We are now 1 week away from LAN, now is the perfect time to show off some of the teams already signed up for the big cup at i52!
Team-Awesome! vs After Dark – 7:30pmGMT+1/8:30pmCEST:
Last time these two played each other at LAN back at i49, After Dark too a victory over T-A on cp_steel. A re-match is in order! Both with new LAN line ups, who will be the better team this time around?
Team Nein! vs Gunther & The Gang – 8:45pmGMT+1/9:45pmCEST
On paper these are the two strongest teams signed up so far. On one side we have the strong Team Nein flying over from Germany, and the other side a mix team set up by Scissors for LAN.
Hey guys, all is welcome in the i52 HighLANder tournament. There’s no skill requirement, just create or find a team and join in.
Team Sign ups are open from now until the first proper day of LAN, Fri the 23rd at 8pm UK.You can sign up here team here. If you know your seat number already let me know that so that I can post it up and we can find each other easier.
Building HYPE! HYPE! HYPE!
The week before LAN on the Sunday, we will be having a HYPE CUP with some of the Highlander teams appearing at i52. As its hard to guarantee who will be in the LAN team, I will allow 3 mercs that wont be at LAN. The other 6 players need to at least have a BYOC LAN ticket to be valid. This will be casted by GPS! More info on this soon!
I will post up group stages after the sign ups deadline, you will be able to find them here. Teams will be able to see their group fixtures, and who to contact to set up a suitable time via steam or strolling over to their seat number. There will be no fixed match times in this tournament so that people can still play 6s or Hearthstone or whatever and still enjoy some Highlander when they have free time!
After the group stages are over, the top 2 teams will go through. 1st will play 2nd from the second group, 2nd will play 1st from the first group. From here we will have the consolation finals and the grand finals. The grand finals should hopefully be on the main i52 stream, this will have a fixed time that I will find out closer to the date.
Hoping to get lots of casts set up during the weekend. We will most likely only have 1 highlander server, so who ever is playing will have a chance of being casted. This will be confirmed closer to the day.
After each game someone from the team should submit results. This is dead easy just select submit results from the drop down bar above or click here. Fill in the boxes and press send. I will then update the tournament tree as soon as I see it.
All rules, maps and prizes etc can be found here.
ETF2L is hosting their 3rd Nations Cup, who will win? Fancy putting your metal where your mouth is? Join in the fun here and place a bet!
T-A! Surprise in last nights ETF2L Experimental Cup!
Lets start off this post with the results of last nights cup. Team#1 entered to represent T-A with a lot of help from friends.
Only 4 out of the 9 players were from the team#1 roster, calling in favours from the community we managed to put together a team, and it turns out this make-shift team was pretty damn strong!
Crazy asked an old ‘<3′ pal and roped in former spy Father Dougal to cover for myself on Heavy, we made a new friend and invited Sneaky! to come along and spy for us, and veteran T-A members Payne, Russian Guyovich & Just1s filled in Engie, Demo and Soldier.
Team#1 took on the ‘turn up and play’ attitude to the cup and set off with a bang, scoring 3-0 against KSV‘s polish friends PubHeroes on Koth_fuel in round 1.
Next up was Div1 aspiring and Team#1′s old pals from last season, lods of emone. There was a slightly bitter taste in the air as competition between the two teams has always been fierce. Due to the amount of mercs we were holding, we expected to get 5-0′d but went in there with a ‘whats the worst that can happen’ attitude.
The gates open and Russian Guyovich splendidly failed his roll out as demoman, Team1 was quickly pushed out of mid and a roll started to happen, quickly giving Emone an early point lead.
Zero fucks were given however as our Scottish demoman took another swig of his alcoholic beverage, got in the zone and beasted his way to middle, out playing the Emone demoman Yak and securing middle for T-A!
From here on is where the magic started happening, and by magic, I’m referring to the size of Bonecrushers testicles which took control of the entire round, dom’ing the medic and enemy sniper, creating so much room for T-A to move and saw them pushing through to last point, capping and tying up the game.
Lots of pushing and shoving took place from then on till the end of the 30 minute time limit. The Majority of the 3rd round was on lods of emones turf, with T-A nipple hairs away from capping a second point.
Crazy like Crazyman:
Here is an example of one of the pushes on to last point, when all looks lost, Crazyman lives up to his name and gets a Med pick on a Kritzed Medic.
So the map ended in 1-1 after 30 minutes, but due to the nature of a knock out cup, there had to be a winner. A golden cap round was called for. Team#1 dug their heels in and capped a round off to win 2-1 and send themselves through to the semifinals!
Communication is key:
Here’s a great play by Russian Guyovich, the Demo and Crazyman, on medic during the golden cap round against lods of emone.
Next up was pl_rust in the Semi Finals of the cup, where T-A! was paired up with Polish warriors Wege Rak.
Now I’m not making excuses but Wege Rak clearly had a game plan for this map, every one of their holds seemed well thought out and really well done on their part.
Sneaky, our spy, had to leave half way through the map and we drafted in Carlotso to replace him. Russian was getting more drunk as the cup went on and told us he was no longer ‘in the golden zone for alcohol’ and after playing TF2 for over 3 hrs the team decided to risk it for a biscuit playing overly aggressive and just had fun.
Team#1 lost pl_rust and we’re knocked out of the cup in the Semi’s.
Massive well done to the team that played last night, a very encouraging display and banked us yet another 3rd place for the stats page ;D
Stats, Vods & logs:
Round 1 vs. Pub Heroes (koth_fuel)
Quarter Final vs. loads of emone (cp_intermodal)
Logs 2 (golden cap)
VOD (the one to watch)
Semi Final vs. Wege Rak (pl_aids)
A quick shout out to T-A! Community friends Sigma, who were resurrected from the depths of troll hell and managed to also get themselves in to the Semi Finals before losing out of Team Nein.
TF2OSL’s Sniper Cup Taking Place Tonight!
Team-Awesome have put together a team of sharp shooters to enter the TF2OSL sniper cup taking place this evening.
The team consists of Bonecrusher, FriendlyCow & TSM (lars).
Their first match kicks off at 19:15CEST and their opponents are Hobps, which contains none other than our new spy friend Sneaky!. So that will be an interesting match up!
Check out the cup brackets below:
ETF2L 6v6 Tonight - T-A! Halcyon vs Sad Boys – 7:45pmGMT+1/8:45pmCEST
And lastly, tonight our boys in blue and white are playing their Week 4 official on CTF_Turbine and Process. With any luck they will be using a T-A! Server and peeps can watch them play on the STV.
Best of luck to you!
Lastly, if anyone fancy’s writing articles/interview for the benefit of the community, don’t hesitate to contact me. It doesn’t have to be about TF2 or about T-A! It’s dead easy and the more the merrier!
Tonight T-A!’s oldest living highlander team, Team#1 is competing in ETF2L’s Experimental HL Cup.
Due to it being summertime, lots of people are busy so the roster tonight is somewhat different to the norm.
We’ve dragged in Sneaky to spy for us, Father Dougal to heavy for us and called in favours from Russian Guyovich, Payne and Just1s to Demo, Engie & Soldier.
This does mean that there is only 4 people from the Team1 roster playing tonight, but none the less, it should be fun!
Pyro: The Lonely Walrus
Heavy: Father Dougal
Demo: Russian Guyovich
20:00 – Ro16 – koth_fuel_a4
20:45 – Ro8 – cp_intermodal_rc3a
21:30 – Ro4 – pl_rust_b7
As with all of these cups, it uses a knock out system to eliminate teams. So we will only be in the cup as long as we win matches!
No pracitce has gone in to the maps and I dont think anyone has ever even played them, but that should be common for most teams to be honest.
Games should be played on T-A!’s Match 1 if given the chance, this means the STV IP to watch games will be connect 18.104.22.168:27121.
Crazymans Stream: Medic POV
After KSV’s recent success in various Highlander leagues, I thought it’d be best to catch up with the chief and see what’s been going on.
Let the interview commence;
[T-A!] Rob: Hey Whoota, hows it going? Is it alright if I pick your brains for the T-A! community and find out what’s making KSV tick with such a successful attitude lately?
[T-A!] Whoota: Victory. I guess that’s what’s making KSV tick. Kinda awkward though, I just got back from a rather disappointing scrim, but there certainly is a high level of confidence brewing in KSV, and that translates to a significant amount of motivation on everyone’s part. Confidence that is partly coming from our results in wireplay and the positive attitude of the team, and partly from the renewed line-up that is now bursting with some big name players.
[T-A!] Rob!: Yep, I find confidence to be one of the greatest tools to success!
I’m glad you’ve brought up Wireplay first, lets roll back a couple of months for the readers and get them and my self up to speed with that.
As I understand it, you as a team decided to boycott ETF2L and focus on Wireplay last season. This obviously worked well as it brought home Gold in Wireplay and raised everyone’s morale.
What was the reasoning to the focus on Wireplay, why pick Wireplay over ETF2L? And most importantly have you used the server you won in Wireplay yet?!?!
T-A’s Killer Sandviches placing first in Wireplay Season 12
[T-A!] Whoota: Boycott is a big word, but we kind of did unanimously vote against playing ETF2L.
All our campaigns in ETF2L (save for one cup) have ended rather disappointingly or disastrously. Several players have expressed their disain for the admins’ ineptitude to properly divide teams into their respective divisions.
There’s also the way ETF2L is planned; with open dates so you need to play a “Game of Defaults” to get a favourable playtime. So, as an alternative we picked Wireplay for a number of reasons.
Firstly just because it was a different league with a different attitude to league play in general. Secondly because the map pool was rather different and a nice change of pace. And lastly because that free server was on the line. On that matter by the way: I still haven’t gotten any word about that. So I haven’t even seen it…figuratively speaking. I have some plans for it, but right now it isn’t on my mind.
[T-A!] Rob!: Ah best get on to b0nes then and claim your prize!
So after you finished Wireplay in 1st, you fixed your eyes on UGC Summer season competing in Silver League.
You’ve won your first 2 official matches putting you at the top in joint 1st with 4 other teams.
Tell me a bit about your new roster you have put together for UGC, what have the new players brought to the table, im sure people have seen them chatting away on the forums, but not sure of what classes they play.
[T-A!] Whoota: The roster consists of many mainstays and a lot of returning members as well some new meat. Returning members include Bonecrusher, Just1s and Doubledeath (who had officially left the UGC roster, but never really did leave. We’re also happy to welcome back MrMountains, who has come out of retirement to emasculate us some more on a different level of play. New members include Insight, Hank, and MDNZ, who are covering for Spy, Sniper and Demoman respectively.
[T-A!] Whoota: Oh! I’m forgetting Cinder, who is covering Soldier for when Cow isn’t around.
[T-A!] Whoota: He’s on leave right now, so he kind of slipped my mind there. All in all though, I was happy to attract so many players for this tournament. It helps to cover a lot of thin patches when you move into an off-season like summer. Especially since the first few week overlap with many people’s exams.
[T-A!] Rob!: Yep a big roster is usually a healthy one!
Lets talk matches now then. I have your UGC Match history open on my screen and ive got to say there are a lot of green W’s, even from last season!
Your preseason game went rather well against <3, winning that 5-0 on cp_granary.
Week 1 looks a little more interesting, a 2-1 Victory over Good Enough. If you can remember, what happened in that match up on pl_upward? Any spectacular moments or embarressing moments? And MVP’s for the team?
[T-A!] Whoota: Planning Upward was the start of the fight, because we were up against a formidable opponent, as well as missing our main medic. As such I opted to field MDNZ to provide support for MrMountains, who would be covering for Bolly.
Our tactics could be outlined as possible: Break their lines and make for their spawn while the cart is pushed.
On defense we’d pull out one point at time, so never ceding one without a fight, but do ensure enough time is given to the combo and me (the engineer) to set up on the next point. Simple plan, though in retrospect everything seemed a bit stagnant. Both our teams stuck with the same hold spots and entrenchments each round. We had stronger holds on second, while they held last much more effective.
I recall some really strong plays from our combo at third where we kept pushing the enemy back down the slope until a well placed snipe from their sniper forced us to retreat. And then there was one more iffy thing that pretty much saved our ass…
[T-A!] Rob!: The more iffy thing?
[T-A!] Whoota: The infamous ghost cart glitch bestowed its boons upon us. After a rather modest push on last we nearly got wiped and were forced back. The cart had its wheels against the ramp, but we couldn’t tip it in. Then, as the enemy moved out to push is further back, and the cart was well on its way back round the corner the glitch triggered and it ended the round.
You should see it on the stv, it looks completely messed up.
[T-A!] Rob!: Haha! A little help from the mighty Gaben!
[T-A!] Rob!: I’ll have to dig up a video of that
[T-A!] Whoota: The stv link is in the match thread I think.
[T-A!] Whoota: No, it isn’t. But I have it in an arm’s reach
[T-A!] Rob!: Ah ok, no worries!
So lets talk Week 2, which happened on Monday just gone. You took a great 5-1 Victory over PubHereos who you have previously beaten in Wireplay last season, proving it was no fluke!
Any crazy shenanigans occur in this match up? No help from the mighty Gaben with that one?
Any MVP’s you can recall? Any gossip? Any rage?
[T-A!] Whoota: Noted a moment of rage occurred in the first round where bolly flew completely off the handle when he got sniped right as he strolled out of spawn. It was quite amazing to be fair. No, it was a textbook match with our defences proving to be a definite help because most of the rounds won came after a long defensive play, after which we’d push out on the opponent’s failed attacks. Great spy awareness by everyone helped keep the train rolling. Noted plays obviously include Endreo and Insight, our Sniper and Spy respectively, who expertly thinned out the enemy horde before a push on a shockingly consistent basis. And lets not forget Cow and his conch that simply acted as a second übercharge.
[T-A!] Rob!: Haha, i did notice you dropping in chat.
Great to see your assassination classes popping heads and getting kills.
Is KSV a big fan of map talks? Tactics drilled in? Or are you more of a wing it kind of team?
[T-A!] Whoota: Map talks, not really. Post scrim performance reviews are more our thing. I try to make them as meaningful as possible.
“Winging it” isn’t our style. We generally have a scrim to prepare us for the match on a particular map, and following that we discuss the pros and cons and try to go from there. However, as Sun Tzu says: “Water changes course, based on the ground over which it flows. As in war, there are no constants, you must always adapt.” So most tactics come as we play.
Certain maps like Steel could really do with some basic plan though.
[T-A!] Rob!: Thats a good way of doing it, do you have any plans for this up coming Monday on lakeside when you take on Clessclub Junior in UGC?
I cant help but notice two Prem names on that roster, Scissors and Khazul. So looks like your deathmatching skills will be put to the test on this one.
[T-A!] Whoota: I might need to put my diplomatic skills to the test, because if they’re really playing Premiership league in ETF2L at this time than I need to see the admin because that is against rules. However, should it come to that, we’ll be in for a wild ride, but I have confidence we’ll figure out to keep them down if we need to.
A team is only as good as the sum of its parts; a carry can do a lot, but a team that lifts can do much, much more.
[T-A!] Rob!: Yep, they may be offclassing or coaching for the Highlander Open tourny starting soon. Just saw them on the roster is all.
Lastly lets finish up this interview with a question on the Whoota special. All the naming items you do for MVPs. Tell the community a little something about that, what is it, why do you do it? What does the team get out of it?
[T-A!] Whoota: It’s a reward for the player who has made the biggest waves in the past week. And that means waves inside and outide the game. It first began as a small form of motivation to try that extra bit harder, and if you did your name would be emblazoned on one of my weapons or items. I’d parade your name around as an advertisement. I thought it was kind of selfish, but people seemed to like the idea and the names and phrases, so it stuck. And after one season I stepped it up by also giving players a customised item. And I also made a scene out of it with the big threads and all, which generated a lot of positive buzz. I like doing it, and people congratulate eachother, providing a positive mood for everyone. Some members are more into it than other, but I’ve seen the newer lads light up at the idea, and since people are donating to the cause now, it has become a form of community recognision for your efforts, which is basically the best kind of praise anyone can get.
[T-A!] Rob!: Brilliant!
Alright, lets end the interview here as its getting rather lengthy.
Cheers for the interview Whoota and best of luck on Monday!
[T-A!] Whoota: Wish the team luck. I’ll be shamelessly banging my head to Metallica.
KSV’s current standing’s in UGC Summer Season which is going on as we speak
Bonus content – Crazyman’s reaction when showing him a UGC team that stole his old Highlander teams name and tag, Less Than Three <3
KSV beat them 5-0 in pre-season week.