Wednesday, December 24

 
CURIOSER & CURIOSER: WARCRAFT 3

A couple of weeks back...the cat in me decided to snoop around on my alter ego....i went on to google and typed in 'adrock2xander' and punched the Enter button to find out what kind of search results my other moniker would generate...

Voila! Im surprised how google even managed to conjur up 4 links..or was it 3?..for adrock2xander...i mean...it's just plain old me...how da hell do i even have 4 search results? Hehe...i guessed i must have cheated abit coz my blogspot website was on of the results listed...the other results are links to my Warcraft 3 profile on the Battle.net realm...

Ahhh yes..Warcraft 3....ive spent a better part of the last 1.5 years doodlin around on this game....upon clearin leave last year i had made the midnight trip to Funan Center with Ken to purchase the most anticipated game from Blizzard since Starcraft...ive heard a gazillion things bout Battle.net for a few years then....but ive never ventured into the online gamin realm since 1) my computer then sucks ass....and 2) Army and gettin myself out of trouble took too much out of my time....

After completin the campaigns i took a leap of faith and finally found myself in Battle.net...muckin around with Random Team (RT) games for a good part of 4 months got me familarised with the online gamin world, their lingo and the styles. I play on the USWest realm..one of 4 realms on Blizzard's Battle.net realm..the others being USEast..Europe and Asia...i suppose u may ask why am i not playin in Asia...but i tell ya it isnt cool to spend most of your energy tryin to understand what most of the Asians are tryin to say...most of them being Koreans...grrr...

Late last year i was lucky enough to be teamed up with a really good player on RT..after the game (which we won :O) i went lookin for him....MessyXtrema (that's his name) was actually cordial enough to entertain me....i mean take a look at it this way...back then...this bloke's goin places...he was ranked on the ladders...and i was some random bored boy who was just lookin for ways to improve his game...i asked if i could play a few games with him....and he must have being smokin somethin back then coz he agreed...we formed an Arranged Team (AT)...and decided to hit the ladders...

A few games turned into several weeks weeks of games...which turned into months of games...durin this time we spend each other tryin to understand each other's playin...build order...movement and troop deployment...communication was essential...in the early days i found myself out of MessyXtrema's league...we actually took the trouble of takin time off and sparred with each other...the hours MessyXtrema spent trainin my Night Elf (the other races being Human, Ord and Undead) play...i gota take my hats of him...

We've become friends then...MessyXtrema's an 18-yo Chinese called Jesse Chu livin in San Francisco...we talk bout life...how cruel life can be and swop stories of our cities while waitin for games...we may be different people and livin in a different city...but our problems arent that much different....grades....girlfriends...parents...growin up...u know...teen angst and young adults arent that much different...

Through Jesse ive met many of his college and varsity mates who spend their after-school hours playin Warcraft too...and through them ive made friends with ppl from Canada and Europe...it's pretty much an online community in Battle.net...friends and acquaintances log on just to say hi to each other...and for some serious or casual gaming...

Jesse and i reached a high of Level 17 #60 in 2v2 AT on USWest...that was my crownin moment...i tell ya it ISNT easy to reach that high a level or rank...in a realm where hundreds of thousands play the game....to be in the top 100 of the 2v2 ladder was a commendable achievement considerin how inexperienced i am...along the way ive beaten professional gamers...yes...they actually earn money out of gamin...lucky blokes...and many famous gamers in the online community...a couple of my replays have been posted on Warcraft3 websites too.. :)

Along with Jesse...and some of his college friends...ive formed other teams in 3v3 AT and 4v4 AT...we're ranked all across the boards....some in the higher echelons...some lower....when Blizzard released their Warcraft 3 expansion set The Frozen Throne in July 1st this year i was one of the thousands of crazy Warcraft junkies who eagerly bought the game....anxious to try their hands out on new characters and battle systems...

Im currently ranked in 4 different ladders...2v2..3v3..4v4 and Free-For-All (FFA)...it's somethin that im very proud of....the rankings dont fluctuate that much...i dont spend that much time on Warcraft now..spendin 19 hours a day for months straight on Warcraft 3 seem like a distant memory...once every while i would log on adrock2xander to spar around...it's great to meet up with 'old' friends whom u've never met...

I hope to see some of you on Warcraft 3 one of these days...


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