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Epsilon – still Europe’s best hope? #i52tf2

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July 28th Lan Coverage
Tagged: i52 i52tf2


Hildreth — As the Summer i-series approaches, European hopes will be laid on the mighty shoulders of Epsilon once more as they attempt to retain their World Champion status versus the might of North America and Australia’s Team Immunity. Epsilon managed to see off Awsomniac on Thursday night in a two map win, they retained their ETF2L crown for the 6th season running. The history books will say it was business as usual for European TF2, the formidable giants of the scene dominated and won – AGAIN. But when you take a closer look at how the past few months have gone for Epsilon, it was their worst season in years.

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1 Month to go – #i52tf2

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July 22nd Announcement
Tagged: i52


Hildreth – In 4 weeks and 3 days time, on Friday the 22nd August in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England the eyes of the TF2 world will be focused on the Insomnia 52 LAN event, the UK’s biggest gaming festival and by extension, TF2′s most coveted prize. The days of top European sides in attendance with multitudes of community teams from UK and mainland Europe are still here, but thanks to some hard work and generous donations for the third summer running, we will have not one, not two but THREE teams from different continents attending this event. North American pride is hurt after Epsilon’s victory last year at i49, so ESEA LAN winners Froyotech and i46 champions Classic Mixup have been sponsored by a HUGE community fundraiser raising over $14,000 to fly in these superstars to compete with the likes of Epsilon and Awsomniac (EU’s top 2 sides). And to add punch into the fruit bowl, it wouldn’t be a true “World Championship” without the attendance of the Australians, Team Immunity who surprised many including myself, finishing 4th in a tournament where they had beaten the 3rd and 2nd placed sides.

All in all this promises to be a truly memorable event and to celebrate the fact we have 1 month leading up, I will be a running a rather long winded, social media campaign, using the hashtag #i52tf2 to raise hype by releasing a series of articles leading up to the event. Not all will be directly related to i52, but they will all be TF2 related and hopefully an interesting read.

 

So for now sit back and countdown, we have only got 31 days to go!

 

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i52 US team fundraiser

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June 3rd Announcement


Arie — It’s that time of year again, iSeries fundraisers! This time we’re trying to raise $12,000 to send 2 North American teams to i52 in August. Watch the video to see TeamFortress.tv producer, streamer, caster, player, SOAP DM creator, MGE creator, Tip of the Hats producer, i49 VanillaTV producer and all round nice guy Lange explain

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The Ricoh Arena: i51 review

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April 23rd Lan Coverage
Tagged: i51


Nymthae — So last year Multiplay announced a move from the Telford International Centre. Their new home is not too far away, in Coventry. Insomnia51 was the first lan to be held at the Ricoh Arena.

The whole event went pretty smoothly, especially for a new venue. It is important to remember that ticket sales were capped to around 1600 BYOC gamers so this event was not running even near full capacity. I’m not exactly sure how they’re intending to expand, although I heard words about using the pitch space. TF2 TENT REBORN.

I’m hoping this article will serve as a bit of an FAQ for i52. All prices listed may be subject to change.

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Gamers Assembly 2014

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April 18th Lan Coverage
Tagged: 2014 Gamers Assembly


Admirable — Hi! King of Potatoes here bringing you news of a poor imitation of a preview article I put together for Gamers Assembly 2014. It goes a little something like this…

France has had an enviable LAN scene for as long as I can remember; an annual circuit of LANs no less! With seasons averaging four events and then culminating in a final event – you guessed it – at LAN. LANs up the wazoo. Bastards! Talk about your embarrassment of riches. In recent years that Gallic wealth of Team Fortress 2 action has proven too enticing for foreign invaders, hungry for nerd blood and hairy women.

Hosted at the impressive Futuroscope just outside Poitiers, nestled away in central France, Gamers Assembly represents the jewel in the crown of this nation of gamers. In 2012 a marauding Epsilon eSports pried it out of Punchline’s cold dead hands, but in 2013 it was the French who prevailed, besting the European all-star mix, Viva La Vida.

This year nine teams have entered the fray, fewer than expected I am told, but never the less cash money is on the line and it’s offline; I’m sold! The language barrier has historically impeded the amount of coverage lavished upon these events outside of France, but then again they are blessed with Pognon. Scarce details again this year, but read on and I’ll tell you what I know.

Read the full thing over on TFTV… or not.

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Announcing Gamers Assembly 2014

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March 4th Announcement
Tagged: Baguette france Gamers Assembly Tek Fortress


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k3 — As some of you may already know, Team Fortress 2 in France, compared to most European countries, has what one might call a unique scene. An online league hosted by TF2 Connexion and supported by ROCCAT, a LAN circuit averaging four LAN parties a year for the last five years and LAN finals at the end of the season to crown the winner. We are indeed lucky. However, compared to big events such as Dreamhack, Assembly or even Insomnia there has nothing worthy of comparison… until now.

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Rough guide to Pixling TF2 LAN Party #2

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November 1st Lan Coverage
Tagged: LAN moscow pixling lan russia russians


Galant — So our Pixling TF2 LAN Party #2 is starting early in the morning on Saturday. 11 teams will participate, 3 groups and single elimination play-offs for 4 teams are coming. Below I will describe how you can follow and watch this 3rd LAN event during 2013 year in Russia.

First of all, the saddest thing is that  sickless won’t play because of disease. This led to a quite expected  Rubikon’s rage-quit from  Last wg Standing (really dangerous name for a LAN-mix, yeah, wg?). Fortunately, former  LMS soldier empty joined LwS, and to fill up last spot the demoman  Unlimited from div2 Highlandet team  Large Piece of Beef was found. Mix of old good friends CTADO (fishy, Root, allig4t0r) was later completed with soldier…  Rubikon. You can get more information about other rosters from this previous post or just check all participants here on our site.

By the way, all the information about our tournament can be found on this classy event page (courtesy of  Vad). Here you will find groups and results, play-off brackets (will be up on Sunday later), and of course our approximate schedule with time, opponents, maps, results and logs (we will add them into that table, but else you can find all logs here). Please remember that our Moscow time in these timetables are CET+3 h.

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