Here it is. The Cognitive Gaming Academy. We really want to help those SMITE community members who have the skill but still remain un-noticed break through the veil. We'll be bringing you all this awesome things in a series of phases.
Phase 1: The Month of April
COG Academy - This will be where we launch the entire event from. We will start with a base of skill that has a standard of rating using SMITE's in game Ranked system. I know a lot of poeple have their qualms about how correct it is, but that isn't what we're worried about at this point. We picked Plat 5 as a general standard because time is precious. We want to try and get the best out of the current pool of players. This phase isn't necessarily about teaching so much as it is finding those who already have the potential skill to be playing on a professional level. Don't be disappointed yet if you don't meet the qualifications, there's more.
Phase 2: The Month of May
COG NA Combine - This is the biggest phase of them all. Throughout the month of May we will be having 4 - 5 daily games where a team of analysts will evaluate EVERY INVIDUAL player in multiple games to get the best assessment of their skill. Each week we will whittle the field down until we end up with a final 10, then upon that make a final decision on the 5 most qualified players. We will be evaluating everything from skill, to communication and even attitude (player comms). We will also be broadcasting these games for all to watch and Myself and a Co-caster will commentate the games. We may even have our analysts come on and give us a few words between games on anything they feel is important to mention. More details will come out of this as May gets closer.
Phase 3: After May
COG Academy - Now the academy will return to us in the way most people will remember it for. This is the place where those players who strive to be successful, and improve their play by leaps and bounds will come to get assistance and analysis of their games to help make every game they play a learning expierence. This is not going to be a "what are the basics" type of academy. We want to help you go from places like Gold 3 to Diamon 5. We will run it in a manner where players will have a one week academy session, our analysts will watch their games and help them see where they are not reaching their potential. This will be a limited number of slots per week, mainly because there will be a limited number of analysts. There will be sign-up periods going all the time and we will choose players through a method we release later when it's time as well.
Whew, that was a lot and this is going to be REALLY awesome. I'm super stoked to be running this and I personally LOVE helping player get better. Hell, I'm getting my own analysts to help me get better. I'd also love to build as many teams out of this as possible. Don't ever be discouraged by failing, that's simply another step to success. I want this to be the greatest place for those who want to learn and improve. Final words on that, I will NOT tolerate Bad Manners or those who can't keep themselves in check, we're gamers and it's all for the love of the game.
Feel free to leave comments and questions below and I will answer them as soon as I see them!