Cognitive Academy

Thu 2nd Apr 2015 - 8:16am : Gaming

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!




Your Comments

  • Fri 3rd Apr 2015 - 2:11pm

    IGN: Nuclear

    Age: 19

    Position: ADC

    Availability: (include timezone) EST. I am available Monday- after 4pm, Tuesday- after 2 pm, Wednesday- after 2pm, Thursday- all day, Friday- after 2pm, and all weekend.

    God pool: Artemis, Anhur, Xbalanque, Ullr, Apollo, Cupid, Neith, Rama, Chronos, Freya, Ah Muzen Cab, Loki, Bakasura. Due to playing Smite for an extended amount of time I can play other roles and other gods well but these are those I can play in the ADC role well.

    Top 3 Gods and Why?: Artemis, Anhur, Ullr. Most comfortable with these three in the current meta. Played alot of Anhur in Season 1.

    In Game average FPS on Conquest: 60-70 FPS with usually 40-50 Ping

    How long have you played Smite: 7/13/2012 and have played since. At first I didn't a computer so I played it with the friend I was living with. When I bought a computer a few months later I played consistently.

    Competitive Gaming experience: Played with Archway eSports as B-team ADC and A-team Coach/Analysis. 

    Rank in Conquest League: Platinum 5, but still gaining.

    What do you hope to get out of Cog Academy? I want to see if this past half of year of training and getting serious with SMITE will pay off. I want to see how my skills will fair against other players with the same passion. When Cog Academy is all over I hope to be a better player then what I was going in.

  • Fri 3rd Apr 2015 - 3:04am

     IGN: dabillinator


    Postition: mid, jungle

    Availability: Weekdays anytime after 5pm EST, and anytime on weekends.

    God Pool: I can comfortably play almost every god, but I like to focus on strong teamfight assassins, and strong laning mages, with the exception of a few.

    Top 3 gods: Bastet, Isis, and Agni. I love the early pressure that Bastet can provide, and the utility of cats. She is very elusive, and can bait out a lot of abilities with pounce. Isis is my favorite god to play. Again her early pressure is incredible, but the real bonus with Isis is using her ult to its fulest. Circle of Protection is potentially the strongest move in the game when used at the correct time, and can easily turn around a team fight. Agni is such a strong, and well rounded god. He is one of the strongest late game mages with how much damage Rain Fire can put out, while being one of the safest. He doesn't lack the early clear that other elusive mages do.

    In game FPS: 120

    How long have you played Smite: I started on March 5th

    Competetive gaming experience: No true competetive experience, but I have joined several Smite tournaments over the last year. My top placing was 4th in a battlefy tournament.

    Rank in conquest league: Plat 5

    What do you hope to get out of Cog Academy: Smite has been a huge passion for me since I picked it up. It is the only game I ever play anymore, and I want to get better. To get better you have to face stronger opponents, and analyze the game. It helps to have an outside view of you play, and Cog Academy can give me that. I have been playing ranked, and climbing the ladder, but I still haven't reached the point where I feel challenged on a game to game bases. I know I need to improve on my rotations, and overall communication, and scrims will help me a ton.

  • Fri 3rd Apr 2015 - 2:52am

    IGN: dabillinator

    Age: 25

  • Thu 2nd Apr 2015 - 9:55pm

    What does someone who wants to participate in this even have to do during the month of April?

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