Swarm of Hearts [General Discussion]

Discussion in 'Events' started by OldEnt, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. MissHumpz
    • Event Coordinator
    • Community Leader

    MissHumpz NOTD Staff: Event Coordinator & Amazing Amazer

    As much as I adore Shiva Arena, I would have to argue against bringing it back for such an event.

    Shiva Arena is not an accurate representation of the skill, hard work and co-operation required to play NOTD.


    After watching the stream today hosted on the ChanmanV show, (which Kithrixx did a lovely job presenting the game and its features to new players) it was refreshing to see new perspectives on a game that I've come so accustom too. They are a lot more enthusiastic about everything they were encountering as it is all new and exciting to them, whereas for older NOTD players, the novelty of surprises has been turned down a notch after playing NOTD for hundreds and hundreds of games.

    So I'm a little on the fence now as to how to go about doing the NOTD showcase. Whether or not to have something similar, where we include beginners who show that same kind of enthusiastic reactions to the game at every corner.


    From a newbie perspective, it would be completely indulging to see a group of vet players play the harder classes and story line and showcase the higher unlock-able achievements within the game. As that is something they can not immediately have access to themselves and thus hopefully will encourage newbies to aim for something if they partake in NOTD games.
  2. JAW

    JAW Well-Known Member

    I think you should take the same approach that The Star Strikers (shameless plug) is taking. Use the showcase time to show the highest level of spectacle possible (NM alpha, in my opinion), and let the general population play on easier modes to hook newer players. Not an original thought, I know, but I still think it's the best way to go.
  3. Ability
    • Development Team
    • NOTD Creator

    Ability NOTD Creator

    Agree with Jaw.
  4. Scorpione

    Scorpione Well-Known Member

    NM alpha high level and spectacle??? Ill have what you're having please <3
  5. EdowardoLMP

    EdowardoLMP Well-Known Member

    Could be max sr 2500 ac nm.
  6. Ghost
    • Warden

    Ghost Warden

    You could always try reenacting that Sec challenge I posted for the showcase :p
    Or try to rush an Alpha NM in 1:06 (extremely hard)
  7. Scorpione

    Scorpione Well-Known Member

    Edo ac nm is only a show when all the trolling takes place ;D

    Get mob con to scout south n avoid huggers teams goes north straight to armory and mobcon does scouting while team goes normally. Should optimize speed to a 57min run :p
    Your challenge hmmm you'd only want that showcased cause you came up with it! :D However it would be interesting
  8. MissHumpz
    • Event Coordinator
    • Community Leader

    MissHumpz NOTD Staff: Event Coordinator & Amazing Amazer

    Just keep it mind guys, the show case should be roughly 45 minutes long.
  9. ImaDomo
    • Donator

    ImaDomo Clad In Armour

    Hmm prob should compressed and take out snippets of the best parts of a nm mission. Like the hold outs, boss fights and so forth. Also showcase the higher classes skills and the objectives.
  10. Ghost
    • Warden

    Ghost Warden

    45 mins real time is approx 1hr game time. Needs to be a real speedrun like I was posting above
  11. Scorpione

    Scorpione Well-Known Member

    Indeed. If you cut scouting and let a mob recon and team rushes to objectives you can reach that time in all stories except surv.
  12. OldEnt

    OldEnt Well-Known Member


    We are happy to announce that during Swarm of Hearts StarCraft 2 Arcade charity event we will raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

    In 1999, Doctors Without Borders received the Nobel Peace Prize.

    About MSF

    MSF's (fr. Médecins Sans Frontières, MFS) work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. MSF operates independently of any political, military, or religious agendas. Ninety percent of MSF's overall funding comes from private, non-governmental sources. In 2009, MSF had 3.8 million individual donors and private funders worldwide.

    In the countries where MSF works, one or more of the following crises is occurring or has occurred: armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, natural disasters, or exclusion from health care. In 2009, MSF medical teams carried out more than 7.5 million outpatient consultations; delivered 110,000 babies; treated 1.1 million people for malaria; treated 200,000 severely and moderately malnourished children; provided 165,000 people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral therapy; vaccinated 7.9 million people against meningitis; and conducted 50,000 surgeries.

    As an organization, MSF is neutral. It does not take sides in armed conflicts, provides care on the basis of need alone, and pushes for increased independent access to victims of conflict as required under international humanitarian law.

    Every year MSF sends around 3,000 specialists to work alongside over 25,000 locally hired staff. They are doctors, nurses, logistics experts, administrators, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians, mental health professionals, and others who work together in accordance with MSF's guiding principles of humanitarian action and medical ethics.

    MSF volunteers go unarmed into warzones to provide medical assistance to those in need, often risking their lives. MSF personnel risks injuries from stray bullets, mines and epidemic disease alongside with direct attacks such as raids, ambushes, rape, political imprisonment and kidnapping.

    In 2008 a documentary film about MSF was released: "Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders" which depicts stories of four doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care in extreme conditions.


    About Fundraising campaign

    Doctors Without Borders encourages using social fundraising tools such as JustGiving and DonorDrive and presents fundraising campaigns on it's websites. A tool which allows to process payments directly to the organisation will be used, meaning Swarm of Hearts organisers will not have access to raised funds. Amount raised will be updated live and donors will be able to leave a message in donors list if they desire to. Fundaising campaign page will be open by the end of February and the whole fundraising process should last two months, giving everyone enough time to donate. More information will follow.

    More information about Doctors Without Borders can be found on MSF USA http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org and MSF Facebook http://www.facebook.com/msf.english/info
  13. Ramses II
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    Ramses II Help, I can't change my title!

    Requesting that this thread be stickied until after the event.
  14. ArcanePariah
    • Development Team
    • Map Developer

    ArcanePariah Miracle Worker

  15. OldEnt

    OldEnt Well-Known Member

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    OldEnt Well-Known Member

  17. OldEnt

    OldEnt Well-Known Member


    The Swarm of Hearts StarCraft II Arcade charity event has concluded!

    This was the biggest StarCraft II Arcade event so far, with four tournaments running simultaneously, over 400 participants combined, dozens of organizers, multiple streams including the main show with map developers directly involved and over 1.5 thousand dollars raised for charity. We have set new records and standards for the Arcade.

    The event was possible to organise thanks to collaborative effort of four Arcade Communities: Aeon of Storms, Night of the Dead, Star Battle and The Star Strikers. It took several months of a voluntary, non-paid work of map developers, tournament hosts, casters, graphics designers, web and VoIP servers administrators, clan and team leaders, tournament participants and other people who contributed in one way or another to make all this work.


    During the event we were raising money for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. MSF volunteers go unarmed into warzones to provide medical assistance to those in need, often risking their lives. In 2009 alone, MSF medical teams carried out more than 7.5 million outpatient consultations; delivered 110,000 babies; treated 1.1 million people for malaria and treated 200,000 malnourished children.

    As of April 23th we have raised $1,525.22 ( 1.168,14 € or £1,001.54 ) which is 200% of £500.00 fundraising target. This is way above any expectations and we would like whole heartingly thank all donors who showed their appreciation of our efforts by donating to MSF!

    Donation amounts varied from three dollars to as much as 200 dollars! 1.5 thousand dollars raised might not seem much compared to the world-wide needs but putting those money into resources means as many as 500 malaria jabs for MSF. For one person three dollars is a price of takeaway sandwich, for other live-saving injection for his child.

    "It is an impressive sum raised that will go really far. Long after any player here has forgotten about their donation, the good it has bought will continue in countless lives all over the world."

    More information about fundraising and donations at https://www.justgiving.com/swarmofhearts


    Official live stream

    The official event stream ran for a couple of hours during main day of the Event - on April 13th (17:00 GMT). Every game was featured by appointed caster, representatives of each map and map developers. The cast featured maps in a form a showmatches including handpicked high level players who guide newcomers (representatives of other Arcade maps) though gameplay. A Q&A session with map developers and audience followed each showmatch.

    Watch recorded stream as Video on Demand at


    Four Arcade tournaments under the banner Swarm of Hearts were hosted in April. They featured the highest level of play and sportsmanship in their discipline.

    Congratulations to the winners of Aeon of Storms BROKENTIER Swarm of Hearts tournament - team Gryffindor.

    Congratulations to the winners of World Star Battle Tournament II: Swarm of Hearts - clan Cyberdyne Systems.

    Congratulations to the winners of The Star Strikers Swarm of Hearts tournament - team Pants Without Borders. Kudos for the name!

    Congratulations to clan Unit and clan Prestige for surviving horrors of zombie apocalypse in Swarm of Hearts Night of the Dead April Madness!

    Over 400 players participated in those tournaments which means a lot of GGs!

    More information about tournaments at:
    Wrap up

    We hope Swarm of Hearts will contribute greatly to the promotion of our wonderful Arcade Communities and will tighten cooperation between StarCraft II Arcade members to allow even greater projects in the future.

    We would like to congratulate to all our Arcade Community members who made this event possible.

    OldEnt, LilMissHumpz, RedHydra, JAW, WildFire and Artemis - Swarm of Hearts hosts*

    * due to vast numbers list of all contributors will be posted soon-ish

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  18. Mirage
    • Donator

    Mirage ಠ_ಠ What are you looking at?

    Ello again OldEnt, and welcome to new forums :D
  19. MissHumpz
    • Event Coordinator
    • Community Leader

    MissHumpz NOTD Staff: Event Coordinator & Amazing Amazer

    Thank you for the opportunity OldEnt ^-^
    I've completely fallen in love with the atmosphere of everyone I had the pleasure of meeting and especially the SOH development team! Please hit me up if you ever need a hand at hosting something again or anything else you have planned in the future, NOTD related or not :)
  20. OldEnt

    OldEnt Well-Known Member

    Oh, hi again. ^^ For odd reason I cannot like posts anymore (maybe I am blind). nvm

    I am writing list of contributors. If you can think of someone helpful (team leaders perhaps) just post his name or PM me.

    This thread could go to tournament subforum and get unstickied I guess?

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