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ESWC 07 - Over for this time!

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jul 8, 2007 20:26


Hey,
Well now this years ESWC is over, the grand final between PGS and NoA started out really boring, NoA played very slow as T on train and PGS could win quite easily. At the second map (nuke) NoA totally failed as CT and only managed to get 5 rounds, and it looked like it was going to be another easy win for PGS, but the crowd helped NoA to stay in the game, who managed to win the second map after double overtime!
Sunde played EXTREMELY well and did some really crazy stuffs, which the crowd just loved. I'd say that about 80 percent of the live spectators were cheering for NoA and it probably boosted their morale a lot. In the end PGS just showed that they were the better team and Neo played crazy as usual, 2-1 to PGS and they continue to show that they are the best team in the world at the moment.
The female final was played yesterday too and fortunately (!) it wasn't as exciting since SK played extremely well and won the final after 2 straight maps.
We have some video footage of the World of Warcraft exhibition game between Nihilum and Millenium coming up, aswell as an interview with XeqtR and some footage from the female final!
Now we're off to the ESWC 2007 Party, cya later!



ESWC 07 - Day 3

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jul 7, 2007 18:03


Yo,
The third day at ESWC 07 has been quite interesting, lots of good teams has been knocked out today and there has been some very wierd results. NiP draw against Dignitas, ID Gaming beating mibr, TR.Victory draw against PGS.
The playoff bracket didn't turn out too fair though if you ask me, as all the teams I think would have a shot for the top3 ended up facing eachother in the quarter or semi-final instead.
69N vs fnatic could have been the final and I think the one that wins between PGS and fnatic in the semi-final tomorrow will win the entire tournament.
The highlight of the day for me so far was to watch PGS vs NiP, as I was sitting right behind LUq who was playing on one of the stages... He was just crazy! There is really nothing that can stop PGS when LUq or Neo has a good day, and today LUq definitley had one. As T on nuke he did some really crazy stuff, for example the 8th round when they planted in the upper bombsite and he went back in the lobby, up on T roof and sprayed a few shouts trough - which killed one of the NiP players (2vs2). As CT he continued and made 2 crazy headshots in the pistolround (1vs2). Just amazing to see CS live when they have such a nice setup for spectators here on ESWC. The crowd was wild after seeing LUq doing his crazy stuffs.
Was kind of cool to see the players writing the tactics also, as PGS had one round called "wNv" and the entire wNv CS team who were sitting right behind me noticed and got pretty excited! :)
The SK girls are doing amazing (as usual?!) ;) and will be playing the grand final against E-Honor from China soon on the main stage. Unfortunately alice lost her bag with all her gaming equipment in it, but hopefully she found something similar to it, so that they can win the final!
I'm off to watch it right now actually, let's pray for them to win!



ESWC 07 - Day 2 Details

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jul 6, 2007 17:11


Hello,
The second day of the ESWC 2007 Grand Finals has been, pretty mixed! It started out with the CS female teams finishing their first groupstage, which wasn't too exciting to be honest. SK managed to beat the Chinese team though which was extremely nice!
The second group stage was drawn aswell, SK got in the same group as BTB, LadieS and redCode. The other group was Seules, unFinished, E-Honor and ID Gaming. SK played their first match against LadieS from Brazil who ended 5-8 last year and 2nd in 2005 and 2004. After 30 rounds was played, SK had won all of them! 15-0, 15-0 and an amazing victory by SK. POV demos can be found in the files section!
fisker and I also watched the WoW exhibition match between Nihilum and Millenium, which was really cool to watch, but wasn't too exciting as Millenium totally destroyed them 5-0. An interview with Kungen from Nihilim and more details on the match can be found under Scene News.
Just got to know that Insomnia beat SoJu in WC3, which is truly AMAZING! ownitsch just uploaded some very exclusive replays from the match which you can find under the files section.
Now I'm off to go check out the amazing matches in the male CS tournament, ID just beat wNv which is a huge upset. It will also be very interesting to follow the mibr/MYM/H2k/GG/XcN group. NiP just played draw against Turmoil from USA, big upset aswell. Can't wait to watch eSTRO vs NiP which begins at 18:00 CET.
We had a chat last night with fisker, HeatoN and XeqtR and they all agreed on solo from eSTRO being the craziest CS player they'd ever seen. He apparently owned everyone at WEG a few seasons ago, and according to them he got 25+ frags every half, against every team every pracc/pcw/scrim at the event. So it will be very interesting to see how they do!
Over and out, I'll be back around 20 CET probably with some more details about what's going on over here.
Regards,
gosey



ESWC 07 - End of Day 1

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jul 5, 2007 20:55


Hi everyone,
Just got informed that the press area closes at 21:00 so I don''t have much time to write, but anyhow.
The first day at ESWC are now over, which means that half of all male and female matches has been played.
Met up with the SK girls for the first time and they all seemed really nice! They did great aswell and managed to crush every team that they played so far.
Also met up with the oldschool cs player XeqtR who are here to do some shoutcasting for the German TV channel GIGA.
Now some guy came and reminded me that they are closing now but I'll be back with some more juicy details tomorrow! Cya.



ESWC 07 - What is it like?

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jul 5, 2007 16:16


Hello boys & girls,
All I can say so far, after spending the morning at the ESWC area, is that this is amazing. Once again they have managed to pull off a superb event, for both the spectators and players.
The CS tournament is played on CRT screens, which is something that REALLY helps the players to perform better, and the players just love it. No press are allowed on the player area either, which is a very good thing for the players, as they can focus 100% on their matches. Though the spectators can still view the matches really well as they can stay around the tournament area, around 2-3 meters from some of the teams screens.
There are also tv monitors spread out around the tournament area which shows live results from all the current matches, plus some of the matches that just finished.
The main stage is just... AMAZING. Seats for 5,000 (!) people, screens from all 10 and a bigscreen behind them. Can't wait untill the final matches will be played there, it will truly be a joy to watch them there.
Last night we gave it a last shot to get into the CS tournament, as me and fisker are both here, we had a long chat with the admins who were really kind but unfortunately they couldn't let us in as the last spots were filled by other countries in the waiting list (g3x was replaced by ID Gaming from Germany) and if another team would drop it would be a French team to replace them. So next year hopefully!
The CS tournament has contained quite a few upsets already, Begrip from Sweden lost against Begrip from Russia, A-gaming from Ukraine and k23 from Khazakstan.
Mousesports are also out of the tournament after the first day after beating Dignias but then lost to TR.Victory from China. Dignitas beat TR.Victory which ment that the group was decided on rounds - and mouz did win the least number of rounds in total.
That's all for now, the female tournament starts any minute so I'm going to head out and grab some nice pictures for you guys!



NiP to ESWC - Blague De Ouf

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jun 29, 2007 03:56


Today ESWC announced that the Korean team Lunatic-Hai and American team mugNmouse was unable to attend the event. They also announced their replacements - NiP from Sweden and H2k from Denmark.
Now, H2k deserves their spot as they have been doing well in many European leagues and tournaments lately, and everyone knows that they had some bad luck at the qualifier. That's actually what I like about ESWC, or usually do. They always seem to know a lot about the scene and made a very wise descision to invite both MYM and 69N-28E to this years tournament, as they were both lacking national qualifiers.
NiP on the other hand, is a good team, no doubt about that. But do they deserve their spot to ESWC? No. Noway.
The Swedish qualifier was one of the highlights this year, with teams like SK, fnatic, NiP and Begrip going for the 2 spots that Sweden had. The 8 teams got seeded and were put in 2 groups, 2 groups with 4 teams in each group. The #1,3,5,7 seed in Group A and #2,4,6,8 in Group B. The seedings were debatable and eventually fnatic, SK and Begrip ended up in the same group, from which only 2 of the teams would proceed.
The group also turned out to be as hard as it was on the paper, as SK beat Begrip, Begrip beat fnatic and fnatic beat SK. So the group was decided on round difference, which ment that fnatic and Begrip proceeded to the semi-finals. Worth noting is that Begrip won 1 round more in total than SK.
NiP didn't have much problems winning their group, and together with EvilZone proceeded to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals Begrip beat NiP and fnatic beat EvilZone. Which means that fnatic and Begrip would represent Sweden at ESWC 2007.
Now, which is the 3rd best team? According to ESWC it was NiP, because they won their group. Oh wait, their group was SLIGHTLY easier than the other? Oh well. SK beat Begrip. NiP lost to Begrip.
1 week later - ESWC US Qualifier (WSVG Louisville), WB Semi-Final, SK vs NiP 16-8. Consolation Final, SK vs NiP 16-8 again. 2 official ESWC tournaments where the results truly speaks in favour for SK.
I was having a chat with the head organizer for the Swedish ESWC Qualifier last night, and their reply was that NiP went trough the groupstage, and thereby got the spot to ESWC. Is that fair? I mean, having 2 groups and taking the 2 best teams from each group. Then suddenly you need a third best team? What if all the 3 best teams are in the same group? This was the case in Group A.
Let's have a look at SK's "road to ESWC":
Win vs Begrip
Win vs esc.Novamania
Loss vs fnatic
(Win vs NiP)
(Win vs NiP)
... and NiP:
Win vs hippopotamus
Win vs Cold As Ice
Win vs Evilzone
Loss vs Begrip
(Loss vs SK)
(Loss vs SK)
The () means the results of the US Qualifier.
As I stated earlier, I've always liked ESWC because they know what they have to do to host a great tournament. They know what teams to invite to get the perfect tournament.
The Swedish qualifier was formed to find the 2 best teams, not 3.
While I'm still writing, I might aswell compare some of SK and NiP's performances during the year.
SK:
1st SEC Qualifier (Beating both fnatic & NiP)
1st SEC (Beating Pentagram, NoA & MYM)
4th Extreme Masters (Beating MYM, H2k, Losing to fnatic)
4th NGL ONE Season 2 (Losing to NoA & fnatic)
2nd WSVG Louisville (Beating NiP twice, losing to 69N-28E)
NiP:
3rd of 3 teams SEC Qualifier (Losing to SK & fnatic)
1st Spixelania (Beating Begrip)
Well, as you can see, there is nothing logic nor fair in inviting NiP to ESWC instead of SK.
Everyone knows that ESWC is the highlight of the year, there won't be another tournament with so many world class teams attending. Everyone also knows that SK can't afford missing ESWC and ESWC can't afford missing SK.
By the way, blague de ouf means joke of the year in French...



WSVG Day2: Whats happening?

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jun 22, 2007 22:11


As I have direct contact with the SK players, I'll let you guys know what they know about the WSVG event.
The matches and results can be found in our http://www.sk-gaming.com/coverage/1532/
- Last Update @ 01:44 CET
SK|fisker:
- "The score will be 5-3 to them, we will both join with 800, then they will kill us 3 rounds in a row, then it's live."
- Update @ 01:34 CET
SK|fisker:
- "Ehm ok, an admin just rs'ed."
(Score was 3-5 to x6)
- Update @ 00:40 CET
SK|fisker:
- "Seems like everyone is moving now and connecting their stuff."
- Update @ 00:10 CET
The matches are supposed to start asap, though they have some problems with the seatings. Apparently Check-Six were sitting on the row behind SK, which made it possible for them to see SK's screens. According to the admins almost all the teams will be re-seated so be prepared for some even more delays.
- Update @ 23:35 CET
All matches in the WB Round 1 has now been played, and it's time for the WB Quarter-Finals which will be played on de_train. There is still no words from the admins when the matches will be played, but we will make sure to keep you guys posted.
- Update @ 22:53 CET
The servers are up now again, so the SK/team34 match and Convention/Turmoil matches should start again any minute.
- Update @ 22:32 CET
Last word from fisker:
"Don't know whats happening, the servers are still not up yet. Not even sure if they are trying to either..."
- Update @ 22:00 CET
The SK/a5 match will restart with the score 7-2 to SK and startmoney 5000. Don't have any details about the Convention/Turmoil match but probably the same thing will happen there.
- Update @ 21:55 CET
Apparently they have some network issues at the tournament area, that's why the SK/a5 and Convention/Turmoil matches are currently paused. In the SK match robban and allen lagged out, so game was paused, then when it was paused striker and one of the a5 players lagged out aswell.



WSVG Day1: Interview with fisker

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jun 21, 2007 16:45


I caught up with fisker just after he woke up, about 2 hours before their first groupstage match at WSVG Louisville.
What do you think about the sudden descision to go to WSVG?
It came as a nice surprise, we were really dissapointed after the ESWC-Qualifier so hopefully we'll manage to do good over seas!
What do you think about your chances at the event?
I think we have really good chances to place top3 here, some good european aswell as american teams here but nothing that we cant handle.
What is your key to win the event?
Everyone got really glad when we heard the news about going to Louisville, now we're here, we live really nice as usual in the US. We just have to turn all the goodstuff into full counter-strike focus! I just need a pool ;)
Which team do you think will be hardest to beat?
I would say, 69N or NiP.
What do you know about the American teams?
Nohing actually, just know that we have to win all games anyway.
What is your first impression of Louisville?
Perfect weather, friendly people, havent seen so much though. We went straight from the airport to the hotel and then to bed.
Any last comments or shoutouts?
I would like to say to the noobs at Inferno-Online that we are gonna win this now!! And to our fans, we really need your support right now!



Bye Dreamhack, Hi WSVG

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jun 21, 2007 14:14


Just thought I'd let you guys know about what happened in the SK CS team the last 2-3 days.
First of all, the ESWC Qualifier, which didn't really turn out the way we wanted. First match we didn't play our best game but still we managed to beat Begrip, who by the way are on a superb streak at the moment. Second match we knew we had to win big since Begrip beat fnatic, so we won 29-1 against quattrolan.
Then.. we played against fnatic, and we lost. Pretty big. We felt really good going into the match, since we had the chance to make sure that fnatic wouldn't go to ESWC this year. Also de_train which is (was?) our best map, especially the CT side where you probably can count the number of rounds lost on the bootcamp on both of your hands.
Anyway, we started out good aswell, won the pistolround flawless. Then, well, something happened. We lost an eco, lost a few more... and a few more. After a while we realized that we had lost the match and we knew that we just had to win as many rounds as possible to proceed from the group. Though we didn't know how many since Begrip were playing the other team at the same time. So everyone in the team just got really confused, and we tried to win as many rounds as we could but it just wasn't possible. fnatic played really fast and we were always low on cash, meaning that we didn't afford any/enough grenades, which are vital as CT on train.
So we lost, bigtime. None really can explain what happened, we just lost. After the match we knew that it would be hard for us to proceed, and after counting the rounds, we saw that we ended on +12 while Begrip had +14, meaning that 1 round won would have been enough for us to make it a draw, and 2 to proceed to the playoffs.
Probably the worst CS day in our entire lives so far :\
When we sat on the train on our way home from Jönköping to Stockholm, I recieved an SMS from bds:
- "We're going to WSVG, let the guys know."
Everyone got really excited, after having such a bad weekend we finally have a big chance to proove ourselves again. With NiP, 69N-28E and mouz there, we will get some great matches for sure, and hopefully manage to bring home our second tournament of the year.
So they guys went home, re-packed their stuffs and met up at Inferno Online where they spent the entire night as their flight to USA left at 07:10.
I really really hope that the guys can bring this one home, so let's wait and see!
Regards,
gosey



Day2 Morning at Dreamhack S07

By Sebastian 'gosey' Selin
Jun 17, 2007 10:57


Hi again,
Didn't write too long ago, but we have got to known a lot of new stuff so it's time to update.
RobbaN, SpawN, fisker and me met up in the breakfast area of the hotel and had a great breakfast. allen and striker wanted to have a few more hours of sleep so they decided to stay and get their beauty sleep.
We also got to know the groups, earlier than expected, and they were kind of strange to be honest!
Since ESWC has some automatic system that puts all odd seeded teams in 1 group and all even seeded teams in 1, the groups ain't really 100% fair, since #1 and #3 gets in the same group.
Anyway, I think that's only good for us since we get to start the tournament with some really hard matches, against both Begrip and fnatic. Hopefully we will win our group and then get we don't have to face any of the best 4 teams (not top 4 seeded) in the single elimination match, the match where the winner will go to ESWC and later on play the final if they will get a paid trip or not.
The team feels really good about it aswell, we have good tactics on all maps so we are very prepared!
Hopefully you can tune in to HLTV and see us win today ;)
Will do my best to keep this blog updated during the day!
Cheers,
gosey

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