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WCG 2009: The Olympics Of Video Games

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.

Team USA Steals Flag From Venue, Has Dinner With It

Team USA steals flag, has dinner with it.

For a complete listing of games, competitors, and scores, visit WCG 2009 Schedules and Results.

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WCG 2009: Here Comes The Hero

Life has been a little hectic since I’ve returned from my trip to the World Cyber Games in Chengdu, China.  I’ll spare you my touristy run-down of airport delays (Beijing rockets silver iodide into clouds to make rain, but ended up blanketing Beijing in an unseasonable blizzard), sleep deprivation (left a forehead print on the glass revolving door, poured noodles on my partner’s laptop trying to show my mom my breakfast over webcam), internet restrictions (no Wikipedia, no Facebook, no blogs, no Youtube, and a very sensitive IP blocker), and personal excursions to different corners of Chengdu (the mountain where Daoism was founded, tons of street market haggling, and harrowing cab rides).  I will, however, name-drop it like it’s hot.

TorcH and I sat across the aisle from SirScoots, a well-known personality in eSports, and MoB Shift, one of the two Guitar Hero players for USA.  The flight was uneventful save for my sudden and unparalleled achievement in Pokemon Pinball: access to the Mewtwo Bonus Level and an all-time high score of 1,517,277,700 on the Blue level (which after some research I’ve discovered is not a very impressive score… let down).

Waiting in the Beijing airport, I lost track of TorcH and glommed onto the group surrounding the US WCG managers, Paul, Aaron, and Natalie.  Also in that group were Jamal, an Ultimate Gamer contestant, and one of my new friends, Sean “Wraith” Snack.  Paul ended up saving the day and getting us to Chengdu that night whereupon we were greeted by… a gaggle of uniformed volunteers speaking English, offering bottles of water, and encouraging us to relax in a special seating area while we awaited our shuttle!  It was our first taste of celebrity, and it was pretty neat.

At the hotel, the lobby was set up with tables dedicated to registering teams.  There were uniforms and meal cards and room keys for the players who all shuffled off to bed by 2am China time (all of China is one time zone). I had been awake for 25 hours and most other for much longer than that, so I was determined to sleep as long as possible.  Fortunately I didn’t because then I would have missed the players’ tour of the Panda Research Base the next morning!

Ah, the day of the police escort…  For the 30 minute ride to the panda base, we had a cop leading our bus the whole way (as a note, the banners for WCG still lined the road two full miles from the venue) and other cops along our route blocking intersection traffic so we could pass.  We were rushed around the base by our volunteers/herders and tour guide, but the pandas were epically adorable.  On the ride home, I sat with a group of referees in panda (excuse me, pander, as the Chinese pronounce it) hats and got to know Nicholas White, an Australian ref who has attended several WCG final events.

Upon returning to Century City, the combination hotel/event hall, we got our passes and entered the venue for the first time.  And here, we come to our agreement from my last post.  These aren’t the original “scantily-clad ladies” I was promising, but readers, feast your eyes on the lovely booth girls of Samsung!

These beautiful girls (and several very attractive guys) populated every exhibitor booth in various teams of costumes.

There were futuristic soldiers, elves, school girls, deal-or-no-deal types, space aliens, airline stewardesses, and even some cat-girls… whatever best related to the individual products (however tenuously).

What’s more, they all spoke at least some English, and were always eager to help me understand or get me to participate.

So suck on it, boys… I got to be around tons of hot Chinese girls and you didn’t. 😛

Coming next installment… how Team USA fared and who owned the most face! (hint: it wasn’t us)

Showdown in Chengdu – Preparation

TSP WCG

This past weekend the WCG National Finals were held in New York City.  The finals were where teams earned the right to represent in USA in games like Counterstrike, Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne, Starcraft, and more at the WCG Grand Finals  a.k.a. the “Olympics of Videogames.”  In light of my partner TorcH winning the Wise Star 2 Mob!le Challenge from Samsung, we have been making preparations for our trip to Chengdu, China with the rest of the winners.

Hoping to make myself useful along the way, I will be doing coverage for my friends at NoobToob.tv!  I have also applied to become a WCG referee, which would allow me to get up close to the action during those all-important final matches.  Keep an eye on my Twitter: http://twitter.com/SeltzerPlease for more information leading up to and all during the event!

TSP WiseStar2

TorcH, meanwhile, has been practicing hard at his game, Wise Star 2, which involves matching groups of planets or activating bombs to eliminate them from the board.  Each space on the board must be cleared at least once to complete the level.  In a competitive challenge, the first player to cause an explosion in every cube of the board wins.   For a touch of humor, here’s a shot of TorcH looking unnecessarily furious during his post-victory interview with WCG’s Rivington:

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