Episode 13 - This episode is banned!

April 19, 2018

We are back! Finally after a few weeks hiatus, the OBAN crew is back with a brand new episode! Player bans have always been a very controversial topic in the esports scene. Some people are fully for it, some people think it's useless, some people think player reform comes (or doesn't come) from bans and sanctions. These are all things that we want to cover today in our discussion of the week in regards to teams and player bans!

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Episode 12 - The Rainbow Six Siege Invitational and ETS Lan

February 21, 2018

So because we like to confuse you guys (Kappa), we did something a little bit different this week, again! Instead of going through the usual news section and speedrun section, we jumped right into the subjects. But we did this for a good reason! As we had 2 interesting subject we wanted to discuss. So the title totally spoiled it, but we chatted about the ETS Lan and the RS6 Invitational.

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Episode 11 - The Eleague Boston CSGO Major

February 6, 2018

For the second time in OBAN's history, we used a whole, 3 hour long episode to go over the Boston CSGO Major. With very special guests Vansilli and Scrawny, we looked at the stories the major brought us, the surprises, disappointments and where we the see the major system go in the next few years.

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Episode 10 - OWL First Impressions and Boston Major Preview

January 18, 2018

Things are still pretty quiet this early in the year for esport, but we did have a few things we wanted to talk about! First off, the OWL has had its debut last week and so far, we've had a great time watching the inaugural matches. Discovering the players, the casters and the teams has been amazing for us. Plus, watching any esport at a high level is always impressive. The crew takes a little of time to go over their first impressions of the first week of action in the OWL. As all of you CSGO fan knows, the Boston Major is coming up in only a week! Simon and Alban are lucky enough to be able to attend the event and we will have a special, post-major podcast with two local CSGO analyst/commentator, Scrawny and Vansilli! So before of all of it starts, we wanted to take a few minutes to give a little preview of what we are expecting for the coming event.

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Episode 9 - 2017 End of year Show

December 19, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For esports anyway! The last few tournaments are starting to wind down, players are going on holiday break, orgs are reorganising, shuffling, moving around and getting ready for 2018. We wanted to take the time to go over our favorite moments of 2017 and have a discussion about esports as a whole and how it has evolved throughout the year.

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Episode 8 - Talking trash

November 29, 2017

BMing, trash talking, bragging, boasting, however you want to call it really, is more present than ever in esports, and in the experience these online competitive games bring to the pros, and ourselves, as regular players. Some people frown upon it, some people say it’s great and adds to the overall excitement of events and games. What we know for sure, is that it’s a sensitive topic, and everyone seems to have a different opinion on it. What is taking it too far? What is considered off-limits, if anything? Have you ever experienced trash talking when gaming? If not, then you must’ve never played a competitive game. Because it’s EVERYWHERE.

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Episode 7 - The 2017 League of Legends World Championships

November 16, 2017

This week for our topic, we decided to focus on a single tournament. It’s the first time we’re doing this, but to be fair we’re not talking about a weekend garage event, we’re talking about a 7 week-long, international competition with 24 teams from around the globe playing one of the most popular esports game of our decade: that’s right, we’re covering the League of Legends World Championship 2017. Join the crew and special guest Etienne Veilleux from RDS Esport as we dive into deep down analysis of everything that happened!

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Episode 6 - Tournament Formatting

November 1, 2017

We’ve diddle-daddled around the subject for a while now without actually going into it, but I think it's about time we do! There are so many different ways for teams to win a tournament, GSL, Swiss, Round Robin, Single elimination, Double elimination, etc etc. So which one is better? What are some of the pros and cons of each system? Which one promotes skill over randomness? Dive in with us in the 6th episode of Of Buffs and Nerfs!

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Episode 5 - The Tokyo Game Show and Japanese Esports

October 17, 2017

After a quick week off for Canadian thanksgiving, the crew is back this week for a fresh now episode of OBAN! Freshly back from the Nihon, Alban guides us through his visit at the Tokyo Game Show and the presence (or lack thereof) of esports in the country. While the community is in an upswing, there is still much work to be done. What more needs to be done? Why is it taking so long? The gang weighs in, in this weeks episode! 

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Episode 4 - The Overwatch League

September 27, 2017

The Overwatch League was announced last year at Blizzcon, almost a year ago now, and most of us in the esports scene have been keeping an eye out for any news that would come out. We’ve been holding on to this subject since a lot of the details had been speculation at this point; however couple days ago Blizzard gave us some of the last details for the League. We now have 12 full teams confirmed, and a most importantly a start date. Of course, there are still a lot of details that have yet to be confirmed, but we thought it was interesting to start talking about what we know. With special guest panelist Guillaume "Kadium" Lavoie, we go over all the good, the bad, and the down right crazy things happening with the OWL.

So embrace tranquility, heal up, and listen to this a-mei-zing episode of OBAN! *BOOP*

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