October 30, 2008
CEVO-P Week 2.1
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Chicago Chimera (1-2)
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SF Optx (1-2)
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Map: Season
Preview
Recap
Chimera: Stevenson, Lari, hahN, shaffeR, da bears
Optx: Warmach1ne, mOE, clowN, Grt, paradox

CEVO-P Week 2.1
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Carolina Core (2-0)
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x3o (1-1)
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Map: Season
Confirmed Time: Monday, Nov 3 - 10:00pm EST
Preview
Recap
Core: Torrez, Daffsta, devour, sOnNy, org
x3o:mason, AZK, PEX, kEEN, DirtySecret

CEVO-P Week 2.1
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3D.NY (2-0)
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'94 Knicks (0-2)
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Map: Season
Confirmed Time: Sunday, Nov 2 - 11:00pm EST
Preview
Recap
3D.NY: juan, Ksharp, method, nickn0it, Volcano
'94 Knicks: funshine, Griff, exodus, sauce, BadApples

CEVO-P Week 2.1
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Mug 'n Mouse (1-2)
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LA compLexity (3-0)
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Map: Season
Preview
MnM: DUBE, Forever0, Showtime, pansini, mR.Waffles
LA compLexity: Rambo, storm, Warden, fRoD, hanes

CEVO-P Week 2.1
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KEYBOARD SMASHERS (1-2)
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Dallas Venom (3-0)
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Map: Season
Preview
KBS: Torrr, Glockateer, resinous, Aks, Monkey
Dallas Venom: Mustang, zid, sunman, brawwr, Dominator

CEVO-P Week 2.1
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iNet (0-3)
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Cyber Revolution (2-1)
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Map: Season
Preview
iNet: pNo, bReAkDoWn, Mose5, ER1c, ms
Cyber Revolution: frozt, DaZeD, zDk, Chewbacca, xperience

CEVO-P Week 2.1
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Hyper (0-2)
13
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4
9
Devastation (1-1)
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Map: Season
*Second half rescheduled for Monday, November 3rd
Preview
Hyper: Daemos, Shredder, Stryker, PeNgUiNMurda, naughtwe
Devastation: sasquatch, ChEekz, dubs, railmo, jetttt

CEVO-P Week 2.1
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Dynamic (1-2)
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zomblerz (2-1)
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Map: Season
Preview
Dynamic: adreN, sil, JoKa, nosey550, NoObLeR
zomblerz: p0s, misty, ridic, heatwave, classified

 
October 30, 2008

Thursday night, CEVO-P teams will meet up on de_season to kick off week 2. But before we look ahead and offer some predictions, let's take a quick look back. We're only two matches into the season thus far and there are three surprises worth highlighting.

- The San Francisco Optx are 0-2, with two blowout losses to fellow CGS teams, New York 3D and Carolina Core.

- The Chicago Chimera are 1-1, which isn't a record to fret over this early into the season, but their loss came at the hands of Mug 'N Mouse and the win was a narrow defeat over iNet in overtime. Despite the record, I'd say the Chimera are also off to a rather rough start.

- The '94 Knicks are also 0-2, dropping matches to x3o, which was a bit unexpected but not a huge surprise, and Dynamic, who may be a darkhorse team with playoff potential.

We'll get into these defeats a little more during the predictions, but suffice it to say that after six matches we weren't expecting a combined 1-5 record from the teams we predicted to place third, sixth, and eighth. Ouch.

Going into week 2, only four teams remain undefeated. In terms of CPI, Carolina Core sits atop the standings, followed by 3D.NY, LA compLexity and Dallas Venom who are all tied for second place. The zomblerz round out the top five with a 1-1 record, but the overtime loss to Dallas Venom made their CPI high enough for fifth.

Before we get to the predictions, we should also mention a little something special. You'll notice that some of the matches are labeled as "featured" matches. This means we'll be giving those matches some extra attention due to certain circumstances; it could be a match with playoff implications, something of a rivalry, a team looking to break a slump, or just a match between two awesome teams. As a featured match we'll have a more in-depth prediction, along with a full match recap following the game, and possibly some other goodies down the road. Basically, if any given match deserves to be highlighted, we'll try to do just that.

As for this week, no undefeated teams will face each other just yet, but we're in for a rip-roarin' good time as week 2 kicks off with de_season. Our featured matches for the week are Carolina Core vs. x3o, San Francisco Optx. vs. Chicago Chimera, and New York 3D vs. '94 Knicks.

Good luck to all the teams, and here's the first installment of our CEVO-P predictions!

Carolina Core vs. x3o -- Featured Match

Carolina walked all over the Optx this past week, beating them 13-3 on Inferno (and possibly turning a few OPTX players into raging infernos at the same time.) Although considering the score, I'm not sure "walked all over" is strong enough. Carolina beat Mug 'n Mouse on the same map by a 13-6 score—double the amount of rounds they gave up to their fellow CGS players. Yikes.

Their opponent for the night, x3o, did the same to the '94 Knicks, beating them 13-4, so it's not like either team is slumping to start the season. On the other hand, it's not like the '94 Knicks and the OPTX have been tearing up the Source scene. Neither team has been very impressive thus far - they scored roughly the same amount of points that Mark Dolven did during the CGS season.

Basically, it's tough to read too much into either of their results thus far considering how their opponents have started the season.

As for the map, I'm not too familiar with either team's history on de_season. The only match that comes to mind was the Core's 3-15 loss to 3D during the CGS season, but months have passed since then and if there's one thing that guarantees change and an uptick in performance, it's a 3-15 loss. Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure a twelve-round differential is a good sign that something isn't going so well.

But there are plenty of things to watch out for, and for x3o it should be DirtySecret. They added to him recently and it was an interesting move. The last few years DS has shuffled through teams like I shuffle through DS games, though he has always been able to stand toe-to-toe with the best players. But at the same time, he hasn't really been considered among the game's elite players since his days with Hyper.

I think a big reason for that was the constant roster moves holding him back, and some of those teams lacked the dedication needed to be the best. If that's the case, x3o could be a tailor-made home for him. As I mentioned in my CEVO-P preview of x3o, I think AZK and PEX, the team's foundation, have attitudes that make for a constructive practice environment. Mix in KEEN, a very experienced CS player, and DirtySecret might have the perfect environment for his talent to excel.

Unfortunately, x3o, and DirtySecret, might not be there quite yet. x3o should give the Core a good match, but I think the Core's experience as a team will prevail in the closing rounds.

sapphiRe's prediction: Carolina Core > x3o 13-10


The brutal truth is this: neither team has shown much life thus far. I wouldn't be surprised if concerned fans were breaking out the CPR paddles; either to shock their favorite teams back to life or to shock themselves back to consciousness after swooning from another loss.

Let's put it this way. San Francisco put up five combined rounds in their first two matches. The only entertaining thing about those matches was their in-game commentary (if you haven't watched the demos of their matches against New York and Carolina, they come highly recommended). Otherwise, it was a slaughter. The Chimera have done a little better, but not by much. They barely topped iNet and they lost to Mug 'n Mouse. Those just aren't teams Chicago should be losing to.

The impression I get from the Optx is that they really want to win this season, but more than that, they know they can win. But at the same time they're lacking team continuity. Whatever chemistry they had during this past July, after they revived themselves from their horrific start to the CGS, is missing in action. I'm sure they're searching for it, and they need to find it before this season slips away.

The Chimera, on the other hand, seems to be lacking the explosiveness that should be in every CGS team. It's strange to say that considering their players (Stevenson was just named one of the top-100 CS players, for instance), but maybe the team just simply underestimated their opponents thus far. No matter what the cause, they need to pick it up if they want to be playoff contenders and the loss to Mug 'n Mouse is a bad stumble to start the season.

Despite each team's lackluster performance thus far, the amount of talent on these two teams makes this a match to keep your eye on. I think the OPTX will be glad to put Inferno behind them, not only because of the results, but because they've got a great shot to get back in the winner's circle - and I think they will do just that in a close, close match.

sapphiRe's prediction: San Francisco Optx > Chicago Chimera 13-11

New York 3D vs. '94 Knicks -- Featured Match

Unfortunately for the 0-2 '94 Knicks, they don't have home court advantage at The Garden this week. Everybody knows that Spike Lee is good for a motivational point or two.

Instead, they will be traveling to the closest thing New York had to a home court during the CGS, de_season, which for reasons unknown has turned into a stomping grounds for 3D.

Season is relatively balanced, but considering the '94 Knicks' start, 3D should take the early lead on whatever side they start. The Knicks could make a late-game surge with 3 or 4 straight rounds when 3D is near gamepoint, but New York (the 3D kind, not the Knicks kind) should be able to close the deal before the game gets too close.

This might seem a little too confident considering 3D did drop a match to Cyber Revolution on Wednesday night in the Pro-AM. But that was thanks in large part to method's absence. Not to discredit Dave "moto" Geffon's skill, but 3D is a team built on teamwork. If method is still unavailable, without all five parts working together, 3D could be in trouble vs. a very talented Knicks team, just as they were against Cyber Revolution.

If the prediction comes true, then the '94 Knicks will drop to 0-3. It's a terrible beginning to the season any way you look at it. That being said, I still truly believe that the '94 Knicks are playoff bound. I just don't think tonight will be their night.

sapphiRe's prediction: 3D.NY > '94 Knicks 13-8


On one hand, Mug 'n Mouse should be able to pull off a few rounds and take Complexity by surprise. Season wasn't a great map for LA the last time we saw them; they had a couple close matches during the CGS season, notably a 10-9 loss to the Dallas Venom and a 10-8 win over the OPTX.  There's also a chance LA will underestimate Mug 'N Mouse, despite their week 1 win over Chicago Chimera.

On the other hand, they're still Complexity. And it's also rumored that MnM will be missing a starter so that's probably not gonna help their chances. Complexity is still the favorite, by quite a bit.

sapphiRe's prediction: LA compLexity > Mug 'N Mouse 13-7


There's nothing that really needs to be said about the Dallas Venom right now. The Venom are 2-0 and, as usual, look incredible. KBS is 1-1 with an overtime win over Cyber Revolution and an 8-13 loss to coL. Let's not kid ourselves, this match should go to the Venom by a large margin.

sapphiRe's prediction: Dallas Venom > KEYBOARD SMASHERS 13-5


I got a chance to watch iNet's SourceTV demo from their match against Chicago. Two words. Wow. Wow.

(I'd add a third wow, but that would just be silly.)

First of all, iNet came about as close as you can to winning without actually doing so. They had Chicago on the ropes, not only in the score but mentally, too. The last time I saw a group of people that much on tilt they were playing at a poker table with Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth. And losing thousands of dollars.

pNo was the largest factor in putting Chicago on their heels early in the match. He was single-handedly destroying strats at banana for the first few rounds. They still lost the match in overtime, but it could have gone either way. Their next match wasn't nearly so close, a 3-13 loss to Complexity.

Cyber Revolution had a couple easier opponents than Chicago and Los Angeles in their first two matches. They beat Hyper 13-6 and lost in OT to KEYBOARD SMASHERS. This match doesn't have the headline value of some of the featured games, but I think it might be one of the more dramatic ones of the week. If pNo can AWP like he did on Inferno, Cyber Revolution is in for a long, long night. As it is, I think it'll be a close game and I'm giving the edge to iNet.

Mike's prediction: iNet > Cyber Revolution 13-12 (OT)


I'm not that high on Hyper this season. They didn't fare well in Pro-Am, and they're already 0-2 on the season. They're not a bad team by any means, but it doesn't seem like the pieces they have right now are a good fit against the top teams.

Devastation hasn't been setting the Source forums afire, either, but they've got the history and the experience. It won't be a complete blow-out, but I don’t think it’ll be particularly close, either. Dev should take it.

Mike's prediction: Devastation > Hyper 13-9


I have to say, the Zomblerz have been better with ridic than they were with Pham. That's not a judgment on either player's skills. But after the switch they pushed the Venom into OT in Week 1-1, smooshed Devastation in their next match, and they've turned around their Pro-Am season around in recent weeks. That's a pretty good track record.

I don't know if their turnaround is a product of chemistry, a more consistent practice schedule (Pham was balancing 1.6 and Source), or some combination of a lot of things. But I think they'll take this match relatively easily, moving to 2-1 on the season.

Mike's prediction: Zomblerz > Dynamic 13-6


 
October 26, 2008

Roster:
- David "zid" Chin
- Kyle "Mustang" Cummings
- Eric "brawwr" Neer
- Josh "Dominator" Sievers
- Justin "sunman" Summy

Predicted Finish

sapphiRe's prediction: 1/16
Mike's prediction: 1/16

Composite prediction: 1st place, 13-2

How They Got Here

As the CEVO-P Season 6 champions, the Dallas Venom earned an auto-berth into Season 7 to defend their title. The Venom are hoping to make CEVO-P Source history this fall by becoming the first team to win three championships.

CompLexity also has a shot at that record as the Season 3 and 4 champs. But the more recent titles belong to the Venom, not to mention our own rankings giving them the benefit of the doubt, and their three championships would be consecutive, as well – something Los Angeles, and for that matter every other CEVO-P champion, can’t claim.

Looking Ahead

You’d think it would be easy to find things to talk about for the highest-ranked team. But in a way, I feel there isn't much left to say about the Venom. Their results sort of speak for themselves.

They won Season 5 of CEVO. They beat Carolina in the Season 6 CEVO-P Finals. They finished in first place with a 9-3 record in the CGS regular season and won the CS:S Individual World Championships (along with the $25,000 prize). And, if that wasn’t enough, Dallas is now 7-0 in the CGS Pro-AM after demolishing 3D.NY, as well as fellow CEVO-P team Cyber Revolution (playing as FEVER in Pro-AM), among other teams.

As such, you can see why the results speak for themselves. They’ve pretty much won every tournament they’ve entered.

The Venom did have a bit of a stumble in the CGS World Finals, where they fell to the Optx 7-11. That cost the Dallas franchise at least a top-four finish. But even that’s just one game, and the Venom have been almost flawless for the past few months. I don't think I need to convince anyone why the Venom deserve to be in the number one spot.

To sum it up, all of the top eight teams are capable of winning. Then again, the season is only a few days old, and given the Venom's past results the team is already on pace for their third straight CEVO-P championship.

--sapphiRe


 
October 26, 2008

Roster:
- Sal "Volcano" Garozzo
- Kyle "Ksharp" Miller
- Jon "juan" Mumm
- Nick "nickn0it" Nowakowski
- Mikey "method" So

Predicted Finish

sapphiRe's prediction: 2/16
Mike's prediction: 2/16

Composite prediction: 2nd place, 12-3

How They Got Here

The last time New York 3D competed in CEVO-P (Season 5), the team ended the season with a mediocre-at-best 5-7 record. Though the finish was better than the start; they opened the year with a horrendous 0-7 mark. Over half a year (and two huge roster changes) later, 3D.NY was welcomed back into the placement tournament with open arms, looking like one of the teams to beat.

But they did have a small stumble during the PT. In group play, Skull Gaming stunned 3D in a best-of-three series, but otherwise New York had little trouble advancing to the double elimination bracket. Following consecutive wins over vANSKAP and Skull, 3D qualified for CEVO-P.

Looking Ahead

3D’s aforementioned turnaround from 5-7 in CEVO to 8-4 in the CGS came mostly thanks to the CGS draft. The additions of n0it and juan paid immediate dividends as 3D started this past CGS season with a 5-0 record, knocking off every other Source team. They were shaping up to be the best team in the league, but they couldn’t keep up their hot start down the stretch and the Dallas Venom, neck-in-neck with them most of the season, soared past them in the final few matches.

Nonetheless, 3D finished in second place with an 8-4 record, just behind the Venom's 9-3 record.

A similar pattern is emerging in the CGS Pro-AM league. 3D was undefeated with big wins over the '94 Knicks and compLexity while Dallas trailed just behind. And again, Dallas took the lead after beating New York heads-up. I was expecting a close match-up, but Dallas wiped the floors of de_dust2 with New York, ending 3D's win streak with an ugly 10-3 score.

3D's CEVO-P season should closely resemble their CGS and Pro-AM seasons. There’s no reason to think otherwise. They have the talent, as well as the teamwork, communication and productive attitudes, to be a top team this season.

However, just as before, I see the Venom edging out 3D in the end. New York should have a great season that ends in the playoffs, and there’s no doubt they have what it takes to beat the reigning CEVO-P champs, but right now the Venom simply look too good and have yet to show me any reason why they shouldn't be above 3D.

And that holds true even if New York gets off to a hot start. Again.

--sapphiRe

Tags:
3D, CEVO, Source

 
October 25, 2008

Roster:
- Mike "paradox" Stanowski
- Garett "Grt" Bambrough
- Laurent "Warmach1ne" Keoula
- Yazan "clowN" Ammari
- Moe "moE" Assad

Predicted Finish

sapphiRe's prediction: 3/16
Mike's prediction: 4/16

Composite prediction: 3rd place-tie, 11-4

How They Got Here

The last time we saw the San Francisco Optx in CEVO-P was season 5 when the team finished in second place, just behind the Dallas Venom.

Seeking their first CEVO-P championship, the Optx were invited into the Season 7 placement tournament after passing on Season 6 due to the CGS season. They promptly ripped through the upper bracket with wins over eX and Hyper, easily advancing into the highest division of the league.

Looking Ahead

This team is filled with 5 very strong personalities. They’re loud, fierce, and explosive. And that's when they're winning.

When things aren't going well, you can add "implosive" to the list. The Optx ended the regular season a disappointing 4-8, with a dreadful -25 point differential. In the first week alone, the Optx went 1-3 with three embarrassing defeats; a 5-13 loss to coL, a 4-14 loss to Chimera, and a 6-12 loss to 3D.NY.

But after being pushed around for over a month, the Optx finally came alive during the first round of the World Finals. As the wildcard team they took down the Dallas Venom (the best Source team from North America) 11-7, knocking Dallas out of the tournament and energizing their Source squad.

Frankly, the Optx have looked healthy ever since – and I'm not just talking about their bank accounts, which are about $13,000 heavier after taking second place at the CGS World Finals. Whatever clicked during the end of the CGS season has stayed "on", and they've been nearly flawless in both the Pro-Am and the CEVO PT. They’ve avoided facing off against other CGS teams due to the whims of the schedule, but that’s about to end. Their first test is also their first match – a bout against 3D.NY in Week 1-1 of CEVO-P. 

Overall, the Optx have certainly improved their team chemistry over the past couple months, and they'll be a force in Season 7. Having returned to their bedrooms after making their mark in Los Angeles during CGS, as paradox would say, the Optx are now venturing out on their "tour of the Internet". And we expect there to be many sell-out crowds (in SourceTV, of course) along for the ride as the Optx make a run for a championship.

--sapphiRe


 
October 25, 2008

Roster:
- Matt "Warden" Dickens
- Danny "fRoD" Montaner
- Tyler "Storm" Wood
- Ron "Rambo" Kim
- Corey "hanes" Hanes

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's prediction: 4/16
Mike's prediction: 3/16

Composite prediction: 3rd place-tie, 11-4

How They Got Here

After a 6-6 record in CGS season 2, good for third place, Complexity has once again returned to CEVO-P in hopes of dethroning the two-time champs, the Dallas Venom, and earning the team's third championship in CEVO-P Source.

They got invited into the PT for a simple reason: Complexity is, without a doubt, one of the biggest names in eSports. They were ready to tango, and CEVO would have been foolish to not extend a special invitation.

After getting in the PT, they rolled through their first two matches (surprise!) to get into the league.

Looking Ahead

While I've noticed a lot of discussion about coL underperforming this year, by no means did they play poorly. 

The problem is that most of us have coL's 2007 performances fresh in our minds and expectations are high for this legendary lineup. It’s no secret that Complexity was head and shoulders above the rest of the teams during their first year in Source. They won almost every league, championship or tournament that came their way.

Fast-forward to 2008 and coL looks more like a "normal" top Source team - plagued by some inconsistency but still a dominating force at any given time.

The most glaring example of that inconsistency is their eye-popping loss against a rather unknown team, 9Frame. It’s important to mention that coL has also been playing 1.6 and Source, in both CEVO and Pro-AM, for the past few months, and making the daily transition is a difficult task. Nonetheless, there’s only a handful of teams that coL should ever lose to, and 9Frame isn’t one of them.

However, with CEVO-P 1.6 behind them and the Pro-AM 1.6 playoffs coming up soon, coL's 1.6 revival is coming to a close… at least for this year. For the first few weeks of CEVO-P they’ll be balancing both Pro-Am divisions and regular season CEVO-P play, continuously switching between two games and having multiple matches a week.That could take a toll on their overall performance, but luckily for them their first two matches should be a breeze with KEYBOARD SMASHERS up first, followed by inet (formerly PK). Even balancing two leagues and two games, should come out of those matches 2-0 and ready for more.

Their schedule will clear up after a couple weeks when Pro-Am ends, and that's when the fun will begin. compLexity has what it takes to claim their third championship this season. No doubt about that. But I also think they’re not far and away the best team anymore. The rest of the league has caught up, not only in talent, but desire, as well. compLexity will be in a constant struggle with the Optx and 3D, and those three should go back-and-forth all season, shuffling between second, third, and fourth place.

Still, something would have to go terribly wrong for coL not to be at least in the top four, and that’s a great season in a deep, talented league.

--sapphiRe


 

Roster:
- Sam "devour" Chamma
- Mark "masternook" Torrez
- Chadd "daffsta" White
- Sonny "s0nNy" Tran
- Cyrus "org" Habibi

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's prediction: 7/16
Mike's prediction: 5/16

Composite prediction: 5th place, 10-5

How They Got Here

Carolina Core received an auto-berth into CEVO-P after taking 2nd place in season 6. As one of the two CGS teams that decided to compete simultaneously in CEVO and CGS, Core managed to pull off a satisfying 11-7 record, good enough for 4th place and a spot in the playoffs.There, they narrowly edged by Devastation in an overtime match during Round 1, followed up by a 13-0 slaughter of the '94 Knicks. Core was sent down to the lower bracket by the Venom, where they again faced the Knicks. This time it was much closer as Core barely pulled ahead in double overtime. Carolina eventually lost to Venom in a best-of-three, taking home second place.

The team's CGS season was much of the same - a roller coaster of wins and losses. The Core lost their last three Source matches during the regular season, while the franchise was trying desperately to secure a playoff spot. With all parts miraculously falling into place, however, the entire Carolina team advanced to the North American playoffs and eventually took home the franchise gold. The Source team ended the regular season with a mediocre 5-7 record and +3 point differential.

Later in the season, Carolina's most heartbreaking loss came at the hands of the Birmingham Salvo. The Core CS:S squad lost in the semi-finals of the World Championships with a 7-11 score, which was too large of a deficit for Core's Dead or Alive 4 star to overcome.

Most recently, Carolina is undefeated in the CGS Pro-Am, with the most notable win being a 10-9 OT win over Hyper.

Looking Ahead

Carolina is another team that makes me feel almost silly for putting them at 7th (5th in the composite ranking). The word that keeps coming to mind when analyzing this team is, "deadly". I've seen them absolutely demolish some teams (see: 14-4 win over 3D in CGS). But then again, I've watched them on the other side of the demolishing as well (see: 15-3 loss to 3D in CGS).

Their most recent results are inconsistent against other CGS teams as evident by their 5-7 CGS record, but I don't think that says enough for how much skill this line-up has. Carolina is fully capable of winning it all. I think their results are going to depend on how much effort and dedication they put into it.

And if the team doesn't at least match last season's second place finish, when you add that to their recent up-and-down performances, I wouldn't be surprised if there are some roster changes come draft time.

--sapphiRe


 
October 23, 2008

Roster:
- Derek "exodus" Heidinger
- Gary "Funshine" Laurita
- Cory "BADAPPLES!!!!!!" Branagan
- Rich "sauce " Cannon
- Grant "Griff" Hall

Predicted Finish

sapphiRe's Prediction: 6/16
Mike's Prediction: 6/16

Compostie Prediction: 6th Place, 10-5

How They Got Here

The '94 Knicks were close to taking home the ultimate prize from Season 6 of CEVO. They went 13-5 during the regular season, easily earning them a spot in the playoffs. They picked up two more wins there, but it wasn't enough to get them into the championship match.

That was because they dropped two matches to Carolina, in Round 2 and Round 5. They ended up in third place, which is nothing to be ashamed of, especially considering that their second loss was an overtime match. If not for the Core they could have easily been playing for the title against the Dallas Venom.

Still, third was more than enough to get them a place in CEVO-P for season 7, and they're returning the same roster from last season, adding even more chemistry and experience to an already dangerous team.

Looking Ahead

I'm not sure how to say this, so I'll just come out and say it: this team is a disappointment. A huge disappointment.

I mean, couldn't they come up with a better name than the '94 Knicks? Why not the '93 Bulls, a basketball team that was actually good? Is it really a good idea to name yourself after a bunch of chokers that couldn't get it done in Game 7? I think we're underestimating the effect of positive thinking.

Alright, I admit the only reason I'm picking on their name is because I can't find much fault in their lineup. The vast majority of Source talent is in the CGS, and the '94 Knicks have former CGS players, CGS taxi-players, and people that (in my humble opinion) should be in the league. Other things they have include

- In Funshine they've got the requisite AWPer that can dominate at any given time, an absolute necessity in Source.
- Underrated riflers
- Oodles of experience in big matches and against top teams.
- A great mix of impact players and support guys.

On that last point, I thought about trying to put the players into those groups for clarity, but I couldn't figure how to break it down. There's a good reason for that: at any given moment I think they can all play a support or prominent role as needed. They don't have any huge, domineering egos, but all the players are also capable of dominating any given round. If I was going to build a team that I knew would work hard and put the team first, some of these guys would be on top of the list.

As you can see from our rankings, both sapphire and I like them a little more than the Chimera, and we don't make that choice lightly. These guys are talented, experienced, and they'll be contending all season.

The only question I have for them is whether or not they can change last season's story and beat Carolina, or the other CGS teams, come playoff time.

I wouldn't bet big money against it, but I am afraid they'll be more similar to their namesake than their fans would hope.

--Mike


 
October 23, 2008

CEVO-P Preview: Zomblerz

Roster:
- Carson "classified" Holt
- Justin "heatwave" McKay
- Andres "misty" Gunaratne
- Trevor "p0s" Randolph
- Frank "ridic" Savettiere

Projected Finish

sapphiRe's Prediction: 5/16
Mike's Prediction: 8/16

Composite Prediction: 7th, 9-6

How They Got Here:

The Zomblerz were another team that earned a berth from the last season of CEVO. They finished the regular season with a sparkling 14-4 record.

Unfortunately, that was the high water mark. In the playoffs they dropped their first two matches and were quickly shuffled out the door. They lost to the eventual champions, the Dallas Venom, before being eliminated by Devastation in the lower bracket.

Needless to say, that's not how they were hoping things would go down. But they're back again this season to give it another go, and they've got a small change in their roster. As sapphire recently wrote, they've just replaced Ryan "Phamtastik" Pham with Frank "ridic" Savettiere. The other four names are zomblerz mainstays classified, heatwave, and misty, to go with p0s, who's been with the team for a couple seasons of online play.

Looking Ahead

Roster changes have been mentioned a couple times in previous team breakdowns. Mostly in the sense that changing your lineup just before the season starts isn't usually a good thing.

I have to agree with that, but I'm not sure the last-second substitution of ridic for Pham is actually that much of a negative, even though I think Pham is still one of the more underrated players in Source (along with being #1 on all GotFrag threads.)

Much like balancing 1.6 and Source takes a toll on teams that try to juggle both games, it does the same to individual players. Pham was one of the few guys that was playing both 1.6 and Source for different teams. Personally, I think it'd be hard enough to play them with the same set of teammates in each version. Switching not only positions, map dynamics, but teammates, too? He'd be forgiven if he wasn't on top of his game in every match.

It would have an effect outside the obvious, too. If you're playing with the same group of guys in two games, at least you know the practice schedule. With two different teams, there's a distinct chance that one set of scrims will run over the other. Which team do you practice with?

To me, balancing the games with two teams seems like it would add uncertainty, and even potential for rust.

I don't think ridic is quite as good as Pham as a player, but he's not a weak link, either. The Zomblerz should be more than able to hold their own against anybody that's not a CGS team, and I wouldn't be surprised if they upset a couple guys ranked above them. They're going to be players this year.

Just like they always are.

(I'd also like to note that we did the rankings before any CEVO matches were done. The Zomblerz lost their first match to Dallas in OT, and I'm already beginning to regret putting them eighth. I might have to plead temporary insanity on that one.)

--Mike


 

Roster:
- Matt "Stevenson" Stevenson
- Pasha "lari" Lari
- Erik "da bears" Stromberg
- Albert "hahN" Hahn
- Lloyd "shaffer" Shaffer

Predicted Finish:
sapphiRe's prediction: 8/16
Mike's prediciton: 7/16

Composite prediction: 8th place, 9-6

How They Got Here

Having been absent from the past two seasons of CEVO-P dating back to 2007, Chicago Chimera entered the placement tournament needing to qualify for the league. Chimera went undefeated throughout the tournament, easily advancing to the CEVO-P.

However, the team can't say the same about this past CGS season.

Chicago bottomed out with a 4-8 last place record during the CGS North American regular season. With a -29 point differential, the worst differential for Source teams to date, the Chimera CS:S team not only sunk to the bottom of the Source standings, but also in turn brought down the entire Chicago franchise, which finished 5th in the league.

On the bright side, more recently Chicago has had a rather successful season in the CGS Pro-Am. The team is currently 5-1, with a notable 10-2 win over Skull Gaming. The loss was a 7-10 defeat from Vanskap, but it's important to point out the Chimera was somewhat handicapped at the time, with GM dkt stepping in for lari.

Looking Ahead

I admit that I've been a bit on the negative side so far with Chimera. Sometimes it seems easier to point out the flaws than successes. But now that we've reached the top 8, making predictions has become far more difficult considering how jam-packed full of talent this top 8 is.

Not too long ago, a Counter-Strike legend, Corey "tr1p" Dodd, stepped down from the team to pursue other interests. In a rather surprising move, dkt selected Lloyd "shaffeR" Shaffer (more of an AWPer) to replace tr1p (strat caller and rifler). With the lack of Source LANs leading up to the CGS 2009 Combine, I think this CEVO-P season is the most important stretch of Counter-Strike in shaffeR's career. He needs to prove to his GM and team that he deserves to be back in the league by the time the draft rolls around.

(It's also important to point out shaffeR fits in well with Chicago's use of their last names as aliases, so he's off to a fine start. You can't overemphasize team camaraderie. Sports teams do crazy things all the time, like refusing to cut their facial hair or wash their underwear while they're on a hot streak.

Then again, maybe you can overemphasize team camaraderie.)

Having watched shaffeR play long before the top 1.6 teams merged to Source, I'm convinced he should keep up with the CGS vets. He's been a great player for quite some time. Nonetheless, I think Chimera will be somewhere near the bottom half of the top 8 teams. They've still got a bit of catching up to do after making a roster move.

Of course, the ultimate goal for the regular season is to make the playoffs. Whether a team is the 1st seed or 8th seed going into the playoffs, it's about the same when the whole field is capable of a championship. The Chimera is no exception. They've got what it takes to be #1, it just won't come as easily as it will for a team like the defending champion Dallas Venom.

--sapphiRe


 
October 22, 2008

Roster:
- Matt "ChEekz" Csikos
- Stephen "sasquatcH" Csikos
- Dan "railm0" Locilento
- Justin "jettt" Thacke
- Joe "dubs" Wishnia
- Miles "Scorpion" Carmello

Not Active Roster:
- Todd "anger" Williams
- Keith "KwicK" Wickenhauser
- John "___" Miller
- Derek "nibbler" Gangi
- Kurt "K187" Langjahr

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's prediction: 9/16
Mike's prediction: 9/16

Composite prediction: 9th Place, 7-8

How They Got Here:

Devastation should be a team that any Source fan recognizes. Like Bilbo Baggins, they've been There and Back Again. (I hope Lord of the Rings references aren't too nerdy...)  

But I do mean that quite literally. Over the years I think they've been through name changes, roster changes, more name changes, more roster changes, and God only knows what else. The two constants have been sasquatcH at the helm and a lot of wins.

Which brings us to how they got here: winning. They earned a berth in this season's CEVO-P field by taking 4th place last season after losing in overtime to Carolina and losing to the '94 Knicks. Not exactly within a hair's breadth of the winner's circle, but close enough to get them back for another season, and deservingly so.

Looking Ahead

If I had to pick one team to disappoint on our predictions, Devastation would be at the top of the list.

There are two reasons for this. First, I don't think they're clearly and significantly better than the teams right behind them. More importantly, I'm not sure what to make of their roster. I appreciate any team that has enough players to scrim against themselves, but it's a little strange because I'd consider some of the player listed as "Not Active" to be stronger starters than the people on the "Active" list. Maybe that's just me.

As you can see from ranking them ninth, I still think they'll be in playoff contention. I wouldn't even be surprised if they made it in. But I'm not sure where that extra win will come from. There are seven teams ranked behind them. If they beat all those guys, we'll arrive at our projected win total. To surpass that they'll need to upset a CGS team, the '94 Knicks, or the Zomblerz. Maybe they pick up one win (or two, if they're lucky and/or on a hot streak) there, but Dynamic beat them in the Pro-Am, and there are other quality teams below them. One slip-up and they're right back where they started.

Basically, even if I give them the benefit of the doubt, it just seems like they're in a precarious position. They'll have a fight on their hands this season in both directions. They need to stave off the hungry, up-and-coming teams below them, and scratch-and-claw for every round on the teams ranked ahead of them.

Can they pull it off? Sure. They've got the track record and talented players. But I think it's more likely they finish just short of an eight-team playoff bracket.

There was a small update here. Remember how I said that some of their players on the Not Active list made more sense as starters than backups? Well, it turns out that is the case. railm0 is actually starting for them. This is logical considering he's A) extremely good B) been on different iterations of Devastation in the past and should have good chemistry with the team. This improves their outlook quite a bit, in my mind. I'm not sure if I'd change the rank or not, but I'd definitely have to reconsider.

Anyway. Sorry for any confusion. I think keeping track of starting rosters in Source would require a full-time, paid employee. Anybody wanna volunteer for the job? And does anybody wanna volunteer to fund the position?,

--Mike


 

In preparation for the upcoming CEVO-P CS:Source season, there have been a considerable number of notable roster changes this week. Teams are rushing to fill crucial holes in their line-ups in hopes of improving the chances of a playoff berth. With the start of the regular season just one day away, these late roster changes don't come without risk. But some of these changes could mean the difference between missing the playoffs in 9th place or narrowly advancing in 8th.

Check out the most recent roster announcements from this week below.

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* Devastation
IN:
-- Joe "dubs" Wishnia
Recent past team: XFX - 1st place - Winter CPL 2007

** Starting Roster:
-- Stephen "sasquatcH" Csikos
-- Matt "ChEekz" Csikos
-- Dan "railm0" Locilento
-- Justin "jetttt" Thacke
-- Joe "dubs" Wishnia


* Frag Dominant`zomblerz
IN:
-- Frank "ridic" Savettiere
Recent past teams: Cyber Revolution
OUT:
-- Ryan "pham" Pham

** Starting Roster:
-- Justin "heatwave" Mckay
-- Trevor "p0s" Randolph
-- Carson "classified" Holt
-- Andres "misty" Gunaratne
-- Frank "ridic" Savettiere


* Cyber Revolution
IN:
-- Samuel "Chewbacca" Tesh
Recent past teams: Skull Gaming - 1st place - CEVO-M Season 6
-- Sam "DaZeD" Marine
Recent past teams: Skull Gaming - 1st place - CEVO-M Season 6
OUT:
-- Frank "ridic" Savettiere

** Starting Roster:
-- Adam "xperience" Leonard
-- David "zDk-" Figueroa
-- Carey "frozt" Kertenian
-- Samuel "Chewbacca" Tesh
-- Sam "DaZeD" Marine


* Dynamic
IN:
-- Bill "nosey550" Nose
Recent past teams: Suave - CEVO-P Season 6

** Starting Roster:
-- Eric "adreN" Hoag
-- Steve "JoKa-_0" Perino
-- Brett "bmK" Kowalik
-- Scott "demonic" Lamb
-- Bill "nosey550" Nose


* Mug 'N Mouse
IN:
-- Nicholas "Pansini" Pansini
Recent past teams: CAE - CAL-Invite Season 12 // Dynamic - CEVO-Main Season 6
-- Shawn "DUBE" Dube
Recent past team: justBALLS - CEVO-P Season 6
OUT:
-- Jared "jareD" Karpiscak

** Starting Roster:
-- Antonio "Showtime" Angotti
-- Austin "Forever0" Kulig Kort
-- Jonathan "mR.Waffles" Fuller
-- Nicholas "Pansini" Pansini
-- Shawn "DUBE" Dube


*LANDodger has received word that another significant roster move will be announced in the next day or two, with the earliest possibility being late this evening. We'll have that information here as soon as it hits.


--sapphiRe


 
October 22, 2008

Roster:
- Eric "adreN" Hoag
- Steve "JoKa-_0" Perino
- Brett "bmK" Kowalik
- Bill "nosey550" Nose
- Scott "demonic" Lamb
- Peterson "NoObLeR" Yem
- Jon "sil" Strong

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's prediction: 10/16
Mike's prediction: 10/16

Composite prediction: 10th Place, 7-8

How They Got Here

Dynamic managed to enter the placement tournament using current members, nosey550, sil and NoObLeR's slot from the season 6 team, suave. Dynamic went 2-1 in the double elimination bracket, highlighted by a 13-10 win over Skull Gaming, and the team advanced to the big leagues. Important to note, however, is the team's devastating first round loss to Hyper 2-13, which followed two earlier blow-out losses in group play to the Optx.

Despite the shaky results, Dynamic has earned the right to compete in CEVO-P, but will face a considerably difficult field of teams.

Formerly known as bip, the core of this line-up has progressed together from the bottom of the food chain (CAL-O s8 champs, CAL-Main s9 champs, CAL-Invite s10/s11 champs) to the most prestigious online division (CEVO-P s6, s7).

One of their biggest advantages might be familiarity. Many of the starters having competed together at DC-LAN, ETS (where they eliminated my pug of Volcano, AZK, PEX and Grt, for which I might never forgive them... just kidding) and most recently, Showdown LAN in Massachusetts where they took home first place, the gang has years with of experience together, something rare in the community.

Just prior to the qualifying match against Skull in double elim, dynamic picked up nosey550 who will serve as the team's strat caller and provide some needed leadership to the line-up.

Looking Ahead

I have a ton of respect for the fact that the majority of this team started out at the bottom and worked their way up together. After getting to know dynamic a bit the past few weeks, their story reminds me very much of the juan, nickn0it and paradox trio, but with obviously a bit less success along the way. Still, CEVO-P is the place to be right now for online leagues and dynamic is among the top 16.

Still lacking experience in high level competition, dynamic shouldn’t make it into playoffs this season if the rest of the top teams perform as expected. If they can achieve a .500 record, I'd consider that a successful season.

While probably falling short of the playoffs, expect this team to make some noise and put up a good fight.

--sapphiRe


 
October 22, 2008

Roster:
- Keven "AZK" Lariviere
- Philippe Olivier "PEX" Crepin
- Mason "mason" Dickens
- Bobby "kEEN" Aihama
- Kevin "Legend" Binette

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's prediction: 11/16
Mike's prediction: 11/16

Composite prediction: 11th Place, 6-9

How They Got Here

As the 6th place finisher in season 6, x3o has returned with a revampedm line-up featuring some familiar names. There hasn't been much to report about x3o as of late since the team has been silent for a few months. How bad is it? The biggest news we've seen out of the x3o camp is that PEX has once again grown out his 'fro, which appears to have doubled in size.

Unlike the majority of CEVO-P teams, x3o didn't compete in the CGS Pro-AM. AZK and PEX were ineligible due to their Quebec residency. While missing out on a few matches shouldn't hurt the team, two roster changes, along with being idle for some time, will make this season an uphill climb.

Joining x3o this season are kEEN and Legend. kEEN is a veteran CS 1.6 player, having played for notable teams such as GX (1.6), Pandemic (1.6) and United 5 (1.6 and Source). Legend, while being absent from the game for awhile, was previously teammate to AZK and PEX when they played for eGe/Frantic.

Add mason to the list, and that makes for a roster capable of being a playoff contender.

Looking Ahead

I had a hard time putting x3o this low in the standings given the individual experience this team has. I've also played on LAN with AZK and PEX and was thoroughly impressed by their skill at a time when there were many doubters due to their lack of LAN experience. Coupled with their great attitudes and superb communication, I think these are two players bound for success in the future.

On the other hand, the pick-up of Legend is questionable at this point. The positive side is that in the past he was a good player, and taking into account his established teamwork with friends AZK and PEX, he should be able to fit in rather easily. But from what I've heard, he has been absent from high level competition for some time now which has its obvious problems. This is an unconfirmed rumor, but it's still enough to put a small damper on their outlook.

x3o should be able to dominate some of the rookie teams without much effort. Going up against the big boys of CGS will prove to be a more difficult task. I wouldn't be surprised to see them pull out 1-2 wins over CGS teams but I think inconsistency will be the team's biggest weakness.

As a fan, I do like this line-up and hope that they can in fact be playoff-bound. However, until I'm able to watch them in action against some top teams, I'm placing them just a few spots shy of the playoffs.

--sapphiRe

Tags:
CEVO, Source, x3o

 
October 22, 2008

Roster:
- Jon "Shredder" Hayes
- Josh "Daemos" Hayes
- Jeff "AlphA" Lada
- Tyson "KLUWE" Kluwe
- Alex "Mingus" Werner
- Adam "PenguinMURDA" Hartzell
- Ben "GuileE" Smith

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's prediction: 12/16
Mike's prediction: 12/16

Composite prediction: 12th Place, 5-10

How They Got Here

Hyper got into the PT by taking one of the two PT spots offered as prizes in the Thermaltake 'em Down II Tournament. That was, apparently, the easy part.

The tough part came in the Placement Tournament itself. They cruised to a 13-2 victory over eleventh-seeded Dymanic in the first round but it was downhill after that. They ran into the OPTX and lost 7-13, sending them to the lower bracket and a match against KEYBOARD SMASHERS. They lost that match, too, despite being the higher seed. The 10-13 loss sent them to the Last Chance Bracket, where, after clearly idling in "normal" for two matches, they went into "HYPER MODE" and beat justBALLS 13-6.

In terms of their roster, if you're an old-school player just returning after a six or nine month break, you'd be forgiven if you're a little confused. Daemos and Shredder are two Hyper mainstays, but the other five players are "newer" additions. That's not to say they're unknowns, because they aren't. But, to the old eye, it does look like three or four CAL-M and CAL-I teams of yesterday suddenly imploded and were then randomly put back together again.

Of course, that also means they have plenty of experience as a team.

Looking Ahead

I hear you sayin', "Well, Mike, if they have soooooo much experience and talent, why are they ranked twelfth? Hmmm? HHHMMM??? ... idiot."

It's a good question. Quite frankly, it's mostly because there's no other place to put them. The top level of CEVO-P is absolutely jam packed with good, and great, teams. Even a team that has years of combined experience in CAL-I, CEVO-M, and CEVO-P doesn't look very impressive by comparison.

Still, I don't think it would surprise anybody, including sappiRe and I, if they get on a roll for a week or two, maybe catch a few teams asleep at the wheel, and are suddenly pushing a .500 record and competing for a playoff spot.

While I don't think that will happen, it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. Not by a long shot. I think all their players have enough individual talent to pull off some upsets.The only question is whether they can rise to the occasion when those opportunities come, and go beyond individual talent into a unit that is more than the sum of its parts. After a PT where they looked more mediocre than amazing, I'm not sure if they can.

Either way, I'll be keeping a close eye on them.

--Mike

Tags:
CEVO, Hyper, Source

 

Roster:
- Adam "xperience" Leonard
- David "zDk-" Figueroa
- Samuel "chewbacca" Tesh
- Sam "DaZeD" Marine
- Carey "frozt" Kertenian
- Branden "eterNity" Rockstroh

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's prediction: 13/16
Mike's prediction: 13/16

Composite prediction: 13th Place, 4-11

How They Got Here

Cyber Revolution (formerly known as FEVER) joined the placement tournament as the 9th place finisher in CEVO-P Season 6. Looking at the team's past results, they have notable wins over top teams such as Devastation, '94 Knicks and x3o.

Moving along to the PT, Cyber Rev still seemed to be considered an average team at best, but they had a fairly easy path to CEVO-P. They went 2-1, but didn't play a single team higher than the seventh seed. That match came in the first round against justBALLS, and Cyber Rev lost 11-13 before beating the fifteenth and ninth seeds later in the tournament to advance to CEVO-P.

In other words, besides two matches against coL (which, predictably, didn't turn out so well for them) I have yet to see this team face a real challenge that was a true test of their skill.

They also had some roster moves, recently. They lost ridic to zomblerz, but in his place they made two huge roster additions this past week that should have a positive impact. Chewbacca and DaZeD of Skull Gaming, a team which fell unexpectedly short of advancing to CEVO-P, have come on board with Cyber Rev. Chewbacca will be filling in as the strat caller, while DaZeD has replaced drAgon in the lineup.

Looking Ahead

This is one of the more difficult teams for me to predict. Putting Cyber Rev at 13th seems too low for what they are capable of and Chewbacca and DaZeD were great additions to a roster that already had experience in CEVO-P.

However, I'm always cautious when a team makes late roster changes, and that goes double when they're replacing a strat-caller. It just takes time for a team to mesh (See: OPTX, CGS Season, matches 1 through 10) which makes me think that the beginning of Cyber Rev's season will be slow and filled with a handful of L's.

That being said, I wouldn't be shocked if the team finished around the 9th-12th place bracket with a late-season surge, overtaking the likes of Hyper and Dynamic. They've got the talent, it's just a matter of time. If they can avoid those early-season blues, it's definitely within their grasp.

(And as a note to potential viewers, I suggest you spend some time watching DaZeD (who tags up as Simo Hayha) on SourceTV this season. He was a frequent visitor to the top of the scoreboard throughout the PT.)

--sapphiRe


 
October 21, 2008

[Note: I'm not sure what PK stands for, or even what this team will be called tomorrow. They're PuG KiNGz in the CGS Pro-Am, they were PK during the CEVO-PT, they're Moenkhaus Gaming on their CEVO page, and GotFrag referred to them as Pineapple Kabobs. No, I don't know what a pineapple kabob is, either, but clearly there's a little confusion.

At this point, I think anything goes. If you want to refer to them as Pinecone Killas, be my guest. I'm sticking with PK until further notice.]

Roster:
- Jared "pNo" Schultz
- Rafeal "bReAkDoWn" Tavarez
- Dan "Mose5" Moenkhaus
- Eric "ER1c" Arellano
- Bobby "JaP" Yamanaka
- Matt "ms" Sanders

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's Prediction: 14/16
Mike's Prediction: 14/16

Composite Prediction: 14th Place, 3-12

How They Got Here

PK got off to a good start in the Placement Tournament, taking out New Era Gaming 13-9 in the first round. That gave them the pleasure of playing the top-seeded CHImera, where they promptly got smacked down 3-13.

They only needed a lone win to advance to CEVO-P after the first round, but the lower bracket wasn't any kinder to them than Chicago. They met up with Cyber Revolution on Russka and once again dropped a big match, this time 5-13.

And that loss sent them to the Last Chance Bracket. As the name implies, this was their last chance to advance to CEVO-P. No more big losses followed by a spot in another bracket. They needed all the talent they could muster, too, they played Skull Gaming and the match went into overtime. They took an early lead in the extra time and never relinquished it, eventually winning 18-13 (6-1 in OT), finally earning their second win after a hairy ride that brought them to the brink of elimination.

Looking Ahead

They've got some talent on the roster, and there are a few familiar names like pNo, ms, JaP, and bReAkDoWn. They've been on various teams around the CAL-I level, but I think their decline through the brackets speaks to their chances this season. Will they flame out? No. But I don't think they're going to soar up, up, and away, either.

They've got the experience to beat the low-tier teams, but expecting anything more than that is probably a stretch. They won't have much luck against the CGS teams or the level just below those guys. I don't think their 3-13 loss in indicative of their talent level, either. But let's face it, you can't just lose 3-13 one day, flip a switch, and win 13-11 the next day.

(Well, I suppose you can, but the flip you have to switch is called "hacking", and it's generally frowned upon.)

Overall, it should be a struggle for PK this season. And, just to make sure they come out of the gate with a painful groan, the Scheduling Gods have put them against Chicago and Los Angeles on Inferno. Things will get better once they see the easier side of the schedule, but for now...

Ugh.

--Mike

Tags:
CEVO, PK, Source

 

Roster:

- Paul "Torrr" Mueller
- Luis "Nile`" Araujo
- Alexandre "Aks" Lebrun
- Micah "Monkey" Battson
- Andrew "Glockateer" Cook
- Matt "resinous" K.
- Damian "DamiaN" Kozanecki

Predicted Finish:

sapphiRe's Precition: 15/16
Mike's Prediction: 16/16

Composite Prediction: 16th Place (tie), 2-13

How They Got Here

How'd they get here? After earning a berth in the Placement Tournament by finishing fourth in CEVO-Main, you can sum it up in one word: upsets.

They dropped their first PT match to Skull, but that paired them against Vanskap in the Lower Bracket. Not impressed with Vanskap's win over the CHImera in the CGS Pro-Am, or their higher seed in the PT, they proceeded to beat them 13-9. They followed that up with, arguably, an even more impressive win against the sixth-seeded Hyper. The final score for that one was 13-10, and the win earned KBS a berth in CEVO-P.

As a whole their roster lacks "professional" name value outside of one notable exception: resinous. He's been around the block for a while, and he's spent at least some of that time on very good teams (Note: I don't know why this is listed as the OPTX roster, but still... if the measure of a man is the quality of the company he keeps, being on a team with moE, p0s, pham, and dominator is pretty good).

Looking Ahead

I flirted with ranking these guys around the fifth spot until I realized one indisputable fact: it's hard to play Counter-Strike without a keyboard. And if you're putting a team dedicated to such a practice any higher than tenth, you're just asking for trouble.

Just kidding, of course. The real reason they're down here is pretty simple. It's not an indictment on them as much as a testament to the rest of the field. There are a lot of good teams in the league this season. You have nine teams (the six CGS squads, zomblerz, '94 Knicks, and Devastation) that are known quantities and have a track record of performing extremely well. That's nine teams and nary a win in sight.

And after that, there are still teams like x3o, Dynamic, and Hyper, who will give KBS a run for their money at the very least. Even if they upset Hyper again, they're not guaranteed wins against the teams around them. I like resinous as a player (and if I played him too often, I'd probably be smashing my keyboard), but I'm not convinced they have what it takes to make an impact this season.

In other words, if they really do have a habit of smashing their keyboards, now might be a good time to stock up. They could be in for a long season.

(Bonus Prediction: I'm setting the over/under of "Keyboard Smasher" puns and jokes at 25. We're already at three. I'm taking the over.)

(Bonus Note: "Glockateer" might be one of my favorite nicknames of all time. Someday, when I grow up, I hope to be one of the three Glockateers.)

--Mike


 
October 21, 2008

Roster

- Antonio "Showtime" Angotti
- Austin "Forever0" Kulig KOrt
- Ahmad "ArabianKing" Mohammed
- Jonathan "mR.Waffles" Fuller
- tbd

Predicted Finish

sapphiRe's Prediction: 16/16
Mike's Prediction: 15/16

Composite Prediction:16th Place (tie). 2-13

How They Got Here

Mug 'n Mouse was one of the underdogs in the CEVO Placement Tournament double elimination bracket (yikes, that's a mouthful), but they nabbed a win at an opportune moment (to go along with the help of a forfeit win) to qualify for season play. Before that the team had mixed results in the PT group play, but they outlasted everybody else to compete in Season 7.

MnM is comprised of several notable CEVO-Main players from various teams. Showtime and ArabianKing took 2nd place to Hyper in the CEVO ThermalTake'em Down Tournament a few months ago, which qualified MNM for the placement tournament. mR.Waffles spent some time with legerity in CAL-Invite and sep in CEVO-M, while Forever0 finished 2nd in CEVO-M with PK. While Showtime and Forever0 are names I'm familiar with, most of this roster lacks experience against the highest skilled teams.

Looking Ahead

It's going to be a tough season for MnM. Despite the team's promotion to CEVO-P they've already lost one of their starters, jareD, and haven't filled the position yet. Losing a starter just before the season is hard to overcome in CEVO-Main. It's going to be that much harder in the division full of salaried players and the people just behind them on the depth charts.

Outside of that, I just don't think the team will have much success this time around because it's also their rookie season. If this was Season 6, which had a dearth of top teams because of the CGS season, I could see MnM winning more matches. However, with a plethora of powerhouse teams in the league this season, I can't find too many matches where MNM has the advantage after scanning the schedule.

On the bright side, MnM should pull out a couple wins as they become more comfortable against the veterans, and this could be a very valuable building block for MNM if they can ride out what will probably be a rough rookie CEVO-P season. Of course, on the down side, it's probably going to be a rough rookie CEVO-P Season, and their lack of experience won't do them any favors this time around.

--sapphiRe


 
October 21, 2008

It's almost time for another season of CEVO-P Source. There are sixteen teams in the league this season, which is a pretty big difference from the normal ten.

That means a couple things. First, there's a lot more angles to cover. And second, a lot of people are going to fall flat on their virtual faces. Even in a ten-team field the last couple teams have, historically, struggled to make noise in the league. Now we have six more teams, and some of the matches are going to be a little lopsided. That's just how it works.

But, as teams sometimes fall on their faces, so do predictions and the people that make (read: write) them. With that in mind, sapphiRe and I are going through all sixteen teams and giving you some of that need-to-know information. We're going in reverse order, starting with the teams we think will struggle the most. Our only hope is that, at the end of the season, we don't look back and wonder what kind of drugs we were on.

Good luck to everybody competing in CEVO-P this season. We're looking forward to seeing the action.

Team Predictions

1. Dallas Venom
2. New York 3D
3 (t). San Francisco OPTX
3 (t). Los Angeles Complexity
5. Carolina Core
6. '94 Knicks
7. Zomblerz
8. Chicago Chimera
9. Devastation
10. Dynamic
11. x3o
12. Hyper
13. Cyber Revolution
14. PK
16 (t). Keyboard Smashers
16 (t). Mug 'n Mouse

Tags:
CEVO, Source

 

Twenty five of the best Counter-Strike:Source teams in North America set out to be one of ten teams to earn the right to compete in season 7 of the much coveted CEVO-Professional league. Qualifying teams will join the returning teams from season 6; Carolina Core, Dallas Venom, Devastation, '94 Knicks, x3o, and zomblerz.

The double elimination bracket ended last night with eight teams advancing to CEVO-P thus far and four others sent down to the CEVO-Main league.

Tonight, Skull Gaming, PK, Hyper and justBALLS will get one more shot to qualify for the two remaining CEVO-P positions in what we here at LANDodger have dubbed the 'Last Chance Bracket.'

As usual, we'll have updates for the schedule and match results. But just like the PT is just the beginning of the CEVO season, it's also just the beginning of LANDodger's CEVO coverage. Once the final CEVO-P teams are determined, we'll have a team-by-team preview, season predictions, match coverage, and more! Stay tuned...

View the CEVO-P Season 7 PT Bracket here.

Qualified teams:
* 3D.NY
* Chicago Chimera
* CyberRevolution
* Dynamic
* KEYBOARD SMASHERS
* Los Angeles compLexity
* Mug N Mouse
* San Francisco Optx

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de_train

Last Chance Bracket

(4) Skull Gaming vs. (9) PK
--Final score: PK > Skull Gaming 18-13 (in overtime) First Half / Second Half / First Half OT / Second Half OT **PK advances to CEVO-P

(6) Hyper vs. (7) justBALLS
--Final score: Hyper > justBALLS 13-6 **Hyper advances to CEVO-P

-- sapphiRe
Tags:
CEVO

 

View the CEVO-P Season 7 PT Bracket here.

Stay tuned to LANDodger for schedules and results.

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de_russka

Lower Bracket - Round 2

(10) CyberRevolution vs. (9) PK
--Final score: CyberRevolution > PK 13-5
** CyberRevolution advances to CEVO-P

(16) Mug N Mouse vs. (7) justBALLS
--Final score: Mug N Mouse > justBALLS 13-5
- First Half / Second Half ** Mug N Mouse advances to CEVO-P

(4) Skull Gaming vs. (11) Dynamic
--Final score: Dynamic > Skull Gaming 13-10
** Dynamic advances to CEVO-P

(6) Hyper vs. (13) KEYBOARD SMASHERS
--Final score: KEYBOARD SMASHERS > Hyper 13-10
** KEYBOARD SMASHERS advances to CEVO-P

Tags:
CEVO

 

Tonight it is do or die for 8 teams in the lower bracket of the CEVO-P Placement Tournament Double elimination bracket. The 4 teams that win tonight from the lower bracket will continue on in their quest for CEVO-P, while their 4 losing opponents will pack it up and move on down to CEVO-Main for Season 7.

Also in action tonight will be compLexity vs. justBALLS in the upper bracket. The winner will claim the second slot of 10 available slots in CEVO-P. The first slot went to 3D.NY last night as they took down Skull Gaming in dominating fashion with a 13-2 score for round 2. The two remaining upper bracket matches, Optx vs. Hyper and Chimera vs. PK have been rescheduled to Monday evening.

View the CEVO-P Season 7 PT Bracket here.

Stay tuned to LANDodger for schedules and results.

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de_inferno
The winner of the pregame knife round will choose their preferred side to start the match.

Upper Bracket - Round 2

(1) Chicago Chimera vs. (9) PK
Monday, October 13 - 10:30pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #chicagochimera

sapphiRe's prediction: Chimera > PK 13-11 I think Chimera will win here based off of sheer experience as a team. PK has been impressive with entry frags from what I have seen thus far so I can see them taking 5-6 rounds on T side. Chimera will go down early but bounce back to clinch the remaining rounds that will send them on to CEVO-P.


(4) Skull Gaming vs. (5) 3D.NY
-- Final score: 3D.NY > Skull 13-2


(3) San Francisco Optx vs. (6) Hyper
Monday, October 13 - 8:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #optx

sapphiRe's prediction:
Optx > Hyper 13-8
I don't see Hyper being able to overtake Optx here. From what I can tell, inferno seems to be one of the more successful maps for Optx. I'm confident that Hyper will be able to advance on to CEVO-P eventually, but it won't happen in this round.

Guest prediction from Volcano (3D.NY):
Optx > Hyper 13-9
"I think this has potential to be one of the better matches of round 2. Both teams have a lot of experience, however I'm going to have to give the edge to Optx here. I can see this being a very close match, but I think in the end, the Optx will be too strong."


(2) Los Angeles compLexity vs. (7) justBALLS
Friday, October 10 - 11:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #complexity

sapphiRe's prediction:
compLexity > justBALLS 13-7
jB has only lost one match thus far in the tournament which was to Chimera. I think they'll be able to give coL some good competition, but coL anxious to advance and far too powerful to be defeated by this team. However, jB should also have an easy road while in the lower bracket.


Lower Bracket - Round 1



(10) CyberRevolution vs. (15) eXult
Friday, October 10 - 10:30pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #exult , #cyberrevolution

sapphiRe's prediction:
eXult > CyberRevolution 13-9
Last time these two teams met in group play, eXult came out on top. While I haven't had too many opportunities to watch either team play this week, I think that we'll see a similar outcome again with eXult taking the W.


(11) Dynamic vs. (14) eX
Friday, October 10 - 8:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #dynamic , #exegaming

sapphiRe's prediction:
eX 13-10
Dynamic had a very rough match against Hyper in round 1 losing 13-2, while eX was impressive with only a 13-11 loss to Optx. Dynamic can definitely beat this team, but they'll need to get focused and forgot about yesterday if they are going to come close. I'm taking eX here but feel that both teams are pretty equal.


(12) vANSKAP vs. (13) KEYBOARD SMASHERS
Friday, October 10 - 11:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #vanskap

sapphiRe's prediction:
vANSKAP > KBS 13-6
I have been happily impressed by vANSKAP in the past few days. They gave 3D.NY a good scare last night in their round 1 match, which went into overtime. vANSKAP is a very dedicated team that I can see doing well in CEVO-P. They are fueled by last night's close loss and ready to turn some heads once again.


(8) Team.NEG vs. (16.) Mug N Mouse
Friday, October 10 - 9:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: pending

sapphiRe's prediction:
NEG > Mug N Mouse 13-8
I may have said this an an early prediction, but MNM has really been on and off for me...and I think tonight will be another off night. NEG hasn't done as well as I predicted as of late, but I do feel (and hope!) that their stacked line-up can change that around tonight.

--sapphiRe

Tags:

 

After five nights of group play only 16 teams remain from the original 25. The top three teams from each group, along with one wildcard team, have advanced to the double-elimination bracket which will determine the 10 teams that will move on to compete in CEVO-P Season 7. The double-elimination tournament begins tonight when teams go head to head on de_nuke.

This evening's winners will be only one win away from CEVO-P, while losing teams will have to endure the lower bracket. The first 8 teams are determined by taking four teams from the upper bracket, and four from the lower.

The remaining two teams for CEVO-P will be determined by taking the losers from the second round of the lower bracket and pitting those four teams against each other (I'm calling this the Last Chance Bracket). The two winners advance, the two losers go home

View the CEVO-P Season 7 PT Bracket here.

Stay tuned to LANDodger for schedules and results throughout the night.

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de_nuke
The winner of the pregame knife round will choose their preferred side to start the match.

(1) Chicago Chimera vs. (16.) Mug N Mouse
Thursday, October 9 - 10:30pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #chicagochimera

sapphiRe's prediction:
Chimera > Mug N Mouse 13-7
MNM has been off and on from what I've seen. They defeated vANSKAP last night in 2 of 3 maps, but vANSKAP also defeated Chimera in CGS Pro-AM. I'm going to go with the favorite on this and say Chi-town will take it. Chimera could run away with a 13-3 win if they start CT side, but to be safe I'll go with 13-7.

Guest prediction from bmK (dynamic):
Chimera > Mug N Mouse 13-4
"We have the #1 seed vs. the #16 seed (last). MNM is known to have problems on de_nuke and it's one of their weaker maps. On the other hand, Chimera, who is a CGS franchise team, probably has a lot of experience on de_nuke. If MNM wins the knife round, I see them getting a few rounds CT side, but not nearly enough to win the match. Look out for Chimera to take this one with ease."


(8) Team.NEG vs. (9) PK
Thursday, October 9 - 10:15pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: pending

sapphiRe's prediction:
NEG > PK 13-11
I feel that NEG has the more talented line-up filled with a plethora of experience, while PK might have the teamwork or at least put in more practice together. NEG may struggle a bit on T side. However, each one of their starters can be an impact player at anytime, coming up with numerous multiple frag rounds on CT. I'll go with NEG in what should be a close one.

Guest prediction from demonic (dynamic):
NEG > PK 13-9
"Basically, theres two ways this match will go down. If remix can keep his cool, and keep his teammates motivated, they will have an easy win. If this doesn't happen, PK will have this match easy as long as they work somewhat as a team. I think NEG will have this one, though."


(5) 3D.NY vs. (12) vANSKAP
--Final score: 3D > vANSKAP 18-15 (in overtime)

sapphiRe's prediction:
3D.NY > vANSKAP 13-10
vANSKAP has turned some heads lately. I don't think they will be able to overcome 3D tonight but don't count them out. They'll be able to make a run for the top 10.


(4) Skull Gaming vs. (13) KEYBOARD SMASHERS
--Final score: Skull Gaming > KBS 13-7

sapphiRe's prediction:
Skull Gaming > KBS 13-8
Skull should have no trouble making to the top 10. While KBS should put up a bit of a fight tonight, especially of the side selection plays in their favor, Skull should be able to prevail here.

Guest prediction from J0KA (dynamic):
Skull > KBS 13-9
"I think skull has this match in the bag we have played them many of times on nuke and they are very strong on it. With no doubt it is their best map, beating 3D on nuke also shows what they can bring to the table. Kbs might be able to make it close if they can start ct but they won't be able to handle the smokes and super flashes skull has practiced for hours."


(6) Hyper vs. (11) Dynamic
--Final score Hyper > Dynamic 13-2

sapphiRe's prediction:
Hyper > Dynamic 13-9
I'm having a hard time predicting this match. In all honesty, I'm just going with a gut instinct on this one and saying Hyper.

Mike's prediction
Hyper > Dynamic 13-9
I have to say I like Hyper as a team. Badapples is an underrated player. NightFall is talent... wait, sorry, this isn't 2006. My bad.

Truth be told, the roster has changed but I still like Hyper quite a bit as a team. They've got a lot of talented players; they're just different names than the last time I wrote anything on this site. Shredder and Daemos are Hyper mainstays, guys like KLUWE, waxxt, AlphA, and Pr0D are some of the additions, and they shouldn't have any major trouble making the cut for CEVO-P this season.

For Dynamic, I've always like Demonic as a player - he can have a huge impact in any given round, much like NightFall for the Hyper of old, but I'm going with Hyper. I don't think it'll be an easy match by any means, but Hyper should come out with the W.


(3) San Francisco Optx vs. (14) eX
--Final score: Optx > eX 13-11

sapphiRe's prediction:
Optx > eX 13-6
If Optx start CT, this will be over in a jiffy. Rumor has it clowN made a recent sensitivity change back to what he used during his championship at CPL 2005. This is big news. I'm going to say he will top frag tonight because of this. eX still has potential for the top 10.

Mike's prediction
Optx > eX 13-7
Sometimes in sports you run into the odd team that plays great for two months, then tanks for a while. We generally call these teams the Chicago [Insert Team Name Here], and the tanking happens during the playoffs.

The OPTX were that team during the CGS season, except in reverse. They got off to an awful start and then picked it up, helping to carry the organization to the World Finals after almost consigning them to also-rans. We haven't seen a lot of action in Source since then, but I'm still buying into their turnaround. Paradox finally seemed comfortable at the end of the season, and even if they're a little rusty, they should be able to dispatch eX.


(7) justBALLS vs. (10) CyberRevolution
Thursday, October 9 - 10:45pm CDT
* SourceTV:
* Scorebot: #justballs , #cyberrevolution

Mike's prediction
CyberRevolution > justBALLS 13-11
I like both these teams. Usually when this happens, I flip a coin to decide which one gets a winning prediction. That way I can just blame fate or the quarter. It's not my fault it landed on heads. It's plausible deniability for predictors.

This time I'm going to take a stand. I'll go with Cyber Revolution. Of the four matches I'm predicting, it should be the closest one—so close that it might actually be a toss-up.

Cyber Revolution is playing in Pro-Am with a similar roster under the name of FEVER, and they've been very good. On the other hand, jB is 3-0 in the CGS Pro-Am, too. It'll come down to the end, but I think Cyber Rev is just a touch stronger.

Guest prediction from Griff ('94 Knicks):
justBALLS > CyberRevolution 13-11
"Unless Ridic comes up huge for CyberRev on CT, look for justBalls to squeak this one out 13-11 or possibly in OT."


(2) Los Angeles compLexity vs. (15) eXult
Thursday, October 9 - Time pending
* SourceTV:
* Scorebot:

sapphiRe's prediction
compLexity > eXult 13-5
Not much to be said here. coL handed eXult a 0-13 loss in group play. Maybe eXult will be able to pick up a few more rounds this time considering coL also has a 1.6 match tonight....eXult could preform well in the lower bracket though. Keep an eye out for them there.

Mike's prediction
compLexity > eXult 13-6
There's only so much you can say about this match. Complexity beat eXult 13-0 on Season and 13-5 on Train. Does anybody think this is going to be an upset?

Then again, we could have said the same thing about Complexity playing 9Frame. In fact, I think I did say the same thing about Complexity playing 9Frame. But let's not get into where I've looked like an idiot in the past. There are so many chances to look like an idiot in the future, and I'm all about the future. Complexity should win big.

(Providing they don't come down with 9Frame-itis, in which case all bets are off and I take no responsibility for an incorrect prediction.)

Tags:

 
Round 5 // Wednesday, October 8th

* Results with screenshots will be updated as matches are completed. Stay tuned to LANDodger for updates.

UPDATED: Thursday, October 8 - 2:00am CDT

MATCH OF THE NIGHT

vANSKAP vs. Mug N Mouse (Group E)

-- vANSKAP PTW: trerobinson1
-- Mug N Mouse PTW: Showtime
Wednesday, October 8 - 10:0pm CDT
* SourceTV: tv2.quantum-servers.com:3028
* Scorebot: #vanskap

--Final score:

* vANSKAP > Mug N Mouse 13-8 de_nuke

* Mug N Mouse > vANSKAP 13-7 de_inferno

* Map 3: de_dust2

vANSKAP Mug N Mouse
wTF Showtime
aL|ve Arabian King
Polar VS. Jerbear
trerobinson1 Forever0
tech jareD

sapphiRe's prediction:
vANSKAP > Mug N Mouse 2-0
There was a bit of drama in the Mug N Mouse camp last night. Just prior to MNM's match vs. Hyper, one of MNM's more experienced players, Kluwe, joined Hyper's roster and proceeded to take down his former team 2-1. Now MNM arrives at their most important match thus far. Winner of this match will move on to double elimination, while the loser is either out or has to hope they have a CPI that will earn them the wildcard spot.

With vANSKAP's upset win over Chicago Chimera in CGS Pro-AM on Monday, I think the team is fueled to keep up their recent success. vANSKAP will probably take this in two, but if MNM can keep it close, a wildcard is in sight.

Guest prediction by PeNgUiNMuRDa (Hyper):
vANSKAP > Mug N Mouse 2-1
"I think vanskap will win this matchup 2-1. MNM is currently in 4th place in the group, only beating furia. Even with a win they will be 3-2 like vanskap, however vanskap beat PK and MNM didn't so I think MNM after a tough loss last night to Hyper and losing one of their top fraggers in Kluwe are going to lack motivation and/or firepower to win. PTW: polar for vanskap and jareD for MNM."
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Group A:
justBALLS, Chicago Chimera, KEYBOARD SMASHERS, Just Cause Project, icon

justBALLS vs. KEYBOARD SMASHERS
--Final score: justBALLS > KEYBOARD SMASHERS 2-1
* KEYBOARD SMASHERS > justBALLS 18-15 de_tuscan (in overtime) - First Half / Second Half / First OT / Second OT
* justBALLS > KEYBOARD SMASHERS 13-8 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half
* justBALLS > KEYBOARD SMASHERS 13-8 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half

icon vs. Chicago Chimera
--Final score: Chicago Chimera > icon 2-0
* Chicago Chimera > icon 13-? de_nuke
* Chicago Chimera > icon 13-? de_inferno

BYE: Just Cause Project


Group B:
Dynamic, San Francisco Optx, Fighting Bears, Carnage, eX

Dynamic vs. San Francisco Optx
-- Final Score: San Francisco Optx > Dynamic 2-0
* San Francisco Optx > Dynamic 13-4 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half
* San Francisco Optx > Dynamic 13-1 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half

(Round 4 match played Wednesday, October 8)
Dynamic vs. Fighting Bears
-- Final score: Dynamic > Fighting Bears 2-0
* Dynamic > Fighting Bears 13-9 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half
* Dynamic > Fighting Bears 13-10 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half

Carnage vs. Fighting Bears
** Forfeit Win for Fighting Bears

BYE: eX


Group C:
CyberRevolution, LA compLexity, EZ5, stormaKt, eXult

(Round 5 match to be played Tuesday, Oct 7)
Los Angeles compLexity vs. stormaKt
-- Final score: Los Angeles compLexity > stormaKt 2-0
* Los Angeles compLexity > stormaKt 13-7 de_season
* Los Angeles compLexity > stormaKt 13-11 de_train

eXult vs. CyberRevolution
--Final score: CyberRevolution > eXult 2-0
* CyberRevolution > eXult 13-6 - de_train
* CyberRevolution > eXult 13-7 - de_nuke

BYE: EZ5


Group D:
Skull Gaming, 3D.NY, GH, viNdictive, Team.NEG

viNdictive vs. GH
--Final score: viNdictive > GH 2-1
* GH > viNdictive 13-11 de_contra - First Half / Second Half
* viNdictive > GH 18-13 de_inferno (in overtime) - First Half / Second Half / First OT / Second OT
* viNdictive > GH 13-8 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half

3D.NY vs. Team.NEG
-- Final score: 3D.NY > Team.NEG 2-0
* 3D.NY > Team.NEG 13-7 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half
* 3D.NY > Team.NEG 13-5 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half

BYE: Skull Gaming


Group E:
PK, vANSKAP, Mug N Mouse, Hyper, Mexico City Furia

vANSKAP vs. Mug N Mouse
(See: MATCH OF THE NIGHT)

Hyper vs. Mexico City Furia
-- Final Score: Hyper > Mexico City Furia 2-0
* Hyper > Mexico City Furia 18-13 de_nuke (in overtime)
* Hyper > Mexico City Furia 13-1 de_train

BYE: PK


-- sapphiRe

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Round 4 // Tuesday, October 7th

* Results will be updated as matches are completed. Stay tuned to LANDodger for updates.


** See post below for SourceTV/Scorebot information which will be updated throughout the evening.


UPDATED: Wednesday, October 8 - 6:30am CDT


MATCH OF THE NIGHT

justBALLS vs. Chicago Chimera (Group A)

-- Final Score: Chicago Chimera > justBALLS 2-0
* Chicago Chimera > justBALLS 13-4 de_nuke
* Chicago Chimera > justBALLS 13-5 de_dust2

justBALLS Chicago Chimera
GODE da bears
DUBE lari
boomermayne VS. Stevenson
Hyper hahN
Miller-1 shaffer
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Group A:
justBALLS, Chicago Chimera, KEYBOARD SMASHERS, Just Cause Project, icon

Just Cause Project vs. KEYBOARD SMASHERS
-- Final Score: KEYBOARD SMASHERS > jCP 2-0
* KEYBOARD SMASHERS > jCp 13-8 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half
* KEYBOARD SMASHERS > jCp 13-2 de_tuscan - First Half / Second Half

justBALLS vs. Chicago Chimera
See: MATCH OF THE NIGHT

BYE: icon


Group B:
Dynamic, San Francisco Optx, Fighting Bears, Carnage, eX

San Francisco Optx vs. eX
-- Final Score: tbd

(Round 5 match to be played Tuesday, Oct 7)
Dynamic vs. San Francisco Optx
-- Final Score: San Francisco Optx > Dynamic 2-0
* San Francisco Optx > Dynamic 13-4 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half
* San Francisco Optx > Dynamic 13-1 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half

Dynamic vs. Fighting Bears
-- Final Score: tbd


BYE: Carnage


Group C:
CyberRevolution, LA compLexity, EZ5, stormaKt, eXult

EZ5 vs. stormaKt
-- Final Score: tbd

(Round 5 match to be played Tuesday, Oct 7)
Los Angeles compLexity vs. stormaKt
-- Final score: Los Angeles compLexity > stormaKt 2-0
* Los Angeles compLexity > stormaKt 13-7 de_season
* Los Angeles compLexity > stormaKt 13-11 de_train

eXult vs. Los Angeles compLexity
-- Final score: Los Angeles compLexity > eXult 2-0
* Los Angeles compLexity > eXult 13-5 de_train
* Los Angeles compLexity > eXult 13-0 de_season

BYE: CyberRevolution


Group D:
Skull Gaming, 3D.NY, GH, viNdictive, Team.NEG

viNdictive vs. Skull Gaming
-- Final Score: Skull Gaming > viNdictive 2-0
* Skull Gaming > viNdictive 13-4 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half
* Skull Gaming > viNdictive 13-8 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half

3D.NY vs. GH
-- Final Score: 3D.NY > GH 2-0
* 3D.NY > GH 13-11 de_contra - First Half / Second Half
* 3D.NY > GH 13-7 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half

(Round 5 match to be played Tuesday, Oct 7)
3D.NY vs. Team.NEG
-- Final score: 3D.NY > Team.NEG 2-0
* 3D.NY > Team.NEG 13-7 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half
* 3D.NY > Team.NEG 13-5 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half

BYE: Team.NEG


Group E:
PK, vANSKAP, Mug N Mouse, Hyper, Mexico City Furia

vANSKAP vs. PK
-- Final Score: vANSKAP > PK 2-0

* PK > vANSKAP 18-13 de_dust2 (in overtime)
* vANSKAP > PK 13-8 de_train
* vANSKAP > PK 13-9 de_inferno

Hyper vs. Mug N Mouse
-- Final Score: Hyper > Mug N Mouse 2-1
* Mug N Mouse > Hyper 13-3 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half
* Hyper > Mug N Mouse 13-11 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half
* Hyper > Mug N Mouse 13-10 de_train - First Half / Second Half

BYE: Mexico City Furia


-- sapphiRe


 
Round 4 // Tuesday, October 7th

* Results will be updated as matches are completed. Stay tuned to LANDodger for updates.
** See post below for SourceTV/Scorebot information which will be updated throughout the evening.
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 7 - 9:15pm EDT
MATCH OF THE NIGHT

justBALLS vs. Chicago Chimera (Group A)

-- justBALLS PTW: DUBE
-- Chicago Chimera PTW: lari
Tuesday, October 7 - 10:45pm CDT
* SourceTV: gotfrag3.nuclearfallout.net:27020
* Scorebot: #justballs , #chicagochimera

justBALLS Chicago Chimera
GODE da bears
DUBE lari
boomermayne VS. Stevenson
Hyper hahN
Miller-1 shaffer

sapphiRe's prediction:
Chicago Chimera > justBALLS 2-0
justBALLS beat jCp in two; jCp forced two overtimes against Chimera but ended up losing; Does this mean justBALLS should force over some overtimes against Chimera and come out with a win? (Which brings up a random thought - someone on the CAL forums today said, since "9frame > Skull, Skull > 3D therefore 9frame > 3D." I'm glad eSports and sports in general don't work like that.) Anyways, back to the pred. Chimera should win in two, but expect a close and enjoyable match.

Guest prediction by Volcano (3D.NY):
Chicago Chimera > justBALLS 2-0
"This should be a good match considering how well justBALLS is doing thus far in the CEVO-PT. Chimera is coming fresh off of a loss to vANSKAP in the CGS Pro-AM league so I think they're going to come back strong tonight. With the addition of shaffer to their lineup, they have most likely been practicing hard as of late to integrate him into the lineup fully, so with that said I think that Chimera will win the best of three, 2-0. Look for justBALLS to come out strong in the first map with Chimera rallying back, though both maps will be pretty close."

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Group A:
justBALLS, Chicago Chimera, KEYBOARD SMASHERS, Just Cause Project, icon

Just Cause Project vs. KEYBOARD SMASHERS
Tuesday, October 7 - 10:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: tv2.quantum-servers.com:3002
* Scorebot: #jCp

justBALLS vs. Chicago Chimera
See: MATCH OF THE NIGHT

BYE: icon


Group B:
Dynamic, San Francisco Optx, Fighting Bears, Carnage, eX

San Francisco Optx vs. eX
Tuesday, October 7 - 10:00pm CDT
* SourceTV:
* Scorebot: #optx , #exegaming


(Round 5 match to be played Tuesday, Oct 7)
Dynamic vs. San Francisco Optx
Tuesday, October 7 - 8:30pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #teamdynamic , #optx

Dynamic vs. Fighting Bears
Wednesday, October 8 - 8:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #teamdynamic , #no-namers

BYE: Carnage


Group C:
CyberRevolution, LA compLexity, EZ5, stormaKt, eXult

EZ5 vs. stormaKt
Tuesday, October 7 - Time pending
* Sourcetv: pending
* Scorebot: #EZ5 , #stormaKt

eXult vs. Los Angeles compLexity
Tuesday, October 7 - 9:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: 66.228.122.147:27025
* Scorebot: #compLexity

BYE: CyberRevolution


Group D:
Skull Gaming, 3D.NY, GH, viNdictive, Team.NEG

viNdictive vs. Skull Gaming
Tuesday, October 7 - 9:30pm CDT
* SourceTV: pending
* Scorebot: #vindictive , #skullgaming

3D.NY vs. GH
Tuesday, October 7 - 10:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: tv.quantum-servers.com:3015
* Scorebot: #gethit

(Round 5 match to be played Tuesday, Oct 7)
3D.NY vs. Team.NEG
Tuesday, October 6 - 7:30pm CDT
SourceTV: pending
Scorebot: #team3d

BYE: Team.NEG


Group E:
PK, vANSKAP, Mug N Mouse, Hyper, Mexico City Furia

vANSKAP vs. PK
Tuesday, October 7 - 10:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: tv.quantum-servers.com:3015
* Scorebot: #vanskap

Hyper vs. Mug N
Mouse

Tuesday, October 7 - 7:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: 69.65.39.32:27020
* Scorebot: #EZ5 , #teamhyper

BYE: Mexico City Furia

-- sapphiRe


 
Round 3 // Monday, October 6th

* Results will be updated as matches are completed. Stay tuned to LANDodger for updates.

** See post below for SourceTV/Scorebot information which will be updated throughout the evening.

Updated: Tuesday - 7:00am EDT

MATCH OF THE NIGHT

3D.NY vs. Skull Gaming (Group D)

3D.NY Skull Gaming
juan hauNt
ksharp chewbacca
method VS. hollywood
nickn0it Stryker
Volcano DaZeD

-- Final Score: Skull Gaming > 3D.NY 2-1
* 3D.NY > Skull Gaming 13-6 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half
* Skull Gaming > 3D.NY 13-11 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half
* Skull Gaming > 3D.NY 13-10 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half

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Group A:
justBALLS, Chicago Chimera, KEYBOARD SMASHERS, Just Cause Project, icon

Just Cause Project vs. Chicago Chimera
-- Final Score: Chicago Chimera > jCp 2-0
* Chicago Chimera > jCp 18-12 de_nuke (in overtime)
* Chicago Chimera > jCp 18-13 de_inferno (in overtime)


justBALLS vs. icon
-- Final Score: justBALLS > icon 2-0
* justBALLS > icon 13-7 de_tuscan - First Half / Second Half
* justbALLS > icon 13-6 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half

BYE: KEYBOARD SMASHERS


Group B:
Dynamic, San Francisco Optx, Fighting Bears, Carnage, eX

Fighting Bears vs. eX
-- Final Score: tbd
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Carnage vs. Dynamic
-- Final Score: Dynamic > Carnage 2-0
* dynamic > Carnage 13-3 de_dust - First Half / Second Half
* dynamic > Carnage 13-4 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half

BYE: San Francisco Optx


Group C:
CyberRevolution, LA compLexity, EZ5, stormaKt, eXult

CyberRevolution vs. LA compLexity
-- Final Score: compLexity > CyberRevolution 2-0
* compLexity > CyberRevolution 13-3 de_dust2
* compLexity > CyberRevolution 13-4 de_season

EZ5 vs. eXult
-- Final Score: eXult > EZ5 2-0
* eXult > EZ5 13-9 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half
* eXult > EZ5 13-9 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half

BYE: stormaKt


Group D:
Skull Gaming, 3D.NY, GH, viNdictive, Team.NEG

GH vs. Team.NEG
-- Final Score: Team.NEG > GH 2-0
* Team.NEG > GH 13-10 de_contra - First Half / Second Half
* Team.NEG > GH 13-8 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half

3D.NY vs. Skull Gaming
-- See: MATCH OF THE NIGHT

BYE: viNdictive


Group E:
PK, vANSKAP, Mug N Mouse, Hyper, Mexico City Furia

PK vs. Hyper
-- Final Score: PK > Hyper 2-1
* Hyper > PK 13-9 de_inferno - First Half / Second Half
* PK > Hyper 13-9 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half
* PK > Hyper 13-8 de_train - First Half / Second Half

(Results from Round 2: Hyper vs. vANSKAP)
Hyper vs. vANSKAP
* Final Score: Hyper > vANSKAP 2-0
* Hyper > vANSKAP 13-6 de_train - First Half / Second Half
* Hyper > vANSKAP 13- de_inferno - First Half / Second Half

Mug N Mouse vs. Mexico City Furia
-- Final Score: Mug N Mouse > Mexico City Furia 2-0
* Mug N Mouse > Mexico City Furia 13-6 de_nuke - First Half / Second Half
* Mexico City Furia > Mug N Mouse 13-0 de_dust2 - First Half / Second Half
* Mug N Mouse > Mexico City Furia 13-3 de_train - First Half / Second Half

BYE: vANSKAP

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Round 1 Results
Round 2 Results


- - sapphiRe


 
Round 3 // Monday, October 6th

** SourceTV and Scorebot information will be updated throughout the evening. Stay tuned to LANDodger for updates.

Updated: Tuesday - 11:15pm EDT

MATCH OF THE NIGHT

3D.NY vs. Skull Gaming (Group D)

3D.NY Skull Gaming
juan hauNt
ksharp chewbacca
method VS. hollywood
nickn0it Stryker
Volcano DaZeD
-- 3D.NY PTW: nickn0it -- Skull Gaming PTW: DaZed Monday, October 6 - 10:00pm CDT * SourceTV: 67.228.135.57:27022 * Scorebot: #team3D

LANDodger Prediction: 2-1 3D.NY > Skull Gaming

For the second night in a row, I've included Skull Gaming in the 'Match of the Night' with good reason. I think this team poses a threat to top caliber teams. From what I mentioned in my Round 2 predictions, I've been told that recently Skull has had several scrims in which they've absolutely manhandled some very skilled teams. But outcomes can change drastically come match time when tensions are high and a lot more is at stake.

viNdictive, a team which is relatively unknown in comparison, was able to take 3D.NY into overtime last night on de_inferno. While 3D eventually prevailed 18-16 followed by 13-7 on de_dust2, the team revealed some weakness. de_inferno was also the map in which Skull Gaming defeated Team.NEG last night with a 13-11 score. If I were Skull Gaming, I would without any doubt select de_inferno tonight as Skull's map choice. (Each team selects a map, while the third map is inferno, nuke or dust2 depending on what was already played). 'Simo Hayha' aka DaZeD will have several multiple-frag rounds as he has done in Skull's previous two matches, leading his team a narrow win if Skull selects their map choice wisely. I see Skull pulling away with the early lead but 3D will rally back to take the next two.

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(Due to time constraints, there will not be any other predictions for Round 3. Predictions will return for Round 4 on Tuesday, October 7th.)

Group A:
justBALLS, Chicago Chimera, KEYBOARD SMASHERS, Just Cause Project, icon

Just Cause Project vs. Chicago Chimera
Monday, October 6 - 9:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: gotfrag3.nuclearfallout.net:27020
* Scorebot: #chicagochimera

justBALLS vs. icon
Monday, October 6 - 10:30pm CDT
* SourceTV:
* Scorebot: #justballs , #icon.css

BYE: KEYBOARD SMASHERS


Group B:
Dynamic, San Francisco Optx, Fighting Bears, Carnage, eX

Fighting Bears vs. eX
Monday, October 6 - 10:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: tbd
* Scorebot: #no-namers , #exegaming

Carnage vs. Dynamic
Monday, October 6 - 9:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: tbd
* Scorebot: #teamdynamic

BYE: San Francisco Optx


Group C:
CyberRevolution, LA compLexity, EZ5, stormaKt, eXult

CyberRevolution vs. LA compLexity
Monday, October 6 - 9:00pm CDT
* SourceTV: 66.228.122.147:27025
* Scorebot: #complexity

EZ5 vs. eXult
Monday, October 6 - Time pending
* SourceTV:
* Scorebot: #EX5, #exult

BYE: stormaKt


Group D:
Skull Gaming, 3D.NY, GH, viNdictive, Team.NEG

GH vs. Team.NEG
Monday, October 6 - 9:30pm CDT
* SourceTV:
* Scorebot: #gethit , #team.neg

3D.NY vs. Skull Gaming
-- See: MATCH OF THE NIGHT

BYE: viNdictive


Group E:
PK, vANSKAP, Mug N Mouse, Hyper, Mexico City Furia

PK vs. Hyper
Sunday, October 5 - 11:00pm CDT
* SourceTV:
* Scorebot: #teamhyper, #teampk

Mug N Mouse vs. Mexico City Furia
-- Matched was played on Sunday, October 5
-- Mug N Mouse > Mexico City Furia 2-0
* See Round 3 Results for map scores and screenshots.

BYE: vANSKAP

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Round 1 Results
Round 2 Results


- - sapphiRe


 
October 6, 2008

I just wanted to make a quick post to avoid confusion. I've had a nasty itch to bring LANDodger back from the dead for a long time now. Months, really. Things are finally rolling now, and if you've been waiting for some content on this old horse ... well, your wait is over. There's only one catch: LD is no longer a one-man show.

To keep it short, I started LANDodger because I felt like eSports media wasn't up to par. Some games or tournaments were ignored. Stats were almost non-existent. If you think for a second about those last two sentences, you'll probably come to the conclusion that it describes the scene today, too. And it does. I feel the same way about eSports media today that I did when I wrong the "About LANDodger" page. We need something better.

Of course, I can't do it myself. In fact, I'm not sure what my role will be on this page. I don't even know where we'll end up, how we'll get there, or who will come along for the ride. All I know is that I want to build something eSports fans can call home; a place where they feel welcome, and a place where they can come for sincere discussion, news, and entrainment.

The only way I know how to get there is to jump in feet-first, and hope for the best. So I'd like to give a warm welcome to the first person to work on LD besides me: Heather "sapphiRe" Mumm. You're going to see her around the site, because she's one of the most dedicated people in eSports. I can't thank her enough for coming on board, and I know you're going to feel the same way.

It's time for a new beginning. LANDodger, take two. I hope you join us. It's going to be a fun ride.

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