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Signed Up February 7, 2014
Last Posted June 4, 2018 at 6:11 AM
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#1 the tor network is broken in The Dumpster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4ngKBWfQ7A

posted 2 weeks ago
#3 High quality huge mousepads in Hardware

i can extensively vouch for the glorious xxl mouse pad
https://www.amazon.com/Glorious-XXL-Extended-Gaming-Mouse/dp/B00NOCZTTI/

i've owned two over the span of >4 years (first one damaged when i had to move). great quality, low friction. thin, but has great padding on the bottom. doesn't slide at all. i wash mine pretty frequently because of cat hair (i just throw it in the washing machine with some detergent) & i haven't noticed any quality decline.

don't think i'll ever try other mousepads unless they go out of business.

(edit: just noticed ours are the same dimension, but glorious makes an even wider 3XL version that i'm sure is just as good).

posted 2 weeks ago
#7 Which in TF2 General Discussion

no viewmodels + weapon icons at the top of the screen using weapon-specific crosshairs + hud crosshair = god tier

posted 3 weeks ago
#189 The Mouse/Mousepad Thread v2 in Hardware

i got the g305 today. i can wholeheartedly recommend it. good shape, nice optical scroll wheel, easy to actuate side mouse buttons, and good tracking. with a lithium battery, i'm getting ~89g and the difference is significant coming from a 107g g403 wireless.

posted 3 weeks ago
#19 $100,000,000 for fortnite esports in e-Sports
Screwballjoshuawnyou're underestimating fortnite's building & editing mechanics; top-level competitive play is far removed from casual play. just like with tf2, any semi-competent player can stomp pubs. i guarantee you that the game's building & counter-building metas haven't been fully realized yet.Does not change the fundamentally non competitive nature of randomized loot.

randomized loot is definitely a hurdle in squads, but it can be mitigated with defensive early-game play.
loot distribution is almost a non-factor in solos and duos outside of suboptimal drop & naive, hyper-aggressive early-game strategies.
with that said, i wouldn't be opposed to static loot spawns. i'm really excited to see how far they take custom games.

also, epic games' replay system is most certainly going to be repurposed for real-time casting so i'm not too worried about that. their replay system is actually incredible.

posted 3 weeks ago
#14 $100,000,000 for fortnite esports in e-Sports
Dollyjoshuawn
you're underestimating fortnite's building & editing mechanics; top-level competitive play is far removed from casual play. just like with tf2, any semi-competent player can stomp pubs. i guarantee you that the game's building & counter-building metas haven't been fully realized yet.

I didn't say it wasn't a hard game but it doesn't take decades to master like cs or tf2

that remains to be seen. i don't think anyone's currently in the position to say how long fortnite takes to "master" considering that no one knows optimal strategy in all circumstances & everyone is constantly pushing mechanical barriers when it comes to build fights.

however, i can assure you that neither TF2 nor CS take "decades to master". i wouldn't be surprised if it takes players about the same amount of time to become competitively competent on fortnite as it does tf2.

posted 3 weeks ago
#9 $100,000,000 for fortnite esports in e-Sports

woo wee wowo wooooOo wweeoo o owoOooOWwoooWW

ScrewballI'm sick of these casual AF games that are terrible esports getting these ridiculous prize pools and level of dev support while we are left to sit here and rot.DollyGames that are relatively easy and validate you no matter if you're the best in the world or play for 1 hour a day

you're underestimating fortnite's building & editing mechanics; top-level competitive play is far removed from casual play. just like with tf2, any semi-competent player can stomp pubs. i guarantee you that the game's building & counter-building metas haven't been fully realized yet.

posted 3 weeks ago
#186 The Mouse/Mousepad Thread v2 in Hardware
JojoWireless gpro is now a thing. Not in stock yet through.

https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/product/g305-lightspeed-wireless-gaming-mouse

the g305 looks sick. i'll definitely upgrade to it from my g403 wireless once it's in stock & people vouch for the quality of said stock.

posted 1 month ago
#26 Best 1v1 map period. in Other Games

Town TDM BO20

posted 1 month ago
#57 Fortnite in Other Games

i love the game, but i haaaaaaate jump stamina. seems like an ancient relic of game design. makes fighting outnumbered so awful.

posted 1 month ago
#6 lft im scout man in Recruitment (looking for team)

good & recommendable

posted 1 month ago
#4 Kings Crew LF Scout (Demo/medic possibly) in Recruitment (looking for players)

these guys are the reason why i came back to tf2 and played again. although i stepped back to focus on fortnite, i would gladly take the opportunity to play with them again if it doesn't work out.
great season with you guys. hope you guys find suitable teammate(s) for the upcoming season; wish you guys the best.

posted 2 months ago
#14 To all MGE lords in TF2 General Discussion

before anything else, i think it's important to lay out the general framework for optimal MGE matches. arena-specific advice can only follow by knowing the matchup & the type of fight in play.

each fight of an MGE set should be strategically categorized in one of three ways:
1) the first fight -- determine the nash equilibrium (which is usually, but not always, the center of the arena based on your spawn relative to your opponent's) and then immediately begin the fight from said position, readjusting view angle & character placement based on your (im)precision & your opponent's (im)precision (i.e. damage dealt/received and, more importantly, expected damage to deal/receive). this ideology is the most straight-forward for scout vs scout, but it holds true for nearly every single matchup save for possibly demo vs any class, as demo usually performs better the farther back he can hold. it can be tricky to determine the nash equilibrium for scout vs soldier as either role, but the best advice i can give is to not underestimate having low ground as a soldier if you have prior knowledge that the scout is clumsy or tends to play imbalanced (usually in the forms of playing extremely widely or double-jumping very naively). on the flip-side, it's important for scouts to constantly attempt to get a view-angle advantage over their opponents unless they have a reactionary &/or predictive advantage over their opponent (the element of surprise).

the other two categories are very match-up & arena -oriented, but the most important mentality to have across both is to think about influencing your opponent in the long-term so you can better predict what he's going to do in future matches. going onward as generally as possible...

2) won the last fight -- establish and maintain momentum by identifying view-angle discrepancies between spawns (e.g. you're playing scout and the soldier spawns perpendicular to you looking at the center of the arena whereas you're looking right at him). utilize your first-shot speed advantage (but be wary of having less ammo than your opponent on respawn if you used a hitscan weapon to kill your opponent in the last match) and plan to close distance.

3) lost the last fight -- utilize your greater ammo count if you have a hitscan weapon &/or re-angle your opponent as uncomfortably as possible to break momentum. this is the most physical of all the fights, but prediction is still a major factor. for instance, if you're playing scout & your opponent tends to have a passive-range of movement, approach it like a spy & jump/double-jump behind him to flip the view-angle discrepancy in your favor. at the same time, if your opponent overly predicts hyper-angular play, punish with a tight-aggressive playstyle by moving slightly diagonally into said opponent. always play around with depth-perception: move backwards to amplify angular discrepancies and then follow-up by squeezing in between shots to maximize damage dealt & minimize (but not necessarily negate) damage received. mobility is extremely important to factor when reestablishing momentum; sloppy movement can exhaust you & waste your efforts in otherwise close fights. most importantly, realize that it's completely normal to lose multiple fights in a row in MGE. momentum can be very hard to overcome, with ammomod arguably being the hardest arena when said momentum is against you.

playing into view-angle discrepancies & deceiving your opponent, you don't necessarily have to stare at your opponent while you fight him. the whole romanticism of "tracking" your opponent is naive at best: most weapons don't fire a continuous stream of bullets or projectiles, nor are the ones that do necessarily accurate past the first shot. as long as you know where your opponent is, you can minimize the effects of interpolation wrt splash damage by looking in a seemingly passive (or, if your opponent overly predicts you as a passive player, a hyper-aggressive) direction & committing to running towards it, turning & shooting only when you know your opponent believes you're doing something different from what you're intending. as such, it's very important to constantly practice predicting your opponent given a limited set of visual information. an exercise i regularly do is to plant my crosshair in one position (either on the map or constantly relative to my opponent) & attempt to make my opponent go where i want.

taking this a step further to a possibly unpopular opinion, i believe most higher level players in any game don't actually physically "track" their opponents regardless of what they articulate. as long as your modeling strategy is accurate, the closeness of your crosshair placement directly correlates with the precision of the resultant predictions. it's simply not physically possible to truly track your opponent in the long-term; physical tracking is essentially equivalent to tunnel-visioning, and you need to do it as absolutely minimally as possible.

a lot of this may become more intuitive when you optimize your physical setup to reduce aberrations and discomforts in edge-case arm/wrist positions. monitor refresh rate & mouse/keyboard actuation force aside, this requires a serious look at your posture & your setup's ergonomics. determine how much of your mousepad you actually use, and then further determine if those bounds are caused by physical/mechanical problems or from habit. determine if expanding your usable space would allow you to hit wider, previously uncomfortable shots. in total, make these analyses from your opponent's perspective: determine possible physical positions that you could take (wrt mouse placement and in-game camera angle) that would most likely be extremely uncomfortable for your opponent, and then make said positions as comfortable as possible for you.

more advice than that would honestly require me to watch you fight, but i think as long as you shift away from pattern & rule-based thought processes into a probabilistic mindset, you'll eventually consistently outplay your opponents. don't fall into intrusive thought feedback loops about "thinking too much" or "overthinking the situation": try to explicitly articulate what you believe your opponent is intending on doing wrt the type of fight & your relative spawn position, and make clear statements about what you're going to do when fighting your opponent. always approach your 1v1's with self-awareness. with enough cognitive practice, you'll be able to increase your mental & physical stamina. it helps to approach MGE with the end-goal of lessening your physical burden in more extreme applications (e.g. handing multiple opponents at once in 6's).

the best class-nonspecific ammomod-specific advice i can recommend is to play very aggressively since keeping momentum is much easier than acquiring it. nosplash is also a great precursor map to ammomod (although in ammomod it can be optimal to not direct your opponent's feet since splashing down at the ground is easier than directing your opponent in the air). if you're a soldier, swapping between your rocket & shotgun can stifle your opponent greatly (although i don't think it's necessarily good practice unless you have no confidence in your hitscan). you should also practice juggling your opponent with singular rockets: knock them up in the air, predict where they're going to land, shoot once they touch the ground, rinse & repeat.

posted 2 months ago
#3 TF2 Hours vanishing from profiles in TF2 General Discussion

mine just disappeared too wtf lol
in fact, all the stats of the games i've played since summer of 2017 have disappeared

posted 3 months ago
#5 lft in Recruitment (looking for team)

always accessible & saved our asses as a sub. and from playing with her in prior seasons when she dedicated significant time to competitive tf2, her soldier dm is incredible even when she has high ping. i'm sure her demo play can be, if not is, just as good as her roamer.

good luck with the team search, and thanks again for subbing so often.

posted 3 months ago
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