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team \'tēm\ n

By P 'Pookz' ookz
May 1, 2009 02:13

team \'tēm\ n : 1: a number of persons associated together in work or activity 2: a group organized to work together

The word "team" is very common in E-Sports; in fact, it stares me straight in the eye as I type. An advertisement to the right of the screen says, "Support your favorite team." There are vast amount of teams, ranging from World of Warcraft Arena teams to a team of surgeons saving someone's life. A successful team and a team is like comparing black and white — evil and good. One cannot simply bring together all the "top" players and conjure a superior roster out of thin air. One cannot recruit after losing a key member without expecting to work hard to regain competence. Teams have fun together, cheer together and inspire others around them. I will never forget attending the ESL Los Angeles event as a spectator. Both the WoW and Counter-Strike teams were playing in the same area. The Counter-Strike teams were like brothers, jumping and yelling after every win of a round. Turning around I saw quite the opposite. I saw two players fighting and arguing like monkeys, cursing and throwing equipment in anger. I was saddened when I quickly realized it was a World of Warcraft team giving us all a bad name. With another look I saw the bright logo "SK" and new something was terribly wrong. That said, here's a little about me.

I'm Mark, also known as "Pookz. I have been a fan of Schroet Kommando ever since I began online gaming, in Counter-Strike. Tagging up as SK|Heaton and joining a pub to try and scare my opponents is one thing I'll always remember. I have been playing World of Warcraft since the game came out. Despite its many names, my mage "Pooksta" "Pookz" "Pookx" and now "Pooxz" has always been my main character. RMP has always been my favored composition after playing it for years. My first successful arena team was ironically named "SKey Gaming” consisting of Verty (Priest) and Hosty (rogue). Yes, I admit, we were mocking SK Gaming. "SKey Gaming" qualified for last years Blizzard Tournament and also played in other online events such as CGS realm and College League. We could not compete in last years regionals because our rogue “Hosty” was recovering from a wound. Hosty lost interest in the game which left me looking for a new team. Neilyo offered to try some games with me in hopes of giving SK US a strong team. Upon joining SK we were unable to attend the desired ESL events because Neil had complications which resulted in him being unable to fly. Seeing the lack of potential, SK dropped our team and recruited Ryan “Realz” Masterson who had a spot at the ESL world finals. When the US Tournament realm was up Verty and I really did not have a solid team. We tried playing RMP with many top rogues but it just did not seem to mesh well together. Realz confronted me one day and asked to “see how they'd do with me” in arena. Later I found out the only reason Realz asked me was because Alex “Jax” Conroy, of CompLexity, thankfully told Realz that I was struggling with team members. After “trying out games” with Realz and Enforcer we soon became the highest rated RMP on the US Tournament realm which instantly gave the community suspicion about win trading. But who would win trade a team that only has 90 games played, with 200 needed to qualify? No one. We played Friday through Monday eventually getting back up in qualifying range with around 300 games played. We were golden. SK USA will finally live up to the definition of the word team.

“Anything is possible with RMP, you just have to believe!”



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