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Coverage: DHS'11
PlayQuake's DHS11 TDM Review (7 comments)
Posted by avec @ 15:28 CDT, 1 July 2011 - iMsg
Over the last few days PlayQuake have posted their review of the TDM tournament that took place at DHS11.
In this multi-part article weíre aiming to go over just what went on during the tournament and offer up some of our own opinions as well. Itís not a short article, which is why itís been split, but hopefully youíll enjoy it, particularly if you werenít able to catch all of the games.
Links: The Groups, The Playoffs, The Opinions
Edited by xou at 17:02 CDT, 1 July 2011 - 11117 Hits
Liefje's Late DHS 2011 Gallery (4 comments)
Posted by Liefje @ 14:08 CDT, 28 June 2011 - iMsg
Some of the pics I had from DreamHack Summer 2011. They're kind of crappy, my camera is bad :D Some also from PURRI's phone.

Edit: I don't know how to resize the pictures :( admin, help meeee
Edited by Liefje at 14:46 CDT, 28 June 2011 - 9352 Hits
Dreamhack Summer 2011 by Meme (12 comments)
Posted by Memento_Mori @ 06:15 CDT, 23 June 2011 - iMsg
Hello guys, these are the pics I took during the dreamhack 2011. I will try to upload following the temporal order. Some pics are quite bad quality wise, but I tried to tweak and make them look decent.
Edited by Memento_Mori at 09:41 CDT, 23 June 2011 - 14676 Hits
Hacking the Dream (43 comments)
Posted by Memento_Mori @ 20:59 CDT, 21 June 2011 - iMsg

Stockholm, 0:30AM, Iím lying in my bed. The headache is getting better, yet Iím unable to get asleep. The room is dark, the only lights coming from the laptop Iím typing on, and Noctisí laptop where he watches a movie. We are at the very nice apartment of Tybalt, friend and co-manager of the Reason Team. This is where they boot-camped before the event, as proven by the left-over pizza boxes and empty cans that welcomed us when we arrived. I cannot stop my mind from shuffling a mass of memories, emotions, faces and sounds. But, since this happened before, I know what to do: canalize everything into a unique stream - a goal, a solution, a key to get some sleep, finally.

For those who havenít been in Sweden at this time of the year, the sun goes down around 10 PM, just to get up again around 2:30 AM. There is a brief moment where the sky seems dark, but if you look to the North, you will see that, in fact, the light is there, just below the horizon. An intense blue aura that can Ė if you donít look away Ė fill your eyes with the breath of the summer, the will to stay up, the joy of being alive.

The Dreamhack is sleepless; the sleep hacked into a daydream. Thousands of gamers, many of which teenagers, wander in groups, haircuts and clothes appropriate to todayís costumes. Halls, the size of hangars, populated with flashing monitors, electronic music, the silhouettes of thousands living their own shared realities, focusing, laughing, screaming joy to a world that is outside and inside at the same time. A mixture of languages and expressions, for which the true common denominator is a simple one: Gaming.

Gaming is beautiful. Gaming is a passion. Passions work best when shared. So, a question arises. Possibly, ďtheĒ question, at least today, in this reality 2.0. Have you spoiled us, almighty internet? Have you tricked us, making us forget completely the experience of physical presence? Has your fabulous jewelry turn into golden chains, chains that we proudly wear even when they become heavier than our fat bottoms? And do these chains speak for us? Sometimes one thinks he can hear them. Dead you are Quake, as sentenced by the fear of many. Dead you are, after every tournament, every year, every day from the golden era until today. Every tournament is the last one, and there is no point in beating a dead horse. So sad, so bitter, but above all, so stupid of us to be blind to the truth.

Truth? Which truth?

These last three days the truth were thousands of gamers showing that no matter how comfortable their home setups may be, meeting for real ďis the shitĒ. These last three days the truth was a combo of duel and TDM tournaments, with the best players in the world showing Quake at its best. These last three days the truth was the definite passion we all share, the joy of playing Quake and being together.

The internet is the nemesis of faith. Online, having faith is too silly and weak; the perfect juicy quarry for swarms of hunting trolls, skeptics, and all sorts of disciples of sorrow and regret. They are strong in their habits, so cool when they rule the web with their sarcasm. But then, if you read beyond the text, reaching the glaring screens inside their silent rooms, you can feel a cloud of muted sadness, carefully masked by a fragile display of pretended indifference. Are you alone dear troll? Have you forgotten the excitement of being together with your genuine kind?

Today I saw Foxís son, a little creature, two priceless sapphires open to a world they just started to see. Iíve seen a busy 2GD, organizing the last steps of the trip of all those who he managed to bring to the event. He would drive people back and forth, covering for hotel and trip. Mad props to him. Iíve seen the light of excitement shining on Tonyís face at the idea of conquering Quakecon with an FFA tournament. I don't know if it will work, but it would be awesome. Iíve seen a smiling Cooller, finally having the chance to talk with him, seeing the nice guy he is, his latest quote being "...because I'm Cooller" as reply to why the FFA should be postponed to 3PM. Iíve seen a crazy man. Most appropriate nick ever, Dr. Czm, I'm very happy you are coming to Europe. Iíve seen quakers hanging out as friends, and a band of desperados led by Clock go to a gas station to get the last booze after dawn, just to come back with only four empty cans and no beer for those who waited. I heard many stories about the past, and lived moments that will be stories at the next events. And yet, behind every single thing I have seen, there was the same undeniable truth that our community is simply amazing, our game fantastic, and these truly are good times for anyone willing to step out of his or her basement, forget about the fear for the future, and enjoy what is there, now, from us, for us all.

Thank you everybody for being awesome.

Edited by Memento_Mori at 09:40 CDT, 23 June 2011 - 21562 Hits
Dreamhack Summer 2011 Analysis (25 comments)
Posted by Nukm @ 13:48 CDT, 21 June 2011 - iMsg
I updated my stats with the results from DHS 2011 and decided to share some of the interesting bits and comment on each of them. Lets start with having a look at the best 4 team's lineup:

Contrary to what people might expect, toxjq does not stand out. So who was so effictive in coman? Well basically everyone, they all have around 2k net damage and everyone has positive net frags. Their best player according to the numbers seems to be l1nkje, he as the most frags, did the most damage and has the best aim (39% acc) in a team of aimbots.

The player with the best stats in Reason Gaming is without a doubt noctis. Keep in mind that he probably got quite a bit of armor and did quite a bit of powerup runs, thus he is likely to be able to get more done than others, but the numbers still look impressive. He had +12 net frags in average, did almost 10k of damage in each game while keeping a stunning +2682 net damage. A player I was a bit dissapointed bit after watching the tournament was zyv. He didnt really hit as well (29% acc) as we are used to from him online and was rather unimpressive besides a few nice powerup runs. But looking at the number we can see that he was a real solid player for Reason, he has positive net damage on all maps besides the very final Hidden Fortress match simply by not getting into too much trouble (least damage taken) resulting in a respectable +5 net frags. For Deus the stats confirmed what we saw could see on stream he hits a lot of rails (average of 11 Impressive) and has great aim in general (39% acc). fazz kind of failed to set a mark at all.

Yep, silencep is a sneaky railwhore (least damage taken, 9 impressive per game). We can se a consistent team performance with very similar net damage (1100-1300) for all players with av3k being even more agressive (most dmagae dealt) than zik and v3rb.

Nothing that special to see here, gerrpa and zsx looking like the weaker half of the team. And garpy, the strongest dignitas player (most net damage), showing just what a great gamer he is, with those solid stats for a player without much Quake TDM experience in such a competitive LAN environment.

Looking at those stats from a team perspective:

Well no shit sherlock, coman had the strongest aimers (37% average acc) and simple was the dominating team (+6 net frags). Interesting is that srs, the team that everyone considers to be quite aggressive, has the least deaths and damage received, this might have to do with the maps they played.

So much for the players, lets have a look at the Maps now.

The Dreamhack map selection ratio is of course heavily influenced by the teams that got far in the tournament, but its still noteworthy that there are huge deviations from what we have seen in the other online tournaments so far.
Grim Dungeons, the second most played map in the past was only played 7 times. Turns out that coman didnt not play a single match on it and Reason only played it once. Hidden Fortress was played 21,4% at DH (dignitas played it most often), compared to 7,1% online. That is almost exactly as much as the most popular map Deep Inside. On the last position is Intervention that was only played a single time between srs and METSU.

Interesting is that we only got to see really close matches (Score difference < 5) on Grim Dungeons, Dreadful place and Realm of Streetrats.
Dreamhack produced quite a lot or new Records. Mainly to the many high scoring matches on Purgatory and Hidden Fortress. Interesting might be the following:
On Hidden Fortress METSU set a new record for the biggest score difference between teams and the highest scoring win in their 286:84 rape against nerfed. The new record for most frags in one match is 434 and happened on Hidden Fortress between Dignitas and FFA. The tendency for more slow and tactical games on Grim Dungeons resulted in the lowest winning score for a team in two matches (METSU 93:90 TA, d. 93:85 TA)

Talking about records, I will end this column with some Top 5 lists for the players. (Based on the average Stats of all the Playoff matches for every players that made it into the Semi Finals)

Most of the stats are automatically calculated based on the results that I have entered in an Excel/Open Office Calc document, feel free to check it out yourself cause there is much more to see like similar stats for the other tournaments and just a lot more stuff. Feel free to mess around with the data yourself.
Edited by Nukm at 14:38 CDT, 23 June 2011 - 16238 Hits
tox got interviewed at DHS'11 (138 comments)
Posted by Lexxeech @ 15:14 CDT, 20 June 2011 - iMsg made an interview with Sweden Johan "tox" Quick here at DreamHack Summer 2011. I've tried to cover various aspects of Johan's life and performance here at the event, however he had the final to play and we had to cut the interview a little short. However I hope you'll enjoy watching it!

Edited by Dird at 17:26 CDT, 20 June 2011 - 66795 Hits
DreamHack Summer 2011 - Day3 (172 comments)
Posted by xou @ 07:32 CDT, 20 June 2011 - iMsg
The third and last day of the DreamHack Summer 2011 should see the FFA tournament played. It will start around 08:30 CDT on Level Up TV.

For more informations about the other tournaments, check the ESR DreamHack Summer 2011 Coverage post. Results for Duel and TDM, but also VODs (Day1, Day2) were added as soon as known.

Links: Duel results, TDM results, VODs from day 1, VODs from day 2
IRC: mIRC #lvl^
Edited by xou at 09:32 CDT, 20 June 2011 - 101676 Hits
rapha: "always excited to play [Cypher]" (19 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 07:10 CDT, 19 June 2011 - iMsg
In this video interview SK Gaming's champion dueler United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson discussed his play on day one and his upcoming final against Belarus Cypher.

What is rapha's take on Austria noctis' resurgence at this event? What should we expect from the final vs. Cypher? Does toxicity favour Cypher? What happened in the loss to Poland av3k in the group stage? How has the scheduling of this tournament affected rapha's play?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 07:14 CDT, 19 June 2011 - 13048 Hits
DreamHack Summer 2011 - Day2 (680 comments)
Posted by Nukm @ 03:16 CDT, 19 June 2011 - iMsg
Scheduled: 03:00 CDT, 19 June 2011 to 16:00 CDT, 19 June 2011
Schedule: Passed

The second day of the DreamHack Summer 2011 is starting Sunday 19th at 03:00 CDT with the TDM tournament. Below you can find the schedule and streaming informations.

For more informations, check the ESR DreamHack Summer 2011 Coverage post. Results and VODs links (no spoilers) will be added as soon as known.

Update: The TDM and Duel finals are over! Day 3 will begin with the FFA tournament.

Links: Duel results, TDM results, VODs from day 1, VODs from day 2
IRC: mIRC #lvl^
Edited by xou at 03:52 CDT, 20 June 2011 - 235684 Hits
DreamHack Summer 2011 - Day1 (762 comments)
Posted by xou @ 16:37 CDT, 18 June 2011 - iMsg
Scheduled: 03:00 CDT, 18 June 2011 to 17:00 CDT, 18 June 2011
Schedule: Passed

The first day of the DreamHack Summer 2011 is starting Saturday 18th at 03:00 CDT with the Duel tournament. Below you can find the schedule and streaming informations.

For more informations, check the ESR DreamHack Summer 2011 Coverage post. Results and VODs links (no spoilers) will be added as soon as known.

Update: TDM Groups B and C will start around 14:15 CDT. Direct link to: duel results - TDM results

IRC: mIRC #lvl^
Edited by xou at 11:28 CDT, 19 June 2011 - 242763 Hits
TEK9 Write Preview About TDM & Duel (54 comments)
Posted by Bocerbo @ 06:17 CDT, 17 June 2011 - iMsg
The TEK9 community website has written two separate previews about the DreamHack Summer 2011 event, looking at both the TDM as well as the Duel tournament.

You can already view the Duel tournament preview, and the TDM piece.

TEK9 will be covering the event throughout the weekend.
Edited by xou at 06:37 CDT, 17 June 2011 - 18972 Hits
Playquake interviews Dreamhack admins (25 comments)
Posted by Nukm @ 15:16 CDT, 16 June 2011 - iMsg caught up with DreamHack Summer 2011 adminís Sweden slayzah and Sweden snelvovve in the midst of their busy preparations for the giant upcoming LAN which will see top Duelists and TDMers from around the globe competing for a total of 80 000 SEK (8 700 EUR) in prizes across the two tournaments.

They talk about the future of Quake, the map pool, all the different DH competitions and much more, here is a snippet:
This is the first big TDM LAN in QuakeLive and the attendance looks to be good, do you think this is the start of TDM becoming a bigger deal again?

Sweden slayzah: I would really love that TDM started to become bigger again actually. If we (DreamHack) takes the first step to add a tourney with it, I hope more will follow.
Sweden snelvovve: I would sure hope so! So I will do my best to make this TDM experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
You might also want to check out Netherlands Sc00t's first PQ Coulumn.

Links: Full Interview
Edited by xou at 17:41 CDT, 16 June 2011 - 14205 Hits
Royal TDM Interview (40 comments)
Posted by Nukm @ 14:57 CDT, 16 June 2011 - iMsg
Last but not least here is an interview with Slovakia JoCKo and Spain dk from arguably the most successful European QL TDM team so far, Europe 4 Kings.

Find out more about the departure zik and v3rb, their expectations for DreamHack, JoCKo's connection, and their EC Final match in the full interview on the second page. Also take the chance to get a look at their configs and handsome faces.

This is the last part of my pre DH coverage, I hope you enjoyed all interviews and that they got everyone even more excited for the heroes of the upcoming weekend.
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Edited by xou at 01:30 CDT, 17 June 2011 - 17743 Hits
derQuaker Interview: Famous TONY (41 comments)
Posted by moppz @ 10:20 CDT, 16 June 2011 - iMsg
The German DerQuaker Team asked FFA superstar Italy Antonio "TONY" Servilio about his life, Quakelive, the FFA mode and the DreamHack. Here is a snippet:
How can you handle the big fame? A lot of girls want to have sex, children and family with you. A lot of boys too!

Yeah I have got a couple of indecent requests, but I love my wife and my daughter *smiles*. My young baby likes to watch VODs of the matches everybody laughs a lot. My wife not that much, but she has got a Quakelive account, too, and she already played in past.

Check the full interview on DerQuaker and find out what is going on in FFA and what he wants to do at the DreamHack.
Edited by mOPPz.oO(BW) at 10:28 CDT, 16 June 2011 - 15850 Hits
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