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  • .... we're fundraising to send a North American team

  • to battle it out, in person

  • with the Europeans

  • at the i46 LAN in Telford, England.

  • This is TF2

  • Insomnia 46 is open!

  • Alright, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the i46 LAN

  • we're going to do a quick tour of what's going on here

  • show you a little bit

  • about the scope and the grandeur of this event.

  • There's a huge event hall at Telford, England.

  • This is just one half

  • of the computer players that we have

  • there's three halls that are about this size

  • this one has all the TF2 players in it

  • except for a few teams that are with organisations

  • the scope of this LAN is huge

  • there's so many players here, about 2500 players.

  • We also have third hall

  • that is filled with exhibitors, sponsors, companies

  • that are giving away products, showing of their products,

  • showing off their technology and showing off their games.

  • This LAN is probably

  • it is the biggest LAN that we've had for TF2

  • with the American teams coming over to the competition

  • we've got more top teams than we've had at the previous event.

  • We never had so many teams here that are like top level teams.

  • For the European scene we've had maybe

  • there's been, let's say 4 or 5 teams that could win the tournament

  • and other teams who can cause an upset

  • maybe eliminate 1 or 2 of these teams if they're lucky

  • In this one, it's incredibly hard to call

  • a lot of the teams have stepped up their game and ...

  • yeah this is the biggest, by far.

  • Yeah biggest by far and I mean it's

  • great respect to the community themselves

  • that have funded, partly funded

  • the American teams coming over

  • and I mean it's great to have them here

  • it's been about 4 years in the making and finally we have them here

  • finally, whoever will answer the, who is better, North America or Europe

  • but yeah, biggest by far

  • and it will hopefully be a great weekend.

  • We're going to take a look at the team that is possibly Americas best hope for the tournament

  • They along with the other American team

  • are getting ready to play in the tournament here at i46.

  • Some of them just flew in this morning

  • using plane tickets bought through a community fundraiser.

  • Everyone wants to see these two American teams play in person

  • against the Europeans for the first time

  • where lag and ping won't be a deciding factor.

  • My money is on...

  • I've got to stick with...

  • Epsilon.

  • You can't say Epsilon!

  • I'm going to have to stick with Epsilon.

  • They are the most consistent team in Europe

  • so what I mean by that is that they may lose games

  • but they also always win others, if you understand

  • everyone has their own loss as well they have downtime,

  • they haven't practiced,

  • going out to have parties, whatever

  • that always happens to everyone especially in this nice summer weather of England.

  • It's raining a lot but...

  • I mean, they always seem to put it back together and

  • today they haven't been beaten so far

  • and it's hard to go against that sort of performance.

  • They have the skill in the individuals as well to just go through the tournament

  • it will be interesting to see what the sort of American taste of things

  • American flavour of things will do to the tournament

  • my money firmly sits with them, at the moment.

  • Who's going to win the tournament?

  • Epsilon, is my pick as well unfortunately

  • no I've said that Epsilon are going to be the pick but...

  • the other positions, I honestly think that Classic Mixup...

  • if anyone is going to stop Epsilon at this tournament

  • Classic Mixup are going to be the team who could possibly take it from them

  • however, LG gaming as well

  • I honestly think that this could be an Epsilon

  • winning the grand final with

  • Classic Mixup second, LG third

  • but maybe an Infused - TCM battle for kind of the 5th place

  • you're right with what you said, Epsilon they...

  • their gameplay is just so beautiful to watch

  • in a kind of romantic way

  • when one player falls back because he needs help

  • players push forward with him to try and support him

  • half of the strategies I don't know who comes up with them...

  • So that means

  • if you're going for LG and Mixup for 2nd and 3rd

  • that means that you think they're going to face each other

  • in the consolation final.

  • Consolation final?

  • The winner of that would go to face Epsilon.

  • So you're saying that there will be an all American match at some point

  • which could be interesting.

  • My name is pyyyour, Bradford Ross

  • and I am a Medic for Classic Mixup.

  • I've probably played the longest out of the crew

  • and everyone else is about as long as me

  • maybe TLR started a couple seasons later than myself.

  • In terms of the crew

  • there is Enigma, Platinum

  • Ruwin and myself we're just

  • superduper friends

  • Ruwin is like my best e-friend

  • we get along, we're both pretty corky.

  • We're having a lot of fun because

  • like I was saying we trust each other

  • we're skilled, so we can count on each other

  • and we're all LAN proven which has

  • worked out a lot better this LAN than my previous LAN in Dallas, TX.

  • My name is Sven, Ruwin

  • I play Team Fortress 2

  • I enjoy it

  • and I'm glad to be here in Europe, it's awesome

  • I've known pyyyour, Brad for a long time

  • he is one of the masterminds of the game

  • he really truly understands it, understands the dynamic behind it

  • there's not a whole lot of people that do

  • I try

  • but I guess my brain is not big enough

  • I don't think I've ever seen Brad rage before

  • I mean he gets a little upset

  • but anyone who is really into gaming, really into competition

  • will get upset

  • whether it's a videogame or a sport

  • or just anything that they're passionate about

  • no I've never seen him go over the top or yell or anything ever

  • he'll usually just step back

  • take a breath

  • pretty level-headed.

  • as a team we'll hang out in mumble pretty much whenever we're online

  • so we have that going on for us

  • we like each other, which really helps

  • that's been going for LG for a long time

  • they've all been friends they've all enjoyed each other's company

  • in terms of my friends online

  • there are those that I can be on a team with

  • and not rip my eyeballs out

  • the people that I like talking to because I have something to learn from them

  • or the people that are just really funny

  • to just talk to them they make you laugh

  • in real life if you have a poopy day

  • you talk to like my friend Lange

  • Lange will like bring you back up in a heartbeat

  • which is really cool about online

  • we get along on the team and he knows me well

  • so whenever I'm getting a little anxious

  • anything with the team he brings me back in

  • and then the same thing with Ruwin if someone's upset at Ruwin

  • I make sure that the situation is ok.

  • we definitely try to hang out as much as possible

  • play other games together

  • play, offlclassing

  • teambuilding is great

  • I guess is what I'm getting at

  • if you're going to be playing a game and it's team based

  • make sure that you know your teammates in and out

  • and know how to make them play at their best

  • The i46 Team Fortress 2 tournament

  • has teams of six players competing against each other on maps

  • in which the goal is to capture control points.

  • Most of these maps feature five control points

  • that must be captured in sequence.

  • Teams begin on opposite ends of the map

  • and start each round by trying to capture the middle point.

  • Six player teams most often use

  • two Scouts

  • two Soldiers

  • one Medic

  • and one Demoman during this opening rollout.

  • Points are captured by standing on them.

  • More players result in a faster capture

  • and captures can be blocked by the opposing team.

  • Once a team has captured the middle point

  • the next point becomes available for capture.

  • The team that lost the middle point can reclaim it

  • but must simultaniously defend their second-to-last control point

  • which captures faster.

  • Losing that point opens up a teams last point for capture.

  • When a team has captured all control points

  • the round is over

  • and one point is rewarded to the winning team.

  • The team to score the most points within 30 minutes wins the map.

  • Starting with the Best-Of-16

  • maps were played in a Best-Of-3 format.

  • I am Seb Barton

  • I live in Plymouth in England and I am 19 years old.

  • Why do you play Demoman?

  • Because when I first tried to pick it up I heard it was the hardest class

  • I wanted a challenge, so I've picked it up and tried it

  • and I've enjoyed it since.

  • I think the Americans have wow'd everybody to be honest.

  • they've put in so much more effort

  • they're far more professional than the Europeans

  • everyone over here

  • they're more focussed on the partying and the drinking really

  • and then the Americans have come over they have been practicing

  • they've been talking tactics with each other

  • they've been even asking us for pcw's, scrims

  • we weren't expecting that

  • and it shows, the results.

  • They're very aggressive

  • really aggressive, there's no stopping them.

  • Sometimes the Europeans will like to stop

  • build uber, talk about what we think we should do

  • what had happened last time

  • and we like to talk things out mid-game

  • Americans, they're straight in there

  • there's no stopping them, there's no time to think about anything

  • you have to react to be able to deal with it

  • they've done a lot better this LAN.

  • if one person is pushing in, no matter what game you're really playing

  • if a person is pushing in and you are in a team

  • and they expect something from you

  • they expect you to

  • fire in their direction, they expect you to help them

  • you have to help them

  • it's on the teams that they don't help each other

  • that you can't pull off being aggressive

  • and putting it all on the line

  • with us, when someone's going in

  • they know that they're going to get support from the rest of the team

  • and the people giving the support know that

  • that person going in knows that

  • it's just a give and take that tends to work out because we trust each other.

  • I'd say so far the soldiers have surprised me the most

  • here in Europe, I kind of expected them to be a little bit worse

  • but their aim is pretty spot on

  • and their positioning is pretty good as well their scouts have been doing ok

  • I haven't played Epsilon yet

  • so I can't really say much to that

  • in terms of Scouts but, how much experience I have against LG

  • Clockwork and Cyzer

  • there's really no Scout pair like that

  • with the support of b4nny on any other type of team, any other dynamic like that.

  • Europe's Team Infused plays Classic Mixup in the upper-bracket semi finals.

  • The first map is a disaster

  • with Darn smashing his keyboard

  • crashing his PC and his teams momentum in the process.

  • The second map is closer

  • but Classic Mixup take it and move on.

  • I was quite drunk.

  • and that's a lie, I had a really, really, really easy shot

  • on Brad, pyyyour.