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Xyclopz has leaked Artifact info, breaking NDA

Xyclopz has leaked Artifact info, breaking NDAA couple hours ago, Dota 2 caster Xyclopz has posted a screenshot of Artifact's WIP Deck Building UI on a Thai Facebook Fanpage. He has even answered a couple questions, though he seems very unsure about most and the launch date is unlikely. However, the screenshot seems to be legit, as SirBelvedere was able to confirm with an inside contact.

Q&A

Q : Is there any new heroes?

A : There's a lot of new heroes and in every color such as Ogre Bruiser, Mazzie, Kannah. I just lost to Kannah she's very stong late game

Q : Is it fun to play?

A : I just confusing for 2-3 days but when you know how to play it's very fun! I couldn't sleep.

Q : How does ranking works? Is it like a MMR in Dota2 or it's a Dynamic Tournament?

A : Now there's a weekly tournament for balancing the game. The prize for winner is 100$. Playing rank in my meaning is Gauntlet mode. It's a card drafting for duel with your opponent.

Q : Will the Beta come out?

A : I don't think there will be a beta.

Q : What about card handicap?

A : There's still an argue. Some say this or those color is too strong. But I think Red is a bit too strong.

Q : Can you build a deck that have more than 2 colors?

A : Yes, you can build whatever you want. But it will be hard to play because you have to had a hero with the same color of your spell in that lane to play those spell.

Q : How much of the game?

A : I don't know yet. but I suggest to reserve a money. Because it maybe use to buy a packs.

Q : How many cards in 1 Pack?

A : I don't know yet. but I guess 12 cards.

Q : Is there a card quality?

A : There are around 3-4 quality.

We do not know what will happen to his career from this point forward. He may not only get kicked out of the Artifact beta but get banned from Valve events as well!

If you wish to discuss the contents of the leaks, I recommend you head over to this thread in r/Artifact
Xyclopz has leaked Artifact info, breaking NDA

A couple hours ago, Dota 2 caster Xyclopz has posted a screenshot of on a Thai Facebook Fanpage. He has even answered a couple questions, though he seems very unsure about most and the launch date is unlikely. However, the screenshot seems to be legit, as SirBelvedere was able to confirm with an inside contact.

Q&A

Q : Is there any new heroes?

A : There's a lot of new heroes and in every color such as Ogre Bruiser, Mazzie, Kannah. I just lost to Kannah she's very stong late game

Q : Is it fun to play?

A : I just confusing for 2-3 days but when you know how to play it's very fun! I couldn't sleep.

Q : How does ranking works? Is it like a MMR in Dota2 or it's a Dynamic Tournament?

A : Now there's a weekly tournament for balancing the game. The prize for winner is 100$. Playing rank in my meaning is Gauntlet mode. It's a card drafting for duel with your opponent.

Q : Will the Beta come out?

A : I don't think there will be a beta.

Q : What about card handicap?

A : There's still an argue. Some say this or those color is too strong. But I think Red is a bit too strong.

Q : Can you build a deck that have more than 2 colors?

A : Yes, you can build whatever you want. But it will be hard to play because you have to had a hero with the same color of your spell in that lane to play those spell.

Q : How much of the game?

A : I don't know yet. but I suggest to reserve a money. Because it maybe use to buy a packs.

Q : How many cards in 1 Pack?

A : I don't know yet. but I guess 12 cards.

Q : Is there a card quality?

A : There are around 3-4 quality.

We do not know what will happen to his career from this point forward. He may not only get kicked out of the Artifact beta but get banned from Valve events as well!

If you wish to discuss the contents of the leaks, I recommend you head over to this thread in /sub/artifact

Dota 2 Update - MAIN CLIENT - July 22, 2018

Dota 2 Update - MAIN CLIENT - July 22, 2018

A new patch has been dispatched for the main client. More info will be edited in as I analyze the patch.

Analysis Status: Done

Patch Overview Fix to the Pangolier bug that breaks Rolling Thunder on usage of items such as Blink and etc.

Patch Size: 29.5 MB (with Tools)

Janitor working on Sunday?

Someone wants a bonus.

Who also works as the receptionist

ok my dick is big

GoDz: "We set out to run an 8 team event and also to include the top DPC teams such as VP, Liquid, Secret, & LGD. Almost all teams we contacted wanted to come to LA for The Summit"

GoDz: "We set out to run an 8 team event and also to include the top DPC teams such as VP, Liquid, Secret, & LGD. Almost all teams we contacted wanted to come to LA for The Summit"
GoDz: "We set out to run an 8 team event and also to include the top DPC teams such as VP, Liquid...

We set out to run an 8 team event and also to include the top DPC teams such as VP, Liquid, Secret, & LGD. Almost all teams we contacted wanted to come to LA for The Summit, but many were prevented due to visa processes for TI8 with it now in Canada instead of Seattle. As far as I know all teams have approved visas, but they have to wait to get their passports back from the Canada embassies (so nothing to worry about). We're still very excited for the teams we do have competing and know that it'll be a great event with the 6 teams in attendance.

God that's a bad headline. It's not even click bait, its just weirdly misleading.

I'm very comfortable with the idea of The Summit just being a non-DPC event. It has a well-established brand of its own that lets it exist as a third party event, and while I guess they kind of had to be on the circuit this season to be relevant, I wasn't entirely comfortable with the clash of their laid back atmosphere and "Oh, this effects TI invites."

Though, I'd love to see BTS give another shot to that Major they planned to put on...

GOOD GAWD, THAT'S....THAT'S COMPLEXITY'S MUSIC!!! WE HAVEN'T SEEN THEM SINCE SUMMER SLAM! COMMISSIONER MCMAHON IS STUNNED!!!

Lich female by Kleophina

Lich female by Kleophina

LICH GONNA HAVE YOUR MAMA

She probably just has a wig cap on and blended with make-up.

Lich gonna be your Mama*

Thanks, now I'm doubting my sexuality.

This patch, what is?? Yes, hmmm.

This patch, what is?? Yes, hmmm.

Done, Am I?

Yes. Herh herh herh.

Official Changelog

Fixed Power Cogs sometimes ending Pangolier's Rolling Thunder Fixed Deafening Blast sometimes causing Earth Brewling to be unable to move when Brewmaster is hit during transformation time Economy Updates

Other

Fixed some cosmetic issues with the head piece on the Shackles of the Enduring Conscript: Axe set from Collector's Cache II. Fixed some cosmetic issues with the belt piece on the Fires of the Volcanic Guard: Ember Spirit set from Collector's Cache II.

Patch 1 (Earlier Today)

Fixed the Dragon Knight set in the Cache II not previewing the correct Dragon forms when changing the styles.

Patch 1 Size: 38.9 MB (with Tools) | Patch 2 Size (now): 92.7 MB (with Tools)

Prob one dev lost his game with that bug lol

Fixed Deafening Blast sometimes causing Earth Brewling to be unable to move when Brewmaster is hit during transformation time

Casually fixing a really old (important) bug at saturday night

Edit: a word

"Yes Gaben I fixed an old bug that wasn't part of our profit roadmap on a Saturday night. Can I get the bonus now?"

Yes Gaben I fixed an old bug that wasn't part of our profit roadmap on a Saturday night

wasn't part of our profit roadmap on a Saturday night

wasn't part of our profit roadmap

wasn't part of our profit

wasn't profit

FIRED

That awkward feeling when you realise 6-month bans were introduced 170 days ago

oh no

Erick Wright guides incoming lul

10 more days and chaos

oh no you di'nt

Team Admiral part 3. "The full story"

Team Admiral part 3. "The full story"When I originally chose to talk about my time with Admiral, I was hoping to avoid going into detail of the whole situation—not for my sake, but for Admiral’s sake because of just how bad it was. However, because Admiral has chosen to go far beyond what I talked about in the VLOG—which was really just two examples of how unprofessional the Admiral organization was—I’m now forced to defend myself against an incredible misportrayal of how I acted, who I am, and what occurred.  If you just look at the screenshots (or the ones I’m posting), without commentary, what I did looks tame, but the abuse still looks terrible.   

There’s a lot to address. I’ll try to keep this to the relevant points, and I’ve included a link to as many screenshots as I could find supporting the truth of the matter. However, I don’t have access to the main source of abusive communications, which was the team Facebook group from which I was removed. A lot of what happened also wasn’t recorded in a chat log, but was just conversations.   

Points from the VLOG  

In my VLOG, I raised an unworkable, unprofessional scene that I wanted to get out of. I used two examples: (1) threats of physical violence towards me by Martin, the team owner that I thought was a manager, and (2) management using player equipment, leading to greasy equipment and changed player settings.   

First, I thought that physical threats from the team owner/manager/whoever—simply for asking for a bottle of water during the middle of the draft with a team—was enough by itself to portray the unworkable, unprofessional environment with Admiral. Quite frankly, no one should have to deal with that. Full stop. Instead, Admiral tries to play those threats by its owner off by saying (1) that it was the team owner not the manager (as if that matters), (2) that there wasn’t actually any violence (as if that matters), and (3) that the incident was eventually “resolved” before I left the Philippines. They don’t actually dispute that it happened, they just try to minimize it and then portray me in a bad light hoping to bury the fact that an owner threatened a player with physical violence over some water. Maybe it’s just a cultural difference, but a team owner threatening a player with physical violence is something I’ve never experienced with any other team.   

Second, nowhere in their whole response does Admiral address my other claims about management using and messing up player equipment. Instead, they want to bring up a whole lot of other issues, always misportrayed in their favor.   

Before I get into those other issues, I want to talk about what my vision was for Admiral Dota. I wanted to come in, bring the experience I had gained from other teams, and help that team to become a professional, competitive squad that could make it to TI. I knew that things like getting to the gym, getting good sleep, getting up earlier to eat and have warm-up games, were key to a team’s success. I wanted my team to focus and to treat each practice like a match and each match like practice. I wanted to instill that mindset to everyone in the org and to have us focused on winning. We would still have fun, too, but we needed to put in work. With that in mind, I’ll share a few more examples of why that was never able to happen.

Assumptions w/ bad living conditions - 

https://i.imgur.com/m23Zyar.png  

Admiral’s Manager  

The manager for Admiral, Peng, thought his job as manager was just to schedule matches for us. That might have been the case for a manager in 2005. But in 2018, Dota managers, at least outside of Admiral, do everything they can to make sure their players can focus on practice and performance, to provide the best conditions possible for the team to succeed. Still, even if scheduling matches had been Peng’s only job, he sometimes failed to keep us on schedule. Opposing teams were often frustrated with us because we ended up being 30-60 minutes late for matches—at least part of this was because the manager wouldn’t always post the schedule  or alert us in the morning to games starting.   

Beyond not always making sure we knew when matches were scheduled or starting, Peng seemed to think his job was to play PUBG. On one occasion, the team was getting hungry but already in the middle of a draft. The players had chosen what they wanted to eat but needed someone to order food for them. I asked Peng to order the food we had picked out. Peng instead told one of my teammates, who was participating in the draft, to order for us because Peng was in an intense PUBG game.   

I spoke with Peng a lot about my vision for the team and asked for his help to do things like get up earlier in order to eat and have a warm-up game before scrims or matches. Peng never got the vision and instead got into the same habit as Martin, which, as I’ll get to, was to backseat coach the team and constantly flame and second-guess us when we didn’t perform to their expectations. Peng’s version of managing was to send group texts about an issue that needed addressing, with maybe one in-person communication, and no continued follow-up. Direct confrontation was left to me. To round it out, I asked Peng on multiple occasions not to let others use my PC because of the grease/sweat and settings issues I mentioned in the VLOG. The problem persisted for some time because of the lack of communication between Peng and others in the organization.   

Again, the managers I’ve had in NA and at other teams in SEA for the last while would have made sure we were in the best place possible to perform. My past managers would always help us out with water, ordering food, running errands (including getting laundry), and so forth so we could focus. Maybe expecting the same level of professionalism was too much for Admiral, maybe those expectations made me appear spoiled, but I didn’t think I was asking for too much, and I don’t think anyone who has played in most other regions would think so either. 

https://i.imgur.com/ULJp2mq.png

https://i.imgur.com/IEsBYwv.png  

Backseat Managing and Flaming and Threats  

The entire time I was with Admiral, Martin, the owner, and Peng would flame the team. He would scold us, criticize every loss, and give us advice on drafting and play. Or he would just tell us how terrible our drafting and play was. In some cases, Martin would even go onto a player’s personal Facebook page and throw shade at his own players. This was very demoralizing and NEVER productive—it was an emotional response, never constructive criticism meant to help us improve. You can see from the screenshots just some of this abuse. As I mentioned, though, most of the abuse happened in the group chat from which I was removed. The assertion that “management respected the members and players” is frankly absurd. To top it off, I was the only one who stood up for the players, which I believe is part of why Martin developed such a strong negative opinion of me. Players shouldn’t have to put up with that abuse. No one should. 

https://i.imgur.com/VJmeXn9.png

https://i.imgur.com/lMmDYdn.png

Toxic -

https://i.imgur.com/uArlas5.png

Commenting on Gabbi's FB page - 

https://i.imgur.com/Vnx1mQm.png

The worst of the abuse for me personally was when Martin wrote to the whole group and said something along the lines of, “If you [talking to me] ever tell Peng, Poi or anyone to grab you water ever again, I will slam you with a f***ing chair, who do you think you are?” While a lot of this has been played off as a cultural misunderstanding, I don’t think any cultural difference justifies threatening a player with physical violence merely for asking for a bottle of water.   

The abuse of the players individually and the team as a whole was more than enough to show the lack of professionalism, or even common decency, of Admiral’s management.

https://i.imgur.com/kyKs9Qg.png

https://i.imgur.com/BSCtYrY.png

My apology - 

https://i.imgur.com/fuYeg0c.png

https://i.imgur.com/YwZsCFm.jpg

Martin supposedly read my chat after they said he never came back -

https://i.imgur.com/UsDxPnW.png  

The Contract   

I’m going to post this screenshot directly just so you can see the contract I was dealing with:   

https://i.redd.it/yfdq6f9oj8b11.jpg

I don’t think it’s very surprising that I was worried about this contract and wanted to negotiate some of the terms. Shockingly, when I started raising issues with the contract, Peng told me that it was so short because Filipino players would miss important details of the contract if it were too long and were too lazy to read. However, in my view, having had much better and more complete contracts, the most important details of the contract weren’t even present. Even with how short the contract above is, it’s very one-sided in favor of the team. The contract didn’t have performance incentives or bonuses if we attracted sponsors or protections for our image and likeness rights. The team could terminate us with three-days’ notice for something as simple as poor performance. No expenses or travel were covered, no mention of gear and equipment, and thirty percent was by far the largest percentage cut of winnings for an organization that I had ever seen (and while I agreed to the percentage cut, I did ask for it to be changed with respect to TI). I asked for some of those things to be added or changed and mentioned that I had been screwed over by bad contracts in the past. As you can see in the screenshots, they said they would revise it, but I never got any revisions.

https://i.imgur.com/1WtQYK9.png

https://i.imgur.com/WlD4yZn.png  

As for the gym membership, at one point when I was discussing joining Admiral, I spoke with one of Admiral’s partners who was a really nice guy (for privacy I haven’t used his name). As shown in the screenshots, I asked him about gym expenses and he said it would be taken care of. Then it wasn’t. Oh well. I moved on from it, telling them to just remove the expense from my salary and it wasn’t really an issue until they decided to dig it up and try to make me look like some entitled spoiled brat.

https://i.imgur.com/tmmCuEH.png  

I never ultimately signed the contract, but I also never got any of the revisions they said they would make. Still, I went forward with the team based on our talks. I was working on a verbal contract. And, when it comes down to it, I’m still owed over $1800, which includes a small part of my salary, reimbursement for an extended visa, and prize money. Even if it was a verbal agreement, it was still an agreement. I performed my end of the deal as best I could.  

Echo International  

March, a long-time friend, who was playing for Echo, reached out to see if I was interested in playing for a new org, Echo Int. I took it as a joke at first because March often jokes with me by asking me to join his teams even when those teams are full and stable. I told him I was happy and comfortable, especially because I had Gabbi (who I would constantly praise). I never once tried to sell Gabbi but only mentioned that he was one of the more mechanically gifted players in SEA, which everyone already knew. Even though Echo was paying good money, I turned March down regardless of how serious his offer was. It wasn’t about the salary or the money, but that I believed in my team making it to TI despite the adversity we were facing.   

Peng went through my computer while I was gone at the gym and saw the chats. Peng’s reaction was extreme and threatening and included that he was going to kick me out of the team house. (Notice that I wasn’t even given three-days’ notice for being kicked.) As a result of his threats, shown in the screenshots, I rushed back to the house worried about what I would do being in a country I’m not from and with very little resources.  

I contacted March again and told him what was happening. He told me his team had reached out to Gabbi but that he hadn’t even known and that it was independent of what I had said.

https://i.imgur.com/ROswgmU.png

https://i.imgur.com/fvero6G.png 

Housing  

As you’ll see in the screenshots, I asked about the housing and was told I could have a solo room. I didn’t ask for it at first, it was offered. Later, Peng told me he would get a room to himself and there would be two bedrooms for players. At that point I mentioned that I’d been promised a solo room, but I otherwise dropped it. Peng came back and told me the other players would share one very spacious room. I asked if they would be comfortable with that and noted that a solo room would help me adapt to the new living conditions/environment/etc. Again, it didn’t seem like a big deal until now they portray me as being so demanding. I also don’t know why they try to defend how nice the house was as I never actually said that was an issue. 

https://i.imgur.com/4kQKCdV.png  

My Manners

I don’t know why the issue of how often I said “Please” is even a thing, and I’m not going to try to find every instance of me saying please or using appropriate manners. There are probably some included in the screenshots I attached, and Admiral even included screenshots showing me saying please. I will add that I was very considerate of Peng, a guy I didn’t even know personally until I arrived in the Philippines. As shown in the screenshots, I picked up an iPad for Peng’s niece. 

https://i.imgur.com/mtnC0lP.png

https://i.imgur.com/Vm0B834.png

https://i.imgur.com/Q37UvMj.png  

As far as paying for food, I occasionally brought food home for the team on my own dime and without asking for reimbursement, just as a nice gesture. I’m surprised that Admiral didn’t mention this. And when management raised the issue of me owing people money, I promptly paid them back. I can think of only two specific instances, one where I immediately paid my teammate back after the issue was raised, and another where I paid another teammate back the next day because neither of us had change at the time. The straight lies told about me by Admiral regarding taking advantage of Filipino hospitality are unacceptable and slanderous.  

Rule-Breaking  

I’m quite shocked that Admiral raised the issue of girls at the house and supposed rule-breaking. The principal reason for my shock is that management “hired” five “rule-breakers” at one point for our bootcamp because of a successful day of practice. The fact that Admiral wants to talk about my private "personal" life without raising their own role in what was happening at the team house shows exactly what kind of an organization they are. The happy ending massage was a joke about winning a certain number of games, sort of a performance incentive. Even though the management agreed with it at a point, and though we won the games, nothing came of it.   

The Vacation  

As far as my vacations, I talked to the organization about two vacations, one in March, and one in June. At the time I raised those dates, TI had not been announced, and the June vacation was so I could attend a wedding where I would be the best man. It was right after the Supermajor, and I was going to be gone for three days. I was kicked in March, and they just used the flight for the March vacation to send me home. I initially asked that I be reimbursed for the flight since I was being kicked, but I ended up paying for it myself and since it was pre-planned already I took the loss with no arguments. Towards the end of April and beginning of May, the team and management started trying to get me back on the team, but I declined. Sometime after that, the TI Qualifiers were announced and at that point—if I had still been with the team—my June vacation would have conflicted with TI Qualifiers. 

So there was no conflict when I told Admiral about the wedding, and I wasn’t with the team once a conflict in dates arose. The fact that Admiral raises this shows just how much they’re trying to drag me through the dirt.

https://i.imgur.com/xVzNXRn.png

https://i.imgur.com/MehyxKy.png  

The Maid and the Watch  

I left my watch in the same spot near my hamper every single time I took it off. Partying or however Admiral wants to portray why I couldn’t find the watch has nothing to do with it. While I made a mistake thinking that the maid had taken the watch, she did move it when she moved clean laundry from on top my hamper to my luggage. Again, the fact that Admiral is trying to nitpick at every little issues shows what they’re really after here.    

Conclusion  

I wanted to give team Admiral a vision, to inject professionalism, and to play at the highest level, to compete for a TI spot. I wanted Admiral to be my last real run at TI, so I gave EVERYTHING I had to make it work. The conditions—the abuse and flaming and lack of a real manager and threats to kick a foreigner out of his house—were difficult, but I’ve pushed through adversity in the past and I thought I could make Admiral work as well. But it wasn’t possible.   

All I mentioned on the VLOG was that I was threatened with physical violence and that player equipment was being used and messed up by management. Those alone would never have happened on every other team I’ve played for recently. Those alone illustrated why I wanted to get out. Those alone are conditions that no player should have to deal with, regardless of what country they’re from or play in. And Admiral doesn’t even refute them. Instead, they tried to slander my name and reputation with lies, omissions, and misportrayals. I’m not going to say anything else on the matter, but I don’t think I should have to.   

I do want to apologize for a poor choice of words in my VLOG. When I said that the Philippines wasn’t good for me, I meant that my time with Admiral was not good for me. I’m sorry for the confusion and for the hurt I’ve caused the Filipino community. I love the Philippines and its people and the Filipino community, and my time with Admiral does nothing to change that.  

As a last note, a lot of people have been griefing my ex-girlfriend. She doesn’t deserve that at all—I’d ask everyone to respect her privacy and the privacy of our past relationship.  

Thank you for reading through all of this and considering the full story. 

- Jimmy
Team Admiral part 3. "The full story"

When I originally chose to talk about my time with Admiral, I was hoping to avoid going into detail of the whole situation—not for my sake, but for Admiral’s sake because of just how bad it was. However, because Admiral has chosen to go far beyond what I talked about in the VLOG—which was really just two examples of how unprofessional the Admiral organization was—I’m now forced to defend myself against an incredible misportrayal of how I acted, who I am, and what occurred. If you just look at the screenshots (or the ones I’m posting), without commentary, what I did looks tame, but the abuse still looks terrible.

There’s a lot to address. I’ll try to keep this to the relevant points, and I’ve included a link to as many screenshots as I could find supporting the truth of the matter. However, I don’t have access to the main source of abusive communications, which was the team Facebook group from which I was removed. A lot of what happened also wasn’t recorded in a chat log, but was just conversations.

Points from the VLOG

In my VLOG, I raised an unworkable, unprofessional scene that I wanted to get out of. I used two examples: (1) threats of physical violence towards me by Martin, the team owner that I thought was a manager, and (2) management using player equipment, leading to greasy equipment and changed player settings.

First, I thought that physical threats from the team owner/manager/whoever—simply for asking for a bottle of water during the middle of the draft with a team—was enough by itself to portray the unworkable, unprofessional environment with Admiral. Quite frankly, no one should have to deal with that. Full stop. Instead, Admiral tries to play those threats by its owner off by saying (1) that it was the team owner not the manager (as if that matters), (2) that there wasn’t actually any violence (as if that matters), and (3) that the incident was eventually “resolved” before I left the Philippines. They don’t actually dispute that it happened, they just try to minimize it and then portray me in a bad light hoping to bury the fact that an owner threatened a player with physical violence over some water. Maybe it’s just a cultural difference, but a team owner threatening a player with physical violence is something I’ve never experienced with any other team.

Second, nowhere in their whole response does Admiral address my other claims about management using and messing up player equipment. Instead, they want to bring up a whole lot of other issues, always misportrayed in their favor.

Before I get into those other issues, I want to talk about what my vision was for Admiral Dota. I wanted to come in, bring the experience I had gained from other teams, and help that team to become a professional, competitive squad that could make it to TI. I knew that things like getting to the gym, getting good sleep, getting up earlier to eat and have warm-up games, were key to a team’s success. I wanted my team to focus and to treat each practice like a match and each match like practice. I wanted to instill that mindset to everyone in the org and to have us focused on winning. We would still have fun, too, but we needed to put in work. With that in mind, I’ll share a few more examples of why that was never able to happen.

Assumptions w/ bad living conditions -

Admiral’s Manager

The manager for Admiral, Peng, thought his job as manager was just to schedule matches for us. That might have been the case for a manager in 2005. But in 2018, Dota managers, at least outside of Admiral, do everything they can to make sure their players can focus on practice and performance, to provide the best conditions possible for the team to succeed. Still, even if scheduling matches had been Peng’s only job, he sometimes failed to keep us on schedule. Opposing teams were often frustrated with us because we ended up being 30-60 minutes late for matches—at least part of this was because the manager wouldn’t always post the schedule or alert us in the morning to games starting.

Beyond not always making sure we knew when matches were scheduled or starting, Peng seemed to think his job was to play PUBG. On one occasion, the team was getting hungry but already in the middle of a draft. The players had chosen what they wanted to eat but needed someone to order food for them. I asked Peng to order the food we had picked out. Peng instead told one of my teammates, who was participating in the draft, to order for us because Peng was in an intense PUBG game.

I spoke with Peng a lot about my vision for the team and asked for his help to do things like get up earlier in order to eat and have a warm-up game before scrims or matches. Peng never got the vision and instead got into the same habit as Martin, which, as I’ll get to, was to backseat coach the team and constantly flame and second-guess us when we didn’t perform to their expectations. Peng’s version of managing was to send group texts about an issue that needed addressing, with maybe one in-person communication, and no continued follow-up. Direct confrontation was left to me. To round it out, I asked Peng on multiple occasions not to let others use my PC because of the grease/sweat and settings issues I mentioned in the VLOG. The problem persisted for some time because of the lack of communication between Peng and others in the organization.

Again, the managers I’ve had in NA and at other teams in SEA for the last while would have made sure we were in the best place possible to perform. My past managers would always help us out with water, ordering food, running errands (including getting laundry), and so forth so we could focus. Maybe expecting the same level of professionalism was too much for Admiral, maybe those expectations made me appear spoiled, but I didn’t think I was asking for too much, and I don’t think anyone who has played in most other regions would think so either.

https://i.imgur.com/ULJp2mq.png

https://i.imgur.com/IEsBYwv.png

Backseat Managing and Flaming and Threats

The entire time I was with Admiral, Martin, the owner, and Peng would flame the team. He would scold us, criticize every loss, and give us advice on drafting and play. Or he would just tell us how terrible our drafting and play was. In some cases, Martin would even go onto a player’s personal Facebook page and throw shade at his own players. This was very demoralizing and NEVER productive—it was an emotional response, never constructive criticism meant to help us improve. You can see from the screenshots just some of this abuse. As I mentioned, though, most of the abuse happened in the group chat from which I was removed. The assertion that “management respected the members and players” is frankly absurd. To top it off, I was the only one who stood up for the players, which I believe is part of why Martin developed such a strong negative opinion of me. Players shouldn’t have to put up with that abuse. No one should.

https://i.imgur.com/VJmeXn9.png

https://i.imgur.com/lMmDYdn.png

Toxic -

https://i.imgur.com/uArlas5.png

Commenting on Gabbi's FB page -

https://i.imgur.com/Vnx1mQm.png

The worst of the abuse for me personally was when Martin wrote to the whole group and said something along the lines of, “If you [talking to me] ever tell Peng, Poi or anyone to grab you water ever again, I will slam you with a f***ing chair, who do you think you are?” While a lot of this has been played off as a cultural misunderstanding, I don’t think any cultural difference justifies threatening a player with physical violence merely for asking for a bottle of water.

The abuse of the players individually and the team as a whole was more than enough to show the lack of professionalism, or even common decency, of Admiral’s management.

https://i.imgur.com/kyKs9Qg.png

https://i.imgur.com/BSCtYrY.png

My apology -

https://i.imgur.com/fuYeg0c.png

https://i.imgur.com/YwZsCFm.jpg

Martin supposedly read my chat after they said he never came back -

https://i.imgur.com/UsDxPnW.png

The Contract

I’m going to post this screenshot directly just so you can see the contract I was dealing with:

https://i.redd.it/yfdq6f9oj8b11.jpg

I don’t think it’s very surprising that I was worried about this contract and wanted to negotiate some of the terms. Shockingly, when I started raising issues with the contract, Peng told me that it was so short because Filipino players would miss important details of the contract if it were too long and were too lazy to read. However, in my view, having had much better and more complete contracts, the most important details of the contract weren’t even present. Even with how short the contract above is, it’s very one-sided in favor of the team. The contract didn’t have performance incentives or bonuses if we attracted sponsors or protections for our image and likeness rights. The team could terminate us with three-days’ notice for something as simple as poor performance. No expenses or travel were covered, no mention of gear and equipment, and thirty percent was by far the largest percentage cut of winnings for an organization that I had ever seen (and while I agreed to the percentage cut, I did ask for it to be changed with respect to TI). I asked for some of those things to be added or changed and mentioned that I had been screwed over by bad contracts in the past. As you can see in the screenshots, they said they would revise it, but I never got any revisions.

https://i.imgur.com/1WtQYK9.png

https://i.imgur.com/WlD4yZn.png

As for the gym membership, at one point when I was discussing joining Admiral, I spoke with one of Admiral’s partners who was a really nice guy (for privacy I haven’t used his name). As shown in the screenshots, I asked him about gym expenses and he said it would be taken care of. Then it wasn’t. Oh well. I moved on from it, telling them to just remove the expense from my salary and it wasn’t really an issue until they decided to dig it up and try to make me look like some entitled spoiled brat.

https://i.imgur.com/tmmCuEH.png

I never ultimately signed the contract, but I also never got any of the revisions they said they would make. Still, I went forward with the team based on our talks. I was working on a verbal contract. And, when it comes down to it, I’m still owed over $1800, which includes a small part of my salary, reimbursement for an extended visa, and prize money. Even if it was a verbal agreement, it was still an agreement. I performed my end of the deal as best I could.

Echo International

March, a long-time friend, who was playing for Echo, reached out to see if I was interested in playing for a new org, Echo Int. I took it as a joke at first because March often jokes with me by asking me to join his teams even when those teams are full and stable. I told him I was happy and comfortable, especially because I had Gabbi (who I would constantly praise). I never once tried to sell Gabbi but only mentioned that he was one of the more mechanically gifted players in SEA, which everyone already knew. Even though Echo was paying good money, I turned March down regardless of how serious his offer was. It wasn’t about the salary or the money, but that I believed in my team making it to TI despite the adversity we were facing.

Peng went through my computer while I was gone at the gym and saw the chats. Peng’s reaction was extreme and threatening and included that he was going to kick me out of the team house. (Notice that I wasn’t even given three-days’ notice for being kicked.) As a result of his threats, shown in the screenshots, I rushed back to the house worried about what I would do being in a country I’m not from and with very little resources.

I contacted March again and told him what was happening. He told me his team had reached out to Gabbi but that he hadn’t even known and that it was independent of what I had said.

https://i.imgur.com/ROswgmU.png

https://i.imgur.com/fvero6G.png

Housing

As you’ll see in the screenshots, I asked about the housing and was told I could have a solo room. I didn’t ask for it at first, it was offered. Later, Peng told me he would get a room to himself and there would be two bedrooms for players. At that point I mentioned that I’d been promised a solo room, but I otherwise dropped it. Peng came back and told me the other players would share one very spacious room. I asked if they would be comfortable with that and noted that a solo room would help me adapt to the new living conditions/environment/etc. Again, it didn’t seem like a big deal until now they portray me as being so demanding. I also don’t know why they try to defend how nice the house was as I never actually said that was an issue.

https://i.imgur.com/4kQKCdV.png

My Manners

I don’t know why the issue of how often I said “Please” is even a thing, and I’m not going to try to find every instance of me saying please or using appropriate manners. There are probably some included in the screenshots I attached, and Admiral even included screenshots showing me saying please. I will add that I was very considerate of Peng, a guy I didn’t even know personally until I arrived in the Philippines. As shown in the screenshots, I picked up an iPad for Peng’s niece.

https://i.imgur.com/mtnC0lP.png

https://i.imgur.com/Vm0B834.png

https://i.imgur.com/Q37UvMj.png

As far as paying for food, I occasionally brought food home for the team on my own dime and without asking for reimbursement, just as a nice gesture. I’m surprised that Admiral didn’t mention this. And when management raised the issue of me owing people money, I promptly paid them back. I can think of only two specific instances, one where I immediately paid my teammate back after the issue was raised, and another where I paid another teammate back the next day because neither of us had change at the time. The straight lies told about me by Admiral regarding taking advantage of Filipino hospitality are unacceptable and slanderous.

Rule-Breaking

I’m quite shocked that Admiral raised the issue of girls at the house and supposed rule-breaking. The principal reason for my shock is that management “hired” five “rule-breakers” at one point for our bootcamp because of a successful day of practice. The fact that Admiral wants to talk about my private "personal" life without raising their own role in what was happening at the team house shows exactly what kind of an organization they are. The happy ending massage was a joke about winning a certain number of games, sort of a performance incentive. Even though the management agreed with it at a point, and though we won the games, nothing came of it.

The Vacation

As far as my vacations, I talked to the organization about two vacations, one in March, and one in June. At the time I raised those dates, TI had not been announced, and the June vacation was so I could attend a wedding where I would be the best man. It was right after the Supermajor, and I was going to be gone for three days. I was kicked in March, and they just used the flight for the March vacation to send me home. I initially asked that I be reimbursed for the flight since I was being kicked, but I ended up paying for it myself and since it was pre-planned already I took the loss with no arguments. Towards the end of April and beginning of May, the team and management started trying to get me back on the team, but I declined. Sometime after that, the TI Qualifiers were announced and at that point—if I had still been with the team—my June vacation would have conflicted with TI Qualifiers.

So there was no conflict when I told Admiral about the wedding, and I wasn’t with the team once a conflict in dates arose. The fact that Admiral raises this shows just how much they’re trying to drag me through the dirt.

https://i.imgur.com/xVzNXRn.png

https://i.imgur.com/MehyxKy.png

The Maid and the Watch

I left my watch in the same spot near my hamper every single time I took it off. Partying or however Admiral wants to portray why I couldn’t find the watch has nothing to do with it. While I made a mistake thinking that the maid had taken the watch, she did move it when she moved clean laundry from on top my hamper to my luggage. Again, the fact that Admiral is trying to nitpick at every little issues shows what they’re really after here.

Conclusion

I wanted to give team Admiral a vision, to inject professionalism, and to play at the highest level, to compete for a TI spot. I wanted Admiral to be my last real run at TI, so I gave EVERYTHING I had to make it work. The conditions—the abuse and flaming and lack of a real manager and threats to kick a foreigner out of his house—were difficult, but I’ve pushed through adversity in the past and I thought I could make Admiral work as well. But it wasn’t possible.

All I mentioned on the VLOG was that I was threatened with physical violence and that player equipment was being used and messed up by management. Those alone would never have happened on every other team I’ve played for recently. Those alone illustrated why I wanted to get out. Those alone are conditions that no player should have to deal with, regardless of what country they’re from or play in. And Admiral doesn’t even refute them. Instead, they tried to slander my name and reputation with lies, omissions, and misportrayals. I’m not going to say anything else on the matter, but I don’t think I should have to.

I do want to apologize for a poor choice of words in my VLOG. When I said that the Philippines wasn’t good for me, I meant that my time with Admiral was not good for me. I’m sorry for the confusion and for the hurt I’ve caused the Filipino community. I love the Philippines and its people and the Filipino community, and my time with Admiral does nothing to change that.

As a last note, a lot of people have been griefing my ex-girlfriend. She doesn’t deserve that at all—I’d ask everyone to respect her privacy and the privacy of our past relationship.

Thank you for reading through all of this and considering the full story.

- Jimmy

Lmao he asked you to get an ipad and you didn't mind. You ask for water and they all go apeshit LOL.

This is my first real Reddit post so PLEASE excuse my formatting.

sUre JiMmY AnThiNg FoR yOu!

They hired prostitutes after a good day of practice?

The International 2018 Collector’s Cache Volume II

The International 2018 Collector’s Cache Volume II
The International 2018 Collector’s Cache Volume II

That Nightstalker Set made it to the game after three years!!

REJOICE!!

That ultra rare Enigma set. Sweet baby jesus. Please make sure we have that for game 5 of TI8 grand finals

Here's a picture of all sets

A+ blood type, never smoked, no alcohol

add for kidney

Dota 2 Update - MAIN CLIENT - July 20, 2018

Dota 2 Update - MAIN CLIENT - July 20, 2018A new patch has been dispatched for the main client. More info will be edited in as I analyze the patch.



Analysis Status: Done



Collector's Cache II

Blog


The International 2018 Collector's Cache Volume II | link


Preview | Promo | Contents

This treasure includes the following items. | Opening 11 of these treasures will give you an additional 21000 Battle Points (1 - 2000, 6 - 4000, 11 - 15000)


Pitmouse Fraternity: Meepo
Fires of the Volcanic Guard: Ember Spirit
Third Awakening: Dragon Knight
Shackles of the Enduring Conscript: Axe
Shimmer of the Anointed: Nyx Assassin
Cruelties of the Spiral Bore: Magnus
Loaded Prospects: Brewmaster
Ire of the Molten Rebirth: Phoenix
Pattern of the Silken Queen: Broodmother
Dread Ascendance: Doom
The Rat King: Chen
Raiments of the Obsidian Force: Underlord | Rare
Legends of the Darkheart Pursuit: Nightstalker | Very Rare
Twisted Maelstrom: Enigma | Ultra Rare




**Battle Pass*

Compendium


Updated Player Images for: Xxs, Agressif, Q, BoBoKa, Silent


Other


You can now see previous week votes on the Arcana Vote.




Economy Updates

Others


Fixed a cosmetic issue with the Desolate Conquest: Legion Commander set.




String Updates

Tips


Updated "Activating Manta Style removes several buffs and debuffs" to *"Activating Manta Style removes many debuffs"


Other


Added supporting strings for all the new content added with Collector's Cache II.




UI Updates

Dashboard


Added a new splash ad for Collector's Cache II.
Fixed a small UI issue on the Global Trends page.
Fixed some UI spacing issues with the Feature Hero on the profile tab.


In-Game


Tips text is no longer selectable.


Frontpage


Added a new panel for the Collector's Cache II.
Added a panel for the TI8 Aegis Registration blog post.




Patch Size: 385.3 MB (with Tools)
Dota 2 Update - MAIN CLIENT - July 20, 2018

A new patch has been dispatched for the main client. More info will be edited in as I analyze the patch.

Analysis Status: Done

Collector's Cache II

Blog

The International 2018 Collector's Cache Volume II | link

Preview | | Contents

This treasure includes the following items. | Opening 11 of these treasures will give you an additional 21000 Battle Points (1 - 2000, 6 - 4000, 11 - 15000)

Pitmouse Fraternity: Meepo Fires of the Volcanic Guard: Ember Spirit Third Awakening: Dragon Knight Shackles of the Enduring Conscript: Axe Shimmer of the Anointed: Nyx Assassin Cruelties of the Spiral Bore: Magnus Loaded Prospects: Brewmaster Ire of the Molten Rebirth: Phoenix Pattern of the Silken Queen: Broodmother Dread Ascendance: Doom The Rat King: Chen Raiments of the Obsidian Force: Underlord | Rare Legends of the Darkheart Pursuit: Nightstalker | Very Rare Twisted Maelstrom: Enigma | Ultra Rare

**Battle Pass*

Compendium

Updated Player Images for: Xxs, Agressif, Q, BoBoKa, Silent

Other

You can now see previous week votes on the Arcana Vote. Economy Updates

Others

Fixed a cosmetic issue with the Desolate Conquest: Legion Commander set. String Updates

Tips

Updated "Activating Manta Style removes several buffs and debuffs" to *"Activating Manta Style removes many debuffs"

Other

Added supporting strings for all the new content added with Collector's Cache II. UI Updates

Dashboard

Added a new splash ad for Collector's Cache II. Fixed a small UI issue on the Global Trends page. Fixed some UI spacing issues with the Feature Hero on the profile tab.

In-Game

Tips text is no longer selectable.

Frontpage

Added a new panel for the Collector's Cache II. Added a panel for the TI8 Aegis Registration blog post.

Patch Size: 385.3 MB (with Tools)

and it's Ultra Rare! :D

:)

:|

:(

I love penis, but no one will ever find out lol.

Oh fuck they put that dope Enigma set in

Oh look, it’s Obito Enigma

Try one of these subthreads