Group B hosts four teams from different parts of Europe – Lithuania and Poland from the east, France from the west and Turkey from Asia. What will present itself as the best geographic region to live in if you want to play tf2? That is unfair to ask, some may say, as eastern Europe has two representing teams, but how many players of the calibre of Tek, Flippy or Plapla can you find in their rosters? It is only fair to give the advantage of boasting two teams to the easterners.
Lithuanian leaders Erebus and Aibo999 must be sad to see their team lack the glimmer of top players like Extremer or evokje, who apparently has declined to join the national team, perhaps focusing their training on the upcoming 6v6 Nations Cup. Instead the two captains have found themselves a gathering of players like NightPunisher, from the more active bottom highlander teams, and a chunk of top highlander team Chior Tai. Perhaps we will see a new Beast from the East arise in their coming games. At least one can hope that some new talent will shine when they face their rivals in Poland, perhaps the closest to a grudge match we have in the group.
It’s hard to say anything at all about the roster of Turkey. The most known player is probably ForzaEagle, one of loco‘s protegés in his latest team – The Devil’s Rejects. According to Poop he is boss, if that says anything at all… Rolling out the fields of Badwater, Waste, Lakeside, Gravelpit, Converge and whatever else maps the tournament might throw at them, will be the likes of volper, leader of Trolling Bunnies Silver, a fiercesome div3 team, and exzntrc, 3-year veteran of ETF2L. I predict Turkey to fail in the tournament and end last in their group, perhaps shut out á la grandiose with no points taken in any of their games, even though they have some good highlander players on their roster.
France is undeniably the favorites to win Group B, already having secured their first win against Turkey and filling their ranks with accomplished and up-and-coming players from the “home of TF2″ ( – Greg). Flippy on sniper is able to singlehandedly win games for his team, as he has shown in the premier division of 6v6, when PunchLine surprisingly gave the top 3 teams a run for their money last season. Standing beside him as a leader of the team is Tek, one of his teammates from PunchLine. If this team can find the same level of coordination and teamwork that french teams have started showing in the last months, then we could have one of the runner-ups of the tournament in France. Watch out for Flippy’s boys in the playoffs!
Poland isn’t really known as the cradle of premier TF2 players, but the country actually is home to more ETF2L-users than England, and almost as many as Finland, the mother of top TF2. The potential of all those players have yet to be realized, I think, and maybe we’ll see some more players rise the same way that Traxx has done this spring. Unfortunately for the team captain – Mikki - the roster lacks the top layer of talent present in the country, Traxx, Kubex and Fassadin are all missing. I still have faith though, and believe that he will be able to make some unknown talent find their way out of the caves of polis mixes, and into the spotlight.