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017 Overwatch is NOT the end all be all ft. Bryce Blum & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

017 Overwatch is NOT the end all be all ft. Bryce Blum & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

January 17, 2020

017 Overwatch is NOT the end all be all ft. Bryce Blum & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

Take a breather, refresh, and join us on the Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you the current topics in esports from the experts. On this episode, we interrupt a little bit less and explore the diversification and business models of esports a lot more. Bryce's firm represents a huge list of tier 1 esports orgs and talent and has extensive experience at looking at venture capitol trends, esports stories, and he has been a regular at TI, so he's not stranger to Dota. Plus, turns out he and Nahaz are huge fantasy nerds - so stay until the end for a special segment :D

 

016 Conversations, not Crusades | DPC, Nigma, and Riot ft. KeepingitKyle & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

016 Conversations, not Crusades | DPC, Nigma, and Riot ft. KeepingitKyle & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

December 6, 2019

016 Conversations, not Crusades | DPC, Nigma, and Riot ft. KeepingitKyle & Nahaz | The Rivalry Cooldown

Take a breather, refresh, and join us on the Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you the current topics in esports from the experts.

On this episode, Kyle calls in at 2am from Taipei (from his phone), and even in his robot moments he and Nahaz debate passionately about breaks in the DPC schedule, we discuss the business sense (or lack of) from Team Nigma, why the Trent vs Bulldog debate isn't productive (and is missing the point), check in on Riot's sexual harassment lawsuit and big money deals in China, and of course - more payment issues in esports!

*NOTE* Kyle was experiencing a slight audio delay, so there's a bit more interrupting than usual from everyone - we still like and respect each other, we promise. Please LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE to ensure more people can find and enjoy the show!

015 Fight for Your Right to Broadcast | Developers Scramble vs Riot ft. Richard Lewis & Nahaz

015 Fight for Your Right to Broadcast | Developers Scramble vs Riot ft. Richard Lewis & Nahaz

October 28, 2019

015 Fight for Your Right to Broadcast | Developers Scramble vs Riot ft. Richard Lewis & Nahaz

Take a breather, refresh, and join us on the Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you the current topics in esports from the experts.

On this episode, we look at Riot Games' announcement of several new titles and what other developers need to do to compete. What can Bluehole do with PUBG? Will Valve's new player experience in Dota compete? Can Blizzard dig themselves out of the hole they are in? AND THEN - What has Valve been up to? Hiring Kaci, giving tournaments DMCA power in CSGO - this is a 180 on all of their policies!

014 Protect Our Right To Speak Up - The Blizzard Hong Kong Controversy ft. Nahaz & Richard Lewis

014 Protect Our Right To Speak Up - The Blizzard Hong Kong Controversy ft. Nahaz & Richard Lewis

October 16, 2019

014 Protect Our Right To Speak Up - The Blizzard Hong Kong Controversy ft. Nahaz & Richard Lewis

On this episode, we take a deep dive into the insane mess that was Blizzard's handling of the Hong Kong protest being supported by one of their Hearthstone players. We discuss the geopolitical climate around China, economic implications, the impacts Blizzard will be feeling in their stock and future game development, and how we as consumers, fans, and industry members can do something - even in the face of mega corporations and seemingly unilateral decisions.

013 Almost NONE of the Systemic Issues Have Been Addressed ft Zfreek& Nahaz

013 Almost NONE of the Systemic Issues Have Been Addressed ft Zfreek& Nahaz

September 19, 2019

013 Almost NONE of the Systemic Issues Have Been Addressed ft Zfreek& Nahaz

On this episode, we take a look at TI, OG as repeat champions, and try to understand what exactly will happen with the DPC moving forward. We usually spend a lot of time talking about what players want, so we thought we would have Zak (Zfreek) come on and give us ACTUAL insights about what pros want!

012 International Insights ft. KBBQ, V1lat, & D2Bowie

012 International Insights ft. KBBQ, V1lat, & D2Bowie

August 14, 2019

12 International Insights ft. KBBQ, V1lat, & D2Bowie

On this episode, we did things a little bit differently, and took a look at past episodes and interviews to get an International insight into different aspects of scenes we don't know as much about - specifically China, CIS, and SA. Excerpts from the experts help us navigate different questions for each region, and prepare us to tune into the largest tournament Dota has seen to date.

011 Fixing T2 Dota: It’s Simple Math ft. V1lat & Nahaz

011 Fixing T2 Dota: It’s Simple Math ft. V1lat & Nahaz

August 6, 2019

011 Fixing T2 Dota: It's Simple Math ft. V1lat & Nahaz

Take a breather, refresh, and join us on the Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you the current topics in esports from the experts.

On this episode, we take a look at the DPC as a whole - asking both if the system got the right teams to TI and if the system rewarded teams effectively for their performance throughout the year. From there, we discuss how to address Tier 2 Dota, reward TOs, reintroduce revenue streams, and check in with an expert (V1lat) on what a big tournament NOT in your native language will be like.

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010 FaZeUp? How About Lawyer Up ft. SirScoots & Nahaz

010 FaZeUp? How About Lawyer Up ft. SirScoots & Nahaz

May 23, 2019

010: FaZeUp? How About Lawyer Up ft. SirScoots & Nahaz

Take a breather, refresh, and join us on the Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you the current topics in esports from the experts.

This week we dive into the lovely world of esports contracts! Denial not paying their players, Tfue and the FaZe situation, Dota 2 tournament's and their laundry list of payment issues - we have it all! SirScoots work with the Players Association and Nahaz's professional and esports experience make them the perfect duo to dive in on the issues facing players in the rapidly expanding world of esports, where no one wants to leave money on the table.

009 Dota Pro Circuit AMA “We are a smarter Community” ft. KBBQ & Nahaz

009 Dota Pro Circuit AMA “We are a smarter Community” ft. KBBQ & Nahaz

May 17, 2019

009: Dota Pro Circuit AMA "We are a smarter Community" ft. KBBQ & Nahaz

Let's start with PPD's Twitter! And then move on to Jack & Nahaz answering any and all Dota Pro Circuit questions as we continue the DPC discussion from our previous episode of the Rivalry Cooldown. This was live streamed on Twitch with questions sourced from chat and Reddit. 

008 Everything Wrong with the DPC ft. KBBQ & Nahaz

008 Everything Wrong with the DPC ft. KBBQ & Nahaz

May 5, 2019

008: Everything Wrong with the DPC ft. KBBQ & Nahaz

Take a breather, relax, recharge, and join us on The Rivalry Cooldown, where we give you an unfiltered view on the current topics in esports from the experts.
On this week's episode, we go over EVERYTHING about the DPC - past systems, current, and the future. What works? What doesn't? What would Jack's dream DPC be?