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Chess & StarCraft: The Troll

“Thou smell of mountain goat.” –William Shakespeare   :: The Troll || Naniwa and Howard Staunton :: At the opposite end of the spectrum, in stark contrast to the childlike archetype, lies the Troll, a super-serious provocateur who advances the game in a way that only he can. Enter renowned former Warcraft 3 player Johann …


Detonation Imminent: LJL Season 1 Grand Finals Preview

INTRODUCTION The DetonatioN teams, FocusMe and RabbitFive, have managed to prove to their sponsor that they are truly the top teams in Japan right now. They win laning phase more often, coordinate cleaner, draft with more insight, and simply play better than anyone else. With the Grand Finals looming closer, so does the chance for …


The Practice Problem: America isn"e;t a Viable Server to Train on

 America has long been the weakest of the three hotbeds of StarCraft. The highest level of play can be found in Korea, and Europe takes a clear second place. America's comparative weakness to Europe and Korea, and the consequent weakness of the American server has created a self perpetuating cycle that prevents new North American …


Chess & StarCraft: The Gentleman-Child

When I hit that castle it didn’t even shake, so if someone else can come along and tear the whole thing down, I really need to go and train.” -Goku   :: The Gentleman-Child || qxc and Adolf Anderssen :: Philidor made significant contributions to chess during his lifetime. He was clearly one of the …


Could Hardline (and Battlefield as a whole) make it as an eSport?

Battlefield Hardline was recently released to mixed critical reception, but the game appears to be popular. After spending a decent bit of time with DICE's latest entry into the Battlefield franchise, it's time to ask the question that we here at eSports Heaven love to ask whenever a popular multiplayer game gets released: “Could this …


Controlling the Map & Acquiring Resources

“This is ground control to Major Tom.” Map control is one of the unsung heroes of StarCraft 2. Killing an opponent's units feels great; parking outside of his base doesn't. But which one is more likely to win you the game? Map control refers to the amount of space in a given territory your units …


Aeternus Recurrentia: The Turtle

“You see, this profession is filled to the brim with unrealistic |||||||||||||. |||||||||||||| who thought their ||| would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don’t. ” -Marsellus Wallace, Pulp Fiction :: The Turtle || IdrA and Francois-Andre Danican Philidor :: …


Organizing and running our first event

March 9th marked a rather significant event, it was the final day of the Kung Fu Cup Chinese qualifiers and signaled the completion of the first major event run and organized by eSports Heaven. Although we'd previously worked with our Chinese partners SCBoys NeoTV to provide English language broadcasts for Kung Fu Cup, GPL, and …


ESH Community Series DOTA2 — Round 6

With a shift in days for this installment of the ESH Community Series, we have decided to run the tournament on a Sunday as opposed to the usual Wednesday. This is to see whether we can further increase the sign ups as well as allow for more time to run the tournament due to less commitments with Sunday being …


Top Three Delivers Destruction: LJL Round 7

The previous week showed the Japanese teams' progress towards cleaner and faster games. This week was a continuation of that trend, with the addition of complete, one-sided domination. While the matches beforehand were more or less equal in terms of skill, the last three showed that the gap widened fast. The top half slowly gained …


 

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