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2020.10.23 20:59 dourdan Rise of Hellion ch7: Dreams

Rise of Hellion ch7: Dreams

Rise of Hellion ch7: Dreams (Barry Pepper fanart fiction inspiration)

previously: https://www.reddit.com/BarryPeppecomments/j87s60/rise_of_hellion_ch6_retail_hell/
Sitting in Tony’s comfortable gaming chair I spun around, trying to jumpstart my brain. “Who or what is Feng?” I asked aloud to the search engine. Yes, I knew I had to type, but I was trying to think of all the possible ways to address the question. This was not Google or Yahoo, but rather the low-security clearance (guest level access) of the TAC archive network.
“Need help?” Tony asked, from his place on the floor. He had been doing pushups, sit ups and other gym class exercises while wearing earbuds. He removed one earphone, awaiting a response.
This of course implied that he had been watching me without my knowledge, which was more than a little annoying. “Nope,” I said quickly as I spun back to the screen, my metal leg narrowly avoiding the side of the desk. I tried different search combinations; Feng- terrorist, Feng- officer, Feng-scientist, doctor, weapons, etc. Unfortunately, Feng is one hell of a common name (especially for people who reach the top of their respective fields.)
In a state of defeat, I slammed on the caps lock key and proceeded to type, ‘F-E-N-G.’ To my surprise that brought about something completely different. “Falcon Element National Guard: project FENG.” I clicked on the link only to see a mostly blacked out document. There were no readable names or dates but there were a massive number of preliminary sketches for various combat-use prosthetics.
“What are you looking up, anyway?” Tony asked, resting his sweaty head on my shoulder.
“I think I found Dr. Frankenstein’s lair.” My mind trailed off. I was at a loss on how to explain my interest in what appeared to be a high-security clearance military organization.
“What’s project FENG?” Tony leaned forward, tilting his head like an owl. With a few blinks of his odd, robotic eyes he took control of the mouse, scanning through pages faster than I could stand to look.
“Will you stop!” I groaned. “You’re giving me a headache.”
“Sorry,” Tony said with a chuckle. With one last blink he put the page back where he’d found it. “The drafts look like early versions of my augmentations. Even here you can see the technical specs for my eyes.”
“Oh?” I smirked. The drawing was too elaborate for me to decipher. “Kinda like a Deadlock 1.0?”
“Yeah,” Tony said, still focused on the schematics of the eye that decorated the front page. “That sounds about right.” The device appeared to have lenses, connected to wires that fed into minicomputers.
I had a feeling the design would work much better with the invention of wi-fi. “Can you get in further, using your security credentials?” Clearly, he could see how much of the information was blocked out, unless his powers somehow allowed him to see through encrypted data.
Tony stroked his fingers over the screen causing the image to warp. Apparently, he could in fact see through encrypted data. “I could give it a try, but first I want some answers, if you please.”
“Ok, that sounds fair,” I said with as much confidence as I could muster. “How about we go back and forth? You ask a question, then I get to ask a question.”
“Fine with me,” he said crossing his muscular arms. “As long as I get to go first.”
I had a feeling I already knew what he was going to ask. “Sure, go ahead.”
“What’s your relationship with Baron? You know he’s a terrorist, right?” Tony gripped the back of his chair, turning me to face him. “Let me guess: his preferred term is ‘freedom fighter?'”
“That was a lot of questions for one turn,” I replied, never breaking eye contact. He was clearly comparing me to the teenage girls who flee Europe and America to become ‘warrior brides’ in the middle east but end up being given away like participation trophies to potential suicide bombers.
“Let’s start with the first one. Why did he call you his sister?” Tony asked in a way that seemed serious, yet with the genuine curiosity of a nosy younger sibling.
“We’re not related, if that’s what you’re asking.”
Tony raised an eyebrow. “You know what I mean.”
“Are you asking as my superior?”
“I’m asking as your partner and friend.”
His words brought me a level of comfort. We were in the same boat; augmented bodies being kept alive for the purpose of becoming super soldiers. Perhaps he could be trusted. “Back at the Asia base, Baron was sent to rescue Anya…”
“Toska,” Tony bluntly corrected. “Civilian names are only for friends and allies.”
That was like a rock shattering a pane of glass and I was more than a little annoyed. Not only was he interrupting my story but he had the nerve to tell me who I should or should not consider friends. “Fine then, should I call you Deadlock?” I locked eyes making sure to scowl.
Tony smirked as he noticeably pressed his tongue to the inside of his cheek. “No,” he replied with clear notes of sarcasm. “Tony should work well, considering the complexities of our relationship.” He paused, smiling as if this was all a big joke. “Nicki.”
Because we fucked; I was the girl who threw herself at him and now he thinks he can hold that over me. Great, just freaking great. “Baron was sent by Kitsune,” I continued. “I don’t know if that’s her real name or her supervillain name, but rest assured I don’t consider her a friend.”
“Understandable,” Tony replied in his professional tone. “Please continue.”
I sighed. No matter how much he pissed me off, the sight of Tony’s dark puppy dog eyes made me want to trust him with my life. “When rescuing Toska he was informed about my whereabouts and potential.” At least that was what I heard from Anya when we landed in Russia. “I shadowed Baron for a few days, we went on patrol, smoked some weed and drank stolen sake. He told me about his dreams of leaving the life.”
“The life of crime, working under the Yakuza,” Tony added.
The way he glanced at me with a comically intense face drove home the idea that I was a naive, little girl who loved fairytales. “You don’t believe me?”
“I’m just saying, if he wanted to disappear, why didn’t he? Vancouver is a long way from Asia, he could have easily faked his own death. But for whatever reason he is making the conscious choice to stay employed by the most powerful cartel on the planet.”
The Yakuza is the most powerful cartel on the planet? I really didn’t want that to be true. “I think FENG knows the answer. I believe he, they, or it,” my voice became flustered as I started to doubt my own sanity. “FENG is in possession of two or more individuals whom Baron considers friends, people who I know he would be willing to die for.”
Tony scoffed in disbelief. “You’re trying to tell me Baron is risking his life, to get the battery, on the possibility of saving his friends?”
“You seem to already know his history. Is that motivation so hard to believe?”
Tony closed his eyes, taking a long blink. “Actually no.”
“No?”
“Upon review of my files,” Tony said still focused on whatever was projecting onto the back of his eyelids.
“Your files?” My focus went to the drawing of the eye. Was his mind even human or was Tony’s consciousness crafted from a series of computer chips?
“Based upon the information in TAC’s database,” he clarified. The event that turned Baron to a life of crime was the death of his parents who were political prisoners on a certain communist controlled island.”
“Fascinating,” I said with a smirk. I knew Baron was a good person. “Is it my turn to ask a question?”
“Shoot.” Tony nodded.
“Is Baron alive?”
Tony paused for a moment and bit his lower lip. “Yeah.”
He did not sound at all confident in his answer. “What does that mean?” I asked. His oddly hesitant tone seemed strange, as if he was trying to spare my feelings.
“I was kind of mentally off that night. All I can remember is fighting; shit was collapsing, burning.” Tony’s calm, cool demeanor was quickly fading. It was clear he felt guilt, maybe even remorse. “All I know is I didn’t kill him.”
That would have to be good enough for now. “Ok, I guess you get the next question. Unless you’re ready to keep your word and log in so I can read the rest of the document.”
“No, I don’t think I will,” Tony replied with a self-righteous grin.
“No to what? You won’t log in or you won ask another question?” With my pregnancy hormones on full blast I was ready to punch him in the face.
“I have the entire document memorized,” he explained in a cheeky manner. “I’d be willing to discuss its contents over-“
“Coffee?” I assumed.
“I was thinking more of a sparring match in the first-floor gym.”
I took a moment to consider my options. Over coffee and junk food I could have coaxed out enough information to formulate a battle plan. But realistically, whatever plan I came up with would require Tony’s help, anyway. And if worse came to worse I would get my opportunity to punch him. “Fine, let’s go. first one to the mat gets to ask the next question.”
That response made Tony smile. “You’re on.”
We both raced for the door, nearly bodychecking each other in the process. At the last possible second Tony let me slip by. To repay his kindness I went for the southern staircase, knowing Tony would head east to the outdoor fire escape.
Neither of us could fly, but Tony’s agility allowed him to walk on water, so I knew he had the win. I could practically picture him jumping down entire floors of stairs. Knowing that, I took my time.
Somehow, Tony had the same idea in mind. When I opened the door, he was just getting in. It would be a foot race to the sparring ring. We both started to run at full speed. I launched off what I thought was a springboard (it was just a wooden stool.) Instead of an impressive tumbling pass, I only managed a half-twist before landing on my back. I was expecting to hit the mat but instead I could feel the air below my body.
Tony had caught my dumb-ass mid-air and was now carrying me like a bride. “Please don’t do that, at least not until the baby is born.”
A whistle blew, followed by slow applause. Someone had been watching.
I looked to the dark audience section of the gym. There were only a few rows of chairs set up at the moment so it was not difficult to locate the source of the noise. A familiar tall Hispanic woman stood up.
“Maverick?” I didn’t know if I should rush in for a hug or be genuinely scared. Tony lowered my feet to the floor, allowing me to stand, but he kept an arm around me. He clearly knew something I didn’t.
“It’s been a while,” Maverick said from behind a pair of dark glasses. She shifted a stack of files in her arms; this was not a friendly encounter; she was here on official TAC business.
“What are you doing here?” I asked nervously.
“Axel filled me in on your escapades.”
Tony placed his hand on my shoulder, physically moving me to stand behind him. “Our escapades.”
“Yes, I assumed as much,” Maverick replied.
I was somewhat insulted. After all, I was more than capable of screwing up all on my own. “What exactly did Axel tell you?”
“That you snuck out and caused close to a million dollars’ worth of damage to a retail warehouse.”
I hung my head like a child facing the school principal. “Sorry Ma’am.” My apology was genuine, but I soon realized that showing weakness was a big mistake.
“My main purpose here is to get some insight on your interest regarding the battery.”
“I don’t know anything about the battery,” I said with a notably anxious laugh. Was I being accused of spying? “And I certainly don’t have an interest in it.”
“While that might be true, you are still in contact with individuals who have a reputation for wanting to acquire said item.”
“The individuals TAC stole it from?” I said the words out loud but somehow Maverick didn’t hear.
“What the fuck?” The tall imposing military officer gripped her head in visible pain. She appeared to be looking around for the source of a sound only she could hear.
“Damn alarm,” Tony said, pretending to look behind him at the fire exit. “Should shut off in a few seconds. “Anyway, you were saying?”
“Axel gave me intel on your relationship with Faust,” Maverick explained, still only addressing me and not Tony.
“You mean like the fact that he tried to kill me?” My voice creaked with emotion.
“He tried to kill you by kidnapping you from the clinic, to place you on the secured roof of the building that just happened to house the battery?”
That cleared up any doubt; she thought I was a spy planted by Kitsune. I had never been more grateful to have Tony at my side. If Maverick had heard my snide comment, there would be little doubt of my allegiance.
Tony took a step forward standing in front of me like my personal bodyguard. “Maverick, with all due respect, if you have something to say just say it.”
I wanted to put my big girl pants on and tell him to stop speaking for me, but the fact that he could address Maverick without fear was kind of inspiring. Did Tony hold rank over her? Or maybe it was just the fact that he could probably kill her with his mind.
Maverick locked eyes with Tony, pausing with an intense, awkward silence. “I will see you both in my office; building 203, room 5409, at fifteen hundred hours. Will that be acceptable, Deadlock?”
Tony nodded. “See you at three pm.” He stayed in front of me until Maverick left the room.
I released my breath, resisting the urge to burst into tears. “Thank you, Tony.”
“No problem. I mean you’re not a spy, right?” He said with a chuckle. “At least not intentionally.”
I knew he meant the last part as a joke, but the reality stung. “I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t be sorry,” he said as he patted my back. “just don’t show weakness.”
I nodded, taking a breath to calm down. “What are we going to do?”
“Meet with Maverick, hear her out. I assume Axel is going to be present, but if not I’m sure as hell going to demand it.”
“Because he has our back,” I replied. That made a lot of sense. “So, moving on.”
“To what?” Tony asked, heading for the chairs.
“You got to the gym first, you get to ask the next question.”
“Give me a second.” Tony tilted his head forward, letting his wavy hair fall over his face. He looked like a typical shy, goth best friend from a made-for-tv movie. “Do you trust me?”
“Yeah, I do,” I said with a smile. “Like it or not, we’re one in the same.”
“Really?”
“You’re what I want to be when I grow up.”
That got a genuine laugh from my super soldier boyfriend. “I’m going to try to find Axel before the meeting.”
“Can I come with you?” I asked.
“Sure, I mean if you’re not too tired.”
I’d been expecting him to say no, as I was kind of hungry. “Can we grab a bite to eat, first?”
Might be faster if I go alone. If I can’t get some face time, I’ll just call him,” Tony said as he put his arm around me. “I’ll try to bring back some breakfast.”
“Sounds good,” I said with a shrug.
Tony leaned in close, rubbing his nose to my cheek like a puppy. “Try not to get yourself kidnapped by the evil dragon.” He turned my face, to kiss my lips. “My Princess Peach.”
His soft, tender lips tasted of cool ranch chips and Gatorade. I truly didn’t want to let him go. “Can I ask a question?”
“Sure,” Tony replied as he kissed me again.
“What are we?”
“I never had a girlfriend.” Tony blinked his eyes, his cheeks flush with embarrassment. In that moment he looked genuinely human. “I don’t know what that actually entails.”
“There are no info files on the TAC database?”
Tony laughed. “I really do like you as something more than friends. You’re beautiful and I love just being around you.” He moved his hand to my waist. “And even if the baby isn’t mine, I want to be the one by your side. Because I want to be the one to love you.” He blinked tears from his eyes. “I should go before I embarrass myself further.”
I threw my arms around him, holding him close for one last kiss. “Don’t be too long.”
Tony got up to leave, his eye sparkling with a sense of joy that I’d never seen before. “Don’t go breaking my heart.”
I watched as Tony left out the northern entrance. I took a moment before heading to the West facing exit. Placing my hand upon the cold metal door I knew I should not open it, and yet I did.
That was why I was not at all surprised to land hard on my back, in the middle of a parking garage. “Ow! Fuck!” Looking around, I could see the lot was about half full, not uncommon for a weekday.
“You think they would install security cameras, but I guess the brass doesn’t care if some low rank pencil pusher gets their car broken in to.” The male voice was a cross between the Flower Child and Faust, leaning more towards the creepiness of the latter.
“Hello,” I muttered as I forced myself to stand on my own two metal legs. I was surprised the light weight frame survived the fall as well as it did. I located my target sitting comfortably on the hood of a blue Honda Civic.
His blonde hair was shoulder length, and he wore a jacket that seemed to slip off his half-naked body. That wasn’t even the most distracting part. His skin, although human, appeared to be partially made of a holographic metal. “Are you looking at my fucked-up arm?” The man chuckled as he looked to the side, drawing my attention to the intricacies of the prosthetic.
“No,” I replied in an aggressive yet hopelessly confused tone.
“Kind of hard not to look.” His muscle tissue sparkled with an ethereal, hypnotic glow. He looked like an angel; a digital angel made of led lights.
“I’m leaving,” I said confidently turning away. If I don’t look, he’ll disappear. Yes, that sounds about right.
“So, kid,” he said in a raised voice. “You’re really not going to take my advice?”
“About what?” I muttered, increasing my pace.
“About not being a total pussy and taking what’s rightfully yours.”
“I’m not stealing the battery.”
“why? Because it’s morally wrong? That thing was created as a weapon of mass destruction,” he shouted after me.
“I can’t hear you,” I said, putting my hands over my ears like a small child.
“The first team to unlock it’s secrets will rule the world.”
The cliché sentence caused me to stop in my tracks, doubling over with laughter. “Did you seriously say ‘rule the world’?”
“You don’t buy it?” he asked, still sitting on the car well over fifty feet away.
“No, I don’t. Now leave me alone.”
“Can I ask, what’re you planning on telling Maverick?”
“Not that it’s any of your business, but I plan on telling her that I want no part of this.”
“This?” He of course laughed.
“Ruling the world or whatever,” I said, throwing my hands up as I attempted to turn away. Every part of my body wanted to run but my brain refused to comply.
“Except you do,” his voice became softer, disappearing on the wind. “Because like it or not you want to know what happened to Noah.”
“No, I don’t,” I replied calmly. “I have a boyfriend; someone who wants to start a life with me.” I’d known Tony for longer than I’d known Noah. He was good, kind, pretty much perfect in every way.
“What about the fact that you’re a blood thirsty little bitch who is tired of bowing down to powerful women; Anya, Maverick, Kitsune- when will it be your turn?”
“When I’m good and ready,” I said sarcastically. I would not be ready; I would never be ready. If Maverick and Kitsune wanted to fight for the title of Queen of the world they were more than welcome to. ‘Go!’ I shouted to myself. ‘Walk away!’ I closed my eyes and started to force myself to move forward. I didn’t hear any footsteps, so in my mind I stupidly assumed he was not following me. When I reached the main road, I was more than ready to take a step forward. I wanted to see Tony; to play videogames eat junk food, and just act like a typical fucked up pregnant teenager.
I froze as I felt a metallic hand grip my shoulder. A rush of cold spread down my arm like someone had just dumped a soda cup filled with liquid nitrogen. Before I could fully react, my blond stalker spun me around and pulled me close for a deep passionate kiss. This was immediately followed by an intense electric shock, preventing me from opening my eyes.
My mind was treated to a stream of images, as if he was transferring a bunch of files in to my brain. What was I seeing? There was a glowing figure, a man made of parts. “Tony?” He looked powerful, mystical, inhuman. The images came faster, creating animated scenes. Tony’s body rippled with energy in the form of blue and yellow light, but in the place of a heart was a glowing orb. No, not an orb, it was a long mechanical stick, connected to a full circuit. I thought I knew what I was about to see; Tony’s augmented body powered by the battery. But if the device wasn’t in his heart, where was it?
The image of Tony turned to face the camera; his eyes sparkled with a sinister glow as he ran his fingers through his hair. The battery was in his brain and what it was doing to him was downright terrifying. However, the worst was yet to come.
The camera pulled out, to show more of the scene. Tony took a knee, bowing down to someone with metal legs. “No, please no.” I was not going to steal a weapon of mass destruction and I sure as hell wasn’t going to stick it in my boyfriend’s head turning him in to my personal attack dog.
“Keep watching,” my stalker said, as he paused for breath.
As if I had a choice in the matter. Even without his mouth on mine, I was still paralyzed, frozen in place as the images continued. Tony was bowed down, his skin shimmering with electricity as a hand reached for his. It was my own blood covered hand. The camera turned as a vision of future me helped Tony to his feet. In one arm was a perfectly swaddled newborn, and on the opposite hip was a machete caked with blood and gore.
Future-me had the biggest smile as she threw her arms around Tony, holding him close in a loving embrace as the world behind them burned.
This could all be mine; I could rule the world with the love of my life at my side, all I had to do was make a play for the battery.
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2020.10.05 05:38 GoneRampant1 [Video Games] The reboot that got rebooted: The rise and fall of DmC: Devil May Cry

Let's cut through the pre-amble:
What is Devil May Cry?
Devil May Cry is an action series developed and published by Japanese company Capcom, beginning with Devil May Cry 1 in 2001 for the Playstation 2 (Here's an advert showing it as part of Sony's holiday lineup that included landmark gaming titles such as Final Fantasy X, Grand Theft Auto 3, Metal Gear Solid 2 and... Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance). The game series began as a prototype build for Resident Evil 4 that had more of an overt action focus than the acclaimed horror franchise was known for. Rather than scrap the build, Capcom saw potential in the idea of a stylish action game, and gave director Hideki Kamiya permission to make it a full title.
Kamiya would involuntarily leave the series after DMC 1 as Capcom didn't ask him to work on DMC 2. Instead, a still-to-this-day unknown phantom director was put in charge of the game and he ran it into the ground. With less than half a year before DMC 2's 2003 release, Capcom brought in a new director to course-correct and get the game out for release: Hideaki Itsuno. In less than six months, Itsuno would rally the team, basically make the entire game, and create several features that would go on to become series staples, and while DMC 2 sold well, it was critically panned for being a very boring game. Itsuno, not wanting his reputation to be sullied, came back in 2005 with Devil May Cry 3, generally considered one of the greatest action games of all time. From here several core traits are instilled: chief among which being style meters that track the player's skill with combos and Dante having a style system that lets him use different movesets.
And it's in 2008 with the release of Devil May Cry 4, marking the series going multiplatform for the first time as it came out on the PS3 and Xbox 360, that this story really begins:
The build up to 2010
With DMC 4's release in 2008, Capcom set the sales expectation that the game would sell 1.8 million units by the end of the fiscal year. DMC 4 would sell two million units in under a month, but Capcom were a bit unimpressed. They were hoping that now that DMC was on a wider range of platforms that the sales would correspondingly go up, but instead the game just saw a modest increase over DMC 3. The cost of game development had also shot up in the new console generation, making Capcom more concerned about DMC4's sales just being fine, especially coming off of huge sales juggarnauts from 2007 such as Halo 3, Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Bioshock. (It doesn't help that DMC 4 had a very rushed development leading to the now infamous case of Dante's playable chapters just being Nero's but backwards)
Japan at the time was also in a weird place when it came to gaming. The mobile phone gaming market was about to take off, and the playerbase in Japan was already smaller than the worldwide market for obvious reasons. In the home regions, it was safer to look into handheld gaming, and while Capcom had dallied with the idea of a DMC game on the Playstation Portable (at one point considering a remake of the first game that reached in-game screenshots and box art that was quietly shelved for unknown reasons, alongside a prequel focusing on Dante's father Sparda), these ideas never left the ground. Seeing how Western markets were more traditionally concerned with console gaming at this time (and the success of the God of War franchise proved Action was a genre people wanted), Capcom's idea was simple:
Give their IPs to Western studios and let them take a crack at it, with the idea being their knowledge of what the West wants would let the games sell better. The results were mixed. The Bionic Commando reboot is nowadays more known for the twist of YOUR WIFE IS THE ROBOT ARM and only sold 27,000 units in a month, but Dead Rising did fairly well under a Capcom Vancouver branch until Dead Rising 4 happened and uh... kinda killed the series because it was awful.
Capcom eventually set their sights on giving the West a crack at DMC, leading to them eyeballing several studios. This worked out well for them in that Itsuno was also burnt out. After having spent five straight years on DMC and having redeemed its image after DMC 2, Itsuno was ready to take a break and make his dream game: Dragon's Dogma, a dark fantasy game that is very fun. It got a Netflix anime adaptation recently that is... not as fun. But while Itsuno was making Dragon's Dogma, Capcom had some time to spitball handing the series off. They eventually settled on Ninja Theory, an up and coming British team best known for Heavenly Sword (a very pretty game with mediocre action combat and a priority on storytelling), and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (a modernisation of Journey to the West that was very pretty but priotizied story over gameplay). Rumors began to circulate in early 2010 that Ninja Theory had acquired the license and would be making a prequel focusing on Dante's early days, but it would only become clear at Tokyo Games Show that year when DmC: Devil May Cry* was formally announced.
And the fanbase collectively hated it.
(* Yes that does technically mean this reboot's name is Devil may Cry: Devil May Cry. I'm going to call it DmC from here to differentiate it from the core series)
The TGS Trailer
For those unaware of DMC, I should stress that by 2010, it had a reputation for a certain flair and theatics. Dante was known to be a goofball in cutscenes, taunting enemy demons and making a mockery of them. He has an entire cutscene in DMC 4 where he acts like he's on the stage of a theatre with how grandious he is. People liked Dante for this reason, he was a breath of fresh air in a time when most protagonists were stotic, gritty jerks who only talked in curse words and gravelly shouts. And his flowing white hair was also certainly iconic.
So here comes the new take on Dante, the West giving him a go and oh... hoo boy. There's no charisma, there's no panache. The trailer has no gameplay. Dante doesn't look like a trash talker, he looks like a meth addict. He's smoking, something the DMC 1 design documents said Dante would never do as (per Kamiya) smoking is uncool. His hair isn't even white!
Now let me be clear: I am not opposed to a new take on Dante. Certainly, the idea presented in the reveal trailer that Dante is imaging the demons he fights as an acute case of psychosis is an interesting idea, as it raises the question of whether or not the demons are real or if he's senselessly killing random people. But the execution would have had to be perfect, and opening with just a fancy trailer that had no signs of gameplay for an action franchise was not the right foot to start on.
What doesn't help was that the entire Western Capcom initiative was one pushed by a very controversial figure in gaming called Keiji Inafune, who would leave Capcom right after DmC's announcement in 2010. Inafune was the one most strongly advocating for the western development approach (Something Capcom were quick to stress in 2010 after his departure), but with his departure the movement had less steam. Inafune would go on to make Mighty Number 9, a Kickstarter that went miserably wrong on every turn and is usually seen as one of the most disappointing games of the 2010s.
I should also point out here: Dante's radically different design from the norm of the series was a mandate imposed by Capcom. Ninja Theory's original concept art for Dante was much more closer to his traditional design- white hair, red coat and all. But Capcom, and Itsuno especially, were adament that if Ninja Theory were going to be doing something new with the franchise, that they needed to go off the cuff- in Capcom's own words, "Go crazy."
The development
So Dante got a new color palette, a darker jacket and black hair. But at the time (this news only came out two years after the redesign was revealed), people didn't know about Capcom explicitly telling NT to go off the rails, and what they saw... was Ninja Theory going off the rails in the wrong way.
So from the word go, fans aren't happy. Fans are usually never happy but I mean they were unhappy. Chief Creative director for Ninja Theory Tameen Antionades said after the reveal: “The vitriol was immediate, aggressive and relentless for the next two years. Without a second of gameplay being shown, it had been written off as a disaster in the making.” Tameen would become the ball and chain around DmC's marketing, which is quite apparent in how Ninja Theory would dial back on his appearances as we get closer to the game's release. The backlash to the launch clearly surprised Ninja Theory and caught them off guard, with Tameen publically lashing out at the original fanbase for writing the game off or being unhappy at Dante's visual redesign. This would go on to dominiate the discussions about DmC for its pre-release cycle, as it became less about the game and more about the community and whether or not the response was justified (alongside in typical internet fashion, a few death threats being tossed around which apparently included a full metal song). No matter which side of it you lean on though, Tameen had habit of putting his foot in his mouth in regards to PR:
Capcom likely stepped in behind the scenes and encourged a few changes. Notably, Dante's design underwent a few shifts, including making him more muscular and rewriting portions of the game to give him a few more of Old!Dante's trademark quips. A few voice actor was also cast, named Tim Phillips... though NT wouldn't budge on the haircut as it was part of the story. The Dante psychosis/prisoner angle from the TGS trailer was also completely scrapped from the final product, having Dante instead be confirmed to be sane and fighting demons, not people. Even though Capcom had encouraged NT to go off the rails... money still reigns supreme and Capcom wanted to turn a profit. So closer to release, Capcom made a point of stressing that Itsuno and several other DMC veteran staff were supervising the combat system and offering guidance. Combat designer Rahni Tucker spoke positively of the exchanges she had with Itsuno:
While Capcom Japan kept a close eye on Ninja Theory’s work on DmC’s characters, story and world, its greatest focus was, naturally, on the game’s combat. Itsuno and other key personnel would visit the studio in Cambridge every few months to check in on its progress, Ninja Theory staff would often make the trip out to Japan, and in between those times there would be regular video conferences and daily email updates. All that communication helped to unify the two companies, despite a fundamental split between their approaches to game development: Ninja Theory liked to start with the visual design, and Capcom with the mechanics. Modestly, Itsuno admits he learned a lot from the collaboration; Tucker believes she picked up an awful lot more. “I learnt so much,” she says. “Itsuno would speak philosophically about how he approaches combat and enemy design. They build most of the player’s set of actions first, and then think about the things they can build to allow players to exploit particular elements of the system they’ve designed. They really put the emphasis of the baddie design back onto the player’s actions. It’s kind of obvious, but just the way that he spoke about it was inspiring, and it made a lot of sense to me.”
The damage however, was long done. Even with the post-TGS revisions, DmC was facing an uphill battle from the community, with a minority waiting to give it a try themselves before casting judgement, but the majority either being apathetic or downright hostile to the game, not helped by Tameen's attitude creating the idea that Ninja Theory inherently hated what made Devil May Cry good (again, keep in mind most players wouldn't learn that Capcom were pushing for the radical Dante changes until years post-release). Ultimately though, Capcom themselves are to blame for the choices that impacted DmC: Ninja Theory were only doing their jobs to the best of their abilities and for the most part many of the staff clearly loved getting to work on such a popular franchise and boosting their studio's name. It came down an unfortunate blend of Capcom misreading what people wanted from future projects, an attempt to appeal to a Western market that fell on its face, and a director unprepared for the mass backlash his product got.
Either way, the game finally came out in early 2013.
The game itself
Eh, it was OK.
DmC launched in March 2013 and got decent reviews on all platforms, getting a consistent 8/10 on all platforms on Metacritic. The PC port was especially praised for its sheer variety of features including an uncapped framerate. Critics quite liked it, praising the story and art direction, feeling it was a necessary step for the series to make the games somewhat easier to let newcomers in without facing as daunting a challenge as the games could be (I'm pretty sure learning how to fly a plane is easier than mastering Dante in Devil May Cry 4). Old Dante's most famous voice actor, Reuben Langdon, spoke on a podcast about the game and admitted that while he wasn't fond of the new Dante's characterisation, he applauded Ninja Theory's craftsmenship.
The fanbase were colder, even with the pre-release biases set aside (this wasn't helped by Platinum, helmed by several ex-DMC 1 developers including Kamiya, releasing Metal Gear Rising Revengeance also in 2013. Metal Gear Rising is a very good game that involves flipping giant robots and fighting a very actractive Brazillian man with a gun-sheath sword). The game's framerate on consoles was capped at 30FPS for technical reasons when all prior games ran at 60FPS. Dante had lost a lot of his mechanical complexity (including DMC 3 and 4's style system which offered Dante special abilities he could switch between such as more sword and gun combos, blocking and dodging) in favour of a more universal moveset. The Devil Trigger super mode was pretty lame and automatically knocked all enemies into the air, which people didn't like as it made most encounters too easy. Building up style was too easy and the game had no systems to stop you spamming the same combos over and over. The game's weapon system of angel/demon themed weapons included color-coded enemies that forced you to use the right gear or you'd be punished. There was no Turbo Mode, a feature in most games that automatically boosted the game's speed by 20% on average.
Ninja Theory still made a good action game, albeit one that needed a bit more refinement to reach its true potential. But the lack of several core features (or worse, poorly implemented iterations of said features) led to the fanbase adopting a term:
"It's a good game, but it's not a good Devil May Cry."
The fanbase were willing to concede to the good aspects of the game- especially in audiovisual aspects. Enemies now got a subtitle during their first appearance, weapons getting a slight glint when the player pauses to let them know they can launch a pause combo attack, the soundtrack was now dynamic and evolved up the higher your style rank got, alongside the killing blow at the end of a fight getting a cinematic camera angle. Ninja Theory's sense of style itself was something that impressed the Capcom team, as all of these aspects were modified and adopted into the mainline games come 2019. The game was also very beautiful in places, leaving the Gothic archetecture of the main games for a more European feel in Limbo City. Madrid in Spain and Genoa in Italy are clear influences on the archetecture, and the design team adapt them well in making Limbo a city that is itself a weapon trying to kill Dante through compressing alleyways, closing off paths or mocking him through writing on the walls, Splinter Cell Conviction style. Combichrist and Noisia's collaberations for the soundtrack were also praised between their licensed work and new music composed just for the game, especially the songs Never Surrender and Throat Full of Glass.
But for all the praise, reluctant or otherwise, that game got mechanically, the story that the critics had acclaimed as mature and a right step forward had few supporters among the playerbase. There's been a lot written and said about DmC's story so I'll cap off the highlights here:
The end was an OK game let down by a bad story. The tale of many a game. And unfortunately, partly thanks to the game just not being good enough for the DMC pedigree, DmC underperformed. Capcom initally hoped for 2 million units to be sold like DMC 4, but later quietly lowered their projections down to 1.2 million. Some rumors speculate that Capcom had to artifically boost the game's sale numbers by counting anyone who downloaded the game when it was for free as part of Playstation Plus in January 2014 (games that go on PS+ or Microsofft's Xbox Live Games with Gold service are usually games that are either selling so well they can take the hit, are past their lifespan and looking to reignite the playerbase, or did very badly and this is a last ditch effort to get interest into the game). While not speaking directly about DmC, Capcom spoke frankly in a financial report regarding their Western outsourcing, attributing the lack of success to a "delayed response to the expanding digital contents market," "insufficient coordination between the marketing and the game development divisions in overseas markets," and a "decline in quality due to excessive outsourcing". The long and the short of it was: DmC flopped commerically, failing to meet the sales of DMC 4 in the West (which remember was Capcom's entire reason for the reboot) when it was released on the exact same platforms, and the consoles had a larger install base due to five years having passed. For what it's worth, Itsuno himself support the game and approved of Ninja Theory's efforts, even saying he'd have been honored to work on a DmC Devil May Cry 2 had Capcom gone with that project.
Some post-launch support would follow, including DLC costumes based on concept art for Dante and several alt skins based on his DMC 1 and 3 appearances, Bloody Palace (basically a time trial gauntlet run) and a campaign focusing on Vergil that sets up a sequel hook which never gets followed up on.
Some Ninja Theory staffers didn't take the news well, especially as they knew that their reputation was going to take a large hit after DmC. Art director Alessandro Taini gave a GDC talk where he went on a weird rant involving editing DMC 4 Dante into stills from... Brokeback Mountain and Batman and Robin, while also saying reboot Dante was based on... Tyler Durden from Fight Club (for those who don't know Fight Club, you're not meant to agree with Tyler or find him a role model). Keep in mind that this is Taini basically shit-talking character designs he had no hand in making. In a hilaripus twist of irony, Dante would later in the series get a cowboy hat as a weapon. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Capcom up to this point had been going back and forth on what DmC even was- was it a prequel, a reboot, an alternate universe? They seemed to change the answer every month. But after the game's failure to meet expectations commercially, they quietly settled on it being based on an alternate universe, as was confirmed in of all things, Donte appearing as a DLC alt skin for Dante in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite.
(While I'm on the topic of weird fighting game trivia, Donte actually also got a full fighting game appearance in the "classic," Playstation All Stars Battle Royale as an attempt to market DmC ahead of its release. Yes, Donte technically didn't even debut in his own game. This story is so weird to me! In the trailer he even fights the protagonist of previous Ninja Theory game Heavenly Sword)
In 2015, Capcom re-released the game for the new consoles as DmC: Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition. This was largely helmed by the Capcom team in Japan who modified the game to make it more in line with DMC's series standards of gameplay. And you know what? It's really good! Genuinely, it actually makes the game and takes it from "A good attempt" to "one of the best Western attempts at action games period." 60FPS on consoles, all DLC included, Turbo Mode was back, a new mode called Must Style where you have to get an S Rank in combos before your attacks do damage, all alongside an insanely detailed changelog penned by Rahni Tucker. The one downside? It never got released on PC for unsaid reasons, presumably that most of the new gameplay additions... were based on mods made by the PC fanbase. Mods you can no longer find as the site storing them has gone down.
However even with this, DmC would get sand in its eye one more time. In the same year, Capcom released a similar re-release of DMC 4 called Special Edition. It was far more bare bones than DmC: DE, only adding three new playable characters in Lady, Trish and MOTIVATION Man himself, Vergil. Despite the game only getting a physical release in Japan and being digital only here in the West (whereas DmC: DE got a full release), Capcom eventually said that DMC 4 SE obliterated the DE in sales, with Capcom specifically saying that 4SE's digital sales led to a better quarter in 2015 than they were anticipating. As of 2020 (due to Capcom counting their re-releases of games separately than the original release when it comes to sales), we know that DMC4SE has sold 1.5 million units, while DmC: DE sold 1.1 million.
However, ultimately, I'm very joyful to admit that everyone got a happy ending! No, literally, everyone came out of this for the better. Ninja Theory in 2017 would release Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, a critical and commerical darling made on a self-styled "AA" budget that was praised for its handling of mental health through the lens of its MC Senua. It made its budget back easily, they're now owned by Microsoft and they're currently working on a sequel called Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2. Capcom would bounce back from their slump in the Early 2010s, beginning in 2017 with the releases of Resident Evil 7, Monster Hunter World and a certain title I'll mention in a minute. They've been releasing hit after hit for the last four years and they have more on the horizon. And Itsuno, now having made Dragon's Dogma, came back raring to go with more Devil May Cry. Though there are some rumors by Dante's voice actor that he had to threaten to leave Capcom to get it, at E3 2018 as part of the Microsoft panel, Itsuno took to the stage and announced:
"DMC IS BACK!!!"
(Watching people react to this trailer and freaking out when they see it's DMC gives me so much serotonin)
Thanks for reading this... long disaster of a post. Have a good one, and remember to keep this party crazy. Let's rock. :)
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2020.09.25 23:36 dourdan Rise of Hellion ch5: Norcal

Rise of Hellion ch5: Norcal

Rise of Hellion ch5: Norcal (Barry Pepper fanart fiction inspiration)
previously:
https://www.reddit.com/BarryPeppecomments/ip50pl/rise_of_hellion_ch4_into_the_flame_barry_peppe

I was pregnant, that much was certain. (The influx of hormones explained a few moments that I'd rather forget.) It all started when Anya and I hitched a ride to Seattle with a van full of stoners, heading to a music festival. My metal legs were in decent, usable shape although the straps had seen better days. I was struggling to keep up with Anya’s able-bodied, human legs, but I was grateful to have her as my friend.
She walked with a sweet, sensual confidence; something that made people want to trust her, to know her. Along the way, we got free cigarettes, food and even money. We met the sexy college-age stoners (three men and two women) in a truck stop in Oregon. I never even had to talk.
I was offered copious amounts of pills, cheap vodka and weed. I tried to take just enough to relax and sleep my way to Washington. But through it all, I started to remember more and more details of my encounter with Noah. Piece by piece, each moment came back to me in the form of the Flower Child (my neon glowing guardian angel) leading me through a series of rusty metal doors. Each door led me to a different part of that night’s conversation. Apparently, I had told Noah about my past sexual abuse, running away from home, and getting my legs blown off: total cringe.
"I feel like I was put on this earth to serve powerful men," said the drunk, past version of me.
"Powerful men?" Noah said with a chuckle. "Like congressmen and shit? Good thing there are no powerful men here, just a bunch of screw ups and good-old-boys." Noah put his arm around me, holding me close. "And you, our newest teammate."
"Really?"
"You were great out there," he said taking another drag off the cigarette. "A real assassin."
I cupped his face, with the biggest smile. "What would you say if I kissed you?" Before Noah could reply I brushed my mouth to his. "Sorry." I was giggling uncontrollably.
Noah smiled sweetly, placing a finger to my cheek. "Do I make you nervous?”
I bit my lip, lost in his eyes. “I feel like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs."
A jolt of pain blinked me back to reality as my head smashed into the roof of the van. We were flying, falling, eventually crashing. I was already in the back, comfortably wrapped in a blanket, so I was able to punch my way out of the back window. Looking around I could see the van had fallen down a steep cliff, landing on a beach. "Anya!" I shouted, hoping to God she was alive.
I struggled to my feet which was difficult to do with my left leg falling off. Suddenly, two arms grabbed me, pulling me backward towards the water. I tried to scream, but was too injured to fight back, especially when my captor started to pick up speed. This was a human, flesh and blood but he was moving as fast as a car.
So, I just buried my face against the abductor's chest to protect myself from the g-force. We landed on a wooden surface with a thud. I expected to hit my head, but the man carried me like a bride, placing me down carefully on a hospital bed. When I caught my breath, I sat up just enough to look around; somehow, we were on a boat. "Did you just walk on water?" I asked with a forced chuckle.
"Just one of my many superpowers," replied a familiar voice.
"Tony!" I shouted. My body filled with energy, I sprang up, throwing my arms around him.
"I miss you too, kid." Tony returned the embrace, looking over my shoulder. "Yo, Axel."
"Axel's here?" I heard his footsteps before I heard his voice.
"Is the target secure?"
"Affirmative," Tony replied.
"The target?" I asked, suddenly feeling less homesick for my TAC friends.
"Just a formality," Axel said as he patted my arm. "We're glad to have you back."
"Me or just my bionic legs?" Both were still attached but holding on by a thread.
"You would be technically correct," Axel said with a friendly smile. "Your legs are lo-jacked. I'm surprised the Lifers let you keep them." Our fearless leader went to the front of the boat, steering us in the direction of a very noticeable helicopter. "We tracked you to the artic base, that was why we sent the unit in after the battery.”
"Um, what?" I felt like I'd been stabbed in the heart. I was the reason why Noah was in trouble, and possibly dead.
"TAC wanted it's property back, but we wanted you back.”
"Who's we?" The people who love me? Was that what Axel was going to say?
"I for one, and certainly Tony." Axel made it to the pickup point, signaling for the chopper to lower the ropes to attach to my bed.
"Yes, sir," Tony said, taking a seat on my hospital bed. together we were raised up to the cargo hold. Upon reaching the landing pad, the door shut.
I could see where a single pilot was controlling every aspect of the process. The roar of the engine was so loud, speech was impossible, as I found out the hard way. "Where are we going?" I shouted as loud as I could.
"What?" Tony replied.
My throat was already sore, and I didn’t feel like repeating myself. Instead, I simply rested my body while blinking tears from my eyes.
Tony took it upon himself to hold me close, rocking me in his arms like a frightened child. "We're headed to Vancouver, you'll love it there, I promise. I'll be with you every step of the way."
I sobbed, burying my face in Tony's shoulder. Grateful that I somehow heard his words of kindness over the roar of the wind.
He held my hand, giving my fingers a squeeze. I could imagine he was thinking about all the horrible things Anya and Baron had done, how I must be crying out of fear or even pain. He would never in a million years, guess why my heart was broken.
Tony's breath was trembling. Was he cold? Or did he truly care? The very idea seemed so sweet. And that was why I kissed him.
Tony closed his eyes and smiled. Maybe he silently mouthed my name, I wasn’t sure, but I’d like to think so. I placed my hand to his chest. He was wearing body armor, so moved my hand lower, to his belt. I knew the pilot could see us, possibly even heard us, but I didn’t care.
Tony could have stopped me but he didn’t. I’d had sex with beautiful boys like Tony before. He was so open and gentle, possibly a virgin. The idea made me want him even more; I wanted to be the one to make the robot-superhero-boy into a real man.
We held on to each other even after landing in Canada. "I'll give you two a moment," the pilot shouted from his seat. There was other stuff to unload from the back, giving us time to make ourselves presentable.
"Was I your first,” I asked with all the flirty seduction of a teen prostitute who watched too many Disney movies.
Tony laughed awkwardly as he helped me off the cargo ramp. “I still can’t believe that just happened.”
“Yeah,” I muttered. I was a slut; I was a whore, but at least I was the one in control. “I just needed to feel something.”
“Love?” Was he being sarcastic? I couldn’t tell. Yet in that moment he sounded human.
“Sometimes I feel like I don’t know what love is.” Looking into Tony’s dark eyes, I knew my plan; I would learn to love Tony, I would give Dr. Toki the super soldier baby that she wanted.
Which brings me to today.
It had been a little over a week of working out, eating great food and spending time on the beach. I had been feeling a little sick, so I was given a pregnancy test in the form of a urine strip. It was the kind that was supposed to show either one or two lines. It showed nothing, as if I had no female hormones at all. (Apparently that was not uncommon for females who survived trauma.) I was told to return to training; weights, cardio etc. The Vancouver TAC base was a nice enough facility but there was no outdoor gym, not even a track. I would work out with Tony, competitively trying to stay on the treadmill longer (I'd given up on trying to out lift him.)
During our downtime, we were watching cartoons while drinking weird Gatorade mixtures, when suddenly the local news reported a breaking story. “What the hell?” I groaned. “What could be so important that they had to interrupt syndicated reruns of Bob’s Burgers?”
“A team of heavily armored individuals have been attacking parked vehicles in the downtown area.” The camera zoomed in on a masked man wearing Noah’s armor. Was this Noah, was he alive?
I gripped my chest, sinking my nails in to my skin. Was I high? Was I dreaming? I could feel my heart pounding right before I fell forward.
Tony rushed to my side, and stayed with me even as I started vomiting. I went limp in his arms as he carried me to the medical ward.
That was when I was given a blood test, followed by an ultrasound. I was unquestionably pregnant. I closed my eyes and tried to sleep but no sleep came. The last thing I remember was holding Tony's hand.
"Does Tony have access to the third floor of the sub level?" the voice came from everywhere and nowhere.
“What?” The words made no sense given the vast number of buildings on the base. There could even be a sub-terrain lower level I didn’t even know about.
“Never mind,” the echo said with a groan.
I awoke gasping for air. I was no longer in a bed but rather on a rooftop in the pouring rain. I wanted to pull my legs close, in to a fetal position. If only to stay warm, but my prosthetics were gone. “Fuck my life.”
In the distance I could see a human figure; a man walking a large animal, like a lion or a bear. "Noah?" I said in a whisper. What was he? Did he take me from the clinic? Was he going to kill me?
The human figure let go of the animal, before taking a few steps back. The animal made a deep, sickly, inhuman sound but did not advance further. The human groaned, still standing out of view. He moved his hand, striking the creature in the back. The sound was sickening as metal tore through skin.
"Noah, please stop!" I crawled to the injured creature. Clearly it didn’t want to hurt me or anyone. I reached out my hand, the way I would for a stray dog. But once I was close enough to see the creature’s face I screamed. “Oh, dear God.” Even through all the armor and mutilation, I could never forget his blue eyes. “Noah, what did they do to you?”
Noah had deep scars all over his body; arms, shoulders, and back. On his neck was a collar held on by two spikes; one in his throat and another in his spine. The wounds were fresh, he had been bleeding very badly. It was clear he wanted to speak but couldn’t.
“It’s ok, I’m here.” It wasn’t ok, nothing about this was ok. I reached for his hand, but Noah shook his head. There were large metal braces on his hands, strange black spikes that made him look like the Marvel comic character Venom (or a demon from hell.)
Since it was clear Noah had no intention of attacking me, I stayed where I was. But if the restrained beast was Noah, then who was the standing figure? It had to be the infamous Feng, sent on behalf of Kitsune after Anya and I went missing. That made sense. And now I was completely sure I was going to die.
Noah opened his mouth, struggling for breath, “You- will- prevail.” He coughed up blood, his body convulsing. “I’ll never forget you. I could never forget you.”
I wanted so badly to hold him. Maybe I could save him or at least die trying. “I love you…” my breath trailed off. I wanted to vomit or at least scream. What kind of person falls in love with someone they knew for a single night? This isn’t a fucking Disney movie! Yet here I was. I wanted to die.
Noah swallowed hard, causing his throat to spasm as he spoke, “I will die loving you.”
The words cut me to my core. I screamed into the rain, as the standing figure pulled on the leash, dragging Noah away. All that was left of that moment was a streak of blood along the concrete roof.
I rocked back and forth crying. ‘Who was that? Where were my legs?’
"Hard to tell who you can trust," a male voice said from behind me.
"What's stopping me from hurling myself off this roof?”
“I don’t really know,” the voice replied. “The story would continue; Noah, Anya, Baron, etc. It would just be the end for you.”
“Am I the battery? Is this some kind of DaVinci code shit?" I started to scoot backward if only to adjust my weight, and immediately fell off a ledge.
My guardian angel grabbed my arm. “Hey, be careful.” It was the Flower Child but he seemed older, stronger, with a face weathered by time. "Maybe later, after you get rid of the passenger in your womb."
"Are you saying I should get an abortion first?" I asked sarcastically, through tears.
Flower Child chuckled as he took a seat at my side. "You're welcome for saving your life, Miss Nicki.”
"What are you?" I violently jerked my arm away. "Are you even real? Or are you some kind of mash up of every guy I've ever fucked?"
My emotional outburst was met with laughter. "You mean I'm your dream date? Am I your Ken, Barbie girl?"
I shook my head. "You're imaginary. I'm just talking to myself."
"Do you remember the Junior nationals, when you won your first medal?"
"No,” I replied quickly. I remembered; I just didn’t want to continue the conversation with my imaginary friend.
Flower Child nodded and stood up. "The day you won that medal was the day you became something more than a scared little girl."
"Sure." And now my brain was forcing me to remember that day. I had qualified for the vault finals but for whatever reason my coach pulled me from the rotation. No, actually I knew perfectly well why. He wanted to punish me for hiding in the bathroom when getting dressed. He liked all the girls to change in the public hallway, where he could ‘supervise,’ because we were all so disobedient.
I knew that for a fact. I still got dressed and walked out with the rest of the finalists. Right away I was pulled from the rotation. My coach had told them I was unfit to compete, which was clearly a lie since I had no injuries. I told the advocates what was happening; what my coach had down to me ever since I was six. There were tears in my eyes and I knew for a fact my coach would make my life a living hell, but was allowed to vault.
Assuming I was not in the running for a medal, I tried a vault that I had only been allowed to do in practice; The Produnova. For those of you non-gymnasts, it's when you run up to the spring board, and do a mid-air summersault without landing on your head. The legendary Elena Produnova could do two maybe three summersaults before landing. I always thought she looked like a bullet or a cannon ball.
I can remember doing my run, flying higher than I had ever been, and then landing on my feet. Every muscle in my body wanted to fall over, but I held strong. I was going to stick my landing even if it killed me. The audience was silent, in shock, awe and horror. A junior level gymnast was never meant to land The Produnova. I was supposed to be dead, crippled but I wasn’t. I was a performer and I did that vault for myself. After taking point deductions for doing the wrong vault (technical shit,) I got third place. Not that I even got to keep my medal. No one spoke for me, but no one could ever take away what was rightfully mine. But what did I have now?
The Flower Child started to walk backward, into the shadows of the rain storm. “I’ll leave that choice up to you.”
I didn’t scream or cry. in all honesty I didn’t care. He wasn't real, he was just the part of me that needed a good kick in the ass. I needed to find my way off the roof, and I needed to be smart about it. I spent the next few minutes scooting on my hands and my butt, making every movement count (as to not accidently fall to my death.) Eventually I located what was clearly a door.
Balancing on my leg stumps, I could barely reach the door handle. I tightened my core muscles to execute a leap, pulling on the handle with all my strength. It was, of course, locked. At least I had a place to rest my back. I waited until the rain stopped, taking a moment to breathe. "I could really use a rescue from a handsome prince. Or maybe a chubby-cheeked plumber named Mario? Yeah, right."
I suddenly heard a thump on the opposite side of the door, as if something had dropped down (or teleported.) "Hello?" I said with a tap. "Anyone there?" Just as I spoke, the door opened, causing my exhausted body to fall backward into a dark hallway.
I was indoors, that was something. I took a moment to lean back, anticipating my next move. I really needed to find my prosthetic legs (or some kind of replacement) so I wouldn’t have to bruise the shit out of my arms and wrists. Until then I would have to deal with scooting around like a crippled puppy.
I made my way across the hall, down a set of stairs. I wanted to scream for help but there were no security guards or human life of any kind, not even any cameras. The first hallway was lit by a single halogen bulb with a metal door (possibly a fire escape) waiting for me at the end of a short path. I went through, only to find a stairwell with only a single set of stairs going down only a single floor. “What the?”
I made my way down, then across a different hallway. Door after door had been left open, in a very distinct path. Was I being led into a trap? There were no windows, only digital lights that seemed to mark rooms with unintelligible binary numbers.
After a while, I saw a few security cameras (the kind that look like glossy black balls, or eyes, attached to the wall.) Was I being watched? The idea sort of pissed me off. Was I an experiment, a rat in a maze? Before every open door I heard a thud. It was sometimes loud, sometimes soft. The variation lead me to believe it was organic. Someone was physically opening the doors for me; they had a plan, and endgame. And I was just a plastic piece on a checkerboard; only exploring as far as my overlord wanted me to go.
The final door unlocked a server room where dozens of towers were being housed at refrigerated temperatures. The jungle of cords seem to lead to a central point. In the center of the room was a red, open suitcase with wires coming from all angles. It seemed alive, kind of like a digital sea creature. In the middle of the case, where a clam would typically house its pearl, was a small glowing D-cell battery. "The battery?" This was what Kitsune was fighting for; what Noah died for?
Every single tower appeared to be powered from the suitcase. A sound theory until I started to look closer at the plastic cylinder, housing the ‘battery.’ It was freezing cold, except for the areas near ports. That meant I was wrong; the room full of servers were trying to unload the files from the small device (resulting in a massive outpour of energy.) “Wow,” I muttered. “This must be what a Yoda byte looks like.”
My comment caused laughter; a deep, male voice spoke up from just out of my line of sight. “You’re standing in the presence of project Neptune; aka The Battery, one of the modern wonders of the world.”
“The battery is a massive glorified flash drive?” I asked, taking a step back.
"Pretty much. The only person who could have deciphered its contents is long gone."
"Noah? He was guarding it, right? Why didn’t he ever try to open it?”
“I imagine it was for the same reason why you’re not trying to make a grab for it: the damn thing’s more trouble than it’s worth.”
“You didn’t lead me here?” I turned expecting to see the Flower Child. I don’t know why, maybe on some level the voice was similar. “Axel?”
The tall imposing man stood in full camo armor. He crossed his arms, looking at the battery with a sense of nostalgia. "Noah wanted to invent his own creations," Axel said with a sigh. "And, well between you and me, I think he already knew what was on it.”
"Hi,” I said in a squeaky voice. My mind was a mix of sadness, and fear, combined with the physical pain of having walked on my hands for the past few hours. “Am I in trouble?”
“No, but you were being tested.” He picked up his com-radio. “Target is secure, stand down.” He returned his focus to our conversation. “You were taken from the clinic under the veil of bad weather. We had no idea where your assailant had put your body, until you were spotted by the cameras. Clearly someone was tracking you; someone who knew the location of the battery.”
And whoever it was, hoped that a legless teenage girl would be allowed to escape the base with the high-value target. “So, how well did you know Noah or Cronos or whatever?”
“Noah Garrison was a military asset who went AWOL. It’s assumed he suffered a mental break.”
“But you don’t believe that.”
“I knew him before he disappeared,” Axel said with a nod. “He was a genius, a warrior, a friend.”
“I didn’t even know his last name.” I bit my lip, trying not to cry. “I’m just some stupid kid at the zoo who keeps falling head first in to the animal enclosures.” That sounded about right; some were helpful creatures while others seemed to want my blood.
“Had you made a play for the battery you would have had the full force of TAC on your ass, but as it stands, I am of the belief that you are being stalked by the international terrorist known as Faust.”
“Faust?” My entire body went limp. I was now crying uncontrollably and was moments away from vomiting the contents of my empty stomach.
“Lift your arms,” Axel said like a comforting parent. “Not to be disrespectful, but I want to get you reunited with your legs as soon as possible.”
I nodded and he lifted me like a crying toddler holding me close. With his free hand he pushed a button to open a previously unseen side door. Curious, I turned my head just enough to see the massive amount of armed guards.
Axel waved his arm, and the armored soldiers stepped to the side allowing him to pass. I had never felt so safe and so loved.

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2020.08.28 13:57 chadpinkerton21 hello you may remember me from posts under another name but i feel the end is nigh and id like to at least tell my story once again for anyone who cares to listen. ps this is gonna be really really long

I really dont know how to put this. so i guess ill start from when i was posting heavily under another name, which i wont say what but if you were ever in chats i was inhell, not my real reddit tag just something for chats. honestly if anyone reads this til the end id be impressed. im just trying to put my story on paper while im losing my life and mind right now.
since my old name has now since been banned from reddit and was forced to start a new one, i guess ill do my best to tell my story from the start up until the past few days. i am also having memory problems so ill graze over some parts and really try and focus on the last few year and a half. take your time to read this or dont, i really just need to let this out.
i live in a heavy drinking state in the US. we produce more beer and cheese than anyone else if you can guess which one. growing up i had a great family, middle child with a younger sister and a brother. i was an outgoing child and really excelled in things like gifted and talented and even was able to go to australia with an organization that sends students abroad. around 14 or so i had had only a few sips out of my dads beer on occaision and my parents enjoyed their nightly glass of wine over dinner or a movie. they are both great people, my mom and dad met in med school and both continued on in very successful practices. growing up, and i still dont know if this has something to do with this situation i am in now, but i really dont remember much of them in my early years outside of their work. i remember a lot of babysitters. me and older brother were rascals and got some of them fired or just fucked with them for no reason other than being brats. my sister was born in 95, i was around 5 or so and my mom decided to quit her job as a doc and raise the kids at home in a small town where i grew up.
fast forward to middle school, where alot of people suffer, and being one of those kids i sought help from my older brother who introduced me to pot and more importantly alcohol. i was in eighth grade and he was a senior in high school and we did, in retrospect, some really fucked up shit. stealing the family car to break into our grandparents house an hour away while they were wintering in florida, i was brought to high school parties, and i kinda just got the sense that this was the norm. i remember one time me and my brother were on a roadie smoking a bowl and sharing a beer and a friend of his drove up beside us and he was SHOCKED i was in the car next to him. at the time i thought it meant i was cool, but to be honest red flag. long story short the parents caught on to the fact that why is a high school senior spending so much time doing sketchy shit with his eighth grade brother on an almost daily basis. one night before he graduated he got so drunk he couldnt perform in the senior showcase with a girlfriend of his, had to be picked up passed out in a cornfield and proceeded to tell my parents "well if you are gonna be so mad at me? you should be pissed at *me* as well cause i did it too. he wasnt too worried since he was moving off to college soon at the state school, and this left me with four years of high school already busted.
it also just so happened at the time we were moving to the same city as his college, and i was to start my freshmen year in high school. instead of trying to start a new life, i used my skills id learned from my brother and became the instant stoner persona and thought all the kids would flock to me as the cool new kid. i knew about glass, i drank a tiny bit at the time, i wore tye-dye. and i did make a few friends, but by my sophmore year things started to peter out. i didnt notice it at the time, but this was the turning point in my life.
my friends were all part of a tight knit group and i didnt realize i was being slowly fizzled out. i started working, smoking more and started going back to my brother who lived just a couple miles down the road for advice. he had begun selling weed... i on the otherhand had a whole market of young dumb kids to sell to so again i fell into his grasp and i was buying ounces from him. later to learn only at an inflated price cause i was still dumb to the business, but i thought i was the shit that i could get weed from college kids. i even got to hang out with him a few times not about business. but again getting caught by parents started happening. side note by my senior year i literally lost track of how many times id been busted by mom and dad, but thats not even the worst of it.
i got really cocky with myself, started dating. at this point no one really talked to me except if they needed a bag, but i always thought i was still cool for doing so only to get kicked out of their car as soon as they had it in their hands. i could always find weed, it honestly is something i havent seen in many people but in the mid 2000s it felt like a gift from god to be the only person in our age group to do so.
my junior year my brother again sold me a new drug mushrooms and i tripped for the first time on my birthday on a camping trip with my best psychonaught friend. we packed up yoda the toyota with a tent some food and my dog and left for the weekend. it was the first time i had ever been able to do this. trip went fine, i learned how great mushrooms were and some blurry weeks later i went to a phish show, knowing thats where i could get acid. i gathered up some hooligans we went and wouldnt you know everyone else couldnt find anything but some dirt weed where i happened to find a ten strip for me and my buddies for the weekend. everyone was stoked and from what i can remember it was a good time. even though we were underage and had gotten kicked off our original camping site for not having proper id some dude saw us and let us camp in a sand pit in his back yard. it was gnarly. one of those summers you look back on just think that was one hell of a time to be alive. but back to the incurring issues of my life. somewhere around that time i randomly found an id of a 25 year old 350 lbs man on the street and thought wow i can do something with this. somehow someway we found one of those gas stations just outside of town that doesnt really care and within a few weeks i was supplying the incoming senior class with hundreds of dollars of alcohol at every party that was thrown. again in retrospect i was only invited because no one else got booze unless i came, but i always inevitably ended up being the too drunk asshole at the party. people put up with me.
somewhere around that time as well, i met another person who ill call patches, and he was selling large quantities of acid to the neighboring highschool. he bought alcohol from me and one night over a bottle of bourbon (such an odd choice for a senior to choose but he was willing to pay the upcharge) he mentioned that he had no business at my high school and asked me to be a partner. he was selling gatorade bottles of acid while i was struggling to find two hits for myself and my gf at the time. so again i said yes and went deeper into the drug game. made alot of money. went to more parties. began just showing up with a case of beer and felony amounts of acid at parties and just stopped caring if people thought i was a drunk idiot. i made money, they got drunk or high or tripped. just said fuck it.
mom finds bags of sour patch kids along with wads of cash in my jacket, got busted for possesion of marijuana, and somehow someway get into a great college in our neighbors to the north. and then i graduated and left, leaving all that shitty stuff behind me. or so i thought.
i arrived at the university of british columbia in vancouver in the fall of 2010. immediately had the same problems from when i started high school and tried to be the cool druggie dude to make friends. problem was everyone sold weed there, and i was nothing special but some kid from bumblefuck. so i decided to become a chef of marijuana edibles and ended up making quite a bit a cash to supplement my college needs. as well the drinking age was 19 which i had just turned prior to moving there. MY DRINKING SKYROCKETED, i was having a blast but ended up with nicknames about my drinking and have been told on numerous occaisions "ive never met anyone in my life who drinks like *name redacted*" and i basically spent the year never going to class selling edibles and drinking my ever living ass off. again i made a group of friends.
the story is gonna speed up now a bit because i really dont remember much of my twenties as im coming to the end of them now. but long story short i dropped out my sophmore year due to introducing my room mate to cocaine (never really my thing) but to him i remember it as giving gollum the ring. he would snort lines and come into my room at night only to beat me up for not putting my dishes away or attacking me at parties for not giving him his bag in time. i often asked my friends for help but was just told why dont you stand up for yourself? i was flabbergasted and lost, and one night just called my mom and said i needed to come home. she obliged and i gave up the best opportunity i ever had in my life.
again moving back is such a blur now. more on the memory problems later, but the early years are alot more clear than that past eight or so. i came home and began drinking more and more. first it was a six pack, then twelve, then for the majority of my twenties i was averaging an eighteen pack of highlife a night drinking alone. i had friends come and go. several jobs working in sandwhich places, pizza places, or as a line cook. some good some bad. as i said most of my twenties are a blur. i remember things like turning 21 or getting jumped outside of the bar i worked at, but in all honesty i really dont remember much. i did rehab around 23. ended up in the drunk tank many many times always picked up by my loving but growingly tired parents the next morning or worst case monday when i was picked up on a friday ugh. but nothing phased me. i went to meetings strung together moments in time of sobriety but i always went back.
so now onto my final chapter, or at least i hope its not. and if youve made it this far.... thanks and this is about to get really really dark.
my entire family moved across country to big sky land, leaving me here. i had no interest in moving, still hadent graduated college, i think i was about twenty six at the time. i was already told my liver was showing signs of damage and was told to slow the fuck down, better yet stop. but i decided against it and moved again to a small drinking town in the northern part of my state for school. i dont think i had ever been evicted before for drinking, but i definatly had never gotten a security deposit back lets put it that way. so after my first year i was indeed told to leave a very nice house a block from campus. grades were ok but then i decided to switch majors, kept getting fired from jobs, and overall i really didnt have any friends. i still called my hometown friends but when they didnt answer id just get drunk and just started saying fuck it to beer and switched entirely to whiskey, something i had a problem with before but somehow had sworn off for the better part of a decade. i found a one bedroom off campus, was dog sitting and found a job working at a video store. i love movies too so it was kinda perfect. then i lost control and was drinking on the job and ended up getting so drunk before work one day i just called them and told them if they wanted someone wasted to come in and work ill do it like i do every other night but to be honest id rather not. so i was fired. ended up in rehab again. had to drop out of school for the semester. and again its a blur.
just after rehab i made it about a week i think before i bought my first six pack and within a month i was just living off the money i had saved drinking on my couch waiting for next semester to start and i noticed a sharp pain in my lungs. my dad being a physician, said no one your age gets something serious like that its problem just pneumonia. i trusted him as i always do and waited three days til i couldnt take it anymore and was coughing up blood. turns out i had had a massive pulmonary embolism shoot from my legs to my lungs. i walked to the ER from my apartment and even the on call doc was shocked and told me i could have died at any point on that walk over there. so i spent my first time in extended stay at my local hospital. this was two years ago roughly. and again my memory gets worse and the story goes.
no one could figure why that happened to me... in all honesty im pretty sure it was booze. i started school again, changed majors again, kept drinking and then this last year happened. again i apologize my memory has gotten so bad im really having trouble remembering yesterday at this point. i am only 29 for chirst sake.
so by january of this year i had gone through withdrawal several times. mostly un aided but it got to a point sometime last fall where i needed librium. ive never had a seizure. but ended up taking the scripts anyway always as prescribed. i think i did two rounds of withdrawal with librium this last fall before all this started. withdrawal is horrible. so bad you just want to keep drinking to just stave it off. even with the librium its still hell in a bucket for at least five days for me. so in january i contacted my only friend i really have here. shes an older woman who teaches at my university who i met through her dogs. she and her husband agreed to let me stay there and wait out my last what i would call survivable withdrawal in their guest room for four days while i puked, didnt sleep, and spent the time entirely on reddit chat just counting the minutes. i made it through. but again started drinking soon after to be honest i really cant remember why at this point. and this is when things went from what i thought were snowballs to avalanches.
late febuary i was drinking around a 750 of old thompson a day and again knew i had to take care of it. i went to the ER one night for some reason or i was drunk off my ass and sure i was just gonna be given another script and leave to just do another 5 days of hell. id done it so many times before and yet when you think about that first drink afterwords, it doesnt seems so bad.
things quickly deterioriated and i was admitted to intensive care and began what i thought were DTs at the time but were what is called alcoholic hallucinosis. I spent seven days hospitalized there. the only two i clearly remember were the last two but aparently i almost attacked a night nurse with a needle i pulled out of my arm, was constantly screaming out my door about things that werent going on like my dad was there even though he now lives across the country, and assuming most of the staff was trying to poison me. but i walked out april first. i remember because rent was due and i didnt want anyone to know i was in the hospital for that long even though i had constantly called my family telling them about my secret assasins. i thought i could here them talking from the help desk just outside my room and spent many of those nights quietly arguing with them under my breath knowing they had micd my bed so all i had to do was listen and speak quietly and they would hear me. im still not sure exactly what happened.
i think i made it a month before i started buying beer again thinking it was ok, and then a six pack turned into a six pack with two shooters of old thompson on the side, then just the old thompson again. ive been told many times i need to stop drinking, but for some reason my brain always thought im not that old. it really hit me when a nurse told me to my face, while youre not that young either. by june things started to change again.,,
I had been noticing very erratic behavior on my part. i was doing things even the drunkest version of me wouldnt do like try to kiss a neighbor even though i knew she was living with her boyfriend of several years. things again escalated and everyone around me kept just saying oh thats *name redacted* just being a useless drunk again. and around this time my landlord gave me warning to stop bothering the people around me.... so i drank it off.
There was this one week in early june i began putting pieces together. i never had good bowel movements so the increase in diarhea never really rose any flags until one day i shat black. i went to the ER and again was just given librium to go home with. the next day, i thought one more day couldnt hurt and i picked up my whiskey and the next day was back in the ER because everytime i was drinking water i was pissing it out within minutes of consuming it. I kept telling them something was wrong. they at this point are seeing me as a frequent flyer or a GOMER if you know the term. after five or so days i had been to the ER six times and each time sent home until an on call doc diagnosed it. alcoholic ketoacidosis. it basically means i was drinking so much i wasnt eating and my body started eating itself instead of the nutrients i was giving it. so the reason i was pissing water so fast was my body just didnt know what to do with it and was like alright flush it. i told him about my past of hallucinations and how i drank to a level where i get scared to stop because i dont ever want to go back into that week long acid trip that i try to taper on my own..... that doesnt work. he decided to admit me. i spent the night again on the icu floor awaiting the inevitable start to my hallucinations. by the next morning, i hadnt had any, i was on cloud nine and stupidly asked to be dishcharged. they agreed after some consults and blood work. i didnt leave ama but there was some trepidation on their part.
within minutes of walking home and picking up a pack of smokes, my apartment was an alcoholic mess and i didnt want to risk my landlord somehow seeing it so i tried to clean it as best i could. i began to have panic attacks and was so worried i made the wrong decision to leave so i raced back to the ER to be readmitted. thats not how this works at all, my bed was already taken even though i was only gone about two hours tops with reintake to the ER included. i still had needle marks in my arms from the IVs. oh and i forgot to mention i tested positive for opiates when i was admitted, something i am still trying to figure out since i dont do pills or shoot, so the new doc on the floor was instantly suspicious and told me he could get me to detox. thinking it was the same floor i was on before i was elated, but when i got there i realized it was just the detox i had actually spent time in before a year or so prior. even their running doc was my psych eval from a few hours earlier. being worried about a skyrocketing heart rate and starting to hallucinate, and nothing against this facility but i had been there before and knew the system, and knew i had to pay out of pocket which i couldnt do, i left AMA within 15 minutes. dumb i know, but im an alcoholic addict, if i knew how to make good decisions i wouldnt be here, id be married with some kids out west somewhere by now instead of neck deep in a bottle of whiskey every night. so i left and decided ONCE AND FOR ALL i would just go buy some beer and taper on my own.
a few weeks later i turned 29, drank alone and dont really remember the rest. at some point in time between these two events i did in fact talk to one of my neighbors, i dont know when but i was sober enought to remember the details. i didnt do anything wrong (in my mind) and helped her carry some records from her car to her apartment next to mine, and even excused myself from going fully into her apartment to set them down and just left them at her door and back to my lonely one bedroom. She contacted the landlord about me contacting her and i got the best birthday present i could have asked for..... a thirty day notice.
lets just say my taper turned into a bender and over thirty days couldnt find a place other than moving back into the dorms for the second time in my life.... at almost 30 years old. i became mean, lashed out at those i loved, lost friends and some of the family left who will even still talk to me, and was still needing to move anyway.
During that period, my drinking got OUT OF CONTROL again, fuck tapering, fuck life, fuck this shit, fuck my landlord, fuck my neighbor. Idk i started realizing my sweats werent just night sweats anymore, my heartbeat was at an all time high when for a period in the spring i could get it under 80 for a resting heart rate for a short time of sobriety, my shits went from pale to dark dark brown and waivered between water and shitting rocks. Ive been stuggling with alcohol for over a decade, i am no fool, i know what this means, liver failure. with liver ltes in the 600s in june before all this i knew i must be pushing something but id just wake up. take a shot for the shakes, turn my AC to 65 to fight the sweats, and go get my daily bottle and pack of smokes.
Three days ago i began moving into the dorms from my old apartment. I havent slept since then. I cant eat. i was puking up every bit of water i was able to keep down for an hour or so. Wen i finally did move, the same woman that helped me earlier basically moved for me because i was wheezing and sweating through my shirt so hard she was alarmed. i did what i could and dipped out for a quick breather and puking in the bushes from the water i tried to down earlier that morning to fight the hangover from the night before. Yesterday was my first day here. i forgot dorms dont have AC and yes the whether was in the 90s, a record for heat and humidity, but i was dying. i spent the day in a fetal position away from the window under a barely working desk fan just hoping to stay awake long enough so i could get a good sleep tonight(?) last night(?) its almost 7 am i still havent slept.
I didnt have to research it, but did so anyway because im a paranoid freak, i show all the signs of acute liver failure all the way to end stage liver failure to a tee. I spent the night in tears, i spent the night silently sipping whiskey in my unpacked dorm room boiling from the heat unable to sleep, i spent the night googling when to go the to ER for liver complete failure. its here folks. i am not even 30 yet.
There is no point to this story that i lead. i have a doctors appointment set for next friday that i had to schedule back in july (yay american healthcare) ive metaphorically screamed at the top of my lungs to both my AODA counsellor, mental health professional, and family for help saying that since that last bought in june things have gotten worse and worse. each day now is harder and harder to do. im exhausted and absolutly hate the small bumble fuck town i am have been stuck in for the past three years. and my main thought last night was i dont want to die here. i want to see my mom and dad again. but theres little use. i am circling a drain for sure.
So at the end of my post, if you made it this far. take this as a warning. i want to go to urgent care today and get my levels checked but i cant make it more than a few hours without a sip of alcohol now. which negates the test due to BAC. i have the meeting next week but at the rate ive declined in the last week im not so sure i can even make it there. I freaked out and drank most of a bottle of whiskey even while typing this over the past few hours. im tired. i want sleep. the sun is rising, but im still sweating balls and not hungry but starving at the same time. i know i am dying. just if you read this i hope life is better for you than my journey. i had some good times, but the bad have outweighed the good and what could have been by millions. so long, if things change ill make another post.
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2020.08.10 06:00 Rockyyy_jojo (23F) I've been with the guy (23M) I met on Bumble for a year, and now I'm lost.

Hi, this is gonna be long so I apologize.
A year ago I posted on Reddit about this guy. I was unsure if I should pursue a relationship with him because we were moving so fast. He is my first serious relationship after I went through an extremely toxic relationship that made me stop dating for four years. Now, our one year anniversary is coming up on Aug 27, and I'm emotionally exhausted. I keep going back and forth if all the pain I'm going through is worth it. During the honeymoon phase of our relationship, he was caring, attentive, and open. I felt extremely secure with him. However, there were moments that made me wonder if he was what he seemed.
We live about 30 mins away from each other so, when we were first dating I would stay over at his house at least 5 times in the week. When I would sleepover on weekdays he had work at 6 am. I work a 9-5 job, so I would arrive at his house at around 5:30 pm, and then in the morning I would leave at 5:30 am to drive back home. I would do this for months just so I could spend time with him. He usually didn't come over to my house, because he wasn't too keen on driving that much. At the time I didn't really mind it, because I wanted to see him.
When we went on a trip to the mountains with my friends we had a big fight. During the trip, we had a talk where I told him, "Sometimes it feels like you don't notice the small things I do for you." When I told him this, he took it in and he apologized. Later throughout the trip, he wouldn't talk to me. He reached his boiling point, and we fought in his car while we were driving to Lake Louise. While we were at the lake, he told me that I'm going to ride with my friends and that he was going to be driving to Edmonton alone. He left me there, and I was distraught.
We didn't have a big fight after that. Things were going well till June came around. I felt something was off with me. I was always tired, moody, and I eventually missed my period. I told him, and so I took a pregnancy test.
It was positive. When I saw the results I cried, and so did he. He was supportive and spoke with me about our options. We could either keep the baby, put it up for adoption or abort it. People may not agree with me, but I was not ready to have a baby. I decided to abort it, and he agreed. We were not stable enough to raise a child.
In that same week, I went to a clinic to follow through with the abortion. Due to COVID, I wasn't able to bring anyone in with me, so I had to do it on my own. I was devastated I couldn't have him by my side. The first couple of days after my abortion he was supportive, and always looking after me. However, eventually, he started going on a diet and working out. I was supportive of him working on himself, but he eventually didn't have time to hang out, and basically put me on the bleachers. I was always trying to do things with him, but eventually, our dates insisted of me waiting in his room for him while he worked out or played games. By the time he was done doing all his things, he was too tired to do anything.
We began fighting more, and he kept asking me why I'm being like that. We would make up, but I never felt good about myself afterward. In July we went on a week trip to Vancouver. I have close friends there so I told him, "We can do whatever you want there, but I have to make sure that I see my friends on the days that I planned with them." He was fine with that. During the trip, he was only worried about his time, and not mine. He wanted to wake up later in the day, so we would be eating around 11 am. I planned to meet my friend at 2 pm for a late lunch, but because he ate already he asked me to push the time later in the day. So, eventually, I had to reschedule with my friend, and I felt terrible.
I used to work in Vancouver, so when I scheduled to meet my old bosses I wanted to make sure I was on time. My old bosses were like my older sisters when I lived in Vancouver, so it was so important that things go well. But I couldn't even have peace of mind when I met up with them. When I was at the shop my boyfriend ended up saying he was gonna walk around Main Street, so I was like, no problem. An hour goes by, and he hasn't come back so I text him where he is. He said he went back to the hotel. I was shocked. Why would he just leave without a text or a phone call. So, I have to cut my meeting short because of him. When I walk out I call him twice because he doesn't answer. Then about five mins later he calls me. I ask him again where he is and then proceeds to tell me that he's eating dim sum. I was furious but managed not to yell at him through the phone. When I got to the hotel, I had to wait 40mins before he came back. When he got back, I broke up with him, but somehow we managed to talk it out and I forgave him. So, we got back together that same day.
After this fight I thought things would be better. However, a couple of weeks ago I got into a car accident. My boyfriend was getting his car detailed so I was driving him for the day. While I was driving I was stopped due to traffic, and some guy who was speeding rear-ended me. My car ended up getting written off, and so I don't have a car anymore. I live at home, so thankfully my dad is able to drive me to work. However, my boyfriend has no interest in putting the effort to come to my house to spend time together.
The day before my birthday we go out for Korean BBQ. While we are eating he tells me that he wants to go back to school. He then proceeds to say that, he will be saving money and so we won't be able to go out on dates often. He said that we would have a date once every two weeks. I wanted to cry tbh.
I told him I want to take a two-week break with no contact. I was just so tired of being his last priority. Unfortunately, I accidentally left my bag at his house so he had to come by later in the week to drop it off. He came by, buy my dad invited him into the house. So, we ended up talking. He basically told me he was sorry for being a selfish, narcissistic asshole, and said that he was letting me go. He didn't even have the courage to just say the words he's breaking up with me. So, before I let him walk out my front door he said, "am I going to regreat this?" and I think I fell for it. I told him I don't want to leave him alone, so we didn't end up breaking up.
After that, I asked him to do the attachment style test, and he got avoidant-dismissive. With this attachment style when they are emotionally overwhelmed they run away. For myself, I am anxious-preoccupied which means I require a lot of emotional reassurance and validation. Our relationship is the stereotypical couple that always breaks up and gets back together. He said he's going to do better, but he still only wants to see each other once a week.
I need help. Please... I know it seems so obvious, but he confuses me. I love him, and I've grown so attached. I want to work it out, and he seems serious about changing but I just feel so upset.
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2020.05.06 15:14 Mel0n_Collie [OC] What if every world cup team had the same population? - Group H

Well here it is, the final group. It’s been a wild ride and my office chair's ass groove has developed its own ass groove, but if FIFA and/or The UN sees this and decides to reconstruct the fabric of political geography to emulate my idea, then it just might have been a worthwhile use of my time.
If you’ve just stumbled upon this then you have two options, either you call the day a write off and go back to read the first seven posts or you can close your browser and do literally anything else. Just incase anyone chooses option A, here are the groups in full…
Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G
Gentlemen, it’s been an honour writing with you, this final quartet strings together a titanic amount of talent.
The Final Countdown is fronted by Europe, I experience REM trying to find 22 Chinese Bro’s, and we take a visit to Drake’s home country Canada, for those of you not wanting to think about Drake today, I’m afraid if you’re reading this it’s too late.
CEUSAC
Canada, The Carribean, 24 most Easternly US states, Greenland
Population (millions): 242.42
Not to be confused with namesake John, this map to the stars is acronymically composed of ‘Canada, East US and Carribean’.
Five years ago it would be no exaggeration to say that this squad could have been an all-American draft, but a recent glut of Canadian and Jamaican talent makes this Atlantic amalgam a multi-national roster sweeter than maple syrup.
The Canucks have an underwhelming soccer CV, the ice-hockey adoring nation has the joint worst record of any team to qualify for a world cup, losing all three games without scoring a goal in 1986. Notable Canadians of the past include goalkeeper Craig Forrest who made over 250 appearances for Ipswich and won tournament MVP in Canada’s second and most recent Gold Cup triumph. Utility midfielder Paul Stalteri spent thirteen years playing between Germany and England’s top flights, while Les Rouges top scorer and 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario is the greatest player to never leave the continent.
Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago have all matched Canada’s solitary appearance, while the former are present throughout this squad, the other nation’s have failed to produce this generations Dwight Yorke.
Now-commentator Robbie Earle has just one less Premier League appearance than Eden Hazard and the midfielder scored Jamaica’s first World Cup goal. Earle was born in Newcastle, England, but some notable Islanders having traded allegiances the other way, the past and present pair of John Barnes and Raheem Sterling were both born in capital Kingston, and have gone on to be among the best wide players of their respective generation. A bitter loss to the Reggae Boys, Sterling may get some extreme boo’s if he starts against this team, provoking the irate of the Carribean. (come on it’s the last post)
Arguably the greatest player to represent an island nation is bulky Bermudan Shaun ‘feed the goat’ Goater; talented out-and-out forward scored over 220 times in English football, and an impressive goal every 85 minutes for his country.
The best former American from the strongest region of the three joined City two days after Goater left, Claudio Reyna has a century of caps spanning over a decade, even earning a spot in the all-star team of Japan/Korea 2002. The footballing genetics are strong in the Reyna family, the man from New Jersey sure to have produced a future USMNT star. Giovanni Reyna doesn’t make this squad on the count of a stacked midfield, but considering the 17 year old is already capable of goals like this it’s only a matter of time before he’s the first name on the team sheet.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Milan Borjan CAN Red Star GK Knin, Croatia 63 €1.00 32
Zach Steffen USA F. Dusseldorf GK Coatesville, PA 68 €17.50 25
Defenders
Walker Zimmerman USA LAFC CB Lawrenceville, GA 61 €3.10 27
Matt Hedges USA FC Dallas CB Rochester, NY 61 €3.60 30
Wes Morgan JAM Leicester CB Nottingham 66 €1.50 36
Alphonso Davies CAN Bayern Munich LWB Ghana 68 €7.30 19
Adrian Mariappa JAM Watford CB London 64 €5.00 33
Kemar Lawrence JAM Red Bull NY LB Kingston 61 €3.10 27
Ike Opara USA Minnesota Utd CB Durham, NC 62 €3.30 31
Timmy Chandler USA Frankfurt RB Frankfurt 64 €3.30 30
Midfielders
Daniel Johnson JAM Preston NE CAM Kingston 62 €8.20 27
Jonathan David CAN Gent CAM Brooklyn, NY 65 €9.50 20
Atiba Hutchinson CAN Besiktas CDM Ontario 65 €0.70 36
Cristian Pulisic USA Chelsea LW Hershey, PA 75 €43.30 21
Tyler Adams USA RB Leipzig CDM Wappinger, NY 65 €4.80 21
Leon Bailey JAM Bayer Leverkusen LW Kingston 76 €38.20 22
Osvaldo Alonso CUB Minnesota Utd CDM San Cristobal 63 €1.20 34
Romaine Sawyers STK West Brom CM Birmingham 65 €12.50 28
Forwards
Mariano Diaz DOM Real Madrid ST Catelonia 74 €29.80 26
Jozy Altidore USA Toronto ST Livingston, NJ 66 €5.40 30
Lucas Cavallini CAN Vancouver ST Toronto 65 €3.20 27
Kemar Roofe JAM Anderlecht ST Walsall 65 €8.80 27
Average/Totals 66 €214.30 25.82
Tempted to include his name in the title to break the subs upvote record, Christian Pulisic is a $73 million man receiving the attacking midfield tutorship of Frank Lampard at Chelsea. With 31 caps and 17 goals for his country at just 21, the man from Hershey has mounds of talent that might see him finish his career as the male Megan Rapinoe.
I’m hesitant to call Pulisic the star of the show, as the winger turned wingback Alphonso Davies looks almost certain to become a world-class player at Bayern Munich. Born in a Ghanian refugee camp to Liberian parents, the prodigy is a proud Canadian national who announced himself by scoring a 93rd minute winner against Sporting Kansas City aged just 15. He went on to score three times for his adoptive country in the 2017 Gold Cup the following year, sharing a continental golden boot award before being legally old enough to donate blood. In recent memory Davies displayed a man of the match performance knocking Pulisic’ Chelsea out of the Champions League.
Ronaldo’s brief successor to the number 7 shirt at Real Madrid, Mariano leads the line, despite just 1 cap for the Dominican Republic, I’m going out on a limb to predict he’ll bother turning up for this team
At one point believed to be the third in a trilogy of Anglo-Jamaican heists, Leon Bailey is a technically supreme winger with pace to match, now 22 he’s comparatively one of the older attacking role models in the tournament's youngest team. The average age is even more impressive when looking at aging leaders Atiba Hutchinson and Wes Morgan who collectively have a glistening trophy cabinet.
I think group winners will be a bridge too far but could this show what could be the beginning of a much more competitive CONCACAF in years to come. If my predictions are correct, the round of 16 will be a reenactment of the civil war.
East India
11 Indian states (Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal P, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, Bihar)
Population (millions): 178.20
Never having to research this nation's footballing downfalls again will be an Indian tonic, in what is actually the best team on paper from the second most populated country, they might just manage to concede fewer than thirty in this strong group.
I don’t have anything of value to say about this part of the world, so I’m going to try a social experiment and see if anyone gets this far without skipping to the next team, so here is the first few paragraphs of the WIkipedia entry for former Chelsea and Newcastle defender Celestine Babayaro...
Babayaro spent the majority of his career playing in the Premier League, mainly for Chelsea from 1997 to 2005, and then later for Newcastle United, from 2005 to 2008. He had a brief stint at MLS club LA Galaxy, but never officially played for the club, and was a free agent, before retiring in 2010. He represented the Nigerian national football team from 1995 to 2004, and was part of two Olympic squads, two World Cup squads and three African Cup of Nations squads.
Born in Kaduna, he began his playing career at Nigerian side Plateau United, before moving to Belgian club Anderlecht in 1994, and eventually would make a name for himself, quickly gaining first-choice status although still a teenager. Babayaro set records as the youngest player to make an appearance and to receive a red card in the UEFA Champions League. He was sent off in a match against Steaua Bucuresti in a 1–1 draw, aged 16 years and 86 days.
Now that you know the history, let’s see the team.
Goalkeepers Birthplace Football manager Value Age
Dheeraj Singh IND ATK GK Manipur 24 €0.02 19
Lalthuammawia Ralte IND FC Goa GK Mizoram 20 €0.01 27
Defenders
Salam Ranjan Singh IND ATK CB Manipur 28 €0.02 24
Raju Galkwad IND Kerala Blasters CB Maharashtra 21 €0.01 29
Jerry Lalrinzuala IND Chennaiyin LB Mizoram 27 €0.02 21
Dhanachandra Singh IND Mohun Bagan LB Manipur 22 €0.02 33
Abhishek Ambekar IND East Bengal LB Maharashtra 20 €0.01 28
Chhuantea IND Odisha LWB Mizoram 20 €0.01 31
Robet Lalthlamuana IND Northeast United LWB Mizoram 20 €0.01 31
Rahul Bheke IND Bengaluru RB Maharashtra 33 €0.03 29
Midfielders
Udanta Singh IND Bengaluru CM Manipur 37 €0.04 23
Lallianzuala Chhangte IND Chennaiyin CAM Mizoram 35 €0.04 22
Halicharan Narzary IND Hyderabad CM Assam 30 €0.02 25
Jackichand Singh IND Jamshedpur CM Manipur 30 €0.02 28
Vinit Rai IND Odisha CDM Assam 29 €0.02 22
Amarjit Singh IND Jamshedpur CDM Manipur 29 €0.02 19
Lalrindika Ralte IND East Bengal CM Mizoram 29 €0.02 27
Eugeneson Lyngdoh IND Bengaluru CM Meghalaya 28 €0.02 33
Forwards
Semboi IND Bengaluru ST Manipur 20 €0.01 27
Jeje IND Chennaiyin ST Mizoram 38 €0.03 29
Samuel Lalmuanpula IND Mizoram CAM Mizoram 22 €0.02 21
Komal Thatal IND Sikkim CAM Sikkim 22 €0.02 18
Average/Totals 27 €0.44 25.73
Udanta Singh is the key player in this squad, the right winger doesn’t have the greatest goal record for India but the Bengaluru stalwart was key to an historic 2015-16 season that saw the South Indian club win the I-League while reaching the final of the AFC Cup (Asian Europa league), doing all this at age just 18 saw him voted young player of the year in his homeland.
At 21 years old, Jerry Lalrinzuala was enjoying his fourth season as a regular for Chennaiyin and played every game in a victorious ISL season two years ago, the Mizoram man is one of India’s brightest shining players in a generation.
I honestly can’t wait to see what the damage is to these teams once the tournament is simmed, I think the golden boot will be decided on which world-class striker shows the least mercy, and between his exploits against Panama and swearing on his daughter's life begging for a goal that his hair scored, Harry Kane might be the man to do it.
North & Central Europe
United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Population (millions): 243.13
Here it is the one you’ve all been waiting for, it’s the last megateam of the tournament and the region that contains Angela Merkal, the Chef from the muppets, and little old me.
The region combines for two world wars and five world cups (doo dah), and is dominated by two of the games fiercest rivals.
Die Mannschaft has seven major honours and football’s most ruthlessly efficient and consistent force, before the disaster of 2018, Germany’s worst finish this century was a bronze medal. Depressingly I had the best summer of my life cheering on an England team that finished fourth overall. With the group stage exit behind them and the Three Lion’s looking to build from their deepest run since 1990, these two nations are producing top players at a frightening rate and will no doubt renew the duel at some point this decade. With 18 of 22 players, the Anglo-Germanic mixture will face an existential crisis if they end up facing a penalty shootout.
The Nordic nations struggle to make an impact in the side, while Sweden and Finland have produced legends in the past like Sami Hyypia, Jari Litmanen, and striking duo Larrsson and Zlatan, Norway are patiently waiting for their newly foraged mix of raw ingredients to rise into a Golden generation. It will be a shock if Erling Braut Haaland and Martin Odegaard don’t become elite in their own rights, while the defensive minded likes of Sander Berge and Kristoffer Ajer may be a few rungs down but are physically capable of going to the top of the game.
Two times World cup runners up and 1976 Euro winners Czechoslovakia join forces once more but fail to grab a speaking role in this all-star cast.
Iceland are the darlings of population stats, whilst they don’t feature in this lineup they’ll be in the crowds showing off their famous synchronized noise making trick.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Marc Andre Ter Stegen GER Barcelona GK Mochengladbach 85 €57.10 27
Manuel Neuer GER Bayern GK Gelsenkirchen 88 €51.20 34
Defenders
Joshua Kimmich GER Bayern RWB Rotweil 80 €53.90 25
Mats Hummels GER Dortmund CB Bergisch Gladbach 83 €62.50 30
Andrew Robertson SCO Liverpool LWB Glasgow 79 €54.40 26
Trent Alexander-Arnold ENG Liverpool RWB Liverpool 80 €61.10 22
Niklas Sule GER Bayern CB Frankfurt 78 €60.10 25
Harry Maguire ENG Man United CB Sheffield 75 €39.00 27
Jerome Boateng GER Bayern CB West Berlin 78 €41.20 32
Milan Skriniar SVK Inter Milan CB Zlar nad Hronom 82 €60.20 25
Midfielders
Raheem Sterling ENG Man City RW Kingston, Jamaica 87 €86.60 26
Toni Kroos GER Real Madrid CM Greifswald 81 €72.30 30
Cristian Eriksen DEN Inter Milan CAM Middelfart 79 €60.90 28
Marco Reus GER Dortmund CAM Dortmund 84 €71.00 30
Leroy Sane GER Man City LW Essen 84 €77.30 24
Jadon Sancho ENG Dortmund RM Camberwell 78 €50.80 20
Thomas Muller GER Bayern CAM Wuilheim 80 €66.70 31
Leon Goretzka GER Bayern CM Bochum 75 €33.40 25
Forwards
Robert Lewandowski POL Bayern ST Warsaw 88 €93.60 32
Harry Kane ENG Tottenham ST London 89 €90.10 26
Timo Werner GER RB Leibzig ST Stuttgart 78 €54.00 24
Gareth Bale WAL Real Madrid RF Cardiff 87 €87.80 31
Average/Totals 82 €1,385.20 27.27
A ridiculous strike-force that begs the question of two up top, Kane and Lewandowski’s play styles may be too similar to gel but leaving one on the bench seems ungrateful. Timo Werner is the more natural second striker while Bale perhaps only makes the side on reputation.
Ever forward-thinking, Germany predicted the grouping in 2017 and chose to develop the world's greatest post-2000 player to date, despite normally batting for the other team. Jadon Sancho hasn’t quite made the mark in an adolescent international career but has his entire 20's ahead of him, the Englishman with all the speed and flare of an Aston Martin, he is positionally and tactically convertible, his meaning his potential has no ceiling. Sancho will most likely contend with Sterling for a spot in the lineup, with an industrious German midfield dominating. Joshua Kimmich holding the obvious way to go.
Liverpool’s wing back pair continue to compete for assists, while solo Slovakian Milan Skriniar should play alongside one of three German centre-halfs. Take your pick from the keepers.
Another contender for the title, not quite as perfect as their western counterparts, but if any team can top them, it might be the region on top of them.
East China
3 Chinese provinces (Henan, Hubei, Shandong)
Population (millions): 242.05
As I near the end, my last supper is a stale Chinese.
Three gargantuan provinces combine to complete the world’s most populous nation. These play home to four teams in the country's top flight, Qingdao Huanghai, Shandong Luneng, Henan Jianye and Wuhan Zall, with Marouane Fellaini the most recognisable name playing in the region, and probably the tallest human around.
China’s greatest goalscorer Hao Haidong was born in Shandong, with Yang Xu approaching his mid-thirties thirteen behind, Hao’s 41 goals for the team in red doesn’t look likely to be beaten anytime soon.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Guo Quanbo CHN Beijing Guoan GK Hubei 37 €1.00 22
Zeng Cheng CHN Shanghau Shenhua GK Hubei 49 €2.90 33
Defenders
Yu Hai CHN Shanghai SIPG LWB Henan 52 €2.50 33
Yu Dabao CHN Beijing Guoan CB Shandong 51 €3.30 32
Zhang Linpeng CHN Guangzhou E CB Shandong 51 €3.70 31
Jiang Zhipeng CHN Heibe China Fortune LB Shandong 51 €3.60 31
He Guan CHN Shanghai SIPG CB Shandong 50 €3.00 27
Mei Fang CHN Guangzhou E CB Hubei 47 €3.10 31
Zheng Zheng CHN Shandong Luneng LB Shandong 47 €3.00 31
Li Lei CHN Beijing Guoan LB Shandong 46 €3.60 27
Midfielders
Hao Junmin CHN Shandong Luneng CM Hubei 54 €2.70 33
Zhang Xizhe CHN Beijing Guoan CAM Hubei 50 €4.50 29
John Hou Saeter CHN Beijing Guoan CDM Trondheim, Norway 46 €4.40 22
Li Hang CHN Wuhan Zall CM Hubei 46 €2.50 31
Zheng Kaimu CHN Jiangsu Suning CDM Hubei 46 €2.40 28
Zheng Long CHN Dalian Yifang LM Shandong 45 €0.38 32
Wang Yongpo CHN Shenzhen RM Shandong 46 €2.00 33
Pedro Delgado CHN Aves CAM Portimao, Portugal 53 €4.80 23
Forwards
Gao Lin CHN Shenzhen CF Henan 53 €1.50 34
Xiao Zhi CHN Guangzhou R&F ST Henan 46 €0.00 34
Shan Huanhuan CHN Dalian Yifang ST Henan 44 €0.36 21
Gao Xiang CHN Qingdao RF Shandong 43 €2.10 31
Average/Totals 48 €57.34 30
The Wuhan clan of Hao Junmin and Zhang Xizhe share 110 national appearances between them and steer a midfield that although the best of the Chinese teams, will struggle to dictate the play in a strong group.
This aging squad is waiting for a new wave of talent, one of only a few teams to exceed an average age of 30.
Third place a near certainty in this group, but they’ll be looking forward to knocking a few past East India.
So there we go, my work is done, I’m working on collaborating with someone to sim the tournament and will have that ready for you ASAP.
I’ll do some spring cleaning on some mistakes in past posts and try to put some of your lineups in there, until then, thanks so much for reading the series, I’m going to go back to playing miniclip pool infront of the Netflix ‘are you still watching’ screen. Cheers!
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2020.05.05 20:40 CitiesofEvil Benditos, Malditos (Part 2/2): Argentina's journey at the 2026 World Cup (Long read with videos, featuring custom kits I made)

Read Part 1. This is Part 2 of the Benditos, Malditos post, AKA my story about my job as Argentina manager during the 2026 World Cup in the US/Mexico/Canada. Originally planned, writted, and conceived as one single post, I was forced to split it into 2 due to Reddit's limitation to 5 videos per post. This part covers the entirety of the World Cup, with information, descriptions and video highlights for every game. Hope you enjoy! :)


Opening match: Argentina 4 - 0 Greece

Argentina's debut in the World Cup at the Mercedes Benz stadium started harder than expected. Despite Lautaro's opening goal at 19', Greece played a better game in the first half, and were denied a goal by Carrizo. Early on the second half, he also made a providencial save that stopped Vasiliadis from scoring the equalizer. The second argentine goal arrived in the 66' minute, after a bad pass by Lamprou, who gifted the ball to Lautaro, who in turn assisted Dybala for a 1-v-1 chance against Vlachodimos. The 2-0 deeply affected Greece's morale, and their performance went down from there. Dybala scored yet again in the 79', and Almada added his personal one two minutes before the final whistle. Thus, Argentina obtained a 4-0 victory to begin their World Cup campaign, same result as obtained in the 1994 WC.

Second group match: Cameroon 0 - 3 Argentina

For the second group stage match, Argentina faced Cameroon. It was an easy match all over. Argentina dominated posession and shots, Cameroon only managing to bring danger with a long shot by Evina which almost hit the post. Exequiel Palacios showed his goalscoring capacities, with 2 goals, the first of them in the 28th minute, and the second at the 42th. On the second half, the match continued as it did on the first half, with Argentina being dominant in every faucet of the game. Mateo Retegui added another goal in the 80th minute, after being subbed in only a couple minutes prior. With this victory, Argentina secured qualification to the Round of 16.

Third group match: Argentina 1 - 1 Sweden

For the final group match, Racedo decided to rest some of the usual starting XI, and presented a more alternative team against the Swedes. Sweden was in second place of Group H, had won against Cameroon, drawed against Greece, and could top the group if they beated Argentina. This would be the hardest match of the group. Sweden was the better team for most of the game, and Carrizo was Argentina's star player. To make matters worse, Isidoro Morales, the PSG winger, got injured after an aerial challenge in the 19' minute. He luckily recovered by the end of first half. The few attacks by Argentina were unsuccesful. In the second half, Sweden finally got a deserved lead after Osterholm dribbled past Vittor and launched an amazing shot which hit the post and entered the net. However, the Swedish excitement would only last 5 minutes as Martinángelo dribbled into the Swedish box and scored after a cannonshot of a strike, and a poor reaction by keeper Loeper. Argentina was content with the draw as it secured a first place result, and held on as Sweden tried to grab a late winner. Not even Racedo's team could break Argentina's curse against the Blågult in World Cups. They had more shots, shots on goal, and posession, but Argentina managed to grab a smart point to move on to the Round of 16.
Stage group matches highlights:
I wanted to have the highlights for each separate match on their own. It wasn't possible because of the 5-video limit, so I had to make 1 video for the 3 group stage matches.

Round of 16: Argentina 3 - 0 Wales

https://reddit.com/link/ge3ff5/video/26kls1gl3zw41/player
For the Round of 16 match, Argentina played against underdogs Wales, who had arrived at that stage after beating Egypt and New Zealand, and losing to Italy. On the first half, both teams were able to create good chances, but neither could score, due to a mix of bad finishing, and good goalkeeping. The physical strenght of the argentinian defenders and CDMs was crucial in this stage of the game, as they regained possesion an endless amount of times thanks to it. 3 welsh players were injured in (fair) challenges and tackles, and 2 of them had to be substituted. However, once again, the match hit a turning point once Martínez scored the opening goal in the 45' minute, right before the half-time whistle. After that, it was all Argentina's game. Domínguez scored the second in the 69' minute, and Nahuelpan added his own at 80 minutes of play, both exploiting gaps and very poor defending by Wales. Argentina won showing its best side on the second half of the match.

Quarter Finals: Netherlands 1 - 3 Argentina

https://reddit.com/link/ge3ff5/video/ottf4egm3zw41/player
The QF match faced Argentina against the team which sent them home in 2022, the Netherlands, who had defeated Slovenia 3-0 the round prior. Only 5 minutes in, Dybala scored to give Argentina the lead, with a tap in after an unlucky rebound by Koopmans. The Netherlands tried their best to get an equalizer, but their efforts were denied by Carrizo. Some time after, a shot by Lautaro was deflected by Koopmans into Dybala, who scored yet another tap-in goal. In the second half, Argentina played a more defensive game, and focused on keeping posession to give the Dutch as little chances as possible. Justin Kluivert did manage to get a goal back, as he scored after a precise cross from Boadu into the argentinian box which found him alone. The tension rised as the argentines felt the ghosts of the Copa America final against Brazil where a 2-0 lead turned into 2-2. However, they needn't worry, as Lautaro scored a third thanks to a great lobbed through ball from Dybala which gave him a 1-on-1 chance against Koopmans. Argentina managed to hold on to the lead, and qualified to the Semifinals, where they would meet...

Semifinals: Brazil 1 - 2 Argentina (a.e.t)

https://reddit.com/link/ge3ff5/video/p7z8grkn3zw41/player
That's right, Brazil. They had beaten France, only by penalties, after an intense 3-3 Quarter Final match, as well as defeating Colombia in the Round of 16, 2-1. The beginning of the south american derby in México DF looked like Argentina's miraculous 1-0 win against Brazil in 1990. Brazil started out attacking the argentinian team again and again. Great saves by Carrizo and the post prevented Argentina from conceding. After switching the offensive tactics, the argentines managed to score the first goal in the 29th minute, thanks to Palacios, and they went to half time with a 1-0 lead. On the second half, Argentina's plans to mantain the lead failed when Ávila made a horrific mistake, giving the ball away to Rodrygo to score an easy equalizer in the 54'. (In all fairness, my fault, I messed up and I passed the ball to the right instead of upwards, Gastón Ávila is a great defender and had no responsability). The easy goal they had conceded didn't demoralize the Argentinian squad. They pushed harder and harder against the Brazilian defense, to get another goal and avoid extra time. However, that didn't happen. 1-1 it was at the end of 90 minutes, and off to extra time they went. At 98', Nahuelpan finally slotted the ball into the Brazilian goal, after being left unmarked for a second too long in the middle of the Brazilian box, and from then on, the game plan was as simple as DO NOT. LET. BRAZIL. GET. THE BALL. Argentina managed to hold on, and crowds in Buenos Aires, all over the country, and in the Azteca celebrated as the National Team had managed to get into a World Cup final after 12 years.

Final: Italy 0 - 1 Argentina

Be careful with the volume for this one. And sorry for the choppy quality, FIFA and OBS Studio weren't having a great day :c
And time for the final it was! Argentina had to face Italy, the vigent European Champions, a very solid and strong team which counted with players like Christian Capone, the eventual Golden Boot winner, with an impressive 8 goals in 7 matches, the great Gianluigi Donnarumma, captain Sandro Tonali, and defender Faraoni, one of the best CBs in the world. Italy had won their group with ease, with victories over Wales, Egypt, and New Zealand. On the round of 16, they sent Sweden home with a 2-0 victory. On the Quarter Finals, they scraped a 1-0 win against Spain, and on the semis, they had beaten England 2-1.
In a packed CenturyLink Field, Argentina and Italy jumped onto the pitch. The argentinian anthem and its characteristic chanting by the crowd gave almost everyone chills. Millions were watching the match, from the entire country, as well as millions of people around the world. Italy, like Brazil, were dominant in the first minutes of the match. Carrizo saved a great free kick by Tonali 4 minutes into the game, and denied him a goal again on a clear 1v1 chance for Italy, in the 17th minute. Donnarumma didn't hold back either, stopping Lautaro from scoring in the first half. Argentina slowly settled down and managed to get more posession and control of the match. In the 39th minute, however, Nahuelpan had a rough collision with an italian player, and had to be substituted. The hero of the semifinal against Brazil would have to watch the game from the sidelines, as Almada came onto the pitch to replace him. The first half ended 0-0, with Carrizo and Donnarumma's saves being the most interesting part of the game so far.
The second half seemed to be more of the same, until in the 59th Julio Valiente sent a great through ball to Dybala, who scored with a fantastic finish to give Argentina the lead. From then on, the match became very disputed, with almost no clear chances for any of the two teams for the remaining of the game. A through ball for Cutrone which Carrizo managed to catch before it reached the italian striker, and a shot by Dybala cleared by Donnarumma were the only chances either team had until the final whistle. The ball barely even left the playing field until Argentina got 2 corner kicks in a row a minute before the end.
As the final whistle finally arrived, every Argentinian player on and off the pitch erupted in celebration, as well as the coaching staff. Dybala lifted the trophy, fulfilling what Messi, unfortunately, hadn't been able to do. But every single player, no matter how much minutes they had in the tournament, had a part on the team's sucess. With goals, assists, clearances, saves, or hell, even brewing the best mates and telling the best jokes to raise the team's morale in between matches. The whole team had earned the right board the plane back home with the satisfaction of fulfilling your duty, and celebrate with the people, as Bilardo and his team had last done, 40 years ago.

World Cup Extra Awards

Bonus: The Tactics.

2026 Argentina played an uncommon 3-3-3-1 formation, composed of 3 CBs, 2 CDM, 1 CM, 1 LM, 1 RM, 1 CF and 1 ST. This formation would effectively turn into a 3-3-4 on attack, as the left and right midfielders moved higher on the pitch to act as wingers and the CF pushed higher to support the attack, and into a 3-5-1-1 on defense, as the left and right midfielders dropped down to act as wingbacks. Offensively, Argentina relied on posession and the strikers winning the back of opposition defenders. Most goals came from precise crosses and through balls, taking advantage of the pace of the argentinian strikers and offensive midfielders. The CM would often join the attack, in fact, Exequiel Palacios, who often played that role, was one of the highest scorers of the team. The CDMs, on the other hand, would usually stay back. On defense, the CDMs had the task of covering the wings of the opposition attack, and cutting passing lanes, as the CM, LM and RM dropped down to help regain posession. The CBs didn't sway too far of their own penalty box, and ideally, only covered the wings if they had enough support from the CDMs. When done right, Argentina's plan often meant the opposition had no good passing lanes, and had to resort to starting the attack again, make risky passes that ended in losing possesion, or attempting an uneffective cross with no clear target in the argentinian box, which was often cleared out by the tall, strong CBs or CDMs. When done wrong, Argentina still had the last line of defense: Goalkeeper Germán Carrizo. His crucial saves in key moments made him the deserved winner of the Golden Glove, mantaining a clean sheet for 4 out of 7 games.

Final Notes

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2020.04.05 07:52 sonic10158 I made a list of content from the current wave of Boxsets and whether DGM sells them [Part 2]

I made a list of content from the current wave of Boxsets and whether DGM sells them [Part 2]
This is the second half of my list of content from the various King Crimson box sets, as all in one list was too much for one post. You can find Part one of the list here.

THRAK BOX

THRAK BOX
After the end of their 1984 tour, Robert Fripp decided that he had played enough King Crimson and so once again, King Crimson saw a hiatus. However by the mid 1990's, Fripp decided to purchase the Double Trio season pass for King Crimson, which featured the Pat Mastelotto and the Trey Gunn DLCs to go along with the King Crimson lineup of the 1980s. This box set covers this relatively short era. The Box Set was released on October 30, 2015. WARNING: This set is a bit more confusing in terms of what is on DGM Live and What isn't, so I apologize for any confusion.
CD Content-
  1. JurassiKc THRAK - Not on DGM Live
    1. This is a disc containing one track that is 67 minutes long of recording sessions during the making of THRAK. There is a small 4 minute piece available on DGM Live, but that is such a small piece that I do not even consider JurassiKc THRAK as being on DGM Live.
  2. Maximum VROOOM - *Sort of Available on DGM Live*
    1. This is a disc that does not match up with anything DGM has to offer exactly. This is an expanded version of the VROOOM EP, which is on DGM Live for Purchase. However, the rest of the tracks are taken from the VROOOM Sessions album, which is also on DGM Live for Purchase. That being said, VROOOM Sessions has a lot of tracks that do not appear on Maximum VROOOM, nor this box set in any capacity.
  3. THRAK - Original mix (2002 Remaster)
  4. ATTAKcATHRAK (The Vicar's THRAK) - Not on DGM Live
    1. This is a spiritual successor to THRaKaTTaK. It is an all new compilation of improvisations taken from the THRAK era and edited together into a suite of tracks
  5. THRAK - 2015 mix
  6. Byte-Size THRAK - Only a small piece is on DGM Live
    1. This is a compilation of tracks that didn't really fit anywhere else, featuring various live tracks, a single, some edited tracks, a remix, and 3 rehearsals (Jimmy Bond, Sad Woman Jam, and Tony's Jam) that do appear in DGM Live as part of Nashville Rehearsals. If you purchase Nashville Rehearsals, similar with the VROOOM Sessions, you will be getting a lot of tracks that do not appear anywhere in this box set.
  7. Kcensington THRAK - Available on DGM Live Here
    1. The version on DGM Live is short one track, goes by a completely different name, and the way the tracks are laid out are a bit different. The box set has the first portion be 9 tracks and the second be 12 tracks, whereas on DGM Live, the first "disc" is 13 tracks and the second is 7 tracks. The song order is the same, minus the lack of Heartbeat between THRAK and Matte Kudasai. *Fun Fact, this concert takes place on Bill Bruford's Birthday, and Adrian Belew makes a point to sing about it in this concert*
  8. Kcensington THRAK - Second half of Disc 7's content
  9. New YorKc THRAK - Available on DGM Live Here
  10. New YorKc THRAK - Second Half of Disc 9's Content
  11. AzteKc THRAK - Not on DGM Live
  12. This is the entire setlist from the Mexico portion of the VROOOM VROOOM live album (the New YorKc THRAK discs are the complete setlist of the New York portion of it too). You can purchase a CD of VROOOM VROOOM on DGM USA and DGM UK, but the entire setlist is only available in this box set. Just note, if you purchase VROOOM VROOOM, you will only get roughly half of the content of AzteKc THRAK.
  13. AzteKc THRAK - Second Half of Disc 11's content
Blu-Ray Disc 1 Content
  1. THRaKaTTaK - Not on DGM Live
    1. This does not even have a store listing on DGM UK and the DGM USA page is listed as Sold Out. It does not appear under DGM Live as a digital purchase either.
  2. B'Boom - Not on DGM Live
    1. This is not available for digital purchase on DGM Live, and it does not even have a store listing on DGM UK. However the CD of it is available for purchase on DGM USA

Heaven & Earth

Heaven & Earth
To date, this is both the newest released Box Set as well as the most current box set, picking up where THRAK left off after King Crimson begun the fraKctalisation period in 1997 through the late 2000s. Here we see the ProjeKcts era as well as the ConstruKction of Light and The Power to Believe albums from King Crimson. This Box set was released on May 1, 2019 and has easily the most content of any of the box sets thus far.
Note: The ProjeKct album The Scarcity of Miracles was made after the time period of this box set (1997-2008) and therefore is not included in this set. Also, the first Blu-Ray disc has a mixing error causing certain albums to run at too fast a speed (noticeable, but not Alvin and the Chipmunk noticable), if you email DGM with proof of your purchase, they will send you a code to download replacements of all the affected content. Proof can either be a copy of the email you received from DGM when you purchased the boxset, or even a photograph of the boxset with your name next to it. I received my replacement content less than a week after emailing. The downloading worked the same way as if you purchase a tour from DGM Live.
CD Content-
  1. The ReConstruKction of Light - Not on DGM Live
    1. This is a new mix of The ConstruKction of Light featuring newly recorded drum tracks by Pat Mastelotto. If I could compare it to anything, it is like A Momentary Lapse of Reason remix from the Later Years box set by Pink Floyd that completely removed the 80's twang from it, making it a more timeless experience. It is not on DGM Live, however, you can purchase the CD on DGM UK or on DGM USA
  2. Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With / Level Five - Not on DGM Live
    1. Neither EP is available on DGM Live. HWWYHtbHW is not on DGM UK, but is on DGM USA. Level Five EP is also not on DGM UK, but is on DGM USA
  3. The Power to Believe
  4. ProjeKct Two Baltimore May 2, 1998 - Available on DGM Live Here
  5. ProjeKct Four San Francisco November 2, 1998 - Available on DGM Live Here*
    1. This is 2 tracks short of what DGM Live has. The concert is also on Blu-Ray disc 1 and features the whole setlist.
  6. ProjeKct Three Austin March 23, 1999 - Available on DGM Live Here
  7. King Crimson Live ConstruKction - Not on DGM Live
    1. Originally part of the video Eyes Wide Open DVD on DGM USA and DGM UK
  8. King Crimson Live ConstruKction - Second third of Disc 8 content
  9. King Crimson Live ConstruKction - Third third of Disc 8 content
  10. King Crimson San Diego August 15, 2001 - Available on DGM Live Here
  11. King Crimson New Haven December 9, 2001 - Available on DGM Live Here
  12. King Crimson New Haven December 9, 2001 - second half of Disc 12 content
  13. King Crimson EleKtriK, Live in Japan, 2003 - Not on DGM Live
  14. CD Not on DGM UK, but is on DGM USA
  15. King Crimson New Haven November 16, 2003 - Available on DGM Live Here
  16. King Crimson New Haven November 16, 2003 - Second half of Disc 15 content
  17. King Crimson New York August 14-17, 2008 - Not on DGM Live
  18. King Crimson New York August 14-17, 2008 - Second half of disc 17 content
Blu-ray Disc 1 Content *This is the disc with speed issues* - The ProjeKcts Vol. I
  1. ProjeKct One: December 1, 1997 The Jazz Cafe, London - Available on DGM Live Here
  2. ProjeKct One: December 2, 1997 The Jazz Cafe, London - Available on DGM Live Here
  3. ProjeKct One: December 3, 1997 The Jazz Cafe, London - Available on DGM Live Here
  4. ProjeKct One: December 4, 1997 The Jazz Cafe, London - Available on DGM Live Here
  5. ProjeKct Three: March 21, 1999 Electric Lounge, Austin - Available on DGM Live Here
  6. ProjeKct Three: March 22, 1999 Cactus Cafe, Austin - Available on DGM Live Here
  7. ProjeKct Three: March 23, 1999 Cactus Cafe, Austin - Available on DGM Live Here
  8. ProjeKct Three: March 24, 1999 Poor David's, Dallas - Available on DGM Live Here
  9. ProjeKct Three: March 25, 1999 Antone's, Austin - Not on DGM Live
  10. ProjeKct Four: October 23, 1998 Fox Theatre, Boulder - Available on DGM Live Here
  11. ProjeKct Four: October 24, 1998 Fox Theatre, Boulder - Available on DGM Live Here
  12. ProjeKct Four: October 27, 1998 Richard's on Richards, Vancouver - Available on DGM Live Here
  13. ProjeKct Four: October 28, 1998 The Fenix, Seattle - Available on DGM Live Here
  14. ProjeKct Four: October 30, 1998 Crystal Ballroom, Portland - Available on DGM Live Here
  15. ProjeKct Four: November 1, 1998 7th Note, San Francisco - Available on DGM Live Here
  16. ProjeKct Four: November 2, 1998 7th Note, San Francisco - Available on DGM Live Here
  17. ProjeKct Six: October 5, 2006 Berklee Performance Centre, Boston - Available on DGM Live Here
  18. ProjeKct Six: October 6, 2006 Nokia Theatre, New York - Available on DGM Live Here
  19. ProjeKct Six: October 7, 2006 Keswick Theatre, Glenside - Available on DGM Live Here
  20. ProjeKct Six: October 8, 2006 State Theatre, Falls Church - Available on DGM Live Here
  21. ProjeKct Two: Space Groove - Not on DGM Live
  22. CD available on DGM USA and DGM UK
  23. ProjeKct One: Live at the Jazz Cafe - Not on DGM Live
  24. Disc One of The ProjeKcts Box. Neither this nor the ProjeKct Box is on UK or USA DGM.
  25. ProjeKct Two: Live Groove - Not on DGM Live
  26. Disc Two of The ProjeKcts Box. Same as Disc 22.
  27. ProjeKct Three: Masque - Available on DGM Live Here
  28. Disc Three of The ProjeKcts Box. Same as Disc 22 and 23.
  29. ProjeKct Four: West Coast Live - Available on DGM Live Here
  30. Disc Four of The ProjeKcts Box. Same as discs 22-24
  31. ProjeKct One: Jazz Cafe Suite - Not on DGM Live
  32. CD sold out on DGM USA. Store page does not exist on DGM UK
  33. ProjeKct X: Heaven & Earth - Not on DGM Live
  34. CD on DGM USA. Not on DGM UK.
  35. BPM&M: XtraKcts & ArtifaKcts - Not on DGM Live
  36. Not on DGM USA nor DGM UK
  37. Rieflin, Fripp, Gunn: The Repercussions of Angelic Behaviour - Not on DGM Live
  38. Not on DGM USA nor DGM UK
Blu-Ray Disc 2 Content - The ProjeKcts Vol. II
  • Every portion of this disc is from ProjeKct Two
  1. February 18 & 19, 1998 Rehearsals, Studio Belew - Available on DGM Live Here
  2. February 20, 1998 The Cannery, Nashville - Available on DGM Live Here
  3. March 18, 1998 Ventura Theatre, Ventura - Available on DGM Live Here
  4. March 20, 1998 Palookaville, Santa Cruz - Available on DGM Live Here
  5. March 21, 1998 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco - Available on DGM Live Here
  6. March 22, 1998 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco - Available on DGM Live Here
  7. March 24, 1998 House of Blues, Los Angeles - Available on DGM Live Here
  8. April 7, 1998 Diamond Hall, Nagoya - Available on DGM Live Here
  9. April 8, 1998 Heart Beat, Osaka - Available on DGM Live Here
  10. April 9, 1998 Blitz, Tokyo - Available on DGM Live Here
  11. April 10, 1998 Blitz, Tokyo - Available on DGM Live Here
  12. April 16, 1998 The Jazz Club, London - Available on DGM Live Here
  13. April 18, 1998 Ronnie Scott's, Birmingham - Available on DGM Live Here
  14. April 19, 1998 Ronnie Scott's , Birmingham - Available on DGM Live Here
  15. May 1, 1998 9.30 Club, Washington D.C. - Available on DGM Live Here
  16. May 3, 1998 Ballroom at the Bellevue, Philadelphia - Available on DGM Live Here
  17. May 4, 1998 Toad's Place, New Haven - Available on DGM Live Here
  18. May 6, 1998 Irving Plaza, New York - Available on DGM Live Here
  19. May 7, 1998 Irving Plaza, New York - Available on DGM Live Here
  20. May 8, 1998 Valentine's, Albany - Available on DGM Live Here
  21. May 9, 1998 Inter-Media Arts Centre, Huntington - Available on DGM Live Here
  22. May 30, 1998 Bogart's, Cincinatti - Available on DGM Live Here
  23. May 31, 1998 Newport Music Hall, Columbus - Available on DGM Live Here
  24. June 1, 1998 I.C. Light Music Tent, Pittsburgh - Available on DGM Live Here
  25. June 2, 1998 Odeon, Cleveland - Available on DGM Live Here
  26. June 4, 1998 Park West, Chicago - Available on DGM Live Here
  27. June 5, 1998 Park West, Chicago - Available on DGM Live Here
  28. June 7, 1998 Majestic Theatre, Detroit - Available on DGM Live Here
  29. June 28, 1998 Somerville Theatre, Somerville - Available on DGM Live Here
  30. June 30, 1998 Old Lantern, Charlotte - Available on DGM Live Here
  31. July 1, 1998 Pearl Streetm Northampton - Available on DGM Live Here
  32. July 3, 1998 The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett - Available on DGM Live Here
  33. July 6, 1998 The Guvernment, Toronto - Available on DGM Live Here
  34. July 8, 1998 Metropolis, Montreal - Available on DGM Live Here
Blu-Ray Disc 3 Content
  1. Live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, July 3, 2000 - Available on DGM Live Here
  2. EleKtriK, Live at Kouseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo April 16, 2003 - Not on DGM Live
    1. Same as CD Disc 13, but with 2 additional tracks (The ConstruKction of Light and The Deception of the Thrush). This version is exclusive to Heaven & Earth.
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2020.03.18 07:56 Somerandomdude97655 You guys all need to get a city of Regina phonebook.

And find out who Ben Ritz is, because he is the best framer in Saskatchewan. He is the lead hand, foreman, CEO, CFO, and accountant of Endurable Construction all at the same time. If you guys ever worked for someone who really runs their own framing crew and remains a gentleman you know what I’m talking about. We worked through -43 degree weather together. I don’t think anything will ever stop him from building his houses and stacking that cheddar.
It’s insanely funny because my name is Dan and this whole reddit thing is surreal. I moved out of Saskatchewan a long time ago, my original goal was to get into sales because for obvious reasons, framing year round is not that enjoyable. BC is full of people who don’t know me as well as Ben Ritz did, I didn’t really see that coming but I’m sticking it out as a hospital worker now. This was never about me thinking I’m better than Ben or anything like that, I just like the weather in British Columbia.
I’m side hustling as an audio engineer. It’s a long story. I originally moved off my Dad’s farm so I could get high speed internet because I wanted to be a pro gamer. That’s why I was framing. After that didn’t go anywhere I decided to take the money I had made and kill two birds with one stone: get out of framing and leave video games behind at the same time. What really happened was that I got ddos’d in rbgs. It was the first time I had ever not been in control of my own internet connection and it changed my life forever. I also received an email from someone who I had went to audio engineering school with, and that part of the story pre-dates the framing. He wanted me to come back to Vancouver and pick up the stuff that I had left there after I was done with school. I also had been called a “bitch,” by my boss on the job site, after needing to ask him twice about something while he was teaching me to mark out our exterior walls. I also remember him saying that he had thousands of resumes and could just hire whoever he wanted. I thought at the time that he was trying to hint at me that I could just leave. I also was aware that my retired mother lived in BC with a two bedroom apartment that had one empty room, so I felt that moving would be safe even if it didn’t work out. Because of all those reasons combined, along with the seeming coincidence that I was hitting a 3 pay-cheque month and had a computer which I had suddenly learned I wasn’t in control of, (and therefore could sell,) I took it as a sign that I should take my chance now to get out of outdoor manual labour or I’d be stuck doing it for life. People who live paycheque to paycheque for years often end up thinking this way. I had known someone from the past who had spent 6 years as an electrician and then start pulling in bigger money as a sales guy. I decided to follow in his footsteps.
After landing in Vancouver I got a 12 dollar an hour job selling for world vision. I sucked donkey nuts at it, but got another job selling for a property washing company. That job was pure commission, after landing the sale I then washed the property myself. It was a nice marriage of manual labour type stuff that I was familiar with, and also selling property washes to people who’s houses you can see are dirty by walking down the street isn’t as hard as trying to make people pay for African kids they don’t know.
That kept going for a month. I was the only one landing a sale every day, and all the other sales contractors gave up. I am not lying, you can talk to Cody Marshal, the owner of Panda Property Services. I think he became an electrician after that hustle went tits up but I dont actually know him anymore. He had to take a week off to hire a bunch of new people. I got cold feet waiting for more work and I still sort of had a warm fuzzy one about being a framer because I had made so much money. I thought to myself that getting back into framing would give me those consistent pay-cheque’s and job security.
Basically I worked for a framing crew that was doing a few things differently. In Saskatchewan there is not as much danger of earth quakes. In BC there are these things called shear-blocks that they put in between studs that add structural integrity. They keep the walls from ripping apart sideways during earthquakes. On account of me not knowing what those things were, along with a few other things that are different in between Saskatchewan vs. BC building methodology, I ended up being regarded as a rookie framer. It was a slow slip and slide, but at the same time, in situations like that a pecking order always has to be established anyways so it was also a matter of seniority. What happened after was a lot a days that felt like a blur, but the pace got turned up to a full house in 2 weeks. We did overtime as needed as well as worked on Saturdays. I ended up walking off the job site because I was basically just being mocked and made fun of by the lead hand. What had started as me deciding to not let his ribbing get to me had turned into him really needing to feel like he was getting to me. I was just angry so I left.
After that I got in with a high end renovation and new construction company with a clean cut image. This was completely new territory for me but basically what happened was I wasn’t doing any framing what-so-ever and the skills they required of me were skills I was suddenly finding that I hadn’t practiced. They lost a big contract and ended up letting me go, there were people in control who seemed to just be changing the plan constantly as a method of keeping the operation behind schedule, and then after was perpetuated, they used it as a reason to end the contract, even though the house was already built. At the end of the day it could have been the best job I ever had but I also had become very lazy compared to when I had roughneck guys in my face all day making everything a competition. I’ll never really know how much of that was my fault because losing a contract that size made cutting costs nessecary, and regardless of my level of work ethic I really just didn’t know much about finishing carpentry at the time.
After that I started stressing and made a decision to do something a little sneaky that I learned back in Saskatchewan when I was closest to becoming a Pro Gamer and I wanted to make the most of my chance. I figured out that if you tell a psychiatrist that you fear losing your job and feel that you need to focus, they will give you ADD medication. At the time I used that medication to pursue what would have been my final foray into trying to win blizzcon, but I’ll get back to that later, because after I moved to Vancouver, I had stopped taking it. Lying to psychiatrists is not a good decision to make.
When It came to being hired by the company which hired me after the first Reno company let me go, I actually was genuinely scared of losing my job, and did want help focusing. I found a psychiatrist and got adderall. This company was basically one of the best, if not the best in the city. How I ended up getting fired on purpose so I could pursue Pro Gaming again is a misadventure that I really don’t like talking about. I don’t know if I got hacked during my “all-in,” but I found my computer suddenly not working properly, and things started to get really fishy. What followed over the years to come was a slow fearful realization, that the reputation I had built as a framer in Saskatchewan, was no longer following me. Being a dude who has like 4K in the bank and who figures he can just go for it because he can afford to pay his own rent and game for a few months is something basically everyone should not do.
After a long series of mishaps and struggles with holding onto jobs and coming to terms with not being able to fix my computer no matter what I did, I found myself working at a dementia care facility and living with my mother. I’m not really embarrassed about it because I pay rent and all my own bills. I still however find myself plagued by random computer problems that seem to always be un-explainable. Wether or not it’s actually a hacker is something I have yet to find out because I’m in the process of putting money into people on upwork. Only time will tell. By process of elimination I feel more and more sure that it might be. After replacing the whole computer and reinstalling a fresh iteration of windows I find myself having random problems all over again.
I’m more detail what happened when I started taking adderall and working for that super high end construction company, (the second one,) was I realized that my money was mine. I was also scared of getting let go so I started saving very dilligently. I was making around 2400-2500 dollars a month as a skilled labourer, but so got my monthly living expenses down to about 1400. I was living in a home stay where 1 meal per day, (supper,) was provided along with a room. (Since then I’ve lost everything I bought and had to restart, so I don’t feel like I really owe those people who ran that honestly anything but they were giving me an advantage at the time,) That room cost 850 with the meal. For 50 bucks a week I could make all my weeks lunches on Sunday. Then I was able to buy two coffees, (one for breakfast and one for lunch,) along with a breakfast sandwich from Tim Hortons. This was 10 dollars a day. Along with my phone and data and a bus pass it was about 1400. I was pocketing 1000 per month because adderall made me realize my money was mine. The second thing I realized was that my job was mine. I will always remember that nothing I did with that company was very hard physically, even though we spent whole days shoveling gravel. It’s a different feeling when you’re doing because you know it’s your job, versus doing it just because someone else is pushing you. What ended up happening, was I started showing up 15 minutes early. As a result of that happening, I was given a list of things to do by the project manager. After the other labourer showed up, I started telling him what to do. He seemed to not like that, so I let him choose his own things to do from the list. I was still in control, even though he was deciding. After that I ended up getting him to do stuff by asking him if he wanted to do it. This is just a subtle way of telling someone what to do without pissing them off. After we started shovelling gravel I somehow knew that I just had to go a little faster than him, and keep shovelling while he was taking a break. That way I was subconsciously asserting dominance, but I made sure to not talk about it, because I remember how Ben Ritz used to always out-work me, but he never made me feel small about it. After I outworked the guy, I continued telling him what to do. Then it suddenly started to hit me. He was someone who needed to be the boss too. After he stopped trying to be in control and really accepted that I was his boss, (without it being said out loud,) he stopped giving a fuck about the job. He started showing up late. He got fired after showing up 20 minutes late two times in a row. But from my perspective, it was as if I had gotten him fired. I had made the job really mine, after beginning to know it was mine subconsciously, by protecting myself from someone who thought he was better than me. I recognized this as soon as we started interacting. The rest of the story is about people who influenced me to try and get on Twitch, and I don’t want to shame them, because the reality is, I’m like 99 percent sure the reason I had to give up, (not going to say being a Twitch star is ever a sure thing,) is because I got hacked. After giving up on that and trying to get into audio engineering, I’ve started to feel like the person who is doing this to me just wants me to not be able to use a computer whatsoever, and it feels far to personal, to be any sort of government “control the carpenters,” conspiracy. I have had a great many ideas about why this has been happening to me, and I actually don’t know who hacked me or what their motivation was. My hope is that the people I’m paying through upwork, (great website,) will be able to fix it for me.
I had about 3 months of income saved up but I felt I wasnt high enough ranked to stream. I thought I would have time to build my rating before getting on stream. I felt that people would only be interested in watching me play if my rating was high. So I kept turning my stream off so I could build a team and get high rated. Things just never ended up happening and after a few weeks I was just getting hacked. The rest of the story is really not what I want to talk about, because it turns into this “looking back and trying to figure out what my mistake was,” thing, and I feel like that’s actually toxic, because I’m never going to try and make money on twitch again, so what’s the point of me learning from that experience. I was playing Resto Druid. Everybody thought my real gamer tag was Ellenpagetko but really that is what is known as a “tournament name.” It’s when you change your characters name to that of a famous person because you want to win a tournament. (And thusly get famous.) It’s the same as when the original people who started the GamerTagx thing, were bragging about how they made it through an entire ecstasy trip without letting go of their characters. Hence the X. My original name was Anoru. When I really think back to around 2012-2013 to when I took my dose and got in rated 3v3, I only lasted 3 games. I haven’t done ecstasy since. I suddenly realized that my characters life and mine were the same, I also realized by listening to the tone of voice of my teammates that they had already accepted that we were going to lose even though we hadn’t yet. This meant I was scared of dying. I started pushing them verbally to win the games by telling them what to do specifically. They seemed bewildered by this because we ended up winning even though they expected to lose. I don’t remember who they were but after 3 games I was scared to queue with them and I got up out of the computer chair. Turns out as soon as you get up out of that chair while the x is still in you, you become not a pro gamer. I didn’t know that that was how it was at the time, but after that night I should have never come back to the game at all.
I specifically have lost the ability to use my audio interface, which I feel is an attack on my side-hustle. Only time will tell what the truth behind it is.
I have many suspicions. One is that it may in fact be Talbadar, blizzard employee and blizzcon champion, who used his position inside of that company to take control of my computer and make me a loser within the game, bringing about a near loss of sanity and the security of the pro gaming careers of his friends.
I believe that they think I’m still headed back into the game rather than into a career in audio engineering. I have chosen to game for fun, and infact I don’t even play WoW any more, I prefer an old game that I started playing on Xbox, Battlefield: Bad Company 2. I just document any strange events that happen in my computer and have a full roster of computer science experts which I can access through upwork to protect myself from them. I believe their chief black hat’s name is “Kaska.” I do not know his real name.
P.S. I do pay my mom rent, she’s nice.
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2020.02.18 23:53 overscore_ Countdown to Kickoff 2020: Sporting Kansas City

Welcome to the /MLS Sporting Kansas City Countdown to Kickoff!

If you fancy a trip back in time, here are 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.
Many thanks to dd12939 for allowing me to steal this template.
Now on with the show!
Team Name: Sporting Kansas City Head Coach: Peter Vermes Technical Director: Brian Bliss Captain: Matt Besler Stadium: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS Ownership: Sporting Club Mascot: Blue the Dog Kits: Primary, Secondary Supporters Groups: The Cauldron and South Stand SC Subreddit: /SportingKC USL Championship Affiliate: Swope Park Rangers Sporting KC II News and Commentary: The Blue Testament, The Full 90, Talkin' Touches Podcast, No Other Pod Twitter Follows: Andy Edwards, Chad Smith, Mike
History: • MLS Cup: 2000, 2013 • Supporters’ Shield: 2000 • US Open Cup: 2004, 2012, 2015, 2017 Coaches: • Ron Newman (1996-1999) • Bob Gansler (1999-2006) • Curt Onalfo (2006-2009) • Peter Vermes (2009-Present)
Sporting Legends: • Winger Predrag “Preki” Radosavljevic (1996-2000/2002-2005) • GK Tony Meola (1999-2004) • Coach Bob Gansler (1999-2006) • Defender Jimmy Conrad (2003-2010) • DefendeCoach Peter Vermes (2000-2002/2009-Present) • Owner Lamar Hunt (1995-2006) • Midfielder Chris Klein (1998-2005) • MidfieldeAssistant Coach Kerry Zavagnin (2000-2008/2009-Present) • Forward Mo Johnston (1996-2001)
Forward Josh Wolff (2003-2006, 2008-2010)
2020 Season Opener: Saturday, February 29 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2020 Home Opener: Saturday, March 7th vs. Houston Dynamo
Preseason Roster
Predicted Preferred Gameday 18: 4-3-3
-------------------Pulido------------------- --Salloi---------------------------Russell-- ------------Felipe-------Espinoza----------- --------------------Ilie-------------------- -Martins-----Besler-----Puncec-----Zusi- -------------------Melia-------------------- 
Subs: Sanchez, Barath, Dia, Kinda, Busio, Gerso, Shelton
Note: It is entirely possible Gerso starts over Salloi. That’s the only real positional battle for the opener, though.

2019 Overview

Western Conference Table
Pos. Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
10 Houston Dynamo 34 12 18 4 49 59 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 10 16 8 49 67 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 8 16 10 37 59 -22 34
Offensive Leaders
Player Minutes Goals Assists
Felipe Gutierrez 2722 12 3
Johnny Russell 2115 9 9
Krisztian Nemeth 1559 8 2
Yohan Croizet 1091 3 2
Gianluca Busio 923 3 1
Gerso Fernandes 1749 2 6
Ilie Sanchez 2509 2 5

Season Review

Heading into 2019, expectations were sky-high for SKC fans. Fresh off of securing the top spot in the Western conference and being one half away from going to the final game of MLS Cup, Sporting returned a bunch of veterans and brought in some new players to replace and improve upon the departures. We’ll talk about the players later, but suffice to say: they didn’t. Even the most pessimistic SKC fan wouldn’t have predicted the bottom falling out quite as hard as it did in 2019, causing SKC to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010. It seems that everything that could go wrong, did. The fact that the season started off as well as it did made the collapse all the more painful.
We began our season in CONCACAF Champions League, beginning with the toughest draw of any MLS team: Toluca. Since SKC was the lower seed, we started our campaign at home, with the second leg of the contest being at Toluca. The result? 3-0, SKC. Goals from Nemeth, Gerso, and Ilie. Nemeth looked like the goalscorer we needed at the striker position, Gerso looked like he was going to put it all together with a goal and an assist, and Ilie did this. It was as great of a result as we could have imagined, heading down to Mexico with a commanding lead and no away goals conceded. Everyone expected a cagy, defensive match where we held on for dear life and advanced. Instead, Sporting KC scored in the 8th minute and never looked back, ending the game with a 2-0 victory and heading on to the next round 5-0 on aggregate. At one point, Toluca’s own fans were mocking their team, shouting “Ole!” every time SKC completed another pass. It was hailed around the league, with articles written about the historic win and pundits calling Sporting KC potentially the best pure possession team in MLS history. It’s safe to say that the hype was very real. Next up: MLS play.
We opened our MLS campaign against LAFC, who finished third in the West in their expansion year and were widely considered to be a real contender in 2019 (and for good reason). The game took place three days after the victory in Toluca, and three days before we were scheduled to travel to Panama to take on Independiente in the next round of CCL. Peter Vermes opted to play his full first choice XI in California, wanting to fight for as many points as possible to avoid digging a hole early. It would have worked, too, if it wasn’t for a meddling Diomande, who broke the 1-1 tie in the 90+4 minute to give LAFC 3 points. It was a disappointing result, but not cause for any panic. LAFC was good, SKC was tired, all was fine. Fontas suffered a hip pointer and was subbed out, but that’s no big deal. Oh, how naive we were. We didn’t know what was coming. Next up: Independiente. We traveled down to Panama and brought a 2-1 deficit, as well as an injured Salloi, home. SKC beat Philadelphia 2-0 in the home opener, calming concerns that things were going wrong. The home leg of the Independiente contest had SKC cruise to a 3-0 win, 4-2 on aggregate, and backup striker Hurtado was hurt, undergoing knee surgery and given a 2-3 month timetable for return.
The next two games were MLS play: a 1-1 tie with Colorado made notable by former SKC striker Diego Rubio scoring the opener before Russell’s incredible free kick salvaged a draw for SKC. There was also the 7-1 home victory over Montreal. Nemeth hat trick, Busio goal, tons of fun. Unfortunately for SKC fans, that was just about the last bit of fun for a long while. Their next win wouldn’t come until the end of May against Seattle. The next CCL matchup was against Monterrey, who completely obliterated SKC to the tune of 5 goals to nil. In the first leg. The second leg wasn’t much better, with Monterrey beating SKC in KC 5-2, for an aggregate score of 10-2.
The rest of the season was very bad and I won’t spend much time on it. Two wins against Seattle was certainly nice, but there were way too many embarrassing scorelines. 1-4 against SJ, 0-3 against Atlanta, 1-5 against LAFC, 2-7 against LAG, and 0-6 against FC Dallas all stand out. I’ll get into the players, but it’s safe to say that injuries completely and utterly destroyed SKC’s season. At one point, there were 6 players healthy enough to practice. SKC earned 1 point from the 6 games they played after August to close out the season.

Players

Check out The Blue Testament’s Year in review for every player, located here!
Shoutout to major_winters_506 for their offseason roster thread here

Transfers Out

Date Player Position Action
11/19 Medranda Midfielder Removed: Picked in Expansion Draft
11/19 Zendejas GK Removed: Traded to Nashville SC
11/21 Sinovic Defender Removed: Contract Option Declined
11/21 Feilhaber Midfielder Removed: Contract Option Declined
11/21 Zelalem Midfielder Removed: Contract Option Declined
11/21 Nemeth Forward Removed: Contract Expired
11/21 Hasler Defender Removed: Contract Expired
11/21 Wallace Defender Removed: Contract Expired
Jimmy Medranda: Sporting loses another fan favorite in the expansion draft, as part of a deal including leaving Jimmy exposed and trading Zendejas to Nashville SC. Jimmy was always the heir apparent to Seth Sinovic, while also being able to fill in pretty much anywhere on the pitch. His 1v1 ability will not be forgotten, nor will his incredible goals. Unfortunately, injury really robbed him of a lot of time.
Adrian Zendejas: The three-year backup to Melia moved on in a trade with Nashville SC. He only made one appearance with the senior team, starting the 1-1 tie with FC Cincinnati.
Seth Sinovic: Seth was acquired by SKC in 2011 from the New England Revolution. Since then, he’s made 210 appearances for us before having his option declined this offseason. He was signed in free agency by the Revs. I think every SKC fan still believes that at some point before the end of the season, we’ll see Seth back on the team and winning the starting left back position. After featuring there for so long, and fighting off so many challengers, it just makes sense.
Benny Feilhaber: Another long-time SKC veteran, Benny returned this season from his stint with the Colorado Rapids while SKC was in the midst of its horrible injury crisis. He started 13 games, and gave us some life when we needed it most. Benny had his option declined and remains a free agent.
Gedion Zelalem: The extremely talented midfielder never found his footing under Vermes, only managing 5 starts for the injury-riddled SKC. His reportedly very expensive option was declined, and he was picked up by NYCFC.
Krisztian Nemeth: Oh, what could have been. Nemeth had a promising start to his second stint with SKC, scoring 7 goals in his first 11 regular season games in 2019, and 4 in CCL. Unfortunately, he would only score once the rest of the way en route to Vermes choosing to not renew his contract. Nemeth is currently without a team.
Nicolas Hasler: Hasler was signed for one year to be defensive/midfield depth, and he did just that in 2019, making 9 appearances for SKC. Hasley now plays for FC Thun of the Swiss Super League.
Rodney Wallace: Rodney Wallace was signed as wing/left back depth for 2019. He had one start, playing 27 minutes before suffering a season-ending injury. Wallace is currently without a team.

Transfers In

Date Player Position Action
11/26 Sanchez GK Added: Selected in Re-Entry Draft
12/4 Puncec Defender Added: Signed through 2021
12/9 Shelton Forward Added: Signed through 2022
12/10 Pulido Forward Added: Signed through 2023
1/10 Dia Defender Added: Signed for 2020 with options through 2022
1/13 Townsend Midfielder Added: 2020 MLS Super Draft
1/13 Kasak Defender Added: 2020 MLS Super Draft
1/23 Kinda Midfielder Added: One-Year Loan
2/4 Dick GK Loaned to USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC for the 2020
2/14 Reid Defender Added: On loan from West Ham
Richard Sanchez: Sanchez was acquired via the re-entry draft from the Chicago Fire after making no appearances in 2019 for them. He will serve as backup to Tim Melia while Dick gets experience on loan and Pulskamp starts for SKCII.
Roberto Puncec: Puncec was out of contract after playing for HNK Rijelca in the Croatian league. He appears to be the starting right center back next to Matt Besler, starting there in every preseason match so far. Puncec has played extensively in Europe between Israel, Croatia, and the 2. Bundesliga.
Khiry Shelton: Shelton returns after a short stint with SC Paderborn, during which he rarely featured and never scored for the senior team, while suffering an injury which caused him to miss substantial time. While Shelton was injured, Paderborn earned promotion to the Bundesliga, which seems to have proved too high of a level for Shelton. Nonetheless, he’s back in KC and appears to be much improved technically, and figures to be the backup striker and potentially a feature on the wing.
Alan Pulido: The Striker that was Promised. He’s here. Sporting KC ownership finally opened their pocketbooks, spending a rumored $9.5m on the Mexican striker who won the golden boot in Liga MX’s 2019 Apertura. Pulido appears to be the perfect striker for what Vermes wants, with a high defensive workrate, combination ability, positional flexibility, and a deadly finish. Expectations are sky-high for the player who more than doubled SKC’s historical net spend.
Amadou Dia: Dia returns to SKC after a three year stint in the USL with Phoenix. He will be the backup left back behind Luis Martins.
Jaret Townsend: Hey look a draft pick!
James Kasak: Hey look another draft pick!
Gadi Kinda: I Gadi say, this guys’ name seems Kinda great for puns. Kinda was acquired on loan from Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem. He had enjoyed a breakout season in 2019, scoring 7 goals and 4 assists from midfield in 16 appearances. The Ethiopian has yet to feature for the senior Israeli national team, despite appearing for their youth teams. He was called up for EURO 2020 qualifying. Kinda appears to be midfield depth, but is sure to push for a starting spot this season. He has impressed in preseason with his runs, footwork, and work rate.
Winston Reid: The 31 year old New Zealand center back is on loan from West Ham, who he’s made 222 competitive appearances for. Reid hasn’t made a senior competitive appearance since March 2018 due to injury. With almost two years off injured, this move appears to be a gamble that he can regain his form and once again become a top defender. If he does, he will undoubtedly be cemented in the SKC backline.

Returning Players

The Vets

Roger Espinoza: A bulldog in the central midfield, Honduran international Roger Espinoza was drafted by Sporting KC in 2008. Apart from two seasons he spent in England with Wigan, Espinoza has been a mainstay in the middle of the field, playing as a box-to-box destroyer. Roger lost a chunk of 2019 to injury, and another chunk to red cards (three, tying his personal “best” and moving into the league lead for total). He also proved just how much he means to this team, as SKC went on a terrible run when he was out. As Peter Vermes continues to search for a replacement for the 33 year old, expect Roger to continue to get plenty of minutes.
Matt Besler: Drafted in 2009 by the then-Kansas City Wizards, hometown hero Matt Besler has long been a stalwart in Peter Vermes’ defense. Apart from a down year in 2016, Besler has been one of the most consistent players in recent memory, but he’s 33 years old and his contract expires at the end of the year. Could this be the last year we see Besler in an SKC uniform? He looks to be entrenched as a starter and our captain, but it’s uncertain how much longer that will last with a potentially deep CB room behind him.
Graham Zusi: Zusi has been a near-constant presence on the wing for Sporting since he was drafted in 2009, though since the beginning of 2017 he has become Peter Vermes’ go-to right back. 2019 saw him named an MLS All Star, although most believe that honor was a year too late and not quite deserved this year. Regardless, how they told him was one of the highlights of the season. Graham looks to be the starter at right back yet again, but Lindsey is gunning for his position and Zusi may not be able to hold him off for much longer. Zusi’s contract runs through 2021.
Tim Melia: The 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year should need little introduction at this point, nor should his storied career move from Rochester Rhinos’ backup to MLS pool goalkeeper to his current tenure with Sporting Kansas City. While Melia, along with the rest of the backline, performed not very well in 2019, he will look to regain his top form as the starter between the sticks.

The New Core

Johnny Russell: Scottish winger Johnny Russell returns for his third year in Kansas City having made himself a favorite both on and off the field. Most often deployed as an inverted right winger, his strength and skill terrorized defenses as he contributed 9 goals and 9 assists in 28 games last season. Look for him and his pet turtle to continue to put the fear of god in defenders from the right side of the field.
Ilie: The 29-year-old Spanish midfielder is a product of the Barcelona academy and played for Barcelona B for five seasons before a short stint in 2. Bundesliga with 1860 Munich. After joining SKC in 2017, he locked down the starting defensive midfield spot, starting 67 of 68 league games over two years and becoming an essential part of the team’s midfield structure. 2019 saw Ilie start 27 games, and when he was on the field he seemed much less effective than in years past. An All-Star in 2018, Ilie will look to regain that form this year.
Felipe Gutiérrez: Chilean midfielder Felipe Gutierrez was probably the MVP of the team in 2019, scoring 12 and assisting 3. Guti was behind only Melia in minutes played, and could be found at all three midfield positions throughout the year, although Vermes obviously prefers him at the attacking midfield spot. His ability and versatility means that it’s a safe bet Guti Gang will be in contention for the most starts on the team, as well as team MVP.

Something to Prove

Andreu Fontas: Fontas, uh, didn’t exactly work out in his first year. His $1m salary was part of the reason why Ike left, and then Fontas only started 10 games, a number of which were very bad, before getting injured for several months. Once he was healthy, Vermes declined to include him in the 18, and Fontas had surgery as soon as the season was over, which will keep him out for roughly the first month of this season. It’s widely speculated that the front office plans to buy out Fontas’s contract, considering the additions of Puncec and Reid and the fact that Fontas doesn’t appear to be in Vermes’s plans even when healthy. The biggest stumbling block for that is his contract: guaranteed at $1m through 2022, it would cost $3m to buy him out and get the cap space that he takes up back. The fans want him gone, so we’ll see if the ownership continues the “injection of capital” and buys out his contract.
Botond Barath: The Hungarian center back entered 2019 as the third center back on the depth chart, but ended up starting 20 games, behind only Matt Besler. Barath wasn’t a disaster, but he certainly didn’t distinguish himself as part of Sporting’s backline. Heading into 2020 it appears that he will go back to being a third or fourth option on the depth chart, capable of stepping up when needed but unlikely to be a difference maker.
Graham Smith: The 24 year old draft pick has yet to impress for the senior team, starting 10 games and giving up 20 goals last year (including 7 to Zlatan and the Galaxy). Barring another injury disaster, Smith will likely find himself playing the whole season with SKCII, as the fifth center back on the depth chart.
Luis Martins: Brought in to replace Seth, Martins appears to have done what nobody has done before: actually replace Seth. Starting the final 9 games of the season, Martins flashed his potential on offense and appeared capable on defense. Martins will start at left back this season and will hope to provide that spark of offense on the left side that Vermes has been searching for, while improving upon 2019’s truly terrible defense.
Daniel Salloi: After leading the team in goals in 2018, Salloi suffered a pretty severe decline in production, only managing to find the back of the net once, in the second to last game of the season. By the way the team celebrated, you’d think we had just won the cup. Salloi was another player who lost time due to injury, getting hurt in CCL against Independiente. Daniel will surely look to rediscover his form this season, which should see him draw plenty of starts at left wing.
Gerso Fernandes: Gerso was another player hampered by injuries, breaking his left wrist in a game against New England. He had seized the starting role at left wing from Salloi after Daniel’s run of poor form, but wasn’t a clear-cut starter when he returned from injury. Gerso possesses speed that nobody else on the roster has, so he will definitely have a role to play. The battle between him and Salloi for the left wing remains open, and both will surely see plenty of minutes.
Eric Hurtado: Guess what happened to Hurtado in 2019? You’re right, he was injured. Sporting’s backup striker lost most of the season to injury, starting only 8 games, all after the season was pretty much over. It appears that the 29 year old will fall to third on the center forward depth chart.

The Kids

Jaylin Lindsey: After starting 6 games in 2018, Lindsey only started once for SKC in 2019. The reason? You guessed it - he got injured. Turning 20 this year, Lindsey will look to unseat Graham Zusi at right back, something that should be easy if Zusi plays as poorly as he did in 2019. Sporting a ton of personality, Lindsey is a fan-favorite and should at least get minutes rotationally, assuming he stays healthy.
Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal: Long-touted as the future of SKC’s defensive midfield, Kuzain missed his chance to get minutes with the first team by getting injured right when SKC needed players the most. Instead, he spent the entire season with SPR, often playing further ahead in the midfield than his preferred position. His passing accuracy of 88.4% shows his skill with the ball, and the 21 year old homegrown will look to have a breakout year with SKC II and potentially get minutes in the senior team’s crowded midfield.
Gianluca Busio: Sporting KC’s most promising prospect, 17-year-old Homegrown player Gianluca Busio, was the second-youngest player to ever sign an MLS contract, and is the second-youngest goal scorer in MLS history (thanks a lot, Freddy Adu). In his second full year as a professional, Busio took advantage of SKC’s injury situation by staying healthy, increasing his minutes from 153 in 2018 to 923 in 2019. While Busio occasionally looked lost, he more often did not look out of place playing with men significantly older than him. While he didn’t lock down a starting spot, Busio will look to improve on his minutes for the second consecutive year as part of a very crowded midfield.
Cameron Duke: The 11th homegrown player in SKC history, the 19 year old midfielder has been in the Sporting Academy since 2012, and has been part of the US youth national team at the U-14, U-15, U-16, and U-18 levels. Duke will almost certainly spend the entire year with SKC II.
Felipe Hernandez: Felipe Hernandez is the first player to go from a SKC Academy affiliate, to the SKC Academy, to the Swope Park Rangers and then to the first team. He’s been touted as the heir apparent to Roger Espinoza, and often looked the part while drawing tons of starts with SPR. He scored eight goals for the USL team, second only to the center forward. Hernandez has the potential to see some midfield time with the senior team, but look to see him spend the bulk of his time with SKC II
Tyler Freeman: The youngest player signed to the first team, Freeman spent the whole season fighting for minutes on a poor SPR team, starting only 12 games. The 17 year old forward will look to improve his minutes and production with SKC II this year.

2020 Preview

Things to Watch

WE GOT A STRIKER Mission accomplished. After spending years and years waiting for the ownership to open up their wallets and pay for a big-time number 9, they finally did it. And boy, did they do it. Sporting’s net spend on transfer fees heading into this offseason was approximately $4m. Alan Pulido reportedly cost $9.5m, or more than double that. If he can live up to his price tag and capitalize on the opportunities SKC regularly produces, Pulido will score a ton of goals.
What’s a defense? Unfortunately, all the goals in the world don’t mean much without a competent defense to back them up. 2019 was a horrible year for SKC’s usually stellar defense. They let in 67 goals, a mark only beaten by FC Cincinnati. Vermes has responded by bringing in two new center backs, Puncec and Reid, keeping Martins around after he started the last run of games last year, and letting everyone else get healthy over the long, long offseason. If SKC wants to be back in the postseason, the defense will have to massively, massively improve.
#PlayYourKids
The HashtagPlayYourKids movement had its ups and downs with SKC in 2019. A couple of kids missed out on opportunities due to injury, most notably Jaylin Lindsey and Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal. Busio managed to improve his MLS minutes substantially, however, and SKC fended off a couple of suitors to hold on to the extremely promising midfielder. If Vermes wants to boast one of the best academies in MLS, and he does, then he’ll have to give the kids some more time with the senior team, something he’s been criticized for not doing in the past. The players with the clearest path to minutes are Busio in the midfield and Lindsey at right back, along with Salloi at left wing, so expect to see those three to get a solid amount of time. There are seven total homegrowns on the roster, including Busio, Lindsey, Kuzain, Cameron Duke, Tyler Freeman, Felipe Hernandez, and Daniel Salloi.
Do the vets still have it? As the corollary to #PlayYourKids, SKC still has a number of older players on the team. The biggest question of this year might be “Was 2019 an aberration due to injury, or a sign of things to come for Besler, Roger, and Zusi?” While Vermes seems to be betting, at least initially, that the older guys still have what it takes, there are capable and hungry replacements waiting in the wings for them to slip up. This is likely the last window for trophies for those three all together, so they will have a strong desire to work hard and prove that they’re not completely over the hill yet.

Prognosis

There are a lot of open questions for this Sporting KC team, which means the range of outcomes is going to be wide.
Realistic Best Case Scenario Turns out, 2019 was entirely the fault of historic levels of injury! Sporting looks like the 2018 and early 2019 team, dominating with the ball, snuffing out counter-attacks, and scoring at will by committee. The team returns to the top of the Western Conference and is competitive throughout the playoffs, although not quite doing enough to win the whole thing - the roster construction isn’t quite there. The team does bring home a trophy, though, winning the USOC in a thrilling game.
Realistic Worst Case Scenario The veterans really are past it, the kids aren’t quite ready, and injuries do not stay away. The back line remains mediocre and Pulido can’t put the offense on his back. SKC misses the playoffs for the second year in a row, and calls for Peter’s job get much, much louder.
Realistic More Probable Scenario Injuries hurt in 2019, but they clearly weren’t the only problem. The defense improves from last year, but is just league average. The midfield is much better than last year, and 5 players play more than 1000 minutes, keeping everyone fresh and competitive. The front three really improves with the addition of Pulido, and SKC scores a ton of goals and is generally fun to watch. It’s enough to put SKC back in the playoffs, and even win a playoff game! Unfortunately, that’s where things end, as Sporting falls in the second round of the playoffs in a competitive game. They make a USOC run, but don’t win that either.
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2020.01.25 17:43 THEOILLUMINATI Edmonton Oilers History Project: 2015-2016

This is the write up for the 2015-2016 season. The first time we've ever seen generational, super promise, Connor McDavid make his debut in the NHL.
Being NarcoticTurkey, I have been selected to create the post for this specific season so BEAR with me if it's not up to par with the other ones. This is mostly going to be MCDAVID themed as the entire season was centered around and will be remembered as his rookie year.
Let's start off with the off season hype.
This off season was like no others. We have had the first overall pick before but nothing was quite like what was anticipated going into this season with the selection of Connor McDavid. Let's start off with my perspective of the event. Now, I had been an Oilers fan all my life but had never followed it religiously as I have been now because I was younger, had different things to do, and the Oilers just flat out sucked year after year so I sort of just gave up. The first year that I had even started caring about the draft was in 2014 when the extremely hyped Aaron Ekblad was available and that's just the type of player that Edmonton needed at the time (a star defenceman), I was quite disappointed when I was told we had a great chance at winning the lottery but it ended up being some random German guy (Draisaitl) who I had never even heard of. Now onto this big lottery of 2015. I knew Connor McDavid was something special but didn't really care too much because I assumed he was going to be on a different team and this was my graduation year after all so I had much more important things to worry about. Anyways, my and some friends were hanging out, drinking at a buddy's house when we remembered that the NHL lottery is on right away and starting soon so we flick that on and take a seat, team after team get called blah blah blah we don't really care... then it gets down to the final 5 where it ended up going Carolina at 5, Toronto 4, and then Edmonton was next and the card was... DIFFERENT AND GOLD, we were like "What?!?!?!?!", "Did they win?!!", and then Bill Daley says: "we have a winner!" and we started to freak out like how did we win again, another ruined first overall, etc, etc..
But little did I even realize how incredibly good this player truly was.
Here is the Draft Lottery: https://youtu.be/mZqSx21WLkM
Here is the draft selecting McDavid first overall: https://youtu.be/XiRoXzhQz5Q
Now lets get onto the season!
Oilers Opening video for 2015-16 season: https://youtu.be/DAXZ7OuMklM
October
October 13th, 2015, Oilers vs Stars. Connor McDavid scores one of the least typical goals that we are most normally used to seeing with his speed and nice plays. He tips in a shot from the point off Sekera for his first ever goal!
McDavid's first NHL goal: https://youtu.be/W2O-TtG-jpI
The Oilers saw a record of 4-8 in the month of October. Not great for the generational talent's first month in the NHL. Digging themselves a hole right from the get-go.
McDavid's point totals for this month were 5G-7A-12Pts in 12 games played. Not bad for a rookie.
November
McDavid in the month of November posted... well.. 0G-0A-0Pts because he got injured in the first game of November vs the Philadelphia Flyers on November 3rd, 2015.
McDavid slide directly into the boards (with the help of Brandon Manning) shoulder first breaking his collarbone. The injury would keep him out all the way until February 2nd.
If anyone of you would like to relive the injury (Ew), here is the link for that: https://youtu.be/kXGHW9OcNoA
To end the month of November the Oilers held a record of 8-15-2 going 4-7-2 in that stretch.
December
Ah, the dark, McDavid-less month of December. Merry Christmas, fuckers.
The Oilers ended up going 7-6-1 in this month which is actually quite the improvement without their star player! Maybe the injury lit a fire under their butts for the time being.
But, after starting the month on 6 game win streak, they followed it up with a terrible stretch losing the last 7/8 games. Ending December with an abysmal record of 15-21-3.
McDavid decided to slump AGAIN posting up 0G-0A-0 pts in 0 games in the month of December. Tsk..tsk...
January
Another disappointing month for Oilers fans in the cold, miserable month of January not being able to watch the Oilers succeed, especially without the young McDavid.
Oilers went 4-5-2 in this month of January.
At the end of the month, their record was 19-26-5
What is wrong with this McDavid guy? I thought he was supposed to be all that... he posted an abysmal 0G-0A-0 pts again...
February
OH MY, CONNOR MCDAVID! WELCOME BACK! On February 2nd, 2016, The Oilers were at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets for his first game back since the grueling injury. McDavid ended up having a hell of a night (as he usually does), posting 1G and 2A. But that's not all, folks. He ended up scoring the best goal of his career to date, and you all know what I'm talking about. Here it is again because I know you want to watch it again (I sure do): https://youtu.be/-9ru_R7Qjjo
Another interesting thing happened in February 2016. I was lucky enough to go to my first Oilers game that featured Connor McDavid and it happened to be the best game he ever played in his rookie year. The game was February 11th at Rexall place playing against his boyhood team the Toronto Maple Leafs. McDavid was absolutely outstanding this game posting 2G-3A for the first 5 point game of his career feeding Eberle with an assist for his 5th point giving Jordan Eberle the first hat-trick of his career. Highlights for this game here: https://youtu.be/On3uKrSCEXc
The Oilers as a team would go 4-8-2 in the month of February, putting themselves even further out of the playoff hunt now sitting at 23-34-7
McDavid would tally 14GP 5G-12A-17Pts in his first month back from injury**.**
March
On March 1st, 2016, the Oilers played a game in Buffalo. This game held significance because it was the first time that Connor McDavid would face off against his media portrayed "rival", Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres who was drafted 2nd overall behind McDavid. The people of Buffalo go to witness who they were so close to having if they were to win the lottery (finishing last place the season prior). The game was Connor score 2 goals, one being the overtime winner in which Eichel had a great opportunity to score but was then followed up immediately after with Connor torching down the ice and putting the game away just like that. Relive that moment here: https://youtu.be/rYxwzbMKtRY
Oilers would see a record of 7-8 in March which was better than most months but still not close to good enough.
They would then end the month of March with a total record of 30-42-7
McDavid points for the month of March were 15GP 5G-11A-16Pts
April
On April 6th, 2016, the Edmonton Oilers would play their final game at the historic Rexall place against the Vancouver Canucks. They Oilers absolutely demolished them in this game, beating them 6-2. The game was called by the legendary Bob Cole and when Connor McDavid scored his first of 2 goals that night Bob was quoted saying: "Connor McDavid! Remember that name." This is of significance because Bob Cole has been around hockey for an extremely long time, calling games for the very best players to ever play including but not limited to: Gretzky, Lemieux, Ovechkin, Crosby, and finally his last all time great Connor McDavid. Connor would finish that final game with 1G-2A.
They would only play 3 games in April losing their last game in Vancouver in a shootout ending the month with a record of 1-1-1
They would end the season with the pathetic record of 31-43-8
McDavid points in April 3GP 1G-2A-3Pts
End of the season
After finishing the year 31-43-8, the Oilers failed to make the post-season for the TENTH time in a row capping off the decade of darkness with an exciting, yet extremely depressing and traumatizing year. They finished last in the Pacific and 29th overall in the entire league only 1 point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs who ended up winning the draft lottery and drafting Auston Matthews. Yes, we were this close AGAIN.
While McDavid's rookie campaign was impressive, finishing with 45GP 16G-32A-48Pts. The whole rookie year will be overshadowed by the fact that he missed almost half the season and missed out on winning the Calder trophy for rookie of the year to Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks.
All in all, the 2015-16 season was just another typical disappointment for Oilers fans.
For anyone who wants to relive some of the early days of McMagic, here are his top plays from his rookie year: https://youtu.be/dyBsGYaQGhs
Mod Note
We reached out to narcoticturkey to do McDavid's first year in the NHL as he's kinda our McDavid ambassador both here and in /hockey. Thanks bud for doing this! Unfortunately, the 2016-2017 season will be delayed as well and we hope to have that out as soon as possible. We will keep you updated on this. Don't worry though as we have a fun event planned for you armchair GMs to go along with your shitposting. Finally still looking for some people to do the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 if anyone is interested in doing those. If no one claims them we will probably still post them so we can have some community discussion about them.
Stats
Players GP Goals Assists Points
Taylor Hall 82 26 39 65
Leon Draisaitl 72 19 32 51
Connor McDavid 45 16 32 48
Jordan Eberle 69 25 22 47
Benoit Pouliot 55 14 22 36
2013 Draft
Player Position Round Overall
Connor McDavid C 1 1
Caleb Jones D 4 (from Montreal) 56
Ethan Bear D 5 124
John Marino D 6 154
Miroslav Svoboda G 7 (from Anaheim) 208
Ziyat Paigin D 7 (from New York) 209
Transaction
Date Team Oilers Acquire Oilers Move
June 26, 2015 New York Islanders Griffin Reinhart 2015 1st round pick (#16 Matthew Barzal), 2015 2nd round draft pick (#33 Mitchell Stephens)
June 27th, 2015 New York Rangers Cameron Talbot, 2015 7th round pick (#209 Ziyat Paigin) 2015 2nd round pick (#57 Jonas Siegenthaler), 3rd round pick (#79 Sergey Zborovskiy), 7th round pick (#184 Adam Huska)
June 27th, 2015 Toronto Maple Leafs Martin Marincin Brad Ross, 2015 4th round pick (#107 Christian Wolanin)
June 27th, 2015 Ottawa Senators Eric Gryba Travis Ewanyk, 2015 4th round pick (#107 Christian Wolanin)
June 27th, 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning 2016 7th round pick (#206 Otto Somppi) 2015 7th round pick (#208 Miroslav Svoboda)
June 30th, 2015 Arizona Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski Boyd Gordon
July 6th, 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Anders Nilsson Liam Coughlin
December 28th, 2015 Montreal Canadiens Zack Kassian Ben Scrivens
February 28th, 2016 Vancouver Canucks 2017 5th round pick (#126 Michael Karow) Philip Larsen
February 27th, 2016 St. Louis Blues Niklas Lundstrom, 2016 5th round pick (#149 Graham McPhee) Anders Nilsson
February 27th 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Justin Schultz 2016 3rd round pick (#91 Filip Berglund)
February 27th, 2016 Florida Panthers Teddy Purcell 2016 3rd round pick (#84 Matthew Cairns)
February 29th, 2016 Anaheim Ducks Patrick Maroon Martin Gernat, 2016 4th round pick (#93 Jack Kopacka)
Standings (Pacific Division)
Team Wins Losses Overtime Losses Points
Anaheim 46 25 11 103
Los Angeles 48 28 6 102
San Jose 46 30 6 98
Arizona 35 39 8 78
Calgary 35 40 7 77
Vancouver 31 38 13 75
Edmonton 31 43 8 70
Posts
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2020.01.06 20:23 isaaccosand Community Project: Complete List of World Tour Cities

Welcome:

Hello, subwaysurfers!
We are back again with another Community Project - this time we are tackling the list of World Tour Cities! Thank you so much to everyone who helped out with the last list which can be found here: Subway Surfers - Complete List of Characters. Please take a look down below and leave feedback for information changes, information that could be added, or any ideas you have that would make the list even more comprehensive, understandable, and complete. Anyone who comments with input will be credited in the final post!

Overview:

Currently there have been 57 locations that the Subway Surfers have visited.

Default Release Location (1 Location):
Pre-World-Tour Holiday Locations (2 Locations):
World Tour Cities (54 Locations):

List of World Tour Cities by Year:

2013 World Tour Cities - (11 Original / 0 Re-released / 11 Total)
  1. New York - January 3, 2013
  2. Rio - January 31, 2013
  3. Rome - February 28, 2013
  4. Sydney - April 4, 2013
  5. Tokyo - May 2, 2013
  6. Miami - May 30, 2013
  7. Paris - June 27, 2013
  8. Beijing - August 1, 2013
  9. Moscow - September 5, 2013
  10. New Orleans - October 10, 2013
  11. London - November 21, 2013
2014 World Tour Cities - (8 Original / 8 Re-Released / 16 Total)
  1. Mumbai - January 2, 2014
  2. Miami 2014 - January 23, 2014
  3. Seoul - February 13, 2014
  4. New York 2014 - March 6, 2014
  5. Mexico City - March 27, 2014
  6. Rome 2014 - April 16, 2014
  7. Vancouver - May 8, 2014
  8. Tokyo 2014 - May 28, 2014
  9. São Paulo - June 19, 2014
  10. Paris 2014 - July 10, 2014
  11. Los Angeles - July 31, 2014
  12. Beijing 2014 - August 28, 2014
  13. Cairo - September 19, 2014
  14. New Orleans 2014 - October 9, 2014
  15. Bangkok - November 6, 2014
  16. London 2014 - December 4, 2014
2015 World Tour Cities - ( 8 Original / 9 Re-Released / 17 Total)
  1. Las Vegas - January 2, 2015
  2. Seoul 2015 - January 22, 2015
  3. Hawaii - February 12, 2015
  4. Mumbai 2015 - March 5, 2015
  5. Paris 2015 - March 26, 2015
  6. Arabia - April 16, 2015
  7. Los Angeles 2015 - May 14, 2015
  8. Venice - June 4, 2015
  9. Rio 2015 - July 2, 2015
  10. Sydney 2015 - July 23, 2015
  11. Greece - August 13, 2015
  12. New York 2015 - September 3, 2015
  13. Kenya - September 24, 2015
  14. Transylvania - October 15, 2015
  15. Tokyo 2015 - November 5, 2015
  16. North Pole - December 3, 2015
  17. Hawaii 2015 - December 30, 2015
2016 World Tour Cities - (9 Original / 6 Re-Released / 15 Total)
  1. San Francisco - January 21, 2016
  2. Arabia 2016 - February 11, 2016
  3. Prague - March 10. 2016
  4. Madagascar - March 31, 2016
  5. Sydney 2016 - April 21, 2016
  6. Peru - May 12, 2016
  7. Las Vegas 2016 - June 2, 2016
  8. Singapore - June 23, 2016
  9. Venice 2016 - July 5, 2016
  10. Rio 2016 - August 4, 2016
  11. Iceland - September 1, 2016
  12. Havana - September 22, 2016
  13. Transylvania 2016 - October 13, 2016
  14. Washington D.C. - November 3, 2016
  15. Winter Holiday - November 29, 2016
2017 World Tour Cities - (8 Original / 9 Re-Released / 17 Total)
  1. Amsterdam - December 29, 2016
  2. San Francisco 2017 - January 19, 2017
  3. Arabia 2017 - February 9, 2017
  4. Bangkok 2017 - March 2, 2017
  5. Monaco - March 30, 2017
  6. Hawaii 2017 - April 20, 2017
  7. Copenhagen - May 11, 2017
  8. Peru 2017 - June 2, 2017
  9. Marrakesh - June 22, 2017
  10. Shanghai - July 13, 2017
  11. Miami 2017 - August 10, 2017
  12. Barcelona - August 31, 2017
  13. Singapore 2017 - September 21, 2017
  14. Mexico - October 12, 2017
  15. Washington D.C. 2017 - November 9, 2017
  16. Saint Petersburg - November 30, 2017
  17. Cairo 2017 - December 29, 2017
2018 World Tour Cities - (5 Original / 10 Re-Released / 15 Total)
  1. Chicago - January 18, 2018
  2. Paris 2018 - February 8, 2018
  3. Tokyo 2018 - March 1, 2018
  4. Iceland 2018 - March 22, 2018
  5. Buenos Aires - April 12, 2018
  6. Monaco 2018 - May 3, 2018
  7. Venice Beach - May 31, 2018
  8. Mumbai 2018 - June 21, 2018
  9. Havana 2018 - July 12, 2018
  10. New York 2018 - August 9, 2018
  11. Berlin - August 30, 2018
  12. Hong Kong - Septermber 20, 2018
  13. New Orleans 2018 - October 11, 2018
  14. Marrakesh 2018 - November 1, 2018
  15. London 2018 - November 29, 2018
2019 World Tour Cities - (5 Original / 12 Re-Released / 17 Total)
  1. Rio 2019 - December 28, 2018
  2. Atlanta - January 17, 2019
  3. Venice 2019 - February 7, 2019
  4. San Francisco 2019 - March 7, 2019
  5. Zürich - April 4, 2019
  6. Bangkok 2019 - April 25, 2019
  7. Seoul 2019 - May 16, 2019
  8. Dubai - June 6, 2019
  9. Miami 2019 - June 27, 2019
  10. Bali - July 18, 2019
  11. Barcelona 2019 - August 15, 2019
  12. Moscow 2019 - September 5, 2019
  13. Singapore 2019 - Spetember 26, 2019
  14. Mexico 2019 - October 17, 2019
  15. Houston - November 7, 2019
  16. Winter Holiday 2019 - November 28, 2019
  17. Chicago 2019 - December 30, 2019

World Tour Cities by Release Date:


  1. New York - January 3, 2013
  2. Rio - January 31, 2013
  3. Rome - February 28, 2013
  4. Sydney - April 4, 2013
  5. Tokyo - May 2, 2013
  6. Miami - May 30, 2013
  7. Paris - June 27, 2013
  8. Beijing - August 1, 2013
  9. Moscow - September 5, 2013
  10. New Orleans - October 10, 2013
  11. London - November 21, 2013
  12. Mumbai - January 2, 2014
  13. Miami 2014 - January 23, 2014
  14. Seoul - February 13, 2014
  15. New York 2014 - March 6, 2014
  16. Mexico City - March 27, 2014
  17. Rome 2014 - April 16, 2014
  18. Vancouver - May 8, 2014
  19. Tokyo 2014 - May 28, 2014
  20. São Paulo - June 19, 2014
  21. Paris 2014 - July 10, 2014
  22. Los Angeles - July 31, 2014
  23. Beijing 2014 - August 28, 2014
  24. Cairo - September 19, 2014
  25. New Orleans 2014 - October 9, 2014
  26. Bangkok - November 6, 2014
  27. London 2014 - December 4, 2014
  28. Las Vegas - January 2, 2015
  29. Seoul 2015 - January 22, 2015
  30. Hawaii - February 12, 2015
  31. Mumbai 2015 - March 5, 2015
  32. Paris 2015 - March 26, 2015
  33. Arabia - April 16, 2015
  34. Los Angeles 2015 - May 14, 2015
  35. Venice - June 4, 2015
  36. Rio 2015 - July 2, 2015
  37. Sydney 2015 - July 23, 2015
  38. Greece - August 13, 2015
  39. New York 2015 - September 3, 2015
  40. Kenya - September 24, 2015
  41. Transylvania - October 15, 2015
  42. Tokyo 2015 - November 5, 2015
  43. North Pole - December 3, 2015
  44. Hawaii 2015 - December 30, 2015
  45. San Francisco - January 21, 2016
  46. Arabia 2016 - February 11, 2016
  47. Prague - March 10. 2016
  48. Madagascar - March 31, 2016
  49. Sydney 2016 - April 21, 2016
  50. Peru - May 12, 2016
  51. Las Vegas 2016 - June 2, 2016
  52. Singapore - June 23, 2016
  53. Venice 2016 - July 5, 2016
  54. Rio 2016 - August 4, 2016
  55. Iceland - September 1, 2016
  56. Havana - September 22, 2016
  57. Transylvania 2016 - October 13, 2016
  58. Washington D.C. - November 3, 2016
  59. Winter Holiday - November 29, 2016
  60. Amsterdam - December 29, 2016
  61. San Francisco 2017 - January 19, 2017
  62. Arabia 2017 - February 9, 2017
  63. Bangkok 2017 - March 2, 2017
  64. Monaco - March 30, 2017
  65. Hawaii 2017 - April 20, 2017
  66. Copenhagen - May 11, 2017
  67. Peru 2017 - June 2, 2017
  68. Marrakesh - June 22, 2017
  69. Shanghai - July 13, 2017
  70. Miami 2017 - August 10, 2017
  71. Barcelona - August 31, 2017
  72. Singapore 2017 - September 21, 2017
  73. Mexico - October 12, 2017
  74. Washington D.C. 2017 - November 9, 2017
  75. Saint Petersburg - November 30, 2017
  76. Cairo 2017 - December 29, 2017
  77. Chicago - January 18, 2018
  78. Paris 2018 - February 8, 2018
  79. Tokyo 2018 - March 1, 2018
  80. Iceland 2018 - March 22, 2018
  81. Buenos Aires - April 12, 2018
  82. Monaco 2018 - May 3, 2018
  83. Venice Beach - May 31, 2018
  84. Mumbai 2018 - June 21, 2018
  85. Havana 2018 - July 12, 2018
  86. New York 2018 - August 9, 2018
  87. Berlin - August 30, 2018
  88. Hong Kong - Septermber 20, 2018
  89. New Orleans 2018 - October 11, 2018
  90. Marrakesh 2018 - November 1, 2018
  91. London 2018 - November 29, 2018
  92. Rio 2019 - December 28, 2018
  93. Atlanta - January 17, 2019
  94. Venice 2019 - February 7, 2019
  95. San Francisco 2019 - March 7, 2019
  96. Zürich - April 4, 2019
  97. Bangkok 2019 - April 25, 2019
  98. Seoul 2019 - May 16, 2019
  99. Dubai - June 6, 2019
  100. Miami 2019 - June 27, 2019
  101. Bali - July 18, 2019
  102. Barcelona 2019 - August 15, 2019
  103. Moscow 2019 - September 5, 2019
  104. Singapore 2019 - Spetember 26, 2019
  105. Mexico 2019 - October 17, 2019
  106. Houston - November 7, 2019
  107. Winter Holiday 2019 - November 28, 2019
  108. Chicago 2019 - December 30, 2019

List of Cities (Without Rereleases) by Release Date:


  1. New York - January 3, 2013
  2. Rio - January 31, 2013
  3. Rome - February 28, 2013
  4. Sydney - April 4, 2013
  5. Tokyo - May 2, 2013
  6. Miami - May 30, 2013
  7. Paris - June 27, 2013
  8. Beijing - August 1, 2013
  9. Moscow - September 5, 2013
  10. New Orleans - October 10, 2013
  11. London - November 21, 2013
  12. Mumbai - January 2, 2014
  13. Seoul - February 13, 2014
  14. Mexico City - March 27, 2014
  15. Vancouver - May 8, 2014
  16. São Paulo - June 19, 2014
  17. Los Angeles - July 31, 2014
  18. Cairo - September 19, 2014
  19. Bangkok - November 6, 2014
  20. Las Vegas - January 2, 2015
  21. Hawaii - February 12, 2015
  22. Arabia - April 16, 2015
  23. Venice - June 4, 2015
  24. Greece - August 13, 2015
  25. Kenya - September 24, 2015
  26. Transylvania - October 15, 2015
  27. North Pole - December 3, 2015
  28. San Francisco - January 21, 2016
  29. Prague - March 10. 2016
  30. Madagascar - March 31, 2016
  31. Peru - May 12, 2016
  32. Singapore - June 23, 2016
  33. Iceland - September 1, 2016
  34. Havana - September 22, 2016
  35. Washington D.C. - November 3, 2016
  36. Winter Holiday - November 29, 2016
  37. Amsterdam - December 29, 2016
  38. Monaco - March 30, 2017
  39. Copenhagen - May 11, 2017
  40. Marrakesh - June 22, 2017
  41. Shanghai - July 13, 2017
  42. Barcelona - August 31, 2017
  43. Mexico - October 12, 2017
  44. Saint Petersburg - November 30, 2017
  45. Chicago - January 18, 2018
  46. Buenos Aires - April 12, 2018
  47. Venice Beach - May 31, 2018
  48. Berlin - August 30, 2018
  49. Hong Kong - Septermber 20, 2018
  50. Atlanta - January 17, 2019
  51. Zürich - April 4, 2019
  52. Dubai - June 6, 2019
  53. Bali - July 18, 2019
  54. Houston - November 7, 2019

Alphabetical List of World Tour Cities:

Extensive List of World Tour Cities:

2019:
Rio 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - December 28, 2018
Original Release Date - January 31, 2013
Destination Number - 2
World Tour Series Number - 92
Update Number - v1.97.0
Release Number - 4

Character(s):
Carmen
Hoverboard(s):
Rocket
Birdie

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Parrot
Location - Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nickname - "The Marvelous City"

Atlanta:
Update Info:
Release Date - January 17, 2019
Original Release Date - January 17, 2019
Destination Number - 50
World Tour Series Number - 93
Update Number - v1.98.0
Release Number - 1

Character(s):
Alicia
Hoverboard(s):
Scratchy

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - American Footballs
Location - Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Nickname - "A-Town"

Venice 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - February 7, 2019
Original Release Date - June 4, 2015
Destination Number - 23
World Tour Series Number - 94
Update Number - v1.99.0
Release Number - 3

Character(s):
Marco
Hoverboard(s):
Sweetheart

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Colorful Carnival Masks
Location - Venice, Veneto, Italy
Nickname - "The City of Bridges"

San Francisco 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - March 7, 2019
Original Release Date - January 21, 2016
Destination Number - 28
World Tour Series Number - 95
Update Number - v1.100.0
Release Number - 3

Character(s):
Jenny
Hoverboard(s):
Pixel Heart

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Invaders
Location - San Francisco, California, United States of America
Nickname - "The City by the Bay"

Zürich:
Update Info:
Release Date - April 4, 2019
Original Release Date - April 4, 2019
Destination Number - 51
World Tour Series Number - 96
Update Number - v1.101.0
Release Number - 1

Character(s):
Hugo
Hoverboard(s):
Clockwork

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Chocolate Rabbits
Location - Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Nickname - "Little Big City"

Bangkok 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - April 25, 2019
Original Release Date - November 6, 2014
Destination Number - 19
World Tour Series Number - 97
Update Number - v1.102.0
Release Number - 3

Character(s):
Noon
Hoverboard(s):
Turtle

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Clams
Location - Bangkok, Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Thailand
Nickname - “City of Angels"

Seoul 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - May 16, 2019
Original Release Date - February 13, 2014
Destination Number - 13
World Tour Series Number - 98
Update Number - v1.103.0
Release Number - 3

Character(s):
Rin
Hoverboard(s):
Bubble Gum

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Tiny Cute Robot
Location - Seoul, Seoul Capital Area, South Korea
Nickname - “The Birthplace of K-Pop"

Dubai:
Update Info:
Release Date - June 6, 2019
Original Release Date - June 6, 2019
Destination Number - 52
World Tour Series Number - 99
Update Number - v1.104.0
Release Number - 1

Character(s):
Kareem
Hoverboard(s):
Deser Racer

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Desert Lantern
Location - Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nickname - “City of Gold"

Miami 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - June 27, 2019
Original Release Date - May 30, 2013
Destination Number - 6
World Tour Series Number - 100
Update Number - v1.105.0
Release Number - 4

Character(s):
Nick
Hoverboard(s):
Flamingo

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Flamingo
Location - Miami, Florida, United States of America
Nickname - “Magic City"

Bali:
Update Info:
Release Date - July 18, 2019
Original Release Date - July 18, 2019
Destination Number - 53
World Tour Series Number - 101
Update Number - v1.106.0
Release Number - 1

Character(s):
Mei
Hoverboard(s):
Naga

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Jazmine Flower
Location - Bali, Province of Bali, Indonesia
Nickname - “Exotic Island"

Barcelona 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - August 15, 2019
Original Release Date - August 31, 2017
Destination Number - 42
World Tour Series Number - 102
Update Number - v1.107.0
Release Number - 2

Character(s):
Diego
Hoverboard(s):
Stallion

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Guitars
Location - Barcelona, Province of Barcelona, Spain
Nickname - “City of Gaudi"

Moscow 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - September 5, 2019
Original Release Date - September 5, 2013
Destination Number - 9
World Tour Series Number - 103
Update Number - v1.108.0
Release Number - 2

Character(s):
Alex
Hoverboard(s):
Leaf

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Matryoshka Dolls
Location - Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia
Nickname - “Home of the Kremlin"

Singapore 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - September 26, 2019
Original Release Date - June 23, 2016
Destination Number - 32
World Tour Series Number - 104
Update Number - v1.109.0
Release Number - 3

Character(s):
Jia
Hoverboard(s):
Lion

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Orchids
Location - Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Nickname - “Lion City"

Mexico 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - October 17, 2019
Original Release Date - October 12, 2017
Destination Number - 43
World Tour Series Number - 105
Update Number - v1.110.0
Release Number - 2

Character(s):
Manny
Hoverboard(s):
Hexed

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Sugar Skulls
Location - Mexico City, State of Mexico, Mexico
Nickname - “Home of Dia de los Muertos"

Houston:
Update Info:
Release Date - November 7, 2019
Original Release Date - November 7, 2019
Destination Number - 54
World Tour Series Number - 106
Update Number - v1.111.0
Release Number - 1

Character(s):
Alba
Hoverboard(s):
Spacecruiser

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Ringed Planets
Location - Houston, Texas, United States of America
Nickname - “Space City"

Winter Holiday 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - November 28, 2019
Original Release Date - November 29, 2016
Destination Number - 36
World Tour Series Number - 107
Update Number - v1.112.0
Release Number - 2

Character(s):
Malik
Elf Tricky
Buddy
Festive Fresh
Hoverboard(s):
Glacier
Rudy

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Penguin
Location - Winter Holiday
Nickname - “Winter Wonderland"

Chicago 2019:
Update Info:
Release Date - December 30, 2019
Original Release Date - January 18, 2018
Destination Number - 45
World Tour Series Number - 108
Update Number - v1.113.0
Release Number - 2

Character(s):
E.Z.
Hoverboard(s):
Jazz
Hot Dog

Trivia:
Weekly Hunt Token - Trumpet
Location - Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Nickname - “Windy City"

Credits: u/isaaccosand
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2019.12.23 14:46 HockeyPowerRanker r/hockey NHL Power Rankings Week 12: Hibernation Edition

/Hockey NHL Power Rankings Week Dec 16, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019

Thank You

Thank you to all of the volunteers doing the power rankings. Each ranker has their own system and have their own reasonings and analyis. It truly is a lot of work.

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The visualization contains historical data, so you can see how your team has done over time. Hopefully, we can run this for many years in hopes that we can see the rise and fall of teams by /hockey opinion.
It automatically updates so feel free to bookmark. You can find it here

Process

How does this work? Throughout the course of the week rankers are able to access an app that will allow them to rank teams. At the end of the period we calculate the average ranking for every team and collate all of the analysis provided by rankers.
The app then generates a post that is first proofread and then posted to /hockey!

Rankings (29/31 Rankers Reporting)

Ranking (avg) Team Delta Overall Record Record This Week Comments
1 (1.36) Washington Capitals - 26-6-5 2-1-0 We can't beat the Jackets and I don't know why. We can beat the Devils and the Bolts though, the latter of which marked the season sweep against the sleeping giants. Literally the only gripe I have with the team is with Panik, who objectively sucks. The fans seem to have turned on Jensen as well but they're wrong. Backstrom will sign his new 3-5 year deal soon, then Ovi will sign his new 2-4 year deal over the summer, then Holtby will go be pretty good for Edmonton or something. This is the way. In the meantime we've got a Christmas Eve Eve date against a Boston team that's struggling so hard recently that it's almost a trap game. Go Caps.
2 (2.97) St. Louis Blues 3 23-8-6 3-0-0 Best in the West, 5 game win streak, great game against our biggest challenger in the division. All this without our elite #1 RW and our cup-winning goalie = cool.
3 (4.81) New York Islanders - 23-8-3 1-1-1 They finally beat the Bruins, and they did it on national TV, in Boston, playing Trotz brand hockey. Aside from that, they let in an albatross of goals. Trotz doesn't let this kind of play linger so they should rebound next week. Clutterbuck had a scary injury and is out for a while, but expected to return this year. Ladd is back on the roster, but most important, HO SANGS BACK IN BPORT BABY.
4 (5.47) Colorado Avalanche -2 22-11-3 1-3-0 It is amazing how one player can become so essential to a team in a short time. Without Makar two major issues are becoming obvious. 1 our Powerplay is reliant on skill way too much and doesn't really have a system, also no one else can QB a PP that well. 2nd our giveaways and poor passing have dramatically increased. I don't know how one guy can change that much but passes have gotten bad. The other major issue is the Top line while all back doesn't seem to be clicking. Mackinnon looked more dangerous when Rantanen and Landeskog were not playing. On the positive side, Zadorov is earning his way to a long extension and when he gets assigned to a player on the other team he plays his role well. With the Christmas break upon us let's hope the team can get rejuvenated and bring more energy this week. Just another hard week in the Central we have Vegas right before the holiday then a back to back with the Wild and Stars. One more positive note Makar should be back by next weekend.
5 (6.08) Carolina Hurricanes 1 22-12-2 2-1-0 After 6 consecutive great starts from James Reimer it seems that a bit of goalie controversy has entered the chat. Honestly didn’t think that Reimer would be this good to start the season.
6 (6.86) Pittsburgh Penguins 3 21-11-4 2-1-0 7th overall in the league but still in a wildcard spot. The metrodome is nuts this year.
7 (7) Boston Bruins -3 21-7-9 0-0-3 Well, at least the Bruins are on a 4-game point-streak. Winning only 1 game in their last 7 is continuing the slump and the bears stay in hibernation. At least this week, they were competitive in each game but the Bruins haven't played a full 60-minute game in about a month. 0-5 record in shootout this season so far is a joke. With the Caps on Monday, I expect another L there and here's hoping the short Christmas break gives them some rest. At least Pasta is the Atlantic captain and Cassidy will likely be named to the All Star Game as well.
8 (9.17) Philadelphia Flyers 4 20-11-5 3-0-0
9 (9.81) Winnipeg Jets -1 21-13-2 1-2-0 This week of low points and the inability to stop exactly 1 player on every team, comes with 3 upsides: Wheeler becomes the franchise points leader, Hellebuyck ties Pavelec for franchise shutouts leader, and the rest of the central decided to shit the bed this week too (except the Blues). Look, let's just pretend the 1st two games didn't happen; Aho? Kane? Never heard of 'em. That Minnesota game though? That was a good time.
10 (10.53) Arizona Coyotes - 20-13-5 2-1-0 An up and down week for the coyotes who will maintain the pacific division lead. All eyes are on new acquisition Taylor Hall who has a goal and two assists through three games in the Sedona Red. Clayton Keller continues to roll with 12 points in his last ten games. Another injury will test the will of the team as Kuemper goes down week to week, leaving Raanta to lead the way in goal. The team may finally be finding its offense, but will need to push to keep its stingy defensive game together with key injuries to Hjalmarrson and Demers alongside the Vezina candidate goalie.
11 (10.58) Dallas Stars -4 20-14-4 1-3-0 No idea whats going on with the team. Maybe losing Monty is catching up to us? 2 Terrible loses in a week is pretty demoralizing.
12 (13.33) Vegas Golden Knights 1 20-13-6 2-0-1 Malcolm Subban is the best Subban.
13 (14.03) Toronto Maple Leafs 4 19-14-4 3-0-0 Our backup won a game!!!! Oh, it was against an AHL team. It still counts though. Big win against Buffalo, surpassing them in the standings even after the refs were blind with a bad Okposo hit on Dermott which lead to a BUF goal. High scoring game in New York, with Marner and Nylander each scoring a pair. On Saturday night, it was 0-0 for what felt like too long, until the Leafs broke it open, and things got dirty with some dangerous plays, probably with no repercussions. The Leafs are now 10-4 with new head coach Sheldon Keefe, and Morgan Rielly is finally looking healthy and back up to speed. He hasn't missed any games this season, but he was missing a lot of practice and did admit something wasn't right.
14 (14.19) Edmonton Oilers -3 20-15-4 2-2-0 This has been the week of met expectations. Beat the Stars and Habs, teams we've historically had good records against. Lost to the Blues and Penguins, teams we usually lose against. A 2-2-0 would be considered a bad week, but after the weeks leading up to this one, this has been a welcome. Mike Smith hasn't looked great, Ethan Bear is not having a good time and neither is Draisaitl. McDavid is still spectacular. The best positive for the last month or so is how good some players in our bottom 6 have been, especially our 4th line that is doing a respectable job creating offensive pressure. Two very important games coming up against the Canucks and the Flames.
15 (15.33) Florida Panthers 4 18-12-5 3-0-0 What happened when you place together; a dog detective, a one-legged DJ, and a guy that loves the number 52? A Noël miracle!!
16 (15.69) Calgary Flames -2 19-14-5 1-1-1 The Flames stopped a 3 game losing skid with a dominant win over Dallas. The powerplay is starting to click and the team continues to work hard... most of the time.
17 (17.06) Nashville Predators 5 17-12-6 3-0-1 My reaction when the Preds take 7/8 points on a 4 game road trip. Seriously though, if you told me last week the Preds would not only beat the Rangers in a close game, but then turn around and put up 8 goals against the Isles? And then beat the Bruins? I probably would have laughed. For a team that's looked as flat as it has the past month and a half, this week was a welcome breath of fresh air for Preds fans. Hopefully (there's that word again) with whatever sparked this week and the return of Arvy, the Preds can keep momentum going into the New Year. There's 3 games this week, including a back-to-back home and home with the Pens, and then it's off to the Winter Classic. Please don't Perd it up.
18 (17.14) Tampa Bay Lightning -3 17-13-4 1-1-1 This team just is not fun to watch. Vasy looks like some hot ass, dude REALLY needs a reset. Maybe change pads, or maybe the all star break will fix it. There's been some forwards who have looked like shit too. Tyjo hasn't played great. Joseph literally got sent down. Kuch got benched for the 3rd period and OT for a game. Only things I've been excited by are the massive strides we've seen Sergachev and Cirelli take. Sergachev has looked really good, definitely huge improvements from last year. Cirelli plays hard every single shift and I really love seeing him with Stamkos. I really do think that Cooper has to go.
19 (18.33) Vancouver Canucks -1 18-15-4 2-1-0 A week out from fire-Green fever, the Canucks post their first positive stretch in what seems like ages. And the memes overflow in response. Pettersson is producing again, and Virtanen continues to excel in a limited offensive role. Hughes' powerplay wizardy has cooled slightly, but will return soon. Markstrom is incredible. Since the Pacific is insanely tight, the Canucks remain right there in the playoff bubble. And despite this team performing roughly how everyone claimed to expect they would, the bipolar fanbase continues to erupt with each win and loss. It's great fun - at least half the time. Happy Holidays!
20 (19.19) Montreal Canadiens 3 17-13-6 2-1-0 The Habs paid warm holiday greetings to their fans throughout western Canada, treating our foreign legion to thrilling victories in Vancouver and Calgary. You can have your arenas back now. Edmonton wasn't quite as accommodating, but otherwise it was a great show too. Julien had Suzuki out there against McDavid-- that's something to discuss with family over turkey stuffing. The Canadiens continue to play much better on the road than at the Bell Centre, which is fine for now because the Habs are 3 games into a 7 game road trip. I hope Suzuki, Fleury, and Poehling get cash for xmas because if a rookie dinner gets called in South Beach they're dead.
21 (19.69) Buffalo Sabres -5 17-13-7 1-2-0 We played alright with Jack in the lineup and got stomped without him. It's been said before but the skill gap between Jack and the next best player on the squad is enormous. Dahlin will close that gap eventually, but its very obvious that we lack scoring punch outside the top line. Skinner and Johansson are cold right now on the second line, Mittelstadt got demoted to the Amerks, Sheary has been invisible, etc. At least Ullmark and Olofsson are playing out of their minds.
22 (21.42) Minnesota Wild -2 17-15-5 1-2-0 Wish we would have save some goals from the Arizona game for the Winnipeg game. What an embarrassment.
23 (22.19) New York Rangers -2 17-14-4 1-2-0 Not the best of weeks, but no team is perfect. We opened with a brutal game against the Preds in which the officiating was some of the worst I've seen in years. I think of that game as a throwaway and we can just move past it now (mostly because just thinking about it makes me angry). Next up our game against the Leafs. We seemed to at least be able to hang with Toronto up until the third period. While we never had the lead, we at least were able to respond to what the opposition had, until the final period came around. The final game of the week was against the Ducks, in which we finally won a game this week. Our offense did it's thing and Lemieux gave us a show. Hopefully Chytil's injury isn't serious because he's been fantastic lately. Let's see what next week holds. LGR
24 (22.33) Columbus Blue Jackets 4 16-14-6 4-0-0 Since December 7th, the Jackets have played 8 games. They have lost Bemstom (Ribs), Milanio (UBI), Anderson (Shoulder), Murray (paper skin and glass bones), Peeke (puck to mouth in one game and broken finger in the next), Savard (illness), Atkinson (LBI), and Bjorkstrand (Rips/Oblique strain). The Jackets are also 6-0-2 over the same span. Obviously we have figured out the recipe to success -- sacrificing one player per game to the hockey gods. Luckily, the positions the Jackets have the most depth in are the ones getting hit -- defense and RW. Every single one of our opening night RWs are injured now.
25 (25.08) San Jose Sharks -1 16-20-2 0-3-0 Another bad week, I'm starting to accept that our window might have actually closed this year. The Sharks look different under Boughner, but it hasn't done anything for us so far. We still look lethargic, and the team is gonna need some major changes if we want to make the playoffs. The Sharks have a talented roster, and I still have hope that the team will get better, but at this point it's pretty unlikely that it'll be in time to make the playoffs.
26 (25.53) Anaheim Ducks -1 16-18-3 1-3-0 We got multiple power play goals in a game for the first time this season. This is not a drill. Looking ahead: Lukas Dostal should be the starting netminder for the Czech team. Zegras should be a key contributor for the US team and it looks like BOGroulx should make the Canadian team. PS: Groulx’s father might be on some nhl head coach watchlists by the end of the season.
27 (25.81) Chicago Blackhawks 2 15-16-6 2-1-0 Keith returned on Wed after missing 3 weeks (groin injury). He remains the our best dman. The Hawks lost Saad (right ankle) for a couple weeks. He's been one of our best and most reliable forwards. Seabrook was held out due to nagging issues. After starting with 1G, 1A in the first 11 games, Toews has 7G, 18A in the last 26. Toews, Kane, Dach, and Kubalik led the Hawks to their first win when trailing after 2, over Colorado (Sat). Kane has 20G, 9 more than Saad (2nd most on the team); and 46P, 19 more than Toews. Kubalik has 10G as a rookie. Marc Crawford will return from a month suspension on Jan 2. My power ranking of Lehner panda tweets: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
28 (26.97) Ottawa Senators -2 15-18-4 1-1-2 The Sens finally managed to get Hogberg his first NHL win this week. Unfortunately they also pissed away 2 other great performances he had, and managed to get OTL points in the process which seriously hampers our tanking efforts. There's basically no way we'll be able to contest the Red Wings for 31st (which they firmly have on lock), and the Devils are nosediving hard in the standings as well...at this rate we'll be relying on the Sharks' pick as our primary ticket for the lottery! Hopefully the team starts losing again after the winter break.
29 (27.31) Los Angeles Kings -2 15-19-4 1-1-1 The Kings impressive road trip continued this week with the Kings grabbing 8/12 pts. The overtime win against the Bruins was one of the most memorable games this year.
30 (29.72) New Jersey Devils - 11-19-5 1-2-0 Well, honestly, nothing super crazy.. We beat the ducks, which was possible. We lost to the Caps, debatably the best team in the league right now. We lost to the Jackets cause we can't beat the metro unless its the Flyers or Rags. The Good: Gilles Senn did great in his first start. Let in 3 goals, but every one came from between the circles on more or less defensive breakdowns. Having a young, hungry rookie as a backup may be the jolt this team needs in net. Hischer and Palms have continued scoring without Hall, which is a good sign. The Bad: This column is starting to feel like beating a dead horse. We're bad, underperforming, and sometimes just genuinely not fun to watch. Advance analytics show we dont create or convert on high danger opportunities. We also shoot below league average, do we shoot more? The Ugly: Compared to the past few weeks, nothing too ugly. We need to watch our usage of Blackwood though, he's starting to look tired.
31 (31) Detroit Red Wings - 9-26-3 0-3-0 Im here to teach you guys about the pecking order. It goes the Detroit Red Wings, the dirt, the worms inside of the dirt, Popo's stool, Kami, then Popo. Any Questions?
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2019.11.22 04:47 CinematicChipmunk Product listing says OP7P "Ships within 24 hours" but my order is estimated to dispatch on Nov 29?

Hey everyone,
Just ordered my first OnePlus phone after only using Nexus/Pixel devices for quite a while. I've got a question about the shipping time on these orders.
On the OnePlus 7 Pro product listing it says "Ships within 24 hours" under the two remaining colors. However, when I got to the shipping section of the order submission, my only choices were paid shipping (arrives by Dec 2) or free shipping (arrives by Dec 4). I assumed those were just the maximum of the shipping timeframe based on the 24 hour message, so I continued with the paid shipping option.
Now after placing my order I'm being given an estimated dispatch date of Nov 29 and arrival date of Dec 3 - not only is the estimated arrival date already even further than what I was told five minutes ago, but they definitely don't seem to estimate it being shipped "within 24 hours". The whole thing feels a bit like a bait-and-switch, so I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with their shipping times and how accurate they are.
Product Listing and Order Information screenshot: https://imgur.com/uF2v5cP
Thanks in advance!
Edit:
Thank you to everyone who shared the information about their shipping speeds - based on all of your experiences it sounds like orders typically do ship within 24 hours even if the order initially shows a longer timeframe.
I noticed this morning my order has a new step in the timeline for Shipment is processing, although the order still shows Nov 29/Dec 3 as the dispatch/delivery estimates. I'll wait a bit and see if it ships today, and if we get towards the end of the day without it shipping I'll reach out to OnePlus support.
Also, for anyone else placing orders, here's an aggregation of the shipping timelines from the posts below:
User Ordered Method Destination Est. Ship Date Est. Delivery Shipped Delivered
CinematicChipmunk Nov 21 Priority OKC Nov 29 Dec 3 Nov 22 FedEx estimates Nov 26
meet7g Nov 20 11AM Priority Toronto Unknown Unknown Unknown Nov 21 12PM
_reddit_chan Nov 18 Standard Vancouver Unknown Nov 26 Unknown Nov 20
Hole-ECow Nov 20 Standard YYC (Calgary?) Unknown Unknown Unknown Nov 22
jayjayrodrod Nov 18 Unknown Puerto Rico Unknown Nov 22 Nov 19 Nov 21
KFloww Nov 19 Standard Unknown Nov 27 Dec 3 Nov 22 Unknown
bagelboy4321 Nov 20 Unknown Toronto Unknown Unknown Unknown Nov 21
wiredtobeweird Nov 20 Standard Vermont Unknown Unknown Unknown Nov 21
CallidusNomine "Monday" Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown "Wednesday"
endymion_frs Nov 18 Standard Unknown Nov 21 Unknown Nov 18 Nov 22
gmoney1259 "Wednesday" Priority California Unknown Unknown "A few hours after ordering" "Monday"
ScorchPeppers "A Tuesday" Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown "Thursday same week"
simonerufina "Monday" Standard Edmonton Unknown Unknown Unknown "Wednesday"
DeoreDX Nov 20 Unknown Unknown Nov 21 Nov 25 Nov 20 Nov 22
Clawz114 Nov 21 Standard UK Unknown Unknown Unknown Nov 22
SheriffBudLongneck Nov 20 Standard Unknown Nov 27 Dec 3 Not yet shipped N/A
SwedishWaffleYT Nov 20 Unknown Unknown Nov 27 Dec 4 Unknown Unknown
mrw2828 Nov 20 Priority Massachusetts Unknown Unknown Shipment processing Nov 22 N/A
pdpkong Nov 19 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Shipment processing Nov 22 N/A
supersirj Nov 18 Standard Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Nov 21
Volidon Nov 18 Standard SE US Nov 27 Dec 4 Shipment processing Nov 22 N/A
ohplzletthiswork Nov 18 Standard Unknown Unknown Dec 4 Unknown Unknown
shadowgerbil Nov 18 Standard Colorado Unknown Unknown Unknown Nov 21
Roflcakes_ Nov 20 Standard California Unknown Unknown Nov 22 Unknown
2008_Detroit_Lions Nov 20 Standard Massachusetts Unknown Nov 25 Unknown Nov 21
Edit 2:
As of about two hours ago my order has a new timeline entry saying it has shipped and giving me a link to track it. Fedex estimates it will arrive Nov 26 so apparently I didn't get as lucky as some of you with your next day deliveries, but it's at least headed out already.
So for anyone else ordering: based on my experience now and the data I collected above, it seems the shipping/delivery estimates you see when placing an order are way off.
Edit 3:
As pointed out by SheriffBudLongneck, it appears they've updated the OnePlus 7 Pro product listing page to says "Ships within 11 days". Also it appears Almond is now out of stock, so if you've just now decided you are going to buy one, it's going to be silver and you might have a long wait for it.
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2019.11.14 06:10 thetorontobot Toronto Daily - Nov 14th 2019

Welcome to the Toronto Daily Thread.

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1) To collect and make visible new posts in smaller Toronto based subreddits.
Feel free to visit, comment and be generally helpful in posts indexed below. Please also remember to stay on your best behaviour when travelling outside of /toronto.
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To that end, use this thread to talk about whatever is on your mind, regardless of whether or not it's related to Toronto.
No matter where you're posting, please remember to be excellent to each other.

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Help a girl drown her sorrows kvngvn 0
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2019.09.20 17:24 liuidaxmn Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190920(Market index 41 — Fear state)

Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20190920(Market index 41 — Fear state)

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Korean Conglomerate CJ Develops Blockchain For Music Copyright CJ, one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates, is developing a blockchain-based music copyright management system using AWS’ Amazon Managed Blockchain Service, according to local media. Korean news agency Yonhap said in a report on Sept. 19 that the initiative is being led by CJ OliveNetworks, a subsidiary of the CJ Corp parent company that operates the beauty retail and technology business of the conglomerate.
CME Group To Launch Bitcoin Options In Q1 2020 CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced on Sept 20 it will launch options on its Bitcoin futures contracts in Q1 2020
OCBC First Singapore Bank To Join JPMorgan’s Blockchain Network OCBC has become the first Singapore bank to join JPMorgan’s live blockchain service — known as the interbank information network (IIN), JPMorgan said on Sept 20. The Singapore lender joins 112 other banks from the Asia-Pacific in joining the IIN, with regional banks dominating the list of new entrants. Asia-Pacific banks that have signed up on the network now total 134, making up nearly 40 percent of the 343 banks that have signed up since 2018. The 80 Japanese banks that have signed up also form the largest bloc globally.
45 Bitcoin Miners Consumed Electricity More Than 3 Regions Of Kyrgyzstan Combined There is no such concept as cryptocurrency miner in Kyrgyz laws, said Chief of the National Energy Holding Company of Kyrgyzstan Aitmamat Nazarov in response to MP’s question if mining companies and Bitcoins were legal in Kyrgyzstan. “We don’t provide electricity designated specially for cryptocurrency miner companies. It was revealed that 45 mining companies consumed 136 MW of electricity and we had to cut off power to them, because they consumed more than 3 regions of Kyrgyzstan — Issyk-Kul, Talas and Naryn — consumed together,” Nazarov said.

Encrypted project calendar(September 20, 2019)

NULS / NULS: The NULS 2.0 Beta hackathon will be held from September 20th to September 21st, 2019. AE/Aeternity: Aeternity (AE) will hold “Cosmos One” conference in Prague, Czech Republic on September 20th COCOS/COCOS: The Cocos-BCX (COCOS) Oasis Arena hackathon will take place from September 20th to 22nd in Shanghai, China (“GO Shanghai”). RVN/Ravencoin: The Ravencoin (RVN) Ravencoin project team will host the “Ravencoin Asia 2019” party in Seoul, South Korea on September 20. GOB: Go online on the IDAX exchange and open the GOB/BTC trading market

Encrypted project calendar(September 21, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: The 6th FINWISE Global Summit Macau will be held from September 21st to 22nd. Distributed Financial Technology (DeFi) is the main topic of this conference. OKB/OKB: OKB (OKB) OKEx The Africa Cryptour series of talks in Kenya will take place on September 21 in Nairobi. ADA/Cardano: Cardano (ADA) Cardano Ambassador Marin Kramaric will host the Ada community gathering in Croatia on September 21. ZIL/Zilliqa: The Zilliqa (ZIL) Zilliqa project representative will attend the “Bitcoin and Blockchain Future” conference in London, UK on September 21st.

Encrypted project calendar(September 22, 2019)

NPXS/Pundi X: Pundi X (NPXS) PundiX Labs will officially launch the XPOS transaction at the “AkiColle” event in Tokyo on September 22.

Encrypted project calendar(September 23, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: Bakkt, the digital asset platform led by ICE, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange and the world’s second largest trading group, will launch a bitcoin physical delivery futures contract on September 23. EOS/EOS: EOS main network is expected to upgrade version 1.8 on September 23 DCDecred: Project leader Jake Yocom-Piatt of Decred (DCR) Decrex will attend the Encryption Community Party in San Francisco on September 23 and will deliver a speech.

Encrypted project calendar(September 24, 2019)

ENG/Enigma: Enigma (ENG) ENG main network token snapshot will end on September 24, the original start time is August 26. LINA (LINA): Lina Review will host the Lina network launch event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 24th and release a 10-year operational strategy. Cappasity (CAPP): Cappasity will showcase its digital signage solutions in luxury stores at the Paris Retail Week from September 24th to 26th.

Encrypted project calendar(September 25, 2019)

MIOTA/IOTA: IOTA (MIOTA) IOTA will host a community event on September 25th at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on the theme of “Building Your Own IoT.” Quant (QNT): The Quant project will participate in a marketing conference in London from September 25th to 26th, which will focus on data technology.

Encrypted project calendar(September 26, 2019)

ADA/Cardano: The Cardano (ADA) Cardano community will host a party in Washington, DC on September 26.

Encrypted project calendar(September 27, 2019)

BTC/Bitcoin: Cripto Latin Fest will be held in Cordoba, Argentina from September 27th to 29th. Switcheo (SWTH): After a one-year token exchange process, the project team will officially end the SWH→SWTH token exchange process on September 27.

Encrypted project calendar(September 28, 2019)

ADA/Cardano: Cardano (ADA) Cardano (ADA) 2nd Anniversary, Cardinal Foundation, IOHK and EMURGO main members will participate in community celebrations in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on September 28. TOP Network (TOP): The TOP Network team will hold a hackathon in Prague, Czech Republic from September 28th to 29th. Horizen (ZEN): Horizen project BD Rep Vano Narimandize will discuss the current status and development of sidechain technology at the Industry 4.0 Blockchain Summit on September 28.

Encrypted project calendar(September 29, 2019)

GAME/GameCredits: GameCredits (GAME) is expected to perform hard forks on September 29th at block height 2519999

Encrypted project calendar(September 30, 2019)

INS/Insolar: Insolar (INS) will be on September 30th ERD/Elrond: Elrond (ERD) will conduct main network test on September 30th NULS/NULS: The NULS team will plan to beta the ChainBOX in the third quarter. CS/Credits: Credits (CS) will exchange tokens and bug rewards in the third quarter QTUM/Qtum: Quantum Chain (QTUM) is expected to complete lightning network beta in the third quarter XEM/NEM: New World Bank (XEM) will release mobile wallet and computer wallet in the third quarter HC/HyperCash: hypercash (HC) will complete community management agreement in the third quarter

Encrypted project calendar(October 01, 2019)

HT/Huobi Token: The financial base public link jointly created by Firecoin and Nervos is expected to be open source in October. RVN/Ravencoin: Ravencoin (RVN) Ravencoin will perform a hard fork on October 1. ADA/Cardano: Cardano (ADA) plans to hold technical consensus meeting in Amsterdam on October 1st XRC/Bitcoin Rhodium: Bitcoin Rhodium (XRC) will record account balance awards on October 1st PPC/Peercoin: Peercoin (PPC) will perform Peercoin v0.8 (code 螳螂) hard fork on October 1st

Encrypted project calendar(October 02, 2019)

BNB/Binance Coin: The 2019 DELTA Summit will be held in Malta from October 2nd to 4th. The DELTA Summit is Malta’s official blockchain and digital innovation campaign. CAPP/Cappasity: The Cappasity (CAPP) London Science and Technology Festival will be held from October 2nd to 3rd, when the Cappasity project will be attended by the Science and Technology Festival.

Encrypted project calendar(October 03, 2019)

ETC/Ethereum Classic: The 2019 Ether Classic (ETC) Summit will be held in Vancouver on October 3–4

Encrypted project calendar(October 05, 2019)

Ontology (ONT): Ony Ji will attend the blockchain event in Japan on October 5th and explain the practical application based on the ontology network.

Encrypted project calendar(October 06, 2019)

SPND/ Spendcoin: Spendcoin (SPND) will be online on October 6th

BTC fell nearly $9,600 yesterday to date, then stopped falling and rebounded, and has now returned to the vicinity of $10,300. In the past 24 hours, the net inflows of BTC funds approached US$200 million. Compared with the previous cycle, the market inflows increased rapidly. We mentioned earlier that the main force is likely to wash dishes in the near future. Obviously, the main force finally did something yesterday, but the strength and speed of washing dishes are faster than expected. At present, the view of the medium-term bull trend remains unchanged, with the lower support focusing on the vicinity of $10,000 and then $9,600. In terms of operation, continue to attract funds at low prices, and stop loss should not be considered for the time being before breaking through the triangle area.
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