Friday, 18 May 2018

Engines Stalling: Are The Spitfire In Free Fall or Expectations Too High?


After their match with the Houston Outlaw last night, the London Spitfire have a 5-6 record in their last 11 games. This has resulted in the Spitfire missing the stage three playoffs and has some Spitfire fans starting to lash out with comments claiming the team don't practice or work hard enough and the coaches are the actually terrible. It's in stark contrast with the reaction to the teams performance in the first two stages, so it makes me wonder are the Spitfire as bad as some sections of the Spitfire fan base think or are they overreacting because they gotten used to winning so soon?
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Three, Week Five - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


We're two days away from the London Spitfire starting their stage four against their two biggest rivals in the New York Excelsior and the Houston Outlaws. With the two week break now complete, I felt it was time to delay this version of GBU, so that it would work as a steady reminder as to what happened in week five in our games against the Seoul Dynasty and the Shanghai Dragons. The team were eliminated from the stage playoffs prior to their games being played, so it pride at stake and two extra games to work out the kinks that had been on going throughout stage 3.
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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Aces High: An Interview With Team Manager Seung-Hwan “Robin” Lee


We all know that to be deemed as a contender, your team needs to have players, coaches and a management team that are of a championship winning quality. What gets missed more than often is that while these main roles become known as the faces of teams, they can’t do everything on their own and without a decent supporting staff, nothing is likely to be done on time or correctly. Team managers are the important cog behind the scenes that ensures that everything runs smoothly and when they do go away from plan, they focus on resolving it so that other areas of the team don’t have to worry about that. This is even more important, when you have a roster built from players from another country as while you need to do your general tasks. Helping them acclimatise to their new home is possibly one of the hardest things. This is where Seung-Hwan "Robin" Lee comes into his element.
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Meta That Prevents Saebyeolbe Being The Worlds Best DPS Player


It’s the end of stage three, the Confetti has fallen, the NYXL have celebrated after defending their title as stage winners and the team are all together on the ramp getting interviewed about how they just trounced the undefeated Boston Uprising 3-0. It comes to Saebyeolbe’s turn to be interviewed and right at the end he says seven words in perfect English “I’m the best Tracer in the world”. After reviewing his performance against the Uprising in the finals, it’s hard to disagree with him, as he’s slowly separated himself from Nam-Joo "Striker" Kwon of the Uprising and Joon-Yeong "Profit" Park of the London Spitfire. The one problem with this is the upcoming changes in the meta after the introduction of Brigitte and the possibility of going to an anti-Tracer meta. It's this meta that has the potential to silence Saebyeolbe due to the DPS pool that could be available to DPS players, got me thinking. While he is the best Tracer in the world, he’s not the best DPS player in the world.
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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

British Hurricane: Contenders Europe - Group Stage Review


We may be in the final two week stage break, before we enter stage four and while the London Spitfire are currently in the air hangar's, getting repaired and refuelled. The British Hurricane academy team are currently preparing in Poland for their LAN semi-final and hopefully final to end season one of EU Contenders. While the playoffs being on Friday May 12th, we're going to review to the group stage went for the team and what they cane expect going forward. So it's time to goggle up and fang out as we go back over the season so far.
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Monday, 7 May 2018

What To Expect When Your Baby Is 6 Months Old


I’m not quite sure how, but little Joshua is now officially six months old. When they say that time flies when you have children, they really weren’t joking. While we’ve been trying to capture every moment we can and enjoy his transition from tiny newborn to an energetic six month old, there’s been moments that have happened that we haven’t expected, things we've been told about and gotten ourselves ready for but didn't happen and then those moments that you knew were coming but you still weren't prepared for.
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Friday, 4 May 2018

The Forgotten Chef: The Importance Of Gamsu


When you think about candidates for the most valuable player, you will generally pick the player who has stood out the most or had a couple of amazing performances. When you take a look at the Boston Uprising, you’d likely select star DPS player Nam-Joo “Striker” Kwon as their MVP. He’s stepped up and taken the team to another level during their recent 13 game winning streak. If you were looking at players around the league and how valuable they are to their teams, there’s a chance that you would look towards Hyun-Seok “Aaron” “Bischu” Kim, his ability to translate which enables Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek the opportunity to be a difference maker from the main tank position. Finally if I asked you about the most valuable chef’s in the league, you’re highly like to mention chef Heidi of the Philadelphia Fusion. What if I was to tell you that there is a player in the league, that happens to play for the Uprising and can fill all three of these criteria? What if I told you that this player was the forgotten chef Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh!

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

London Spitfire: Stage Three, Week Four - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


Week four of stage three and so far the has been a stage to forget when it comes to results. With a lot of what if's and could've been's. The results this stage could very well be 5-1 instead of the 1-5 that we currently faced going into the week. This week we saw the rematch against Fissure and the Los Angeles Gladiators, which is very quickly becoming a rivalry game in the eyes of Spitfire fans and then facing the new and improved 4-2 San Francisco Shock. 
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