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Adrian Balan si site-urile sale

Sunt Adrian Balan, autorul acestor postari, m-am prezentat pe scurt in pagina “Despre autor” de pe acest blog, insa mai jos voi vorbi despre site-urile mele, pe care va invit sa le vizitati, sansele fiind ca macar unul dintre ele sa va fie de ajutor, intr-un fel sau altul.

adi & cats

Simplul fapt ca sunteti aici, pe De-toate.info si cititi acest articol, inseamna ca sunteti in locul potrivit 😛 Site-ul acesta gazduieste diverse opinii ale mele, provocari ale blogosferei dar si amintiri sau detalii din viata mea, fie ca este vorba de experienta profesionala din diferite domenii, despre clanul meu de pisici sau de momente tragicomice ca acela in care era cat pe ce sa lesin la unele analize, iar un tirist imens a donat inca o seringa de sange si pentru mine 🙂

Pe de alta parte, Comanda Caricaturi este primul meu site, lansat la finalul anului 2009, cand impreuna cu prietenul meu, Calin Ursutiu, am pornit la drum intr-o afacere noua pe piata din Romania, oferind caricaturi si portrete de calitate doritorilor din toata tara, cu ajutorul mediului online. Decesul sau prematur din 2010 nu a insemnat insa si sfarsitul visului nostru, iar Comanda-Caricaturi a mers inainte cu ajutorul lui Alin Bogatean, unul dintre portretistii de top ai acestei tari. In momentul de fata, dupa 5 ani, pot spune ca am indeplinit aproape tot ce mi-am propus la inceput, iar standardele de calitate si profesionalism ale Echipei Comanda-Caricaturi pot fi confirmate de sutele de clienti multumiti de-a lungul timpului. Evident, este loc de mai bine, mai sunt multe de facut, iar competitia de pe piata ma obliga sa nu ma plafonez.

Comanda Portrete este doar un exemplu a ceea ce spuneam mai sus, aducand o vizibilitate mai buna acestui brand si aratand clientilor ca nu ne ocupam doar de caricaturi. In galeriile ambelor site-uri, gasiti sute de exemple ale muncii noastre de zi cu zi, o garantie a faptului ca toate comenzile noastre sunt importante si nu “luam ochii” clientilor cu o mana de lucrari mai finisate pe care sa le afisam: http://www.comanda-caricaturi.ro/Gallery http://www.comanda-portrete.ro/Gallery#.VJlcvl4Ak. Blog.comanda-caricaturi.ro ofera mai multe detalii despre serviciile oferite, costul lucrarilor si faciliteaza comunicarea dintre noi si clienti, fiind mereu deschisi la sugestii. Paintings Drawings face parte din aceeasi familie si se adreseaza potentialilor clienti din strainatate, prezentand oferta noastra si in alte limbi.

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Starcraft Heart of the Swarm 2v2 games

Starcraft offers a variety of game modes to it’s players, but 1v1 is the defining icon of the game and the flagship of E-sports. There you can show you skills, while the other modes are for fun and playing with your friends. Still, you can play team games at a very high level as well, especially the 2v2 ladder, where things aren’t as hectic as in 3v3 and 4v4’s and coordination with your team mate is essential. Strategies and maps are different, but the mechanincs of 1v1 play makes the difference. If you can’t micro/macro decently at 1v1 you won’t be able to do it in a team game as well, that’s why the loading screen identifies the players’s 1v1 league by showing the appropriate portrait border outline.

As i have said, 2v2’s are fun, and they are part of the Starcraft 2 experience as well, not to mention you can meet a lot of pro players there as well, players you can’t even dream playing in a 1v1. Let’s see a game like that:


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and a look from the opponent’s perspective (5:34:18 to 5:50:50):P


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My post on the Blizzard forums regarding maphacks and the GM league

As it is known, the GM league should reunite the top 200 players of each region and getting there should always be a hard trip, and the reward something only a skilled competitor should get and wear with pride.

I am not talking here about people having multiple accounts and smurfs in the GM league, if they put that much time and effort for each account, then by all means, they should have it.

It is about people that cheat, mostly by using maphacks, along with production tab cheats or/and automation programs and who got to be Grandmasters, robbing this opportunity to others more deserving and messing up the ranking of others. For example, when you lose vs another GM, you lose 24 points, and only win 2 or 4 vs others. By cheating game after game, one of these sad persons has managed to get rank no 1 in GM WOL EU server, but there are others in there, that i have played myself and have evidence against.

I won’t link it here, as ironically i might get banned for defamation 100 times sooner then them for hacking ingame, but whoever is interested can check it out at the Team Liquid thread created to report cheaters

http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=340614

Until today, another site, http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/, ran as well and did analysis of the replays uploaded on TL, posting the results in a very professional manner, with all the evidence in case of cheat usage. Still, this was a personal project, ran on voluntary basis and wasn’t sponsored by Blizzard, not to mention the fact that even if proven guilty there, hackers can only be banned by Blizz.

I have reported them ingame as well, along with the evidence of their missconduct, but still they are allowed to roam free and wreck havoc on ladder… I have always believed maphacks are isolated incidents, and most reports come from people mad they lost a game to a superior adversary, and have never reported anyone for this since the start of the game, but suddently, in one week i found out 3 cheaters, playing at a high level.

And these are only the dumbest ones, that do it blatantly (for example not scouting at all the whole game, just blindly defending pushes, having the right composition, looking at bases and armies in the fog of war etc) and i am 100% sure there are many more who cheat, but they are way more subtle about it. Blizzard shouldn’t rely on the players alone spotting them, there should be a system in place, that can detect third party programs such as automation macros and maphacks, but until then, at least the reports should be looked after and at least the GM players of each region should be checked more thoroughly, as they must consist of only top skilled players, not sad individuals who need to cheat in order to get a win.

I’m not saying cheating in the lower leagues is less important, a hacker should be banned regardless of placement in my oppinion, but a bronze or gold maphacker has less impact on the ladder and can usually be outmacroed and beaten even with his cheats, not to mention that the play there is more chaotic and you can expect a player to try to proxy 2 gate you on a 4 player map, with no scouting 🙂 Still, when that happens in high masters/GM you can’t say it’s just a lucky guess or bad play…

So please, do something about this, as i see no point playing a game that will turn into WC3 or Diablo 2 at it’s finest duping days, and where i need to check my replays each time i lost, to see if it was a legit game.

http://eu.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/7427314008

GG= Gosu Generalul Grandmaster for the first time

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Well, it’s only in WOL for now, but i’ll try in the future to get it in HOTS as well. It was easier to get Grandmaster in Starcraft: Wings Of Liberty than in the last seasons, but sadly a lot of players use maphacks, and some are even high GM now. Why Blizzard doesn’t take action is beyond me, especially since the Grandmaster League should only represent the top players of each region, not some platinum noobs who can use a cheat program. Anyway, since at the moment i am the only random GM in WOL, and i got there by playing ONLY random, it does feel good indeed!

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God i love that gold outline, makes me look like a fucking saint, Jesus got nothing on me nabz!

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So, don’t dispair if you are nubz, i was a noob too (well, i still am :P), i never played Starcraft 2 beta, i mostly played BGH in Starcraft 1, i am quite old for your average progamer (29 this year), my pc sucks, i don’t have as much time to play as i would want, and even when i do manage to find some, my 6 cats make sure my gameplay won’t go unhindered 🙂 So yeah, you can be a Grandmaster as well, just play, have fun, and don’t forget to GG!

Maphacking in Starcraft 2

Until recently i always thought maphacking is very rare in Starcraft as, Blizzard protects their games and have no problem in doing massive ban waves (5000 accounts soon after the release of WOL). The problem is they have gone soft, and due to that, i faced 2 cheaters in 2 days, and this are only the dumb ones that were to blatant. I became aware of this after one opponent openend forge expansion vs me, WITHOUT scouting, considering i play random, and this time i got zerg. After this he doesnt scout AT ALL but prepares for my roach allin with 5 cannons and setryes.

But hey, convince yourselves here:

http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/replays/rep-jq2adbvubpsbq94bitwb-out.html

After this i became suspicios of players blind countering me, and soon after i ran into this retard:

http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/replays/rep-3dvqukd2fvk5s2ci32ba-out.html

The problem is that i have lost games before in the past, but i never blamed it on my opponents cheating, and i assumed my failures. Some were legit, as they have scouted me and reacted properly or just outmacroed me, but i am 100% sure that many other games were lost to frustrated kids like this, with no skill that use maphacks. Still, these aren’t even the most dangerous ones, as they are too dumb to hide it properly, but the ones that do know a bit of Starcraft and are less obvious in their cheating.

Maphacking is also more prevalent in Starcraft WOL than it is in HOTS, as the first game is cheaper to buy in case they do eventually get banned. So, a friendly advice, check your games again, look at the opponent vision, and how he moves his camera. If you see him looking at your base or army in the fog of war, or blindly countering a push he hasn’t scouted, then please, report him and upload your replay in the dedicated section of Team Liquid

http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=340614&currentpage=288#5743

or at

http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/

Also, don’t get mad, the fact that they hack means they are already losers, no matter the result of your game. Yes, it is even more fun when they lose despite their cheating, but even if you do, think what sad little fucks they are if they need to resort to this to win. Most probably they have a very small dick and felf esteem and this is the only way they can feel some achievment in their pathetic lives. 😛

I will update here more replays of the retard maphackers i meet:

http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/replays/rep-xnwrxdghuo9nq5vp4dls-out.html
http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/replays/rep-tsmleag4qnpbyyldk42l-out.html

Heart of the Swarm has arrived!

A month after the realease of the Starcraft 2 expansion, Heart of the Swarm, here are a few considerations:

Blizzard didn’t dissapoint with HOTS, and this release further progressed Starcraft’s name and helped the growing E-sports scene by bringing new followers or bringing back others, bored with the way Wings of Liberty was being played. In Hots, there are a lot more openings and ways to harrass/allin your opponent, and pro players discover new strategies day by day, as the new game is far from being figured out.

The campaing and the story is ok, although many complain it lacks the originality and depth of the Starcraft/Broodwar one. First of all, who the fuck plays Starcraft for the campaign? And not to mention that while the story and cut-scenes have a deep Hollywood and happy-ending/let’s please everyone/Warcraft influence, they are still in tone with the overall plot started in the original and continue on the somewhat predictable path chosen some time ago. I think that any sequel to a grand ’90-’20 title would have problems ranking as high as the original for the fan’s, so that’s probably a big issue with the story of HOTS.

On the gameplay part as i said, there are lots of new options available, and the new units/abilities change the game completly, more than Broodwar did to the Starcraft vanilla. The trend that Blizzard set is in line with their role in popularising Esports, as Starcraft is the flagship game for Esports, i believe. So, HOTS favours micro over WOL’s deathballs with a-move, the key spells of the units playing decisive roles in many engagements. Also, cheese isn’t as powerfull than it was back in the old days, mainly because of the large maps and the new defensive units/abilities like the widow mines and the nexus charge.

So, see you on ladder nubz, while we try to adapt to the new changes!

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The Lan experience

Since i’m not a progamer and i don’t live in the capital city, Bucharest, i haven’t participated in many offline events (held mostly there) and i played mainly from home, especially since there were a lot of online cups to choose from everyday, like CraftCup, Playhem, GameCreeds, Zotac, ESL Go4SC and so on. Still, i decided to go to Arena Cyber League’s Season Finals, that hosted many games, including Starcraft 2 for the first time, a lan held 500 km away from my location.
Now keep in mind i went there for fun and for the experience of it, as i know my limitations and what expectations i can have from the time i have allocated to laddering and training. Still, even for a hardened progamer, waking up in the middle of the night and spending hours on the road to reach the lan destination can’t possibly be easy. Also, since i lacked offline experience, i had some trouble with my settings, so here is my advice to fellow gamers that attend similar events for the first time, no matter their game:

Bring your own keyboard, mouse and mousepad (i did that), even if they are low-tech, cheap ones, they are the ones that you are familiar with. A 5$ mouse that you play with everyday is better than a 6k dpi one that will fly out of your hand 🙂 Check the settings of the computer you play on, both in windows and ingame, other players change it for their own play style, so be sure to go over everything (mouse sensitivity, shortkeys, gameplay options etc). For example in my first games i had a problem that i couldn’t identify on the spot: the monitor i played on was smaller than my own, but the mouse settings have remained the same, so while the cursor was set to work great with my widescreen, on a smaller resolution it jumped more pixels than i intended. On a side note, my first game was against Romania’s second best player, Deathangel, so i would have lost anyway, this isn’t an excuse in no way.

 

Pro gaming in Romania

Romania, the land of choice, as one tourism spot advertised it…

But is it also the land of choice for progaming? Even today, sadly, gaming is regarded as “a waste of time” or something suitable for children, and by any means, not something you should do as a full time job. Esports in Romania is more popular in the Counterstrike, Fifa, Dota areas, with Starcraft lagging behind. Despite some other new promising emerging talents, the international community knows this country by it’s top 2 players, Nightend and Deathangel and by the Team NRS, who even recruits foreign players.

Still, in a country of over 20 million inhabitants, this is but a drop in an ocean. There have been a few attempts to develop a strong Starcraft 2 community here and a few leagues and contests organised by PGL, Pet, ACL, but still, we light years behind the korean progaming scene. Yes, there is the fault of a society that lived decades under communism, a doctrine that has corrupted the minds of the people beyond repair (some of them still vote the communists parties that go by different names today), but there is also the matter of the players and their commitment. I have seen the lack of seriousness of some in regard to the cups they were entered in, that led eventually to their exclusion or abandonment. I have seen rage, insults and a general lack of maturity both on forums and ingame coming from pro and wannabe pro players, an attitude that only comes to support the general bias that gaming is for spoiled kids and can never be compared to a real sport.

My oppinion is that players that start early (in highschool for example) when they have the time and there is little pressure and responsability about having a job and providing for a family, have the best chance to make it big. Winning in international cups and tourneys will give them the boost to go forward and if they are good and maintain a solid work discipline can be recruited by foreign teams.

So, do you have what it takes?

Here is a little something to motivate you:

Something about rage…

The ladder-rage! If you play Starcraft, no matter your league, surely you came across this. Either your opponent raged hard when you did your 6 pool or marine-scv rush, or you did when you got cannoned or raped hard (in that case you should be ashamed noob :P).

As i play random i can assure you i get more rage than most, starting from the start of the game sometimes. So, we have the average random haters, who start cursing from the beginning, or when i don’t tell them my race (why the hell should i, lol :)), the ones that lose to cheeses & allins and the ones who rage no matter how they lose 😛

A good example of rage at high level play is obviously Idra, and his constant whines about balance (TOSS OP! Terran OP!), rage-quits, and quiting games where he was winning 😛 Now, unfortunately, his example is shared by many players, no matter their league and skill. Still, remember, this is the internet, and insults coming from unknown players have the same value as the ones on any forum, facebook, or Irc, so don’t put much thought in it. I get many kicks out of seing how i make others QQ, especially if my opponent is a GM or a professional player.

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Oh and the “pièce de résistance” as our french nubz like to call it, an epic game where me and a friend RAPED the allmighty Stephano and another GM player, Bling at a 2v2. Like all other french wannabies, Stephano rage-quited after inviting us to taste his tiny dick 🙂

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Even more rage at this Team Liquid thread: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=175960

Generalul and Starcraft 2

For those who don’t know me (that must be everyone, except a few nubz i raped on ladder), I am Generalul, fan of strategy games, rpg’s and of some MMO’s. In Starcraft 2, i got the Id-ul Generalul (how else :P) and atm i am master random (about mid level one), although the first seasons i was top master terran, playing gm’s and all that shit.

Update: I am Grandmaster random (is true only in WOL atm) on both EU and NA servers 🙂