Thursday, July 22, 2021

With Total of $6000 Cash Prize on the Line, The Last Pillar Battle Arrives

There’s a new mobile Ragnarok Online version but guess what – I’m still playing the old school, PC version of this famous MMORPG. Here’s the latest from Rune Midgard courtesy of RO Extreme:

With Total of $6000 Cash Prize on the Line, The Last Pillar Battle Arrives

Conflict of interests and the desires to win clashed against each other, but only the firmest of all withstood the month-long war. And now, the conclusive battle draws nigh.

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After the conquest of the castles, Midgard calls for the competitive spirits of those who stood their ground in the war and lasted. All who were crowned to be the pillars of each server will once again prove themselves in the final face-off on the 24th and 25th of July, this year. Yggdrasil will be the first to behold its champion while Valhalla will follow the next day.

Taking the title as one of the pillars was no easy feat as the finalists had to ram their way through numerous obstacles and opponents in order to get the highest points in War of Emperium. In the end, the guild ▪ 322 ▪ led by ³²²Antonette emerged on top in Valhalla while it was ·V·S·O·P·, commanded by ·Boss·Dy·, which took the highest place in Yggdrasil. But this doesn’t mean these guilds can rest easy. The other top 2 to 4 guilds (Valhalla: Valiant [Verz], Imperial Regalia, Blitzkrieg; Yggdrasil: J O K E R, Nocturnal, [ insert Guild Name ]) have a fair chance to victory in the year’s most intense duels that will happen in late July. So, it’s to be expected that the heat of the rivalry will rise more than ever.

War of 4 Pillars Finalists

 

Are they to be blamed when the stakes are high? Not only will they all vouch for the top crown, the participants are setting their eyes on the prize as well. A cash prize of $1,600 awaits the winner on the top throne of the competition. The 2nd place will get $800 while there will be two guilds who will receive the consolation prize, each amounting to $300 in cash. All of the prize comes with a corresponding in-game money and fancy items. And these are just for one server! Considering the two servers, the total cash prize amounts to $6000. The triumphant don’t only get to flex with their costumes and in-game funds, they also get to win in real life! The effort and struggles to get here were definitely worth it.

War of 4 Pillars Finals Reward

 

All the finalists are gearing up and rearing to head into battle, but have you seen the risks they took to deserve a spot in the finals? If not, check out the highlights of their previous battle in Ragnarok Online MSP’s official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RagnarokOnline.com.ph

Don’t want to miss the final battle? Know all the details of the upcoming War of the 4 Pillars Finals in RMSP’s official website and see you in the live stream: https://roextreme.com/msp/news/war-of-4-pillars-final

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Streaming Dota 2 Games

I was surprised and happy at the same time when I got an email from Converge 3 days that their service is available in our area in Pasig City. I’ve been a subscriber of Globelines before for more than 11 years and my speed was stucked at 3 mbps. There’s no other ISP available in our area in Nagpayong, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City – until that email.

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If you’re on Discord, please add me up: Aerous#1448

 

My previous plan with Globe is at P1,299/month for 3 mbps. It includes a phone service. The plan I have now with Converge ICT is P1,500/month for 35 mbps but with no phone lines. That’s 10x the speed of my previous ISP. I can disconnect my landline as well since I rarely use it.

There are two things I can do with my 35 mbps speed right now – I can apply to Work From Home (WFH) jobs that requires a minimum of 10 mbps speed and I can also stream my Dota 2 games. I tried streaming it before with my 3 mbps speed and no matter how I lower the settings, the stream is just awful.

I installed OBS Studio (streaming software) and create a gaming profile on Facebook. I run the auto-detect of the best settings for Streaming on the OBS Studio (based on my current Converge 35 mbps speed). I copied the Streaming ID from Facebook and paste it on OBS. Also, OBS setup is on Game Capture – so when my Dota 2 is launched (on full screen) it’s sync to OBS which then streams it on Facebook.

I played 4 games so far using Dota 2 hero Axe (I’m doing the All Hero Challenge) and the streams were all smooth. I’m just hoping the downtime of Converge is not often and that they can resolve future issues in a day or two. For now, let’s play more Dota!

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Prime Goods PH – A “Great” New Online Store

I saw this ad on Facebook about this new company, a new website that promises to deliver your items within the day. If you’re tired of waiting for 4-6 days for your items from Lazada and Shopee, this seems like a great relief.

So I tried ordering from this new player and boy, I was in for a surprised. I ordered a slim power bank just to test if they could deliver on their promise. I ordered the item around 4am and I paid via debit card through their payment partner Paynamics.

I made a follow-up around 7am. I was told it could take up to 8pm for the delivery. I was also informed that it’s curbside delivery. So I waited for a text or call. I didn’t received any.

By 7:00 pm I made another follow-up and boom – I was told the payment didn’t push through. I was so pissed off so I just called it a day.

This morning around 11 am I made a follow-up. I was advised that their accounting department is still figuring it out in spite of proof of payment via screenshots of confirmed deduction. The most surprising thing was I was told it will take days for them to figure out what happened. Days

I suddenly remember the saying, when something is too good to be true – it’s probably is, too good to be true. Prime Goods PH and their promise of same day delivery is similar to that.

What a “great” new player in terms or delivery and customer service.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Dito Telecoms To Launch Commercial Services March 2021

I recently emailed Dito Telecoms a.k.a. Dito Telecommunity on when they will start their service and I got a reply from info@dito.ph that it will be March 2021.

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The 3rd Telco – Dito Telecommunity – is probably a play on the words telecom and community. 

I checked their website at dito.ph and check the services that they will be offering and based on the following information, it seems that they will only offer Mobile Services, not wired Internet connection.

So I emailed them for a follow-up and I’m still waiting for a reply. I am looking forward for the start of their service because my current ISP, Globe, still doesn’t have speed upgrade to my 3 mbps wired Internet connection.

However, it seems that having Dito Telecommunity would not change that because I need a wired Internet connection preferably speeds of 10 mbps or higher (requirement for Work From Home jobs). I do hope they would offer it soon since the demand for WFH jobs increased due to the pandemic of the Corona Virus Diseas (Covid 19)

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27 Mbps on a mobile connection seems far from reality. But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt

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The 3rd Telco is actually a campaign promise of Duterte. He said that we should have a 3rd Telco in his 1st year in office. However, he’s still in office for 4 years now and we still don’t have (technically) a working 3rd Telco

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I am still hoping that the wired Internet connection will be under Data Products & Services.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Dota 2 MMR Recalibration 2020

Last season, I ended up as Guardian 2 with 910 MMR. Before I recalibrate my MMR, here are my stats so far:

 

Highest level heroes: (Dota Plus feature)

Warlock – Level 25 (Master Tier)

Ogre Magi -- 25

Omni Knight – 23 (Platinum)

Dazzler – 14 (Gold)

Babe -- 13

Treat Protector -- 12

Pugna – 9 (Silver)

Jakiro -- 9

Enchantress -- 9

Undying -- 9

Lich -- 8

Skywrath Mage – 7

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Hero Relics (by buying Shards)

Abaddon, Anti-Mage, Babe, Dazzler, Enchantress, Jakiro, Ogre Magi, Omni Knight, Pugna, Sniper, Treant Protector, Warlock, and Wraith King 14/14 complete

Dark Seer 10/14

Shadow Demon 7

Necrophos 6

Ancient Apparition 5

Keeper Of The Light 5

Shadow Shaman 4

Spirit Breaker 3

Undying 2

Oracle 1

Skywrath Mage 1

Relics

 

Game Stats:

Ogre Magi, 514 games, 51.6% win rate

Warlock, 264, 52.7%

Omniknight 158 59.5%

Necrophos 111 58.6%

Treant Protector 94 54.3%

Dazzler 82 41.5%

Gyrocopter 81 43.2%

Pugna 73 43.8%

Bane 62 51.6%

Enchantress 50 50%

Skywrath 43 53.5%

Undying 36 44.4%

Viper 33 36.4%

Oracle 31 38.7%

Jakiro 26 69.2%

Abaddon 23 60.9%

Underlord 23 56.5%

Wright King 23 43.5%

Lich 21 66.7%

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All Hero Challenge

I finished the All Hero Challenge before. But now, I’m doing it again. So far, I have finished 27/119

 

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Yesterday, I recalibrated my MMR by playing 10 games. I play Support in all 10 games – and we only won 2/10 matches. I ended up as Herald IV – with 38% to the next star and 530 MMR.

I used my 2nd account and did another calibration. This time, I played Carry (Wraight King and Bristleback) and I wond 3/10 matches. However, I ended up at a lower rank at Herald II with 63% to the next star and 260 MMR.

I know it’s not much, but I really enjoy playing Dota 2 even though I’m not a great player. Playing with friends is fun.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Updates to Dota Plus After Battle Pass 2020

After introducing Dota Plus in March 2018, this is the first time I know, that Valve made some significant update to their paid subscription called Dota Plus.

On Dota2 blog it says:

Dota Plus members can now purchase a new treasure with shards. This treasure features 12 community-created sets for Nyx Assassin, Leshrac, Medusa, Vengeful Spirit, Weaver, Clockwerk, Faceless Void, Doom, Sven, Axe, Crystal Maiden, and Tusk. It also includes the re-introduction of Ethereal and Prismatic gems, with the very rare Blazing Hatchling courier coming pre-equipped with a random one of each.

The next treasure will be available on Dec 1st, and then again every 3 months after that

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Seasonal treasure can now be purchased using Shards. Each one cost 10,000 shards

Several features from the Battle Pass have also moved into Dota Plus:

  • The Chat Wheel sound effects (e.g. Moo, Orchestra Hit) are now available by redeeming shards.
  • The pull timers when holding ALT are now available to Dota Plus members.
  • The post-game healing and gold breakdowns have now merged with the existing Dota Plus damage tab.
  • The Battle Pass MVP feature is now available for all players, but Dota Plus customers can earn extra shards with a new Seasonal quest.

We’ve also bumped up the number of players allowed to be on the Avoid Players list from 16 to 25.

…the following subset of features to be available for all players:

  • All players can now reach up to Hero Level 5 without a Dota Plus subscription. Only subscribers can reach Silver tier and above.
  • All players can now use tipping for shards.
  • All players can now earn the weekly shard reward for winning 3 matches. Non-subscribers earn 500 shards per week, while Dota Plus members earn 1000.
  • The Dota Plus Rewards store has been renamed to the “Shard Shop”, and the premium hero sets, legacy hero sets, and tools are now purchasable by everyone. The Seasonal treasure, Chat Wheel sound effects and Hero Relics remain Dota Plus exclusive.

The Guild system that is part of Battle Pass 2020 remained.

Once a week, guild members will receive their new guild rank and can claim a reward of shards; Dota Plus members earn double the amount of shards.

Guild contracts now earn both guild points and shards. All players have access to one contract slot per day, and Dota Plus members have access to a second slot.

Ranked Season

For this season, we are going to try a new approach to MMR resets. We are making the MMR reset optional, and for those who want to participate, we instead spread it out so it doesn’t create too much volatility at the same time (ontop of the volatility that already exists when you enter calibration).

Upon logging in, you can go to Settings, and under the Account tab there is a new MMR Recalibration section. To prevent everyone from recalibrating at once, start-times will be spaced out evenly between October 22, 2020 and November 22, 2020 and can be activated anytime until the Season is over

We are currently aiming for end of November for a new hero release, followed by more that are spread throughout next year with the next one in the first quarter next year.

In terms of toxicity and game ruining behaviors from players, we are working on a new Overwatch style system, similar in some ways to that of CS:GO.

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The new look of Match Rewards after each game

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My first purchased of Autumnal Treasure 2020 using 10,000 Shards

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Our guild named Isolation eSport

Seasonal Quest

There are now Seasonal Quests similar to the time that they first launched Dota Plus.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

DOST Caraga Is Giving Coursera Grants

Caraga is also known as Caraga Administrative Region or Caraga Region and is designated as Region 13 in Mindanao. It is composed of 5 provinces – Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

I saw one of the ads of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga on Facebook that they are giving Coursera Grants. Coursera is a website that offers online learning. I have an account there but I don’t have access to certificates because that requires a grant.

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When I saw that ad on Facebook, I immediately signed up and yesterday was our orientation (done via Facebook Live). It’s the 13th Coursera Orientation facilitated by Engr Noel M Ajor and Director Domina D Mallonga. It took about 1.5 hours but it was worth it.

Engr Ajoc explained the history on how they got the grant and the basic of taking Coursera online courses. In this time of pandemic, the demand for online learning increased and it’s a great opportunity to take online courses. The only requirement is Filipino citizens 18 years and above.

During the orientation, they provided a QR Code that served as the attendance sheet. After the orientation, when I logged to Coursera, I already received the invite from DOST. Engr Ajoc encouraged us to take a short project and test if it will really generate a certificate.

I took the Gmail project (30 minutes duration) and true enough, I got a certificate from Coursera which contain a link that would validate that the certificate indeed came from them. Their next orientation is on October 13, 2020 and there are a lot more grants to be given.

If you have plenty of time this pandemic and you have Internet access, it will be a great opportunity to learn new skills from Coursera. I already enrolled in courses from Facebook, Google and Wordpress. I commend the leadership of DOST-Caraga for this very useful project.

Please visit their FB page to sign up for their next orientation: https://www.facebook.com/DOST.Caraga 

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