Over two weeks ago Crack Clan TF2 invited the world and his wife to join us on our ETF2L Season 14 campaign, with an offering of SourceTV and Mumble Comms for every game in addition to the well-establishedÂ Twitch stream of our superstar Swede, TviQ.
The offer still stands! Come one, come all. Admittedly, weâ€™ve had one or two nights where the Mumble Relay was not active or we were unable to connect the HiperZ STV Relay to our opponentâ€™s server. So whilst I apologise unreservedly where we have failed, I will contend that on the whole we have delivered on that which we promised.
And yet, if I were to draw a Venn diagram of two populations; those who actively compete in Team Fortress 2 and those who would consider watching us play top level competitive Team Fortress 2, I would expect the latter would be all but encompassed in the former.
We recognise that a sizeable proportion of the people who might actually be interested in this, the nerdiest of propositions, are themselves playing when we are going live. So today I will strike a blow for freedom and unchain you from your merciless team schedules; enter the Crack Clan Battle Report!
I have personally distilled this compendium of game logs, STV demos, Mumble recordings, Twitch and YouTube videos from the tears of bald eagles, the true essence of freedom. Some of you may suggest this is nothing but a glorified spread sheet… to which I would say you are clearly a communist devil.
Contained within these links may well be the secrets to unlocking your own true potential, the tools required to chisel and file the edges of your own imperfections and ascend to the pantheon of fortress gods. Â At the very least you will be able to follow the progress, or lack thereof, of Crack Clanâ€™s Premiership Team Fortress 2 roster.
Even though we do strive for a certain level of professionalism, one thing I can almost certainly guarantee you will find within are the occasional outbursts of foul language, trash talk and high emotion that one associates with testosterone and competition. If that sort of thing offends you, you may want to delete your internets now.
|PCW||Team Doctrinal||Badlands||3 – 3|
|Gullywash||4 – 0|
|ETF2L||Pokeman||Badlands||6 – 2|
|Gullywash||4 – 2|
|PCW||Pokeman||Badlands||7 – 0|
|Snakewater||1 – 1|
|PCW||Epsilon eSports||Gullywash||3 – 3|
|Badlands||0 – 5|
|PCW||Epsilon eSports||Snakewater||0 – 5|
|Gullywash||1 – 5|
|ETF2L||BFF||Snakewater||5 – 2|
|Gullywash||2 – 3|
|PCW||Epsilon eSports||Badlands||0 – 5|
|Snakewater||2 – 7|
Our ETF2L matches didnâ€™t go entirely as planned. Pokeman (formerly MyDGB.net) made us sweat on Gullywash to overcome a two round deficit with ten minutes remaining. Underestimated by many due to their last minute roster reshuffle, I could see them in contention for a playoff spot come Week 7.
The big scalp of last seasonâ€™s playoff sprint, BFF, seemed to have lost their cutting edge since November.Â We found ourselves a map up after 30 minutes of Snakewater, but stonewall opening 15 on Gullywash left us racing against the clock and failing to convert advantages to rounds on the scoreboard as they turned us over on second the map for a well-earned draw.
Elsewhere itâ€™s business as usual for us; getting regularly spanked in practise by Europeâ€™s presiding warrior kings, Epsilon eSports. In our defence we have been experimenting with different mid-fight strategies and styles of play, albeit with mixed results. Back to the drawing board!
Epsilonâ€™s rough handling of Broder last night has only reminded everyone that they are still the team to beat. So that is our mission as we proceed in 2013. Finishing second last season was a great achievement, but gunning for anything short of the number one spot in Season 14 is unthinkable.