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TeleMatch Valorant Dec 20 – Christmas Came Early

It was a bittersweet feeling as we concluded the first TeleMatch Valorant and the last TeleMatch for 2020. Even though we could not have an offline TeleTrip to gather and play, we are thankful to have players joining us at TeleMatch and providing us an opportunity to get to know them better through the games. Never failing to encourage the players, prize partner Aftershock has provided prizes such as keyboards, mouse and mousepads for the prize winners!

At TeleMatch Valorant – 19 Dec 2020, we had 10 teams, together with 6 facilitators and casters, joining us from as early as 10 AM until 7 PM. The games were livestreamed on twitch.tv/soosoio, with the viewers made up of mainly the players themselves! We did spot some familiar names joining the Twitch chat.

Since it’s the season of gifting, we are going to list down the Twelve Gifts of Christmas that Valorant gave to We (song reference: The Twelve Days of Christmas – Warning: earworm alert >_<). The list is according to the order we received these gifts, starting from way before TeleMatch started on 19 December.

  1. Facilitators immediately confirmed their availability
    • The moment we locked down the dates for TeleMatch Valorant, we reached out to Poh Jin and Justin to ask if they could help out as facilitators. They immediately informed us that they are available and made themselves unavailable for anything else that day, despite it being the month of gatherings.
  2. Casters came prepared, soon after the facilitators
    • Gino “Jesterin” readily agreed to cast the games even though it was not his main game and took the challenge to read up on all the latest patches and agents. It was Deko’s first time casting, but he agreed immediately and went to check up on the game. Similar to Gino, it has been some time since Deko played Valorant ever since he was enlisted for National Service. We are very thankful for their heart towards the community.
  3. Casters doubled up as facilitators
    • Initially, the casters were informed that they can co-cast all the games. However, plans changed when we could not find the last two facilitators for the group stages. The casters took up the challenge to solo-cast the games and take turns to facilitate.
  4. Casters providing a Discord boost without hesitation
    • Like all our previous TeleMatches, TeleMatch Valorant is no different in a sense where every single help is voluntary. As we get the livestream feed from the casters, the casters need to share their screens with us via Discord while we handle the overlays. When the casters realised that the free account can only stream in 30fps, they decided to upgrade their Discord account so that they can share it at 60fps to provide a good experience. They paid for it even though they knew they would not be compensated. Gino has been doing this for TeleMatch League of Legends – Oct 2020, TeleMatch DOTA 2 – Oct 2020 and of course this TeleMatch. Once again, thank you casters for pursuing excellence!
  5. Teams and stand-ins registering despite not knowing what the exact prizes are
    • Even without knowing what are the prizes, they registered and kept to their word to turn up for TeleMatch Valorant. There were so many Valorant tournaments and community competitions, yet they were willing to commit to TeleMatch! We greatly appreciate your support for TeleMatch.
  6. Stand-ins and teams patiently waiting for our updates
    • We are thankful for all the teams and stand-ins who have registered way before the deadline, because this meant that we could plan the groupings and schedule quickly. The teams and stand-ins were updated later in the week and every player cooperated!
  7. Teams checking in on time, despite having teams from Malaysia and Indonesia (the Indonesian team who joined was at GMT +7)
    • We want to shout out to every team for waking up early on a Saturday morning to make sure that they make it for the check-ins. Even though team check-in time was at 11.15 AM, most teams were already checking in at 11.05 AM! Even throughout the day, the teams kept to the timing and we could even squeeze an additional cast of Semi-finals game 2 and end before 7pm (just in time for dinner)! For those wondering, Midtwo is the Malaysian team while MITOZ INCLOUD is the Indonesian team!
  8. Team Midtwo offering their stand-in to team Insurgence
    • On the eve of TeleMatch Valorant, close to 9 PM, both Midtwo and Insurgence were lacking a player due to unforeseen circumstances. As Midtwo requested first, they were entitled to a registered stand-in, and we had only 3 registered with one already in Insurgence. We were waiting for the last stand-in to reply before Midtwo decided to offer the registered stand-in to Insurgence. Midtwo found out about Insurgence’s situation on their own, without the intervention of the facilitators. Insurgence realised this and came to Midtwo’s team channel to thank them. Refer to image 1 below to read the chat! Take note that funnybOy is MidTwo’s captain while HRSBS is Insurgence’s captain.
  9. Stand-ins stepping up
    • All three stand-ins were very selfless and offered to join a team immediately when a team needed one, even if it meant waking up earlier than their normal times or making themselves available after a company meeting. Thank you Julius, Shihao and Wayne!
  10. Players cheering for teams on stream Sometimes there are games where teams struggle to find a way out from their losing situation. Instead of choosing to flame, the viewers who are mostly players from other teams, chose to encourage and it reached the caster as Deko also echoed the encouragements from Twitch to the cast. Read the Twitch chat in image 2 and see for yourselves how encouraging the players are in image 3.
  11. Team Insurgence persevered through the games despite remaining as a 3-man team
    • Instead of choosing to forfeit their game, team Insurgence requested to play against their opponents as a 3-man team as their remaining teammates could not make it for the game. We want to honour the team and want to tell the team that despite the score, they are already winners for playing through all the games! Refer to image 4 for the scoreboard.
  12. Team Midtwo sharing their prizes with team RBC
    • No gift is complete without sharing. Team Midtwo received Most Spirited Team for persevering throughout the group stages despite having rough games. Instead of keeping the prizes, they offered to share them with team RBC, meaning RBC will be the new recipients of the 5 Aftershock Sliver mousepads. Their generosity throughout TeleMatch Valorant is greatly appreciated and frankly, our eyes are moist as we record this. Read the chat in image 5. Take note that SourCreamz and faktup are from Midtwo and Kairo is RBC’s captain.
Image 1: funnybOy (MidTwo captain) and HRSBS (Insurgence captain)
Image 2: Twitch chat cheering for teams 7eaM.NoObz and RBC
Image 3: Twitch Chat cheering for teams Queens Gamble and MidTwo
Image 4: Insurgence completing the game as a 3-man team
Image 5: SourCreamZ and Faktup (Midtwo players) and Kairo (RBC captain)

Game Highlights

So what about the highlights of TeleMatch Valorant? As we felt that every team did exceptionally well, we decided to put up the whole TeleMatch Valorant VOD as a highlight on our Twitch channel: twitch.tv/soosoio!

Prize Winners

Even the sign knows they were Attackers when playing their final match!

Champions: Sweet Young Boys
Prize: 5 Aftershock Hero-1 Mechanical Keyboards
Players:
Aloysius “aloyGODMODE” Austin
Jevin “kAE” Chan
Charandeep “zoom” Singh
Joshua “SPRAYBERRY” Chan
Muhammad “BIG BANG BROS” Khaireen
Adrian “L0YYY” Loy

Best Teamwork: 7eaM.NoObz
Prize: 5 Aftershock M1 Mouse
Players:
Amanda “Fear” Lim
Raymond “silvon” Chua
Wang “PeeKA” Chia Wei
Wong “xubstitute” Mun Ho
Marcus “blurry” Png
Wei Hao “KaywH” Lim

Most Spirited Team: MidTwo (They have decided to offer their prizes to team RBC)
Prize: 5 Aftershock Sliver Mousepad
Players:
Ashton “funnybOy9868” Pang
Justin “Burstieee” Gooi
Loo “MrEnderHero” Guo Yang
Chin “NoobHIns.” Weng Hin
Javier Oh “SourCreamZ” Yi Sheng
Anderson “AimGOd” Pang

MVP: Hao En “EnS2” Goh (The Salty Spitoon)
Prize: 1 Aftershock Mousepad

Best Support: Kowen “filthy casual” Lee (The Salty Spitoon)
Prize: 1 Aftershock Mousepad

Special Thanks

We would like to shout out to:

  • Riot Games for providing the permission to run Valorant as the game title for TeleMatch and allowing us to experience the passion of the Valorant community
  • AFTERSHOCK PC for their generosity to give unconditionally to the community as much as they can. We appreciate your heart for the players.
  • Facilitators Poh Jin, Justin, Deko and Gino for your commitment to delivering TeleMatch Valorant and other TeleMatches.
  • Casters Deko and Gino for taking up the double duty of casting and facilitating the games! It is really not easy solo casting and we appreciate your effort
  • and all the players and viewers for being such a blessing to us.

We wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Event Details:

Dates: 19 Dec 2020

Format: Round-Robin Best-of-1  for Group Stages and Single Elimination Best-of-1 for Semi and Finals

Registration Fee: Free

For more information: https://www.teletripgaming.com/events/telematch-valorant-19-dec-2020/

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TeleMatch DOTA Oct 20 – Same Same but Different

TeleMatch DOTA Oct 20 - Same Same but Different

It has been almost 5 months since #SGPlaysTogether TeleMatch, and we definitely felt the excitement from the DOTA 2 community with our latest TeleMatch DOTA 2 which was held on Saturday, 24 October. It was interesting to see players returning to compete again while welcoming new contenders. We had 8 teams competing for a chance to win prizes from our prize partner, Aftershock.

We had players of differing rank joining TeleMatch, which made it difficult to predict the team that was going to emerge as the champion. There were notable DOTA 2 veterans joining the competition, which leveled up the competition ground. Despite the challenging games, we were proud that the teams showed perseverance and played through the group stages. The teams also displayed sportsmanship after each game, calling GGWP (good game well played) and GL (good luck) further.

Special guest Nutz joined us for a casual Q&A, and we really appreciate his honesty in sharing his experience and advice for the other players. If there is anything to take away from the session…

“Enjoy the game, DOTA is fun, especially with friends. But going really competitive isn’t easy at all. In any industry, if you wanna be at the top, it’s gonna be really hard. So just enjoy the game and stay happy, I guess.”

– Nutz, 2020

It was also encouraging to see the players tune in for the finals. With all the teams turning up on time, we managed to keep to the schedule and end the day earlier, just in time for Weekend Battle Cup. A huge shoutout to the facilitators, casters and Twitch moderators who have helped out and made TeleMatch DOTA 2 possible! If you would like to give back to the community in any way, feel free to volunteer with us here.

Prize Winners

Champions: BORK BORK BORK!
Prize: 5 Aftershock Hero-1 Mechanical Keyboards
Wei Ming “InsignificantMe.” Wee
Jonathan “worm hunter” Lee
Clement “V.” Tan
Wilson “ahchin” Koh
Joel “here we go again” Chan Jian Yong

Best Teamwork: LUL
Prize: 5 Aftershock M1 Mouse
Lukman “Luk” Nooraznan
Tiffany “Hishiko” Teoh
Keith “Bobman” Ong
Keith “Keith” Chua
Chotiwat “Kasumin” Prommayon
Yaowen “Tudi” Teo

Most Spirited Team: Pokémon
Prize: 5 Aftershock Sliver Mousepad
Jonathan “Yellow Charmander” Pooh
Jun Jie “choices” Chan
Jasper “Yellow Torchic” Lim
Eekin “Yellow Riolu” Chua
Benzley “Briemhild” Lee
Xu Sheng “Cl0wN” Teo

MVP: Ruben “wmyr” Prayogo
Prize: 1 ASRock Mousepad

Best Support: Matthew “Cafee” Chai
Prize: 1 Aftershock Sliver Mousepad

Special Thanks

We would like to shoutout to:

  • Our prize partner Aftershock for providing the prizes and their constant support for TeleMatch.
  • Facilitators Xing Yong,Poh Jin, Damian, De Wei and Chuen Yew who volunteered their time to prepare and marshal the games.
  • Volunteer Xavier for keeping a lookout at our Twitch channel as a moderator
  • Casters Wilson “Sharmomi” Koo, Benedict “Memoria” Lee, Gino “Jesterin” Lim, Alan “Mr. President” Matthew and Benzley “Briemhild” Lee for stepping out of their comfort zones to help out in the casting.
  • Special guests Nutz who took out the time to share his experience and nuggets of wisdom to the gamers.
  • and of course to our participants and viewers who made everything so fun!

Event Details:

Dates: 24 Oct 2020

Format: Round-Robin Best-of-1  for Group Stages and Single Elimination Best-of-1 for Semi and Finals

Registration Fee: Free of Charge

For more information: https://www.teletripgaming.com/events/telematch-dota-2-24-oct-2020/

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Our First TeleMatch League of Legends

Our First TeleMatch League of Legends

Coincidentally on the same start date of the Worlds 2020 Main Event, our first TeleMatch League of Legends for casual players was organised on 3 October 2020. Appreciate our prize partner Aftershock for the support.

We had 10 teams of all ranks gathered and playing their hearts out at TeleMatch League of Legends. It was amazing to see the teams showing sportsmanship after the game, calling GGWP after the games and wishing the opposing teams all the best for their next! Friendships were even forged as we heard that some of the teams stayed in contact to play more games of League of Legends (or Among Us) after TeleMatch.

To make sure that TeleMatch runs without a hitch, we had the facilitators and caster who volunteered to thank. This time, we even had a facilitator helping us out all the way from Australia! As TeleMatch is a community-initiative, we welcome volunteers to help out be it as a facilitator, caster or livestream production assistant. Feel free to register as a volunteer to help out here!

Congratulations to all the teams at TeleMatch League of Legends!

Here are the results of TeleMatch:

1st Place: First Round Out
Prize: 5 Ezreal Pulsefire Action Figures, 5 Aftershock M1 Gaming Mouse and 3000 RP per player (up to 5 team members)
Leong Jie “IceDestiny” Tay
Jin “xzz” Lin
Dominic “TeacherAry” Loh
Jia Xuan “屁股大便” Tan
Timothy “Ciela” Lim

2nd Place: hm?
Prize: 5 Tryndamere Action Figures, 5 Aftershock Backpacks and 2000 RP per player (up to 5 team members)
Kwang Wei “Squirrel” Tan
Kai Jie “Dust” Koh
Irfan “Phrozen” Selamat
Ting Yi “BornThisWay7” Ong
Kenneth “Dust lol moment” Tan
Darren “smiling” How

Best Teamwork:  Immunity
Prize: 5 Tryndamere Action Figures and 1500 RP per player (up to 5 team members)
Irwin Ng “IMT Axioty” ZiXiang
Ivan “IMT Refuge” Wong
Joshua “IMT Sojun”
Jia Wei “Part of Me”
xu “IMT Xuxiu” xiuyi
Alex “Cuddle”

Most Spirited Team: Synapse
Prize: 5 Aftershock Sliver Mousepad
Winston “Blitzcanon” Ngoui
Christopher “MayuriChris” Yong
Keith “KurumiPls” Lee
Fyodor “Dr33my” Lee
Raphael Michael “RufflesXD” Gabriel
Shaikh Mohamed “CHALLENGEDPLAYER” Irfan

MVP:  Rui Xiang “AngeldiotCrutch” Ng from Veracent
Prize: 1000 RP

Best Support: Charlene “Not frog” Teo from StayFatGuys
Prize: 1000 RP

Special Thanks

We would like to shoutout to:

  • Our prize partner Aftershock for providing the prizes.
  • Facilitators Poh Jin, Justin, Hakim and Jasmine for volunteering their time and efforts to make sure the event ran smoothly
  • Caster Gino “Jesterin” Lim for providing such an entertaining and informative cast
  • and of course to our participants and viewers for supporting TeleMatch

Event Details:

Dates: 3 October 2020

Format: Round-Robin Best-of-1 for Group Stages and Single Elimination Best-of-1 for Semi and Finals

Registration Fee: Free of Charge

For more information: https://www.teletripgaming.com/events/telematch-league-of-legends-3-oct-2020/

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Latest Addition to TeleMatch: Overwatch

Latest Addition to TeleMatch Overwatch

For the past two years, we were focusing on MOBA titles DOTA 2, League of Legends and Mobile Legends. This month, we took a leap of faith and dived into the First Person Shooter (FPS) genre. After finding out that many Overwatch players were looking for fun and meaningful Overwatch events, we decided to organise TeleMatch Overwatch. It was held on 26 September 2020, with prize partner Aftershock, streaming partner The Gym and supporting partner Battle Royale Singapore.

With every TeleMatch comes its challenges, and glad that we managed to overcome them with the support of the community. It was a pleasant surprise to see the Overwatch players liking and sharing the event. Eight teams registered, with a team made up of stand-ins.

Interestingly, the facilitators and casters who helped out this TeleMatch were from the other game communities. We had players from the League of Legends, DOTA 2 and Valorant community volunteering their time and effort to facilitate and cast TeleMatch Overwatch. Despite Overwatch not being their main game, they wanted Telematch to run smoothly so that the Overwatch players can have a fun and exciting experience. We are grateful to witness such generosity across gaming communities.

Unexpectedly, we had around 25 players watching the stream, peaking at 39 viewers. We also managed to wish Vas Sux player Radiax a happy birthday!

The teams treated us with exciting games and match ups during TeleMatch Overwatch. We had the stand-in team Bruh.. qualify for Top 4 and finalists FES Academy Riptide and Vas Sux playing a rematch. The finals was so close that both teams entered the Third and Fourth round in the Havana Escort map.

Watch the VODS below and see how the games and casting turned out! https://www.facebook.com/teletripgaming/videos/361592558300876/
https://www.facebook.com/teletripgaming/videos/758890108267936/

Congratulations to all the teams at TeleMatch Overwatch!

Here are the results of TeleMatch:

1st Place: Vas Sux
Prize: 6 Tempest Gale 104 mechanical keyboards, courtesy of Aftershock.
Dylan “Radiax” Tay
Jia Jun “Monsieur” Ong
Dylan “Dykrie” Chew
Jeff “Delph” Ng
Hui “ItsNotOkay” Xiang
Eugene “Vas” Lim
Shao “cowpay” Wei

2nd Place: FES Academy Riptide
Prize: 6 Aftershock M1 Gaming Mouse
Kieran “KuMa” Law
Daniel “Littleman” Bridge
Aden “ItzNova” Barcroft
Joshua “Grandeesauto” Ogame
Mitchell “x94926492649” One
Nico “yasu” Maleka

3rd Place: Please Carry Jean
Prize: Aftershock Sliver Mousepad
Jean “Jayelpeaeff” Lee
Jacus “ippmann” Seow
Phil “zxcPhil” Wong
Joel “lalala” Tan
Eugene “Matchatofu” Lim
Fann “SaltyEgg” Lee

 

Special Thanks

We would like to shoutout to:

  • Our prize partner Aftershock and streaming partner The Gym once again for providing the prizes and awesome stream respectively.
  • Supporting partner Battle Royale Singapore for helping out with the livestream.
  • Facilitators Xing Yong, Hakim, Jun Xiang and John for volunteering their time and efforts to make sure the event ran smoothly
  • Caster Gino “Jesterin” for providing such an entertaining and informative cast
  • and of course to our participants and viewers for supporting TeleMatch

Event Details:

Dates: 26 September 2020

Format: Round-Robin Best-of-1 for Group Stages and Single Elimination Best-of-One for Semi and Finals

Registration Fee: Free of Charge

For more information: https://www.teletripgaming.com/events/telematch-overwatch-26-sept-2020/

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No Team? No Problem! – TeleMatch Mobile Legends 25 July 2020

No Team? No Problem! – TeleMatch Mobile Legends 25 July 2020

With the success of our first online competition #SGPlaysTogether TeleMatch DOTA 2, we decide to organise with the students from Informatics Academy a TeleMatch for the casual Mobile Legends players on 25 July 2020. We also received support from our prize partner Aftershock and streaming partner The Gym.

This time, we allowed individual players to register as stand-ins for the teams who are competing at TeleMatch, and guess what? There were so many stand-ins that two teams were formed! Even though it was their first time e-meeting and playing together, it was amazing to see how enthusiastic there were in coordinating last minute practices the day before the competition!

Similar to the previous TeleMatch, we were also concern about the lack of casters. Thankfully, we have three players from the community who volunteered to cast the games at TeleMatch! We were sincerely touched to see how the casters go beyond their comfort zone, to wake up early on the weekend and to try being informative and entertaining despite their shyness.

We received a lot of love and support from the players who stayed after their games to watch the finals and casting!

Watch the VODs below and see how the games and casting turned out!

Congratulations to all the teams at TeleMatch Mobile Legends!

Here are the results of TeleMatch:

Champion: Bacon & Eggs
Prize: 1800 diamonds and Aftershock Mouse
Dosen, “MyBabiTakeo” Low
Gavyn, “MyBabiMayo” Ong
Joseph, “MyBabiRose” Ng
Hanae, “нαηαє ˢᵗ” Miyako
Jonathan, “reborn.” Yee

Best Teamwork: The Concavities
Prize: 1500 diamonds and Aftershock Backpack
Wei Xiang, “saveyoass” Lim
Kian Chai, “LatroM” Poh
Audrey, “Tsunade Senju.” Chua
Chester, “ιиf•KookiePanda” Choy
Kenji , “Perish.” Ngui

Most Spirited Team: Stand-ins
Prize: 1500 diamonds and Aftershock MousePad
William, “Monkeychimpz” Tabieros
Matin, “Puri.” Mikail
Hanqiang, “ᴊɪʀᴀᴄʜɪ” Wong
Jiaen, “Lololololol” Li
Feng, “DaRkMaTuRe” Hangxin
Kai Ting, “Android” Yek

MVP: Sam, “~>DarkKnight<~” Tan
Prize: 300 diamonds

Best Support: Bryan, “BiCaiden” Garcia
Prize: 300 diamonds

Special Thanks

We would like to shoutout to:

  • Our prize partner Aftershock and streaming partner The Gym once again for providing the prizes and awesome stream respectively.
  • Informatics Academy students Jeff and Dareen for their efforts in organising TeleMatch
  • Facilitator Derrick who volunteered their time to prepare and marshal the games
  • Casters Caleb “ˢ⁺•Queen사랑 “Tai, Louis “Axel “Khoo and Jean “Jayelpeaeff “Lee for stepping out of their comfort zone and providing a beautiful cast
  • and of course to our participants and viewers for supporting TeleMatch

Event Details:

Dates: 25 July 2020

Format: Round-Robin Best-of-1 for Group Stages and Single Elimination Best-of-Three for Semi and Finals

Registration Fee: Free of Charge

For more information: https://www.teletripgaming.com/events/telematch-mobile-legends-july-2020/

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Our First Online Competition – #SGPlaysTogether TeleMatch DOTA 2 May 2020

Our First Online Competition - #SGPlaysTogether TeleMatch DOTA 2 May 2020

What can we do to relax when we are supposed to stay at home? Game together of course!

With the restrictions on gathering offline, the only option we had for any activities was online. There were a lot of considerations and planning done to make sure if the events bonded the players meaningfully and of course very fun.

After much consideration and support from our partners #SGPlaysTogether (an initiative by SGEA) and The Gym, we decided to launch #SGPlaysTogether TeleMatch DOTA 2, an online community competition for casual DOTA 2 players. We managed to gather 10 teams and we even heard that one of the teams was formed via our DOTA 2 SOOS group! It was the first time that they played with each other and decided to make things work together.

To be honest, the major concern we had was whether there were casters for TeleMatch. We tried looking for aspiring casters and there were none! We were so close to streaming just the game camera when some of the participants offered to cast the games even though it might be their first time.

We only had three main rules for casting:

    1. Be positive and encouraging. (If the caster has an opinion about the play, explain the situation and share how it could be improved)
    2. Be yourself
    3. and have lots of fun

And that was how we started with our #biasedcasters series! Surprisingly, many players tuned in to our Twitch channel, encouraging the teams and casters. We ended up receiving lots of requests from players if they could try casting!

Watch the VODs out below and see how the games and casting turned out! Check the scores of the teams here.

Group Stages: Group 1 on 30 May 2020

Group Stages: Group 2 on 31 May 2020

Semi-Finals and Finals: 6-7 Jun 2020

During the breaks of the semi-finals and finals, we invited professional casters to share more about what they do and give encouragement to aspiring players and casters. We also included interviews with both teams after the games are played.

Semi-Finals:

Finals:

Last but not least, to end with words of encouragement for the viewers! It doesn’t matter if they are aspiring casters or esports athletes, they always need encouragement and support. We had a short segment when all the viewers’ encouragement to the people in esports were read during the stream.

Special Thanks

We would like to shoutout to:

  • Our partners, Singapore Esports Association and The Gym once again for providing the prizes and awesome stream respectively.
  • Facilitators Xing Yong, Ian, Poh Jin, Damian, De Wei and Chuen Yew who volunteered their time to prepare and marshal the games.
  • Casters Wilson “Sharmomi” Koo, Ernest “Kiseijuu” Chan, Chenkai “Fixers” Leow, Matthew “[email protected]” Lopez and Benedict “Memoria” Lee for stepping out of their comfort zones to help out in the casting.
  • Special guests  Sean “Hades” Goh, Treephob “Xyclopz” Tiangtrong and Litt Binn”WinteR” Chan who took out time from their busy schedules to share their experience and nuggets of wisdom to the gamers.
  • and of course to our participants and viewers who made everything so fun!

Event Details:

Dates: 30 & 31 May (Group Stages) and 6 & 7 Jun 2020 (Semi and Finals)

Format: Round-Robin Best-of-1  for Group Stages and Single Elimination Best-of-Three for Semi and Finals

Registration Fee: Free of Charge

For more information: https://www.teletripgaming.com/events/sgplaystogether-dota-2-telematch/

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Attending the First Mobile Legends World Championship: TeleTrip KL Mobile Legends M1 World Championship 2019

There was a lot of excitement and anticipation heading towards the world’s first Mobile Legends World Championship (aka M1) held in Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur from 15 to 17 November. Despite having a number of gamers attend the MPL – MY/SG S4 Playoffs held in October, we managed to have 4 gamers join us for this TeleTrip!

We took the afternoon ride up to Sri Petaling a day before the tournament and managed to have a tour at Pantheon, an esports arena, and experience the VR machines.

Highlights of TeleTrip

It was amazing that within a 4D3N trip, we could accomplish so much! We managed to:

  • Catch the opening/closing ceremonies
  • Collect the exclusive ML merchandise with our gold tickets
  • Watch hype matches (e.g. 10 Seconds Gaming+ vs Todak, which was a nailbiting series)
  • Go for a mini food hunt, such as trying out Chrysanthemum & Cham Soft Serve @ Soft Launch, self-cooking skewers @ 360 BBQ and Mala Steamboat @ Chill Chill Steamboat (and won a plate of meat patty)
  • Order bubble tea from a petrol kiosk
  • Sing our hearts out at a Karaoke place MusicWorld
  • Played board games till late

It was a great way to relax and bond through our love for the game. As the matches were cast in Malay, we were thankful to have Nishamm with us to translate.

Even though it was the first time meeting each other, the jokes and conversations made everybody feel as if we had been longtime friends. The experienced gamers also took the time to breakdown the drafts made by the professional teams to the less experienced gamers. It was really sweet for them to also explain patiently what was going on to make sure we were keeping up.

Other than memories, the gamers also brought home backpacks (courtesy of Aftershock) to bag home all the merchandise.

M2 2020?

Towards the end of the tournament, it was announced that the next world championship will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. This got the gamers excited and hoping for a TeleTrip Indonesia to watch the ML World Championship there while making more friends who love the game.

It was encouraging to see how much the gamers enjoyed TeleTrip and looking forward to bringing more gamers overseas to experience their local version of gaming, events, and culture.

Instastory of TeleTrip KL Mobile Legends M1 World Championship 2019: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17849554774703911/

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Positively Facing Unexpected Challenges: TeleTrip Campus TP – League of Legends

Throwback to November 2019, we had our first private TeleTrip Campus for Temasek Polytechnic’s Game Design & Development (GDD) students on 4 November! We are grateful for the overwhelming support from 40 students who signed up with us.

Due to connectivity issues, there was a slight change to the format and rules of TeleMatch: Single-Elimination 1-v-1 mid.  Each team had to send a player to compete while using the same character. Each player is only allowed to play once, so teams have to plan who to send forward and how to win their opponents. The winning teams of each round will proceed until a TeleMatch winner emerges.

Massive Introduction

https://www.facebook.com/soos.oio.sg/photos/a.2265923453698818/2265924947032002/?type=3&theater

As usual, we started ice-breaking with self-introduction during TeleTalk. Even though most of them have been course mates for a year, the students were surprised to find out that these course mates play League of Legends. They also got to know more about their new teammates of the day.

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Planning to Win

With only 15 minutes to plan for their games, it was interesting to see how each team prioritized their discussions. Some focused on drafting and champion pool, while others focused on getting to know their new teammates and their playstyle preferences.

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Positively Dealing with Unforeseen Circumstances

While the teams were looking forward to executing their strategies against their opponents, we faced an unforeseen challenge: latency.

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We continued to try various methods to solve the issue but to no avail. After much deliberation, we decided to change the format from a 5v5 to a 1v1. We are encouraged to see the students stepping up to offer solutions and accommodate the potential solutions (such as playing in different rooms). Some students even took the time to teach their teammates who were new to the game on how to play certain roles!

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Cheap Thrills: Watching a League Match in the Classroom

The students adapted to the new format and rules of  TeleMatch and another round of discussion began. They cheered for their friends who were playing and even commented that “this is the first time we gotta watch a game openly in school”!

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Even though it was a 1v1, no teammate took a backset. During each match, the teammates of the representative continued advising and sharing information (which was allowed in TeleMatch).

We loved how the students reacted to the situation and challenges positively. Well done everyone!

Prize Presentation

We had five TeleTrip Campus winner tags for the winning team. There were prizes for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-placing teams as well. The winning team received an Aftershock mouse each. 2nd place received a Ezreal Pulsefire figurine each, 3rd place received a Tryndamere figurine each and 4th place received an Aftershock  Sliver Mousepads each.

Shoutout to the lecturers Douglas and Malcolm, and vice-president of TP GDD Special Interest Group (SIG) Kristy for their tremendous help and support in making this TeleTrip Campus possible!

And also special thanks to our facilitators!

Pizza Party

We officially ended the day with Pizza Party and are glad that the students loved the pizzas from De PaStar!

Thank Yous!

Thank you Temasek Polytechnic for providing the venue for TeleTrip Campus! Appreciate the support from all our partners, AftershockPC, SCOGA and De PaStar in making this TeleTrip Campus possible. Shoutout to the TP lecturers: Malcolm and Douglas, TP GDD SIG vice-president Kristy, and our facilitators: Jun Wei, Chris, Alan, Hakim and Zhi Chun for all the help. Last but not least, to the students who came and made TeleTrip such a fun and memorable day for all of us ^-^

Hope to see you at the next TeleTrip Campus!

Facebook Photo Album of TeleTrip Campus TP Nov 2019: https://www.facebook.com/pg/soos.oio.sg/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2265923453698818

Instastory of TeleTrip Campus TP Nov 2019: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18113159263035910/

Details of TeleTrip Campus TP Nov 2019:
https://soos-oio.com/2019/10/11/teletrip-campus-tp-nov-2019-league-of-legends/

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Keep On Your Toes: TeleTrip Campus JCU – Mobile Legends

Every TeleTrip is akin to a reunion dinner; reuniting with TeleTripers while getting to know new friends. This time, we had 30 players join us at TeleTrip Campus JCU – Mobile Legends on 30 Nov 2019. We are thankful to Mobile Legends once again for providing in-game diamonds to the players. All the players’ efforts are greatly appreciated for joining us and sharing about TeleTrip to your friends and gaming groups!

Getting Cosy

Players registered early in the morning and got to meet their new teammates for the day! No one could tell that it was their first time meeting each other from their conversations.

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Fighting Neck-to-Neck

It was an intense day of play as every team was putting in their best effort towards victory. Like every TeleTrip, it was a round-robin best-of-two series. Many teams ended up drawing, making it difficult to predict which team was going to emerge as the winner.

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It was amazing to see how every team adapted to the feedback and taking the initiative to discuss their plans ahead. It was common for players in each team to have a limited hero pool, which can be a challenge. To overcome this, the experienced players took up the responsibility to guide these players and even led them to victory! It was a joy to see how the players rise up to the challenge while having lots of fun together.

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Well done to all six teams!

For those who want to know what’s the final score:

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Prize Presentation and Pizza Party

We had five TeleTrip Campus winner tags for the winning team. We had additional prizes for the “Most Improvement Team”, “Best Teamwork”, “Most Spirited Team”, “MVP” and “Best Support” as well. The winning team received an Aftershock mouse each. “Best Teamwork” received Aftershock backpacks and “Most Improvement Team” received Aftershock mousepads.

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Additional prizes:

  • TeleMatch winners received 500 diamonds per player
  • “Most Improvement Team” and “Best Teamwork” received 300 diamonds per player
  • “Most Spirited Team” received 120 diamonds per player
  • “MVP” and “Best Support” received 150 diamonds each
  • All participants did not go home empty-handed. Those who were not awarded prizes received 60 diamonds each.

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A token of appreciation to our facilitators Freddy and Derrick, and also to the JCU e-gaming society president Zhi Chun.

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We also managed to celebrate the birthdays of Joseph and Dosen. Wishing the November babies a happy and blessed birthday!

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Irfan, our reigning fastest pizza eater at our first TeleTrip Campus Informatics – Mobile Legends, also initiated a pizza eating challenge! He managed to retain his title, this time at 44 seconds! Watch our Instastory to see how crazy the pizza-eating action was.

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Thank Yous!

Thank you JCU for providing the venue for TeleTrip Campus! Appreciate the support from all our partners, Mobile Legends, AftershockPC and De Pastar in making this TeleTrip Campus possible. Shoutout to Freddy, Derrick and Zhi Chun for all the help. Last but not least, to the gamers who came and made TeleTrip such a fun and memorable day for all of us ^-^

Hope to see you at the next TeleTrip Campus!

Facebook Photo Album of TeleTrip Campus JCU Nov 2019: https://www.facebook.com/pg/soos.oio.sg/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2282842422006921

Instastory of TeleTrip Campus JCU Nov 2019: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18118146670017262/

Details of TeleTrip Campus JCU Nov: https://soos-oio.com/2019/10/11/teletrip-campus-jcu-sep-2019-mobile-legends/

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Overcoming Challenges As A Community: TeleTrip Express 2019 – DOTA 2

TeleTrip Express 2019 – DOTA 2 was an exciting TeleTrip not just for the players, but also for the facilitators and organisers as well! We witnessed how the players and facilitators bonded and overcame challenges together as a community.

Start of TeleTrip Express

After many rounds of TeleTrip Campus, we finally returned to playing on computers at the newly opened Bountie Arena with 25 players.

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Challenge 1: Getting 4 More Players

Unexpectedly, we have missed out one player, which meant that until we found four more players to complete the team, he could not play during TeleMatch.  It was indeed a tall task to get players to come down as most of their friends were either not awake in the morning as expected of gamers or had prior engagements.

Despite the low probability, everyone tried calling everyone they knew to ask if they wanted to join us so that the player could play at TeleMatch. We crossed our fingers while we continued with TeleTalk.

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After TeleTalk and the team discussions, with everybody’s combined efforts, we managed to get the last four players! Two players arrived before the first game while the other two players joined us at the second game. To start TeleMatch, our facilitators JJ and Xing Yong played the first game.

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Challenge 2: Overcoming Delays

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to wait for lunch. Instead of complaining, the players and facilitators took the opportunity to discuss the games! They chatted with one another and their constant offer to help us out deeply touched me.

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During lunch, every player was well-fed with a bowl of Indomie, a cup of Bountea and lots of Chitato potato chips (yum)!

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Challenge 3: Trying to Win at TeleMatch

The games were extremely fun and exciting as all the teams were playing neck-to-neck. This time, we had players with MMR ranging from 2000 to 8000. Every team was balanced with skilled players to lead and hold the teams together.

The facilitators gave their best to provide every team with effective feedback to improve on. The teams were constantly discussing and reviewing their games in preparation for the next game. It was amazing to see how “tryhard” they were while enjoying themselves.

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Pizza Party & Prize Presentation

After a whole day of intense TeleMatch, the players munched on the delicious pizzas during Pizza Party!

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As usual, we celebrated the birthdays of our October babies, Jasper and Jin!

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We had five TeleTrip Express winner tags for the winning team. There were prizes for the “Most Improvement Team” and “Best Teamwork” as well. The winning team received the newly released Aftershock Hero-1 Keyboard. “Best Teamwork” received an Aftershock mouse each and “Most Improvement Team” received Aftershock mousepads.

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…and not forgetting to recognise the “Best Support” with our limited edition certificate!

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We also took the opportunity to appreciate our facilitators with a mousepad each!

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For those who did not win a prize, we had a ball pit treasure hunt, where the prizes were thrown into the ball pit and anybody who found them can bring them home. Just when we were wondering who would be the first to get into the pit…

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Full footage available below!

Sharing from Players and Facilitators

It was encouraging to hear from the players that they felt TeleTrip Express 2019 was one of the most enjoyable TeleTrips they attended so far. The facilitators also shared how much they have learnt from the players.

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Thank Yous!

Thank you Bountie Arena and your wonderful team for all the support before and throughout TeleTrip Express. Appreciate the support from all our partners AftershockPC and Indomie in making this TeleTrip Campus possible. Shoutout to Poh Jin, JJ, Xing Yong and Jean for all the help. Last but not least, to the gamers who came and made TeleTrip such a fun and memorable day for all of us ^-^

Hope to see you at the next TeleTrip!

Facebook Photo Album of TeleTrip Express – DOTA 2 Oct 2019: https://www.facebook.com/pg/soos.oio.sg/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2167289866895511

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Details of TeleTrip Express – DOTA 2 Oct 2019: https://soos-oio.com/2019/09/07/teletrip-express-oct-2019-dota-2/