Having got back from LAN pretty late last night, I was still taking in the events of an amazing weekend that ended in European victory (owned, America/Australia). The TF2 Community has once again pulled off an amazing effort to get HRG, TCM-Gaming/broder, Team Immunity and the Frenchies to LAN by contributing their own hard-earned cash to various fundraising campaigns.
And what a LAN it has been: after a shaky week of PCWs (probably due to BoneS’ shoddy PCs…) Team Immunity surprised many fans of TF2 by putting up a great fight against the best the rest of the world had to offer, beating HRG during the Invite Group stage, along with TCM-Gaming and a struggling Team Infused. It was during this game that I started to realise how much of a great LAN this would turn out to be: the Americans were showing that they weren’t untouchable, leaving the top prize very much open for any of the top 4 teams to claim. We also saw Epsilon eSports continue their domination of TF2 since this time last year by not losing a single game throughout the group stages, and indeed until the Grand Final they were again yet to lose a single map. Even the lower groups stages for us noobs were somewhat more exciting: we no longer had to waste the pros’ time by standing in their way for 10 minutes and could give getting into the knockouts a real shot, as opposed to resigning to the fact that “oh, Epsilon are in our group along with that pretty good Div 1-2 mix, we’re out already”.