Red Bull

Oct 242013 Tagged with , , , ,

WCS america Season 3 Finals!

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Here is a real quick share of some pictures I took Sunday October 20th at Red Bull HQ for the WCS Season 3 America Finals. This was a free admission event hosted in Santa Monica California that featured the top 8 Americans (Read: Koreans). Unfortunately I was only able to attend Sunday, but felt right at home with a, small, hyped crowd and a bunch of friends from NASL and the SoCal scene. Personal highlights of the day included the copious amounts of free Red Bull, Gretorp hugs, Jaedong remembering me, and a Polt W.

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Jun 252013 Tagged with , ,

Red Bull Training Grounds Santa Monica 2013

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First a little bit of house keeping. Bringing the site out of “beta” today with some graphical and miscellaneous updates. No longer scared to link people here. Looking forward to the pointers I get on improving the place.

So I got a VIP invite from Rob Simpson and Sean Plott to attend the “Open House” final day of the Red Bull Training Grounds event. For the third of fourth time red bull opened the doors of their socal headquarters to the Day[9]tv squad to host a starcraft event. Two red bull sponsored startale Korean players, joined two Europeans, and four NA players for a three day production. Training grounds allowed these players a lot more than just the opportunity to play in an invite only tournament. These eight players were being put up for an entire week in Los Angeles and given the opportunity and tools to practice in preparation for MLG Anaheim next weekend. You can find the liquipedia recap of the event [here].

[If you are just interested in seeing my album from the event you can click on this big ‘ol link.] 

This was my first time visiting a production at the red bull HQ. I have only ever seen pictures from their previous events, even though I live rather close to Santa Monica. I arrived at about 1pm and the show was scheduled to start at 2. When I got onto campus I was greeted by some nifty cubicles and a massive wooden ramp spanning the length of the warehouse. The party was going on towards the back of the complex. Security escorted me through the cubicles and to the set. Everyone was just hanging out and I learned that the show was going to be delayed until home story cup was over for the day. The interwebs gave them a lot of love for this decision, and I agree. At the end of the day it was far and away the best business decision they could do tho.
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Jun 112013 Tagged with , , , ,

MLG, CSL, & Red Bull! Tri-Event Wrap-up and Photo Dump~

Well this is intimidating. Not many of you know me. In fact, the only reason you really would know me is either from meeting me at an event, or browsing reddit. I have always posted my starcraft content on /r/starcraft; but recently I have been encouraged to start a blog with my pictures and stories. What the hell, right?

A little introduction about myself: My name is Joey “Leafeator” Thimian, and I got into competitive gaming in 2005. Day of Defeat 1.3 was my lifeblood. I was 12 at the time, and I was competitive at every single thing I did. I did not care if I was bowling, playing basketball, or even a casual game of connect four; I wanted to win. Always. When I learned I could compete at DoD, the drive to be the best was overwhelming. This FPS gaming carried on into DoD:S, CoH, TF2, and Star 2. Aside from CAL, I learned about eSports on TV when I was stuck in a motorhome camping. I flipped through the channels and found djWheat casting a CSS game. I was hooked. I have been watching Lo3 since episode 1, and have a real admiration for Marcus. I got into Star 2 by going to launch night with friends. I never played a Blizzard game before, but I just won 60$ in a poker game, and decided that I would try this out. I felt the need to get better, found Husky, found HD, found I was drawn into the scene because of the community, and I wanted to help grow eSports. My first chance to really do so was when Xeris gave me the opportunity to work as Assistant Commissioner at NASL. That started the ball rolling, and ever since then I have been shaking more hands of players, casters, and back stage workers. The more I network, the more I realize that I need to be working along side these awesome people in our growing industry. #eSports
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