Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles .... 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.