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Quake Champions duel/1v1 mode revealed; CTF/CA hinted? (10 comments)
Posted by Slasher @ 02:03 CDT, 28 March 2017 - iMsg
Quake Champions Executive Director Tim Willits recently spoke of id Software's commitment to both duel and team modes in QC. Willits has now revealed in a new interview how duel is currently working within QC - which for now includes Champions - while hinting at a new team mode and weapons.
Our Duel mode allows you to pick your group of champions and then compete one-versus-one, so there's more strategy.

Depending on what you and the other player picks, you can really have a lot of thinking to do and analysis in the matches, and it becomes another layer on top of just the raw skill that I think people will really be encouraged with. It fills a nice little missing 1v1 hole that we currently have in the competitive games industry.

Our current Duel mode allows you to bring three champions into the match, so you need to figure out which ones will work best. Like, for instance, Galena is better in team game modes, I believe, than 1v1. But then I had an argument with one of our programmers who said: 'No, no, no: you can use her offensively in 1v1, and if you play her like this, you'll have an advantage.'

We're waiting to hear back from our fans after our closed beta test about what people think of Duel. We may tweak it some, but our current plan is to start with three champions.
Willits says new mode Sacrifice is being tweaked, and offered up that id Software is working on a new unannounced team mode. As Capture The Flag and Rocket Arena/Clan Arena have yet to be mentioned, both rise to the top for speculation.
[Originally] you held your Sacrifice Point and then you got more points for your frags, but now we're switching it to an act, so that you have to activate the points. So that game mode is still being developed.
New weapons will be coming.
The holy trinity of Quake is of course rocket, rail and lightning gun, so we did not mess with the holy trinity, okay? We would be roasted if we messed with them.

"We've kept a lot of the weapons pretty familiar - but we have a few surprises that I don't want to announce quite yet. Remember, the Quake weapons have been refined, debated and tweaked for 21 years. So we know the speed of a rocket, and we know the damage-over-time of a lightning gun. I want our players to understand that they are going to feel right at home with the weapons. That was really important for us: not to mess that up.
FEVER by Ryan_H (7 comments)
Posted by xerosawyer @ 10:21 CDT, 27 March 2017 - iMsg

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Russia Ryan_H released his latest Promode production showcasing mid airs, juggles, combos, spawn frags, flicks, and luck. He uses a very clean and fidelitous config making the game look surprisingly nice. As is now sorta expected from him, all of this is mixed in with great editing and music.

The frags showcased were collected in the past few months by United States of America naper.

Links: CPMA Discord Server, Promode.RU Discord Server
Burial Chamber arena Trailer (65 comments)
Posted by adem @ 09:50 CDT, 22 March 2017 - iMsg
Burial Chamber arena for Quake Champions has been announced and now its profile is available.

125 FPS Sunday Cup#73 (Season#35) (22 comments)
Posted by Nico_QD @ 07:55 CDT, 22 March 2017 - iMsg
Scheduled: 10:00 CDT, 26 March 2017 to 14:00 CDT, 26 March 2017
Schedule: Passed

The 125 FPS QuakeLive Duel Sunday Cup #73, as a part of Duel Season#35 (Mar-Apr 2017), will take place this weekend.

Donate: 125FPS Donate link.
Streams: Russia 102, United Kingdom zLive, United Kingdom nvc; Stream's HUB
Links: Season#35 page, 125FPS Balance 2017; 125FPS Discord
gLeagues Quake 3 CPMA Duel Ladder (10 comments)
Posted by Pan1c_ @ 20:08 CDT, 21 March 2017 - iMsg
Hi everyone, I'm United States of America pan1c and some of you might know me from cpma CPMA. Over the past year me and a friend have been working on a website where anyone can start and maintain their own tournaments or ladders in any game they like, and we're ready to launch! To celebrate this, on 31. March 2017 we'll be opening a Quake 3 CPMA ladder for Europe Europe and CanadaMexicoUnited States of America North America with a 100 USD cash prize, and we might be interested in accepting donations for a larger pool.

Our website currently allows you to create and maintain your own ladders in whatever game you please, and if we don't offer the game at this moment we would be happy to add it. As a Quake player, I want to see this community live on, and with Quake Champions on the horizon I wanted to do something cool. So I'll be hosting this duel ladder and putting up the cash for the prize myself. Quake has been my home for many years, through many ups and downs, and I'd like to do whatever I can to see any iteration of it live on. So, without further ado, welcome to gLeagues.

We hope you enjoy yourselves so lets keep this wonderful game, and this even better community thriving. -- Love pan1c.

Links, Discord Server, steam Steam Group
Thunderdome Season 8 - signups open (9 comments)
Posted by Åke Vader @ 06:36 CDT, 19 March 2017 - iMsg
For QuakeWorld players feeling an urge to do some competitive dueling there are good news coming as a new season of Thunderdome is taking signups. Thunderdome has for the last years been one of the staple tournaments in QuakeWorld, running for seven consecutive seasons in a row now and one of the main factors behind its popularity has been the way that players are matched against opponents of similar skill in a judgement made primarily by head admin Russia VVD. Season eight will be no different with the skill span ranging from divisions with elite players to divisions where duelers may be more or less starting from scratch.

The map pool has featured a bit of controversy the last years as one of the big five maps - DM6 - has been replaced by Bravado (made by United States of America Foogs). The map pool is thus DM2, DM4, Aerowalk, ZTNDM3 and Bravado.

Another interesting addition this season is that the highest division is called the "Open Division". In this division any player can decide to step up and play with the big guys in case he/she think they got what it takes. This is in addition to playing in their regular division. Besides the open division consisting of the best opponents there are, it also features more games than the other divisions as best-of-five match format is used earlier than for the other divisions. To find out about any other changes you are advised to skim through the rules section before the tournament.

The new season does not have a 100% set start date yet but it is expected to be in about a week's time.

Links: Thunderdome Season 8 | Signups
125 FPS Sunday Cup#72 (Season#35) (16 comments)
Posted by Nico_QD @ 02:34 CDT, 19 March 2017 - iMsg
Scheduled: 10:00 CDT, 19 March 2017 to 14:00 CDT, 19 March 2017
Schedule: Passed

The 125 FPS QuakeLive Duel Sunday Cup #72, as a part of Duel Season#35 (Mar-Apr 2017), will take place this weekend.

Donate: 125FPS Donate link.
Streams: Russia 102, United Kingdom zLive, United Kingdom nvc; Stream's HUB
Links: Season#35 page, 125FPS Balance 2017; 125FPS Discord
I Am Legion (31 comments)
Posted by Yrx @ 10:08 CDT, 18 March 2017 - iMsg

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Rating: 7.6 (27 votes)
I Am Legion - A Quake Live Frag Movie with and by Yrx.

- Hilight Tribe - Free Tibet (Vini Vici Remix)
- Bassnectar - Into the Sun
- Noisestorm - Sentinel
- Pretty Lights - One Day They'll Know (ODESZA Remix)
- A Color Map of the Sun Remixes

Programs used: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017, Adobe After Effects CC 2017, Adobe Media Encoder, Wolfcamql 11.4
QuakeCon '17 to feature Quake Champions tournament (153 comments)
Posted by Slasher @ 05:07 CDT, 17 March 2017 - iMsg
In a new extensive interview with Russian esports site, Quake Champions Executive Director Tim Willits revealed several important details for the game and its future in esports, including:

- Quake Champions will be featured in a tournament at QuakeCon 2017
- All future Champions will be free with a purchase of the full game
- Team gamemode 'Sacrifice' (and Duel) is being built for esports
- Ranked matchmaking will be for both Duel and team gamemodes
- Anti-cheat measures are being put into place with a third party organization
- Another classic map will make its return to QC
- Closed beta will start in the next few weeks

"So. Yes. We are committed to have a large e-sports presence. We can not announce any partnerships right now, but we're talking to all of the big esports companies, I mean we were just in Poland, Katowice IEM which is ESL's event. So we're definitely talking to the different companies, we want to make a game esports-friendly, spectacular, with different spectating features and we want to have a game modes that are esports-friendly, and we feel, after talking to a lot of pro players, that the one versus one (Duel) is something that is missing in the first-person esports scene. As well as one esports game mode which we're currently working on (Sacrifice) based on a feedback from some number of pro players. So yes, we very, you know, we very focused on e-sports. Quake has a long history of e-sports and we definitely want to work with a number of partners to ensure that we will have as many tournaments as possible."

Translator Russia Artem 'DieZel' Volodin has made the interview in its entirety available for ESReality below:

Reflex DP5 Masters Cup (11 comments)
Posted by CrazyAl @ 03:34 CDT, 17 March 2017 - iMsg
Reflex map maker Germany def ishappy to announce the dp5 masters duel cup. The event will take place on March 17th, 2017, starting at 12:00 CDT. Links: Brackets, Discord Server Streams: twitch ArenaFPS
VODs: YouTube def.TV
QC PAX Video: 519djWHEAT returns (99 comments)
Posted by Slasher @ 06:56 CDT, 16 March 2017 - iMsg
In the final piece of original video content from PAX East, legendary Quake broadcaster & player, and now old, old, old, old man at Twitch United States of America Marcus 'djWHEAT' Graham makes his return by playing Quake Champions at PAX East. Playing Ranger on Ruins of Sarnath. Styles.519 can still frag.

Warning: Contains Wheat-esque complaining over the bad mouse, not rebinding his keys, and 'what the fuck is the ability key?'

QC Scaleberer Champion page revealed (184 comments)
Posted by Slasher @ 12:48 CDT, 15 March 2017 - iMsg
id Software has released the official page for Champion Scalebearer, and a short video for his ability 'Bull Rush".

QC PAX Video: phaZon on Galena, Clutch, Sorlag (60 comments)
Posted by Slasher @ 07:12 CDT, 15 March 2017 - iMsg
More gameplay of Quake Champions at PAX East featuring ESReality user United States of America phaZon playing Galena, Clutch, Sorlag, Nyx, on map Blood Covenant (Campgrounds-DM6).

Note: Sound has been muted as you're not able to hear game sounds in these videos anyway.

QC PAX Video: phaZon on Nyx, Galena, Visor (28 comments)
Posted by Slasher @ 15:11 CDT, 14 March 2017 - iMsg
More gameplay of Quake Champions at PAX East featuring ESReality user United States of America phaZon playing Visor, Nyx, Galena, Anarki, and Ranger on new map Ruins of Sarnath.

Guest appearance by United States of America djWHEAT at the end (footage coming soon).

Willits: "Want to push ppl to teamplay" (125 comments)
Posted by Slasher @ 23:04 CDT, 13 March 2017 - iMsg
While id Software has made a commitment to Duel and its importance in esports, much of the focus for Quake Champions is in its team-based game modes. For QC Executive Director Tim Willits, this will allow for both new players to find an easier footing in QC, and to keep Quake diehards happy.
"Historically, most of our Quake games are free-for-all, so you have one winner and 15 losers," Willits told GameSpot. "So we definitely want to push people more into teamplay because you have a better chance of winning--a 50-percent chance of winning. And it allows, especially new people, to find a champion they like, be successful, not have the entire weight of the game on their shoulders, and have these successes that build over time so you can feel more comfortable as your skills increase."

"It's 2017, and we want to have a lot of people to play the game. We both need to make our Quake fans happy but also make the game approachable and new and fresh and allow people to feel good when they play it."
Willits also remains confident that abilities in QC and comparisons to other games such as Overwatch will not detract from a true Quake experience.
"We do feel that when you come and play, you go, 'This is the right way to play.' You still run and jump and strafe-jump and rocket-jump and stuff, so it doesn't really change. I think people are like, 'Oh my god! There's abilities in Quake; you're ruining the game!' Luckily, people that have gone through [our PAX demo] are like, 'This is good,' and they see what we're trying to do.

"We needed to tap into that core DNA of Quake: skill-based, it's fast, everyone has the same weapons; no one has a weapon advantage. We have the holy trinity: rocket launcher, railgun, lightning gun--we'll never mess with that. That core game loop, the recipe for our cookie, is good. So then we just need to add on stuff and push, push, push--oh, that was too much, come back a little bit and then push, push, push.
Read the full interview at GameSpot.
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