A new dreamhack is upon us, and they are hosting yet another aweXXXome quakeworld tournament! I decided to go this time (I didn't go a number times in the past) too. I usually don't start the bla-la-la until the first day of a LAN, but it is friday and I want to write some stuff about it
The 16 slots for the tournament are full, and here are my predictions for the victorious and the defeated. (But don't cancel the tourney just yet, I have known to be wrong in the past
so let them play it out)
(note: I forgot that mekkanix is really div0-player nabbe, so that totally makes all these predictions wrong before the LAN even started. Nabbe you fuckface!)
The top 3 are pretty solid in my view. ParadokS has the most duel experience and less fear of any of the competitors. In the past he was known as the one map DM6 wonder, but now he is solid on the other maps as well. LocKtar of course is the DM2 wonder, and locust is the DM4 wonder, but these players are now all excellent on all the maps. However, ParadokS already has beaten LocKtar in the finals of the inaugural dreamhack qw duel tournament some years ago, and locust has been doing very well at LANs as well, so I think LocKtar will crack under pressure but will have no problem making 3rd spot... Prove me wrong!
The next trinity is also solid in my mind. Medar has been extremely active. At first I thought he would be more in the 7-8th place territory, but I think he can pull an upset and defeat someone of XantoM/bps caliber. If you wanted to make a 4on4 dream-team, XantoM would be in the starting line-up, but I have not seen him in a duel tournament so this will be interesting... Bps was a rising star like Medar is now, but bps has relaxed a little bit recently. Prove me wrong!
7-8. Åke Vader
Yes, there is only 2 spots for 7-8, but it will be two of these 3 guys... Lakso is a solid 4on4 player, and he can duel also. He actually handed LocKtar a loss on DM6 recently! Ake Vader is probably out of shape, but the last time I saw him on LAN he was fearless! LuGia is a promode superstar and he is the only brave warrior contesting both QW and Q3 tournaments at the LAN, it will be cool to meet him, and if he trains QW before the LAN he can make 7-8. Want to make a better spot LuGia? Prove me wrong!
9-16. fil (Phil)
And here is the rest of the rabble. Don't be deceived, all of these are respected QW players (except myself) but they field is deep here and the top 8 will most likely be too much to handle for the bottom 8. Of course, to win the tournament you have to beat the best, so maybe we will see an upset from someone in this group? Prove me wrong!
In the end, the QW lan will be June 13th-14th, but the DreamHack Lan is from 13th to 16th I believe, and it is the biggest LAN in the world and there is so much to do there than just play QW.
I may release a hot duel map for QW at the LAN. I may also hold an armwrestling contest between the QW scene and the Q3 scene. I may even get some interviews (and will try to stay sapient this time) and definitely there will be pics (or it didn't happen.)