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The SKLAN Tournament Schedule.

The day is finally here! We here at SKL are announcing the full SKLAN tournament schedule after teasing games for the last two weeks.

You may be wondering what the hour-long break sections consist of. Those are a mix of three things:

  • Need a break? Use the break time to sit back, relax, get some fresh air.
  • Did a tournament block go a bit longer than we wanted it to? We’ll use part of the break time.
  • Want to play a game in the casual area with other people at the LAN that isn’t on the schedule? Use the break time.

As for the other things on the schedule, we will be asking for the community’s feedback on what to do during each of these sections. Below are some of the ideas that we have come up with.

Reminder that SKLAN is on August 25th, 2018 at 12:00PM until August 26th at 12:00PM at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West) in Galaxy’s A and B.

Fortnite

Duo’s Tournament (Bring a duo partner or we’ll find you one!)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

1v1v1v1 Tournament in the Playground

DOTA 2

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Build-Your-Hero Mode

Pick up teams (Just play normal/random games with your friends!)

League of Legends

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

ARAM’s

1v1 Tournament

Teach a “noob” how to play League!

Nexus Blitz! Try the Alpha of the new game mode!

Pick up Normal Games (Bring a team or we’ll help you find one!)

Dragon Ball FighterZ

A bracket will be formed using the in-game bracket system.

CounterStrike: Global Offensive

Tournament with a local server (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Hearthstone

Tournament

Casual/friendly matches

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Custom server lobbies (Solos, Duos or Squads)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

Rocket League

3v3 Fun matches

Pick-up ladder play

Starcraft 2

To be discussed at the event.

Overwatch

6v6 Mixed Teams (Sign up and we’ll match players together randomly on teams based on roles!)

Heroes of the Storm

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Rainbow 6: Siege

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Minecraft

Although there isn’t a Minecraft tournament, a Minecraft server will be available through the full LAN event. Details to the server will be available at the event.

Community Voted

We have, and will continue to ask for player’s votes for our Community Voted section. This can be a game that has been played earlier in the night that we want more time for, or a game no one has ever heard of, or a game that we accidentally missed! You want it? Suggest and VOTE for it on our Discord (discord.gg/sklesports)!

While a lot of these events might seem “hardcore”, we assure you, this LAN is whatever you make it to be. Want to play one game the entire night with your friends? You can do that! Want to play in as many tournaments as possible to try and prove your stuff against other people in Western Canada? You can do that too! Want to grab random people and play other LAN favourites such as Warcraft 3, Gary’s Mod, Jackbox Games or Quake? You can absolutely do that too!

If you have not signed up for the LAN already, our early bird pricing of $30 ($10 off the door price) ends August 19th, 2018. You can register by clicking here. If that wasn’t incentive enough, signing up before August 19th, 2018 also enters you to win both an MSI Interceptor Mouse and Keyboard!

For anyone attending the Warhammer ITC or SKL Smashkatoon, remember: if you decide to come to the LAN afterwards, you receive $10 off your LAN ticket. So if you sign up for Smashkatoon or the ITC before August 19th, entry to the LAN will only be $20!

What should I bring to SKLAN?

  • Computer/Laptop
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Headset
  • Ethernet cable. The longer the better. We recommend 20+ feet.
  • Power bar (we can’t provide one for everyone)
  • Extra cash. There will be a snack concession, bar, and restaurant on the premises.

What should I not bring to SKLAN?

  • Absolutely no USB drives, external hard drives, etc. that contain illegal/pirated software.
  • No outside food, drinks, or snacks.

How do I prepare for SKLAN?

  • Download and update all of your games beforehand. Internet bandwidth may be limited.
  • If you are using Steam, make sure to set it to offline mode before attending.
  • There will be lots of people in and out and we’re in for a long event, so make sure you’re being courteous and practicing proper hygiene before the event to make sure we all have the best time possible.

The Overwatch Overview

Blizzard seems to be popping out games into every genre lately. With their MOBA, Heroes of the Storm; TCG, Hearthstone; MMORPG, World of Warcraft; RTS, Starcraft; and their ARPG, Diablo, the company reaches out to audiences of almost every type of game. And as you probably already know, Blizzard Entertainment is not too far off from releasing their very first FPS, Overwatch. But what is Overwatch? Is it worth buying, or is it just like any other shooter? Is Blizzard just trying too hard to reach into all of these different genres? I decided to try the beta this past weekend to find out.

Game Modes
Overwatch is an online First Person Shooter game with four team based objective games: Escort, Assault, Hybrid, and Control. In all of these games except Control, your team is placed on either the defender or attacker side of the map, but all of these game modes have quite a different feel to them.
-Escort: In this game mode, you are either preventing a payload from reaching its delivery point, or you are trying your best to move the payload to said point. You and your four teammates must continuously alter your strategies throughout the game as the payload passes through different strategic points throughout the map. The game ends when either the attackers reach their target location, or the defenders prevent the payload from reaching its target for the game’s set time.
-Assault: In Assault, depending on the side of the map your team has been placed, your goal is to either defend specified areas on the map until the time runs out, or to capture those point on the map within that time. To capture objectives, you must clear the defenders of the objective areas as the objective timer fills.
Hybrid: Hybrid does not need much of an explanation. So far, the only hybrid game released has been a combination of Escort and Assault, in which the game starts with an Assault and ends with an Escort.
Control: In control, your team is not placed on an attacking or defending side of the map. Instead, both teams fight over control over an objective in the centre of the map. While in control of the map’s objective, your team makes progress towards capturing it. Whichever team reaches 100% on the objective first wins the round. This game mode consists of a maximum of three rounds, with a different map and objective each time, the best team out of three games wins.
BONUS: Blizzard has also recently taken an idea from their Trading Card Game, Hearthstone, in which each week there is different featured game mode in their Weekly Brawl. Like Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawl, the Weekly Brawl will consist of completely different rules each week. In one week’s Brawl, you may only be able to play as McCree (one of the game’s offense characters) and the next, you may be able to play any character, but that character may be randomly selected for you every time you respawn. This past week’s Weekly Brawl that I was able to play in the beta was very similar to League of Legends’ Ultra Rapid Fire (URF) game mode, in which the games were very fast paced due to cooldowns being reduced drastically. As a first time Overwatch player, I played this game for the first time not even knowing what I was getting into, and halfway through the match when I finally realized what was happening, I was both embarrassed and overjoyed!

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Characters and Roles
Overwatch currently has a total of 21 different heroes to choose from – that’s right “heroes”, not “classes” – and these heroes are divided into four categories: Tank, Defense, Offense, and Support. Each of these roles helps your team differently in winning your game and every hero feels completely different. No sniper feels like the other and no damage dealer deals their damage in the same way. Each and every different playstyle is being accounted for! When first starting up the game, I recommend you try each and every character out before you stick to maining just one of them. I, for instance, immediately started playing McCree after having a couple of good games with him. I had lots of fun, and felt very powerful so he was my go-to-guy. But upon exploring other characters like Soldier: 76, Roadhog, and Bastion and loving them, I found that exploring each and every character was the best way to go. You should at least find one hero per role so that you can fill in different roles as needed – and the game does a great job at telling your team which roles still need to be filled. Keep in mind that you can change characters throughout the game when you respawn, so you don’t have to stick to one character the whole time if you don’t like them!

Cosmetic Items

Ah, cosmetic items: the completionist’s worst enemy. Overwatch is full of cosmetic items for you to collect – for a price. There are tons of victory poses, player icons, highlight intros, emotes, sprays, voice lines, and yes, skins All of these cosmetics are available for a set price, but are luckily also available through loot boxes: a box of four random cosmetic items that you obtain for leveling up. These are very exciting and I usually leave the lobby as soon as I level up just to see what I got. If you not sure exactly what each of the cosmetic items listed is, here is an explanation:
Victory Poses: When you win a game in Overwatch, your team is gathered in one picture and when you unlock a victory pose for a hero, this is the pose they will be in, in this picture.
Player Icons: In the main menu, you are recognizable by not only your Battletag ID, but a small portrait beside your name. Player icons range from Warcraft, Starcraft, and other Blizzard game themed to Tracer, Reaper, and other Overwatch character themes.
Highlight Intros: At the end of every game, there is a play of the game. If your play makes the play of the game, whichever Highlight Intro you have chosen, it will play before the play of the game plays.
Emotes: Emotes are short animations your character can play in game to taunt your opponent, or show off to your friends.
Sprays: I found sprays to be especially interesting. Sprays allow you to tag a picture onto walls, and not much else. Other players see these tags and can also cover them up with their own sprays. It’s just a cool and unique cosmetic that I wasn’t expecting.
Voice Lines: In the game, you may press the ‘C’ key to bring up a list of in game commands you can use to quickly tell your opponents what’s up. You may use this to say hello, or ask for assistance, but you can also choose the ‘voice line’ option, and you will say a line unique to that hero.
Skins: Skins are exactly what you would expect. They can change the colour of your hero’s clothes, or they can change what your hero looks like completely. The more expensive or rare the skin is, the more it will change your character.

When I first started playing Overwatch, I noticed I was losing quite a few matches. But then I realized that I was probably playing with people that had been playing the beta for much longer than me, and I eventually caught on and started winning more. The game is very fast paced and learning each individual hero and role takes a little bit of time, but once you do you fit right in and start having tons of fun. The controls are great and consistent throughout each hero, making each new character you try easy to learn. Blizzard has done a great job with their games of other genres, and they are doing just as well with their first FPS, Overwatch. It feels WAY different than any other FPS I have played and is not trying too hard at all. Blizzard is definitely just as serious about this game as any of their other type of game, and I’m sure this one will be just as big. This will definitely be one of the main games I start to play and I hope that the competitive scene catches on as well.

Do you plan to play Overwatch? Have you already? What are your thoughts?
Be sure to enter our contest to win your own copy of Overwatch when it releases!

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