All-female League of Legends team has faces you may recognize.

No Dice Gaming has realized a problem in gaming: there aren’t that many women.  They’re attempting to do something about it as a gaming company by sponsoring the only current all-woman team.  That means sending their team to gaming conferences like E3 and ComicCon to play other competitive teams.

I think this is a spectacular idea, and will hopefully encourage more women to take up the game.  No Dice wasn’t necessarily hunting for hyper-skilled players, but players who can have fun and whose progress can be monitored by women who may be new to the game and get to see new players just like them when watching the DICEttes.  A previous attempt was made to field an all-female team that prioritized finding the top women players.  The result was the team disbanding because they couldn’t get along.  The team No Dice has fielded gets along, has fun, and will be in it for the long haul.

But here’s a twist: the team has faces that many of you will recognize.  Shayrah Akers (playing under the name “Shayrah”), writer at The Secular View and ex-host of the Dogma Debate podcast will be in the jungle.  Michaelyn (playing as “EverlyEvie”), my fiancee, will be playing support.  The remaining players are OnyxPearl at mid, SuicidlGmmyBer at top lane, and BionicWoman at ADC.

They have all started streams so their progress can be watched:

SuicidlGmmyBer

Shayrah

OnyxPearl (will get this URL as soon as her stream is live)

BionicWoman

EverlyEvie

I know most of them (if not all of them) read this blog, so please leave some encouragement in the comments section!  I’ll post links to their streams if I catch them streaming (and may be playing with them).

If you all would like, I’ll even see if I can secure some interviews with the players (and will post their progress along with pics and stories of their adventures touring the country to compete).  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    Count me as a supporter! Too many hobbies are overwhelmingly male-dominated – gaming, homebrewing, rocking out. Somewhat ironically, the only hobby in which I partake that is gender-equal is rock climbing, undermining that one thing that men are supposed to be objectively biologically superior at – physical strength.

    Go women!

    • Msironen

      Rock climbing competitions still seem to be mostly gender segregated…

      • invivoMark

        That could be. I’m just talking from the demographics of my local climbing gym, which is roughly 50:50 most days (if not slightly in favor of women).

        • Msironen

          Oh, okay. Still not quite sure what that has to do with physical equality. Was expecting something more along the lines of women and men going head to head with wins fairly evenly split.

          • invivoMark

            Just the fact that, as a hobby, women participate to an equal extent. That isn’t the case with my other hobbies, and the fact that climbing takes strength to succeed (and is therefore a proper activity for Manly Men (TM)) makes even that much equality seem unlikely.

            Also, in my limited, anecdotal experience, women are just as good at climbing as men (I know an equal number of women with ungodly climbing skills as men), bucking the notion that “men are physically stronger than women” is a near-universal truth.

    • PNW

      I used to rock climb and I would definitely agree with this. I have also heard that women tend to be better at rock climbing because we don’t build muscle as fast or as much. And muscle, being heavy, makes really brawny dudes have to work much harder.

  • Kegan Walls

    Of course, as a fellow League player, they have my support.

  • Laurence

    Good luck to them. Professional gaming is fucking hard as shit.

  • Zinc Avenger

    w00t!

    Long may they kick the asses of both male and female opponents!

  • steve finnell

    EXTRA-BIBLICAL WRITINGS

    Without extra-Biblical writings, the so-called Christian denominations would fall like a house of cards in a hurricane.

    The question is would you be able to remain in your denomination if you based your religious doctrines on the Bible alone? Is the foundation and the building of your faith located in the Scriptures alone or is it in creed books, statements of faith, or other extra-Biblical writings?

    2 Peter3:15-16 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they also do the rest of the Scriptures,to their own destruction.

    The apostle Peter said the letters Paul wrote were Scriptures. Peter never said Paul copied the man-made creeds of the scribes and Pharisees nor any other extra-Biblical writings.

    2 Timothy 3:14-15 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known thesacred writings which are able to give you wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

    Extra-Biblical writings are not sacred writings.Where did Timothy get the information to practice his faith and make him wise to salvation? He got it from the words of the apostles, the apostles words were sacred writings (Scriptures). Paul did not say, one word about learning salvation from man-made creed books nor any other extra-Biblical writings.

    1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

    When Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy delivered the word of God to the Thessalonians, they did not hand them man-made creed books nor teach them from other extra-Biblical writings.

    Ephesians 3:1-5 For this reason I Paul…3. that by revelation there was made know to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

    The apostle Paul said the mystery of Christ hasnow been revealed. It was not revealed in the second century nor the twenty first century. There are no more apostles and prophets. Insights into the mystery of of Christ was made know to Paul by revelation, as it was to the rest of the apostles and prophets.They did not learn the mystery of Christ from catechisms nor other man-made extra-Biblical books.

    1 Galatians 1:11-12 For I would have you know brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Can men study books written by the early church fathers; and then say, we did not receive it from man? When preachers attain their doctrine from creed books and other extra-Biblical writings; can they say we did not receive it from man? The apostle Paul did not attend seminary and study extra-Biblical dogma.

    1 Peter 1:20-21 But know this first of all. that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

    You can only quote true prophecy by quoting the Bible.

    John 16:5-15 …13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth…

    The Holy Spirit guided the apostles into all truth. The apostles had all the truth. All the truth is found in the Bible and the Bible alone.

    The early church fathers were not guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit.

    The writers of church catechisms were not guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit.

    The writers of Bible commentaries were not guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit.

    The writers of denominational creed books were not guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit.

    The writers of EXTRA-BIBLICAL writings were not and are not guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit.

    ALL TRUTH IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE!

    THE QUESTION REMAINS CAN THE DOCTRINES OF YOUR DENOMINATION BE SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE ALONE?

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    • Michaelyn

      EXTRA-SECULAR WRITINGS

      This was a post about a video game, dude (or dudette). Does the Bible have something to say about that? No. It was written 2,000 years ago.

      • Fred

        Idolatry? :)

      • JW

        I think this one would apply to the original article (about the team of gamers):
        “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” Ecclesiastes 9:10 a
        ;)

    • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

      To echo Michaelyn, chill the fuck out. Quote random Bible things on a post that at least mentions religion!

  • JW

    awesome story. Go team!

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