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Formerly at Avant Garde Esports organisation, currently a Technical Writer for Deputy.com Parramatta Eels/Western Sydney Wanderers/Chelsea F.C/Green Bay Packers/Alabama Crimson Tide tragic.

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This is a bit late but I’m surprised Armada and Leffen have been left out of this list.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The players to watch (Part 1)

I do think there’s a limit in which Oceanic esports will grow, which is controlled by our poor infrastructure. That’s where we see the biggest drop-off for potential pros.

Riot used to run the OPL with the players at home and there was a huge incident regarding DDOSers and players. They’ve now subsidised the housing for players to be able to play locally at the HQ.

Investment is becoming less of the issue with some games, but support from developers who are building the scene in other regions is needed here.

Is this the future of esports in Australia?

Difficult to watch the HBO coverage. Lederman was so heavily biased towards Kovalev, while Kellerman was very obvious in his Ward preference. I personally had it 114-113 Kovalev. It seems like from round 4 onwards, any knife-edge decision would go the way of Ward.

Controversy overshadowed boxing's biggest fight of the year

Broncos just need a game manager. I would’ve preferred they trade for AJ McCarron, who will place it where it needs to and steady the ship while the D does what it does best.

NFL season preview Part 4: The elite

It’s trying to show that eSports is not such a distant concept of ‘sport’, as many traditional sports fans will see, I’ve defined the spine in p4 ‘What holds a team up’, examples of spines in professional sport, and the second last paragraph.

It’s a set of crucial players that you build a team around, which finds more success. QLD have had the same core players, NSW tried to start the core with Pearce and Farah, but they’ve never been able to nail down a consistent half and fullback. eSport teams are relatively young, and the different titles are establishing ways to define their best teams (CS:GO with majors, DotA2 with TI, LoL with WC and Smith with SWC), so while there’s a very small sample pool to choose from, the trend of successful teams with an established spine or ‘core’ is something we’re starting to consistently see.

eSports parallels with traditional sport: The Spine

I might put the Bucs as a 7-9 team, and maybe put the Titans above the Lions. Everyone’s going to be sleeping on the ’15 1/2 draft picks.

I don’t see any strong points with the 49ers, they’re pretty weak in every single position, except the QBs blind side and their linebacker stock. And they’re in the NFC West so that’s an easy six losses against Seattle/Arizona and even the Rams, who would easily force mistakes from Gabbert (lol) and Kaep (bigger lol).

2016 NFL season preview Part 1: The cellar dwellers

Looking at UTS and UNSW to be the dominant NSW universities for LoL and Unigames. Well established League societies/clubs, and UTS have had teams competiting since the start of the Oceanic servers.

League of Legends to be played at Unigames this year

For reference, I had the following:
R1: 10-9 Pac (Round to Pac 10-9)
R2: 20-18 Pac (Round to Pac 10-9)
R3: 29-28 Pac (Round to Bradley 10-9)
R4: 39-37 Pac (Round to Pac 10-9)
R5: 48-47 Pac (Round to Bradley 10-9)
R6: 58-56 Pac (Round to Pac 10-9)
R7: 68-64 Pac (Round to Pac 10-8)
R8: 77-74 Pac (Round to Bradley 10-9)
R9: 87-82 Pac (Round to Pac 10-8)
R10: 97-91 Pac (Round to Pac 10-9)
R11: 107-100 Pac (Round to Pac 10-9)
R12: 116-110 Pac (Round to Bradley 10-9)

Congratulations Manny! Whatever your decision is, it’s been a pleasure watching your slug it out becoming one of the best in the world, maybe a spot as one of the greatest of all time.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

116-110 to Pac.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

Looks like Pac is running away with it, riding the knockdown momentum.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

I’ve got another round to Pac. 97-92 Pacquiao.

EDIT: 97-91.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

Down! R9 to Pac, 87-83 Pac.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

I preferred Bradley in R8. 75-77 Pac.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

R7 Pac. 65-68 to Pac.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

Split the last 2 (R5 Bradley, R6 Pac). 58-56 To Pac.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

R4 to Pacquiao.1st, 2nd and 4th to him. 39-37 so far.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

It would be an amazing storyline though. The old guard vs the new blood.

You can never tell with these ‘retirements’ though..

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

After this fight, we can gauge how serious Canelo’s camp was when he said he was taking a look at Pacquiao. That would be a blockbuster ending to a stellar career.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

Anthems are being sung right now.

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley highlights: Pacquiao wins final fight

IMT/TSM is a tough one, can’t rule out the TSM playoff buff. Whoever wins that will probably be the split champions.

LCS: Spring 2016 semi-final predictions