Arie — After a very long day, the first ESA cup has come to an end. The first proper online TF2 tournament in a long time had some technical difficulties; the tournament system determined that it was finished after 2 rounds of play and promptly terminated itself. This messed up the brackets for a couple of hours, making life miserable for the casting orgs, the teams and most of all the ESA admins. Thanks to some heroic efforts of them it all worked out in the end.


Despite those initial problems, we saw some great matches. A couple of rolls (anything involving Epsilon), an upset (Furbo Pandas vs 4/25)  and an amazing semi-final. All the VODs will be posted on our Youtube playlist ASAP, here’s our VODs so far:

VanillaTV – ESA Open Cup #1 – Quarter Finals – Zaibatsu vs RLM – Snakewater

VanillaTV – ESA Open Cup #1 – Semi Finals – Zaibatsu vs Broder – Process [Map 1]

VanillaTV – ESA Open Cup #1 – Semi Finals – Zaibatsu vs Broder – Gullywash [Map 2]

VanillaTV – ESA Open Cup #1 – Semi Finals – Zaibatsu vs Broder – Granary [Map 3]

VanillaTV – ESA Open Cup #1 – Grand Finals – Epsilon vs Broder – Badlands [Map 1]

VanillaTV – ESA Open Cup #1 – Grand Finals – Epsilon vs Broder – Process [Map 2]

TeamFortress.tv was also casting, their vods here.

 

Riding the high of a tournament win,  Epsilon Esports has decided to pick up the medic they were playing with,  Raymon. This former div2 medic is joining as a backup medic initially, but if Epsilon Esports sticks together after i49, there’s a very high probability he’ll be their main medic. It’s great to see a player outside of the usual premiership ranks being picked up to join the number one team in Europe and we wish him all the best!

In other Epsilon news, they’ve taken some cues from Crack Clan and Broder, and have started a dedicated streaming channel. Chadtopia will be their streamer and should cast all their matches. Chadtopia would appreciate some feedback on his casting, so when you see that channel live, make sure to tell him how much you appreciate the time, effort and continued support of Epsilon eSports.