Most of Team USA seemed more interested in exploring than cramming in some 11th-hour practice, so I enjoyed the varied delights of shopping in China and left my partner TorcH hunched over a phone in the Samsung Mobile Arena to practice Wise Star 2. Group play for each game was spread evenly throughout the week, while matches for 1st through 4th place were scheduled for the grand finale on Sunday.
The exception to this rule was Red Stone, a Korean MMO with a WoW-arena-esque battle system. Three teams competed (Korea, Japan, and USA) on Thursday and, while USA’s Cool Runnings put up a good fight, they were ultimate chased down and squashed by overweight princesses (really? are we back to Fat Princess again?). This was excellent as their early achievement of 3rd place (B) ($750 + new camera for each of the five players) freed up the delightful Sean “Wraith” Snack to hang out with me and the-whitest-kid-in-China, Matt “d00bi0us” Marcou, to be annoyed with me!
Our Guitar Hero players, MoB_Shift and vVv Smokyprogg entered 8-slot bracket play on Saturday. Smokyprogg was knocked into the losers bracket by Brazil’s Caiomenudo13, who went on to take first in the finals match against MoB_Shift on Sunday. The final standings were Caiomenudo13 (G), MoB_Shift (S) ($3,000 + camera), and vVv Smokyprogg (B) ($2,000 + camera).
Racing game pro and former Championship Gaming Series player IndigoFerret beat out fellow USA player Zach Wolters and came close to a medal in the virtual pool game, Carom 3D, but took fourth after a loss to Germany’s Protonski.
Of the Samsung Mobile Challenge boys, OmegaElite failed to clear group stage in Asphalt4 on Friday. I suspect this might have something to do with the tourney switching over to the laggy demo phones. <.< H2O TorcH however took first in his group after a 50 second round over The_French (France, duh!). He lost his chance for a first or second place finish against Italy’s a.Enrico, but came back on Sunday against China to finish with a (B)ronze! He took home $2000 and a Samsung camera.
American Warcraft III player LongWalk dropped out of brackets first round after a 0-2 loss against Korea’s sk.Lyn. Starcraft player Idra faced a similar 0-2 fate against Kolllsen from Germany. Both are very talented players on their home scene and in Europe, but there was no doubt the Koreans and Chinese would dominate the Real Time Strategy scene at this international challenge. I salute our brave heroes.
Putting up a slightly better fight were our boys on Team USA for CounterStrike 1.6. Team_EG and Turmoil both lost 1-2 to Denmark and France respectively. Denmark and France…? Denmark and France?
Our final medal count was 1 (S)ilver and 3 (B)ronze (even though TorcH’s medal doesn’t officially count towards the totall). Team Korea (South of course) ranked 1st place with 3 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medals (and every member of Team Korea took home a Samsung monitor!), followed by Team Sweden, and Team Germany. Nearly all the players threw themselves into this, heart and soul, from the mobile players to the 5-man teams. It was a thrilling experience watching teams triumph and feeling the energy in the venue.
For a complete listing of games, competitors, and scores, visit WCG 2009 Schedules and Results.