While I was watcihng the Lauke-Forrest game the PK final was played on stage. The Italian who produced an upset against Fatal1ty was playing Vo0 from Holland. The first game was a blowout by Vo0 but the second one was really close and intense, it came down to stermy being one frag short of a draw. Vo0 has showed the world that he is indeed the best PK pla
The Quake 3 semi finals were played too. Russia played USA and it has to be said, the game was nice. First cha0ticz beat morfez on ffdm2c in a close game and then... then we saw another ZeRo4 versus Cooller game and again... It has to be said - when these two play the crowd is always galvanised with excitement. The map was DM6 - ZeRo4 had never beaten the Russian on this map before and this time it was extremely close. Cooller took an early lead, ZeRo4 tied the game and racked up a nice frag advantage. Then the ties turned again and Cooller started making a comeback and only just managed to equalise and then break the American who could not regain control with so little time left to go. That was not enough to take out the US team, though, because the captain stepped up for the Yanks and did an excellent job in the third map forcing evil to "slash-quit."
The other semi, the one between Belarus and Sweden was close as well. Z4muZ, who is absolutely on fire on ZTN in this event, got a really close game with enemy. It was intense until the very end. Then it was fox vs keep3r in a strangely low-scoring CPM1a. We then found out that the final would be a rematch between Sweden and USA. Before that, though, the Russians got their revenge for the group loss on the Belarusians. Cooller and morfes were the architects of the win. Apparently, uNkind was unhappy with the level of his own play and declined to participate in the last two matches.
The final... The final was the best show I have ever seen in Quake 3. One thing has to be said - it was a lot more dramatic than last year's ESWC final between Cooller and ZeRo4. It was played on the outdoor stage. Two computers and two big screens with the pla
The next map pick was the worst possible for the US. While they were counting on getting a map like CPM1a or T4, zarkof's hand picked ZTN! Instantly, the rock-solid Z4muZ stepped up and started setting up. The US team was in deep, deep trouble. Now they were the ones under pressure and decided to use their very best pla
The US were back on track and waiting for the third map pick. With socrates and ZeRo4 still able to play they were waiting for T4, CPM15 or CPM1a to be picked. The draw now was really dramatic because their only Aerowalk pla
The game started and surprisingly, ZeRo4 got the lead and kept it for a while. Then, we saw more than ten minutes of frantic, spineshivering action that set the spectators into a stage of amok. Every single frag incited cheers from the crowd and I am not ashamed to say that I screamed as well. I cannot describe what happened there, you will just have to see the demo. The game ended in overtime and the Swede got the upper hand. A brave game by ZeRo4, though. If you are American, you should definitely be proud of John. The final was probably the most beautiful thing I have seen in Quake. Zarkof's hand could not have written a better screnario for it. Sweden has crowned itself the best dueling nation!
In the end of the day, I think that a tactical mistake by the captain decided the outcome of the match. He should have set ZeRo4 on fooki, perhaps then they would have won DM6, socrates could play ZTN and czm would duel fox on Aerowalk. Then again, a scenario such as this would produce extremely close games as well. We will never find out. After the game the GGL CEO Brett was really happy with the performance of the pla