Quakecon 2017 (FINALS)

 
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What a wonderful time to be alive, as this year's Quakecon is coming up soon. For those who are not familiar with Quakecon, it's Bethesda and id Software's yearly gaming convention. For those attending, there'll be a lot of events and things to do, such as a massive BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN tournament of heaps of games with cash prizes. The convention will also showcase some of their new games, as well as teasers, trailers and first footage of new games. If you're interested in the likes of Wolfenstein, DOOM, Elder Scrolls and, of course, Quake, this is a very interesting event.

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QuakeCon is an annual celebration of games and the people who play them. Founded in 1996 by a group of friends on IRC, QuakeCon has grown to become one of the most distinguished festivals in gaming, welcoming thousands of gamers from around the globe to participate in the annual four-day event. QuakeCon features North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN Party, tournaments, exhibits, workshops, sneak peeks of Bethesda’s upcoming games, and more. QuakeCon is free and open to the public thanks to the support of id Software, Bethesda Softworks, the QuakeCon volunteer staff, and its event sponsors and exhibitors.



Of course, there is one Quakecon activity to rule them all. And that is of course the pro Quake tournament. Last year, the future of Quake seemed pretty glim. As Quake is a notoriously hard game to get into and the developers have not supported esports the way many others have, the community had shrunk and competitive events were limited to small monthly online tournaments and one "big" LAN a year with prize pools of up to $50k. When last year's Quakecon picked an unconventional format and several big names didn't end up attending because they had started playing other games, many feared that Quake was almost done for. But then, Quake Champions was revealed.


The game is currently in open beta and free to all (tons of fun to play, you can join Challenger, Banjo, myself and others in the game) and will be this year's Quakecon's main event. For the first time ever, the developers are investing big in their own competitive scene by hosting the official Quake World Championships with a massive $1million prize pool.

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There's two competitive game modes that are being played now. The first is the classic Duel. It's a 1v1 mode where both players pick 3 Champions / stocks each and fight until one is left standing. Three rounds to win a map, three maps to win the game. The second is Sacrifice. This is the 4v4 team mode where players must capture an orb that spawns in the middle of the map and take it back to one of the bases to gather points. While the one team defends and increases its score, the other must take back the orb, bring it back to their own base and turn things around.

So what does the tournament look like? Over the past two months, there have been regular qualifiers held in the US and Europe. For Duel, up to 256 players could sign up every two weeks for a qualifying tournament with a single elimination bracket. The best 8 players of every stage qualified for the next part, and all those who didn't could just try again two weeks later. That stage wrapped up this July, meaning that 32 American and 32 Europeans qualified for their respective Regionals that take place this weekend. With a double elimination bracket, the top 12 players of each group are accepted for the final part of the Quakecon tournament at the end of this month. Same story for the Sacrifice team games, but here 8 teams qualified for the Regionals and 4 of each continent will advance to the full finals at the convention.

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Players and matchups
EU

Xron vs Luminos
noctis vs Sephis
clawz vs kRoNic
Vo0 vs prox1mo
Cooller vs evil
Nitrino vs Karwik
Agent vs zoot
Cypher vs Luke_ie
witchL vs smoke
toxjq vs Sl1p
fazz vs inz
Av3k vs strenx
stermy vs k1llsen
base vs Pikawa
GaRpy vs Nofear
dem0n vs Brejk

NA

chance vs latisdavis
erebux vs gloat
malvoe vs Ruleth
lavak3 vs discoRyne
Necrophag1st vs tomservo
gellehsak vs jso
griffin vs zar
CLAMP vs ScizR
DaHang vs sane
Vedmedik vs mdo
rapha vs hoyt
horsedoodoo vs deathr0w
whaz vs Stone
pit vs carnage
dooi vs id_
snipereyes vs futile

So what's about to happen now? Tomorrow (this Saturday), the Regionals will kick off. At 10am CEST / 4am ET, the Europeans will start playing. Later that day at 9pm CEST / 3pm ET, the American duelers will conclude the day. On Sunday, the schedule is more or less the same but for the Sacrifice mode instead. Once this concludes, the best teams and players will advance to the Quakecon finals held in Texas later this month, where they will be joined by the winners of the "amateur" league BYOC players.

Pretty hype event if you're into esports, both because this is great to watch and because it might signal the revival of one the greatest competitive games of all time. All of the biggest names in Quake are playing, with the inclusion of some that left the scene and have now returned, and there's some good matches planned for tomorrow. Evil and Rapha (last year's finalists), as well as Cooller, Cypher, Strenx, Tox, Clawz, Av3k and Dahang are all there.

Livestream:
https://www.twitch.tv/quakechampions

Players, brackets, full details:
https://play.eslgaming.com/quake/global/quakechampions/major/quake-world-championship-2017

Other useful links
Official Bethesda thread on the tournament:
https://bethesda.net/community/topic/79062/quake-world-championships-regionals-august-5-6

Quakecon attendance information (for the lucky ones who live nearby):
http://www.quakecon.org/blog/category/about/news-about/

The Esports Reality site (dedicated to Arena FPS and Quake with news and updates):
http://esreality.com/

Quake Champions and Quakecon Reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/r/QuakeChampions/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Quakecon/

I'll keep this thread updated when things kick off and if anything interesting happens. Hopefully someone else finds this interesting and others with an interest in Quake or esports in general might join in and watch a few games.
Last Edit: August 26, 2017, 09:48:17 AM by Flee


 
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yeah yeah you got time to make this fancy shmancy thread but ain't got time to play quake with me and banjo
When are you guys even on anyways? Took over a month before we could all get on at the same time.


 
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yeah yeah you got time to make this fancy shmancy thread but ain't got time to play quake with me and banjo
When are you guys even on anyways? Took over a month before we could all get on at the same time.

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yeah yeah you got time to make this fancy shmancy thread but ain't got time to play quake with me and banjo
When are you guys even on anyways? Took over a month before we could all get on at the same time.

we ping you all the time
Ah, I haven't been on Discord in ages, so I had no clue. Been pretty busy lately but I might get back on there.


 
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Cooller vs Evil first game, definitely one of today's highlights.

Evil's a beast with some of the best combat skills of anyone. He was the grand finalist in last year's Quakecon and held an absolutely dominant position in Quake Live monthly tournaments (won it like 7 months in a row and made it to the last 3 every single time). However, Quake Champions is definitely a different game. Evil started playing Champions relatively late when compared to the others and has never been considered a big tactical player, so he's at a disadvantage when it comes to champion picks and the new meta.

Cooller is simply a legend. Arguably the most famous and notable Quake persona ever. Just like Evil, he's a Russian player and has been around for 15 years. A very stable player overall who's a master of tactics, combat and timing. He won a relatively big LAN in Russia last week and is widely considered one of the best 5 Quake Champions players in the world.

The seeds are kind of fucked, unfortunately. Since they were based on time of qualification, we have some of the top players that simply won't be able to qualify because of how the seeds are laid out. I really hope we're gonna see amends made or some of them attending the BYOC to still qualify at Quakecon itself.

Anyways, game should start soon.

Prediction: Cooller wins.
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Gotta love the other stuff though. The tournament set-up (stage and stuff) already looks better for a qualification round than it did for the Quakecon finals last year.


 
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European players who qualified for the finals so far:

Xron
Cypher
Av3k
Killsen
Clawz
Fazz
Agent
Noctis
Strenx

Those who can and hopefully will still qualify:

Cooller
Toxiq
Wichtl

Unfortunately, due to the crappy seeding and unbalanced division of qualifiers, these top players have not qualified:

Evil (saddest news of the day)
Base
Stermy
Nitrino

I'm really hoping some of the ones who didn't qualify still end up taking the gamble and attending the BYOC to still qualify. Especially Evil still has a good chance.


 
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So Wichtl and Cooller both qualified, which is great, but Tox lost. Big shame, because the bad brackets now prevent 2 of the very best players (Tox and Evil) from playing in the finals. Luckily, Tox still has the team games coming up tomorrow so that he might still qualify like that and then ends up winning in the BYOC for a last minute qualification. But as for Evil... We're going to need to see a sponsor or something fund his trip to gamble for another spot in the finals.

Overall though, pretty happy with the EU qualifiers. Shame about those players, but there's still hope and the matches today were already top tier.
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So Wichtl and Cooller both qualified, which is great, but Tox lost. Big shame, because the bad brackets now prevent 2 of the very best players (Tox and Evil) from playing in the finals. Luckily, Tox still has the team games coming up tomorrow so that he might still qualify like that and then ends up winning in the BYOC for a last minute qualification. But as for Evil... We're going to need to see a sponsor or something fund his trip to gamble for another spot in the finals.

Overall though, pretty happy with the EU qualifiers. Shame about those players, but there's still hope and the matches today were already top tier.
Did Evil lose the loser rounds as well? Or did he not make it to begin with?


 
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Did Evil lose the loser rounds as well? Or did he not make it to begin with?
He lost the loser rounds too. As I said, the seeds have been terrible. Evil only played in the last of 4 qualifiers and got into the Regionals right away. But then, it was revealed that seeds were based on time of qualification, not rank as was expected. This means that Evil came up against Cooller (top 3 players in the world and winner of the last big LAN) in the very first round and then against Strenx (another one of the absolute best) in the first round of the loser brackets. It'd be like having Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all in the same starting group with the loser going out. Such a shame, because other sections of the bracket then had only sub top players.


 
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