Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Region Wars. The concept of the tournament is simple – take North America, cut it up into roughly eight chunks, and have selected teams in those regions fight in a tournament. The interest was discovered during a thread by NotACleverMan, where people could put down where they lived, and would be put onto a map with everyone else that filled it out. After quite the push for some sort of tournament, the same group that ran last offseason’s tournament put this one together.
The tournament, taking place on May 15th at 3PM EST, will feature eight teams in a single-elimination best-of-one tournament. The maplist will mirror UGC’s maplist for the previous season, due to some objection in the organizers and captains about using the upcoming season’s. Teams will be allowed to eliminate three maps of their choice, with no knowledge of what the other team is eliminating, and then a random map is chosen from the remaining pool. Seeding has been decided by a voting process of the captains, who were asked to rank all of the teams (more on this later) and the seeds were chosen that way.
But what’s the point of a tournament with no cast? Huge thanks go out to Sigafoo and VoxDei, the casters from the last tournament, as well as p3nguin, for setting up a cast. Tune into www.twitch.tv/sigafoo at 3 PM to catch all the action!
The following are the eight teams themselves. During the signup phase, we allowed members to specify whether or not they wished to captain. The organizers then chose the captains by hand, who then built their team. Some teams, SoCal and DMV, had built teams ahead of time, while others like Canada and New England didn’t have their full roster by the time of seeding. With the New England team, the difference wasn’t massive enough to warrant a special scenario, but with Team Canada, we allowed captains to rank both teams. When the team eventually figured out who was able to play, the other potential roster was removed and the averaged calculated out. With all that said, your teams!
Seed 1: New England [Blues / TERRY CREWS / Katsy / Nursey / Kresnik / Ender / Rogue / Slemnish / Vipa] (1 / 3 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1), average 1.25 (Voted Self 1)
While it’s no surprise that the team with the most space on the eastern seaboard pulled in near-perfect rankings, there was a huge possibility that this team wasn’t even going to happen. Up until very recently, two captains vying for the spot were trying to figure out how to fairly figure out their dispute. Up until the last second, it looked like the two would have a pre-tournament game, with the winner representing New England – obviously splitting up this team to some extent, and perhaps the tournament landscape would’ve looked very different. But in the end, the captains worked out their issues, and we have New England, led by Kresnik. There isn’t a single player on this team who isn’t scary, with even their biggest offclasser in Nursey being well enough on any class that she should do just fine.
Seed 2: Pacific Northwest [Wish / Dreadnought / Frost / Karl / Paals / Angryofficer / Metawe / bo4r / IsGonnRain] (2, 1, 2, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2) Average 2.0 (Voted Self 2)
It’s worth noting that due to timing, PNW, led by Paals, was seeded as having Hng on Spy and IsGonnRain on Pyro. While this is obviously a pretty big difference, it was too late to reasonably fix, so PNW’s 2nd place seed may be a bit off. Either way, they’ve got a strong team. There’s a pretty large dK presence in the combo, and with bo4r and Dreadnought coming in from Chill Penguins, this team should be able to hold their own against just about everyone.
Seed 3: Great Lakes [bff-forever / Uber / Marty / Rightjustify / Civ / Rosario / Couches / smilez / Scruff McGruff] (3, 2, 3, 2, 5, 3, 3, 6) Average 3.375 (Voted Self 3)
And so begins the more shaky positions. With two obvious non-believers, and the end of the #1 votes, we have Rightjustify and his Great Lakes team. A splattering of quality Plat players and then filled with community hyped Gold talent, it’s not hard to see this team doing well. While they may not have the top level Plat players to the extent that the teams above them do, it’s hard to see any of these players struggling to keep up.
Seed 4: Canada [Blinxy / tickzf / Gabiduo / Yipyapper / Eerie Person / Shea / Gamma Orionis / Watterson / Daynife] (6, 6, 4, 4, 4, 6, 5, 3) Average 4.75 (Voted Self 3)
And so begins the arguments. With three teams having little faith in Team Canada, we’ve hit the rough spot. The other Team Canada roster had Giraffe on Demoman and Yipyapper on Engineer, perhaps unjustly tinting the glasses when captains voted on Daynife’s team. But that’s what he gets waiting until three days before the tournament to tell me what his actual roster is! The roster itself is decent enough, with a small smattering of High level Platinum and then a nice spread of high Gold/low Platinum.
Seed 5: Socal [Retrograde / Skeez / Lazy / Max / Seven / Exaflamer / Spork / Zoey / Pomf] (7, 5, 5, 5, 3, 5, 4, 8) Average 5.25 (Voted Self 5)
And with retrograde’s Socal, we’ve reached the turning point – we’re no longer in the top half of the seeds. One of the two pre-made teams, there’s some nice points on this team, such as Lazy on Pyro and Pomf on spy. Barely pushing out DMV for the spot, it’s not hard to spot the potential talent on this team. The pick classes seem especially important for this team, with Zoey and Pomf both very scary players in a tournament with some of the big name pick classes absent. They’ve definitely got a hard road ahead of them, but it’s by no means impossible.
Seed 6: DMV [Steve / Highway / Perception / simmonsrb / Teapot / Chicobo / Brulee / Barycenter / Akemi] (4, 4, 7, 7, 8, 4, 6, 4) Average 5.5 (Voted Self 4)
The second pre-made team, simmonsrb has shown up with a team with a star or two, and then a lot of question marks. While nobody’s going to doubt Barycenter or Brulee’s ability, the flank especially seems unproven, so we’ll see how Steve and Highway match up to the more notable flanks. If barycenter can take control of the game, DMV should be able to push past their Seed 6 prediction.
Seed 7: Southeast [Don Quixote / ExplosiveDeer / Rhy / dogfloaties / triiple / ? / Alto / Jesus / Evil] (5, 7, 6, 6, 6, 8, 7, 5) Average 6.25 (Voted Self 6)
Poor Southeast. Alto had a much stronger team, only to have player after player drop due to other commitments. What came out is a team missing players like Vanilla Love and ictus, and a seventh seed likely as a result. If DMV’s flank was unproven, then Southeast’s is a huge black horse. The shining stars for this team are Jesus and Evil, with an honorable mention to dogfloaties because Alto would murder me if I didn’t. While nobody likes to be eliminated early, it’ll be hard for this bunch of Gold players, allstar or not, to overcome the higher level teams.
Seed 8: South [baocn / Minti / TMP / bunny / Honesty / NotACleverMan / Tex / bowswer / ItsyAcore] (8, 8, 8, 8, 7, 7, 8, 7) Average 7.625 (Voted Self 7)
Poor South. Despite Xan’s hype post in the original thread, looks like a bunch of issues popped up for South, be it region locks, timing, or delays. In the end, bowswer’s South came out with a team of huge underdogs, with TMP and bowswer being the highlights of the team. We’ll see if the South can overcome their Round 1 opponents, but it might end up going as well as last time those two met on the battlefield…
And those are your teams. Tune into www.twitch.tv/sigafoo at 3 PM EST to catch the tournament! Hope to see you there!