November 25, 2008

As you probably know, it’s been a few crazy weeks. CEVO’s in full swing. The Pro-Am playoffs started, came to an exciting conclusion, and swiftly disappeared off the radar as its parent league followed it out the door, forever changing the eSports landscape. That large sucking sound you heard on Tuesday was probably created by the vortex from its departure.

In retrospect, this was probably not the ideal time for both writers on this site to need time off to attend to real-life issues like work and, in my case, losing one’s job.

But all things good and bad shall pass, and it’s time to get back on the horse. Despite the CGS folding, eSports is not dead. Source is not dead. And I’m also pleased to report (and I hope you’re pleased to hear) that I am not dead. Therefore, the show must go on.

In the coming days we’ll get back to Source coverage, and we’ll be checking in with the people that are trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the CGS. There’s been a lot of fallout, both in terms of the ramification on eSports as a whole and what it means for specific people like the former CGS players and GMs. And from what I’ve seen, there’s been a lot of crazy ideas floating around. There’s so much to talk about I can’t say where I’ll start, or when I’ll stop. But I feel like I’ve had a unique perspective being on the outside for the first CGS season, then working in the offices for the second season, and I’ll share as much of that perspective as I can in the coming days and possibly weeks.

And here’s hoping the next few days aren’t as crazy as the last few.

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LD News

 

This was originally written for CarolinaCore.com but due to recent circumstances with the CGS league, I will now be finishing up my Pro-AM predictions here at LANDodger.

Written by Heather "sapphiRe" Mumm

Well, it is a gloomy day here in the e-Sports world with the recent news announcing the end of the Championship Gaming Series after two years.

But there is still one last night of CGS Counter-Strike: Source action before the doors close...

After eight weeks of regular season play and nine days of playoffs, the first CGS Pro-AM Championship match has arrived. Tonight the upper bracket winners and only undefeated Pro-AM team, the San Francisco Optx, will take on the lower bracket winners, the New York 3D to determine who be crowned Pro-AM Champions and take home the $5,000 grand prize.

The finals will be played in a best of three format, with de_dust2 being used for match one, de_inferno for match two, and if necessary, de_nuke for match three.

Throughout the past nine rounds, my predictions have sometimes been spot on and at other times, couldn't have been more wrong. My current record stands at 29-9, and I'm shooting for a 3-bomb tonight (Yes, it's 3, not 30).

For guest predictions tonight, I'm taking you on a little trip around the globe to see what three Source players from various regions around the world think of tonight's match-up. Tonight's guest predictors include:

- Fifflaren - Berlin Allianz (CGS)
- Nord - Dubai Mirage (CGS)
- sauce - '94 Knicks (CEVO-P)

Good luck to the Optx and 3D tonight in what could be the last time we ever are able to see these two line-ups compete. Read on for the last CGS Pro-AM Championship predictions...

sapphiRe's prediction record: 29 - 9


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Grand Finals

(2) San Francisco Optx vs. (13) New York 3D

The San Francisco Optx are the only team to go undefeated throughout the CGS Pro-AM regular season and playoffs. With a 12-0 record, the Optx will meet up with the New York 3D who are 11-3 throughout the Pro-AM.

The last time these two teams faced off was in the Upper Bracket Finals on de_nuke. The Optx started out strong on CT side with a 7-2 half score. 3D attempted to rally back but fell just short, making the final score 10-8 and pushing 3D to the lower bracket. There, New York eventually met up with the LA Complexity on de_season, where 3D advanced after winning 10-7.

The first match will be played on de_dust2, where I think the Optx will take control right off the bat. The Optx have avoided any challenges on dust2 so far in the playoffs, with their only dust2 win coming against Veritas with a smashing 10-1 score. New York on the other hand demolished FEVER 10-4 in their dust2 match. I've always felt the Optx are quite strong on this map while 3D's dust2 performances seem to be shaky, such as their 10-2 dust2 loss to Venom in the regular season. Optx should take the dust2 match to start off with the 1-0 lead in the best of three.

Next up is de_inferno, a map both teams have avoided thus far in the playoffs. In the regular season, 3D defeated the '94 Knicks 10-5 on the same map, using an awp-heavy CT set-up. I think the same will hold true tonight, with 3D generally running 3 awps weilded by Ksharp, n0it and Volcano. New York will be able to push the Championship into a much needed third map.

It's no secret 3D has been struggling on de_nuke as of late, the third map that will be used. In the Upper Bracket Championship, the Optx were vitorious against 3D on nuke, but I think 3D is finally starting to pick it up on nuke. Last night in CEVO-P, 3D took the usually strong de_nuke team, the Dallas Venom, into double overtime on the map. New York looked like a much improved team and I think if they can play how they did last night, they should be able to take the Championship tonight.

Scoreboard
sapphiRe's prediction (de_dust2)
San Francisco Optx
10
New York 3D
6
Scoreboard
sapphiRe's prediction (de_inferno)
New York 3D
10
San Francisco Optx
7
Scoreboard
sapphiRe's prediction (de_nuke)
New York 3D
10
San Francisco Optx
8
Scoreboard
sapphiRe's prediction (Best of 3 Total)
New York 3D
2
San Francisco Optx
1


Fifflaren's Predictions (Berlin Allianz)

Scoreboard
Fifflaren's prediction (de_dust2)
San Francisco Optx
10
New York 3D
8
Scoreboard
Fifflaren's prediction (de_inferno)
New York 3D
10
San Francisco Optx
7
Scoreboard
Fifflaren's prediction (de_nuke)
New York 3D
10
San Francisco Optx
5
Scoreboard
Fifflaren's prediction (Best of 3 Total)
New York 3D
2
San Francisco Optx
1


Nord's Predictions (Dubai Mirage)

Scoreboard
Nord's prediction (de_dust2)
San Francisco Optx
10
New York 3D
8
Scoreboard
Nord's prediction (de_inferno)
New York 3D
10
San Francisco Optx
7


Scoreboard
Nord's prediction (de_nuke)
San Francisco Optx
10
New York 3D
8

Scoreboard
Nord's prediction (Best of 3 Total)
San Francisco Optx
2
New York 3D
1


sauce's Predictions ('94 Knicks)

Scoreboard
sauce's prediction (de_dust2)
San Francisco Optx
10
New York 3D
7
Scoreboard
sauce's prediction (de_inferno)
New York 3D
10
San Francisco Optx
5
Scoreboard
sauce's prediction (de_nuke)
New York 3D
10
San Francisco Optx
6
Scoreboard
sauce's prediction (Best of 3 Total)
New York 3D
2
San Francisco Optx
1
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November 9, 2008

Upper Bracket

CGS Pro-AM R3 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(1) Dallas Venom
8
-
0
8
(9) Los Angeles Complexity
10
-
9
1
Map: de_tuscan
Preview

Dallas Venom: Mustang, sunman, Dominator, zid, brawwr
LA Complexity: Storm, fRoD, Warden, Rambo, Hanes

CGS Pro-AM R3 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(5) Dynamic
3
-
(13) New York 3D
10
-
Map: de_tuscan
Preview

Dynamic: adreN, sil, demonic, noObLeR, nosey550
New York 3D: method, ksharp, Volcano, juan, n0it

CGS Pro-AM R3 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(3) jB
8
-
(11) Devastation
10
-
Map: de_tuscan
Preview

jB: Gode, TN, Dube, solraK, Miller-1, boomermayne
Devastation: sasquatcH, ChEekz, railm0, sauce, jetttt

CGS Pro-AM R3 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(2) San Francisco OPTX
10
-
3
7
(7) Carolina Core
6
-
4
2
Map: de_tuscan
Preview

San Francisco OPTX: clowN, moE, paradox, Grt, Warmach1ne,
Carolina Core: org, DAFF, s0nNy, devour, masternook

Lower Bracket

CGS Pro-AM R3 Lower
F
OT
2H
1H
(15) Stand As One
4
-
1
3
(17) Chicago Chimera
10
-
4
6
Map: de_tuscan
Preview

Stand As One: crookie, e, g00ber, morals, Bring the noise
Chicago Chimera: Stevenson, lari, hahN, shaffeR, da bears


 
CGS Pro-AM R2 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(1) Dallas Venom
10
-
4
6
(17) Chicago Chimera
3
-
0
3
Map: de_dust2
Preview

Dallas Venom: Mustang, sunman, zid, brawwr, Dominator
Chicago Chimera: Stevenson, lari, hahN, shaffeR, da bears

CGS Pro-AM R2 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(9) LA Complexity
10
-
2
8
(8) PuG KiNGz
3
-
2
1
Map: de_dust2
Preview

LA Complexity: Rambo, Warden, Storm, fRoD, hanes
PuG KiNGz: JaP, Showtime, bits, pNo

CGS Pro-AM R2 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(5) Dynamic
10
-
-
-
(12) Panic!
6
-
-
-
Map: de_dust2
Preview

Dynamic:
Panic!:

CGS Pro-AM R2 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(4) FEVER
4
-
2
2
(13) New York 3D
10
-
3
7
Map: de_dust2
Preview

FEVER: frozt, anger, Chewbacca, Simo Hayha, xperience
New York 3D: Volcano, juan, nickn0iT, Ksharp, method

CGS Pro-AM R2 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(3) jB
-
-
-
-
(14) 9Frame
-
-
-
-
Map: de_dust2
Preview

jB:
9Frame:

CGS Pro-AM R2 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(6) Vanskap
8
-
4
4
(11) Devastation
10
-
5
5
Map: de_dust2
Preview
Vanskap:
Devastation:

CGS Pro-AM R2 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(7) Carolina Core
10
-
3
7
(10) fivealive
3
-
1
2
Map: de_dust2
Preview

Carolina Core: masternook, org, devour, s0nNy, DAFF
fivealive: ms, oat, brian, C$HiRL, kc

CGS Pro-AM R2 Upper
F
OT
2H
1H
(2) San Francisco Optx
10
-
1
9
(18) Veritas
1
-
0
1
Map: de_dust2
Preview

San Francisco Optx: paradox, mOE, Warmach1ne, clowN, Grt
Veritas: sieben, matt, dANGLE, Jay$shizz, R.Bisker


 

The CGS Pro-AM Source playoffs kick off tonight with $16,500 in prize money up for grabs.

Head on over to CarolinaCore.com to read my Pro-AM playoff preview article!

Tags:
CGS, Pro-AM

 
CEVO-P Week 3.1
F
OT
2H
1H
LA compLexity (5-0)
18
6
5
7
x3o (2-3)
14
2
7
5
Map: de_russka
Preview
LA compLexity: Rambo, storm, Warden, fRoD, hanes
x3o: mason, AZK, PEX, kEEN, pham

CEVO-P Week 3.1
F
OT
2H
1H
SF Optx (1-3)
-
-
-
-
Cyber Revolution (3-1)
-
-
-
-
Map: de_russka
Preview
Match postponed
SF Optx: Warmach1ne, mOE, clowN, Grt, paradox
Cyber Revolution: frozt, DaZeD, zDk, Chewbacca, xperience

CEVO-P Week 3.1
F
OT
2H
1H
Mug 'n Mouse (1-4)
3
-
1
2
Dallas Venom (5-0)
13
-
3
10
Map: de_russka
Preview
MnM: ER1c, Forever0, Showtime, NightFaLL, mR.Waffles
Dallas Venom: Mustang, zid, sunman, brawwr, Dominator

CEVO-P Week 3.1
F
OT
2H
1H
iNet (0-5)
9
-
4
5
Devastation (2-3)
13
-
6
7
Map: de_russka
Preview
iNet: pNo, bReAkDoWn, Mose5, ER1c, ms
Devastation: sasquatch, ChEekz, dubs, railmo, jetttt

CEVO-P Week 3.1
F
OT
2H
1H
Dynamic (2-3)
6
-
2
4
KEYBOARD SMASHERS (3-2)
13
-
5
8
Map: de_russka
Preview
Dynamic: adreN, demonic, JoKa, nosey550, NoObLeR
KBS: Torrr, Glockateer, resinous, Aks, Monkey

 

We have finally arrived at the official start of CEVO-P week 3.1 after three early matches were played last night. You can view those results here.

Tonight we have the last two undefeated teams in action. The LA compLexity is 4-0 going into tonight and in first place according to CPI, while the Dallas Venom is breathing down their necks in a close second place, and also at 4-0. Who will come out of the week still undefeated? Only time will tell, but here's how we see the action playing out.



The LA compLexity have shown few signs of weakness thus far, winning every match by at least a 5 point margin, and they're currently in first.

x3o, on the other hand, has had mixed results. They're 2-2 with big wins over the '94 Knicks and the Carolina Core and losses to 3D and the Chicago Chimera.

I think x3o has the talent to defeat coL, but having to play them on russka and most likely start T side (compLexity is the home team and selects their side of choice) will make this rather difficult. The forum-goers were ecstatic last week when fans found out pham joined the x3o lineup. While it's obviously a great pick-up in the long run, for this map I think the inexperience as a team will hurt x3o's chances.

LA should take this one with a lot of room to spare, but I don't feel that the score necessarily reflects x3o's talent. They are shaping up to be a great team this season, but russka may be a difficult map for them.

sapphiRe's prediction: LA compLexity > x3o 13-6


Cyber Revolution is arguably the most surprising team to be in the top half of the standings. With a 3-1 record and a sixth place standing going into tonight's match, Cyber Rev is well above teams like the Optx, Devastation and the '94 Knicks. Then again, their wins have come against Hyper, iNet and Mug 'n Mouse which means the bulk of top tier teams are yet to come.

This will be Cyber Rev's first shot at a big name team as they take on the San Francisco Optx. The Optx are looking to mount a much needed comeback after a rough two weeks and Cyber Rev is their first target.

Looking at San Fran's 1-3 record, a win for Cyber Rev wouldn't statistically be an upset. But the Optx still have five amazing players. Any win over this team is huge and would be a huge boost to Cyber Rev's morale and record. If the Optx can pull together as a team, they should be able to take down Cyber Rev. As the home team, the Optx need to take an early lead on CT side if they select it, and hold on to that lead for dear life.

sapphiRe's prediction: San Francisco Optx > Cyber Revolution 13-9


Let me start off with pointing out...the Dallas Venom are NOT in first place (technically)! A bit of a shocker, wouldn't you say?

But they are in second place with a 4-0 record and only behind compLexity because of CPI. If you're looking for the last time the Venom lost, you'd have to go back to the middle of July. I don't know how much longer they'll be able to keep up the win streak, but I don't see it ending tonight.

Mug 'n Mouse is 1-3 and in tenth place. Out of sixteen teams, that is a respectable showing for MnM so far. Keep in mind their one win was over the Chicago Chimera which came as a big surprise to many. So we know that MnM can beat a CGS team, but it's a new day and a new map...Oh and it's the Dallas Venom.

Despite the odds against MnM, I have a feeling they might surprise the Venom and put up a good fight. But the Venom should move to 5-0 after tonight.

sapphiRe's prediction: Dallas Venom > Mug 'n Mouse 13-8


This probably isn't an official change, but on mIRC Devastation changed their name to the Kansas City Chiefs. Now why in the world would they do that? Why would they want to associate themselves with a pitiful 1-7 team? I just can't seem to figure that out.

Then again, Devastation's CEVO-P record isn't looking much better. At 1-3, Dev has a lot of catching up to do if they want a shot at the playoffs.

iNet hasn't had anything to brag about so far. As the statistically worst team in the league at 0-4, including a forfeit loss last week, the future is looking bleak. Considering Devastation seems to be one of the weaker teams so far, this is a good opportunity for iNet to pick up their first W.

This one should be extremely close, but I think Devastation's chemistry on this map from past CEVO seasons will play to their advantage.

sapphiRe's prediction: Devastation > iNet 13-11


This is going to be my only prediction this week. I’ve had a bit of a crazy schedule lately, and as you can see, sapphiRe manned (womanned?)  up and did the rest.

But you know what else that means? Pressure. Lots and lots of pressure.

Normally if one of my predictions heads south, which they are wont to do, I can point to some successes as well. Helps sooth the sting a bit. With only one prediction, you’re stuck with whatever you get. We’ve heard the phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Unfortunately, the phrase doesn’t offer any contingency plans for when you only have one egg.

Getting to the match, I’ve chosen to put my egg in the KEYBOARD SMASHERS’ basket (and I hope they’re more gentile with eggs than KEYBOARDS). They’ve got a win against Devastation and an OT victory over Cyber Revolution, while taking two losses from Dallas and Los Angeles. Those matches weren’t close, but they weren’t total skunkers either. They’ve surpassed my expectations so far this season, and I'm definitely warming to them as a middle-of-the-pack team.

Dynamic, on the other hand, has been doing alright, but not that great. They’ve got wins over two teams that are absolutely struggling (the ’94 Knicks and Hyper, combined 1-9), and two losses against good teams in Devastation and Zomblerz.

In the end, I think it’ll be a close match. I don't think there's a clear favorite, and playing on Russka doesn't help. If one team puts in a little extra practice and is really prepared, they could easily take the match. But for now I'm rolling with the smashers of keyboards.

Mike's prediction: KBS > Dynamic 13-11


 
CEVO-P Week 3.1
F
OT
2H
1H
Chicago Chimera (3-2)
18
6
3
9
New York 3D (3-2)
15
3
9
3
Map: de_russka
Preview
Recap
Chimera: Stevenson, Lari, hahN, shaffeR, da bears
3D: juan, Ksharp, method, nickn0it, Volcano

CEVO-P Week 3.1
F
OT
2H
1H
'94 Knicks (0-5)
7
-
2
5
Carolina Core (4-1)
13
-
6
7
Map: de_russka
Preview
Recap
'94 Knicks: funshine, Griff, exodus, sauce, BadApples
Core: Torrez, Daffsta, devour, sOnNy, org

CEVO-P Week 3.1
F
OT
2H
1H
Zomblerz (4-1)
13
-
7
6
Hyper (1-4)
8
-
2
6
Map: de_russka
Preview
Recap
Zomblerz: p0s, misty, ridic, heatwave, classified
Hyper: Daemos, Shredder, Stryker, PeNgUiNMurda, Alpha


 

Tonight, six CEVO-P teams will get a jump start on week 3.1, one day ahead of the Thursday default time. Don't worry. We won't leave you out in the dark. Come on in and enjoy part one of our week 3.1 predictions.

After four matches, only two teams remain undefeated - the LA compLexity and the Dallas Venom. We won't see either of these two teams in action tonight, but be sure to return for part two of our predictions tomorrow.

But for now, we have the fan favorite Zomblerz going up against a struggling Hyper team. And you can't talk about struggling without mentioning the '94 Knicks who will take on the Carolina Core. Lastly, the Chicago Chimera face off against the New York 3D, in hopes of gaining some ground in the standings.

Read on for my CEVO-P week 3.1 part one predictions.



With a 3-1 record going into week 3, the Zomblerz are staying on pace with the many of the CGS teams with a 4th place record. Unlike their previous two matches, the Zomblerz appeared to struggle a bit in their last match against the '94 Knicks. The team narrowly edged by the Knicks in the final rounds due in large part to a victorious deagle-save round.

But a win is a win and the 3-1 Zomblerz are in a great position.

The same can't be said for Hyper. Their only win came against Devastation in a match where the second half was played days later due to lag-out issues. Though as I said before, a win is a win no matter how it happens. That one win still places Hyper near the middle of the standings and after only two weeks of play, there is still plenty of time for redemption.

However, I don't think tonight will be Hyper's turning point. Though I'm not at all familiar with the Zomblerz play style on Russka, they should take it with a few rounds to spare.

sapphiRe's prediction: Zomblerz > Hyper 13-8


It seems like the '94 Knicks might have some life in them after all!

Okay...so they're 0-4 and that puts them in second to last place. But after a very good showing against the Zomblerz, my faith in this team is slowly being restored. The Knicks were that close to pulling off a win.

Before the season, I was rather unsure of how the Carolina Core would perform. At a point, I found myself often questioning their commitment and determination. However, my pre-season hesitations were resolved this past Sunday as the Core defeated 3D. While the final match score (13-11) was extremely close, the Core played a stellar CT half on Season, generally considered one of 3D's best maps.

I very much want the Knicks to succeed this season...but again, I don't think it will start tonight against the powerful Carolina Core. But for the Knicks sake, they absolutely need to prove me wrong tonight. They are nearing their must-win point of the season and we're only into the third week. But with a large group of talented teams infront of them, the Knicks have plenty of catching up to do and it needs to start now.

sapphiRe's prediction: Carolina Core > '94 Knicks 13-10


I realize I haven't been the Chicago Chimera's favorite predictor this season. I've been fairly blunt in my Chimera predictions, making it well known that I've felt they've lagged behind the other CGS teams as of late.

But somewhat to my surprise, they pulled off a huge win last match against x3o. An unnamed Chicago player didn't waste any time in pointing out the victory to me. Well, I want to assure that particular player their win was mentally noted and I have a newfound hope in the Chimera

Nonetheless, this will be a tough match-up. 3D recently dropped a close match to the Core which came as a bit of a surprise, but are still a powerhouse team that will almost always put up a good fight.

This is the first time both of these teams will be playing an official match on Russka with their "new" rosters, so there are no previous outcomes to base a prediction off of, nor am I aware of how either team performs on the map.

For the first time this season, I'm predicting a match to go into overtime...with 3D eventually prevailing as the victors.

sapphiRe's prediction: New York 3D > Chicago Chimera 13-12 (overtime)



 
November 3, 2008
Carolina Core vs. x3o

Just prior to the Carolina Core's Week 2-2 win over New York 3D on de_season, the team met up with x3o on the same map for their Week 2-1 match. However, the result was not the same as x3o, led by a monstrous performance from AZK, took down the previously undefeated Core. AZK finished the match with a +17 kill/death ratio, a number not often seen these days with the max rounds 12 rule set. Despite the loss, Carolina is still standing strong in third place with a 3-1 record, while x3o is in the middle of the pack at 2-2.


CEVO-P Week 2.1
F
OT
2H
1H
Carolina Core (3-1)
7
-
2
5
x3o (2-2)
13
-
6
7
Map: Season
Confirmed Time: Monday, Nov 3 - 10:00pm EST
Preview
Recap
Core: Torrez, Daffsta, devour, sOnNy, org
x3o:mason, AZK, PEX, kEEN, DirtySecret



Hyper vs. Devastation

Hyper and Devastation began their Week 2-1 match-up last Thursday, with Hyper dominating their CT side 9-3. When Devastation took over on CT, the team began to rally for a much-needed comeback, going up 2-0 just before Devastation's CheEkz got disconnected. They postponed the remainer of the second half until Monday night, but in Counter-Strike, momentum can shift or disappear in mere seconds... delay a match three days, and you throw any momentum straight out the window.

Devastation picked up the match down by four rounds and had a slight advantage as CT, but they weren't able to pick up their lost momentum or recover from the deficit, eventually losing 13-7. Both Hyper and Devastation are in the bottom-four of the standings at 1-3.


CEVO-P Week 2.1
F
OT
2H
1H
Hyper (1-3)
13
-
4
9
Devastation (1-3)
7
-
4
3
Map: Season
*Second half rescheduled for Monday, November 3rd
Preview
Hyper: Daemos, Shredder, Stryker, PeNgUiNMurda, naughtwe
Devastation: sasquatch, ChEekz, dubs, railmo, jetttt

 
November 3, 2008
CEVO-P Week 2.2
F
OT
2H
1H
Carolina Core (3-1)
13
-
3
10
New York 3D (3-1)
11
-
9
2
Map: Season
Preview
Recap
Core: Torrez, Daffsta, devour, sOnNy, org
3D: juan, Ksharp, method, nickn0it, Volcano

CEVO-P Week 2.2
F
OT
2H
1H
'94 Knicks (0-3)
-
-
-
-
Zomblerz (2-1)
-
-
-
-
Map: Season
Preview
Recap
'94 Knicks: funshine, Griff, exodus, sauce, BadApples
Zomblerz: p0s, misty, ridic, heatwave, classified

CEVO-P Week 2.2
F
OT
2H
1H
LA compLexity (4-0)
13
-
7
6
SF Optx (1-3)
8
-
2
6
Map: Season
Preview
Recap
LA compLexity: Rambo, storm, Warden, fRoD, hanes
Optx: Warmach1ne, mOE, clowN, Grt, paradox

CEVO-P Week 2.2
F
OT
2H
1H
x3o (2-2)
7
-
2
5
Chicago Chimera (2-2)
13
-
6
7
Map: Season
Preview
x3o: mason, AZK, PEX, kEEN, DirtySecret
Chimera: Stevenson, Lari, hahN, shaffeR, da bears

CEVO-P Week 2.2
F
OT
2H
1H
Cyber Revolution (3-1)
13
-
5
8
Mug 'N Mouse (1-3)
6
-
2
4
Map: Season
Preview
Cyber Revolution: frozt, DaZeD, zDk, Chewbacca, xperience
MnM: DUBE, Forever0, Showtime, pansini, mR.Waffles

CEVO-P Week 2.2
F
OT
2H
1H
Dallas Venom (3-0)
-
-
-
-
iNet (0-3)
-
-
-
-
Map: Season
Preview
Confirmed time: Tuesday, November - 10:00pm EST
Dallas Venom: Mustang, zid, sunman, brawwr, Dominator
iNet: pNo, bReAkDoWn, Mose5, ER1c, ms

CEVO-P Week 2.2
F
OT
2H
1H
KEYBOARD SMASHERS (2-2)
13
-
6
6
Devastation (1-3)
8
-
2
6
Map: Season
Preview
KBS: Torrr, Glockateer, resinous, Aks, Monkey
Devastation: sasquatch, ChEekz, dubs, railmo, jetttt


CEVO-P Week 2.2
F
OT
2H
1H
Hyper (1-3)
10
-
4
6
Dynamic (2-2)
13
-
7
6
Map: Season
Preview
Hyper: Daemos, Shredder, Stryker, PeNgUiNMurda, naughtwe
Dynamic: adreN, demonic, JoKa, nosey550, NoObLeR

 

The ’94 Knicks entered their Week 2-1 match against the New York 3D in desperate need of a win. Expected to be contenders for a playoff spot, they were still looking for their first victory after starting the season 0-2 with losses to x3o and Dynamic.

After Sunday’s match, they’ll have to keep looking.

New York set the tone early in their dominating 13-3 victory on Season, starting as defense and stopping a split rush on the right bombsite. The two teams traded entry kills before Funshine was left in a 1v2 against method and n0it. He narrowed it to a 1v1 but couldn’t pull off the last kill.

That was as close to victory as the ’94 Knicks got for the next eight rounds.

In the first week of the CEVO season, 3D had success fielding a three-AWP defense on Inferno, and that strategy, and the results, seem to have translated well for their first match on Season. Volcano, Ksharp, and nickn0it were all AWPing for the vast majority of their time on defense, and it gave their opponents fits.

Of course, the Knicks’ efforts weren’t helped by method, either. During New York’s opening 9-0 run, they combined to go 18-3 in the first three rounds, 28-3 by the end of the sixth round, and 35-5 before the Knicks took their first round. There were a fair share of defuses in those stats, but they were still the key cogs of New York’s (for this night) nearly unbreakable defense. Method played the right site, scoring one or two entry frags on each strat to his area, while n0it, always in the thick of the action, floated between middle and aggressively AWPing near the stairs at the left site.

It was at that left site where the Knicks got their first round. Exodus, wielding the same AWP that had served 3D well for the previous nine rounds, scored an entry frag on Volcano and limited n0it to a single kill on the rotation, legging n0it with the AWP before finishing him with a glock as n0it tried to establish position behind a site box. They caught Ksharp in a rotation, and finally had time to set up a solid defense – something that was missing in the earlier rounds as any site take was quickly greeted by rotators and flankers.

That made the score 9-1, New York. The Knicks pushed it to 9-2 before falling back to 10-2 when Funshine couldn’t pull out a 1v1 against Volcano.

Funshine and exodus led the way for the losing team, each finishing the half 13-11. And for New York it was a parade of frags, with the aforementioned n0it and method leading at 22-5 and 18-6, respectively.

The second half brought the customary side-switch, but no relief for the Knicks. They picked up an early round but didn’t make it much farther than that, dropping three of the first four and dropping the match 13-3.

It was a tough time all around for the ’94 Knicks, with bright spots and good frags few and far between. Now they face a familiar foe, the zomblerz, as their second matchup on Season.

And in addition to still looking for their first win, they’re also looking to bounce back from a big loss and an 0-3 start to what started as a hopeful season.


 
November 2, 2008

It's time for the Week 2-2 predictions from sapphiRe and myself. As always, with every new match night, it's important to consider what we've learned from the previous week's action. For instance, last week we learned that I shouldn't predict any more Cyber Revolution matches. We'll have more on that later, but suffice it to say that things didn't go well. And this week I get to predict... another Cyber Revolution match.

(Crap... let's try this again.)

It's time for the Week 2-2 predictions. As always, with every new match night, it's important to learn from our previous mistakes and get right back on the horse. That means I'll be doing another prediction for Cyber Revolution, and this time, I'll get it right.

(I hope.)

Taking a quick look around the league, the Dallas Venom continue to look awesome, jumping out to a 3-0 start. They're followed by three fellow CGS teams (New York, Carolina, and LA), while Chicago and San Francisco are strugg-a-ling to start the season. But they've still got a leg (or two) up on the '94 Knicks who have unexpectedly sunk to the bottom of the standings.

What will the fourth round of matches bring? Can the Knicks start their comeback? I'm not sure, but we can take a guess. Let's get to the preds.

’94 Knicks vs. FD`zomblerz -- Featured Match

This is a matchup between two teams heading in opposite directions. In the past two months or so, the Knicks started off Pro-Am 4-0 before falling off a cliff, dropping to 4-4 and beginning CEVO 0-2. The zomblerz, on the other hand, started Pro-Am 2-2 before finished 6-2 (still not good enough for a playoff berth, unfortunately), and have jumped out to a 2-1 start in CEVO. Their only loss is an OT defeat at the hands of Dallas, only been the best Source team for the last six months.

Despite that, it’s a tough match to predict. Anybody that’s familiar with Source will look at the Knicks’ roster and recognize the names. Sauce. Funshine. Griff. Exodus. Zap Branagan. It’s the kind of lineup you look at and wonder how they can be 0-6 in their last six matches.

Something is obviously going wrong, and until they snap out of the funk, I think you have to predict against them regardless of their name value. Experience and skill are two necessary components of any team, but that’s not all there is. You need chemistry and leadership, clutch performances and a steady hand. And I don’t know if the Knicks are missing any, or all, of those things, but it’s clear that something isn’t coming together for them like it should be based on the names in their lineup. I don’t think anybody expects them to be top-3, but I don’t think those same people expect them to lose to badly to teams like x3o or Dynamic, either.

So until further notice, it’s going to be almost impossible to give the Knicks any love. I hope they can snap out of it, but the zomblerz are a tough opponent when you’re looking for your first win and you’re in a funk. The worst part is that I’m not sure it gets any better for the Knicks after this match… they’ve got Carolina, Chicago, and Los Angeles right after this match. They could be looking at an 0-6, or 1-5, start to their season.
Considering their schedule, they might need this match more than anybody realizes, and I don’t think they’ll get it.

Mike's Prediction: Zomblerz > Knicks 13-8


This is a match no CS:S fan should miss. Two of the remaining four undefeated teams are going head-to-head, and both 3D and the Core smashed the Optx in Week 1, holding San Francisco to under four rounds. Needless to say, they looked pretty impressive.

Carolina had a miserable experience the last time they faced 3D on Season, losing 3-15 during the CGS season. I don't think this match will be anywhere near the same result as the Core is too strong of a team to allow a repeat of that. However, I still question the Core's motivation. It's not that they don't want to win. I'm sure they'd like nothing more than to stop the Venom from a CEVO 3-peat. But I do think they're a bit more lackadaisical lately, and lacking some of the explosiveness they used to have.

New York, on the other hand, I have yet to ever consider explosive. (But that's not an attack on their skill or their determination. Obviously they're as motivated and determined as they come, otherwise they'd be the New York 2D.) But I think 3D really shines in teamwork and camaraderie, not necessarily explosiveness. They work together as one unit and rely on all parts of the whole, not solely on individual performance.

Partly because of that, Season should favor 3D because it's often T-sided. I think the Core are often successful because of their tremendous individual skill, which is certainly a good thing, but I've had the pleasure of witnessing numerous strong T-sides from 3D on this map, and I think tonight will be no different. It should be close, though, and promises to be an exciting match for fans and players alike.

sapphiRe's prediction: New York 3D > Carolina Core 13-9

LA compLexity vs. SF Optx -- Featured Match

This is the first real challenge for the 3-0 compLexity this season after knocking off KBS, iNet, and Mug 'n Mouse. On the flipside, the Optx have had an absolutely brutal schedule. San Francisco's first three matches have all been against CGS opponents. Considering the team's hectic schedule thus far, coming out with a 1-2 record isn't great, but the Optx should be able to recover.

The last time I recall Optx and compLexity meeting on de_season was during the CGS regular season when coL won 10-8. Both teams had extremely strong T sided halves during that match but I'm not sure the same will hold true tonight. If compLexity starts CT side, they'll probably pull away with an early lead and close it in the later rounds of T side as the Optx attempt to rally.

Hopefully for the Optx's sake, they can come out of Week 2 without suffering too much damage. With a match against the Venom coming up in week 3, they will need to remain focused. Based solely on the schedule, the second half of their season should be much less intense compared to these opening weeks. Unfortunately, they need to endure this match, first, and based off their CEVO-P results thus far, I don't see them being able to top compLexity tonight.

sapphiRe's prediction: LA compLexity > SF Optx 13-8


Contrary to the eleventh-place prediction we handed x3o before the start of the season, the team has held their own against some big-name squads. They lost to New York 9-13, but a noteworthy win over the '94 Knicks was a fantastic start to the season and it should be a sign of good things to come. They seem to have a bit more life in them than I expected.

Their opponent for the night, the Chicago Chimera, has yet to do anything memorable this season. With a 1-2 record, including a loss to Mug 'N Mouse, who we predicted to finish at the bottom of the standings, the Chimera could use (and maybe even need) a win here. They have four CGS teams coming up in their next six matches, and a win over x3o is crucial if they want to end the first half of the season with a respectable record.

This is one of those matches that could go either way, but I think x3o wants it more. Any win they can get over a CGS team is huge, whether it's against Chimera or Venom. The match will be close, but x3o should capture the win.

sapphiRe's prediction: x3o > Chicago Chimera 13-10


The Dallas Venom should cruise through this match. The Venom is undefeated thus far while iNet is on the opposite end of the spectrum, and the standings, with a winless record. It should be a pretty one-sided affair, and to add insult to injury, I believe Season is one of Venom's better maps.

... then again, what map isn't this team good on?

sapphiRe's prediction: Dallas Venom > iNet 13-4


I have to admit I’m not in love with Devastation this season. Pundits in sports often talk about a certain team’s “window” – as in, their window of opportunity to make the leap from good to great, and from contender to champion. In short, I think Devastation’s window has all but closed. A couple seasons ago, I could have envisioned them taking a leap and becoming a team like Pandemic, for lack of a better example. Now? I don’t see that happening. They’ll be very good, as they always are, but true title contenders? That I have doubts about.

That being said, they’re not playing a title-contender, either. KEYBOARD SMASHERS is 1-2, though they’ve done alright against Dallas and LA. It’s going to be a decent match, and probably closer than I would have predicted earlier in the season, but I think Dev will still walk away with a win and move to 2-1, with their match against Hyper paused and rescheduled with a half left to play.

Mike's Prediction: Devastation > KBS 13-10


Before we get to this match, I have to bring up the last prediction I did for Cyber Revolution. The way I approach predictions is this: if I’m going to sit down and write about these teams, and sometimes say unflattering things in the process, the least I can do is point the same unflattering finger back at myself when it applies. It’s only fair.

As it so happens, last week Cyber Revolution played iNet. I pontificated (with all the smugness that word implies) that it would be a close win for iNet. In retrospect, that prediction would almost assuredly end up in the Top-10 LD Prediction Bloopers reel. It might even crack the top-5, as Cyber Revolution blasted iNet 13-4.

My excuse is that… well, I’m an idiot, obviously.

Anyway. On to this week, Mug ‘n Mouse is 1-2 after playing three CGS teams – not a bad result, by any means. The team they beat, Chicago, isn’t one of the dominant teams, but that’s a pretty tough stretch to start the season, and nabbing one win when they could is a good start.

 But I can’t go against Cyber Revolution for this one. I just can’t. It’s not just because they burned me last week… well, it’s partly that, but it’s mostly that they’ve just been playing well of late. In terms of individual experience, they’ve been around the block and back again. They’re off to a good start here, and they’re coming off a 10-3 win against New York in the CGS Pro-Am. The late additions of Chewbacca and DaZeD (Simo Hayha) before the CEVO season seems to be paying off, and I think they’ll pick up another win here before facing four CGS teams in their next six matches.

Mike's Prediction: Cyber Revolution > Mug ‘n Mouse 13-9


Ladies and Gentlemen, the match you’ve all been waiting for! It’s the cream of the crop, the unstoppable force vs. the immovable object… it’s Hyper vs. Dynamic!

Alright, so the match between the (currently) teams in thirteenth and fourteenth place probably isn’t a must-see event.

I’d also like to report that Hyper’s roster is approaching critical mass. They now have nine rostered players, which, for a predictor, means it’s probably hard to tell what their starting lineup will be on any given day. There are only two reasons you have that many people on your active CEVO roster: you have a lot of friends that want to tag along for the ride, or you have about four starters, three semi-reliable backups, and two emergency, “we’ve-gotta-play-tonight-or-forfeit-can-you-cancel-your-date?” players.

I’m inclined to think it’s the latter.

That being said, they still took it to Devastation in the first half of their match on Season, and I’m a little worried about predicting this one. Dynamic is only 1-2 and I’m a little worried about their losses to the zomblerz and Devastation. This match has “makes me look stupid” written all over it. (Then again, these days, what doesn’t?)

I’ll stick to my guns and say Dynamic takes the match.

Mike's Prediction: Dynamic > Hyper 13-10



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