Sorry for the MIA

Hey all,

I just wanted to write a quick update and tell everyone why I have been so MIA as of lately. Well, as most of you know, I am currently holding a position in a school as a World Geography teacher. My semester ends on December 11 and I will have a TON of free time following that; at least until I can find a full time job somewhere.

So that being said, I have spent the past few months finishing up school and I am proud to announce that I am graduating December 15 at 2:30pm. I am extremely excited and I cannot wait.

Also, I’d like to say thanks to 4Not and all my guys that have been so patient and dealing with me for not being active and around as manager. I cannot wait to get back at it and be back involved with the team. I love you all and I will try and get back into Xbox more… ESP. with Halo 4 just being released and Black Ops 2 coming next week.

I will see you all soon.

Thanks for understanding my MIA.

Amanda Kay
(Panduhkayy)

Interview with Pro Call of Duty Coach- Coach EVASIV3

Jake Summers: Coach Evasiv3

Twitter: @Coach_EVASIV3

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When I started doing interviews, I thought that writing them out would give everybody something to look at and read. Well, after only three interviews, it was suggested that I do the interviews by voice, so people could hear them instead of just reading. So, I took the chance and went out, in search of a program to record voice from Skype. I found one called Call Graph; and so far it is working amazingly.

So, I’d like to introduce you to Jake “Coach Evasiv3” Summers. I’d also like to say thanks to him for taking the time and barring with me while I worked out the kinks in the first run through. (I apologize for my puppies barking in the background. My mic is EXTREMELY sensitive and picks up anything. My puppies were downstairs and it sounds like they are semi-close.)

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I hope that you enjoyed the first interview done by voice, instead of just being written out. I want to continue to evolve to what you all want to hear and see. So, if you have any suggestions, just leave them in the comments.

-AK

 

 

Be on the lookout for more up and coming interviews. If you have any suggestions of whom to interview, leave a message in the comments. Thanks!

New Intro For All My Videos

I’d like to take a second to thank ESPL Xqzme for making me an amazing intro video to put into my videos that I upload. If you’d like to see my intro, check this out:

He did an amazing job and it means so much to me. Follow him on twitter, as well as the company that he does all his work for:

Personal Twitter: @ESPL_Xqzme

Company Twitter: @ESPLive

-AK

Look for the interview between Coach EVASIV3 and myself, later on today. I’ve been experiencing MAJOR issues with YouTube and after re-rendering and starting the upload for the 5th time, I hope that it works.

John “RevaN” Boble

John “RevaN” Boble

Twitter:@apeX_RevaN

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I had the chance to sit down with a few of the players from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 team, team DeathwisH. I first had the ability to talk to the Team Captain, Matthew “Burns” Potthoff on how he saw the present and future. Now, from a different point of view, I’ve had the chance to sit down and discuss the same things with another member of the team; John “RevaN” Boble and what he expects from the team.

If you don’t know who RevaN is, RevaN was once a part of Apex Collapse and was recently released from the team and quickly, picked up by DeathwisH in hopes that they would form a strong team bond together and gain the momentum to go into UMG Chicago. You can find him on twitter at @apeX_RevaN or on www.twitch.tv/RevaN.

So, without further-a-due, it’s my pleasure to give to you an article and interview pertaining to DeathwisH, newest player, RevaN.

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Me: Hey RevaN, how are you today?

John: I’m doing good, getting ready for UMG tomorrow and this weekend.

Me: Well, I honestly cannot wait to see how you guys on DeathwisH stand up to the competition.

John: I have a great feeling about this weekend. I think we’re all going to play our best and maybe even surprise some people.

Me: Alright, so starting off; since everyone may not know you, would you like to introduce yourself to us?

John: My name is John Boble, or as many know me, RevaN. I’m 18 years old and I am born and raised in New York. Currently, I am a competitive player for the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, even though it is not on the MLG circuit. I am currently running the Support OBJ for team DeathwisH and can’t wait to see how we do at UMG together.

Me: So, being the newest member to DeathwisH, how do you see the team all together?

John: Well, I see DeathwisH the same I see every other team. OpTic BigTymer once said “Don’t make your friends your teammates; make your teammates your friends.” I think that quote is easily applied to this team. I didn’t really know any of these guys; except for Sidroc, before I was put in contact to team up with them. We’re a good group of friends now and I’m glad that I have been given this opportunity to play with them at this tournament.

Me: Well, it’s obvious with you guys newly coming together, that you have never playing in a LAN tournament together; however, have you ever been to a LAN? How did you place?

John: Yes, I have attended a few LAN’s; and Last MLG season I attended every event, as well as WCG, UGC and some NJ Halo’s here and there. My placing for each of the MLG’s last season came in the order of: 9,5,10,8,6,5. I also was fortunate enough to win WCG and UGC.

Me: That’s awesome; winning two different events, congrats.

John: Thanks.

Me: Alright, so tomorrow you guys leave for UMG; what are your expectations for DeathwisH?

John: I never have any expectations going into events; I like to take things one game at a time and go from there. Hopefully, we place well, but only time will tell.

Me: That’s actually extremely smart of you. Usually it’s “we’re going to win” or “we’re going to get stomped,” so, it’s nice seeing that you are going in with a wise attitude; and with that, what do you expect from each of your new team members?

John: I, personally expect them to play at the best of each of their abilities. That’s all I can expect and even ask from each of them. As long as we each play hard each game and fulfill the teammate role, then we’re going to have success and play to our utmost greatest potential.

Me: Again, another wise choice of words. Most people pick out each of their teammates to talk about something that they expect of them. Now for the final question; what are you planning to follow up after UMG?

John: After UMG, there’s a ProAM tournament being held at Local Battles, which is located in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After UMG, I’m going to be focusing on this event since it could possibly be my last Mw3 tournament I play in – at least offline. It looks like a very promising and a fun event; I’m really excited to have the opportunity to participate in this and give some of the amateur players a chance to play alongside myself.

Me: Awesome! That sounds like a perfect way to wrap up the MW3 season. I’d now like to take the time to thank you for coming and talking with me, whilst allowing those who don’t know you first hand, to see you in a different way.

John: No, thank you for having me here to talk.

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I’d like to thank John or RevaN for taking the time right before this big event, to talk with me about his life in a different way. I plan on watching all of UMG to find out how team DeathwisH and its players perform together at the event. After the event, I am going to try and pull all of the guys into a Skype call to follow up with a discussion over the tournament. However, they may be busy doing things like, the ProAm and it may make time unavailable.

So, if it comes down to that, I will be following up with an article talking about the team and how they performed at UMG Chicago. Thank you for stopping by to read and learn about John “RevaN” Boble. Stay tuned for more articles from those in the community.

 

-AK

Matthew “BURNS” Potthoff

Matthew “BURNS” Potthoff

Twitter: @WisH_BURNS

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As everyone knows, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was not put on the MLG Circuit this year; so, in order to take a step forward and give those who would like to compete against one another the chance to, UMG Gaming has taken the initiative and given the COD community a LAN in which, teams from all levels can come and compete at.

This weekend, August 18 through the 19, in Chicago, Illinois, UMG Gaming is hosting its third and final LAN event for the MW3 title. With teams such as Fear, Collapse, DeathwisH, Donut Shop and many others in attendance, the level of talent that will be shown, is immeasurable. Before the teams took off, I had the chance to sit down and talk to one specifically, Team DeathwisH. In this blog, I will be discussing my conversation with the team captain, Matthew Potthoff – WisH Burns.

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Me: Hey Matt, how are you doing?

Matt: I’m doing good, just getting ready for UMG.

Me: Nice, well Good Luck beforehand. So, to start things off, would you like to introduce yourself in your own words?

Matt: Well, my name is Matthew Potthoff, or as most people have learned to know me as BURNS in the Call of Duty community. I currently am the captain of DeathwisH and the main objective player, running with Jamez, Sidroc and Revan.

Me: How do you see the team; how do you see DeathwisH as a team together?

Matt: I see DeathwisH being a very strong team, especially when we all communicate and go all out. We are very strong and have a lot of potential, and as we continue to grow as a team, everyone will begin to agree with that. One of the great things about our team, is that we have two Pros and two Ams; making it a great combination of players and talent, who have the ability to feed off of each other and strengthen each other as players.

Me: It sounds like you guys have great chemistry. How long have you guys been a team?

Matt: Revan joined about two to three weeks ago, and now we have been a set four working to strengthen our chemistry and get ready for UMG and hopefully Black Ops 2

Me: You haven’t been to a LAN as a team together, but have you ever personally been to a LAN? If so, how have you placed?

Matt: Yes, I have been to about thirty different LANS and have won at least twenty-five of those hoping to keep that good win ratio going this weekend at UMG.

Me: Speaking of UMG, what are you expectations for DeathwisH going into UMG?

Matt: Of course, I want my team to win, but I do expect us to finish in the top three teams. Hopefully, we can play our best and do great to win.

Me: What do you expect from each member of DeathwisH?

Matt: I expect complete greatness from my teammates. I expect everybody to be communicating, giving there all and playing to their fullest potential. It’s extremely important, that when a team plays, they have to work together and make sure that everyone understands everybody else and we all have good chemistry. We also all have to understand, that we all have bad games. So if somebody gets down or does bad, we have to keep playing and grinding out until everyone gets back on track.

Me: So, What do you guys have planned for after UMG?

Matt: After UMG, I am hoping that we can plan on bringing in some top sponsors for DeathwisH, and to definitely continue to practice and grind towards the Frag Cup and the BiC Championships.

Me: Alright, well thanks for filling us in and talking to me a little about DeathwisH and the upcoming plans you guys have for the team.

Matt: No, Thanks for having me and giving me the chance to let everyone know what’s going on with the team.

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There you all have it; DeathwisH has big plans for the future and as of right now, are planning on going big at UMG. I honestly cannot wait to see what comes from this team and these guys; they have already shown their strength and hopefully at UMG they will have the chance to prove their strength and ability to dominate on the game.

 

-AK

 

Up next: John “Revan” Boble and his thoughts on his new team before UMG.

Aaron “SimplyImplicit” Smith

Aaron “SimplyImplicit” Smith

Twitter: @SimplyImplicit

Personal Bloghttp://simplyimplicit.wordpress.com/

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A few days ago, I posted my first update to my blog; I mentioned that I stole the idea from a very special person in my life, and after some convincing, I got him to do a short interview with me. I’d like to take this time to introduce, Aaron “SimplyImplicit” Smith to everyone who does not already have the pleasure of knowing him.

I recently met Aaron, through some mutual friends and eventually, talking about the gaming community; among the other common ground that we held together. I was lurking on his twitter one day, when I noticed that he had been posting links to a site talking of a blog. So of course, me being me I clicked on it and went to it. After scrolling through for a while and checking out the content that he had, I had this idea pop up and decided to go for it. So, here we are sitting on my first interview that I had the chance to initiate and post up for everyone to see.

So, without further-a-due, I’d like for everyone to sit back and enjoy this one-on-one with Aaron Smith.

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Me: Hey Aaron, what’s going on? How are you today?

Aaron: Not much, not much at all. Just taking this time to handle some business and talk to you today.

Me: Haha. Well, I’d like to take this time to say thank you for taking this time to sit down and talk with me.

Aaron: No, thank you for doing something different; even though you took my idea for the blog; joking!

Me: Alright, well let’s get this started. First up, everyone has to wonder; with your position that you hold doing so much for so many organizations, how did you get into the gaming and what is your greatest accomplishment so far?

Aaron: I started gaming when I was a little kid. I was playing Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt on the Nintendo. I was lucky because, my mom loved Mario as much as I did, so we had every console Nintendo made. For a brief time, I had a Playstation 2 and I played nothing but SSX: Tricky! and when the original Xbox came out, my cousin was the first one to get it in our family. We would spend hours play Halo CE and Fusion Frenzy. I finally got my own Xbox and by that time I was playing Halo 2. When the Halo 3 Beta went live, I would speed home from school; even though it was a five minute drive, so that I could jump on and play. Now I play Halo Reach, CoD(sometimes), BF3, Slender and SC2.

As far as accomplishments, I would say working PAX East with Astro Gaming was the best thing to happen for me. It was a great learning experience and it was an amazing event! I’m very blessed and thankful for every opportunity I’m given.

Me: Nice, I feel like the gamers that were all born in the late 80’s to early 90’s all had their experience with Duck Hunt and Mario on Nintendo and the fact that you are at your age and working your way up is incredible; to me it’s a demonstration of how dedicated we all should be. Well, now for the next question; how did you get put so far into the MLG scene?

Aaron: My first time playing at a MLG event was Dallas 07. It was my first time playing on the MLG settings ever! I was terrible to say the lease but I had a great time. When I wasn’t watching matches on main stage I was talking to different people about getting better. Two years later, I was playing on the 1v1 ladder for Gamebattles (GB) and a referee came in and started helping me with a no show. We spoke for about 20 minutes about applying and working for GB. A few hours later applied and a few months later I started volunteering for GB. While volunteering, I was offered a chance to apply for a volunteer position for the Pro Circuit, as was everyone else. Luckily, I was chosen as a Halo 3 Referee for the Dallas 09 event; this jumpstarted my obsession with the events, working, meeting new people, and my love for gaming. I volunteered seven events in a row and was hired on as event staff at the end of the 2010 season; I have loved every moment sense then. Most people ask me how I did it and I tell them just to get your name out there; Basically, start volunteering for the events, for GB, or even just network. I’m very lucky to have the position I do today and I remind myself of that on a daily basis. It’s a goal of mine to meet at least 5-10 new people at every event I attend. I don’t care what game you play, I support eSports as a entirety.

Me: See, that right there is how you get started. You wanted something, and you went after it. There are not a lot of people who are willing to do that in today’s society because, the payoff is not always there; so, they are afraid of failing. So, what do you have planned for yourself in the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What about 10 years?

Aaron: My vision of the future is always evolving because; gaming is evolving and expanding daily. If you take Black Ops 2 for instance, look at the changes they have made for competitive gaming. Improvements like these are amazing. I’m not a huge CoD player but I enjoy watching it. Blizzard has their amazing game, StarCraft 2. If you look at the number of tournaments, streams, and players alone, it’s amazing how much gaming as a whole has grown and continues to grow.

Five years from now, I want to either be working for a gaming company or going to school for a gaming related field.

Ten years from now, I would like to be working as a event manager or community manager for a gaming company and traveling the world.

Me: So, it’s safe to say that you are extremely dedicated to the gaming community. It’s nice to see people out there, that are in it for the betterment of the community, rather than just for themselves. So with that said, what has been your greatest accomplishment thus far?

Aaron: This might sound a bit cheesy buy really just making all the great friends I have now. The feeling you get when you connect a face to a gamertag is indescribable. You instantly have a closer friendship with that person because of it.

Me: I can agree to that statement. I’ve met a handful of players to connect faces with, but hopefully in November, I have the chance to meet more. I’m not sure if everyone saw the tweet that I retweeted from Aaron, but it was a retweet from @MLGShibby, stating that after MLG Raleigh, there will be some big news for Console gamers for MLG Dallas. I honestly, cannot wait to hear what is going to come in November.

Alright, back on track; you are a cross-platform player; what is your favorite game of all time?

Aaron: My favorite game of all time? Well, I have played everything from Mario to Space Invaders, Crazy Taxi, Sonic, Pokemon(I chose Squirtle), and even Halo 2 PC. I would have to say Halo 2 (and hopefully, soon to be Halo 4) as my favorite game of all time. I do have to say that, BattleField 3 on the PC is amazing and I’ve spent a lot of time playing it recently.

Me: Haha. So, you’ve migrated from a console player to a PC player; nicely done. I would LOVE to play PC games, I just do not have the money right now to afford a PC.  As we begin to move through the last set of questions; what is the best advice you’ve been given? and what is the best advice you would give to someone else?

Aaron: I have been given so much great advice, it’s unreal. I would however, have to say that the best advice I have ever been given is; “Work hard and give them a reason to being you back.”

Now, the best advice that I would give is, take a chance and see what happens; if you want something badly enough, you should do whatever it takes to earn it. Take the dirty or hard job that others don’t want. Be yourself and stay humble.

Me: Nicely spoken and put. It makes you open your eyes and realize, you should do whatever you can to reach the level of success on your own, without depending on others. Alright, last question, you do a lot for MLG, have you ever seen yourself trying to change sides towards the gaming side?

Aaron: Ha ha. I think about it at least a few times a week or so. I daydream all the time about being a pro. It’s funny, but I have pre-planned celebrations of how I would jump up clenching my fits screaming “Yeahhh!” and if I could form a dream team, it would be Walshy, StrongSide, Shibby(secretly a pro), and I. That’s the dream team for me.

Me: Haha. Nice Nice Nice. It’s awesome to see all that you have done for yourself, the community and what you have planned for both as well. I would like to thank you again for taking the time to sit down and talk with me today. It means so much to me, and I feel that it will give those who do not know you or have the chance to know you, the ability to learn a little more about you.

Aaron: It’s my pleasure, thank you.

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So, for those of you who do not know Aaron, I’d like to formally introduce you to him on a level that not very many people have had the chance to do. He is one of a kind and has worked hard to get just to where he is today in the MLG community and in his personal life.

I chose him as the first to post up because, he brings back up the idea of self dependence and working alone to reach the top and go for what you want. So many people out there are accused of using others and actually do, so when you have someone who is willing to talk about taking a chance on his own to reach a level of success without standing on someone else’s shoulders, he gives the idea of what everyone should be believing. I honestly took what he has said and used it myself, making these blogs and coming in contact with people that I never thought I’d have the chance to talk to.

So, to wrap this up, I’d like to personally think Aaron for taking the time to talk to me and share some of his life and what he has done to become successful, with the public eye. Everyone should take a page from his book and do what you can for yourself to succeed. NEVER depend on someone else to reach success.

Thank you to everyone who read this through its entirety. I know that I am new to the blog thing so if you have any comments or suggestions please leave them. I was thinking about doing recorded interviews and uploading them, how would people like that? What about doing dual-commentaries over people’s game plays to post up on the blog site? I don’t know just trying to think of something that people would like to see.  But, thanks again.

-AK

One last thing, be on the lookout for interviews from, Team DeathwisH; Burns, Revan and James, Squidgrip, Hastro, EmmaleighKate, Schooly, Phizzurp, iOvaryact and many more others. If you could, follow my blog, tweet it out, or just leave a message about what you would like to see. You can also leave suggestions to who or what you would like to see in the future. Thanks for checking in.

Just wanted to say hello.

Introduction

If you don’t know me, my name is Amanda. I’m 22 and I just recently finished college. In less than a week, I start teaching my Sophomore World History Class. I was born and raised in Texas (and if you know me well enough, you know where).

Gaming

Well, a couple of years ago I started gaming thanks to my younger brother, Cory; and recently, everything has begun to take off. I began my gaming career trying to make youtube videos and “make that YOUTUBE MONAYYY!” however, I gave up quickly because, I didn’t have anything to record with. So, I played Modern Warfare 2 (MW2), Black Ops (BO) and then, Modern Warfare 3 (MW3). If you have ever played MW3, you already know how terrible of a game it is; 3 months in, I almost snapped my disc in half and quit gaming all together. I didn’t though, I just went back to Call of Duty 4 (COD4) and MW2. It was a nice break, and then I was introduced to the competitive scene. It was something I’d never experienced and it finally gave me a chance to like gaming again. In the past 5 months, I went from not knowing a thing about competitive to completely loving to play the game.

Team 4Not

Currently, I am not on a team myself, but I do coach, write and manage for the organization, 4Not. If you haven’t heard of us check us out at:

http://www.4Nothing.org

Twitter: @TEAM4Not

Well, I have officially been promoted to Head Manager over all the teams and departments, in the mass change we’ve had to better the organization. It has been a wonderful experience and the guys at 4Not have been the best.

Why A Blog

I recently started dating Aaron Smith (@SimplyImplicit), who if you don’t know you should go check out is twitter because, he plays a pretty big role in the gaming community; well, he currently runs a blog himself talking about many different games and platforms across the gaming community. Well, I stole the idea of a blog with it, and put a spin on it. I’ve sat down and had the chance to talk to many different players across the COD community and I plan on sitting down with others from other games as well, to talk and interview them in a way to allow those who don’t know them to take a chance to get to know them.

Future

I am hoping that this blog takes off and everyone likes the idea of what I am doing and actually enjoys the writing and interviews that are going to take place. I’d love to interview everyone, but not everyone is willing to sit down with me. If you’d like to see an interview with someone, leave their name in the comments and I will try and find a way to get a hold of them. I have many great players and leaders of teams that those in the COD community have grown to know and love.

So, bare with me please, and be patient; while we all get ready for some great writing and interviews of some of our favorite players around the communities.

Thanks.

-AK

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