS WERE AMAZING!!! ^_^

For some reason, JAX challenged Jso to a beer race and told her that if she won, he would buy her an additional beer. He has obviously not heard of Jso and her beer races so I was happy enough to catch this on video!!! The whole ordeal is the only video I've uploaded so far from the event so check my profile out if you want to see Jso destroy JAX from COL!!!!

Alex marketed Jso and got her next battle vs GUX, which she destroyed as well, and 12 races later, she was 12-1 for the night. WHO DID YOU LOSE TO JSO???

At midnight, Bob Sinclair came on and Benita and I danced our way to the front, right at the center. I hardly saw the other girls for the rest of the night as I spent the next two hours dancing with Benita. BOB SINCLAIR was awesome!!! He blew us kisses like twice and kept smiling at us. I think he knew we were champions... what do you guys think? :)

Overall, ESWC was fun as usual and I am sad that I will have to wait another year until it's back again. Although the venue and crowd was smaller than previous years, I am glad that it is attempting to make a comeback and know that it will only strive if they pay out the prizes by the end of the month as they promised. :]

Steph, Benita, and I have uploaded some vids and pictures for your enjoyment. At the end of the tournament, Steph realized she had 60 videos and 1000 pictures to sort through, so give us some time.

THANKS FOR EVERYONE'S SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE TOURNAMENT AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL SEE US SOON AT THE NEXT ARBALET FEMALE TOURNAMENT!!!!

3 PEAT CHAMPIONS.... making history baby!! ^^
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