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[BB] Big Brother 4: Summer of Secrets

2020.10.24 18:42 boybyebye2022 [BB] Big Brother 4: Summer of Secrets

Welcome to Season 4 of Big Brother featuring sixteen fresh slightly-strangers moving in under one roof for nine weeks of power struggle, lies, betrayal, alliances, and an ultimate battle for the cash prize. Who has the strategy, competition abilities, and charisma to take the grand prize? Check out the cast below:
CAST (*denotes recruit)
Alexis “Lexi” Vera – 24 years old. Somewhat mean-spirited singer & party girl from McBride, Michigan. (u/FrieNads)
Bianca Ford\* – 21 years old. Full-time nanny from Calabasas, CA.
Bruce Regir\* – 35 years old. Struggling artist from Brooklyn, NY hoping for a big break.
DeShawn “Shawn” Woods – 19 years old. Caring & funny cashier from Boston, Massachusetts. (u/asiansurvivorfan)
Fred Pinkishlomo – 56 years old. Charismatic rabbi from Trenton, NJ. (u/swoldow)
Hayden Maximus – 32 years old. Country boy from Hoston, TX. (u/JTsidol)
Holly Tarantino – 23 years old. Wild card freelance photographer from Baton Rouge, LA. (u/Ever24)
Jeremiah Everette – 31 years old. Pharmacy tech from South Portland, Maine. Wore all green for his memory wall photo because it’s his lucky color. (u/Ever24)
Jesse Stokes – 28 years old. Screenwriter from Manhattan, NY. (u/SilverOwl24)
Justine Tyung – 26 years old. Goth bartender from Oakland, CA. (u/asiansurvivorfan)
Kristen “Kris” Orly\* – 23 years old. Bubbly valley girl from Northridge, CA. Sister to Sebastian.
Lianna “Lip” Lippington – 35 years old. Resilient chef’s assistant ready for the competition. (u/swoldow)
Sebastian “Bash” Orly\* – 21 years old. All muscle, lacking brain. Brother to Kristen.
Suzumi Mioda – 44 years old. Nursing home employee from Bar Harbor, Maine who applied on a whim! (u/swoldow)
Unas Svedelos – 33 years old. A model and advocate for the deaf from Athens, Greece. (u/asiansurvivorfan)
Zachary Kane – 39 years old. Fireman from Nelson, Minnesota with a friendly persona. (u/FrieNads)
WEEK ONE: >! Welcome to BB4! It’s week one and final twos have begun to bloom in the Big Brother house. Kris and her brother Bash, Holly and Justine, Bianca and Lip, and Shawn and Jeremiah all seem to have some type of final two deal while a bigger four person alliance has developed between Kris, Jeremiah, Fred, and Shawn. Jesse wins the first HoH competition of the summer and nominates Suzumi and Holly for eviction. At the POV competition, Bianca takes the gold but does not use it on either nominee. In the house this week, Zac attempts to improve relationships while Holly threatens to quit and breaks down from the pressure of being on the block. At eviction night, the oldest female contestant in the house, Suzumi, is evicted by a vote of 8 to 5. !<
WEEK TWO: >! At the slip-n-slide HOH competition, Hayden secures power for the week. At the nomination ceremony, he nominates Bash and Jeremiah for eviction. For the POV competition, it’s all boys playing and Jeremiah ultimately wins the POV. He uses it on himself but Hayden replaces Jeremiah with his final two partner, Shawn. Shawn yells at Hayden for this move as he takes his seat on one of the nominee chairs. In the house, Shawn earns extra prize money and opens up to Jesse about why he needs the money. At eviction night, Shawn is saved by a vote of 9 to 3 and Bash is evicted from the house (rip sibling twist). Hayden’s HOH created some large targets on his back from multiple people–who will win the next HOH and will they take a shot at him?! !<
WEEK THREE: >! Holly and Justine’s final two deal has dissolved. At the endurance HOH competition, Lip wins power. Once again, Jeremiah and Shawn see the block but for once they are together. Lip is taking a stab at the only big (numbers wise even though it’s only four people) alliance in the game At the POV competition, Lip secures all the power for the week and ensures that her nominees remain the same. In the house, Hayden lashes out irrationally at Shawn and a banner flies over the backyard saying Kris cannot be trusted. At eviction night, the houseguests see Jeremiah as the bigger challenge threat and by a vote of 9 to 2, he is evicted from the Big Brother house. !<
WEEK FOUR: >! A new alliance has formed with Bianca, Shawn, and Jesse. At the HOH competition, Zac wins his first competition of the season! He nominates Lip and Unas for eviction. At the POV competition, Unas wins his first competition of the season, securing his safety for the week as he removes himself from the block. In place of Unas, Zac nominates Holly. In the house, Zac calls out Bruce, Kris and Zac bond, Unas attempts to mend relationships in the house, Jesse opens up to Shawn, and Justine breaks down and threatens to quit. The house is split in a 5-5 vote which leaves it to Zac to break the tie. Zac votes to evict Lip from the house who went from HOH to evicted in only a week. !<
WEEK FIVE: >! Jesse leaves the newly formed alliance with Bianca and Shawn. At the HOH competition, Hayden wins his second HOH of the season. He nominates Shawn and Bianca, taking a stab at this fresh alliance. Shawn wins the POV, ensuring his safety for the week. Hayden names Lexi as the replacement nominee, locking in Bianca and Lexi as nominees for eviction. In the house, Hayden and Shawn have a heated argument–escalating their rivalry. Kris works her social game while Justine does the same. At eviction night, Bianca is sent packing in a vote of 8-3. !<
WEEK SIX: >! A new alliance forms with Shawn, Fred, and Unas before the HOH competition. At the HOH competition, Jesse wins! He nominates Holly and Unas for eviction. At the POV competition, Hayden wins his third competition of the season. He uses the POV on Holly, saving her from eviction. Jesse names Lexi as the replacement nominee. In the house, Hayden has a public breakdown, Justine threatens to quit once more, Bruce and Kris bond, Holly slips an inappropriate comment, and a banner indicates Unas is not trustworthy. The house is split once more in a 4-4 tie but Jesse evicts Unas, as he considers him as the bigger challenge threat. Unas is the first member of the jury. !<
WEEK SEVEN: >! A new alliance has formed with Alexis, Bruce, Hayden, Jesse, and Kris. At the HOH competition, Bruce wins his first competition of the season. He nominates Justine and Zac for eviction. At the POV competition, Justine wins the POV, securing her safety for the week. In her place, he nominates Shawn. In the house, Hayden accidentally breaks one of Kris’ items, Jesse attempts to mend relationships, Zac’s ego is growing big, and Hayden flips Lexi’s mattress. In a landslide vote of 6 to 1, Zac is evicted from the Big Brother house. !<
WEEK EIGHT: >! After weeks of being nominated constantly, Holly wins the HOH competition. At the nomination ceremony, she nominates Shawn and Jesse for eviction. Jesse wins the POV, saving himself from eviction for the week. In his place, Holly nominates Fred–the first time he has seen the block this season. In the house this week, Lexi finds Kris creepy and tells the houseguests, Holly lashes out at Fred irrationally, and Fred holds a house meeting to apologize for his behavior. By a vote of 5 to 1, Shawn is evicted after what seems like weeks of people attempting to get him out. !<
WEEK NINE: >! At the final eight, four guys and four girls remain. Everyone has a comp win except for Lexi and Fred who have seem to be floating amongst the people in power. After Shawn is evicted, the alliance between him, Kris, and Fred has dissolved. At the HOH competition, Hayden wins his third HOH after Kris comes in second for a third week in a row. He nominates Holly and Justine for eviction but Justine wins the POV and secures her safety for the week. In place of Justine, Hayden nominates Fred. In the house, Hayden attempts to mend relationships and Justine breaks down and threatens to quit. In a unanimous vote of 5 to 0, Holly is evicted from the house. !<
WEEK TEN: >! Kris has left the dominant alliance. At the HOH competition, Kris wins her first HOH of the season. She nominates Lexi and Hayden for eviction, taking a stab at one of the bigger threats in the game. At the POV competition, Fred wins his first competition of the season and uses the POV on Hayden. In his place, Kris names Justine as the replacement nominee. In the house, Justine invents a game and the house is thrilled, Jesse tries to improve relationships in the house, and Bruce irrationally lashes out at Justine. The house is split once more as Bruce and Fred vote to evict Justine and Hayden and Jesse vote to evict their alliance member Lexi. Kris as the HOH evicts Lexi who gives an explosive speech before leaving. !<
WEEK ELEVEN: >! The dominant alliance has dissolved. At the HOH competition, Jesse wins power and decides to nominate Bruce and Fred for eviction. Jesse secures all the power for the week with the POV win and keeps his nominations the same. In the house, Justine’s ego is growing big and Bruce bonds with Justine. In a unanimous vote, Bruce is evicted from the house. At this point, whoever cuts Hayden and/or Jesse deserves to win but will that happen? !<
WEEK TWELVE: >! At the HOH competition, Fred wins his first HOH of the season. He nominates Justine and Jesse for eviction. At the POV competition, Justine wins her third veto of the season, securing her spot in the final four. Fred names Hayden as the replacement, ensuring that either one of the comp beasts will be leaving. A banner flies over the backyard saying Justine cannot be trusted while Fred and Jesse bond. Justine votes to evict Jesse while Kris votes to evict Hayden. Ultimately, Fred votes to evict Jesse who gives an explosive speech before leaving. At this point, any of the people here could win the game. Justine has been able to save herself countless times through POV wins, Hayden has been a comp beast, and Fred/Kris have both had amazing social games–Kris has avoided the block all season. !<
WEEK THIRTEEN: >! At the HOH competition, Hayden wins the final four HOH, securing his spot in the final 3. He nominates Justine and Kris for eviction, stating that Justine is the pawn and Kris is his target. Hayden wins the POV, ensuring that his nominees remain the same. Fred and Kris bond in the house this week. At the eviction vote, Fred votes to evict Justine, sending her to the jury house. !<
FINAL THREE: >! Kris wins Part 1 of the Final HOH competition, advancing to the final round. Fred wins Part 2 of the Final HOH competition which means he will face Kris in the final round. Kris is the final HOH of the season and at eviction night, she evicts the comp beast Hayden. !<
FINALE: >! Fred and Kristen both only have two comp wins but have played great socially. Fred states that he deserves to win because he had a better strategic game, a better social game, and survived even though he was nominated four times. Kris states she was loyal, performed better on challenges, and did not receive a vote the entire game. !<
RUNNER-UP: >! Kris! I’m definitely a little shocked that it was a UNANIMOUS vote like 9-0?! No one could throw Kris a pity vote?!! I thought the fact that Kris was able to avoid the block until the final four was impressive. During the massacre of her and Fred’s alliance members (re: Jeremiah and JuShawn), both her and Fred managed to lay low and ultimately avoid being a target while their alliance members were nominated week after week. She lost her brother early but that didn’t even influence her overall game as she made it to the end. If there weren’t stronger competitors (re: Hayden and Jesse), I think she would’ve definitely shone more. !<
WINNER: >! Fred!! I definitely think his move to evict Jesse was what got him the win. Jesse was Kris’ other ally or number one and he knew that if he brought Jesse and Kris both to the final two, they would choose each other over him. Fred worked the social game and formed alliances when he had to–he’s definitely a prime example of not needing lots of comp wins to win the game overall. Not disappointed in the outcome because he did play a great game even if he did not win every comp and this was such an unusual outcome! I really expected Hayden to win but he had his Janelle moment by flopping in the Final HOHs and getting evicted at the final 3. !<
AMERICA’S FAV: >! Shawn!!! LMAOOO I honestly loved Shawn and the fact that he was nominated weeks two, three, five, seven, eight… a great character! !<
Potential returnees: >! Hayden, Jesse, Justine, Shawn, Kris !<
Overall thoughts: >! I liked the season because it had a totally different outcome than what we’ve seen in previous seasons. I think this was the first unanimous jury vote in the four seasons! At some point, I was getting annoyed that Hayden was winning so much because I just wanted something different to happen and when Kris left the alliance and targeted Hayden (until Fred used the POV) I was on the edge of my seat. Overall, I thought it was an alright season and gave us some good game players to potentially return in future seasons! !<
>! Most challenge wins: Hayden with 6 wins !<
>! Most HOH wins: Hayden with 4 wins !<
>! Most POV wins: Justine with 3 wins !<
>! Times nominated: Shawn and Justine tied for 5 times !<
>! Veto used: 9 times !<
>! Most votes received: Holly with 15 votes !<
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2020.10.20 03:17 onekayakin Your Duo Is Not Always Right.

Just as the title states. You need to let your duo know your line of thinking in situations and plays and actively communicate why a certain play is a bad idea. This is mostly focused towards players who are playing in comms in a call speaking to each other, but the concept can be applied through regular text-chat and pings as well.
Playing in a solo lane and your duo wants to try Scuttlecrab with no prio because you're shoved in hard? Let them know. You don't have to say that they won't get the Crab, but you need to let them know that you won't be able to respond/will respond later than the opposing laner.
"I'm going for this crab here."
These are the words that you don't want to hear if you're shoved under tower and your duo expects you to help them. How do you say it's a bad idea? By saying it's a bad idea of course!
"I'm shoved under turret. I won't be able to help/opposing laner will get there first."
And if worse comes to worse, you need to call out if they're actively making a bad play. If your duo is playing Zac trying to fight Xin Zhao for Scuttlecrab, you need to let them know that is a bad idea.
"Dude you're Zac, you won't win against Xin."
If they still do it and blame you for being shoved in and not helping, it might be time to get a new duo because you're not going to climb with someone who can't realize their own mistakes like that.
This goes for ANY lane you play in. Is your duo your support and you're ADC? Ask them to let you know when they go in, let them know your cooldowns, ask them to communicate their cooldowns to you. Are you playing Leona support? Make sure your Duo is on the same page as you before going in. Let them know your cooldowns! I can't stress this enough!
"I have E in 4 seconds, can we go in?"
That question is magical. Confirm with your Duo your actions, you need to actively communicate this. Are you a jungler ganking for your Duo partner? Ask them if the opposing laner used any big cooldowns, and if you can go for it, if your Duo has their CC ability available etc.
The main goal of this post is to let you all know to ACTIVELY COMMUNICATE with your Duo! Let them know how you're going to play out a situation should it happen and if you think it's a good idea or not to continue. Your Duo is not always right and will make mistakes, but that's okay! The big thing here is that with both of you communicating to each other, you can prevent more mistakes from happening if you both look out for each other and let them know your reasoning. Be seeing you summoners!
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2020.10.17 22:54 boogawooga8558 A New Psychedelic stock coming to market and why I believe it’ll be a multi bagger

If you’ve followed the Cannabis Space over the last couple decades you will have definitely heard of a magazine called “High Times”. High Times is also planning to go public but this is not the stock I’m excited about. Cannabis is the past; Psychedelics are the future. The reason I mention High Times though, is because a few members have moved over from High Times, and are about to replicate their success, and I firmly believe the leverage of the High Times name will bring a lot of attention and interest to the company.
DELIC Corp (Canadian ticker: DELC), is the new Psychedelic company I’m really excited about. I came across on another social platform and spent a significant number of hours over the last week diving into the company.
The share structure is very sound. The shares outstanding on the date of listing will be ~51mm. Of this, only ~20mm free trading out of the gate and 17.5mm shares of this (the vast majority) are from the 20c financing, where they raised $3.5mm this summer. It is important to note that there is NO warrant from the 20c financing, so no one will be selling for a small gain and riding a warrant - there is none! 30mm of the shares are insiders/founders/early backers; of this, insiders have a 3-year escrow agreement, and non-Insiders have a 16-month pooling agreement that unlocks every 4 months, starting after the 4th month from listing. In addition, because this is an RTO, the shares from the shell are 5.25mm, of which all are locked up for 6 months post listing. All of this is very important as us retail shareholders won’t have to worry about having large quantities of low-priced seed rounds being dumped in the market like we saw with many other newly listed psychedelic pubco’s. If you want more info, the investor deck clearly outlines the Cap Table.
At only 20mm shares free trading upon listing (again to note, that it is the most expensive paper from the cap structure that will be free trading - 17.5mm shares priced at 20cents that is trading from that 20mm, AND with NO warrant), the stock will likely run very quickly which is one of the main reasons why I believe this one could easily be a multi-bagger early, especially on the renewed interest in the Psychedelic sector after the CMPS IPO and MMED up-listing to the NASDAQ.
Currently DELIC Corp is a media and event company. Why is this interesting? Because the majority of the companies in the space are drug developers who are years away from regulatory approval and will need to continue to dilute shareholders to stay afloat until approval is granted. DELIC has the ability to generate revenue right off the bat in a very similar way to how High Times has been successful. Matt Stang is a founder of DELIC and came from High Times where he was the main man and the brains behind High Times. He built High Times for what it has been known as over the last 18 years. It was Matt who started the infamous ‘Cannabis Cup’, and his network of connections within the alternative drug world are unmatched. His most recent position was Chief Revenue Officer. High Times reported revenue of $14.8mm USD in 2018, 70% of this came from events, and 29% came from advertising revenue ( ). This is important, as it shows how well revenues from this arm of the biz can help fund growth in other areas. The first half of 2019 revenues were recorded in the SEC filings at $10.7mm USD ; clearly a very strong uptrend and this is in large part because of Matt’s position as CRO. Matt eventually stepped down in the 2nd half of 2019 at the time he and Jackee founded DELIC. Can Matt Stang and the DELIC team replicate what they’ve done at High Times? I personally believe so, here’s why...
Psychedelics, although they are gaining mainstream attention from the media and everyday people, still have hurdles to clear as the vast majority of the corners within the space are still illegal. Apart from some Ketamine clinics (I’ll also touch on this later) the rest of it is pretty much illegal around the world. These Ketamine clinics, although legal, can’t advertise on mainstream media and social media. This is why a media company in this space is so important; an established community where people can go to read about psychedelics and where the legal corners of the psychedelic space can advertise and draw in potential business. There is BIG money in the ability to have large viewership in a niche market to advertise to. This is also EXACTLY like the early days of Cannabis where High Times carved out a niche within the space as the go to name in media and events, and became valued at $250mm USD (~$330mm CAD)
DELIC is looking like it will be the go-to media and events company in the psychedelic space – just like High Times is for cannabis. The best part though is that DELIC doesn’t have to build a following from scratch, this team can organically move many of their High Times following over to their different brands under DELIC. In fact, they have already started building their user base and have over 100,000 people visiting their different platforms per month. DELIC has been featured on Joe Rogan, Forbes, Daily Beast, High Times, and The Dr. Drew Podcast. If you want more information about their many platforms, here are the links:
Reality Sandwich:
The Delic:
Delic Radio/Podcast:
Meet Delic:
In addition to the High Times connection, there is significant cross over from DELIC’s team with well-known companies with the Biohacking community. With the recent attention given to micro-dosing and its positive effects on user’s mental and physical state, it's easy to see how DELIC can have a major impact within the Biohacking community. If you are familiar with Biohacking, you have probably heard of Dave Asprey. Two of his brands, Bulletproof and Upgrade Labs have crossover into DELIC. A few highlights of the DELIC team:
- Jackee Stang; co-founder and CEO of DELIC, also comes from High Times as VP of Programming, and worked at Bulletproof.
- Martin Tobias; CEO of Upgrade Labs
- Zac Garcia; Chief Marketing Officer at Bulletproof
- Kraig Fox; former CEO & President of High Times, but more importantly has a seriously impressive background in media! He is part of the founding team and senior executive officer group behind companies like Live Nation and Core Media, he was also senior managing director of the investment arm of Guggenheim Partners (who has over 280 Billion in assets). In these rolls he over saw production of ‘American Idol’ as well as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. He also oversaw the company’s interests in the Elvis Presley estate, and Muhammad Ali’s IP (intellectual property) rights ( )
- Paul Rosen; Paul Rosen is a noted career entrepreneur, management consultant and public speaker. Over the last 8 years Paul has become one of the most active entrepreneurs, advisors and investors in the emerging global cannabis industry. Paul Rosen was a co-founder of PharmaCan Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: CRON; TSX: CRON) and served as its first President and CEO. Paul has held board positions with a number of publicly-traded cannabis companies and currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Global Go, a consultancy focused on the global regulated cannabis industry.
- Greg Crowe – M&A Advisor – he’s the lead investor in both of Delic’s financings to date. His fund is called Serendipity Growth Capital out of Singapore. The fund is private equity and has invested $100m+ into leading cannabis companies (all private). Greg is a serious businessman and interesting to note is his title on the deck - “M&A advisor” (more on M&A below).
As I stated above, DELIC is a media and events company but I like to think of it as a crossover of a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company). As per DELIC’s “Solutions” section of their website and investor deck: “We are identifying ancillary and fully-legal opportunities like new media, live events, ketamine clinics and large-scale production and bringing them under our big tent of resources and reach” ( ). From the above sentence, it is obvious that DELIC will be active in M&A activities, they also have an “existing portfolio companies” headline on their deck. I am speculating that they have already signed, or close to signing companies that DELIC will bring under their brand and this is the type of news that will be released after the company goes public as most companies save up news flow for their go public launch. Any clinics or companies that DELIC bring under their brand will have an organic, built-in PR arm that will both direct business/clients to them and build up their brands as leaders in the space (where currently there are no leaders). This is a perfect roll-up in the early days and fragmented psychedelic space.
The key to that sentence on the solutions page, in my opinion, is the clear mention of "ketamine clinics". An acquisition of a ketamine clinic or clinics (To be noted Ketamine Clinics is pluralized), or a production facility will send this stock ripping. I can see this being a very likely scenario; the deck hints to cash and shares being used for these acquisitions, and it makes sense since they just raised $3.5mm this summer and have a very small share structure making it easier to issue shares for acquisitions or a combination of shares and cash without much concern of over-dilution
When all is said and done, investors are able to get in on the ground floor with a team that has proven their past successes, built multimillion-dollar brands, and have large followings in their spaces that they can bring to DELIC as a media company which DELIC can leverage in advertising and event revenue. I spoke to the company and I was told, DELIC is looking to go public and list at the end of October with the ticker symbol DELC.
It's obvious to me that DELIC will be very active in the M&A space. Looking at peers in the space, if DELIC can acquire clinics or production facilities this could easily be a $50-100mm market cap; compare that to its current valuation – the most recent raise at 20cents with 51mm OS puts the current market cap at ~$10mm.
With ONLY a $10mm valuation (At $0.20 where the last raise was but I suspect it will open higher than this but still undervalued based on comparables) and the extensive success of the team outlined above, with the cross over & popularity of High Times, along with the clear indication that they will likely be acquiring Ketamine Clinics/Production facilities and the recent renewed interest in the sector, I believe we have a multi bagger in the making! No Doubt! Keep an eye on DELIC (ticker: DELC) in the coming weeks. Let me know your thoughts.
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2020.10.01 14:13 hoollyday I partnered with local business to support them through Covid & to "feed" my Wanderlust! 😋

After being stuck in the same little room for the past few months, missing the days when I can just hop on a flight to somewhere new and exciting, I decided to do something about it... Lost Llama was born.
I partnered with 5 family businesses in Iceland🇮🇸 to support them through Covid. We created a goodie box 🎁 for travel-lovers and foodies! Check it out:
It combines many typical Icelandic treats, like dried cod-fish 🐟, arctic herbs & salt, the famous Omnom liquorice chocolates (for the Zac Efron fans 😉), and a book on Yule Lads (Icelandic Xmas elves), together with a video tour of Reykjavik by a local tour guide. The idea is to bring some of the magic of travelling straight to your home.
I think this makes a meaningful gift for someone who wants to visit Iceland or just to "feed" your wanderlust.
We just started and would love your feedback on whether this "speaks" to you. Why? Why not?
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2020.10.01 05:09 salmonjacket_5 RS/Ashley Spivey IG Live Recap

Hey everyone-here is the recap of Ashley Spivey/RS recap. Like my other recaps, I am only posting a recap of the Bachelor Nation topics. They also discussed Ashley’s baby bump-they otherwise stuck to Bachelor topics this week.
- RS & Ashley do not have a set schedule until Clare’s season starts on what night they will do their weekly IG Live-will just have to check for updates on TwitteIG
- Tik Tik Girl on Matt’s season: it is not anyone famous, just a regular girl where she has a lot of likes. Account is set to private. Says we’ll know about her next week
- Matt’s girls: RS has about ¼ of the cast & his knowledge is limited on them-has FB, IG, LinkedIn page. RS says nothing is different about this cast from past seasons-22-25 year old’s, who are chasing IG fame. All but 1 of the girls RS has is white-says he has about 8 or 9 so far. RS has come to expect it. He still only has 1 pageant girl-based on his comment last week about the cast being pageanty. RS says she is probably the best looking of the girls he has so far.
- RS is not planning to do a full breakdown column of the cast based on their comments in the bio-he didn’t read them & everyone else does a podcast on them.
- Ashley really liked the photos & thought the group photo looked weird-that they were far away & shot from above.
- RS won’t have episode by episode breakdown. Acknowledges it is harder to get info when everything is shot in one place. He wanted to make sure he got down who was part of the season & when-were they brought on for Clare, for Tayshia, or didn’t get on the season at all.
- Tayshia ending-heard it was messy & Tayshia was indecisive. RS thinks everyone will look at the social media activity of the final 4, but unless they make a screwup ala Aria/Becca & Shawn/Kaitlyn, it will just be guessing
- Yosef side- apparently it was really bad. Happens whenever the dodgeball date was. The losing team has to walk home naked. RS thinks this had to be a producer thing & Yosef didn’t appreciate that-even though he wasn’t on the date. He apparently treats Clare poorly-calls her bad names & looks really bad. They showed it a bit in the promo. Ashley asks if they ever had anything with people getting naked-RS brings up Hannah/Garrett P, but he thinks there had to be something covering her. Ashley brings up would they ask a women to do that-they both think no, but do have them dress up scantily. Ashley wishes there were less sexual tropes on the season. RS says he thinks there are more sex-related dates on the season-he’s still working on the details.
- RS hopes he can watch the 1st episode early-he usually does. RS wonders if people will care that the season is shot in one location, and if it will play a role in the season. He thinks no-people will just watch it & like or dislike the guys as normal.
- RS is enjoying that he doesn’t have every detail to this season & watch it a little bit differently.
- RS thinks next week we could get the women potentially on Matt’s season-since filming starts next Saturday. He is not sure because it will be the first time with overlapping seasons. Matt was announced back in June, so Ashley hopes there was enough time that they are doing good background checks on the women
- RS hasn’t found anything problematic on the women he does have. RS & Ashley discuss what information the show would be looking for in terms of background checks-they both discuss how to look for old tweets. RS doesn’t really look at their twitter since the women are typically Instagram users
- Chris interview about Colton-RS says that he gave a terrible BS answer. RS thinks Chris didn’t even read the TRO-is trying to be the middle guy & looks like an ass.
- October 6th is the court date-RS wonders if it will get covered by a major media outlet. RS thinks it will be done in person & not online.
- Colton rumor about filming at a wedding: RS was sent the rumor as well. RS is confused on what show it would be-Cassie dropped out of whatever show they may have been filming-but thinks you could tell them not to film for a day. He does not understand how he could have such a lack of self-awareness. Ashley asks first how could you have a wedding during Covid? Ashley sees how Colton could think this will be part of his redemption-but agrees with RS that it is a lack of self-awareness, rude & thinks Colton should be trying to stay out of the spotlight, as being a celebrity isn’t doing him any good. RS wonders why is someone even wanting to film anything with him right now.
- Almost Famous Townhall-RS asks if they actually did it. Ashley says it ended up not really happening. Ashley was asked to be a part of the townhall-she was open that she thought it was not a good idea, as there should not be a both sides to this townhall. Their producer kept pressuring her & ignoring what she was saying. RS said the producer is known for that. Ashley hopes that what she said scared her enough to not do this. They don’t know what actually ended up happening with the townhall-Ashley thinks it was just the specialist.
- RS Podcast: he is having 2 black girls 1 rose. He recorded with them on Monday. He is going to have Love Island people on-so long as they don’t ask CBS first. Had that happen to him with another contestant on the show. They discuss how ABC put fear into people about doing RS podcast.
- Bachelor podcasts: they mention the new podcast with Hannah Ann, Tayshia & Joe. They still are not clear on what they will talk about. Ashley wonders what would we want them to talk about. RS brings up the topic of having 3 hosts who will all probably be in different places, plus having a guest it will be tough to make a podcast-brings up the delay-even a ½ second, could end up with talking over each other. Especially if you use no video-it is hard to tell when someone might be done talking, or when someone wants to interject. RS wonders how the first episode will go-because Tayshia still has not been acknowledged by ABC, and wonders if they talk about the guys on Clare’s season-she may have dated some of them, so what will she be allowed to say.
- Tayshia Final 4: Ivan & Brendan were the front runners that RS heard all along. Brendan made the most sense to RS. Based on what he has heard & thinking practically-Zac Clark runs a sober house in NJ-logistically he is not geographically desirable & RS doesn’t think he plans to move, and he doesn’t think Tayshia wants to leave Southern California. Ivan-RS heard he is quiet-not that it’s a bad thing-but RS would be surprised if Tayshia picked him. RS doesn’t know enough about Ben-RS doesn’t think she picked him. Both Ben & Brendan live in Southern California already. RS doesn’t know what happens after the final 4. Ashley asks how often do people pick the best geographical partners? RS brings up Andi picking Josh, but otherwise there aren’t many.
- Rapid fire questions: Lauren Zima-would she be back on RS podcast? RS says no & doesn’t think he would ask her back on. Clare/Dale-are they still together? RS says yes
- They were asked if they think PeteKelley-will be engaged soon? RS thinks based on the story of them moving to NY soon, that’s a big step. Thinks they are getting closer. Ashley mentions they should change their Covid behavior when they move to NY as they are. RS mentions seeing a headline about their first vacation-and was surprised because it seems like all they do is go on vacation.
- RS doesn’t think that they ordered extra episodes for Tayshia. He says that assuming Matt’s season goes along as expected-will air the 1st Monday in January. There are normally 11 episodes in a season-if you do 11 episodes from Oct 13th, it takes you to Dec 22nd. And there will not be an episode on November 3rd, so they probably will either double up or air on a different night. Ashley asks if they would mind since it is airing on a Tuesday, would they overlap? RS thinks the show likes to stick to their schedule & doesn’t want to overlap the start of Matt’s season with the ending of Clare/Tayshia’s season.
- Hannah Brown Youtube channel-neither have seen it, so they can not speak to it.
- Hannah/Tyler C photo together-they were surprised no one asked about it
- Blake on Olivia’s podcast: RS did not hear it. Ashley only heard the clip about producers fighting for Elan’s position. RS does not think it is far-fetched. RS has heard that Bill Dixon took that spot. Ashley says it is not Bennett-as he is too nice.
They discuss Elan-RS/Ashley both agree he left because he wanted to do other things-was on the show a long time. Ashley thinks RS & Elan would like each other if they even met. RS is not so sure-as he does not know if Elan will be honest about the things that RS knows that he did.
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2020.09.25 19:05 guestvsbully12 Ideas again.



Description: Rank Demote, is where downgrades your rank per each time you kill a teammate.
More teammates you kill, the counter increases on your rank, that shown on the red color under your EXP bar. It lowers it per each time you kill a survivovampire.

Partner Double Trouble HUD
Description: It's an indicator that shows your partner's health, stamina, and ammo. But for vampires, it's only health and stamina. But if your fellow vampire infects a survivor, or you infected two of them. It expands it.

Gamemode and Modes

Co-op mode
Description: Ever wanted to play with your friend with AI, but you can't invite your friend in single-player, well now you can.
A CO-OP mode is a two players mode, that you and your friend can play!

Arena Gamemode
Description: An Arena Mode is the same as battle royale, but different. There are now be instead of guns, gadgets! You will have to find weapon gadgets and some other gadgets that can support your life.
Gadgets were you brought, will be now removed from your inventory. Cause it's the fair and square game.

Unused Idea: Guest's Killer (only if you see me in my username called guestvsbully.)
Description: If you see Guest, run away before it's too late. Don't let him beat up you to death, your weapon gadgets won't work this time cause Guest can parry those attacks.
You are a survivor with 5 HP, Guest has unlimited durability to his bat.

Unused Idea 2: Zac's Favorite Game
Description: You wanna know what Zac's favorite game is? Basically, he likes to use guns, BUT he dual-wields them.
You are a Survivor. Zac's will now use dual-wielded SMPS and Minis, run away before he kills you.
and don't you dare to team or Zac will equip dual-wielded Heffner's.
Zac's HP: 950


Capacity: 5
Recoil: 4
RPM: 354
DMG: 35
Cost: 150,000
Description: A Heffner'X is a small barrel handgun that deals with incredible damage, the price is expensive but its recoil is hard.

Partner DB
Capacity: 2
Recoil: 5
Choke: 0.1
RPM: 455
DMG: 13
Cost: 12,000
Description: A Partner DB is a small barrel shotgun that deals little damage, the choke of a shotgun is pretty big, and can harm a vampire with a small amount of damage.


Strawberry Milk (be happy decent cause I accepted your sponsorship :P)
Gadget Type: Supportive
Heal Amount: 45
Description: A Strawberry milk, made from Official Decent Milk Factory Inc.

Water Balloons
Gadget Type: Offensive
Damage: 3
Charges: 5
Description: Throw them before they see you.


Blood Skin
Coupons: 55
Description: Use that skin to make your gun covered in blood.

Gun Cosmetics

"Hat" Charm
Coupons: 15
Description: Never gets old with fashion.

"ZacAttack" Charm
Coupons: 250
Description: The Developer of Vampire Hunters 3.

"Energy Drink" Charm
Coupons: 33
Description: I need.. caffeine...

"Milk Carton" Charm
Coupons: 65
Description: Keep your bones healthy.

"Mxcoda" Charm
Coupons: 155
Description: The User who made skins.
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2020.09.25 19:01 autotldr UK considering outright ban on fur sales after Brexit

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 55%. (I'm a bot)
Fur sales could be banned after Brexit under plans being considered by the Department for Environment, it has emerged.
The UK was the first country in Europe to ban fur farming in 2000, but sales of some furs are still legal in this country and across the EU.The move to an outright ban is reportedly being spearheaded by the Tory peer Zac Goldsmith, minster at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and also a close friend of Boris Johnson's partner, Carrie Symonds, who last year described anyone who wanted to buy fur as "Really sick".
Once the UK leaves the single market, it will have the power to unilaterally ban fur sales, something it is now considering.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has been campaigning against fur sales for decades, says hundreds of fashion designers and brands - including Coach, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Versace - have already stopped using fur.
The British Fur Alliance is gearing up to fight any move to ban sales, arguing that natural fur is an antidote to the environmentally damaging cheap fashion and if ethically sourced should not be prohibited.
Environmental stewardship is one of the foundations of the contemporary fur trade and fur is part of the solution to the 'fast' fashion problem," it said.
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2020.09.22 02:31 NoYeezyAtWeezyHeezy All Album Releases for Summer (June - August) of 2020

Below is a list of all the albums and EP's that were released in June through August. If there are any I missed or anything you think should be added, let me know and I'll gladly add it because I'm sure there are many I have missed. I've linked all of the ones that there have been album discussions if you would like to go leave your thoughts or rank the album. Also leave a comment below if one or multiple albums stood out to you for the month. Enjoy!

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Dissolver No. 7 - Star Spangled Punch
Oak Grove - Must You Have Love Handles Before You Have a Handle On Love?
Victor Camozzi - Black Dog

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2020.09.18 16:08 eerongal D&D Celebration Megathread

Looking for the magic item hombrew thread? Look here!

Use this thread for discussion about the D&D celebration stream, occurring this weekend!
Saturday Schedule:
8:00 – 11:00

D&D Feature Game

DM: Chris Hislop Featuring: Brandy Camel, Anjuli Smith, Kim Richards, Aoife Wilson, and TK Johnson

11:00 – 12:00

Behind the Screen: DM Roundtable

Moderator: Kelly Lynne D’Angelo with B. Dave Walters, Travis McElroy, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Deborah Ann Woll, and Satine Phoenix

12:00 – 3:00

D&D Feature Game: The Great Knucklehead Rally

DM: Brennan Lee Mulligan Featuring: Jody Houser, Carlos Luna, Guarav Gulati, Liam O’Brien, Aabria Iyengar, and Chris Perkins3:00 – 4:00

What it Means to Be a Bard

Moderator: Critical Bard with Lauren Urban, Krystina Arielle, Kelli Butler, and Eugenio Vargas

4:00 – 7:00

D&D Feature Game

DM: David Harmon Featuring: Michael Hing, Ben Jenkins, Alex Lee, Rowan Bettjemen, Adam King and Alan Morrison

7:30 – 9:30

I Speak Giant

DM: Zac Naoum Players: Elyssa Grant, Luke Lancaster, and Felicia McEntire

D&D Celebration 2020 allows anyone to take part in the event from their own home. Gather your party, go online, and join us for a weekend of play, panels, and celebration!
We've partnered with Extra Life to create special apparel—with all Wizards of the Coast proceeds going directly to Extra Life/Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Additionally, all ticket sales from the D&D Celebration Event Portal will be donated to the cause. Through Extra Life, we're endeavoring to raise funds, have fun, and help heal kids at local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!
Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised over $70 million for sick and injured kids. Right now, children's hospitals need your support. Be a hero. Take part today and help raise funds for the Children's Hospitals COVID-19 Impact Fund.
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2020.09.17 12:25 TimDrakeTheRed Mcu in an alternative universe

1:- Star spangled man :- First 5 min onto past then direct on present day cap is found.Through out the film he searches for true meaning of Captain America .Sharon and shield on supporting part.Villain is winter soldier who gets brutally killed by Captain America by his shield then steve cries.Also a destructive battle in new York between winter soldier and steve (With helicarrier and bunch of winter soldiers being with bucky)
2:- Iron Man vs Captain America :-Dawn of avenge =Tony stark who is Iron man for 20 years protecting new york witness the destructive battle of captain america in this process one of his tower get destroyed.He vows to defeat captain america
Villain is Norman Osborn Jr (Played by Michael cera ) . Natasha also appears in the party of Norman Osborn where she sends tony a bunch of avengers files from oscorp website (Cameo of Hulk Thor Spider-Man ) also a knightmare of tony where a post apocalyptic world is ruled by Captain America (Ala thanos slave) with chitauri from there a future spiderman warns tony saying Sharon is the key.Then in the epic battle Tony nearly defeats Steve but steve says "Save Sharon I don't want to loose her like James" It is revealed Tony's deceased best friend name is James so they patch up.In the climax Norman Osborn brings back Bucky by the body of ablomination .Cap dies Norman sent onto raft where he mumbles "He is coming tin tin tin ".In the end Tony and Natasha plans to put up a team together to fight with thanos.
Thunderbolts :- Members are Lady deadpool , Bullseye ,Glenn tablot ,diablo , venom ,lizard , gladiator a bunch of supervillains formed by general thunderbolt ross in the awake of death of Captain America gladiator dies in the film early. Spider-Man and iron man has a cameo on the film.This film heavily marketed as a lady Deadpool and Carnage love story but Cletus has only 5 min of screen time .Villain is Johnny blaze aka ghost rider.In the end tony receives avengers files from thunderbolt ross. Carnage actor Jared Leto was so disappointed to see that his role was chopped down and he vowed to never reprise his role again in mceu with moving to DC and playing man bat in the solo man bat film.
Black widow :-One of the First film to be critically received praise from critics set in 1980s Soviet Union despite a horrible cgied villain .Red guardian appears as her love interest .
Avengers :-Russo brothers had to left the film in the midway which then went to zack snyders hand (Who was that time scheduled to direct a solo pepper pott film )Upon releasing it was review bombed in everywhere so a big box office bomb with horrible ebony maw cgi villain, a cgi moustache Chris evans , Horrible scenes and dialogues like Spider-Man falling into the tits of Black widow.Fans demanded the Russo cut and started to abuse disney zack snyder marvel everywhere.#ReleaseTheRussoCut became a thing.End credit norman osborn jr breaks out of prison by taskmaster and they discuss about forming their own avengers
Thor :-Set after events of avengers villain is loki and surtur .
Captain marvel:-Another nice film from mceu featuring kamala Khan with dr octopus as villain a nice comedy film and kamala is a huge Captain America fan.A faceless Captain America appears in the end
Carnage:-Set in alternative universe in the gritty 80s of new york where a guy name Cletus kassady rejected by the society went to become a deadly villain called carnage . Howard stark appears with a little tony stark it is hinted in the film that he could be the bastard son of Howard stark.Jim Carrey gets an Oscar for the portrayal.
Xmen and the fantabulous adventures of lady Deadpool :- Features lady Deadpool mockingbird jean grey misty knight and jubilee (who looks nothing like comics ) going against kingpin (played by Hayden Christine) who wants to get a stolen diamond with jigsaw aka billy russo as his partner.Upon releasing it was critically and commercially flopped at the box office .
Upcoming films 1:Iron man :-Played by Zac Efron in this reboot set in a dark gritty new york villain is whiplash. It was suppose to be the film of rdj but he left due to playing Iron Man was effecting him and he replaced by Efron .
2:-Spiderman into the spider verse :-With rdj coming back again to play iron man and Tobey McGuire is returning as raimiverse Spidey which will retcon as canon in mceu.
3:-Ronan:-A solo film where Ronan is played by Vin Diesel Rumor is that howling commandos and wolverine will show up in the film
4:-Thunderbolts 2:-Directed by David ayer instead of James gunn David ayer who was temporarily fired by wb for offensive tweets for green lantern 3 film was roped by Disney to make the sequel.
5:-Black widow 1994:-Take place in 1994 villain is Yelena Belova
6:-Avengers russo cut featuring thanos and rumour is that brie larson Captain marvel would appear even she said she only prefer to play Harley Quinn
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2020.09.16 20:28 TimDrakeTheRed If mcu was constructed like dceu or more like what if wb peoples ran marvel (For fun)

If mcu was like dceu 1:- Star spangled man :- First 5 min onto past then direct on present day cap is found.Through out the film he searches for true meaning of Captain America .Sharon and shield on supporting part.Villain is winter soldier who gets brutally killed by Captain America by his shield then steve cries.Also a destructive battle in new York between winter soldier and steve (With helicarrier and bunch of winter soldiers being with bucky)
2:- Iron Man vs Captain America :-Dawn of avenge =Tony stark who is Iron man for 20 years protecting new york witness the destructive battle of captain america in this process one of his tower get destroyed.He vows to defeat captain america
Villain is Norman Osborn Jr (Played by Michael cera ) . Natasha also appears in the party of Norman Osborn where she sends tony a bunch of avengers files from oscorp website (Cameo of Hulk Thor Spider-Man ) also a knightmare of tony where a post apocalyptic world is ruled by Captain America (Ala thanos slave) with chitauri from there a future spiderman warns tony saying Sharon is the key.Then in the epic battle Tony nearly defeats Steve but steve says "Save Sharon I don't want to loose her like James" It is revealed Tony's deceased best friend name is James so they patch up.In the climax Norman Osborn brings back Bucky by the body of ablomination .Cap dies Norman sent onto raft where he mumbles "He is coming tin tin tin ".In the end Tony and Natasha plans to put up a team together to fight with thanos.
Thunderbolts :- Members are Lady deadpool , Bullseye ,Glenn tablot ,diablo , venom ,lizard , gladiator a bunch of supervillains formed by general thunderbolt ross in the awake of death of Captain America gladiator dies in the film early. Spider-Man and iron man has a cameo on the film.This film heavily marketed as a lady Deadpool and Carnage love story but Cletus has only 5 min of screen time .Villain is Johnny blaze aka ghost rider.In the end tony receives avengers files from thunderbolt ross. Carnage actor Jared Leto was so disappointed to see that his role was chopped down and he vowed to never reprise his role again in mceu with moving to DC and playing man bat in the solo man bat film.
Black widow :-One of the First film to be critically received praise from critics set in 1980s Soviet Union despite a horrible cgied villain .Red guardian appears as her love interest .
Avengers :-Russo brothers had to left the film in the midway which then went to zack snyders hand (Who was that time scheduled to direct a solo pepper pott film )Upon releasing it was review bombed in everywhere so a big box office bomb with horrible ebony maw cgi villain, a cgi moustache Chris evans , Horrible scenes and dialogues like Spider-Man falling into the tits of Black widow.Fans demanded the Russo cut and started to abuse disney zack snyder marvel everywhere.#ReleaseTheRussoCut became a thing.End credit norman osborn jr breaks out of prison by taskmaster and they discuss about forming their own avengers
Thor :-Set after events of avengers villain is loki and surtur .
Captain marvel:-Another nice film from mceu featuring kamala Khan with dr octopus as villain a nice comedy film and kamala is a huge Captain America fan.A faceless Captain America appears in the end
Carnage:-Set in alternative universe in the gritty 80s of new york where a guy name Cletus kassady rejected by the society went to become a deadly villain called carnage . Howard stark appears with a little tony stark it is hinted in the film that he could be the bastard son of Howard stark.Jim Carrey gets an Oscar for the portrayal.
Xmen and the fantabulous adventures of lady Deadpool :- Features lady Deadpool mockingbird jean grey misty knight and jubilee (who looks nothing like comics ) going against kingpin (played by Hayden Christine) who wants to get a stolen diamond with jigsaw aka billy russo as his partner.Upon releasing it was critically and commercially flopped at the box office .
Upcoming films 1:Iron man :-Played by Zac Efron in this reboot set in a dark gritty new york villain is whiplash. It was suppose to be the film of rdj but he left due to playing Iron Man was effecting him and he replaced by Efron .
2:-Spiderman into the spider verse :-With rdj coming back again to play iron man and Tobey McGuire is returning as raimiverse Spidey which will retcon as canon in mceu.
3:-Ronan:-A solo film where Ronan is played by Vin Diesel Rumor is that howling commandos and wolverine will show up in the film
4:-Thunderbolts 2:-Directed by David ayer instead of James gunn David ayer who was temporarily fired by wb for offensive tweets for green lantern 3 film was roped by Disney to make the sequel.
5:-Black widow 1994:-Take place in 1994 villain is Yelena Belova
6:-Avengers russo cut featuring thanos and rumour is that brie larson Captain marvel would appear even she said she only prefer to play Harley Quinn
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2020.09.14 19:21 Curlingby A big difference between seasons

The challenges! Or at least how the couples approach challenges. I remember last season Zac and Elizabeth refused to participate in some challenges after they made it official because they didn’t want to kiss other people. But this season all the couples are cool with the challenges as long as their partner doesn’t do anything outside of it.
I really like this because it makes the challenges more fun imo and I think it shows the couples are more secure one themselves this season.
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2020.09.09 00:43 riders0nthest0rm be kind :)

So i posted a picture on here of Nina, Ines and Paul because it was cute photo of them and their dogs.
The comments kinda turned into people saying Nina doesnt look good, about how she ‘used to be pretty’, about her ageing and other unnecessary comments. Please don’t be rude about how anybody looks (online or real life). It’s rude, uncalled for and can be really hurtful. Yes, nina or other cast memebers won’t see these comments here but if youre willing to say them on here them you may also be willing to say it on instagram/twitter. (edit: i forgot about tik tok- its nuts on there too) We need more positivity. Who the fuck cares what she looks like honestly, it’s her face and if she’s happy and confident then let her live. Or the ins and outs of their personal lives.
The same thing applies to others like Zac Roerig (he’s not Matt, dont shit on him as a real person) aswell as Nina and Ian’s relationships.
It’s okay to discuss the characters, things on screen, make observations, stuff thats part of the show (fashion choices, on-screen chemistry etc) but i think ‘fans’ take it too far into real life and it often turns nasty. Even comments saying 2 people were the better couple when they both have new relationships is cruel and so unfair to their new partners who will see those comments.
Please be kind,positive and respectful :) 💛
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2020.09.01 03:49 HitigoBalmug Xin Zhao needs a VGU. Heres why and how to REALLY do this. *In depth, complete and engaging champion analysis*

Xin Zhao needs a VGU. Heres why and how to REALLY do this. *In depth, complete and engaging champion analysis*


This post condensates my ideas on how to update Xin Zhao visually, mechanically and also a little bit story-wise. I will delve into the champion's fundamentals, and give a thorough insight on why his current state needs changing.
This is not a "Xin Zhao weak pls buff his E" or a "champion dead revert pls" type of post, not that there's something wrong with them, but I want to make a thoughtful analysis on a champion that I really like and I want to give my take on how to make him more appealing, up-to-date and funnier than he already is.
  • Summary
  1. My relationship with Xin Zhao
  2. The champion, what he is and what he should be
  3. Champion problems
  • In his lore
  • In his kit
  • In his visuals
  • In his identity in the game as it is now
  1. How to fix
  • His lore
  • His kit
  • His visuals
  • His identity in the game as it is now
  1. What weaknesses Xin Zhao should have and what weaknesses he has now
  2. Conclusion
  3. TLDR

My relationship with Xin Zhao

Xin Zhao is my favorite champion in the whole game. I've played LoL since the end of season 3, and I started playing him at the end of 2016, after I got his "Warring Kingdoms" skin in a chest. Since then, I've loved his kit, his identity and his gameplay, but I got a little disappointed in his rework and stopped playing him for a while. Then at the beginning of the year I couldn't help but going back to playing with him, and he is basically what still keeps me playing LoL.
Up until now I have acquired 500 thousand mastery points with him. I have tried it all: Making him ap, ad, tank, crit, as-based, bruiser, toplaner, midlaner, jungler, ad carry; I have tried virtually every rune possible on him, all the item synergies possible, and I simply can't get enough. I love the guy. There are some aspects of his gameplay that are unique, he is a somewhat tanky assassin, and at the same time he is extremely swift, fast-paced and gracious, he only has one skillshot and is very dominant in the earlygame. Despite having 603 mastery ranks, he is the only champion I can say I truly got to master.

The champion, what he is now and what he should be

  • Officially Nowadays, Xin Zhao is described as a Diver, recommended for the Jungle. He is balanced as a melee bruiser, who has for essential items the Blade of The Ruined King, Trinity Force and Skirmisher's Sabre. His champion spotlight is out-of-date, but it shows he can be a "tank" or a "melee dps", and the balancing team has continuously shown that this is where he should be, despite his problems with hybrid ap builds and his sustain. Storywise, he is a seneschal, loyal to the Demacian royalty after being rescued and repatriated from the Noxian army/arenas. An ex-member of a fishing crew, he is known as an undefeated duelist in the Noxian arenas.
  • Playerbase reality Xin Zhao ranks as a tier B, sub-optimal jungler on the most popular champion ranking aggregators. He doesn't excel at any particular aspect of the game, most people don't really know how to build him and are most of the time trying to find ways of compensating his flaws. It is hard to make him mobile, and at the same time he has to have attack speed, tankness and sustain to actually dive. He has very strong early prowess, and most of his playerbase find him useless after the 20 minute mark.
  • My reality I see and play Xin Zhao as a midlaner. He isn't viable as a jungler, for the same reason that Irelia, Yasuo, Sylas, Riven, Aatrox, Kled etc. aren't properly suited for this lane. He was designed in a time when a little bit of sustain and one mobility skill was all that it took for one to be a good jungler. I love playing him mid. As a midlaner, he has a very strong earlygame, with focus on lane pressure and jungle invading. You have to dominate your opponent and know the exact opportunity windows to poke with your W, manage the wave for a level 3 all-in, build properly, and secure a kill. Going down the lane while the turrets get prepped up while I listen to "Dynasty", by Rina Sawayama, is a cathartic experience and makes me feel like an unbeatable duelist, like a character based on Dynasty Warriors would make you feel.I have been trying to climb with him, without much success, it's true, but there really are games in which I carry. I see him as a duelist who has outplay potential.
Here I show how I outplayed the enemy team with my support's help.
  • What he should be Xin should be an agressive, bulky midlaner fighter with viability in the jungle, kinda like Ekko and Diana. He should be a duelist that goes very well against assassins and burst mages, like Lux, Syndra, Zoe, etc. He should have a very good early game, a complicated midgame and a favorable lategame. And fit the role of a mid divepeeler, which nowadays is not a very common role, thus making him more unique. Mordekaiser, Camille, Jarvan, Irelia, all of those fighters/divers have ways of isolating key targets in unique an meaningful ways. Xin deserves this too. Why not jungle/toplane? Because his kit and his concept favors much more the idea of constant, strategic combat against a squishy enemy, while also being able to disrupt a 2v1 counter-gank scenario in the right circumstances.Invading the enemy jungle as a midlaner fits way more the idea of a servant who goes on missions but isn't a frontliner, and he would go very well with J4 as a partner, considering that nowadays the jungler and the midlaner work almost like the adc and support (I will talk more about synergies later). What keeps him from being all of this right now will be addressed further.
He must be able to out-trade and overcome enemies, be it by raw power or coold-blod reactions.

Champion problems

He is far from useless, otherwise I wouldn't even play him. It's not a VolibeaYorick/Urgot pre-rework situation, the thing is: he is almost there, he is almost a complete, up-to-date and excellent champion. But Xin Zhao lacks identity.
His selection quote says: "to the Arena!", but he has been freed from it already, and he never liked being a Reckoner anyway. Nothing explains why he has healing, his story with Ionia, Demacia and Noxus don't mash up together, he has no personality, because most of his concept came from Dynasty Warriors and stopped there.
When it comes to his kit, nothing shows that he is a proper duelist. He says "I may be outnumbered, but not even the odds can stand against me!", but nothing in his kit makes him do well in a 2v1 scenario, and as a diver, Camille will probably be better than him in anything he ever tries to do.
Gameplay-wise, we only know that he has to have an early game presence, but we also know that he has sustain problems, because if the balancing team allows him to heal too much, he becomes unstoppable (who doesn't remember ap Xin Zhao soloing turrets at the 15 minute mark?), so he must stay in this thematic limbo, where there are a lot of good ideas that don't fit well together because his kit and his identity were never thought as a whole. Let me explain:
  • Lore: His lore isn't engaging enough, and doesn't add up to the Champion's kit, gameplay style or identification.He was designed when honestly there were not much thought process behind a champion's kit and his presence in the world. He was designed to be fun, and this is what he can deliver when the proper circumstances are met. The thing is. We should learn and make sense of his experiences, he is a seneschal, ok, but what grandious things did he actually manage to do by himself, besides being an enslaved fisherman? Where did he learn how to use that spear, after all?The mage insurgence brought new aspects to his lore, but he is already old when it happens. Why is that? And what has he done from being spared by Jarvan III until his death?
  • Kit: His kit is extremely fun and straightforward, no puns intended with the spear. But nowadays things are very settled when it comes to a champion's kit. We know what Yasuo should be buying first and how much as he needs, we know which items will make Master Yi de demon he is, We know which skills we should max first when we pick Qyiana.Xin doesn't have that, because his update didn't actually adapt him to be and fit a specific role, he dives and that's it. He has many things in his kit, ap ratios on E, cast time reduction on W based on his as, cooldown reduction on his Q, hybrid sustain on his passive, aa-resets, and so it goes. But as far as straight-forwardness go, it's almost impossible to keep a champion with so many strong atributes balanced and engaging at the same time. It is not wrong to be able to adapt, much on the contrary, it's one of the things that I like the most about him. But we all know by now that this isn't on purpose, he was just put aside and toned down a little bit so he doesn't cause much trouble. But this leaves Xin Zhao players on a very frustrating position, because we tend to think "OH MY GOD! ALMOST!" toooo many times. His kit is always almost good.
  • Visuals: Since he has a lackluster lore, there's not much to develop when it comes to skins or his image. Can he be a singer, like K/DA? No. Will it make sense if he becomes a super villain, like Kayn does in the Odyssey collection? Nope. Do we root for him, identify with him, understand his suffering well enough to be moved by a song that talks about his themes, like "The Curse of the Sad Mummy" or "As we fall?" Well, I think we got the picture. His ultimate doesn't look impactful enough, sometimes people don't even notice that they are being challenged, or that he has ulted at all.His W doesn't sound or seem at all like "thunder becomes lightning".Also, he doesn't show anything with his walking, the way he uses his spear, and we don't have a way of spotting him among other generic spearmen. Plus the tip of his spear is too... BFSpear! Cardboard. Twitch's feet back in 2012. Change it. But I must say that the way he twirls when he resets with Q is pretty cool.
  • His identity in the game as it is now I can't stress this enough: Xin Zhao lacks gameplay identity. Yes, I love how versatile he can be. But as I've previously said, it's not intentional. Because as a diver, he can't get out as other divers can. As a tank, he doesn't have proper damage mitigation as others do. As an early gankeskirmisher, he doesn't have the clear-speed as other early powerhouses do. As an assassin, he doesn't have the mobility and the burst other fellow slayers have. As a duelist, he doesn't have enough sustain and stickiness. He has a little bit of all of this, but isn't great at any of them. It will never be known what to properly buff on him. The players won't know what to do with him, and opponents won't know what to expect from him. Is he a frontliner? A poker? A peeler? An invader? Should my toplaner be a tank in order for me to pick him? We don't have answers to these questions if we play Xin, but we do when we think about Kayn, who can purposely adapt to the team's composition and have a very specific identity at the same time. Nowadays, the only true weight a Xin Zhao will have on the rift is "well if this guy doesn't get 14 kills in 15 minutes, we're good". He can't become a meme like Teemo or Yasuo, he can't be respected like Aphelios or Aurelion Sol, he can't be in a cinematic, no one thinks about him ulting.He is a wallflower, waiting for you in the riverbush hoping that he can manage to cast his E after you flashed/spent your escape.
But enough with complaining, let's get to the fixing.

How to fix

Fixing Xin Zhao means updating him to the moment we're playing the game: in LoL, now, the regions matter, the factions matter, the way the characters relate to each other matter, the roles they represent in the rift matter. By fixing him I mean giving him a reason to exist in the game. What can he add to the Rift, that he already kinda does, that other champions haven't added already? How can he be irreplaceable?

His lore

Xin Zhao's story needs to be coherent and justify the way he behaves in game, in an original way. Here's how I would adjust it:
  • He was a fisherman in Ionia in his youth. He used to spearfish, and with the spear, he would also help protect the village he lived in, from the elders he adapted his way of life with his fighting style and his fishing technique. As a fisherman and protector, he had to learn to be precise and gentile with his weapon, always looking to catch his prey flawlessly, be it on the seashore, be it on his fishing ship called The Viscero.
  • During the invasion of Ionia, a mercenary team captured him as the sole survivor of his village, because he refused to retreat and out-dueled almost every enemy in his path. They saw him as a good addition to the arenas, and trafficked him as a Reckoner, giving him the name of his former fishing vessel.
  • In the Noxian arenas, he made his fame as Viscero, the unbeatable spearman who would take down his enemies in a precise, respectful manner. That life, though, was meaningless to Xin Zhao because he didn't have a purpose to fight, other than being alive. But during this time he perfected his spearmanship, and each victory seemed to make him stronger than before. He battled Alistar and defeated him, but refused to kill him as a prize.
  • As the war advanced, he was bought as a slave-soldier and fought flawlessly until being too outnumbered and captured once again, this time by Demacian soldiers. There, he showed a great sense of honor and king Jarvan III spared his life, given that Xin Zhao swore his loyalty to the Demacian Dynasty. Since he had no village to go back to, nor did he have a meningful purpose in needless killing, Xin Zhao was employed as a Demacian Soldier.
  • In one of his missions, he found an empowered spear that had a strong calling to it. It was calling for him and suddenly, when he wielded it, he became even stronger. Each time he pierced his enemies, he felt healthier and stronger, but the famine for mindless bloodlust began to grow inside. His resolve and his sense of honor actually made him dominate the craving for cruelty the weapon desired, and he then defeated a Darkin spear that carried the corrupted aspect of THE HONOR, the LOYALTY and ENDURANCE.
  • Although it made him more powerful (and thus a CHAMPION), it made him also unstable for all of the trauma he had suffered in the past regarding bloodshed. Knowing this, the Lightshield family recurred to him as an elite Seneschal who would only kill for Demacia when necessary. He would only engage in massacres if they meant a threat to his Dynasty; which then he would kill anything on his way. But for his honor and his sense of justice, he couldn't be a simple soldier anymore. He became Demacia's secret agent. In one of those special missions, the mage isurgence happens and the king gets killed.
  • When king Jarvan III dies, Xin Zhao keeps his vow to maintain Demacia and its values safe. He and Jarvan VI, then, team up together to eliminate threats wherever they are, swiftly and precisely.
I will post in the comment section a list of voicelines he could have.

Interactions / Minigames:

With J4 on the same team:"Demacian Spears of Justice" stat:
Each takedown made in a combo with J4 + Xin will grant them both 1+ gold.
Against Sylas:"The Ultimate Mission":
Xin Zhao must put a stop to Sylas' madness.
He has to take him down before he wreaks more havoc.
Sylas is being hunted by the Seneschal of Demacia.
He must show him that blind servants are also part of the problem.
Both of them have to have 15+ Kill participations for it to be activated at random.One must kill the other first, but in this case assists don't count.Stat: Justice has been done
If Xin kills Sylas first, the healing factor of his ultimate rises up.
Stat: The revolution can't be stopped
If Sylas kills Xin first, everytime he steals an ultimate, he receives a little HP.
This lore update makes all of his kit cohesive and puts him in a very specific point in the world: He is an experienced Ionian who has been prisoner of the two most ancient and imponent factions in the world.He has lived war in every way, and he never saw glory in it, despite being chosen by a weapon that would make him one of the most feared tyrants in history. Instead, he is just a fisherman on the inside, controlling his urge for blind revenge and carnage with honor, loyalty and resolve.This will make it understandable that his build path can be adaptative and variable, but with intent and clear limitations.

His kit

Fixing his kit means making him optimal in something other champions aren't, and at the same time making him easy to balance and to understand. He must be a niche champion, made for niche players who want do play the game in a very specific way. Right now, his sustain works more like a hidden power, his AA and CD resets are lackluster, and his mobility is subpar with other champions in the same area. Because of this, I propose the following kit (with explanations):

Passive: The Challenge of the Seneschal

Upon hitting an enemy champion, large minion or large monster with auto attacks, Xin Zhao applies the CHALLENGED effect on the eligible unit, allowing different interactions with them. The effect lasts 3 seconds and can only be applied to one unit at a time.
While moving towards a CHALLENGED unit, Xin Zhao gains 15% movement speed, and every third successful auto-attack on a CHALLENGED unit reduces the cooldown of all of his abilities in 1s.
It is not healthy to have a passive heal, as much as I love to have infinite sustain with him. This is too difficult do balance because it impacts his clear speed, his dueling power and his AP scalings, so we should make his passive focus on his ability to dive and stick to his foes, specially in the early game.

Q: Three Fighting Stances

No cast time - 0.5-0.2s recast time based on as / 30 mana / Cooldown: 8 - 7,5 - 7 - 6,5 - 6s
First cast:Xin Zhao activates his fighting stance, making his next basic attacks become UNSTOPPABLE, gain 30+ Range and deal 20 / 28 / 36 / 44 / 52 (+ 40% bonus AD) bonus physical damage for 4 seconds, or until he reaches the limit of AAs each stance provides. The first cast also activates the first stance, and the ability can be recast two more times to change his stances, reseting the 4s timer. The bonus granted by each stance doesn't stack with the other.
  • First Cast: The Fisherman's Barb
Xin Zhao's next 2 Auto attacks will slow the enemy by 15% for 2s. CHALLENGED enemies will receive bonus 15% slow when moving away from Xin Zhao.
  • Second cast: The Redeemer's Shiv
Xin Zhao's next 2 auto attacks will heal him for 5/20/45/60/75 + 5%AD + 55%AP.
  • Third cast: The Viscero's Talon
Xin Zhao's next auto attack will have doubled critical chance, but will only deal 80% of the critical damage and will knock up the enemy for **0.75 seconds. CHALLENGED enemies are knocked up for 1.25 second.
This is what will make Xin Zhao unique, fun, balanced and viable again. Knowing how to properly use this ability will separate the good Xin players from the best.
How I've envisioned it: On first cast, he wil activate his first stance. On his first stance, all of the next 2 aa's will deal bonus damage and slow his enemy, and the stance will not "automatically" advance to the second or third stance. In order to slow, lifesteal and knock up his enemies, Xin Zhao will have to activate his Q three consecutive times.
What is the skill ceiling in this? A good Xin player will E the oponent, then AA, then Q one time, changing the stance, then, after he has landed the 1 strike with Fisherman, he will press Q again, to land a strike of the Redeemer's Shiv, then he will press Q again to knock the challenged enemy up. AA+QAA+QAA+QAA.A great Xin player will reset his auto-attacks 3 times, in an AA+QAA+AA+QAA+AA+QAA combo, making him insanely and quickly make 6 different auto-attacks in a very short amount of time, giving him 2s of cdr on his skills. Or they can bluff and sacrifice the stickiness and jump in the enemy's face with the third stance already procced, just to knock'em up, following by W and the active items like Bilgewater Cutlass and Tiamat. If he does that, he won't challenge the enemy with the knock up aa, because he won't have landed any AA prior to that, and therefore the knock up lasts shorter.
In the jungle, it will be way better to go E+AA+QAA+AA+QAA+QAA, since knocking the monster up is not that necessary, and his sustain can be better this way, without making him oppressive against other champions. You will have to choose how you want to duel, based on many variables and matchups, and this is something that we can already do with him, but not very well. Not many champions really excel in active item management and AA resetting and I think that it would be awesome if Xin did that.
This can be very threatening in the early game, but as the game progresses it will be harder to connect all of the attack resets, which is fine. But we will talk about how his gameplay should progress later.

W - Wind becomes lightning

Wind: 0.4s cast time, Lightning: 0.4-0.2 cast time, based on as. Wind aoe-radius: 400 / Lightning target range: 900. Cost: 45 mana. Cooldown: 20 / 18 / 16 / 14 / 10 s.
  • On tap: Wind
Xin Zhao spins his spear in a 360º area, applying on attack effects to the first enemy champion hit and AOE physical damage to all other enemies hit. On cast time (0.4s), he roots himself on the ground and becomes UNSTOPPABLE (like Fiora and Ornn) and receives 15%/17.5%/20%/23.5%/25% less damage from all non-turret sources.After this cast time, the slash will deal 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 + 20% AD + 50% AP physical damage to all units hit in the area, and will heal Xin Zhao in 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 + 7% AD + 25% AP for each enemy champion hit.
CHALLENGED units heal bonus 5% of Xin Zhao's missing health.
  • On hold for more than 0.2 seconds: Lightning
Xin Zhao thrusts with the spear in a straight line in front of him on a target direction, dealing 30 / 65 / 100 / 135 / 170 (+ 75% AD) AOE physical damage to all enemies hit, and slowing them in 50% for 1.5 seconds.
CHALLENGED enemy slow duration is increased to 2 seconds. CHALLENGED enemies take bonus 4% of their missing health as true damage and hitting an enemy champion refunds the cooldown and mana cost of the skill in 50% (only once). Both strikes deal less 50% damage to minions.
This W makes more sense than the one we have now. Honestly, his W rework was what made me stop playing him for the first time. But now, I understand how useful it can be. It should be his way of mantaining himself in the lane or in the jungle, and at the same time makes him adapting: now his W can be a semi-aa reset with Wind, and also an executer with Lightning. Since he can only deal %life damage to CHALLENGED enemies, his poke doesn't get opressive, and he needs to rotate his kit in order to consistently use this tool.

E - Audacious charge

No cast time. Cost: 50 mana / Target range: 650 / Effect radius: 300/ Cooldown: 11s.
Xin Zhao dashes in the target enemy's direction. Upon landing, he deals 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 (+ 50% AP) magic damage in an area around the target, and gains 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60% as.
The range of the skill RISES to 850 if there is a CHALLENGED champion in a 1000 units radius close to Xin Zhao. (Like Caitlyn's passive, he can only dash further to the CHALLENGED) unit. If a CHALLENGED unit dies, the cooldown and mana cost of Audacious Charge are refund in 50%.
Audacious charge needs to be more than a dash, and at the same time it needs to be fair for both Xin Zhao and his opponent. I removed the slow on his E and moved it to other skills because this way it gets better balancing.
Since he will only CHALLENGE foes who he can successfully land and AA, the range increase will only make sense when he is already in a position to chase, and his cooldown will only be refund in takedowns. So it's a very good skill to help him being in the fight, and someone would have to be creative in order to use it as a means of escape. As an identity, Xin Zhao should not have many ways to run away from fights, because he should be a high-stakes champion, who hardly retreats. He does it sometimes, sure, but not so easily.

R: Demacian Ring

0.3 cast time / Cost: 100 mana / Cooldown: 120/110/100. Starting area of effect radius: 400. Ring growth radius: 100 units/s
Xin Zhao sweeps his spear around him, dealing 50/75/100 + 7%/ 8,5/ %10% of the target's current health as true damage (600 damage max. against monsters), while knocking back any unit that isn't Challenged by 600 units, and healing Xin Zhao by 10% of the damage dealt as TRUE HEALING.
After pushing the enemies away, Xin Zhao creates a ring around him, which will grow continuously in size after 0/1/2 seconds, then it will dissipate after it has reached a 700 unit radius.
When inside the Ring, neither Xin Zhao nor the CHALLENGED unit can receive alteration in their health points by units from outside of the ring. They will both be INVULNERABLE to either damage or healing from all external sources. If the challenged unit forfeits the ring, the effect deactivates on them and they become vulnerable again, but Xin Zhao remains invulnerable to damage until the ring dissipates.
Non-challenged UNITS who touch the edge of the ring receive a 50% slow for 2/2.5/3s when moving toward Xin Zhao or the CHALLENGED unit. The slow can only be applied once, and if there is a CHALLENGED unit inside of the ring at the moment of collision. AAs and skill casts make the ring decrease its size by 45 units, capped at 400 units. If a CHALLENGED enemy dies while DEMACIAN RING is active, the ring size decreases by 150 units, capped at 400 units.
His ult is awesome, but it needs some improvements and quality of life changes and identity.
Almost every diver have a way of locking their victim and neutralizing them. Xin Zhao doesn't have now, and doesn't need to. What he gets to lock though is the outcome of the duel: neither he nor his opponent can receive help or be disturbed as long as the ult lasts. It is a very cool way of making the fight "fair", and at the same time dynamic and interesting. He should be able to neutralize his opponents and quickly jump next to the other enemies. He is fearless, but he isn't reckless.
He punishes misplacements and burnt cooldowns.

His visuals:

Well, now that we have already stablished Xin's kit, his personality and story, it's way easier to figure how he should present himself in the game.
  • His armor should be less heavy, because he is not a battler for the field. Instead, he should use a navy blue vest with silver and gold details, like Demacians do. -He can keep the long hair, but the ponytail should be more disciplined and it must follow his circular playing style.
  • He should be in his late 30s, at the peak of his form, but starting to fade.
  • His spear should have details on the tip, and resemble a Darkin weapon. When he found the spear, it was already fading and it didn't get to corrupt his body.
  • I thought of the Roman skirmisher, without the helmet and the shield, since Demacia is a little based on Rome.
Movement and behavior:
  • He should be very delicate when he resets his AAs, and spin his spear gracefully.
  • He should run on the tip of his toes when coming out of base or having very large boosts of speed, kind of like Kalista does, but should walk firmly and in good posture, like he's busy.
Animations and stances:
  • The modifications to his AAs should represent all of the stages he's had in life. When he activates his Q, the tip of the spear glows golden. Then it gets a shade of green when in the Fisherman's Barb, a shade of red in The Redeemer's Shiv, and a bright yellow shade in The Viscero's Talon. When in the Fisherman, he holds his spear as if he would throw it, pointing it forward. When in the Redeemer's Shiv, he agressively sweeps his blades sideways, and in the Viscero's Talon, he knocks up firmly.
  • His Warring kingdoms skin NEEDS to have a horse when quickly coming out of the base, like Vayne does with her motorcycle. When he recalls, he calls his horse back.
  • His dance should be updated to something more professional and of good taste. We could, for example, use this bit from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, from the 1:25 to the 1:30 mark:
  • When he recalls, he should sit cross-legged, close his eyes and rest his spear peacefully on his lap. The spear will then increasingly glow red. Xin Zhao will then grab it firmly, open his eyes and stand up in a swift spin. When he spins, he keeps going up and then appears in the base.
  • Now that we understand what niche he fits in the game, we can understand what themes would be cool to give him. Cosmic defender is nice for the ASPECT part, Warring Kingdoms, Comando, Secret Agent are very nice to put him too. But considering this Secret Agent - S- Mission Demacian Soldier, he would fit very well in the Project theme, Beast Hunter, Odyssey, Chosen, PsyOps, Special Forces, Pulsefire and so on.

His identity in the game as it is now

Xin's identity should be of an early game hypercary who will have early game dominance through strategy and out-dueling. A Xin player will have to dominate both micro (aa resets, cooldown timers, animation cancelling) and macro (jungle roots, rotations, objective timing, farming, roaming and jungle invading) managing in order to perform well with him.
He is a strong midlane fighter who will have to invade and roam, adapting his runes and his build to counter one specific target on the opposite team (generally his opposed midlaner or the enemy's adc).He can't be a frontliner, nor can he be an assassin. He will be like Irelia, Wukong, Diana or Sylas, but with early-game bullying and mid-game deficiency.As viable in the jungle, he will serve the purpose of a secondary diver, and his dominance in the early will be granted by his easy access to non-mobile champions, and he can adapt his kit to clear camps with ease.
If everything goes right, he becomes a formidable splitpusher.
In comparison of power
  • He will almost always lose early-game fights against juggernaults, tanks and bruisers like Garen, Malphite, Riven, Darius, Mordekaiser, Renekton, Lee Sin, Volibear, Rammus, Zac etc., but he will be able to fight equally and hold them back in the lategame, if he manages to build properly.
  • He will almost always win against assassins, burst mages, late-game divers or late-game tanks like Yasuo, Zed, Lux, Annie, Ahri, Evelynn, Amumu, Elise, Vi, Galio, Shyvanna, but he will start to lose strenght against them as the game progresses.
  • He will definitely live the hell on earth against control/artillary/burst mages like Morgana, Neeko, Zyra, Malzahar, Veigar, Azir, Orianna, Xerath, Ziggs, Zilean etc., and it will demand him a lot of help from the jungler to survive those lanes.
It's important to notice that Xin will have a hard midgame, but his lategame may be decent. But instead of diving in, he will adopt a supportive role and try and help his ad-carry, using his skills to disrupt and peel for them (like he should have done with Jarvan III).
In order to do that and not becoming extremely unbalanced, his optimal builds will focus on as, ls and hp, but both as and ls will have diminishing returns (as they already do now). An AP or Crit version would be very rare and unlikely, and at the same time building defensive items would take away too much of his presence and damage, so he will be beefy, but not tanky (characters with damage based on life will have a 3000 hp Ionian piñata to hit if the game reaches the 30 minute mark).
Essencial items should be: Trinity Force, Frozen Mallet, BotRK, Death's Dance. Skirmisher's in case of jungling.Runes would be optional to the playstyle, but any rune from the Precision tree could be useful, along with Hail of Blades, Electrocute, Phase Rush and Grasp of the Undying. But all of the sustain or tankness runes will take much of his early dueling potential, so it's a choice the player will have to make carefully.

What weakness Xin Zhao has and what weakness he should have

Right now Xin Zhao is not necessarily very weak. He sits on a 50% win rate in plat+ leagues and there are champions in worse conditions. But the thing is, since he doesn't have a true identity, people don't know what to do to or with him, and he has become a jack-of-all-trades champion that no one refers to when they want to seriously climb their elo.
He doesn't have enough sustain nor stickiness to gank and grant a kill. Most of his power relies on flat damage, so tanks almost always make him useless. This isn't bad per se, but he is sold as a meelee bruiser, so most people think he will be a frontliner too. He isn't a frontliner, for many reasons discussed prior. So by the 20 minute mark the team starts asking "hey Xin Zhao weren't you supposed to be starting the fight"? To which the Xin players with half a trinity force will shrug and reply "my ultimate pushes people away, what do you want me to do?"
Then the team replies "Well, I don't know, maybe pick something actually useful like a Graves, a Volibear, a Rammus or a Kayn?"
To define his weakness, we should treat him kind of like Lee Sin, but for the midlane. There are MANY bad Lee Sin players around there. We know how useless Lee can be. But there is that one Lee Sin that is at the right place at the right time and that ends the game in 15 minutes. Lee Sin is not a frontliner, he isn't an assassin, he is kind of both, but we know what he does, how to build for him, how to build against him, and actually how to win with him. If we see gameplay videos, guides and the Xin Zhao mains reddit, we will easily see how uncertain using him can be. This shouldn't happen.
In my opinion, Xin Zhao should be weak against teams who prepare for jungle invading and for allies who don't articulate enough, or who can hold thing until the mid/lategame. If people build %life damage, he will be easier to handle. He should be weak to lane freezing and vision control. He will almost always lose to short trades (Fizz, for example, will be a very hard fish to catch). His waveclear will be lacking, in order to clear the wave and roam he should first Tiamat.


Thank you if you had the patience to read all of this. I really hope that this can be a conversation starter. I'd love to see with my fellow spearmen if those ideas sound cool.


He should be a meele midlane fighter who excels in early 1v1 combat, like Irelia, Wukong, Ekko, Sylas and Diana. His itemization should focus primarily on life and AD. He can be viable in the jg, but not S tier. His kit, lore and identity should reflect that, by adding more elements of the modern history of the game, like his spear being a redeemed Darkin and him being Demacia's secret agent. Changes to his kit involve making the CHALLENGER part of his kit more present and meaningful, and investing on AA resets to make him stick more to his targets and outduel them.
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2020.08.25 01:09 Mrbrickjojo A review of Paramore’s After Laughter

By all logic, Paramore probably shouldn’t be around today. While the band has never lost their commercial success, they have lost several members in somewhat controversial fashion.
The first and biggest departure were founding members Josh and Zac Farrow leaving the band with a statement that accused lead singer Hayley Williams of making the band all about herself.
While the band were able to survive that and make their fantastic self-titled record, but as they were touring for that album, not only did bassist Jeremy Davis quit, he ended up suing the band for writing credits.
As if this wasn’t reason enough for fans to suspect that the band was done, the news broke that Hayley Williams was going through a divorce after her husband cheated on her, leading to Hayley temporarily leaving the band, and for a moment, Taylor York was the only member of Paramore.
Hayley went through a depression for a longtime (which she still seems to suffer from today though she appears to be in a better place), but eventually, the band got to work on their fifth album.
This album would prove to be a very interesting one. For starters, in the mother of all shockers, Zac Farrow returned to the band. Another thing is that this album is yet again, a huge shift in sound.
The first single ‘Hard Times’ was unlike anything any of us have ever from the band, I think it’s fair to say that most weren’t expecting it. The release of the song also introduced a whole new aesthetic and look for the band, with Hayley
On May 12, 2017, against all odds, Paramore released their fifth album, After Laughter.
With an odd lineup, a new change in sound, and a backstory that’s anything but heartwarming, how did After Laughter turn out?
Production: This album was co-produced by guitarist Taylor York and long time partner of the band, Justin Meldal-Johnsen.
This album sounds absolutely gorgeous. It gives the album the texture that a pop album requires, while still maintaining the fact that this is, in fact, a band.
Every instrument can be heard clearly, and it’s quite fascinating to listen to the album and try to notice all the little details that are included.
Lyrically: Given the background of this album, and what the band members went through in between album cycles, you probably assumed that this album would be depressing, and you’d be right in thinking that. This album, from a lyrical standpoint at least, is quite grim.
While the self-titled record wasn’t necessarily a ray of sunshine on the lyrical side of things, that album had an underline feeling of hope throughout the album. It was album written by people who had been through hard times (no pun intended), but they had hope that things would get better and they would end up happy.
With this album, it seems like it was written by people who have, once again, been through hell, but there’s no hope. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel and there’s no point of even trying.
Let’s just say the lyrical themes don’t match the album cover.
The first instance we see of this is the first single ‘Hard Times’. The song talks about going through struggles and being surprised that you even made it through it all. The rest of the album follows these them of hopelessness with songs like ‘Told You So’, ‘Fake Happy’, and ‘26’ sees the band as hopeless husk of themselves.
We also get to see Hayley open up about about her fail relationship on ‘Forgiveness’, ‘Tell Me How’ and ‘Pool.’ It’s absolutely heartbreaking to listen to and you really feel bad for her (dammit Chad, you made Hayley cry).
There are even some songs where Hayley just lays into herself like in ‘Idle Worship’ where she tells all her friends, especially her younger ones, that she is no role model.
It’s incredibly bizarre and disheartening to see Paramore, a band that’s normally inspiring and hopeful in the darkest of times, be so sad and unhappy, but it’s understandable given what they’ve gone through. This album isn’t whiny, and it isn’t some fake emo nonsense, it’s the thoughts of people who are in the lowest point of their lives and have come close to seeing everything they’ve worked for slip away. The writing is incredibly compelling and might be matched with the self-titled album when it comes to lyrics.
Musically: Despite the completely change in sound, this album may actually be the most technically proficient album the band have ever created. Yeah it’s not the 2112 of pop albums or anything, but no one was expecting it to be, and it doesn’t have to. There’s a huge contrast between the music and lyrics. The music is fun and encourages you to dance, while the lyrics bring out an entirely different vibe.
Let’s start with Hayley. Hayley adapts pretty effortlessly to the pop sound. It seriously sounds like she was born to sing in this style. Her voice is so incredibly good on every single song, and even you don’t relate to the things she’s saying, you’ll probably end up singing along with her because she’s absolutely infectious.
Zac Farro shows that he hasn’t lost his touch at all as he provides a great performance on the drums and percussion. He has had to adapt his style to fit in with the new sound of the band, but just like Hayley, he adapts perfectly. His beats are punchy, catchy, and easily danceable. He’s the back bone of most of the songs here.
Taylor York, who seems to be the driving force of the the band’s new sound, is great as well. All of his guitar parts are present and loud in the mix letting them leave an impact on the songs. You can really see all the bands that inspired this album in his guitar playing as he puts his own spin on things to create an original take on the band’s sound.
Co-producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen plays bass on the album, and he provides a great foundation for Zac to lay his drums on, creating a very powerful rhythm section.
The keyboards sprinkled throughout the album do a good job at keeping the album colorful, while the violins on ‘26’ are beautiful and provide one of the only hopeful moments on the record.
This album is unbelievably well constructed. You wouldn’t think the band that made albums like ‘Riot!’ and ‘Brand New Eyes’ could make a pop album, let alone one as well constructed as this one, but they proved that they can do it. This record sounds like it was the easiest thing to make in the world, even though it was surely anything but.
My thoughts on the album as a whole: When it comes to bands changing their sound to go pop, this is by far the best example of that I’ve ever seen.
Not only is the music beautiful constructed, but the lyrics are so touching, even though they are depressing as all hell.
I look at After Laughter as an album by a band that’s been through a hell of a lot, but they pulled through and created something incredible, and that’s really inspiring.
As someone who’s going through a lot of what’s talked about on this album, ironically enough, it gives me hope that I can get through.
Hell, if Paramore can survive all that’s happened to them, then I can survive anything.
————————Album Stats:
Best Song(s): Idle Worship, Pool, and Hard Times.
Worst Song(s): N/A
Best Lyric: “Hey baby I’m not, your super human, and if that’s what you want, I’d hate to let you down.”
Worst Lyric: N/A
Rank in Paramore’s Discography: 1st place
Album Rating: 10
What did you think of this review? I welcome all criticism.
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2020.08.24 23:06 dp517 Show 4.3 Results

The show began with a warning from Chris Princess to Ebak: He will not take the matches he doesn't want to due the clause in his contract. He can only face off against those he chooses to face. And the names on that list do not include Ebak.
Austin Wolf vs. FVA
The debut of Austin Wolf went off without a hitch, and he managed to pick up a win over the CWL Legend FVA. Whats next for Austin Wolf?
The Hunt vs. White Lotus - Semi Final in Wildfire Pro Wrestling Women’s Tag Title Tournament
Even though they seemed to be at odds due to a new difference in Kathryn Love, the White Lotus still managed to pick up the victory. Now they face off against the team of Price and Blxck Rose over in Wildfire Pro for the Womens tag team championships
Amber Arcade vs. Olivia Mistral vs. Candy Vega - #1 contender match against Roxx at Exiled
After several attempts at claiming the self proclaimed throne, Candy Vega now is just one step away from claiming it. Except now... she faces the monster Roxx.
Ziro Promo Ziro has accepted the challenge. Now Pistolero and Ziro will do battle in just one week.
Alexandra Marie vs. Marilyn Benson
After a disappointing debut on Vindication, Marilyn Benson ended up reclaiming some momentum right before her showdown with Openweight champion Alina Valentina at Exiled.
Steele/Isaac/Flapjack segment The Church of Steele is dead set on claiming Isaac as a recruit: But will they be able to once they face off against Flapjack Carter at Exiled? And which faction will Isaac choose?
Roger Finesse vs William Black - Number One Contendership match for the Vindication World Championship
He did it! Roger Finesse has rightfully earned his shot at Harris for the Vindication Championship. Will Harris be able to defend his title in his first defense in his hometown? The entire world is watching!
Ricky Valentine segment Ricky Valentine was brutalized by what were assuming is a former Misfits member in Michael Young. There are no answers coming from anyone as to why this could've happened, and Ricky Valentine is now unconscious in a hospital bed. What has possessed Michael to do such things?
Ebak/Dour Ranger vs. FFF w/ Chris Princess (Flapjack CarteKaz The Mad)
The FFF were given their just desserts as Dour Ranger and Ebak managed to fend them off in a hectic match. After the match however, Chris Princess once again waved his contract in Ebak's face... Chris Princess has challenged Dour Ranger to a match at Exiled. Will the fighting robot be able to face off against the darkest force Vindication has ever seen?
Clark/Raymondo segment The attack by Clark on Raymondonian soil was once again shown to everyone in the arena. Raymondo made sure to close down all airports from and to Raymondonia to ensure Alex Clark was trapped... but that didn't seem to stop him from showing up to Nemesis.
American Dreamboats vs. Raymondo - Handicap
In what was supposed to be a tag team match, a man in a pig mask attacked Derek right before, and left Raymondo out to dry. There were little guesses as to who this could be, until Alex Clark made his appearance and now all fingers are pointed at him. What beef does Clark have with Raymondo that it makes him want to attack him all the time?
Sabin/Scarberry Segment
Casey Sabin made it clear that she knows Scarberry is behind the attacks. After some back and forth and a call out of her partner, it was clear that Scarberry was not budging. Even after Scarberry got personal, Sabin wasn't having it and struck her partner over the head with a microphone.
Shield Guy w/ Alexander vs. Brandon
Brandon brought out his A+ game as he defeated the behemoth that is Shield Guy. We have no idea where Alexander found this guy, but his attempt at one-upping Brandon has ended up not being a fruitful endeavor.
Jacob Nitro vs. Zac Anderson
Jacob Nitro made his first appearance after his unsuccessful bid at the tag team championships. He managed to defeat the upstart of Zac Anderson, and maybe it was just like looking in a mirror, with Jacob Nitro now being the veteran rather than the rookie. Could Nitro turn this into a wave of momentum?
Selena Segment
Selena said that she knew who the "butcher" was, and she came ready to fight. After a brief moment, we were introduced to Olivia Bodom. It is absolutely clear that she will be a force to be reckoned with, as her and Selena immediately went after each other, and Bodom launched Selena from the ring all the way to the guardrail. Selena had to be carted off after the encounter.
Bryan vs. Connor Gates
These men claim to have some form claim to being the Twitch title contender, and after facing off, it is clear that Bryan has just a little edge over Connor. Could we see this match go down again this season?
Grul Khattak vs. FJA - Falls Count Anywhere Nemesis Championship
Grul Khattak and FJA wasted no time in getting the match started, as FJA took the fight to Grul in the backstage area. It seemed to be his undoing, as Grul was able to manhandle the smaller wrestler easily and throw him around the walls and concrete, earning himself a title defense by way of KO
Holly Queen vs. Eva Gentoo - Nemesis Womens Championship
Holly Queen once again successfully defended her crown, and managed to earn herself the coveted 3rd defense. After the match, the same masked women arrived once again to wreak havoc, but this against the champ. We were introduced to a 3rd person, but just what is going on here with these attacks?
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2020.08.23 01:05 dietititiancourtney Haven't had sex with my partner for 5 years

Super vulnerable but here we go.
Been with my boyfriend (27 m, I am a 24 f) for almost 6 years and we have not had sex in about 4 1/2-5 years...The first year, man it was great. We had sex like every day, couldn't stop touching each other. We were super playful and romantic, etc. Our relationship was picture perfect.
5 years ago I went away for a few months to a camp and he visited me halfway through. He got us a hotel room for some sexy time and I just wasn't into it but i was really insecure and had problems saying "no." So I let him have sex with me (pretty aggressive too) and I hated it. I felt super violated and taken advantage of. I never told him... Anyways , I came back from my trip and we tried to have sex again and it was physically painful for me so I asked him to stop. He wanted to still keep going...i finally got him to get off me and I was really upset about it. But still never opened up about how I was feeling.
A few weeks later, we could both be kissing passionately, head to the bedroom and BAM i would be super turned off and not want anything to do with it. Weeks turned into months and months turned into about two years before we finally had a conversation about it where we almost broke up. Again, I still never opened up about that night the hotel.
I kept ignoring my trauma and I hated talking about our lack of sex and intimacy. For about two years after that, we still loved each others company, went out on dates, moved in together, traveled, had tons of genuine fun together. ..but still never had sex. The lack of intimacy was so bad for awhile to the point where we barely kissed. We would lay in bed backs facing one another. I was always super busy and focused with my school and my job so for me it never seemed like it was as bad as it was, until I later started really reflecting on how bad our situation had gotten. I would give him hand jobs in bed because I knew he needed Something so we would try and compromise...but I honestly hated it. I hated giving him hand jobs and seeing him go into this blissful aroused state when I would just there staring blankly at the ceiling. I felt awful and yet I was so scared to tell him the truth. He would offer to rub my back and give me foot massages trying to help me relax and "get in the mood" but it never worked. It would feel nice but wouldn't flip the switch for my body to start craving sexual touch. If anything, it got so bad to the point where he would try and touch my inner thighs and I would clamp my legs closed and start panicking and feeling anxious.
After years of not having sex, my brain just kinda shut everything off. I have zero desire for sex or foreplay whatsoever and nothing arouses me. I see naked handsome actors in movies or tv and it does nothing to me. I've tried sex toys and all that stuff and it just feels weird to me and I can't relax. Its bordering uncomfortable even. Like I could picture naked Zac Efron standing before me in my bedroom and feel absolutely no desire to have sex with him. I don't really even enjoy making out anymore as awful as that is to admit. I see him and I "feel" attracted to him and can see him as a handsome man and want to hug him, cuddle him, caress him, kiss etc. But I never have the desire to like, jump his bones or have a heavy make out sesh.
He is extremely HL and it frustrates him a lot. I can't blame him...I am so surprised he hadn't left me. He keeps telling me its because he loves me and wants to fight for us because everything aside from no sex was/is amazing.
I got a new job recently and we moved to a new state together and are renting a house. We have two dogs together and in general, have an amazing and trustworthy relationship. The change of scenery helped a little bit with our romance and I felt like I was opening up a little more and was more interested in cuddling and kissing. We also take showers together in hopes to try and spice things up and kiss and hold each other in the shower, but because of me we don't really go passed that because he can tell I don't enjoy it.
A few days ago, we had another blow up and nearly ended things. Many tears were shed and I finally expressed that I think I have some sexual trauma from all those years ago in the hotel (and probably all those times after that where I did sexual favors for him that I didn't want to do) which in turn has caused me to resent him and loose sexual attraction to him. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to say to him. After having had said it though, I feel like im not living a lie anymore. I can't say for sure if we will truly last or not because I ended up decided that I need to start going to therapy (which is a huge step for me.) in hopes to try and rekindle some romance into an otherwise amazing relationship.
So not sure if this will help anyone or not. But just know that you definitely are not alone and I understand how emotionally and physically exhausting this can be for you and your partner. Feel free to reach out any time.
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2020.08.21 14:16 TheRealRaxion [H] Ursus Doppler P2 0.01 [W] Bayonet Tiger Tooth <0.03

B/O: Title
Open to offers of other knives
Trade Link
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2020.08.19 17:27 mickhagen Crypto Banking Wars: Can BlockFi & Celsius Disrupt Banking?

Crypto Banking Wars: Can BlockFi & Celsius Disrupt Banking?
These crypto lending & borrowing services found early traction. Are they capable of bundling more financial services and winning the broader consumer finance market?
This is the third part of Crypto Banking Wars — a new series that examines what crypto-native company is most likely to become the bank of the future. Who is best positioned to reach mainstream adoption in consumer finance?
While crypto allows the world to get rid of banks, a bank will still very much be necessary for this very powerful technology to reach the masses. As we laid out in our previous series, Crypto-Powered, we believe a crypto-native company will ultimately become the bank of the future. We’re confident Genesis Block will have a seat at that table, but we aren’t the only game in town.
In the first post of this series, we did an analysis of big crypto exchanges like Coinbase & Binance. In our second episode, we looked at the world of non-custodial wallets.
Today we’re analyzing crypto lending & borrowing services. The Earn and Borrow use-case covers a lot of what traditional banks deliver today. This category of companies is a threat worth analyzing. As we look at this market, we’ll mostly be focused on custodial, centralized products like BlockFi, Nexo, and Celsius.
Many of these companies found early traction among crypto users. Are they capable of bundling more financial services and winning the broader consumer finance market? Let’s find out.

Institutional Borrowers

Because speculation and trading remains one of the most popular use-cases of crypto, a new crypto sub-industry around credit has emerged. Much of the borrowing demand has been driven by institutional needs.
For example, a Bitcoin mining company might need to borrow fiat to pay for operational costs (salaries, electricity). Or a crypto company might need to borrow USD to pay for engineering salaries. Or a crypto hedge fund needs to borrow for leverage or to take a specific market position. While all of these companies have sufficient crypto to cover the costs, they might not want to sell it — either for tax or speculative reasons (they may believe these crypto assets will appreciate, as with most in the industry).
Instead of selling their crypto, these companies can use their crypto as collateral for loans. For example, they can provide $1.5M in Bitcoin as collateral, and borrow $1M. Given the collateralization happening, the underwriting process becomes straightforward. Companies all around the world can participate — language and cultural barriers are removed.
The leader (and one of our partners) in this space is Genesis Capital. While they are always the counterparty for both lenders and borrowers, they are effectively a broker. They are at the center of the institutional crypto lending & borrowing markets. Their total active loans as of March 2020 was $649M. That number shot up to $1.42B in active loans as of June 2020. The growth of this entire market segment is impressive and it’s what is driving this opportunity for consumers downstream.

Consumer Products

While most of the borrowing demand comes from institutional players, there is a growing desire from consumers to participate on the lend/supply side of the market. Crypto consumers would love to be able to deposit their assets with a service and watch it grow. Why let crypto assets sit on an exchange or in cold storage when it can be earning interest?
A number of consumer-facing products have emerged in the last few years to make this happen. While they also allow users to borrow (always with collateral), most of the consumer attraction is around growing their crypto, even while they sleep. Earning interest. These products usually partner with institutional players like Genesis Capital to match the deposits with borrowing demand. And it’s exactly part of our strategy as well, beyond leveraging DeFi (decentralized finance protocols).
A few of the most popular consumer services in this category include BlockFi, Nexo, and Celsius.


BlockFi (Crunchbase) is the leader in this category (at least in the West). They are well-capitalized. In August 2019, they raised $18.3M in their Series A. In Feb 2020, they raised $30M in their Series B. In that same time period, they went from $250M in assets under management to $650M. In a recent blog post, they announced that they saw a 100% revenue increase in Q2 and that they were on track to do $50M in revenue this year. Their growth is impressive.
BlockFi did not do an ICO, unlike Celsius, Nexo, Salt, and Cred. BlockFi has a lot of institutional backing so it is perceived as the most reputable in the space. BlockFi started with borrowing — allowing users to leverage their crypto as collateral and taking out a loan against it. They later got into Earning — allowing users to deposit assets and earn interest on it. They recently expanded their service to “exchange” functionality and say they are coming out with a credit card later this year.
Security Woes
It’s incredible that BlockFi has been able to see such strong growth despite their numerous product and security woes. A few months ago, their systems were compromised. A hacker was able to access confidential data, such as names, dates of birth, postal addresses, and activity histories. While no funds were lost, this was a massive embarrassment and caused reputational damage.
Unrelated to that massive security breach and earlier in the year, a user discovered a major bug that allowed him to send the same funds to himself over and over again, ultimately accumulating more than a million dollars in his BlockFi account. BlockFi fortunately caught him just before withdrawal.
Poor Product Execution
Beyond their poor security — which they are now trying to get serious about — their products are notoriously buggy and hard-to-use. I borrowed from them a year ago and used their interest account product until very recently. I have first-hand experience of how painful it is. But don’t take my word for it… here are just a few tweets from customers just recently.
For a while, their interest-earning product had a completely different authentication system than their loan product (users had two sets of usernames/passwords). Many people have had issues with withdrawals. The app is constantly logging people out, blank screens, ugly error messages. Emails with verification codes are sometimes delayed by hours (or days). I do wonder if their entire app has been outsourced. The sloppiness shines through.
Not only is their product buggy and UX confusing, but their branding & design is quite weak. To the left is a t-shirt they once sent me. It looks like they just found a bunch of quirky fonts, added their name, and slapped it on a t-shirt.
To the innocent bystander, many of these issues seem totally fixable. They could hire an amazing design agency to completely revamp their product or brand. They could hire a mercenary group of engineers to fix their bugs, etc. While it could stop the bleeding for a time, it may not solve the underlying issues. Years of sloppy product execution represents something much more destructive. It represents a top-down mentality that shipping anything other than excellence is okay: product experience doesn’t matter; design doesn’t matter; craftsmanship doesn’t matter; strong execution doesn’t matter; precision doesn’t matter. That’s very different from our culture at Genesis Block.
This cancerous mentality rarely stays contained within product & engineering — this leaks to all parts of the organization. No design agency or consulting firm will fix some of the pernicious values of a company’s soul. These are deeper issues that only leadership can course-correct.
If BlockFi’s sloppiness were due to constant experimentation, iteration, shipping, or some “move fast and break things” hacker culture… like Binance… I would probably cut them more slack. But there is zero evidence of that. “Move fast and break things” is always scary when dealing with financial products. But in BlockFi’s case, when it’s more like “move slow and break things,” they are really playing with fire. Next time a massive security breach occurs, like what happened earlier this year, they may not be so lucky.
Institutional Focus
Based on who is on their team, their poor product execution shouldn’t be a surprise. Their team comes mostly from Wall Street, not the blockchain community (where our roots are). Most of BlockFi’s blockchain/crypto integration is very superficial. They take crypto assets as deposits, but they aren’t leveraging any of the exciting, low-level DeFi protocols like we are.
While their Wall Street heritage isn’t doing them any favors on the product/tech side, it’s served them very well on winning institutional clients. This is perhaps their greatest strength. BlockFi has a strong institutional business. They recently brought on Three Arrows Capital as a strategic investor — a crypto hedge fund who does a lot of borrowing. In that announcement, BlockFi’s founder said that bringing them on “aligns well with our focus on international expansion of our institutional services offering.” They also recently brought someone on who will lead business development in Asia among institutional clients.
BlockFi Wrap Up
There are certainly BlockFi features that overlap with Genesis Block’s offering. It’s possible that they are angling to become the bank of the future. However, they simply have not proven they are capable of designing, building, and launching world-class consumer products. They’ve constantly had issues around security and poor product execution. Their company account and their founder’s account seem to only tweet about Bitcoin. I don’t think they understand, appreciate, or value the power of DeFi. It’s unlikely they’ll be leveraging it any time soon. All of these reasons are why I don’t see them as a serious threat to Genesis Block.
However, because of their strong institutional offering, I hope that Genesis Block will ultimately have a very collaborative and productive partnership with them. Assuming they figure out their security woes, we could park some of our funds with BlockFi (just as we will with Genesis Capital and others). I think what’s likely to happen is that we’ll corner the consumer market and we’ll work closely with BlockFi on the institutional side.
I’ve been hard on BlockFi because I care. I think they have a great opportunity at helping elevate the entire industry in a positive way. But they have a lot of issues they need to work through. I really don’t want to see users lose millions of dollars in a security breach. It could set back the entire industry. But if they do things well… a rising tide lifts all boats.

Honorable Mentions

Celsius (ICO Drops) raised $50M in an ICO, and is led by serial entrepreneur Alex Mashinsky. I’ve met him, he’s a nice guy. Similar to Binance, their biggest Achilles heel could be their own token. There are also a lot of unanswered questions about where their deposits go. They don’t have a record of great transparency. They recently did a public crowdraise which is a little odd given their large ICO as well as their supposed $1B in deposits. Are they running out of money, as some suggest? Unclear. One of their biggest blindspots right now is that Mashinsky does not understand the power of DeFi. He is frequently openly criticizing it.
Nexo (ICO Drops) is another similar service. They are European-based, trying to launch their own card (though they’ve been saying this forever and they still haven’t shipped it), and have a history in the payments/fintech space. Because they haven’t penetrated the US — which is a much harder regulatory nut to crack — they are unlikely to be as competitive as BlockFi. There were also allegations that Nexo was spreading FUD about Chainlink while simultaneously partnering with them. Did Nexo take out a short position and start spreading rumors? Never a dull moment in crypto.
Other players in the lending & borrowing space include Unchained Capital, Cred (ICO Drops), and Salt (ICO Drops).

Wrap Up

While many companies in this category seem to be slowly adding more financial services, I don’t believe any of them are focused on the broader consumer market like we are. To use services like BlockFi, Nexo, or Celsius, users need to be onboarded and educated on how crypto works. At Genesis Block, we don’t believe that’s the winning approach. We think blockchain complexity should be abstracted away from the end-user. We did an entire series about this, Spreading Crypto.
For many of these services, there is additional friction due to ICO tokens that are forcefully integrated into the product (see NEXO token or CEL Token). None of these services have true banking functionality or integration with traditional finance —for example, easy offramp or spending methods like debit cards. None of them are taking DeFi seriously — they are leveraging crypto for only the asset class, not the underlying technology around financial protocols.
So are these companies potential competitors to Genesis Block? For the crypto crowd, yes. For the mass market, no. None of these companies are capable of reaching the billions of people around the world that we hope to reach at Genesis Block.
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2020.08.11 02:17 dp517 Show 4.1 Results

Colin Piper vs William Black
Colin was the first man to step up and welcome any Nemesis star to step up and give them a fight. William Black stood up and accepted the challenge, and made Colin pay dearly for it. Now a Vindication star, does William Black have a new opportunity to be a top competitor once again? After the match, Xistro Horror attacked Colin, and quite frankly, it was a huge shock to everyone. What business does Horror have with Colin
The Hunt vs. Olivia Mistral/Kaylyn
The Hunt showed their tag team prowess, as they welcomed the returning Olivia Mistral and new Vindication debut in Kaylyn. Could their sights be on the Womens tag team championships again?
Ricky Valentine vs. Jack Thunderheart vs. Roger Finesse vs. The Tornado - Extreme Rules
The official for this match will have a talking to for sure. The Tornado had just arrived to Vindication from Nemesis, and he should've absolutely picked up a win here in this match several times, but due to dubious officiating, it was not meant to be. Ricky Valentine on the other hand managed to turn it around for himself and won a much needed match.
Candy Vega vs. Amber Arcade
Candy Vega was touted as possibly the next possible Openweight contender after Marilyn Benson, but Amber Arcade had other plans. Amber is now a Vindication roster member, and he's here to up her game!
Kathryn Love vs. Marylin Benson
A new look was definitely something that has seemed to help Kathryn Love, as she halts all of the momentum Benson had amassed for herself. This is a momentous victory for Kathryn Love, but now the question is... does this mean she's done with the White Lotus?
Dour Ranger vs. Xander Woods
What was supposed to be a big opportunity match for the new Vindication members Dour Ranger and Xander Woods turned into chaos as the FFF once again attacked and wreaked havoc. Princess seems poised to destroy CWL, and in a move that was as shocking as anything we've ever seen, The Tornado came out and sided with FFF, destroying the Chairman in the process. What will the repercussions be for the FFF?
Mayson Saturn vs. Isaiah James
Mayson Saturn is "just a manager". Just a manager, my rear end. He managed to put away an individual with a lot of accolades to his name, and he did it in such fashion we've never seen before. Could Mayson have lied on his CWL application?
Zac Anderson vs. Classy Von Cody
No roster changes here, but we do have a new debut! Zac Anderson has arrived and he made a statement against Classy Von Cody, earning himself a victory and putting away a classic contender.
-FJA Promo-
FJA announced his intention to be the #1 contender for the Nemesis Championship, and Grul seemed to just brush him off with that voiceover. We have learned however, that FJA has been granted his request, and he will be getting his title match soon!
American Dreamboats vs. War Boys
The new team of the American Dreamboats has crushed their first test. The former CWL tag team champions have been defeated, and now the Dreamboats are just that much closer to becoming Tag Team Champions. Could they be next in line for Vindications Pistolero and Ziro To'a?
-Alexander Segment-
Alexander arrived and lived up to his end of the deal against Colin Piper. Brandon however, still took slight to the comments made about his former brand, as he made the announcement that him and his wife April are Nemesis' newest stars. After dishing a verbal low blow to Alexander, Alexander retaliated by giving Brandon an actual low blow to end the encounter. This match could be interesting coming soon from both of these competitors.
Jessica Scarberry vs. Selena Adams
This whole part of the show can be described in one word: shocking. Selena Adams moves from Vindication to Nemesis; shocking. Jessica Scarberry picks up easily the biggest win of her career, defeating Selena Adams in one on one competition; shocking. Selena seems to have gotten a sombre message after the match as a cleaver appeared on the stage... what does it mean?
Rodrigo Del Gaiso vs. Dr. Wrestling Jr
In a clash of worlds, a new debut took the challenge of a returning former Vindication star. This was a hard fought match, as Rodrigo gave it all he had, but Dr. Wrestling Jr. showed us he was still as good as ever when he managed to pick up the well fought victory.
Casey Sabin w/ Scarberry vs Alina Valentina
No one knew this would be a champion vs. champion match, and it absolutely delivered. Alina Valentina has made Nemesis her new home. After the match however, a masked assailant made their presence known and attacked Casey Sabin.. but.. who was it? and where was Jessica Scarberry? Why didn't she help her partner out?
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2020.08.09 19:36 kalliope_k Attractiveness gap in the media vs public perception

Just need to rant a bit
So I remember reading about beauty/attractiveness/success standards for protagonists in movies/pop culture in an article ages ago and it really stuck with me.
The basic argument that was made was that in order to be a protagonist/object of desire in movies or let's say music industry, there is way more diversity within male figures in comparison to female.
Basically, to be considered desireable, if you are male, you can be/look like almost anything - from having a babyface (think Justin Bieber, Thomas Brodie Sangster), to having a "pretty face" (Zac Efron, Bradc Pitt) or having a "masculine" chiseled facial structure (John Cena) or just looking... average like Adam Sandler ; from being skinny (Andrew Garfield), to extremely muscular (Terry Crews) to having a dadbod like Nick Offerman; from being very "macho" in acting and looks (most roles which Bruce Willis had) to being quite odd-looking but clever (Benedict Cumberbatch), to being fair and having a soft side (Eddie Redmayne's charachter in Fantastic Beasts) to being almost androgenous and quirky like captain Jack Sparrow. Not to mention, you can also be old and be considered a silver fox, to a point in which a relationship in movie can almost be considered creepy.
Women, however, are hardly ever given this much leeway in terms of diversity in order to be considered desireable or a protagonist. Granted, the situation is slowly changing (at least when it comes to race, but even then it is hardly enough), but the standards are much much narrower. You are only allowed to be desireable/protagonist if you are basically two body types: skinny and curvy (but only the type of curvy which includes large breasts, skinny waist and large bottom, no belly fat allowed!), the face must almost always be perfect, model-like symetrical, usually with a preference for white features such as blue eyes, blonde hair... No way can a woman be muscular, fat, slightly masculine in looks or behaviour; her behaviour can be odd and quirky but (usually) not in a way which could threaten or overshadow the male protagonist or shock the viewer or let alone be over 35-40 years old.
Obviously these standards translate into how we perceive ourselves and societal expectations, which is why more women struggle from eating disorders or spend hours researching into how to do make up and hair. Also, in dating, (this is just my observation), I believe women have much more "diverse" standards for attractiveness than men.
Yet, recently, there is this trend of thinking that women only date these mythical "Chads" - masculine, macho, with chiseled jaws and "badboy" behaviours while leaving all those who do not fit the description behind. When, the media representation and reality is quite the opposite. So yet again, women get treated unfairly compared to men in representation, yet we get accused of literally that of what they do, being demonised for projection of their own insecurities.
It is really annoying to be put in such narrow brackets looks and behaviour-wise and then be shamed for having *any* standards or expectations from your potential partner. It's just a pet peeve of mine but it is yet another way in which the double-standards are so obvious it irks me that not only it is not seen but the literal opposite is becoming a more and more popular belief.
TL;DR women are expected to perform in much narrower brackets than men in order to be percieved as desireable and then are told they are the one which impose unfair standards onto men.
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2020.08.08 01:15 Jimbus_Christ My horror-breakup comic, LONELY RECEIVER, is coming out September 2nd - AMA

My horror-breakup comic, LONELY RECEIVER, is coming out September 2nd - AMA
Hey comicbooks!
I'm Zac Thompson, a comic book writer who's around here semi-frequently. I've written books like UNDONE BY BLOOD, THE DREGS, COME INTO ME, along with some X-Men stuff at Marvel.
I've got a new book, LONELY RECEIVER coming out in early September.
It's a weird neon-soaked horror romance. A little bit MidSommar, a little bit Spike Jonze Her, and some David Cronenberg for good measure. The book is brought to life by Jen Hickman, who drew and coloured the entire thing. And features incredible letters by Simon Bowland. Without them, this weird book wouldn’t exist. So please go follow them, they’re doing insane things in comics right now and deserve your attention.

Cover for #1
Lonely Receiver is the story of Catrin. A lonely videographer who purchased an A.I. life partner. The book is set in the future where artificial intelligence is the norm, and modern dating mostly takes place using devices that interface with human biology. For some users it’s merely a way to go on a date without leaving the couch. For others it’s a way to perform sexwork, have orgies or explore kinks shame free. And for the sensitive and empathic Catrin it’s an incredible bond with an artificial person: her wife Rhion.
After ten years with her simulated spouse things are starting to grow stagnant. The cracks of this lifelong bond are starting to become chasms, and tension is spilling through at every moment. After an explosive fight, Rhion suddenly disconnects from the relationship - leaving Catrin alone in a world of connection. Thus sets off a breakup so devastating that it causes Catrin to lose her sense of self and reality. This is a weird horror romance book about that awful thing we all have to do after a breakup – confront the person we thought we were.
It’s a story about the erasure of boundaries and the bubbling addiction and allure of disconnection in service of an entirely digital life. And it’s all reflected through a the lens of weird fiction.
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