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Intel Racing Tour Finale

By Danny 'HuskY' Engels
Jun 4, 2007 13:30


oi o/ - First i have to say, sorry to all the international guys who wanna read a new blog post of HuskY :) This time i'll write my personal summery of the Intel Racing Tour Finals on german. Information for my international friends: http://www.sk-gaming.com/news/6621/
Über einen Monat ist es nun her. Ich hab mir noch lange nach dem 19. April 2007 Gedanken über diesen Abend gemacht. Die 10 schnellsten Live for Speed F1 Fahrer wurden nach München eingeladen und gaben nochmal ihr bestes um am Ende als Sieger dazustehen und einen BMW M6 ihr eigen nennen zu dürfen. Wie wohl mit der Zeit jeder mitbekommen hat, konnte ich, in einem atemberaubenden Rennen, knapp vor Nils Naujoks gewinnen. Aber bevor ich da nun zuviel vorwegnehme, möchte ich mir die Zeit nehmen um euch detailiert den wohl bisher schönsten Tag meines Lebens zu beschreiben.
Egal was vorher so alles war, von den tollen familiären Tagen, welche es nur leider wenige gab und wohl wenige geben wird, bis hin zur Fussball E-Jugend Kreismeisterschaft oder der Eishockey Jugend Rheinland-Pfalz Meisterschaft. Kein Tag war so besonders wie der 19. April 2007!
Nach 12 monatiger Qualifikationsphase und dem entgültigen Bescheid der Schule, wegen einer Freistellung, war ich schon unendlich glücklich auf den Finals dabei zu sein. Doch schon am frühen morgen des 19. Aprils habe ich mir auf der Bimmelbahn Zugfahrt nach Mannheim gedacht:"Hey! Du hast dich als schnellster Fahrer von 25000 qualifiziert und wohl ca. 1000 Runden in dieser Kiste bei Event Stopps absolviert - Warum sollte ich dieses Event nun nicht gewinnen?!?" Aber dieser Gedanke verpuffte eigentlich relativ schnell, als ich mir das Fahrerfeld durch den Kopf gehen gelassen habe und bei Nils Naujoks angekommen war. Nils aber auch viele andere, wie Daniel, Marco, Simon und Hendrik sind verdammt schnelle Leute, auch David sollte man nicht unterschätzen (trotz seiner Leistungen in der EPS). Doch alleine der "Übermensch" Nils, der 4 Mal die EPS Finals gewonnen hat und einfach das Gefühl für Live for Speed hat, sollte schon ein zu schwerer Brocken für mich sein. Naja egal wie Pessemistisch ich war, in meinen Augen war ich einfach nur Realistisch und wollte keine Enttäuschung an diesem Abend haben. Mir war es ab diesem Zeitpunkt eigentlich nur wichtig Spaß zu haben und das ein SK Fahrer dieses Rennen gewinnt. Das heißt also ich wollte Nils so gut wie es geht unterstützen und selber eine akzeptable Leistung abrufen. In meinen Augen war es halt wichtig das einer von uns gewinnt, weil man dann damit gezeigt hätte, dass der Wechsel zu SK-Gaming berechtig war und dann werden auch die letzten kritischen Stimmen verstummen! Nach einen kurzen Schlaf im Zug wurde ich aber durch die freundliche Ansage, "Unser Zug hat zur Zeit eine Verspätung von 12 Minuten, ich bitte um ihr Verständnis", geweckt und dachte mir sowas wie ... WTF?! und STFU! denn damit würde ich meinen Anschlusszug nach Frankfurt zu Joe verpassen. Doch in Mannheim angekommen bin ich auf gut Glück in einem 100 Meter Sprint die Treppen rauf und runter zum Anschlusszug gerannt und mit dem Warnsignal der Türen noch in den Zug gesprungen. Nach dieser frühsportlichen Aktion und ein wenig Glück war alles wieder OhKeY! In Frankfurt erwartete mich Joe, der mich als Begleitperson nach München fahren durfte. Um halb 4, 15:30 oder auch 7 Stunden on Tour und einer Vollbremsung auf der Autobahn kamen wir endlich am Münchener Flughafen an um Nils mitzunehmen. Eigentlich sollte Nils gegen 16 Uhr landen, aber seine Maschine gab auf der Startbahn den Geist auf. Es lief schon alles schief was schief gehen konnte. Nils musste sich also erstmal einen neuen Flug besorgen und wir sind somit weiter zum Hotel gefahren. Dort warteten auch schon SK.TheSlasH (Alex) und SK.killabee (Berni). Ich war schon relativ überrascht das unser SK Chef und einer unserer Manager zu diesem Event gekommen sind, aber dies zeigte schon, dass das Team komplett hinter uns steht, vorallem bei dem Event unseres Hauptsponsors. Die Zeit verging mit kennenlernen und schnacken, sodass wir aber gegen 19 Uhr zum Nobelrestaurante Lenbach in der Münchener Innenstadt aufbrechen konnten. So langsam wurde man schon ein wenig nervös und hippelig. Besonders bei dem Anblick der Location dieses eSports Events: Es war beeindruckend! Eine Menge Personen im Smoking und roter Teppich vorm Restaurante ausgerollt. Innen wurde man von ca. 40 Kellner und Kellnerinnen, wenn nicht sogar mehr, mit Sekt empfangen. Gespannt saßen alle Finalsteilnehmer an einem Tisch und warteten auf ihren Einsatz. Gegen 20:30 Uhr wurde uns der Modus erklärt. 15 Minuten Training, 10 Minuten Quali, 25 Minuten Rennen. Alles wie man schon vorher in einer eMail mitgeteilt bekommen hat. Doch eine Änderung gab es ... wir fahren die Strecke rückwärts. Nein, nicht im Rückwärtsgang, sondern Aston National rev. Ich wusste nicht wie ich das finden sollte. Einerseits kannte ich die Strecke durch Hotlappen in der EPS Pause, aber Fahrer wie Nils und den anderen oben schon genannten Leuten sind einfach schneller schnell. Ich brauch immer meine Zeit um die Strecke zu lernen und zu können. Im Endeffekt haben nun alle Fahrer, egal wie viel sie bei Event Stopps gefahren sind, die gleiche Chance und fangen bei Null an. Alex, Joe, Berni und auch Holly (Marketing Manager Gaming von intel und somit Sponsor von uns) machten mir und, dem mit Verspätung eingetroffenen, Nils nochmal Mut und wünschten uns Viel Glück. Doch meine Befürchtungen bewahrheiteten sich in den 15 Minuten Training. Ich konnte keine schnelle Runde beenden. Nach dem Training zeigte sich auch wie toll Nils und unser Team ist, denn er rief mich per Handy aus dem 5 Cockpit entfernten Boliden an und teilte mir mit das er 4 Sekunden schneller sei als meine Beste Runde, aber er machte mir nocheinmal Mut und gab mir Tipps. Naja, schon ging die 10 Minuten Quali los und ich versuchte nochmal das Beste rauszuholen. Im Verlauf der Qualifikation konnte ich meine Rundenzeit steigern und mich um Platz 5 einpendeln. Die letzte Möglichkeit eine schnelle Runde zu fahren wollte ich nochmal voll nutzen. Schon in der 1. Schikane merkte ich, jetzt muss es was geiles werden. Bei der Splittime hab ich die Zwischenzeit ignoriert und bin einfach weitergefahrn. Am Ende, bei abgelaufener Qualizeit, konnte ich eine Rundenzeit von 1.25.33 auf dem großen Plasma Bildschirm vor mir lesen und war somit 3 Zehntel schneller als Nils. POLE! - ein lautes "Yes!" musste ich rausschreien und die Doppelpole für SK war perfekt. Besser konnte es nicht laufen. Doch ein Rennen ist was komplett anderes als Quali und ich musste mich wieder beruhigen, runter kommen und neu konzentrieren. Im Rennen konnte ich mich, wie es mein Ziel war, die ersten 2 Kurven so absetzten, dass Nils kein Windschatten bekommt. Danach konnten wir 2 SKler vorne an der Spitze den Rhythmus finden und die Doppelführung mit fast gleicher Rundenzeiten behaupten. Bis dann, nach 7 von 15 Runden, das erste Mal die Gelbe Flagge mit Saftey Car zu sehen war. Es gab 2 SC Phasen direkt hintereinander, weil bei der ersten Wiederaufnahme des Rennens in Runde 9, das Feld durch Unkonzentriertheit und auch durch einen Fehler von mir als Polesetter einen erneuten Crash auslöste. Somit mussten wir 4 langsame Runden hinter Rennleitung Marcus Jirak im Saftey Car verbringen. Die Reifen waren nur sehr schwer auf Temperatur zu halten. Beim erneuten Restart, in Runde 11, konnte ich mir durch ein geschicktes Manöver direkt eine Sekunde Vorsprung rausfahren. Doch nach der SC Phase mit den kalten Reifen konnte ich keinen Rhythmus mehr finden und machte immer mehr Fehler, fluchte laut mit mir selber und versuchte die Konzentration wieder zu finden. Doch es half alles nichts. Nils kam hinter mir immer näher. Dieses Rennen war nun nicht nur körperlich anstrengend, wie jedes andere, sondern auch im Kopf ein harter Kampf. Fehler vermeiden, am Limit fahren und einen Nils Naujoks hinter mir halten. Ich mag es nicht wirklich der gejagte zu sein. Es passieren schnell Fehler wenn man unter Druck steht. Ich ignorierte alles aussenrum, die Kameras die direkt neben mir standen, sowie die vielen, geschätzt, über 100 Leuten im Saal. Auf Platz 3 war genügend Abstand. Das hieß SK macht das Rennen unter sich aus. Ich fand keine wirkliche Konzentration mehr. 2 Runden vor Schluss konnte Nils das erste Mal meinen Windschatten spüren und benutzen, und versuchte in der Hairpin vor der Splittime (Turn 3) aussen zu attakieren, doch ohne Erfolg. Beim Anbremsen auf der Kampflinie war ich noch knapp vorne und konnte das Duell gewinnen. Ich wusste nun, Nils will es wirklich wissen. Noch eine Runde trennte mich vom Sieg oder Niederlage. Ich wusste Nils ist einfach schneller und macht mehr Druck. Mir gingen viele Sachen durch den Kopf. Aber ich musste mich einfach auf eine gute Verteidigungslinie konzentrieren. Leichter gesagt als getan. Nils bekam wieder an der selben Stelle wie zuvor Windschatten, dieses Mal aber früher! Es war so ein harter Kampf in der letzten Runde beim Intel Racing Tour Finale aber es machte Spaß. Zudem es war körperlich und psychisch sehr anstrengend. Ich machte innen beim Anbremsen die Linie zu. Er zog nach aussen um sein Auto neben meins zu bringen. Ich konnte seine Schnauze aussen schon vor meiner sehen. Ich wusste ich muss nun spät bremsen um vorne zu bleiben, sonst geht er aussen vorbei. Doch die Frage war, wann muss ich das Bremspedal bis zum Bodenblech durchdrücken um die Kurve noch zu bekommen. Ich wusste wir müssen vor dem grünen Curb anbremsen, doch Nils tat dies einfach nicht. Ich orientierte mich mehr an ihm als an der Kurve. Letztendlich sind wir beide wohl fast gleichzeitig auf letzter Rille, kurz nach dem Curb, in die Kurve reingebremst. Beide mussten in den Drift um die Kurve überhaupt zu bekommen. Dadurch gab es sogar eine kleine Berührung, weil er aussen einfach immernoch daneben war und ich ein wenig in ihn rein driftete. Doch nichts schlimmes. Beim Kurvenausgang konnte ich aber schneller aufs Gas gehen und meine Führung behaupten. Nach dieser Kurve war mein Herzschlag 100 Mal so schnell wie vorher und meine Nerven am Ende. Ein Sektor noch. Eine Sekunde Vorsprung. Eine Minute übrig, dann ist das Finale vorbei. Die letzte Kurve machte mir nocheinmal Angst. Das war die letzte Stelle an der man Fehler machen konnte, aber ich habe sie einfach nur sicher durchgefahren und konnte mit einer halbe Sekunde vor Nils auf die Start/Ziel Gerade einbiegen. Er bekam kein Windschatten mehr. Das Rennen war also gelaufen, vorbei, beendet. Ein ganzes Jahr Intel Racing Tour und eine halbe Sekunde entscheidet über Sieg oder Niederlage. Ich konnte es nicht glauben und fuhr nach 15 harten Runden über die Ziellinie. "Sieger" stand auf meinem Bildschirm. Etwas, was in der EPS noch nie auf meinem Monitor stand. Alle im Lenbach jubelten und klatschten. Auch meine Konkurrenten, Rennfahrer, Mitfahrer, wohl eher Freunde. Ich klatschte ihnen zurück und bedankte mich damit fürs Rennen. Eigentlich wollte ich nun mal verstehen was passiert ist, doch Joe kam schon jubend an und half mir aus dem nachgebauten BMW F1 Cockpit raus. Wir feierten nach dem Rennen, wie man es von Siegern im Park Fermeé kennt. Viele Kameras machten die ersten Fotos vom Siegerteam. SK.HuskY gewinnt das Intel Racing Tour Finale. SK Gaming Racing Team mit Doppelsieg. Es ging auch schon direkt zur Siegerehrung. Der Programmplan war eng organisiert, aber ich genoss die Minuten dort oben. Zu erst teilte man mir mit, dass der Wagen aus Sicherheitsgründen nicht vor Ort sei, doch mit einem lauten vr0000m vr000m fuhr Nick Heidfeld vorm Roten Teppich vor. Es ist wohl das Bild, was ich nie mehr vergessen werde. Das Bild wo von ich noch vielen Leuten erzählen kann und wohl werde. Von Wolfgang Rother, DSF Moderator, auf den roten Teppich aus dem Lenbach geführt. Eine Menge Leute, Kameras und Fotoapparate am Teppich und vor mir steht er. Durch Scheinwerfer hell angestrahlt und in voller Pracht präsentiert. Mein BMW M6 mit Nick Heidfeld als "Chauffeure" drin. Es war und ist einfach was unbeschreibliches. So toll das ich hätte weinen können. Alle Probleme zu Hause oder sonst wo waren vergessen. Es war einfach der tollste Tag, mein Tag, mein Abend, meine Nacht. Als Krönung durfte ich mich von Nick Heidfeld, in meinem Wagen, eine Runde durch München chauffieren lassen und danach nochmal ein wenig mit ihm schnacken. Am Abend feierten wir nochmal alle bei toller Musik und viel kostenlosen trinken und hatten nochmal richtig Spaß zum Abschluss. Alle waren total happy, ob nun das SK Team oder die Finalteilnehmer. Es war einfach ein gelungenes Event. Ich habe an diesen Abend auch viele neue Kontakte geknüpft. Letztendlich würde ich sagen, dieser Tag war einfach unglaublich und einer der tollsten Tage in meinem Leben. Ich freu mich schon richtig auf die nächste Intel Racing Tour und würde sagen, ich habe nun was sehr großes im eSports erreicht und so kann und soll es in den nächsten Jahren auch weitergehen. Aber nun finden erstmal in 2 Wochen die ESL Pro Series Finals Season X, wo ich wohl auch eine alte Freundin wiedertreffen werde und eine Menge Spaß haben werde und euch mal eine Art von LIVE Blog Coverage über die Finals machen werde! Bis dann o/
P.s.: Sorry für den langen Post :D Wer Fehler findet soll sie ignorieren oder darf sie auch gerne behalten :P
//I think i'll do a kind of LIVE Blog Coverage @ ESL Pro Series Finals Season X (15th - 17th June)



The EPS X show must go on ...

By Danny 'HuskY' Engels
Apr 5, 2007 02:29


The first half of the Live for Speed Electronic Sports League Pro Series X presented by Intel is over now. It was an curious first half for me with a lot "Up" and "Downs". Well i'll give you a short résumé of the first seven races in this blog news.
The beginng of the Season was quite good. I was really satisfied with the sixth place in race number one at South City Classic reversed. In the secound race i tried to tie in with my performance in race one, but another driver chrashed into me. Anyway, at the end i finished as seventh in this hard race. I would say, that was my first little "Up" in this Season, but the third race wasn't really an Up for me. There I just finished as twelfth with a quarter of points, which i gained in the first two races. With this bad race i realized that i have to practice a little bit harder ... and i did it. In race four on the Blackwood Circuit I did a nice fourth place close behind the podium. But i wrote already a more detailed blog about this four races and i also annouced the CeBit Event there. I think everybody of you knows what happened there and i needn't to write much about it ;) ...
Race four, with this nice performance in Blackwood, was my last race as OCRANA Racing driver ... a new "time" began (OCRANA Racing joined SK) ... SK announced his new Racing Team at CeBit 2007 in Hannover with a show race beetween Thomas Brdaric (German Soccerplayer), Timo Glock (German BMW F1 Testdriver), Nils 'n1lyn' Naujoks (SK Racing), Joachim 'Vykos' Fiess (SK Racing Team Chef) and me (Danny Engels (SK Racing)). It was a really nice start there for us, but my "new start" at the EPS X for SK was the opposite.
In race number five i got crashed again from the driver, who crashed me already in the secound race. My race was over after this crash and i only finished as 16th ... well i think it's clear that i was a little bit frustrated after this, because i lost a lot of important points in my first race as SK driver in the fight for the finals and that only because someone wrecked me. So, i trained a little bit more for race six mainly at the Maxlan (I won the Need for Speed: Most Wanted Cup there and finished as 2nd in the Live for Speed Maincontest at Maxlan 11). I was confident of doing a good race, but i got crashed there too. The bad thing of this is that a lagg wrecked me and only because one driver's sister was leeching some files :( . I was very angry, so that i trained more and more for race seven. I knew that i have to do better races now. I was only on place eight in the Overall Rankings of the ESL Pro Series X after six races and i was right in the thick of the fight for the Top10.
Well ... but i'm really happy that i showed my best race in race seven. I needed this succes as SK driver with a nice performance in Westhill. I missed the podium again, but gained a lot of points and 2 places in the Overall Ranking.
That was my first half of the Electronic Sports League Pro Series X (: Now we have the "easter-break", but not really for me. On Saturday we will start the new OWRL F1 League (I would say the LFS F1 World Championship with a lot of good drivers, e.g. from Cyber Racing, pod, ScP and many more.) It will be a hard race there over one and a half hour with two pitstops and a lot of strategy. After that i'll practise for the 8th race of the EPS X and we will see if i can show another great performance there.
I'm also a bit nervous when i'm thinking about the Intel Racing Tour Finals ... in two weeks 10 drivers will fight there for really nice prices like a BMW M6 for the first place. Nils and I try to win this event for the SK Racing Team ! I think i'll do a special blog for this event with my feelings and more information, pics or videos of the Intel Racing Tour Finals
Check the SK News, Coverage and my Blog Site for more information about this races (:
Cheers
Danny o/



Live for Speed - EPS Season X

By Danny 'HuskY' Engels
Mar 14, 2007 12:26


Well guys, lets talk a little bit about the new Live for Speed ESL Pro Series Season X (: --- (14.03.2007) ---
The first four races are over now. Nils is back on his 1st place in Overall Ranking and I am satisfied with my 5th place. I have never thought that there will be a really hard fight for the Finals this year. I would say there are 13 or perhaps 14 drivers, who are able to be and have the chance to be under the Top10 at the end. OhKeY, but I should focus on my races and I have the aim to attain the Finals in this Season, too.
Until now, except for Race 3, everything was fine. I was very constant in the other races, but I'm still waiting for a really great one. I don't know what happened in the 3rd race, but i drove a lot of crap. Well, it was good enough to finish as 11th or 12th .. i don't know really and i don't want it to know, but what i know is that i can do it much better, especially the XRT is one of my favorite cars in this game. Maybe it was bad luck or something like this and i am sure - it was not my day. At this time I'd a lot of trouble in school and i learned a little bit more then normal ;), because we wrote our first important exams ("Leistungskursarbeiten") in the new term.
Now it's relaxed. I have to do just one more exam before holidays. And this weekend i'll be at the CeBit (IT-Event). I think many of the german LFS guys will be there, especially for the last Intel Racing Tour Event (www.intelracingtour.de - Everybody want to join the Top10 and win the BMW M6) and much more ;). I guess we'll have an interesting and funny time there and I'm happy that I'm the Leader of the Intel Racing Tour since a few months - so I'll watch what my opponents will do there!
But I'm sure you are able to see me in one of this BMW Cockpits at the CeBit ;) o/
Cheers



MGC - Would you ever go to Tehran?

By Danny 'HuskY' Engels
Sep 21, 2012 20:30



When you think Iranians are terrorists, religious suicide bombers or dangerous people, then you pretty much have to think every German is still a Nazi, hating Jews and loving Hitler. Prejudices are one of the worst attributes a human being can have and before travelling to Tehran almost every person I have told about it, was really sceptical and even I, for myself, had no idea what to expect and went on to an unforeseen adventure in the Middle East.

Two years ago, I have competed in the Electronic Sports World Cup in Disneyland Paris and faced Iranian Need for Speed player Naeim ‘NaEEm’ Hedayati during the Group stage. He talked broken English, had really long hair and long fingernails, but he was a fairly friendly and competitive person in the end. Last week, I had a pretty big smile on my face when I met Naeim once again. I had finally arrived in the ‘forbidden country’ called Iran…

My flight was really good, nothing to complain about. I started in Luxembourg, stopped in Frankfurt and found my way to Tehran with a young Iranian teenage girl sitting right next to me. When we arrived in the middle of the night she, like every other woman, had to put on a scarf to cover her head. It was a religious thing for her, but also the beginning of my adventure.
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I got through the passport control without any problems. It just took some time until I finally got my visa. Even though I was supposed to get to a CIP lounge (commercial important people) I couldn’t find it and just went to the baggage claim area instead. A few security guys wanted to see my baggage right away. They couldn’t speak any English. They just took me straight to the customs. I still had a smile on my face though, because I knew what was going on. I guess you rarely see someone flying with a big computer steering wheel and pedals in his bag, especially not in Tehran. When a security man opened my bag and found the steering wheel he started smiling too and just asked “Game?”. I said yeah and was allowed to leave. :)

Someone was already waiting for me in the airport lobby. I have heard a little bit about the Iranian traffic beforehand, but what I have seen during my stay was ridiculously crazy. I can’t even describe it, but with this traffic I think Iranians are really good drivers and even though it looks like there are no rules at all, everybody respects each other in heavy traffic and it’s just working... I mean, using the rear gear on the highway, going side-by-side on one lane and honking for some kind of communication just seems to be a normal thing for them.

The hotel was pretty sick and really good as well. I didn’t know that I had to share one room with another gamer and I felt really sorry for disturbing him with my late-arrival, but Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen is a really good guy and it actually was nice to meet someone who could speak German. So yeah, Fnatic’s Counter-Strike team and Warcraft Pro Gamer Nicker were invited to the Matrix Gaming Competitions as well. Afterwards I would compare the event with a smaller Dreamhack, but it was done really professional.
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The first day was really really exciting. I felt like a little kid during Christmas. I had no idea what to expect and actually no real clue what to do. But that seems to be a typical thing for Iranians too. They don’t plan much and seem to be quite spontaneous. That was pretty much a pain in the ass at the airport during my departure, but during the gaming event it wasn’t really a bad thing as they were prepared for everything at any time…

When we arrived at the location Fnatic had all the attention right away (every day). They are really famous everywhere, no doubt. And seriously I have never thought that my name is popular within the Iranian gaming scene too. I mean, SK Gaming, yeah… of course, that’s a big name! But when you speak about SK, you think about SpawN, HeatoN, walle and all the famous players. You simply don’t think about racing when you talk about SK Gaming. But Need for Speed seems to be a fairly big thing in Iran and due to my performance in Need for Speed: SHIFT quite a lot of people treated me like a Hollywood star... haha, well, almost..! ;)
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Maybe I’m joking a bit, but I was asked for photos dozens and dozens of times and people really enjoyed our attendance. It was such a great experience to talk to as many people as possible. I even met another oh-so-friendly guy who lived in Germany quite a while and talked really good German. He told me a bit about the country, the culture and the people… and seriously, everybody I have met during my stay was so friendly right away, so nice and so unbelievably helpful even though not all of them were able to speak English!

There is a really big thing about Iranian gaming I have learned though. As they don’t have such luxury internet, they have a really tough time to get proper practice and improve their gaming skills. Furthermore, even worse, they have a really big problem with missing LAN modes in nowadays games. Due to their internet situation and missing LAN modes Iranian gamers are really struggling to catch up with modern eSports. Just think about Starcraft 2?... or League of Legends?...

That was also the reason why they were still playing Need for Speed: Most Wanted from 2006. It’s the latest Need for Speed made for competitive gaming with LAN mode and it’s a kind of special game for me too. In Need for Speed: Most Wanted I attended my first ever offline gaming event during the World Cyber Gamers German National Finals in Heide-Park Soltau. I wasn’t really good back then, even though I qualified for the National Finals, I lost all my games onsite. And since then I haven’t really touched the game anymore. So on one hand it was really weird to play such an old game without any big practice, but on the other hand it was quite a good competition and really good fun against the Iranians.



During my stay I played five show matches on a really nice stage with a cool crowd. I won three of them and lost two of them. One of the matches was so close that I finished only +0.01s infront of the MGC runner-up. I lost one match against NaEEm, but I guess that was his revenge from ESWC 2010. And MWxSPEED just dominated me with +6s within 5 laps in another match. Even though I had the excuse of less practice, I realized that MWxSPEED is really fucking good. He was even faster than then World Cyber Games players back in time when Need for Speed: Most Wanted was up-to-date. So it was no surprise at all that SPEED also won the Matrix Gaming Competitions in Need for Speed.

Between the show matches we did TV-interviews, press conferences and I got to know a few of the Need for Speed players, but to summarize the event from my side, I would say that it was just like a big, known gaming event in Europe. The stage, the crowd, the gamers, only some commentary was missing I guess. But I had no problems at all, they provided save games, car setups and they had my steering wheel drivers already installed. It was just plug and play for me and that’s something I have never really experienced so far. Very well done by Matrix!

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Besides from the Gaming Competitions we had a bit free time to enjoy Tehran in the evening. Food is awesome in this country! They definitely know how to enjoy food, but you certainly got love meat. Furthermore we had some crazy secret adventures, some relaxing evenings and a lot of fun with all the people involved.

But to keep this long story short I’m so thankful that I got this chance to experience a country a 22-year-old from Germany would normally never go to. And I could tell you way more, but in the end gaming changed my life in such a huge way and I do not know any other activity where we, you and I, are connected worldwide, without borders, without war, without religious problems, and just having fun together doing the same thing – called Gaming. This trip, like every other situation I have experienced during the last seven years in gaming was such an important experience for my personality. That’s the reason why I’m really thankful for Matrix for inviting me, Vishta, Sanam, Hossein, Naeim and everybody else involved!



I will be SK.HuskY forevermore!

By Danny 'HuskY' Engels
May 28, 2011 23:38



After a few weeks of thinking and a long time of waiting: I finally got my first tattoo...
and I really like it! You have probably seen the husky a few times on the internet already. I use it on my racing cars, as avatar, for pictures and even did put it on my SK shirt of 2010. Originally it was the logo for my local hockey club's youth team where I started to play ice hockey.

That's also where my nickname comes from and that's why I use this logo on the internet as well. With the SK logo included the tattoo contains pretty much 10 years of really good memories. And to get all of this a notable message: No more nick changes and no more team changes! ;)



ESWC 2010 – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

By Danny 'HuskY' Engels
Jul 12, 2010 03:03



A well-earned Silver Medal or simply a lost World Championship?
Let me start chronologically: My bootcamp in the SK Office right before ESWC went perfectly. I felt so good, highly motivated, really really well prepared and ready for my first prestigious international eSport event. I went there as German Champion in Need for Speed: SHIFT and probably as Top-Favourite for the ESWC Title with a Topseed under my belt.

But already at Disneyland, few minutes after we (Alex, Tim, Min-Sik & Shane) have arrived, rumours were afloat which supposedly said that my steering wheel will be banned from the tournament. I went to the hotel kinda pissed and pretty confused which made the night even harder. Besides having 30°C in the room with definitely crazy but cool room mates (Cheers! Cyhper, k1llsen and Ayhan!), I just thought way too much about the rumours and couldn’t really get any sleep.

First day, Disneyland 10:00AM, Groupstage: I tried to focus, but the mentioned rumours immediately turned out to be true. I don‘t want to bother you with the details – All I can say: I bought a steering wheel that was allowed accoring to the rules and in my opinion choosing the right hardware is also an important part of your preparation. What happened then? Basically other players complained that my wheel is reputed to be way better than everything else and came up with bullshit arguments. As there were no evidences in favour nor against it, the admin decided to change the rules and disallow that one specific steering wheel. For you non-racing guys: Would be the same if a CS-Team joins the tournament with ball mouses and complain about the Steelseries stuff for example…

Anyways, especially with Alex, who even discussed hours with ESWC head admins, Tim and Min-Sik on my side I tried to do the best out of my situation. Good music was definitely a key to success… Which music it was will be my secret though! But it felt so damn good and right to win the groupstage with a different piece of hardware I was totally not used to. I enjoyed my day off before I had to face Taiwan in the quarter final at Saturday.

Saturday, 10:00AM, Playoffs: That mentioned match went quite okay and I finished it with another 2-0 victory, but due to some weird and unexplainable reason the tournament bracket were kinda messed and both group winners met each other in the semi-final already. That meant I would have an epic match against Germany‘s Need for Speed Legend Niklas ‚Sliver‘ Timmermann. I felt pretty nervous as I had to change the steering wheel once again. Funnily enough I decided to take an one hour nap on a couch in the event location to calm down. It worked pretty good and I managed to win against Sliver in a three map exciting battle.

GRAND FINAL: I had one match left and one goal in my head, but the dream got destroyed on the third and deciding map in the Grand Final. I lost 1-2 to Steffan (Netherlands) after he crashed into my rear and used that accident to become World Champion. Even though the rules clearly said that if there is a car contact the guy behind is not allowed to get any advantage out of situation, the admins decided, after an one hour discussion, that this, let me call it, deciding contact was legal and not unfair!

I had tears in my eyes. No doubt! I felt like… just being treated wrong... I couldn’t change it though. I had to accept it in a sportsmanship way although it was pretty hard after being sooo close before becoming World Champion. Fair enough: I went to Paris with the imagination of waving the German Flag during the prize ceremony on the Grand Stage preferably as World Champion. Besides the last part I tried to enjoy that special moment and there is probably going to be a moment where I can start being proud of my performance.

Well, let me find a good blog-ending to keep it "short". I just wanna say that the event itself, besides the tournament, especially the players party was amazing. Thats why I love eSports and I took home good memories besides a World Vice-Championship Title. I think the girls are gonna tell you more about the rest anyway, so I remain with following. I was glad to meet the girls, boys, rapha and everybody else from SK as well as several other guys! And THANKS for all the support. I’ll definitely keep fighting!!!



Let’s sum-up 2009! – A restart in every way?

By Danny 'HuskY' Engels
Dec 28, 2009 05:55



As it seems kinda trendy to have his very own review of the year I want to jump on the train and just end my eSports year 2009 with a little flashback.
2009 already started with a small highlight in my so-called “career”. Virtual Racing organized a Charity Event which was quite successful and brought us the chance to race against a real Formula One pilot. After I have already done this promotionally versus Timo Glock in 2007 at CeBIT it was a pretty cool thing and great fun to face Adrian Sutil in a more or less competitive way.

SK added well-known Need for Speed players on 31st January. To be honest, this fact will play a big role later on, but I will continue chronological. The first half-year was quite calm and not action-packed though. I only competed in my first Virtual Racing Touring Car Championship and ended up as "Rookie of the Season", which actually was not a big deal for me. At this time I was also struggling heavily at school, but that's another topic and more private anyway. Worth mentioning though is my CeBIT-Trip in March this year. Not really successful but at least some action for me in “early 2009”!

In summer things changed again. The Electronic Sports League announced a huge Motorsport Portal and kicked off their season with Opening Cups in three Sim-Racing games and I became ESL Sports RACE07 Pre-Season Champion 2009. Only one week later we, Hendrik 'b0nd' von Eye and I, went to Munich for three successful and awesome days where we dominated the last Intel Racing Tour Stop in Germany. We came home with two VIP-Journey tickets to the Formula One Grand Prix in Valencia. (I guess, I will never ever forget that trip!!!) In meantime, waiting for my “Spain-holidays”, I also managed to become BERLET Racing Tour Champion 2009 and connected my Valencia-Trip with one day at "Gamescom" where I met a lot of great guys!!! (For example Pascal 'gaLLo' Jäger for the very first time and we even shared a bed in our first night together… ewww.)

Okay, better let's change topic. Back from Spain, school started again. Definitely a restart for me! I do not want to talk a lot about my real life on SK, but in this case it was absolutely the best thing what could have happen to me. Anyway, cheers to all my classmates! (I doubt anyone is going to read this.)

At Gamescom I already came in contact with EA’s latest Need for Speed title – Need for Speed: Shift. Only because of the SK's Need for Speed players I kind of fell into the Arcade scene again. I qualified myself for the ZOCKEN DELUXE tournament without any practice and finished third, only losing to Niklas 'Sliver' Timmermann, in the EA SPORTS Bar. The fact that I had only one bootcamp evening in the SK Office, before the tournament, made the bronze medal even more unexpected for me. But in the end it was the point where I decided to concentrate a little bit more on Need for Speed.

I finally stepped back from the ESL Touring Car Championship 2009 after I have missed one race, due to some private reason, even though I was leading the Championship at that point. And I finished my Sim-Racing “career” with the Virtual Racing Touring Car Team Championship title just a few weeks ago. But I am leading the ESL Need for Speed: Shift Premiership and waiting for my opponent in the EA MASTERS Season 8 Online Qualifier #1 Overall Final. And thus it is official:

I am going to continue playing in 2010 and will fully concentrate on Need for Speed: Shift!

I would like to thank SK Gaming as well as everybody I have seen, met, talked to, worked with or played in 2009 for a great year and wish you all a Happy New Year 2010! d:



Intel Racing Tour 2009 - 'BMW Welt', Munich

By Danny 'HuskY' Engels
Jul 28, 2009 23:38



Liveblog: Intel Racing Tour 2009 - 'BMW Welt' in Munich! - First Prize: VIP Weekend @ Formula One Grand Prix in Valencia (20th-23rd August)
Hey folks,
I'm in Munich together with SK.b0nd, for the Intel Racing Tour 2009 in Munich's 'BMW World'. It's the next of many great events coming up very soon, as I told ya in my last Blog: 'Racing: A small thing?!' .
First of all, thanks for all congratulations for the ESL RACE07 Pre-Season title!!!. I'm still happy!!!

Finally arrived in Bad Eilsen! (1st August 01:00): It's unbelievable that we are going to Valencia... wow!!! Nothing more to add actually.. It was a great final and a great event overall!!
I uploaded some photos and videos, but still have more stuff I'm gonna upload next week!

News: 'SK Racing dominates Intel Racing Tour 2009 in Munich (BMW Welt)'
Check out the 'BMW Welt' (Grand Final) Gallery and following videos:



VALENCIA!!! SK.b0nd did it in an exciting final race! (31st July 15:00): Hendrik was only a split second faster than me in the qualifying session, but did a superior job in the Grand Final!!!
Summarized: A perfect race!!! b0nd won his first major tournament and I'm satisfied with my 2nd place!

Another day draws to a close (30th July 21:00): Actually a quite relaxing one! We did a couple of laps and feel very confident. b0nd set the fastest racetime already yesterday, while I found my pace with the fastest laptime today. I guess it is going to be an exciting final tomorrow!!! We hang out with good guys and girls ;D and are watching 'Bayern vs. ManU' to end the relaxing day.
Somehow.., the calm before the storm!! We will see what tomorrow brings...!

Check out the 'BMW Welt' (Thursday) Gallery and following quickie videos:



Back in our hotel!! (29th July 20:30): All in all an awesome day so far. We joined some public races in the 'BMW World' and met a lot of new and old faces (cheers h3lly! :P) Anyway, a lot of fun and good practise for the upcoming final on friday.. it's a very relaxing and nice location! Very sad, though, that BMW announced their withdrawal from Formula One, but at the same time it's unbelievable that racing legend Michael Schumacher will celebrate a short comeback in Valencia!!!

Check out the 'BMW Welt' (Wednesday) Gallery and following videos as first impressions:



Good Morning (29th July - 09:00), we are getting ready to join the public racing action in the 'BMW World' today! Check out the News: Intel Racing Tour 2009 in Munich's BMW World!!!

And for now (28th July - 23:30): I'll show you our first look on Munich! ;)

Daily public races are already running since saturday in the 'BMW World', but we just arrived a few hours ago (late Tuesday evening). We'll join the action tomorrow and I'm going to post impressions, videos, pictures and everything you want in this blog from time to time!! Thanks a lot to the people at DOCKERS for sending us another tray of their delicious cranberry energy drink for this event. Yummy! Stay tuned!!!
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