Sunday, April 21, 2019

Tournament Update

Hope everyone had a great time watching the Sekiro Deathless Race! It was a huge honor to be on the front page at the launch of a new FromSoft game. Once in a lifetime opportunity for the GG League. We've got plans for several new tournaments, including another Sekiro tournament in a few weeks (May) and a large charity event in June. More details forthcoming on these events.

Also, be sure to check out my Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/mcraptor) where I've been posting tons of Sekiro boss guides. I've been doing boss guides and game tutorials since Dark Souls 2, and really looking forward to doing this in new games and exploring new video formats. 


Thanks for your support of the GG League, and we'll see you in the next tournament!

Monday, April 8, 2019

World's First Sekiro Tournament!

With some amazing heroics from the runners, and the usual logistical wizardry, we pulled off an amazing first tournament in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. As far as I know, it's the first competitive tournament in Sekiro in the world, so let's call it a world first.

Thank you sincerely to all the runners, commentators, and members of the GG League technical team for making this event our biggest tournament yet! Being on front page was quite the treat and it was a great feeling to have so many people see the work we put in to make these tournaments happen.

If you missed the tournament, you can watch the whole thing on Youtube. Also, be sure to subscribe to my channel (https://www.youtube.com/mcraptor) for tournament VODs, highlights and other videos such as Sekiro guides and tutorials. 


Oh...and yes, there will be another tournament coming soon. More details to follow on the website and on Twitter (@McRaptorTV). Follow us on Twitch to catch the next one live https://www.twitch.tv/mcrapt0r

Leaderboard (final results)

$500 Prize Pool
Special thank you to the viewers for continuing your support of this content. We were able to increase the prize pool to $500, which was greatly appreciated. Thanks for being generous! 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Sekiro Deathless Race (April 6)

It's official, the first GG League tournament in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be the "Deathless Race" on April 6, beginning at 10 am EDT. With ten Dark Souls and Bloodborne tournaments in the books, we've very excited to bring you this fresh and exhilarating content in From Software's latest title. The prize pool is $500.

The Deathless Race

Each player is tasked with completing the Immortal Severance route of Sekiro at the fastest time possible without any deaths. Each death counts against the player for a brutal 10 minute in-game time (IGT) penalty. More information on the rules can be found here.

Click here for the Leaderboard

Runners
  • Distortion2 
  • Squillakilla 
  • Otzdarva
  • FaraazKhan
  • Kwitty23
  • SayviTV
  • Decc
  • Blueberrybrioche
  • GinoMachino
  • Eden_Issue
  • DonnyRekt
  • Colmer

Don't miss the action---the Deathless Race begins April 6 @ 10 am EDT


Watch LIVE @ https://www.twitch.tv/mcrapt0r

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

March 21 is Officially the SoulsBorne DAY OF DESTINY

On the eve of Sekiro, The_Happy_Hob and Otzdarva both did the impossible---they beat their INSANE SoulsBorne hitless challenge runs, with only hours left before Sekiro launch.

The GOD RUN

The_Happy_Hob had been working for months to get the "God Run," or back-to-back Dark Souls Trilogy, Bloodborne, and Demon's Souls "no hit" or "hitless" run. If he didn't get the run, he'd have to get a tattoo---a constant reminder of a missed opportunity. He came to call his final attempt before Sekiro the "Destiny Run."



Going straight through from the afternoon of March 20 into the wee hours of the morning on March 21, Hob finally beat the run and became a legend once again. There was so much celebration in the community, that the "GOD RUN" was even trending on Twitter!





















Otzdarva's Dark Souls 2: All Boss Hitless Run

Otzdarva has been working on the Dark Souls 2 All Boss hitless run for a long time. He got all the way to the 41st boss last year, and tragically took a hit on the Ivory King. He picked the run back up this year, and got back to the Ivory King, the 41st and final boss, and devastatingly took yet ANOTHER HIT. But Otzdarva refused to stay down....



With only a few hours left on March 21, the day before Sekiro, Otzdarva amazed a massive audience when he FINALLY beat the Ivory King, the 41st and final boss of Dark Souls 2, taking no hits from bosses or enemies the entire way. Not only did he achieve a World First run, he did it on the most special day in Dark Souls challenge run history....

...and thus March 21, as the legends go, became the SoulsBorne Day of Destiny

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sekiro Tournament: Get Involved

If you've been following the GGLeague tournaments, you know that our first big Sekiro tournament is just a few weeks away on April 6. It's going to be huge! Many viewers have reached out about how to get involved, either on logistics for the tournament or entering as a tournament runner.

Here's an overview of how you can get involved:

Logistics Team


Due to the size and complexity of this tournament, we need about a dozen members on our logistics team. This is a simple but VERY important job to ensure the success of the tournaments. We need the following the logistics or "Tech Team" members:

Scoring Specialists---we need you to carefully watch a group of 2-4 runners to look for any deaths or rule infractions. You then need to communicate and coordinate with other scoring specialists to relay this information to the tournament casters/commentators via discord DMs.

This is a very important job and requires knowledge of the Sekiro no damage run. You don't need to be a runner, but you need to have a good understanding of the run's rules and flow of the game. We need a minimum of 10 scoring specialists for each tournament, including on April 6.

Communication Specialists---we need logistics specialists to communicate messages to tournament runners and commentators, moderate chat, and provide other support.

No specific game knowledge is required, although it's helpful. This is best for people with good communication skills!

Artists/Video Editors/Programmers/etc.

In addition to tournament logistics, we always need artists/video editors/programmers/etc. for specific projects. If you want to be involved with any of this, please reach out to me (contact info below).

Tournament Runners

We expect to have a large number of runners from Team Hitless, however there is plenty of space for new blood. In fact, we're hoping to see a TON of new faces in these tournaments. Here are the requirements if you want to be a tournament runner:
  • Reliable and consistent performance on the Sekiro deathless/no damage run. Your goal prior to the first tournament should be at least a 3 death PB on the run and a competitive time as well since matches will be scored based on in-game completion time, with a penalty for damage taken. 
  • Must be a Twitch streamer with a reliable internet connection and good quality stream. Stream quality must be at least 720p/30 fps and 2,000+ bitrate. You cannot participate if you cannot stream during the tournament.
  • You must agree to our code of conduct for the tournaments (more information to come), which includes your permission for us to restream your tournament run and you must be respectful (at all times) to other runners, commentators, and casters. You also must agree to using ethical behavior when it comes to self-reporting on match performance.
  • There may be a small (~$10) entry fee to compete. Members of Team Hitless are exempt from this requirement. The purpose of the fee is not to generate revenue but to ensure that those entering are serious about running and will be reliable when it comes to tournament day.
  • Tournament runners who cancel last minute, or habitually sign up and cancel, will not be allowed in future events. Tournament schedules are always posted in advance and schedule changes are rare. Clear your calendar ahead of time and make sure you have time to run and practice before asking to join.
Contact Us

If you have more questions, or want to participate on either the logistics team or as a tournament runner, please DM me on Discord (preferred) or Twitter (@McRaptorTV). You can join the McRaptor discord by going to Twitch.tv/McRapt0r and typing !discord in chat.



Sunday, March 17, 2019

The tournament that almost wasn't

Yesterday's Dark Souls Trilogy tournament was the best yet. But it almost never happened.


On Friday night, after the tournament draft and Resident Evil 2 exhibition match, I was celebrating a bit with the wife. These tournaments take a ton of work to organize but everything was in place--it was a great feeling! A couple glasses of wine and Game of Thrones episodes in, I went into my office tweak some camera settings for the tournament. Somehow, I knocked my tripod off my desk, right into my fiber internet modem. The same fiber internet that had never dropped a frame in 10 tournaments.

Tripods, it turns out, are deadly, because the evil thing severed my fiber line...12 hours before the biggest tournament I've ever done. In that moment, I wanted to Sekiro. Please Alt+F4.

Twelve runners, half a dozen commentators, thousands of viewers, all counting on my trusty internet connection.

Months of planning all seemingly destroyed by a single clumsy moment.

Friends to the rescue. I reached out to the GGLeague discord immediately, and the amazing members of this community came up with back up plans and talked me off the ledge.
I jumped into JoeDD's stream and asked him for a quick discord call to come up with contingencies. We worked it all out. Joe's a damn MVP.

My neighbor offered up their son's room and Comcast WiFi so I could stream the tournament. Their son is the same kid I slayed 30x over in Fortnite months ago. He almost uninstalled. But Fortnite kid gave up his room so I could stream the biggest Dark Souls tournament to date.

Comcast only dropped 900 frames in 9 hours. Pretty good. Even Comcast was on my side.

It really is dangerous to go alone. It's a cold dark place with no internet, no one to laugh with and nobody to have your back when shit goes down.

Thanks to everyone that had my back this weekend and thanks for the reminder that I'm on the best team there is on Twitch.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Dark Souls Trilogy Tournament: Final Results

Congratulations to Team Otzdarva for the 1st place finish; Team FaraazKhan takes 2nd place!



Commentators:
  • DS3 - Decc, JoeDD, McRaptor
  • DS2 - BBGainz, JoeDD, McRaptor
  • DS1 - LadyZoe, SuperTatchi, JoeDD, McRaptor

Monday, March 4, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Tournament

YES, IT'S HAPPENING: the first Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Tournament is April 6.

This going to be HUGE. More details soon. Follow @McRaptorTV on Twitter to stay up to date.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Dark Souls Trilogy Tournament - March 15 and 16

Four teams, 12 runners, 1 prize pool, and each Dark Souls game (1-3). The trilogy tournament is coming your way March 15 and 16. This is the LAST tournament before Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
























Schedule:
(all times EST)

March 15

  • 12 pm - Team Draft
  • 1:30 pm - Resident Evil 2 No Damage Run (CarcinogenSDA, FaraazKhan)

March 16

  • 10 am - Dark Souls Trilogy begins

Runners:

Dark Souls 1
  • The_Happy_Hob
  • FaraazKhan
  • Squillakilla
  • Schiyo
Dark Souls 2
  • Otzdarva
  • McDrunkard
  • Vahiguru
  • Mogenkai
Dark Souls 3
  • CouchJockey
  • GinoMachino
  • Blueberrybrioche
  • Eden_Issue

Follow @McRaptorTV on Twitter for updates

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dark Souls 2 Tournament: Feb 22 & 23

The GG League: Dark Souls 2 Tournament is on Feb. 22 and 23! Six hitless ("no hit") runners compete for glory and a $250 prize pool!

Runners Otzdarva, McDrunkard, The Happy Hob, and FaraazKhan return, along with competitive newcomers ThePapaFinn and Vahiguru. Fierce competition, bonus exhibition matches, and GIVEAWAYS! Check back for more information soon.

Program Schedule:

(all times EST)


February 22
  • 12 PM - Group Stage tournament matches
February 23
  • 10 AM - Exhibition Match: Dark Souls 3 Hitless Speedrun (Feat. GinoMachino, Coltrane45, Davidtankre)
  • 11:30 AM - Exhibition Match: Bloodborne Hitless Speedrun (Feat. Squillakilla v. Kwitty23)
  • 12:30 PM - Semifinals and Finals matches


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Fantastic Bloodborne Tournament: GG!

It was hard to match the intensity, competition, and memes from the first Bloodborne tournament, but I think we did it in the first tournament under the GG League banner. There were stories throughout the tournament that will be remembered for some time.

Eden_Issue came out of nowhere and proved himself BOTH the fastest and most consistent runner in the tournament. He earned the championship spot, and we're all looking forward to see more of what this crazy runner from Poland can do.

DonnyRekt came out strong in this tournament, earning the #2 spot with a solid performance in the semifinals. Both he and Eden surprised everyone when they easily knocked out Squillakilla and Kwitty23 and advanced to the finals.

To everyone who participated, well done! Looking forward to the next one.



Missed the tournament? No problem, bracket and VOD links are below!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Tournament First Round: Upsets & Heartbreaking Runs that Slipped Away

If there's anything that these tournaments teach you about runners, consistency is INCREDIBLY hard to maintain. Colmer scored the best run in the previous tournament and GoesonGhost had the best qualifier run in the tournament, but BOTH of these runners were eliminated in the First Round.

DonnyRekt, who has been somewhat inconsistent game to game, showed off his prowess and knowledge in Bloodborne and eliminated FaraazKhan with a comfortable lead. Mogenkai went into his match knowing the godlike powers of his opponent, Kwitty23, and despite his best efforts, he too was eliminated. Kwitty had the best run in the entire tournament so far, scoring a 1-hit run at a quick 1 hour 42 minute pace.

Squillakilla was similarly on pace for a great run, but a few rare hits added up to a 5-hit finish for him. He was able to eliminate GoesonGhost and advance to the semifinals, but that performance won't likely carry him into the finals. But knowing how Squillakilla operates, we're likely to see the well oiled machine that he is going into the semifinals on Saturday (February 2).

One of the most interesting runners to surface in this tournament though is Eden_Issue, whom many were unfamiliar with prior to the tournament, but they're going to remember him now. He's fast, consistent, and has deep Bloodborne knowledge.

We return to the semifinals and finals (back to back) next Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 am EST. These final matches are going to incredibly competitive. See you at game time!

Catch the tournament live at Twitch.tv/McRapt0r

Follow @McRaptorTV and check back at https://www.mcraptor.com for live updates!



First Round Group A VOD

Interview with GoesonGhost:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The FIRST ROUND approaches

The eight runner, single elimination Bloodborne "hitless" tournament (all bosses, main game) officially starts on Friday (Jan. 25). The minimum prize pool will be $250---$150 to first place, $100 to second.

The qualifiers were intense. 

Commentators FaraazKhan and McRaptor both picked Posiitiive as a shoe in for the #5 seed (top placement coming through the qualifiers). In the end, the commentator curse prevailed, and Posiitiive was eliminated by hitting the maximum hits. SlipperySuzie, a previous contender in other tournaments, also was eliminated by scoring the maximum 10 hits. Lethal3585, resident strat master in Bloodborne, also watched his run slip away by narrowly avoiding a max hit run, instead scoring 9.

DonnyRekt and and Mogenkai were neck and neck most of the run, but eventually Donny pulled ahead and finished with a respectable 4 hit run, followed by Mogenkai and Eden_Issue at 5 and 6 hits, respectively.

The star of the qualifiers: GoesonGhost

But the star of the qualifiers was GoesonGhost, who earned herself the top qualifying placement in her first tournament. She breezed her way through most of the arcane run, making few mistakes along the way. Logarius caused a late run scare, but she recovered and scored a 3 hit run---which by the way, was the best score of the previous all boss tournament. Now she gets a chance to prove herself against the Edgelord himself---Squillakilla, three-time tournament champion, multiple world first record holder.

Tournament Schedule

  • Friday, Jan. 25 @ 2 pm EST --- First Round | FaraazKhan v. DonnyRekt | Colmer v. Eden_Issue
  • Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 11 am EST --- First Round | Kwitty23 v. Mogenkai | Squillakilla v. GoesonGhost
  • Saturday, Feb. 2 @ 10 am EST --- Semifinals, Finals

Catch the tournament live at Twitch.tv/McRapt0r
Follow @McRaptorTV on Twitter for live updates and check back at https://www.mcraptor.com/


Sunday, January 20, 2019

GG League is Here!

We've talked about this a lot, but the time for talk is over----the GG League is officially launched! More details to come in the future, but we're taking the hitless tournaments to the next level this year. More content, more games, more fun, more....everything?!

Thanks for your support, and GG!


Monday, January 14, 2019

Bloodborne All Bosses Hitless Tournament

Eight runners compete head to head in single elimination format to see who can score the least hits, the prize pool, and most importantly, the ultimate bragging rights. Format is all bosses main game (no DLC).

After the tournament, there will be an incentive BONUS DLC RUN.

LIVE at Twitch.tv/McRapt0r

Follow @McRaptorTV and check back at https://www.mcraptor.com for live updates!

Schedule:

  • Qualifiers---Jan. 21 @ 11 am EST
  • Qualifiers---Jan. 22 @ 11 am EST
  • First Round Group A---Jan. 25 @ 2 pm EST
  • First Round Group B---Jan. 26 @ 11 am EST
  • Semifinals & Finals---Feb. 2 @ 10 am EST

Recent Tournament Highlights, courtesy of Otzdarva's legendary video editing:


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Upcoming Hitless Tournaments

It's been just over a week since the last tournament, but we're already working on the next ones! Here's a little preview of what we've got planned for the next few months (until Sekiro launch):

  • Bloodborne all bosses (no DLC) --- minimum 8 runner elimination tournament
  • Dark Souls 2 (any%)
  • Dark Souls 3 all bosses
  • Dark Souls Remastered all bosses

Also, if you're a hitless runner, we need more runners in Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls Remastered (all bosses). DM me on Twitter (@McRaptorTV) or in discord if you're interested.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Thanks for a FANTASTIC 2018 of hitless tourneys!

We had a great year on team hitless. Seven different hitless tournaments, thousands of viewers, and crazy support from the community for prize pools and charity. In the Hitless Winter Classic, we raised over $600 for charity in a single day event. If you haven't had a chance to donate to our charity, you still have time! Use our Quip affiliate link (https://alerts.endorse.gg/signin/5ba13032d93188000ac427ef/mcrapt0r) to snag a $25 starter electric toothbrush kit and we'll get $55 from Quip for our children's charity!

Thanks to everyone that's supported the tournaments, and looking forward to even higher level performance in 2019!

If you missed the most recent tournaments, all the VODs are up at youtube.com/c/McRaptor. Here's the latest matches from the Hitless Winter Classic: