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

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 

This crazy little huge thing…

This crazy little huge thing happened to me.
I was busy at work and I took a break to check my phone and there was a message from my ex-coach saying: WAKE UP.
And there was a screenshot.

Overwatch World Cup 2018 Team Canada

I am one of the 10 candidates for Overwatch World Cup 2018 Team Canada’s committee. Little ol’ me. Who has even heard of me? And I’m there sitting at the first spot of the list of potential community leads for THE FREEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

This is just crazy.

My first reaction was shaking. Then it was to login to my Battle.Net to see for myself. My hands were shaking and I couldn’t type my password correctly. Breathe. Get a snack. Let’s do this.

During phase 1, I made a little funny video to promote myself, and even if I gave it all my effort, I didn’t want to expect too much from it. There are other great Canadians in the Overwatch community, I didn’t want to be too disappointed but here I am: at the front of that list, that’s not in alphabetical order. That doesn’t even seem to be in any particular order. I can only come to the conclusion that Jeff Kaplan has personally chosen me to represent my great nation of maple syrup, hockey and xQc.

Now, I will give this my everything and make sure I meet Jeff in person at the World Cup, shake his hand and thank him for watching over me.

If you ever don’t believe in yourself, believe in me. Because I believe in you.

 

❤ IDDQTPIE
your friendly Canadian neighborhood Overwatch nerd.

edit: i lost oh dear 😅

 

Bucket list: ✓ Go to Blizzcon

It’s already been 3 months since Blizzcon 2017 and I’m only writing about my experience now! I had such an unforgettable experience so I still wanted to write this down for anyone who is curious about how it went or anyone going to Blizzcon this year for their first time.

I arrived a few days ahead of Blizzcon to explore LA as it was my first time on the west coast and I wanted to do as much as I could while I was there. If it’s your first time in California, you definitely have to go check out Disneyland beforehand, it’s just down the street from the Anaheim Convention Center so you can stay at the same hotel you already have booked for Blizzcon.

I went to Disneyland early Thursday morning and left around 5:00PM to walk over to the convention center to pick up my badge and do my shopping.

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There’s beautiful glass displays of every item on sale before you enter the shopping lineups, which is perfect to make sure you know what you are getting beforehand.
Also there is a small area where you can try on apparel to find your size.

Tip: You really need to do this on Thursday! Getting your badge is fairly fast (took me less than 30 minutes) but if you are buying anything from the store, be prepared!
There’s two ways to get your merchandise at Blizzcon. Either you wait in line with a physical paper catalog, check off everything you want to buy and at the front of the line, an employee will ring up everything for you. This is the longest way.
Or you can purchase everything you want on the Blizzcon app on your mobile phone, queue in the Blink store line and pick it up. Although this was the fastest way, it still took me around 2 hours to get my stuff because of the sheer number of people in line. It would probably have been faster in the morning.
Don’t wait until Friday to get this done, you are going to miss out on a lot of panels.

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Friday morning, I woke up bright and early to get a good spot in the lineup. I arrived 2 hours before the convention opened its doors and as you can see on the left photo, there’s already a big crowd. But that’s nothing! The photo on the right was taken 20 minutes later!
Tip: You are probably going to be waiting outside for quite a while, so dress in layers. I thought California would be warm in November so I only wore a sweater over a dress, big mistake. It’s cold in the morning, cold indoors and hot at night when you leave so bring a backpack to store your extra layers when needed.

Most people around me were nice and easy to start chatting up, they all love the same things you do 🙂 so that’s a start. While waiting in line, I also managed to trade some of the blind pack goodie items I didn’t want to keep myself busy. If you are less social, bring yourself a DS or something to do while you wait.

Around an hour to opening, the Blizzcon staff brought out inflatable beach balls to toss in the crowd and that really got us hyped! Only a few people got hit in the face n_n;;;

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The number 1 thing I wanted to do at Blizzcon was to watch the Overwatch World Cup live, so I rushed to the Overwatch arena, where I watched the opening ceremony on a screen (as opposed to live on the main stage).

Before entering the arena, there was a World Cup jersey booth. Originally, I had picked up a Korean jersey but then I thought it would be better to cheer on my home country and I returned to exchange it for team Canada. They actually didn’t mind switching at all, because the Korean jersey was already almost sold out!

Inside the arena, the stage was so spectacular. Exactly what you’d expect from watching previous Overwatch events. I got an amazing spot in the second row on the right from the players entrance. I chatted up the girl sitting next to me to turned out to be Chipshajen’s girlfriend teehee! (that’s why you see the back of IDDQD, he popped in the row to say hi to her and I totally missed my opportunity to say hi i’m IDDQT ;___; rip my life)

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But since I had a great spot, I got to meet a lot of the players when they were walking in for pre-game setup.
I had made an xQC / team Canada sign the night before (which was pretty hard to drag around all weekend) and I absolutely had to get a photo with my favorite Winston player. He loved my poster and we took a couple of selfies, but I honestly don’t remember what I said to him lol. Controversies aside, xQC was very genuinely nice and thankful to all his fans and always took the maximum amount of time between games to take photos and autographs, before the stage handler rushes him to the backstage. He even got off stage once to go shake hands with a fan in a wheelchair, He is nice deep deep down inside!
The whole Canadian team were so friendly and were more than glad to spend time with their fans. Which I can’t say for all the other countries, where some players outright refused autographs and photos.

I also got to talk with Mangachu, who is hilarious! I asked him for a selfie and he said sure, why don’t you come on stage lol. This is probably one of the most epic fan photos ever! I watched one of his streams a month later and he remembered taking that photo teehee.

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I ran into Alphacast inside the arena, and obviously we spoke french together. He was the captain of team France at the World Cup 2016 and this year he is on the french committee.
I mentioned I was friends with Drift and Kensigton, two french casters who now live in Montreal and of course he knew them. All french people know each other!

Last but not least, I met Seagull. Everyone knows him as a nice guy, and this is a huge understatement. HE IS SO SO NICE!! He was in front of the Omen by HP booth, playing some games and chatting with fans. I ran up to him and he wasn’t freaked out at all, he must get this all the time. There was so much I wanted to talk to him about but in the moment, the only thing that came to mind was ‘why are you wearing so much Lucio outfits this weekend?’ to which he replied ‘my Genji clothes didn’t come in time’. Totally understandable. My only regret at Blizzcon was not asking Seagull more questions.

Tip: Do not bring your selfie stick to California at all! I had mine confiscated at Disneyland and it was thrown away. I also saw several people get theirs taken away at the convention.

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Other than cheer at the Overwatch Arena, I did explore the other parts of the convention. There was an enormous play area where you could try out the new hero Moira and the new hybrid map Blizzardworld, both announced at Blizzcon.
I thought it was super cute that they had a real life ‘solo queue’ where players who didn’t mind playing with strangers could line up and find a game much faster. It took me about 10 minutes to get in game this way. The whole thing was run very smoothly.

I watched a few panels: The future of Overwatch, What’s in the Lootbox, Voices of Overwatch and the Overwatch League.
Tip: To get a decent seat at a panel, you might need to arrive 20-40 minutes before it starts. Since the rooms are huge, you might not even have a direct line of sight with the speakers and have to watch on a big screen.
The rooms for the panels are usually booked back to back, so you might need to sit in a World of Warcraft panel while you wait. Which means, most of the seats are already taken and as soon as the current panel ends, you hurry to find an even better spot.

Food wise, there’s a lot of places to chose from. There are little food stands inside the convention center to grab quick sandwiches, salads, fries, burgers and ice cream. Or if you are in no rush, head outside in the courtyard or at the front entrance for a variety of food trucks. Food in LA is delicious!!
Tip: Bring cash! Not everybody accepts cards and my Canadian credit card had some trouble at the convention stands.

That pretty much sums up my extraordinary weekend. If money were not object, I would definitely come back next year, but more realistically, I think I wait two or three years before returning.

❤ IDDQTPIE