Congratulations are in order as TCM-Gaming have once again claimed the top spot in an Esports Heaven tournament, this time clinching it in three maps against a The Last Resort side brimming with confidence from an victory over Team Dignitas in the semi-finals.
Xman’s boys in blue and white will walk away with a hard-earned £500 cash money courtesy of ASUS who kindly sponsored this Battle of Britain competition.
I must admit I hadn’t watched a game of TF2 since i40 but I was lucky enough to be invited to cast alongside two of the communities great champions, Dave Hopton and Duncan Wraight, and it was well worth the entrance fee.
TLR’s German underdogs started strongly on Badlands, adopting a largely passive stance on the middle battle; allowing TCM-Gaming to come to them, taking the easy picks and using numbers to overwhelm their opponents.
TCM are no slouches though, and were soon mixing up the plays but struggled to break down The Last Resort, with mvp. playing an impressively solid pocket soldier. Even when things went pear-shaped TLR still had an ace up their sleeve in the form of the clutchtastic Thy, who was giving legendary demoman-come-medic, Byte, a dose of his own “lawl stickies” medicine. 5-2 The Last Resort.
Granary was a different story though, as a traditionally slow starting TCM-Gaming side found that je ne sais quoi that was sorely lacking on Badlands. The Last Resort looked puzzled by high gantry positioning of the enemy scouts during the middle fights in which TCM opted for a fairly defensive stance. Three rounds later and TLR finally began to get a grip on the middle battles with some good aggressive play, but TCM were already on the next page of the playbook by then; 6-1 TCM-Gaming.
Map elimination produced Gullywash as the backdrop for the deciding 30 minutes of play which served largely as a master class from TCM-Gaming’s Haunter in how to play heavy. The Portuguese powerhouse made excellent use of the long lines of sight and easily accessed high points to constantly suppress the Germans, who seemed to have no answer to this tactical conundrum. Even more impressive was how the rest of TCM played off the massive focal point that Haunter created for his opponents, with numlocked locking down the retreats as the scouts flanked.
Some of the set plays and pushes from TCM-Gaming were immaculately executed, particularly on to last with players coming from the water and a myriad of other angles to leave TLR in a spin. Although The Last Resort fought valiantly, taking it all the way to 30 minutes, I feel they will be back to the drawing board like most of the other teams in Europe to figure out how to crack this TCM Gullywash setup. 4-0 TCM-Gaming.
1st TCM-Gaming (£500)
2nd The Last Resort
3rd Team Dignitas
3rd Team Refuse
Overall an expected and well deserved win for TCM-Gaming, but also another important milestone for The Last Resort who will surely be looking to place top three in all upcoming competitions.
Thanks once again to ESH and ASUS for another great tournament, keep supporting Team Fortress 2 and I’ll keep writing about it...
|James J. McDonnell // Admirable|
Posted 2 years ago: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:33:11 +0100
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