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Scrub League is a weekly eSport podcast that brings you interviews, news and views from the world of competitive gaming.

Scrub League is a weekly eSport podcast that brings you interviews, news and views from the world of competitive gaming.
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Location:

Canada

Description:

Scrub League is a weekly eSport podcast that brings you interviews, news and views from the world of competitive gaming.

Language:

English

Contact:

(905) 537-1343


Episodes

Ep. 38: The plight of casual SFV player and ergonomic health for gamers and more

1/19/2017
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Scrub League turns up the debate dial on this eclectic 38th episode. First, hosts Colin, Kevin and Samantha resurrect an old favourite topic after the World Electronic Sports Games in China: Olympic-style competition in esports. The WESG’s inarguable event might not have been perfect, but it could be a sign of things to come. Next it’s all about the future of streaming, as Sam discusses the fallout from YouTube’s acquisition of ESL English broadcasting rights, and why she likes YouTube...

Duration:00:51:07

Ep. 37: Talking SMITE with Hi-Rez’s esports boss

1/12/2017
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Break out your high definition headphones, because this episode of Scrub League is.... Hi-Rez. Hosts Colin and Kevin chat with Dan McHugh, senior esports manager at the company behind SMITE and Paladins. You could call it a divine interview. Godlike, even. Dan takes the Scrubs through Hi-Rez's 2017 plans, explains why SMITE has such dedicated, passionate fans, and says last weekend's Hi-Rez expo was the best ever. Then it's on to the FGC as Colin gives props to SFV EVO champ Infiltration...

Duration:00:49:48

Ep 36: Huk on his departure from Evil Geniuses, the future of StarCraft

1/5/2017
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Grab your stim packs, kids: Scrub League is headed to the Koprulu sector with legendary StarCraft player Chris Loranger, better known as Huk. The Canadian Protoss player chats with hosts Colin and Kevin about his recent departure from team Evil Geniuses, his flirtation with Overwatch, why dedication won't make you a pro and his top three SCII and Brood War players. Plus, the Scrubs get a preview of what’s next for ‘Hukcules’ in his support roles in 2017 and beyond. Later, Colin recaps the...

Duration:00:35:40

Ep 27: Getting hype for Canada Cup and exploring the Darkstalkers 3 scene

10/27/2016
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It’s another FGC-centric episode on Scrub League, as Colin, Kevin and Samantha get hype for the Canada Cup – the Great White North’s largest fighting game tournament. Founder and organizer Lap Chi Duong speaks on the Cup’s journey from a small-time tournament that cost him $20,000 a year out of his own pocket, to the 1,400-person success story it is now. Then it’s on to Civilization 6: the esport. Yes, you read that right. Team Liquid is trying to make Civ into an esport, and the Scrubs...

Duration:00:47:31

Ep 25: Lock and load: The Canadian military's first ever CS:GO tournament

10/13/2016
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This week on Scrub League, hosts Colin, Kevin and Samantha interview the organizer of the Canadian Armed Forces' first ever esports tournament. The game? CounterStrike. We talk about the opportunity for brothers and sisters in arms to reconnect through esports, why gaming and the military go hand-in-hand, and the awkwardness that might result if we get a "terrorists win" screen in the final match. Kevin tells us how some recent research suggestions that esports viewership is eating into...

Duration:00:43:27

Ep 24: Talking all things FGC with Omega Sparx of GameBreax

10/6/2016
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Put your dukes up and grab your fighting stick, because this week on Scrub League, it's all about the FGC. Hosts Colin, Kevin and Samantha start the 'cast with Omega Sparx, one half of video game music duo GameBreax. The lyricist speaks on his latest music, what it was like to actually be featured in a Killer Instinct game after growing up a fan, and the state of the FGC. Next up, Colin talks Brooklyn Beatdown, and the finals that took two and half hours to actually happen. But that’s...

Duration:00:44:42

Ep 22: Hi-Rez caster Adanas talks Paradigm, Paladins and all things SMITE

9/22/2016
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On this week's episode of SMITE League -- we mean, Scrub League, hosts Colin, Kevin and Sam sit down with Kevin 'Adanas' Meier to talk about all things SMITE. The caster and SPL manager chats with the Scrubs about skins, his favourite gods, the Paradigm banning incident, and of course touches on the Paladins vs Overwatch controversy. The FGC gets a shoutout as Colin laments the absence of Li Joe at Brooklyn Beatdown and brings up a cheeky list by RedBull about the 10 different kinds of...

Duration:00:51:33

Ep 18: Talking to League of Legends' Azael about the NA LCS finals in Toronto

8/26/2016
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Scrub League talks with League of Legends commentator Azael about the NA LCS finals in Toronto, and what it means for Canada. Before that we chat with Allameen Ally, an 18-year-old who won a $50,000 Uncharted tournament. No doubt a future pro. The Scrubs also dissect this upcoming eSports anime, no more in-game coaching in CS:GO, the 10 greatest players in pro gaming history, and more!

Duration:00:42:22

Ep 15: Them's fightin' game words!

8/1/2016
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The Scrubs sit down with two great guests; Esteban Martinez, the man behind the FGC documentary, and Drekken Pownz, an eSports tournament producer based in Toronto. It's music to Colin and Kevin's ears as Drekken defends the StarCraft II scene (dedgaem?) and Esteban beams with reverence for the FGC. But before all that, Sam leads the charge on a discussion of how real life violence intersects with eSports.

Duration:00:49:12

Ep 14: Rapping up EVO 2016 with video game musician SWATS

7/25/2016
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The Scrubs freak out about the epic weekend that was EVO 2016 while Colin gushes about Street Fighter V and Tekken. The hype continues when SWATS of video game rap group GameBreax invades the cast. After chatting about fighting games and music, SWATS drops a freestyle over the Scrub League theme song ... and it's LIT. Scrub League's top 16 EVO 2016 player names: Dinky Da Duke Smash Ketchum .exe Asian Potato BirdJesus CrandalfTheFabulous Dankrooster Dirt Thug Discount Cheato Fart Wizard...

Duration:00:45:09

Ep 11: eSports fan demographics revealed, enter Overwatch

7/6/2016
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Kevin reveals what the average eSports fan looks like (spoiler: it's a he, and he's rich as F). Colin visits Toronto's first and only eSports bar, and Sam breaks down Overwatch competitive mode changes.

Duration:00:49:31

Ep. 9: Buffalo Wild Wings has no idea what eSports is

7/4/2016
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Dude-bro Kevin talks Buffalo Wild Wings, Sam cheers as the ban-hammer hits Overwatch cheats and Colin freaks out about the NALCS finals coming to Toronto Topics and links: Buffalo Wild Wings sponsors but won't broadcast ELeague http://motherboard.vice.com/read/buffalo-wild-wings-is-the-battleground-for-the-acceptance-of-esports Blizzard brings down ban-hammer on Overwatch cheaters http://www.polygon.com/2016/6/3/11851582/overwatch-cheaters-banned-blizzard NA LCS finals coming to Toronto...

Duration:00:46:12

Ep 8: Bud Light dips toe in, Cineplex has tech issues, HOTS has a problem

7/4/2016
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Sam admits HOTS has a problem, cinephile Colin checks out Cineplex WorldGaming’s early attempts at a Street Fighter V live stream, and teetotaler Kevin talks Bud Light all-stars Bud Light's confusing entry into esports https://esports.yahoo.com/bud-lights-entry-esports-sending-000000372.html Cineplex WorldGaming SFV sound issues https://www.cineplex.com/Gameon Heroes of the Storm has a problem https://esports.yahoo.com/heroes-storm-esports-problem-000000157.html Sam plays the ‘anti-eSport’...

Duration:00:43:05

Ep 7: All work, all play for the Pac 12

7/4/2016
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Colin starts the cast off with his deep analysis of eSports documentary ‘All Work All Play’ (two joysticks up). Sam reviews the ‘anti-eSport’ eSport, Ark, and Colin explains non-electronic sports to Kevin, plus the significance of the Pac 12 getting into the eSports game. Topics and links: The eSports doc ‘All Work All Play’ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4654328/ Ark: the Anti-eSport eSport http://www.develop-online.net/interview/studio-wildcard-we-re-the-anti-esports-esport/0220445 Pac 12...

Duration:00:43:22

Ep 5: Paragon looks Epic

7/4/2016
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The scrubs talk Toronto’s first true eSports bar. Also: getting P1 Visas for pro players visiting the U.S. for competitions and a hot new MOBA called Paragon by the guys at Epic. Topics and links: Toronto’s first eSports bar www.blogto.com/bars/good-game-toronto Petitions to have eSports be eligible for P1 Visas https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/uscis-should-recognize-all-esports-legitimate-sports-so-international-players-can-come-us-p1-visas Paragon is a new MOBA by Epic...

Duration:00:39:28

Ep 4: Enter Team YouPorn and is Hearthstone an eSport?

7/4/2016
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Kevin leads a one-man crusade against the evils of C’Thun and declares Hearthstone is not an eSport. Also: Starcraft and Counterstrike cheaters get busted for match fixing, eSports is getting the 24/7 treatment, and the team debate a Team YouPorn ban and all that it entails. Topics and links: Is Hearthstone an eSport? http://www.cnet.com/news/hearthstone-tops-50-million-players-old-gods-expansion-goes-live-today Cheating in eSports: The gambling angle...

Duration:00:44:56

Ep 3: A feminist and a female gamer talk women in eSports

7/4/2016
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Metro columnist Rosie Westwood joins Heroes of the Storm scrub Samantha Emann to discuss women in gaming. Also, rage quitters are the worst, right? Speaking of — the team discusses the case of caster Brandon Nance, who made some insensitive remarks about suicide and resigned from his job. Finally, the scrubs discuss: could and should eSports ever make it to the Olympics? Topics and links: Locking out rage-quitters in SFV, and beyond...

Duration:00:49:13

Ep 2: The health risks of pro-gaming

7/4/2016
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This one’s for the players: physical, psychological and financial tolls of eSports and the people who cheat to win In this week’s episode, Kevin, Sam and Colin discuss the health risks associated with pro gaming. Then: cheating is serious business, especially when money is involved, but how do tournament organizers prevent it? Topics: eSports has an injury problem http://esportsobserver.com/esports-needs-face-injury-problem/ eSports gets its own hall of fame...

Duration:00:48:18

Ep 1: Dota2 commentator resigns and Halo 5 at the X-Games?

7/4/2016
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Scrub League: A gaming writer, a Heroes of the Storm scrub and a Starcraft snob join forces In this the inaugural episode, Kevin Hamilton talks commentator controversy and technical catastrophe, Samantha Emann goes extreme with Halo at the X games and Colin McNeil brightens your day with the weirdest dating show that aired on Twitch. Also, plenty of Smash Bros. trash talk, naturally. Topics: Valve Fired Dota 2 Commentator Gabe Newell...

Duration:00:44:03

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