Tuesday, September 13, 2005

[ 13092005 1.11am | post-wcg ]

for the uninitiated, wcg stands for world cybergames, an event that strives to identify the top gamers in the world.
anyhow, the recent singapore wcg just ended on sunday, the 11th september. and man... was it a tiring event.

if i was ignoring smses or pm's, its cos i was training like a nut. thanks to mr tinker dejacob aka omniknight-wannabe, we managed to get an all gals dota exhibition match going. my team - pinksheep, charlene, sherica and mag, were up against the more well known bunch of gals - nilus, green, gwen, alien, ahgal.

lots of things happened in the course of preparation for the match, and post match as well as during match. and all i can say is that its been one hell of a journey for me.

the gamers i hang out with online would know i've been trying to get a rEv0 gals team up for ages. but somehow, havent been succeeding. after nus iplay, i managed to grab some of the contacts of the gals who played and managed to form a gals team, just for this wcg event. other than nus gals, i got a couple from a friend of friend of friend kinda thing. so things worked out... ok... i guess. we trained, with an incomplete team, almost all of the time, except for like... three occassions or so where we got the whole team down to lan or online or something like that.

what i really like about this team is that we are flexible in hero choices. that is so important for a drafter... i mean, i can draft the perfect draft and get all the allstars, but if my teammates dont know how to use them... then its really no use me drafting so well. if drafting 1st pick, i like controlling the other team's hero choices. if i'm 2nd pick, i like countering their choices. i rather have the upper hand than have to start off the whole game picking defensively. start offensive man.

anyhow, our teamwork wasnt really there... til the compie. somehow, i didnt need to command, it just went along by itself smoothly... sorta like... we had telepathy or something. and when anyone gave a command, it was just followed through.

the match however, didnt really start on a friendly note... somehow. and it ended on an even less friendly note. its a small regret i have that i walked out not having 5 more friends. cos at the end of the day, its really nice to have a group of gals to band with in a community which is saturated with guys.

so much for the game being an exhibition match. that said, i wouldnt have changed a bit about our preparation. even friendly matches should be taken seriously. no? any sports person would tell you that.

we all got a barracuda mousepad, wcg limited edition worth $40. haha... did u know, that the brand is local born? a 26 year old guy runs it with his friends. impressive no? local born, local design, local everything. (except made i think)

anyhow, heres the match, from my most impartial viewpoint.(and what i can remember)

sulin's team pick- first pick

my teams pick

that kuku dejected thought we picked lion instead of lich, thanks to the game marshall's writing. and he decided to demoralise me before the match saying i did a bad draft and why did i pick slardar. -_- anyhow, we decided to just play.
after waiting about 10-15 mins for the other team to set up the sound on their coms and all, we were finally on our way. (after a few... uncalled for comments... which were screened out on the plasma screens)

i'm not too sure what was happening in the other lanes, but i (omni) took bottom with slardar against morph and bone. and what happened next was interesting. for a few levels, slardar and i were denying the morph and bone. (deny - means to kill your own creep so the opponent doesnt get money and experience) now, this is really strange cos the 2 of us were melee and they were range. next thing was... why did they put 2 power heroes to farm together?
on out part, it wasnt too good that we took one lane together. 2 melee in one lane... is not usually good news.
mid lane was vs and silencer facing off my teams' fv and lich. and they weren't doing well against my gal's nuking, according to my fv.
medu was up top with centaur, who later changed wil silencer and went mid.
things started getting interesting when fv got euls, lich got buckler and slardar got blink dagger. by then, medu was on her way to radiance and other interesting things. first push was successful, then we fell back after the mid rax was down. by then, medu had 5k and was deciding between another sacred relic or an eaglehorn. later, we faked a push up mid and cut to bottom to finish the towers and rax off.
the game ended soon after, as i got my lvl 16 ga, i think.

a very interesting game, and i learnt quite abit from it. competitive dota is really something, but i'm gonna dread using the v6 maps. sigh.
anyhow, gg gals, hope to see them around. my team i mean. i'm not sure if the other side feels the same.
and, super large thanks to the tinker dejacob who really gave us alot of his time and energy, as well as my rEv0 guys who trained me up.

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