Last Sunday, 21.05.2023, we proudfully hosted our first AC tournament for eCTF, organized by Partizan and karuzo. Used was the p1xbraten AC by p1x.
To make things a little bit more juicy, we also decided to have a poll on Sauerworld about which two uncommon maps were to be added to the map pool. Winning maps were catch22 and twinforts. Loser bracket finals map was fixed as the winning map of the poll, in this case catch22. For the Grand Finals we decided to kick out the two most played maps forge and haste.
The map pool was the following:
Regular - forge, reissen, luna, enigma, haste, catch22, twinforts LB finals - catch22 Grand Finals - reissen, luna, enigma, catch, twin
In total six teams showed up:
xtra: extra-a, zed, Starman DK: hamon, Wülorc, tune sp4nk: Master/Frosty, starch, sketch sQ: Spaghetti/Inko, Manu, Brecht.vB RB1: Partizan, Esca, r4 RB2: degrave, FRY, morry
We were very glad to see our dear clan leader degrave in action again and see him win some matches together with his entirely russian team.
Overall the games were quite tense and balanced, with only RB1 by far outstanding and easily reaching the Grand Finals. There, they also claimed the title without further struggles. Although sp4nk was supposed to give the RBs a tough fight for the title, the opposite was the case. RBs enjoyed way too much free space and too little pressure, while sp4nks appeared to be lost and without proper tactics. Despite sp4nks being mostly inactive for around 2 months their aim was still on point, but it wasn't enough. A good laugh was given to us by notas when he compared during his stream the battle between RB1 and sp4nk as a battle between Mike Tyson and a baby. I am not quite sure how sp4nk would have turned in a span of only 2 months from our most dangerous rival to a baby. Hmmmm...
Big surprise was the performance of the DKs. In my personal opinion, the best they ever had. They gave all their opponents quite the tough match, kicking the sQs into the loser bracket and later on eliminating team xtra and even RB2 in the loser bracket. Still in winner bracket, they even made the sp4nk's life hard, sending them to overtime and even winning a map against them. Even the lost maps were mostly lost by only a flag or two, keeping the scores tight and the games tense.
A promising team was that of sQ, who improved a looooot over the recent months and even managed to beat a decent RB team in a clanwar. Unfortunately, in this tournament the luck was not on their side by being eliminated by DK and RB2. Yet, they are still a rising team, getting better by the day and will surely be kicking asses very soon on a regular basis.
Team xtra was only formed on the spot, a minute before the tournament started. So, sadly this team didn't get the chance to practice together before. However, that didn't stop them from facing their rivals head on and delivering a fierce fight. You guys did great!
We want to thank everyone for playing, spectating and supporting. We hope we can provide in the future some more AC tournaments.
Our special thanks goes to p1x, who spent so much time and work on creating the AC, assisting for any questions and AC improvements that were needed to host the tournament.