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highfive waves goodbye to Ascent, phlps joins
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Gritoma
July 17, 2018

As the current ESEA season nears its end and Insomnia 63 approaches, Ascent has made a last minute roster adjustment before heading into playoffs. highfive, the group’s flank scout, has stepped down from the active lineup, with phlps stepping in to fill the vacant spot.

highfive’s departure from Ascent ultimately came down to the team’s stance on the approaching LAN season, the player explained to us.

I left because I was just tired of playing. When I found out that we definitely couldn't make it to i63, I lost all motivation. LAN is everything to me in this game. I might make a return, I might not.

When asked if he was the only player interested in attending the event in Birmingham, highfive expanded on the team's situation.

We were all interested in going, but it was just way too much money. Pretty much none of us could afford it and we didn't feel comfortable asking the community for $6,000 or more.

If this is truly the end of highfive’s ESEA career, he leaves behind a long legacy dating back to season 19, where he made his Invite debut playing for cafe monster. Since then, he has played for orgs such as SVIFT NA and Ascent, in a total of 9 seasons of Invite. During his nine seasons, he reached multiple placements, including a second place finish with SVIFT NA in Season 26.

After attending both Rewind invitationals, highfive's LAN journey ends... for now (picture by Ness "uberchain" Delacroix and Jasmine "Jasbutts" Ho)

To replace highfive, Ascent have enlisted the aid of phlps, who will act as their remaining Scout for the rest of the season. phlps is no newcomer to Invite, having played on multiple renditions of the more recent MyAnimeList rosters.

Bound for the playoffs, Ascent’s roster is now:

  • Scout: yight
  • Scout: phlps
  • Roamer: marmaloo
  • Pocket: aim
  • Demoman: xaler
  • Medic: Nursey
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#1
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my eloquently crafted title of "ascent get phlps help as highfive dips" wasnt good enough for the editors :(

my eloquently crafted title of "ascent get phlps help as highfive dips" wasnt good enough for the editors :(
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#2
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcp3tZ3XFyQ

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcp3tZ3XFyQ[/youtube]
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#3
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im sorry 4 letting u down on lan kyle, god speed brother

im sorry 4 letting u down on lan kyle, god speed brother
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#4
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love u skeez u did great

love u skeez u did great
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#5
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i love how skeez just tried to make this thread about him

i love how skeez just tried to make this thread about him
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#6
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This Is Now A Skeez Thread

This Is Now A Skeez Thread
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#7
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We've got top level NA players dying to go to LAN but we can't figure out a way to send them. Two years in a row. That sucks.

We've got top level NA players dying to go to LAN but we can't figure out a way to send them. Two years in a row. That sucks.
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#8
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heard he caught a case might be slanderous rumor though..

heard he caught a case might be slanderous rumor though..
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GetawhaleWe've got top level NA players dying to go to LAN but we can't figure out a way to send them. Two years in a row. That sucks.

I'm not sure I disagree, but you also have to consider that this isn't, like, a failed fundraiser or anything. They decided they didn't want to ask for help. I'd like to know why exactly they were uncomfortable with that, but either way, at least we've got one cohesive NA team going this year.

[quote=Getawhale]We've got top level NA players dying to go to LAN but we can't figure out a way to send them. Two years in a row. That sucks.[/quote]

I'm not sure I disagree, but you also have to consider that this isn't, like, a failed fundraiser or anything. They decided they didn't want to ask for help. I'd like to know why exactly they were uncomfortable with that, but either way, at least we've got one cohesive NA team going this year.
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#10
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"hey guys give us $7k+ while we have no incentives to give, might still not be worth spectating, and on top of that the prizepot in no way makes up for any of that."

asking for that much under current circumstances is essentially asking you guys for a free vacation with nothing in return

"hey guys give us $7k+ while we have no incentives to give, might still not be worth spectating, and on top of that the prizepot in no way makes up for any of that."

asking for that much under current circumstances is essentially asking you guys for a free vacation with nothing in return
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#11
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Nursey"hey guys give us $7k+ while we have no incentives to give, might still not be worth spectating, and on top of that the prizepot in no way makes up for any of that."

asking for that much under current circumstances is essentially asking you guys for a free vacation with nothing in return

And that is a very fair point.

But

Maybe we can count how many people complain once i63 rolls around that there's no real competition for Froyo. I don't know what rosters the other teams are bringing but.. you know. And then maybe we can ask these folks on Twitter or whatever if they could dig up five bucks to donate, if it could have helped. Maybe I'm totally off here, who knows. Kids threw down thousands of bucks so Grant can make a second YouTube channel for guitar and habib can bother his parents. We DEFINITELY have folks out there thinking "Damn dude it's too bad Ascent can't go to LAN"

For the first big GXL I think it was, dashner didn't want to make a fundraiser to go. Same deal. He was like "Well why would people donate with no reason to" etc, convincing himself it wasn't worth trying, or that nobody cared, he felt bad etc. Well I convinced him to make one, the goal was met very quickly, and he made it and the show was awesome. You don't know until you try.

This is the TF2 community. Have we all forgotten about what we can accomplish when we try hard enough?

[quote=Nursey]"hey guys give us $7k+ while we have no incentives to give, might still not be worth spectating, and on top of that the prizepot in no way makes up for any of that."

asking for that much under current circumstances is essentially asking you guys for a free vacation with nothing in return[/quote]

And that is a very fair point.

But

Maybe we can count how many people complain once i63 rolls around that there's no real competition for Froyo. I don't know what rosters the other teams are bringing but.. you know. And then maybe we can ask these folks on Twitter or whatever if they could dig up five bucks to donate, if it could have helped. Maybe I'm totally off here, who knows. Kids threw down thousands of bucks so Grant can make a second YouTube channel for guitar and habib can bother his parents. We DEFINITELY have folks out there thinking "Damn dude it's too bad Ascent can't go to LAN"

For the first big GXL I think it was, dashner didn't want to make a fundraiser to go. Same deal. He was like "Well why would people donate with no reason to" etc, convincing himself it wasn't worth trying, or that nobody cared, he felt bad etc. Well I convinced him to make one, the goal was met very quickly, and he made it and the show was awesome. You don't know until you try.

This is the TF2 community. Have we all forgotten about what we can accomplish when we try hard enough?
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#12
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Seems like that highfive turned out to be a jellyfish after all...

Seems like that highfive turned out to be a jellyfish after all...
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#13
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GetawhaleMaybe I'm totally off here, who knows. Kids threw down thousands of bucks so Grant can make a second YouTube channel for guitar and habib can bother his parents. We DEFINITELY have folks out there thinking "Damn dude it's too bad Ascent can't go to LAN"

Land on Earth, people donated for b4nny to go because everybody knows they are going to dominate every single 6s team there, and I mean dominate. If there were no perks, the goal would have been achieved for quite the same period, really.

[quote=Getawhale]Maybe I'm totally off here, who knows. Kids threw down thousands of bucks so Grant can make a second YouTube channel for guitar and habib can bother his parents. We DEFINITELY have folks out there thinking "Damn dude it's too bad Ascent can't go to LAN"[/quote]
Land on Earth, people donated for b4nny to go because everybody knows they are going to dominate every single 6s team there, and I mean dominate. If there were no perks, the goal would have been achieved for quite the same period, really.
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VisLand on Earth, people donated for b4nny to go because everybody knows they are going to dominate every single 6s team there, and I mean dominate. If there were no perks, the goal would have been achieved for quite the same period, really.

Mate, I only donated in order to watch Se7en give b4nny (allah forgive me for saying that treacherous man's name) a good kick in his knickers!

https://i.imgur.com/Tr6uNpz.jpg

[quote=Vis]Land on Earth, people donated for b4nny to go because everybody knows they are going to dominate every single 6s team there, and I mean dominate. If there were no perks, the goal would have been achieved for quite the same period, really.[/quote]
Mate, I only donated in order to watch Se7en give b4nny (allah forgive me for saying that treacherous man's name) a good kick in his knickers!
[img]https://i.imgur.com/Tr6uNpz.jpg[/img]
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#15
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Highfive legacy

Highfive legacy
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#16
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Thanks for all the good times watching you play, highfive :)
https://youtu.be/7yV-G0Ze9sY?t=2m10s

Thanks for all the good times watching you play, highfive :)
https://youtu.be/7yV-G0Ze9sY?t=2m10s
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Nursey"hey guys give us $7k+ while we have no incentives to give, might still not be worth spectating, and on top of that the prizepot in no way makes up for any of that."

asking for that much under current circumstances is essentially asking you guys for a free vacation with nothing in return

understandable, but i still want to add
even if you can't really contest froyo yet, it's always fun to see na teams play eu teams, even if theyre not at the top. especially if the eu scene gets as rolled as everyone is expecting it to, it would have been nice to see how the rest of the scene stacks up. i mean, they claim it was the food poisoning, but you guys were beating 7 at rewind 2. that matchup would have been hype af. just gotta hope for rewind 3 i guess :(

[quote=Nursey]"hey guys give us $7k+ while we have no incentives to give, might still not be worth spectating, and on top of that the prizepot in no way makes up for any of that."

asking for that much under current circumstances is essentially asking you guys for a free vacation with nothing in return[/quote]

understandable, but i still want to add
even if you can't really contest froyo yet, it's always fun to see na teams play eu teams, even if theyre not at the top. especially if the eu scene gets as rolled as everyone is expecting it to, it would have been nice to see how the rest of the scene stacks up. i mean, they claim it was the food poisoning, but you guys were beating 7 at rewind 2. that matchup would have been hype af. just gotta hope for rewind 3 i guess :(
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Ascent borkerlord_thnibster!!!

https://static-cdn.jtvnw.net/emoticons/v1/140479/3.0

Ascent borkerlord_thnibster!!!
[img]https://static-cdn.jtvnw.net/emoticons/v1/140479/3.0[/img]
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#19
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Seniorsoda to the rescue!

Seniorsoda to the rescue!
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