loathey (OCE)
: Hey guys! Sharp: How did you feel about the Rift Rivals format that allowed for OPL teams to help each other - specifically the King of the Rift day? Players: Which one of your teammates is the most annoying to live with, and why? Rippii: How do you put up with them?!
For the most part the guys are pretty good. Everyone chips in and we implemented a new rule this split where each players cooks and cleans up one night per week to encourage responsibility.
Taltarni (OCE)
: This question is for Sharp; What is your opinion (if any) on Performance Coaching, akin to what Robert Yip does at Immortals? I'm studying sport science, and see performance coaching as a potential way to get into the eSports scene (I'm way too bad to get in any other way); however I know that the OCE region is still slowly developing and therefore the demand for more specialist coaches is still non-existent. Here's an article about coaching in eSports that I found particularly interesting, and I hope you will too. http://www.liquiddota.com/forum/dota-2-general/462152-coaching-in-esports-a-comprehensive-look
Hey Taltarni, This is an interesting question; I would like to start by saying that at the moment especially in Oceania there is little to no 'Performance' style coaching. Although within Dire Wolves we do have a performance director who leads the way on this front and is constantly teaching me about traditional styles of coaching and sports psychology. Other teams in Oceania are starting to follow suit, I believe AV also have invested in similar ventures. To answer your question properly, I personally believe Performance Coaching is absolutely crucial to creating and facilitating a world class team. Concepts such as creating a culture of trust and high performance are only possible through ideas within performance coaching; although I do believe in an ideal world you would have a coach highly capable in both macro game strategy as well as traditional coaching practices. The downside to having multiple coaches is that throughout practise the head coach who is familiar with the macro (in-game) strategy will be dealing with the players 80% of the time and should be consciously implementing leadership and coaching ideas in real time (Not waiting for the other coach to pick up the slack). The most ideal combination for a high performance environment in my opinion would be... 1. Head coach (Preferably ex-player familiar with macro and micro game strategy) 2. Analyst 3. Performance Director (Acting as a sports psychologist/Mentor for coaching and management) Sharp
loathey (OCE)
: Hey guys! Sharp: How did you feel about the Rift Rivals format that allowed for OPL teams to help each other - specifically the King of the Rift day? Players: Which one of your teammates is the most annoying to live with, and why? Rippii: How do you put up with them?!
I think the Rift Rivals format was pretty awesome as you rarely get a chance to work with players and coaching staff from other teams. But in saying this, at times it can be a tad awkward as you want to help OCE succeed but you don't want to give too much away to the other teams in terms of strategy and thought process. It requires knowing exactly what you want to give away heading into the event. (From Sharp)
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ModBrat (OCE)
: Which of these is more important to you for success in esports; 1. Stress free environment 2. State of the art equipment/studio 3. Understanding the Meta 4. Understanding your opponents 5. Being mates in and off the rift 6. Pushing your limits
That's a good question. My pick would be no.5. A good team environment is vital to improving, and getting through rough times.
Ch33zW1z (OCE)
: When are we going to see the Rippii {{champion:77}} again?
Zorphiax (OCE)
: Can you add me please.
Dian (OCE)
: What is something the Dire Wolves are aiming to improve on? Either business wise or game play wise. P.S Rippi > Sybol
Business wise would be to increase the amount of value we bring to our fans and sponsors.
Syuko (OCE)
: ***
You'll have to ask Chippy's... he is no longer a Dire Wolf.
: How Good is the synergy between Raes and Cuden. Also does Rippi remember me From the train on the way to Pax. {{champion:77}} Either way GO DIREWOLVES!
Haha, yeah I do. Thanks for supporting our team!
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Aidan7787 (OCE)
: Dire wolves, firstly because supporting legacy or chiefs is just ban wagon jumping on. Second dire wolves sound cool. Third cause sharp, symbol, phantiks, raes and cuden are great names. especially raes :)

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