i45: gearing up for the Summer Big One!!!!!!
Today’s the last day of i45, one of the big LAN parties run by Multiplayer every year, Berath’s Brain Burps attended the summer LAN, i43. By all acounts it’s gone well. Plenty of Tf2 was played along with BF3, League of Legends and Starcraft 2 among other games.
As well as an opportunity for gamers to get simply to get together and meet each other, there’s also competitive gaming. There was a TF2 tournament with a prize pot of money which was exciting. In TF2, teams normally play for mouse mats, headphones etc since, as the Readership can imagine, most pc gamers don’t have these.
The final was between Infused (arguably the best TF2 team in the game at the moment and so in possession of many mouse mats and headphones) and Elemental Violence (up and coming youngsters with fewer). To give other teams in the competition more of a sporting chance, Infused had been off-classing throughout, except for one game I’d watched earlier, again between them and Elemental Violence when for some reason they played with their mains. In that game, Elemental Violence had lost 2 6 on Gullywash, but had put up a good fight, holding their own.
Anyhow, by all accounts the final was an entertaining match with the usual loud and over-excitable TF2 audience. Unsurprisingly Infused won 5 0 on Gullywash (this was apparently a bit of a roll), 6 1 on Badlands (a better game). It all finished with the obligatory TF2 community photograph.
Compare and contrast with the community photos from i43.
Berath’s Brain Burps was particularly pleased with the performance of Elemental Violence. Now, although all TF2 teams are supported equally fervently by Berath’s Brain Burps, it should be noted that;
1) One of the Elemental Violence players is associated with the UKCS community, favoured by Berath. Berath’s Brain Burps has recently decided (earlier this morning in fact) that UKCS is affiliated with Berath’s Brain Burps.
2) Another of the Element Violence players has played on the Who Dares…Grins! server and has actually made their way onto Berath’s Steam Friends List.
These factors led to the mighty weight of Berath’s Brain Burps support leaning towards Elemental Violence during the tournament. By the way, if any of the esteemed Readership wishes to attain the support of Berath’s Brain Burps for any particular purpose, it can be fairly easily bought, just write in and make an offer. However, please note that there certain boundaries, legal and moral, that will not be crossed.
But in many ways i43 was a dress rehearsal for the Big One; i46 at the end of August. The TF2 community is seriously gearing up for this one, most of the major competitve teams will be attending and there are hopes that at least one of the US teams will be there. Currently there’s talk of the American TF2 community fundraising. Berath’s Brain Burps will be going (ticket already bought and hotel room booked) along with many people from the UKCS community (48+ and counting) and other aquaintances from here and there (though the buzz seems to have so far passed by WDG who remain vague).
It should be a good one.