RD: Enough about Epsilon. I have been informed that you are not wasting time, and that a new team is in creation. Apparently, you want to contest TOP 4 teams. Can you tell us any details about that? Will it be a team of young potentials or premiership veterans? I heard there are a lot of bored premiership players in this season’s division 2B.
H: Yes, it’s true that I am interested in creating something new. I would say mostly the criteria is that the players have not played one FULL season in premiership, and I am mainly looking for players with raw deathmatching ability. I have asked around a few players for their opinions and formed a shortlist. We will look to start at the end of June (when week 7 of ETF2L’s Season 18 ends). It is likely that one player with premiership experience will assist me. That is the idea anyway, whether it goes ahead is another story ^^
Who would have thought this time last year when SNSD were adding shelves to their growing trophy cabinet that India would be the new superpower in European Highlander? Well I may be perhaps exaggerating the influence of the sub-continent country but alas, a team bearing the international flag with their long standing esteemed nayak Pancake took the ETF2L crown and established themselves as the current best team in Europe. I am of course talking about Kill Switch who claimed this accolade with a win over Highpander in a DDOS affected Final and earning themselves a hefty 500 Euros to convert into rupees and pay their multi-national roster. 3rd placed side Itsallgood arguably gave Kill Switch a harder game than the final itself as they narrowly lost the regular season playoff match with the champions, earning a respectable bronze whilst former champions DAROUTOUTOU and SNSD came 4th and 5th respectively. Former runners-up Parrot Gapers dropped after one match whilst, Legolas were relegated via playoffs losing to Division 1 runners-up Stacked who finished behind Chessclub Techniques, both securing a Premiership spot for this season. Finally Sookie Doing Work, finishing 6th place did secure themselves another season in the top flight however amid some roster troubles they have folded and this leaves one spot available in the Premiership for Season 6.
So there you have a quick recap of Season 5 and how it impacts season 6’s proceeding, ultimately we have seen a rise in a “new generation” of teams in Europe with some of the old guard being knocked off the top and the rest being succumbed to history. The result of this is nothing short of fantastic, as between seasons we have seen the new established top teams building, the former champions reshaping their rosters to rise back to glory and new additions to Prem coming in with ambitions beyond avoiding relegation. To make up the numbers, the newest addition to ETF2L Prem is a challenge like no other for our resident European teams, the challenge of the Americans in the form of current UGC Platinum leaders Electric Temptations putting out a side to try and snatch the intercontinental cash monies. Speaking of money, the prizes they are all fighting over will be a €1000 prizepool thanks to another anonymous donation (this league is floating with charitable rich sponsors) and courtesy of TteSports by Thermaltake, nine sexy Tt BLACK Gaming Mice will be won and handed out to the winning team alongside their slice of €500, with second place settling for €350 and third place getting to share €150 euros.
Excited? No?! What if I told you Admirable was playing Medic this season for one of the teams? Convinced now? I thought so…onwards to the previews!
Tonight on VanillaTV, we have for you the ultimate decider on who is the best 6v6 nation in the EU – yes, that’s right: it’s the ETF2L Nations Cup final! We’re gonna see Germany duke it out against Sweden here for €500 of prize money and bragging rights, with the runner-up receiving a measly €350 in a best-of-three match (with possible heavyweaponsguy melee-ing). Established runners-up Sweden have had a flawless performance so far, picking three easy wins in the group stages and 6-0’ing all their matches in the playoffs against Norway, Wales and Finland. However, the rookie Germany have not dropped a single map in this tournament either, sweeping away Italy, Denmark, Russia and defeating the defending champions, England, in the semi-finals to progress through. Either way, we are in for a pretty thrilling game tonight, with both teams boasting strong rosters for this game, with plenty of players from the top-level teams participating to represent their country: the scout pair from Prem-winners/the-best-team-in-the-world, Epsilon, look lethal on Germany’s side, however there is a lot to be feared in Sweden’s Zebbosai/ryb combo from the former broder in the sheer amount of damage these two can force through.
We caught up with one of these players, superscout basH for a few quick words before tonight:
basH: We weren’t really preparing for this match but with this lineup, there should be no problems. I still hope for a nice match since Sweden made some nice scores against other countries.
In the meanwhile, high-damage soldier Zebbosai has this to offer:
Zebbosai: My first time pocketing since lan :D
Zebbosai: Well I did vs Finland too, I guess
SuddenlyStarMia: How do you think Sweden will fare tonight?
Zebbosai: I think we will win
SuddenlyStarMia: Why do you think you’ll win?
Zebbosai: We are better
Zebbosai: Simple :D
Some confident words from Zebbosai there, let’s look over at the rosters:
Medic – 2nuts
Pocket – Zebbosai
Demoman - ryb
Roamer – Hycz
Scouts - BeaVerN & wltrs
Medic – ThUn
Pocket - ipz-
Demoman - Brego
Roamer – GeaR
Scouts – schocky & basH.
Join VanillaTV tonight at 21.15 CEST to see who will ultimately triumph in this battle for their nation’s honour, with Skully & SuddenlyStarMia on the mics, alongside Rinta working the camera! Or catch a German cast here!
Sweden BeaVerN, wltrs, hycz, Zebbosai, ryb, 2nuts
Germany GeaR, basH, stefan, ipz, Brego, ThUn
- Sunday September 22nd
- 21:15 cest
- 15:15 edt (na)
- 07:15 est (aus)
Who will win this match?
- Germany (58%, 15 Votes)
- Sweden (42%, 12 Votes)
Total Voters: 26
So it has been barely one week since i49 and already there have been rumours and speculation flying around about roster changes, new additions and which teams will make it or break it. As with any big LAN, there are always repercussions into teams wanting to fold, or find a fresher start, to aim for that ‘ultimate’ world champion status. Now that we find at least one American team always coming to i-series summer event along with financial support for the Aussies, everyone seems to want to live the dream. Some wish to take a break, as the stress of practicing every day, and having to deliver is too much. Some want to partially leave just so that they have a string of love for the game. Going by the rumours and gossip, along with the confirmation from certain TF2 members, we now have a vision of what teams will now look like at the top for next season.
Late last night Admirable, Zebbosai, ipz and numlocked met online for a very special 3-part interview/drinking-game about everything related to premiership TF2.
A whole range of issues was discussed in the interview, things like unlocks, ESA, maps, LAN and the reason why the top 3 EU are untouchable at the moment.
There was one special catch to this interview: In the 3 parts each lasting one hour, every person was required to take a shot when any of them used their typical catchphrase:
Zebbosai: “I don’t know”
numlocked: *laughing like a girl*
According to Zebbosai, they drank the most to numlocked’s laugh. The full results of the interview will be published in 3 parts by Admirable on ETF2L, but I can already spoil that one of the interviewees didn’t make it to part 3:
And with that Epsilon eSports perfect record since i46 comes to an end, their first defeat thanks to the combined efforts of Admirable, ipz and Zebbosai!
Hildreth – So another season, another unbeaten streak for SNSD, another 30 points out of 30 for the four time league and cup champions of European Highlander. Their closest contenders and opponents for this season are DAROUTOUTOU, the colossal French community team, starring some of the best French TF2 players in all positions, but even their flair and exciting lineup was no match for SNSD on the week 5 clash on Gravel Pit, with SNSD taking both rounds convincingly and securing a maximum of 6 points. The Frenchies however showed the kind of form that says they are no pushovers, beating every other team and taking 2nd place, and managed to fight their way through the Playoff game versus Parrot Gapers in a 3 map victory. Tomorrow night, Sunday 12th May at 20 CET, DA! have the chance to make history and dethrone the still unbeaten SNSD in the final, tune in to TeamFortress.tv stream with Hildreth, Jake from BlackOut Gaming on the microphone along with Jon on the stream.
SNSD Buttnose, Droso, Kaidus, Linus, ALX, CUBE, TheSucker, Tviq, Hurri
DAROUTOUTOU Daff, Plapla, T-Mac, Degun, Exon, Tek, Mista, k3, Flippy
- Sunday May 12th
- 20:00 cest
- 14:00 edt (na)
- 06:00 est (aus)
Who will win this match?
- SNSD (63%, 25 Votes)
- DAROUTOUTOU (37%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 40
ETF2L Season 13 has officially closed its doors with the last of the promised Premiership Interviews delivered with days to spare. Some of you free thinkers might even say that Season 14 has already started, but I would say to you, “Poppycock!”.
If you missed the series when it was first aired, you can still pick up the boxset on the YouTube with transcripts painstakingly carved into the monolith that is ETF2L. The purpose of this post is twofold in that on top of promoting the work already done, we would also like to hear what you want to see for the upcoming season.
My basket-collecting accomplice, huhy, and I are prepared to up the ante and change the format totally if required. Moving pictures… with sound? Live? Topless? Nothing is out of the question. So let your imaginations run wild in the comments section below.
Perhaps you chose not to listen to the angelic voices or gaze upon the hallowed words. Let us know why. Were they too long? Uninteresting subject? Feelings of a sexual nature toward the interviewer? Tired of the Premier Division’s elitist schweinehunds telling you what to do, what to think, what to feel? The comments section is your soapbox.