Sailor Scouts VS Breast Cancer – 2nd annual Fundraiser

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This past Saturday, the Sailor Scouts organized a fundraiser for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation through Twitch stream. Last year, we successfully raised 1,210$ and this year we have surpassed our objective and gathered 1,751$! 100% of this money goes straight to the foundation.

But let’s go back to the beginning of the story. As an all female esports team, we decided that Breast Cancer was our cause to bring attention to and fight for. This year, we had the help of so many great people who volunteered their time and energy to bring this event together.

Special thanks to: Montreal Esports Academy for letting us use their offices, equipment and most importantly, their freaking genius producer Elena who really took the quality of our stream to the next level!

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Photo credit: Instagram

The famous French caster Drift, graciously volunteered to be the host for our stream, while Quake provided the 9000 IQ analysis and I added the English flavour!

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Being in the green room (yea we weren’t really in Hanamura) , I felt like a true news anchor and star! I could really get used to that 😉

The three of us casted a mini 8 team tournament on our Twitch channel and took breaks in between games to do raffles and polls to give out keys for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, graciously donated by Ubisoft Montreal  and a ton of local Quebec indie games, thanks to the generosity of Loto-Quebec. The Scouts did an amazing job behind the scenes by interacting with chat and making sure the whole stream went by smoothly.

Big thanks to the participating teams: Team Paradox, Ganymede’s Girls, Team Sasqwatch and everyone from Galactic Guardians, whose community team won the tournament! We saw some spicy gameplay, intense overtimes and a lot of Bree haha (she played for 2 different teams throughout the day).

Not only were we raising money with our tournament, but we also had a whole community of volunteer streamers that wanted to get in on the action and all their donations on October 20th went to the foundation as well! The community totally got together and did an amazing job. By the way, even though all donations were to the benefit of our local Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, friends throughout Canada, America and even Europe took part in the fundraiser!

Donation MVPs: Oshko secretly dropping a fat donation and Scout fan superstar Andrewzorz hitting the triple donation.

Pèse sur Start also wrote a very touching article about Christine’s reason to take part in our event. She’s really inspirational and keeps the jokes rolling despite what she’s lived through. A real #girlboss.

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After we wrapped up the stream, we walked a few blocks away and stopped for supper at a nice little Japanese restaurant. Time to relax and fill our bellies!

Once again, thank you tremendously for all your support. We are already planning on making next year’s fundraiser even bigger and pinker (lol)!

xo ❤
IDDQT

Competitive Hearth$tone and female only tournaments

The WESG USA and Canadian qualifiers were about to begin. I already knew that there were female only tournaments for Counterstrike because I am an old Stephanie ” missharvey ” Harvey fan. But to my surprise, there was also a Hearthstone female only tournament. An even bigger surprise was that only seven Canadian women had signed up for it. Although I had only played Hearthstone in its beta, I eagerly signed up for the tournament seeing that half the contestants were likely to win a cash prize at the Canadian finals.

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I plugged my cards into Hearthpwn, a third-party deck building app and wished for the best. As many Hearthstone players know, no matter how smart and cunning you are, the quality of your cards play a just as important role. Would I be able to win against anyone without spending any money on cards? LOL 😭

My first match in the WESG qualifiers lasted over half an hour to my surprise. At times I thought the game would even be winnable until my opponent pulled out Healing Rain (Restores 12 health randomly divided amongst friendly characters and only costs 3 mana!!!!!!!) … TWICE! Haha this is the spiciness I expect of real Hearthstone players. After my first loss I fell into lower bracket, won a game by forfeit and then lost in a super speedy match in less than 15 minutes.

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Overall in my short one afternoon competitive HS career, I can say that it is a thrilling esport but I am saddened that despite the game being very accessible to play casually, it demands a financial commitment unlike most FPS and MOBA titles.

What I love about competitive Overwatch is that every player, no matter their skills, are given the exact same tools and abilities to play the game. No matter how many hours you’ve played, no matter how many dollars you’ve spent on loot boxes, everyone has an equal chance.

I think it would be awesome to have a Hearthstone tournament similar to Magic the Gathering’s sealed deck format, where players purchase 6 sealed packs and create their deck on the spot. Everything lies in the hands of luck and wit. Does this format or something similar already exist in Hearthstone?

Now back to what I said about this being one of the most accessible games out there right now. Hearthstone can be played on a low end PC, tablet or mobile phone so just about anyone can start playing for free. So why is there:

1. A female only tournament in a game of the mind (and wallet huehuehue)?

2. Why have only 7 women and 1 curious noob (me) signed up to represent Canada?

I do believe that female only tournaments with the idea to promote women in esports can be beneficial by shining a spotlight on female talent to encourage young girls to start playing as well. However, I would add that female only leagues with the sole purpose of dividing by gender to have a women play with women will not advance the skillsets of these players. Example: there should never be a women only Overwatch League. Like ever.

Female only tournaments should be a celebration of women getting together to play show matches and get more women interested to join in.

So why such a small turnout for such a big country?

There didn’t seem to be any advertisement whatsoever on WESG’s part. I only came across it by looking at women’s Counterstrike brackets (only 3 teams were in the qualifier themselves). Hopefully, next year and the years to come, WESG and other companies that plan to host female only tournaments will go that extra mile and do their tournaments justice by promoting it. WESG is offering great cash prizes that any esports enthusiast would love to compete for, but unfortunately, only a handful showed up to the party.

xoxo,

IDDQT ❤

Dreamhack Canada 2018: WE MET SCARLETT!

I have amazing memories of the Sailor Scouts‘ first Dreamhack, in 2017.
It was our first LAN tournament together, we won a cash prize, we had unlimited Monster and we met McGravy.

Getting ready for this year’s edition, only Quake and I remain on the main roster and the other OG Scouts have moved on to substitute or management positions within the team. As a local Montreal / Quebec team, we were unfortunately unable to find a projectile DPS player so we had to expand our search two hours across the border and found this little juiced up gem: Bree.

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Photo credit: Dreamhack Canada

Dreamhack Canada 2018 took place at the Olympic Stadium, which is HUGEEE, literally and for the Montreal esports scene. To have such a big venue and sell out, props to them!

With pockets full of Twitch bits and sub money, a generous donation from Lucky Hammers, and the help of our new sponsor Oshko, we made it to Dreamhack fully sponsored and ready to roll!

Saturday began with the Overwatch tournament at 9AM sharp. Sadly, this year only the top 3 placed teams will receive cash prizes (spoiler alert: we placed 7th out of 15 teams, booooo). The format was double elimination, but I was hoping for a group stage to stretch out our game time and make the most of our DH experience. We played some great matches against even greater teams but sadly, we were eliminated by Team Subzero. But not before getting a 5K first c:

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I totally stole this clip to make IDDQTPIE Kawaii Adventures Episode IV.

Saturday night ended on a slightly sad note since we were eliminated from the tournament but we had a full Sunday to look forward to and explore the expo area.

We returned to the Olympic Stadium the next day and it was so much funner than we could have imagined! So many people wanted to interview us, take photos with us, just chat with us. Initially, the girls were thinking of leaving around noon, but we ended up staying past 5PM because we were having such a great time.

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Photo credit: Shot by GL 514

The legendary Miss Harvey, Dreamhack Canada’s official spokesperson, made a little pit stop during her guided tours to chat with us and share some of her wisdom. She is such a class act and I just want to say how genuinely humble she is to take time with anybody who comes up to her for a photo or who wants to say hi. She loves her fans and it really showed this weekend as she was constantly in demand.

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Photo credit: nice person at the booth across I think

Speaking of legendary Canadian women, WE FREAKING MET SCARLETT! Uh yea, you know the winner of the Intel Extreme Masters 2018 in collaboration with the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, we just casually saw her standing there. Out in the open. At first I couldn’t believe it. Was Scarlett just a few feet away and easily accessible for selfies? I yelled for Annie to come confirm that I was not dreaming. We quietly whispered SCARLETT, SCARLETT! until we got her attention and asked for a photo.

It was on Annie and my bucket list to get a photo with Scarlett but we totally choked on what to say! We had tears watering up our eyes and we couldn’t find anything to say. I don’t even remember if anything intelligent came out of ours mouths. But at least we have this photo to remember.

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Just strolling along in the Expo area, we got invited onto Loto Quebec’s live stream hosted by Denis Talbot and Bobby Gamache. We chatted about how awesome the weekend is going and the Sailor Scouts’ future plans in gaming. Denis Talbot, a pillar in Quebec’s gaming history, even took some extra time after filming to give us tips for our next interviews. It’s so great to feel how close the esports scene is and how genuinely kind people will always be there to support you and help elevate you. Warm fuzzy feelings.

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We were about to wrap things up and start heading home when we ran into the tallest Gentleman ever, Étienne Veilleux from RDS! Every time I see him at an event, it’s a huge surprise because I am never looking that high up in the air, so I pretty much only see him last minute! Did you notice that Quake is the second tallest in the photo? At a staggering 5’4”.
And heeeyyy check out that Oshko booth in the back. Product placement!

All in all, it was an amazing jam packed weekend filled with video games and friendship. I can’t wait to see what Dreamhack Canada has in stored for 2019. I wouldn’t be opposed to traveling to Toronto maybe for an even bigger LAN venue?

xoxo,

IDDQT 

Cool! Magazine & IDDQTPIE adventures III

Hey! Who’s that in the new August issue of Cool! Magazine?
Why, ita me, Mario! Wait, no! It’s IDDQT!
Thanks to the ladies at Pèse sur Start, I got my five seconds of fame by being featured as their Geek of the Month. This is super awesome, especially since I used to read Cool! when I was a teen (and it that wasn’t too long ago… hue hue hue).

I bought 2 copies of the magazine; one to treasure forever and the other to carry around with me to show everyone haha. And by everyone, I mean my parents. They thought it was nice, although my mom still wants me to focus on something else than gaming. Mooooooommm!!! 😦

Anyways, here’s my newest gaming video: IDDQT Kawaii Adventures III! Dedicated to you, mommy!

Music: BAAM by Momoland

Sailor Scouts invade Saguenay’s Saggeek convention!

The team was invited last weekend to attend the 3rd annual Saggeek convention in the beautiful Saguenay, 5 hours from Montreal.

One of our players, Quake, is actually a local from there and her parents still live nearby with their tiny little Yorkshire puppy. Since Quake is a native of the area, I hopped in her car for the long ride to the convention. We karaoke’d the road trip classics: Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.

Arriving at Saggeek, we were part of their inaugural geek game where invited guests were separated by gender to play a reenactment of the popular Quebecois show; La Fureur. The Scouts were paired up with Valerie from Le Bento à Valérie (Quake and I totally grabbed a copy of her super kawaii cookbook!) and across from us were popular Youtubers; Steelorse and Luduc and friends. I’m sad to say we lost but I honestly had no clue about the theme: shows from our childhood. We totally didn’t have the same childhood as between the contestants, we probably had almost a 15 year difference!

Afterwards, we hosted a panel to discuss women in esports, similar to the one at Montreal Comiccon that we did the week before.

This is the coolest part though: we then split the Scouts into two teams of 3 and invited con goers to join us for some custom games! We shotcalled and encouraged the players, some new to the game, and just had a blast. For some of the guests, it was their first time playing in a team setting with a little bit of structure and I think they really enjoyed it 🙂

Afterwards, our duties were over at the convention and we got to walk around the exhibitor area, get temporary tattoos, buy some cute souvenirs and head off to the local gamer bar Le Versus. WHICH WAS SO FREAKING AWESOME BTW. Le Versus is a gamer and board game bar with themed drinks and food. I loved it so so so much, I recommend anyone within a 2 hours driving radius needs to go now!! For non-alcohol drinkers like me, I especially appreciated the variety of virgin cocktails. Try the Pikachu!

We played a bit of Mario Kart, the Fabulous / Quake rivalry was pretty intense! And then sang along with the table next to us to Queen. The night ended perfectly with line dancing to Shania Twain’s I feel like a woman. I tried my best to follow haha – video from le Versus here. We took a few dabbing photos on the sidewalk and then headed back to Quake’s parents for some beauty sleep. The next morning, we set out early on our drive back home.

Thank you so much to Saggeek for inviting the Sailor Scouts, it was an amazing experience that we will never forget. Fingers crossed that we get to come back next year!

xoxo,

IDDQT ♥

Team Canada, LET’S GOOOO!!

It’s on guys! I applied to be Community Lead for Team Canada and my dream is going to come true!! Well… with your help 🙂 Click here to endorse me for a spot on the committee!

Want to know more about me? I made a little video just for the occasion!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7SIfxLfPXY&t=21s

Currently there seems to be a bug on the Blizzard site that is placing me and all Canadians / Australians in USA, but I’m sure they will sort that out soon.

Thanks for everything guys and grills. No matter what happens, just believe in yourself and make your own dreams happen.

xo

IDDQTPIE 🍁