NorCraft Cup 2014 VoDs!

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NorCraft Cup 2014 Videos

As many of you may know, in the last month I have commentated not only for the regional finals of the NorCraft Cup in Sweden but the main event as well, where the top four competitors from all four Nordic regions (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark) got together to battle for a three thousand Euro purse.

The tournament was sponsored by and CoolerMaster Nordics (They are at @hitboxlive and @CoolerMasterND on Twitter, go thank them!) and I’m happy to be able to release these NorCraft Cup videos for you to watch!

Note: The names of some players are in the titles of many of these videos, but in the finals from the semifinals onwards names are NOT in the titles. Also note that we only commentated half the quarterfinals on the main stream, so knowing the names of these players don’t necessarily reveal any of the group stage winners and losers.

For anyone who would like the entire NorCraft Cup 2014 playlist, this can be found here.


NorCraft Cup Sweden Finals

MorroW vs Avokado

StarNaN vs SortOf

Avokado vs Autumn

SortOf vs MorroW

MorroW vs Prospect

Autumn vs SortOf


NorCraft Cup Overall Finals

Serral vs SpaceMarine

SpaceMarine vs Avokado

SortOf vs Snovski

Serral vs SpaceMarine (Rematch)

Eiki vs Bunny

Eiki vs Winter

SortOf vs Elfi

MorroW vs Bunny

SemiFinal 1

SemiFinal 2

Third Place Match (Bo5)

Grand Final (Bo5)

Enjoy, and see you next year for the third edition of the NorCraft Cup! :)

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The mYi Olympics!

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mYi Olympics with JoRoSaR

Good afternoon folks,

mYi Olympics? What on earth are the mYi Olympics? Well, you may remember that a while ago now I visited the mYinsanity house in Switzerland, and had a lot of videos and interviews to share as the result of that experience.

I forgot to mention…there’s one more.

At the end of my visit, I managed to get all the pro players and staff staying at the house to a nearby field, and brought my camera and tripod. The Koreans might be dominating BlizzCon, but this would be a good opportunity to show that perhaps the rest of the world could do well in the next most important event of the year! ;-)

This video took a LOT of effort to edit, and I had some amazing help (i.e. almost all of it!) from Exile 5’s Dot while Dot and PiG were in London…so thank you so much for this! <3

I had so, so much fun filming and being a part of this. Just wanted to share and have people enjoy, and see that there is a lighter side to pro-gaming life! :-) There’s a link to the complete mYi YouTube playlist at the end of the video as well. I do believe that some of the events we do in this video were suggestions from my original TeamLiquid and Reddit threads when I was heading over to the mYi house as well, so thank you for those! Happy to be able to make some of them a reality…and suggestions for next time are more than welcome!

Now, without further ado…allow me to present to you the mYi Olympics!

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NorCraft Cup Qualifiers: Sweden Finals

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NorCraft Cup Qualifiers: Swedish Finals with JoRoSaR

This past weekend I was pleased to commentate the NorCraft Cup Qualifier for Sweden! The final group of players were competing for four spots in the NorCraft Cup final later on in November, and the top four players were also competing for preferred seeding and a 125 Euro cash prize.

There were some pretty fun series, and as the bracket was single elimination I do not wish to spoil any of the results in this blog post, so I will post the first two series I covered followed by linked to the semi-finals and finals of the Sweden NorCraft Cup Qualifier.

Swedish NorCraft Cup Qualifier Games

StarNaN vs SortOf Game 1 (Bo3)

MorroW vs Prospect Game 1 (Bo3)

Semi-Final 1, Game 1 (Bo3)

Semi-Final 2, Game 1 (Bo3)

3rd Place Match, Game 1 (Bo3)

NorCraft Cup Qualifier: Swedish Finals – Game 1 (Bo5)

For the full YouTube playlist from the Sweden NorCraft Cup Qualifier, click here.

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IEM San Jose European Qualifiers Videos

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IEM San Jose European Qualifiers

On the 18th and 19th of October 2014, the IEM San Jose European qualifiers were held online. A large number of games were cast and in particular some really exciting series happened on Day 2, which was when the top 8 from Day 1 of the qualifiers joined 8 other invitees to duke it out in a double elimination bracket.

Please find the videos below with my commentary over the weekend, I hope you enjoy them! I have separated them into Day 1 & Day 2.

Please note the points below:

– I have only included links to Game 1 of each series below so that the result isn’t spoiled beforehand. Player names are not in any set order (the winner could be either) and links to the next game or series are at the end of each video.
– Some players appear more often than others, due to the nature of how the games/lobbies fell with the tournament timing for the stream.
– Seeing a player twice (on day 2) on this list doesn’t mean they lost the first series, as it was double elimination.

Enjoy! For those who just want to see the entire playlist rather than going through the videos below, you can find my IEM San Jose European Qualifiers playlist here.

IEM San Jose European Qualifiers Videos – Day 1

MarineLord vs Classico (TvT)

Pal vs Kas (PvT)

MarineLord vs Harstem (TvP) – mid-series in Game 2

Grubby vs Pouchou (PvZ)

Slivko vs Grubby (ZvP) – mid-series in Game 2

Elazer vs MaNa (ZvP) – mid-series in Game 2

IEM San Jose European Qualifiers Videos – Day 2

Happy vs VortiX (TvZ)

YoDa vs Welmu (TvP)

Welmu vs TLO (PvZ)

MMA vs Happy (TvT)

TLO vs Happy (ZvT)

Happy vs Sacsri (TvZ)

Until next time!


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IEM San Jose Qualifier – Europe

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JoRoSaR Streaming the IEM San Jose Qualifiers

Hello all,

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be covering the IEM San Jose qualifiers for the European region next Saturday and Sunday, the 18th and 19th of October!

San Jose is the third event of IEM Season IX, organized by ESL and held at the SAP Center. It marks the seventh IEM event in the United States of America since 2006. It is also the first IEM standalone event in North America, which is pretty awesome!

You can see the TeamLiquid thread here.

The event is split into two sections. The first day of the IEM San Jose qualifier is open to everyone, and this bracket will produce a Top 8 players who move on to day 2.

On day 2, the top 8 will be joined by 8 seeded players (seeded based on WCS rank) in a double elimination bracket, where the top 2 will receive fully paid spots in the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose main event.

The seeded players are:

  • Welmu
  • ForGG
  • Snute
  • First
  • Bunny
  • TLO
  • YoDa
  • VortiX

The full Liquipedia link is here.

I will be commentating both days from my Twitch channel at I will be covering games that the main stream are not, and this will continue into the second day where I will likely cover many of the lower bracket games until the final few, at which point will take over for the rest of the day from the main studio.

I’m looking forward to bringing these games to you guys, and hope to see some of you watching next weekend. :-)


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DreamHack Blog Stockholm: The Write Up

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The DreamHack Blog: Stockholm

I’m writing this DreamHack blog the day after the event, still somewhat recovering and nursing a strictly non-alcoholic drink with my lunch after another impressive DreamHack after-party.

The weekend was certainly tough work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being given the task of ‘creating as much content as I can’ gives me a wide remit, and I enjoyed trying to push the limits of what I could do in the time I spent in Stockholm.

However hard you work, though, we should always remember that there are so many people who have to endure a lot of crazy stress to pull things off. The Hearthstone commentators, players and production crew, for example, were awake until 5:30am the next day on ‘Day 1′ of the tournament (this really should be ‘Day 1.5′).

The Hearthstone stage at DreamHack Stockholm

That was without a single technical hitch – the games were simply that competitive and went the distance often enough that it broke Artosis’ record for the largest number of hours he’s had to cast in a day – and he loved it. You can see what he had to say in my interview with him here. Spare a thought for the production crew and support staff as well who had to be on-the-ball for every overlay set-up, transition and other requests until the very end.

Content: More Challenging Than I Thought!

I had a loose ‘game plan’ in mind before I arrived at the Blizzard Streaming Zone. Write a DreamHack blog, record videos and interviews (asking some less traditional questions to keep things interesting and fresh – my preferred approach!), and record the atmosphere through photography. On paper this seemed like a good set of objectives, but I discovered that this was more difficult than I thought.

Happily, at the event we had some great support. The Blizzard guys in Albert and Lucas were instrumental in helping us get our content area set up and running (basically, without them we had no workstations!).

I also had the gracious help of several translators for interviews including Inuh (MMA’s lovely manager), the eventual champion Samsung’s Solar and the ever smiling CM Storm Polt (off camera), which was fantastic. The DreamHack staff helped us wherever they could – shoutout to Kim who helped us stop our section of the hall being taken down until last so that we could continue to record, edit and upload video on the final day. She also coordinated giveaways with us for the fans. We like giveaways. Mmm, loot.

Giveaways and loot at DreamHack Stockholm 2014

We managed to sit down with the team after the event as well for a very deserved, very tasty Thai meal – here you see myself with Albert & Lucas, joined by Madals and DeadSet (one of the awesome Diablo III streamers at the Blizzard Streaming Zone this weekend).

Dinner with the Blizzard community team at DreamHack Stockholm

Creating content was difficult because to get a single video uploaded, a large number of things had to go right. First, a person must be available (which at a weekend tournament is extremely hit and miss) and sometimes I had to locate the help of a translator who was available to help at the same time.

After walking to a quiet area and setting equipment up, the interview itself can take 15-20 minutes to complete. Everything must then get transferred to my laptop where editing and uploading can begin – this can take anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes per video. Finally, after uploading I need to make sure everything is tagged correctly, inserted into blog posts / forum posts and have them added to playlists as well as social media.

Because of this, a single 10 minute interview could end up taking as much as two hours to get online. This is why we had to work quickly, and stayed later at the end on Day 2. I loved every minute of it including the constant running around. It was a good chance to capture as many parts of the event as possible, and in the end I happily managed to gather content for all of Blizzard’s titles at the venue – StarCraft, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft & Diablo.

When people I wanted to interview were busy, I quickly walked around and said hello to the CM Storm folks (who I met in Copenhagen earlier this year) and looked at some of the cool stalls. I now have my very own potted fire flower, which I will be happily displaying on my desk back in London!

My very own fire flower from Pappas Parlor at DreamHack Stockholm

Planning and Set-Up for Entertainment Success

I don’t think anyone can deny that when it comes to delivering entertainment, DreamHack not only sets the bar high but consistently delivers. Stockholm 2014 was no exception. The final show on stage at the Globe Arena was amazing, with added special effects and pyrotechnics because, in the words of the set-up staff I spoke to during the event, “Why not?”

Pyrotechnics and special effects galore on the DreamHack Stockholm stage

The fantastic set up was not something that happened by accident, and took a lot of planning. I was particularly impressed with the Hearthstone stage, where I genuinely feel they took production to the next level. The camera angles they achieved from the track around the elevated stage (or the choo-choo-train camera as I prefer to call it!) produced some amazing results for the stream.

Things also ran extremely smoothly – people were not only enjoying the quality of the production but visiting many of the stalls. There was even a tattoo stall and Blizzard’s own Marc Olbertz got involved, tattooing the word Passion (I was reminded “definitely without the hashtag!”) on his arm.

Blizzard's Marc Olbertz getting tattooed at DreamHack Stockholm

StarCraft was a constant crowd-gatherer throughout, with even the first group stages attracting many people to watch. We were stationed right next to the big screen so we could follow the progress as well as listen first hand to the crowd reactions.

The StarCraft arena at DreamHack Stockholm

It was awesome being able to interact so easily with people who played so many games. I even had a great conversation with Lothar (the Hearthstone player and commentator at this event) in the taxi from the airport when I arrived about competitive Counter-Strike back in version 1.5. That was a long time ago and it turns out we both played the game competitively back then! We spoke about how the eSport has evolved, hitboxes in version 1.6 (always a good talking point!), the automatic sniper rifle (much less powerful back then) that nobody used and how much fun public games were on de_prodigy and fy_iceworld. What great memories! :)

The Road to BlizzCon

A major talking point at DreamHack Stockholm was the road to BlizzCon (#RoadtoBlizzCon) – Blizzard’s end-of-year event where the finals of many tournaments such as the Hearthstone World Championship and StarCraft World Championship Series will be held. There were qualifying spots for several games available at DreamHack, and watching the journeys of some of these players through their successes and defeats definitely raised the atmosphere at the event to another level.

DreamHack Stockholm in the run-up to BlizzCon 2014

The StarCraft Tournament

My DreamHack blog wouldn’t be complete without talking about the StarCraft tournament. I play many games but StarCraft is understandably close to my heart as I’ve been commentating at events for several years now. It was great to be able to speak to a lot of the players before their group stage games started. It gave me a good idea of their form and confidence heading into the event.

Exile5's PiG playing EG.JaeDong on the main stream. Note the mascot!

Once the Round of 16 bracket was released, I was pleased with my prediction that soO would end up playing the winner of a JaeDong-Solar match. However, despite soO’s past results in tournament finals I confess I did not expect the final scoreline!

Something that also impressed me was ForGG’s run through the final bracket, taking out both Polt and MMA. ForGG’s playing standard has always been good, and taking out two of the fan favourites in his preferred TvT matchup reminded us all of how formiddable he can be.

The downstairs StarCraft playing area at DreamHack Stockholm

I also saw that Liquid’s Ret had a quiet tournament with few of his games streamed, but produced some great games. He had solid 2-0’s against both Welmu (who is quickly being noted for his great WCS form) and Liquid HerO in Group Stage 2, and ended up falling to cJ’s herO and Liquid MaNa in Group Stage 3, where he also dropped his first map of the tournament. That’s a lot of ZvP as well as a lot of intra-team battling, but despite falling short of the final 16 his form looked really good. I’m eager to see what he will be showing us towards 2015. I also managed to interview him on the second day – you can see that video here.

The DreamHack Champion

Solar is a deserving champion, and the nature of his victory in the final should be enough to silence any doubters. He’s also great in an interview and wears his heart on his sleeve – you can watch my catch up with him here.

The DreamHack Stockholm 2014 champion, Samsung's Solar! Photo courtesy of Kim Phan(Above photo courtesy Kim Phan of Blizzard)

He’s a very kind-hearted and sociable guy. Not only did he help translate for me in my interview with cJ herO and my interview with Alien Invasion’s Patience, he took time to say hello and be around as many members of the community as he could. Here is he posing with mYi’s young recruit Reynor after winning the DreamHack star – he said to Reynor, “Next year, this could be yours”. It was very sweet, and we should definitely keep an eye out for Reynor in the coming year. He’s only 12 years old and already mixing it up with some of the tournament veterans!

Samsung's Solar and mYinsanity's Reynor


It was hard work but I thoroughly enjoyed Stockholm. Even as I sit finishing this DreamHack blog on the plane back to London I am anticipating the atmosphere at my next eSports event.

The tournament was fantastic, with its many interweaving stories including the Road to BlizzCon. The organisation and support we had from the ground staff made all our content production possible, and the celebrations and after-party weren’t bad either. ;-)

Ai Patience, JoRoSaR and mYi.Sacsri at the DreamHack Stockholm after-party

DreamHack is owed our thanks for another magnificent event, and I’m looking forward to seeing the great gameplay the season ending DreamHack Winter and BlizzCon will produce.

That’s it from me for now – I hope you’ve enjoyed my work over the weekend, and do leave me any comments you have to this blog post. It’s always great to hear from the fans! :)

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DreamHack Interviews & Videos from Stockholm

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Hello everyone! As promised, please find my interviews and videos from the whole of DreamHack Stockholm here. Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube and check me out on Twitter and Facebook if you’d like to get in touch. There’s also a TeamLiquid thread where all of the below videos can be found. Enjoy!

DreamHack Interviews from Stockholm Day 1

Hello from DreamHack Stockholm!

The Tyrant himself, Evil Geniuses’ JaeDong, has a few choice words for his opponent ahead of his games at DreamHack Stockholm..

XMG’s ToD chats to me about the tournament, his recent casting success and, of course, game balance!

My Dreamhack interview with Samsung Galaxy’s Solar on his rise through StarCraft and where he sees things shaping up tomorrow.

Alien Invasion’s Patience weighs in during this DreamHack interview, with some translation help from Samsung Galaxy’s Solar.

An old friend in Azael appears at DreamHack, commentating for the World of Warcraft Arena stream. I check in to see how he’s doing!

I find CM Storm’s Polt, who has been in tremendous form of late and is already qualified for BlizzCon.

Catching up with Acer’s MMA on BlizzCon, his thoughts on DreamHack and more.

Meet the contingent of mYinsanity at DreamHack Stockholm – nine of them on camera at once! :-)

DreamHack Interviews & Videos from Stockholm Day 2

I preview the StarCraft tournament’s Ro16 ahead of Day 2 of competition here at DreamHack.

Artosis stops by to talk about all things Hearthstone, casting world records and DreamHack while drinking impressive amounts of coffee.

The South East Asian contingent, consisting of Livibee, Exile5’s PiG and mYinsanity’s Blysk, pop by for a word on DreamHack and progressing in eSports overseas.

I speak to cJ Entus’ herO before his Quarter-Final match against Sacsri.

Meet Arvid Wuensch, filmographer / vidoegrapher and older brother of Liquid’TLO. He has been documenting Dario’s tournament behind the scenes and filming the DreamHack Stockholm event.

Ret stops by for a chat, after doing a great job up to Group Stage 3 of DreamHack – playing extremely well and looking very content with his play.

I chat to A_Spec, who I normally see hosting Insomnia stages but today was the lead producer on the excellent Hearthstone stream here at DreamHack Stockholm.

We have an interview with Moses and DeadSet, the two Diablo III streamers that have streamed tirelessly for the entire weekend. I catch up and talk about my glory Diablo II days as well as what’s changed since then. :-)

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JoRoSaR at DreamHack Stockholm 2014

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JoRoSaR at DreamHack Stockholm 2014

DreamHack Stockholm 2014

Hey everyone,

I’m very happy to let you know that I will be attending DreamHack Stockholm 2014 tomorrow and Saturday, covering the event on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment as part of the Blizzard Streaming Zone.

This is a fun and interesting opportunity – as many of you know I have been behind the StarCraft II casting desk previously at DreamHack Bucharest (known as well for the appearance of the infamous Rapollo…)  and thoroughly love it. This will be a different and challenging experience though, where not only will I be filming video content and interviews but writing blog updates and perhaps the odd audio interview as well.

The days will be long and it’s quite likely I’ll be editing content for upload into the early hours all weekend, but I’m looking forward to it a lot.

Your Ideas for Content and Interviews from DreamHack Stockholm

What I’d love to hear from you is your wants and suggestions for content coming out of DreamHack Stockholm that might be something you don’t normally see. There are plenty of superstars attending and I’m sure I’ll be speaking to a fair number of them – who in particular do you want to hear the story of, or even ask a specific question to? Which behind-the-scenes staff member do you want people to know about the most? Are there any parts of the venue you want to see photographed or perhaps have a walking tour of? What about written content – what are the stories that YOU want to see followed throughout the tournament?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section of this post. I will be looking whenever I can, and I’ll be aiming to capture as much as possible of the side of DreamHack Stockholm that you want to see and hear about.

You you can also get in touch with me on Facebook at and on Twitter at @JoRoSaR. Thanks for your contribution and look forward to hearing from you!


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Korean BBQ Cooked by Jjakji & StarDust at the mYi Team House in Switzerland!

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Pro-Gamers Cook Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ cooked by professional Starcraft II gamers!

Korean BBQ features heavily in the newest addition to the mYi gaming house series of videos! Follow professional Starcraft II gamers mYi.Jjakji and mYi.StarDust as they prepare and cook a delicious Korean BBQ for the rest of the mYinsanity gaming house.

Enjoy watching from ingredient gathering to eating, including way too much meat (is there such a thing?) and Jjakji heading to a restaurant to procure Coca Cola!

The mYinsanity house is a professional gaming house located just outside of Bern, Switzerland. The residence houses professional gamers for mYinsanity (mainly the Starcraft II team) as well as team management and the occasional guests. It’s a great place to be!

Don’t forget to like, comment and share! :-)

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Gfinity Interviews with JoRoSaR

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JoRoSaR's Gfinity Interviews at G3

Gfinity Interviews from the Epic G3 Weekend

Hey everyone, and hope you’re looking forward to Gfinity interviews! I caught up with Team Liquid’s Bunny and Evil Geniuses’ DeMusliM after their group stage games on Saturday, as well as other folks on Championship Sunday – $30,000 and 3,375 WCS points were distributed at Gfinity G3 and it was pretty epic! Below you’ll find all the Gfinity interviews I conducted throughout the weekend. Enjoy, comment and share!

Gfinity Interview with Liquid.Bunny



Gfinity Interview with EG.DeMusliM


Gfinity Interview with FunKa

Gfinity Interview with HyuN & Reis

Gfinity Interview with MC

Gfinity Interview with Head Referee HyeongJin Oh


Hope you’ve enjoyed these G3 Gfinity interviews! I had a blast at the tournament and am really happy I squeezed out the time to speak to these folks while there as well. Please do comment, share and leave any feedback here and via social media! :)

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