Before i46 there was a strange sense of malaise in European TF2. As usual a string of legendary players were threatening to quit the game forever, and complacency over the inevitable crushing of the American interlopers was rife. It ended with partial mix Euro teams more focused on getting pissed being wiped out by the highly motivated yanks and sowed the seeds of the reverse for i49.
Last time the North Americans were complacent sending only one team and were swept aside by the twin giants of European TF2, the ultra-professional Epsilon uber team and the band of brothers Broder. It was time for the NA team to make the excuses, it was the Quick Fix, Cyzer sucks, etc…
So what state is EU TF2 in this year? Epsilon, stripped of core members, have come out on top again but in far from convincing fashion that leaves more questions than answers. How big is the fl1p-shaped hole in the AwS squad? Did Epsilon really improve or were AwS just weakened? Is there even a decent EU team this year? Was Darn! any good?
Baseless hyperbole along these lines doubtless follows.