Rezo’s Got Talent, une première édition sous le signe du confinement

Pour les étudiant.e.s qui suivaient un peu l’actualité extra-scolaire des années précédentes, ces trois mots ne vous sont pas inconnus : Polytech’s Got Talent. Il s’agit d’une compétition qui permettait à l’ensemble des élèves de l’école de présenter et partager leurs talents incroyables, ou tout du moins insolites ! Cet événement a déjà eu lieu en interne dans de nombreuses écoles du réseau, où il a, à chaque fois, rencontré un franc succès.

Cet engouement et cette volonté de partager les passions des élèves du réseau ont alors fait germé une petite idée dans les têtes de Camille LANGRAND et de Claire LASCOSTE, du pôle BDA de la FEDERP. Et pourquoi pas encourager la cohésion entre les écoles en organisant un événement similaire, mais à plus grande échelle ? Si le projet d’un événement en présentiel a vite été abandonné en début d’année scolaire, en raison notamment du frein que pouvait représenter le déplacement des potentiel.le.s participant.e.s, il a été finalement décidé d’organiser la première édition du Rezo’s Got Talent sur Facebook. Relayé par les différents BDE et BDA, il a pu toucher l’ensemble du réseau, faciliter la participation des étudiant.e.s et surtout, il a rendu les premières semaines de confinement plus supportables pour nombre d’entre nous !

Bannière de l'évent RGT2020

Du 30 mars au 5 avril, ce sont 5800 personnes qui ont rejoint le groupe dédié et se sont régalées des 311 différentes démonstrations des participant.e.s aux quatre coins de la France ! La multiplicité des arts représentés (chant, danse, dessin, écriture, photographie, etc) en a ravi plus d’un.e et nous a permis de découvrir nos camarades du réseau sous un autre jour.

La compétition s’est divisée en deux grandes catégories, sérieux et fun, et permettait aux élèves de poster seul.e.s ou en groupe une participation par catégorie. Tout le monde était invité à réagir aux différents posts afin de voter pour celles et ceux qui les impressionnaient et peut-être les faire monter sur le podium. En effet, à la fin de cette semaine placée sous le signe de l’art, huit grand.e.s gagnant.e.s ont été sélectionné.e.s (cinq pour la catégorie sérieuse et trois pour la catégorie plus relax),  grâce aux votes du public mais également à celui du jury composé des président.e.s des BDA de chaque école. Les heureux.ses élu.e.s de la catégorie sérieuse, ainsi que le grand gagnant de la catégorie fun, se sont vu.e.s offrir des cartes cadeaux Fnac de la part du jury bien aimé.

Même si Grenoble n’a pas réussi à se placer sur le podium, nous félicitons tou.te.s nos participant.e.s, notamment Antoine SAGET, qui a réussi à atteindre la sixième place dans la catégorie sérieuse ! Il a présenté un genre d’art peu commun, l’art génératif. A l’aide d’un algorithme génétique de son invention, il crée une image constituée d’une centaine de triangles plus ou moins opaques qui évolue pour se rapprocher de l’image donnée en entrée. Le résultat est tout simplement bluffant !

Participation d'Antoine S. à Rezo's Got Talent 2020
Exemples d’images produites par l’algorithme d’Antoine SAGET

Cette première édition du Rezo’s Got Talent a donc été une réussite. Et d’après nos informations, une réédition de cet événement est en négociation pour l’année prochaine. Le format pourra cependant être un peu différent : pourquoi nous contenter une semaine alors que nous avons toute une année pour montrer nos talents ? Nous en saurons plus dans quelques mois !

Participations à RGT2020
Résumé de l’événement par Camille LANGRAND

BDJ: What Else?

Polytech Grenoble has many « cells », student associations, which allow to galvanize the school life. Let’s focus on one of them: the BDJ – “Bazar des Jeux“.

BDJ Logo

The BDJ is quite a new cell as it was created in 2015. At the beginning, students used to play board games and some role-plays only. Nowadays, they have different sections so that every player finds a game that suits him. In fact, the cell is divided into 3 sections: board game, role-play and a video game
section, each one with a referent student. There is a large variety of activities in the BDJ: gaming afternoons in Polytech; gaming nights hosted outside; Theme parties and exceptional events such as laser game contest, treasure hunt, escape game. A few students get even more invested sometimes to prepare initiations to games they master. Few weeks ago, we had the chance to discover how to play “Magic!”, a popular card game. Last year, we got initiated to the famous “Go” game, the oldest board game still played. The board game section was the first one in the BDJ with some role-plays. Today, there are plenty of board games which are used every week by students in the school. This collection of board games is meant for students to enjoy a quality time together between classes or at the end of the day. As an example: Pandemic, The Werewolves of Millers Hollow, Gobb’it !, Dixit and Codenames Pictures are some of the games that will surely be there at every BDJ event!

Concerning the role-play part, players gather approximately once every 2 weeks to play one-shot stories. It means that players can come to play just once to discover a role playing game (RPG) through one “short” story invented by the game master. I asked the referent of the role-play section his vision of the role playing game: “RPG is an activity that leaves a lot of place to improvisation and imagination, which allows players to live the adventures they conceive. As there are RPG on every type of universes and eras, anyone can find a playing style that suits him (or her): futurist, medieval, enigmatic … In a nutshell, RPG are a type of game that always provides thrilling moments between friends and epic adventures.”

Last but not least, the video game section is meant to flourish. It has been well started this year as a few events were organized. Let’s focus on one of them: “Smash Ultimate at Polytech!” It took place in Polytech, on Thursday 17th October. On a rainy afternoon after classes, about thirty students stayed in the school to contest on Smash Ultimate on a big screen or just to play board games at the back of an amphitheatre, as usual during a BDJ gathering. “The event was very cool and friendly. It was a mix of video games and board games. I think the tournament aimed at fun, not competition. “
Moreover, this year, the BDJ has 2 teams of 7 “League of Legends” gamers participating at the national tournament “La Grosse Ligue”. This winter, students faced other schools every Wednesday evening. Many gamers from Polytech plan to attempt to the tournament next year. “It was very fun to gather and to establish strategies as a team before the games. We got to know each other better as we already had common interests. I will be part of the GL next year!”

Bannière BDJ

2020 will be an intense year for the BDJ as many events are already planned by the staff members!
Stay tuned, and have a happy new year!

 

 

Olivier Troussard, a League of Legends captain

Today we meet Olivier Troussard, a student in TIS5 at Polytech Grenoble. He is the captain of the two school’s League of Legends (LoL) first team (out of two).

Who are you?

My first year at Polytech was at Lille in PeiP C after one year of PACES. I participated in a tournament between a couple Polytech schools but I was playing just for fun at the time, so we lost quickly. Then I arrived at Grenoble the next year, in TIS, and I continued playing without taking part in any tournament. It’s only since last year that we put together the first LoL team and participated to our first tournament together. That year I played to Counter Strike, and a member of the team played to LoL (and ranked second!) at a LAN with the INP and the Imag. This year, we continued playing with other Polytech students and participated to a some tournaments. As I am currently following a sandwich course, I travel very often between Paris, where I have my desktop computer, and Grenoble, where I go to the Meltdown bar to play and train. It is not easy but it is worth it, I enjoy playing a lot, even if I do not plan to make it a professional career.

How did the LoL team start?

Last year, a student tournament already took place, to which we participated with the majority of the members of our current team. For this year’s edition, the organisers (the Student Gaming Network association, based in Lyon) improved the overall organisation and offered more interesting prizes (unlike last year, they are supported by Riot France, the makers of the game). So I asked if they wanted to do it again, and they were ok: we have 11 players, enough to create 2 teams of 5 players with 1 substitute player in the first team. We play LoL because we like it (of course), we have enough players with a high enough level and it is the videogame with the biggest tournaments in France.

Is there a difference of level between the teams? Do they practice the same way?

Yes, they are pretty different one from another. The first team is rather high level, the second one is more for fun, they don’t seek to be the absolute best. I am the captain of the first one. Our team do practice a lot at home, even more when a competition is coming soon: 2 to 3 practices a week, during which we do 3 games of approximately 1 hour each, so 6 to 9 hours a week.

What level are your players and do you help each other? (see Figure 1)

In the first team, we have one Master, one Diamond 3-4 (me), two Diamond 5 and two Platinum 2-5. In the second team they are Gold and Silver. Our Master and I play since 2012, our Diamonds since 2013-2014 and the others started later, hence their lower level. Last year, since we only had one team, Guillaume, Théo and I (Diamond players) gave some advice to two other Silver players so that the level would be sort of uniform. This year we don’t have many interactions between the two teams, even though the second one watches most of our games.

Icons for League of Legends' 6 tiers

« Leagues are groups of players of similar skill level, and there are many leagues in each tier. [Players have to] win ranked games to be promoted to a league of the next tiers. All leagues (except those in the Master or Challenger tier) are broken down into five divisions: 1 is the highest and 5 the lowest. [It] shows the progress toward a league in the next tier. »

Source: Riot Games

How do you prepare for a tournament and do you have predefined roles?

We watch our opponents games, as a team but also each player individually in games where they don’t play with their team: every champion they usually play, their stats… All of the information is summarized in a big Excel sheet. We also think of which champions we will choose in consequence. There is a lot of upsteam work. We change our substitute player regularly so that everyone can play and not only the ones with the highest level. When a player is the substitute, he has an analist or coach role.

Do you have any sponsors and what can you win?

No, and this is not something we are looking for, we are not a pro or semi-pro team where results are expected. There are approximately 600 french teams and even if we are theorically the 12th team on a national level (based on our players individual levels) sponsors are only interested in the teams in the top 3 I would say. We can win for example Riot points (the game’s currency to buy champions, skins, etc.), a book with some artworks of the game or even a Monster fridge, filled with the brand’s cans.

How was your past tournaments and do you have any others planned?

At the beginning of the year we lost in quarter-final. We have played our second tournament with 128 teams so 8 games for each team: we have won against, INP, Phelma and University Paris Créteil amongst others. We ranked 24th in France! It will probably be our last tournament this year, since most of our players are in fourth year and that many of them will go abroad for their internship, which will make the organisation way more complicated, but we’ll see. We are informed of the upcoming events through the official Student Gaming Network Discord server (https://discordapp.com/invite/sgnw). Next time we will have a tournament or a game streamed live it will be shared on the BDJ’s Facebook page and on the school’s Discord.

Altran Esport Cup

Polytech Grenoble a été sélectionnée par l’entreprise Altran pour participer à leur première Esport Cup !

Les élèves ont jusqu’au 25 janvier (ce vendredi !) pour s’inscrire et défendre les couleurs de l’école ! De plus, les prix sont attractifs : 4000€ de Cashprize, 1500€ pour le vainqueur de chaque tournoi, et 500€ pour chaque finaliste !

2 tournois sont au programme : Hearthstone (nécessite un compte Blizzard (Battle net) sur PC, un ordinateur et le jeu Hearthstone sur PC) et FIFA 19 (nécessite une PS4 et un jeu FIFA 19)

Première étape, le tournoi de sélection qui aura lieu dans les locaux de l’école, le jeudi 14 février à partir de 19h00. Dans un esprit de convivialité autour d’un buffet, l’objectif sera de montrer ses compétences devant tous les gamers inscrits. Altran Grenoble sera également présent.

Seconde étape, la finale, qui aura lieu le 6 avril à Paris ! Les participants pourront affronter les 2 meilleurs gamers d’Altran. De plus, l’école prendra en charge les frais de déplacement !

Tous au Bazar des Jeux !

Envie de découvrir les joies du jeu de rôle, de s’amuser à découvrir la ville de Grenoble de manière ludique ou tout simplement de passer un après-midi sympa autour d’un bon jeu de société avec ses amis ? Cette année, le Bazar des Jeux est de retour à Polytech Grenoble pour offrir de nombreux divertissements aux étudiants !

En effet, toutes les deux semaines environ, le jeudi après-midi, l’association propose différentes activités aux étudiants motivés, allant de l’initiation au jeu de rôle sur table à la découverte d’un grand nombre de jeux de société, très connus ou plus obscurs, mais toujours plus amusants les uns que les autres !

D’autre part, des événements en plein air ou des soirées à thème seront organisés dans tout Grenoble pour ceux qui veulent sortir s’amuser avec le BDJ toute l’année !

Petit plus : les jeux de sociétés sont proposés à la location afin que les étudiants puissent en profiter autant qu’ils le souhaitent !

Soirée de découverte du BDJ, 18 septembre 2018