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ETF2L S17 Grand Final

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April 10th News


Arie — Grand finals blablabla, better not be a boring roll like S16! Go watch it at tf.tv

TF2 is dead, Byte no longer forever 3rd. VODS of the entire tragedy below:

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TF2 by the Numbers – Season 17 Playoffs Round 2 AWS vs TLR

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April 1st News


Gentleman Jon — The first fallers of the playoff race are Dotter, edged out by a head in a closely contested tie by Awsomniac. The Frenchies had impressive performances all round with most team members buffing their season stats so far, but they’ll need to find even more in the tank going up against the KnOxXx inspired TLR in the semi-final this week.

TLR have had a chaotic season, Hys’s pre season injury resulted in the surprise recruitment and equally ruthless sacking of Gubbins, and the Mais La Moule meltdown coincided with Rising’s injury allowing them to snap up TF2 mastermind KnOxXx. Team leader Hys may reflect on the sequence of events that have led the team to apparently become even stronger as a blessing in disguise, but even so he might want to consider an alternative to the brutal limb-snapping team training regime for next season.

In a final twist this will be Kiler’s last game this season win or lose, so should they make the final the identity of their last scout will remain a mystery and of course will be subject to MIG’s sportsmanship.

But that’s for the future (if they make it), of immediate concern is how the two teams match up. During the regular season TLR won convincingly with a big margin on Granary but only narrowly on Snakewater 3-2. Despite having a talented and experienced soldier pair Awsomniac (in their various guises) have long struggled on Granary and this season was no exception also losing the map to Ayo Gurl.

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It certainly doesn’t look like Sweet Harmony in Prem

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March 29th News


SuddenlyStarMia — What better catalyst is there for a new article than fresh drama? With Highlander interest in the EU reaching higher levels (article to come out later), and Prem being a hotbed of upsets this season while we are only three weeks in! It has rejuvenated my motivation for writing gossip articles, and it’s time to recap it for the first half of the season. I apologise in advance for unintentionally upsetting any players or teams with my awful puns.

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ETF2L Highlander Season 6 – Premiership Preview

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March 4th Announcement
Tagged: etf2l highlander NA tf2


Hildreth — 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!

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ESEA vs CEVO, round 2, fight!

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February 24th Gossip


Arie — While here in Yurp season 17 of ETF2L is chugging along nicely, the Yanks are in crisis mode. ESEA, the league of seasons past, is looking to implode as too few teams are signing up to support the Invite fat cats wanting to go to their socialized LAN.
The bitcoin scandal seems to be the final straw (or convenient excuse) for many teams to make the switch and it seems inevitable that ESEA NA will turn into the same joke as ESEA EU.
 
In typical American fashion, the league looking to replace it, CEVO, is also pay2play. The NA scene played on CEVO before switching to ESEA, a move remembered by the few players still in the game. The thread on teamfortress.tv has gotten pretty messy with arguments between these loyalists and seperatists. To give you an idea of the quality of some of the arguments, here’s one young man responding to our dear friend konr’s statement on European TF2.

konr:

[..] European TF2 is not dead to the few that said that. It isn’t dead by any means. People quit and come back in every league and always have. Top players don’t necessarily quit for any league reason either so that’s almost irrelevant to say in response to someone saying “we’re okay with a community league in europe”. On the flipside I think saying “we only have i-series” is a bit silly because we’re really lucky to have a big lan like i-series supporting our game so often. That being said I think getting a small place for LAN really should not be too hard for either top players or CEVO to arrange in the future.

Also one thing I think you should play for (however the funding to get here may be an issue) if you’re an invite player that needs an endgame is to come to one of our LANs and compete vs the best teams from all over! I’m not sure how we could possibly fund that on a constant basis but if we could how sick would that be? Don’t write off a game that you love playing just because a small LAN that you could easily replace is gone. I’d go more into detail to avoid people getting what I’m saying wrong as far as context is concerned but I’m tired man.

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1. lans are much easier/cheaper to get to in Europe because US public transportation sucks.
2. euro lans as an endgame is barely feasible for one team with community support, let alone four.

Many of the old school players have voiced their concerns about returning to CEVO, while many of the newer teams are happy to try something new. So what’s our take on this Europe? Should the North American have stuck with ESEA, or are they going to be better off in CEVO?

 

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InfoShow LAN Party 2014 – April 4-6

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February 16th News


huhy — With our last LAN event being an incredible success, we are proud to announce the upcoming InfoShow LAN coming back to you from Telekomunikacijų ir elektronikos fakultetas, KTU – Kaunas. The LAN will be spanning over a 3 day period beginning on the Friday afternoon of the 4th of April, and ending Sunday evening on the 6th of April. More specifically the TF2 event will be occurring on the 5th and the 6th.

Infoshow LAN Party is the annual biggest Lithuanian video games event running for over 12 years. Since the beginning, our festival has drawn players not only from Lithuania, but from Russia, Latvia and Poland. Ever since then the Infoshow LAN Party grew from a little students video game party to one of the biggest e-sport events in Lithuania for both casual and pro players. Our last Infoshow LAN Party 2013 held over 400 video game enthusiasts, playing both in competitive scene and playing various games over the local network.

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Wireplay Highlander Season 12 Sign Ups open!

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February 16th News
Tagged: highlander wireplay


SuddenlyStarMia — A new year and a new season of Highlander! Can’t wait until ETF2L HL S6 to get your bite of 9v9? Yep, Europe’s oldest Highlander league, Wireplay, has Season 12 coming up. With last season keeping us on our toes as we watched  Kill Switch,  DAROUTOUTOU and  Highpander battle it out in the playoffs for €450 of prize money, with the runner up receiving €225. Division 1 was filled with top teams, such as  Kaften and  Heppa making rare appearances out of ETF2L. Division 2 was filled with the rest of UGC Platinum equivalent teams (and the lower divisions battled it out for free 20-man TF2 servers), with  Tourettes Chessclub emerging victorious, closely followed by  Dig Deep and  One Round Wonders. The Division 1 finals kept us on our toes, as  Highpander and  Kill Switch duked it out over one the most intricate maps in the game, as it was casted by  HiGPS and  jakeowaty on Blackout TV.

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