In another post i was telling about Cluj Battle Sessions, where i participated at the Starcraft 2 competition and was very close to winning the finals 😛 Well, there had been a few more editions after that one, where i played other games, not having that much time for Starcraft, partly cause of the games in question, Hearthstone and Dota 2. Anyway, i made it to the semi’s at the HS tournaments, that had more players than the SC ones. Everyone can play Hearthstone, it’s not that “hard” as Starcraft in some regards, even my fiance plays it, but not everyone can truly understand the game and all the decision making involved in creating a deck and then using it.
The last event was part of the “Nationl Battle Sessions” and was the first time when i competed in 2 games, Dota 2 (another newfound passion of mine) and Hearthstone. It was also the first time ESC hosted Dota 2 as a featured game, and while i did enjoy playing it from time to time with some friends, we were not a formed team, and most times only 2 or 3 of us were on. We barely managed to form a 5 man squad, including a guy who was also searching for a team in order to participate. The 5 of us managed to play together for 2-3 games max, but we hoped our competitors weren’t pro either. On location we were confrunted with some technical problems, as our pc’s lacked the appropriate video drivers, net connections hadn’t been made and so on, the delay taking hours. Don’t get me wrong, this kind of stuff happens most of the time, and the fact the members of ESC are all voluntiers makes it kind of hard to be upset by these problems. By the time we got to play, our pc’s were still not optimised, so we had to run Dota with the minimum possible specs, not like we were used to at home. Still, what happened next in our bo3 match against our opponents is something i don’t think it can be hosted on twich, as it’s policies forbid the upload of rape scenes 😛
We didn’t lost because we had configuration issues with the computers, we lost because the other guys were a team, their average MMR was way above our average MMR and the tactics they employed and their hero picks were superior. Oh, maybe if we had played on ok-ish computers the difference in score wouldn’t have been that big, but there was no way we could have won in the state of training our team was. Of that, i am sure 😛 The first blood of the first game of emblematic for what was to come, as i went right from the start to ward a key location in our forest with my Shadow Shaman. There i met a 5 man smoked team that stunned me and then eviscerated my char. The rest of the game was similar, with the note that my team mates got the same treatment 🙂 Generalul & the rest of the team failed miserably in the next match as well, even if i played a mid Zeus, with whom i had rised to above 3k solo mmr on ranked… Oh well, GZ to the winners, who also proved to win the entire event, obliterating their next opponents as well, even if not in the same convincing way 😛
Still, the Hearthstone matches were a delight, as i met a guy who eliminated me in another HS lan event, with a 3-0 from the first round. Truth be told i wasn’t really prepared back then, but now my decks were prepared and i had a deepder understanding on how they should be played. The matches were nothing short of epic, with my ramp druid winning with a few hit points vs his handlock, a deck that was the new meta back then. It could have gone either way as my force of nature AND savage roar were literally the last 2 cards left to draw and i had to kill his giants, but luckily he discarded Jaruxxus when he used a soulfire :P. The crowds were gathered behind us, looking at the monitors, whispering their thoughts and some even asking questions about the game. I think i lost to another one of his decks, but in the end my miracle rogue pulled it off with some nice combo’s. Oh sweet revenge for Generalul! After this i lost yet again, lol, in the semi’s to a control warrior.
Bilance of the day: FUN! Hope i can do this again soon 😛