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1 Month to go – #i52tf2

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July 22nd Announcement
Tagged: i52


Hildreth – In 4 weeks and 3 days time, on Friday the 22nd August in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England the eyes of the TF2 world will be focused on the Insomnia 52 LAN event, the UK’s biggest gaming festival and by extension, TF2′s most coveted prize. The days of top European sides in attendance with multitudes of community teams from UK and mainland Europe are still here, but thanks to some hard work and generous donations for the third summer running, we will have not one, not two but THREE teams from different continents attending this event. North American pride is hurt after Epsilon’s victory last year at i49, so ESEA LAN winners Froyotech and i46 champions Classic Mixup have been sponsored by a HUGE community fundraiser raising over $14,000 to fly in these superstars to compete with the likes of Epsilon and Awsomniac (EU’s top 2 sides). And to add punch into the fruit bowl, it wouldn’t be a true “World Championship” without the attendance of the Australians, Team Immunity who surprised many including myself, finishing 4th in a tournament where they had beaten the 3rd and 2nd placed sides.

All in all this promises to be a truly memorable event and to celebrate the fact we have 1 month leading up, I will be a running a rather long winded, social media campaign, using the hashtag #i52tf2 to raise hype by releasing a series of articles leading up to the event. Not all will be directly related to i52, but they will all be TF2 related and hopefully an interesting read.

 

So for now sit back and countdown, we have only got 31 days to go!

 

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Thanks Volvo

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June 24th News


Arie — Thanks!

Reverted the recent stickybomb damage ramp up change. We will continue to evaluate the use of stickybomb air detonations and potential changes to that mechanic.

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TF2 by the Numbers – A Scottish Tragedy

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June 21st News



“By the pricking of my thumb,

Something wicked this way comes” – William Shakespeare, MacBeth

Gentleman Jon — In what will be the last article of this kind because TF2 is now dead I’m taking a quick look at the immediate impact of the new sticky damage ramp up effect on the EU TF2 rules set. It’s only been a few days but there are some trends appearing on the pickup site logs. The data runs from the 18th to today (20th) from the tf2pickup site logs. This makes a good representation of the great unwashed proletariat TF2 competitive scene that applies to the most players, as opposed to the Olympian heights of the Premiership mix.

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The prospect of Highlander Season 7

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June 11th News


SuddenlyStarMia — In what was originally meant to be an article promoting the Highlander Season 6 Awards Show on Sunday, it became evident, unfortunately, when I broke 3000 words that it was unsuitable as a general news post and was destined to be its own singular entity. Fortunately however, it has allowed me more time to write an article which managed to outdo the infamously long post-i49 article I wrote. Before Highlander-lovers inadvertently engage in an abundant serving copious enough to appease their appetites until the HL Nations Cup, for reference purposes, I wrote a marginally controversial article three months ago (which I would shamelessly implore you to read alongside an article that I was prohibited to publish on ETF2L regarding the start of the season, merely for the purposes of recap), regarding affairs in certain Premiership teams. In it was a graph visualising predictions for Season 6. I caught up with each of the team leaders about how their teams are faring post-season and their plans (if any) for Season 7.

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TF2 by the Numbers – ETF2L Highlander Season 6 Review

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June 8th News


Gentleman Jon —Just when the world needed a hero, newly crowned benevolent dictator Hildreth stepped forward to save us from a Highlander world dominated by tyrannical overlord in waiting (and compiler of maimed log files) Bulow. Before we begin this season’s statistical Highlander review let’s pause for a moment to reflect and collectively thank Hildreth for holding back the tide.

In this review I promise to do a better job of examining the Heavy class contribution, revealing which of the myriad new spies came closest to knocking Inso off his perch, and once again shit-talk all Pyros in comparison to Steve by default (apologies to other Pyros in advance).

After the Highlander auto-log detection debacle I can assure concerned readers each log included has been hand-picked with the utmost care. I’ve messed about with the rating player ordering I use as well, but this isn’t really the place to explain it.

So let’s dive into the infinite depths of the statistical vortex and discover why all your votes were wrong.

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ModMic 4.0 review

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June 7th News
Tagged: modmic review


Arie — Over 2 years ago, atmo wrote about a cool new product by AntLion Audio, called the ModMic. He concluded:

The ModMic is a very clever product. It is relatively inexpensive, and incorporates multiple ingenious design features to ingratiate itself with gamers and VOIPers alike. Of course, these features would matter little were it not for a solid auditory performance, but thankfully this time we have a mic that is up to the challenge.

In this review we’ll talk about what AntLion has been up to since and compare their newest product, the ModMic 4.0, to their previous model and my personal favourite gaming headset, the Beyerdynamic MMX300.

MMX300 - ModMic 4.0 - ModMic 3.0

MMX300 – ModMic 4.0 – ModMic 3.0

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The changing face of European Highlander

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June 7th News


SuddenlyStarMia — With the Highlander Awards Show coming up on Sunday at 20 CEST on Blackout TV, what better time to throw in a last article or two before we wait until late October for the next season? We will start by reminiscing issues that plagued the start of Highlander Season 6 with the wisdom we have gained now, and an then article about the prospectives of the 8 Prem teams for next season in an article awaits tomorrow.

What was originally intended to be a GentlemenJon-esque article (started three months ago and never fully completed due to a taxing PCW schedule) analysing predictions and scrim results regarding the upcoming Highlander Season 6 transformed into an article analysing the change in Highlander and exploring why many players had stated at the start of season that the skill level of this Highlander season was comparatively lower than that of the last.

The ever-intelligent reply of “lel highlander” had been applied to this debacle, but those seeking a more complete response ought to read on.

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