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Diary of a newswriter - Saturday

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Feb 28, 2008 00:50



The blog continues post-NGL with stories of Saturday, day 2 of the NGL-One Finals.
Another day has been and gone and today proved even more enjoyable than yesterday.

Phil from MYM showed me had written a blog which included a photo of me (which btw is extremely ugly, my left side is definately the best ;). Was generally pissed off as I look like a ghost in it. Cassandra said I looked "very fair" in a poor attempt to make me feel better.

The MYM guys are quite cool to be with, I've made an attempt to make sure I chat a little to all the people in the press area. So far I discovered that Readmore.de has a head-in-chief called Beeemit who was asking "who is maly?" as he wanted someone to proofread his cArn interview, in exchange he said we could use his readmore photos, a fair deal.

ImageReadmore.de is clearly the top dog in the German E-Sports news scene and its easy to see why, in particular their photography which is top notch. Beeemit (pictured left) is a happy chappy and seems someone who wants to push E-Sports news further and seems to be a jack of all trades.

It is not until you go to events you realise how wide the E-Sports scene really is for specific communities such as Readmore.De for German viewers and fragbite.se for Swedish ones. I need to work on my Counter-Strike knowledge of players, going to IFNG I did not even know who ins was and was unable to recognise f0rest here at the NGL!

The mTw guys are really cool and despite coming from all over the world seem pretty close, Rukie said it was thanks to the 3 day bootcamp with Protois, Rainbow and later Kikikawi. Rainbow is keen to make effort to make friends with the Europeans and is probably the most outgoing of the Koreans, Rukie said in interviews most of the time he will just answer "good" or "not good" since most of the time he does not understand the questions but he's obviously keen to meet new people wherever they are from.

Kiwikaki as I mentioned before despite looking like he should still be in school, is actually 18 and seems pretty known by the Koreans of MYM who just yell "KIIIWIKAKKKIIII" whenever they see him, that is the end of the conversation and they walk off but recognition is always nice.

Image Generally the conversations between Koreans and other players revolves around the words "you all-kill yes?", I think European players sometimes assume the Koreans are more stupid than they actually are, most have a wider vocabulary but are happy to play along just to not complicate matters.

Lucifer is the complete opposite, he's changed a lot from pictures I saw of him and has become a proper little "Westerner" smoking like a chimney wearing his Prada coat and is very confident in his spoken English and not afraid to speak about something more substantial than "you kill yes? good.".

Of the Warcraft3 teams there the Mouseports camp seems like the team with the least team unity, they seem to be a group of individuals rather than a team. They rarely socialise with other people and seem generally happy to play custom games although they are a relatively new team and would perhaps benefit from more opportunities for “team bonding”.

ImageI tried to collect some videos of atmosphere as Mr SK.Immo suggested, and had a little look into the Counter-Strike tournament. Team Alternate had a good crowd of fans (admins/writers) behind them whilst roccat had just their coach Bob Marley watching them over their shoulders. I’m unsure of how much of a role a coach plays in a team but I guess as long as the players benefit it is useful.

Aside from posting stuff I also walked around and chatted to various staff of the NGL, I met mr Kekko (left) who is also Head Admin of the ZOTAC Cup, I asked for a photo but he told me “admins don’t smile”, but he did not think twice before flaming NGL-Perdita (left) for his ability to eat 4 cheeseburgers by himself.

I also met vash another NGL-admin, vash looks like a “wigga from the hood” with his baggy trousers, white shoes and hooder. Although Soe claimed he is like a “teddybear you just want to hug” so he’s not very dangerous.

ImageIt was not until I went down to each lunch and was watching the big screen I realised how well tournaments created the appearance of a state of the art studio. Take for example the shoutcasters they are shown on the stream with a nice desk, computers, NGL-t-shirts, headset & a professional looking backdrop.

In reality they are sitting in a corridor, the viewers will never know that however and to be honest it really does not matter but just shows how you don’t need a state of the art studio to create a good “image” of your tournament.

In the evening the SK.wc3 + reis decided to go back to the hotel, I decided to stay at the event and watch the Counter-Strike and sort out some videos. My aim was to wait for the “free bus” which would follow the roccat vs fnatic match. However as anyone who followed the tournament knew the match went onto the last map with roccat coming from the lower bracket and thus lasted about 3 hours.

ImageIt was not that bad for me as I found some time to relax a little and enjoy myself as I played 2on2 with mtw. I played with Nightwolf versus Protois and their team manager Rukie. There is a good atmosphere in the mTw team and even though they came to the event knowing they’d probably lose they don’t flame or moan.

Finally the Counter-Strike match ended, I managed to get a few good videos of Counter-Strike and photo the teams as they were claiming their prizes. $20,000 for Counter-Strike 1st place but only $10,000 for Warcraft3, bit unfair isn’t it?

roccat took 2nd place which is a shame really after their huge effort in the final. As I was watching I saw Plandu tear fnatic apart and roccat went from 9-0 on dust 2 to 9-8 I think it was, really great play.

ImageBy the end of the night Toad was very moany at having to wait so long for the end of Counter-Strike and continued to announce he was going to get a McFlurry from MacDonalds, I nodded unsure as to what I was supposed to say.

“NO WAY? A MCFlurry? You CRAZY BOY!!!” Toad was a dedicated fan he sat from dusk until dawn watching his favourite players and team, I’ll make sure I interview him post-NGL!

When we got back we hung out with miou and reis in their hotel room before going off to bed, I was just about to nod off to sleep when Toad started the loudest snore I have ever heard.

It was horrific, I know I snore a little but this was unbelievable, debating whether to “punk” him or not, I finally decided not to as he was quite tired, instead I had a text wars with my girlfriend waiting for the beast to settle so I could sleep.

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