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Tempest @ i46 – Thursday

Tempest
Its half 1 in the morning and this is the first time any of us have had to actually sit down and play games. But even though this day has involved setting up tent purchased minutes before, getting lost thanks to sat-nav’s and lots and lots of cables, It has been so much fun because I’ve been doing it with some of the best people in the world.Ok, so let me explain. In case you didn’t know this weekend is i46. Multiplays UK LAN Event. But more importantly, it is easily the biggest TF2 LAN event of all time. The ratio of player playing all the games here, swings very heavily towards TF2. So much so, we basically have an entire Hall, just of TF2 Players. But not us, Not...

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Medals for Insomnia 46 TF2 Highlander

Hello friends, I’m Ruskeydoo. I make virtual medals for various TF2 events. What is less known in the TF2 context is that I make lots of other stuff too. Anyhow, a while back I idly suggested that it might be fun to make some real life medals for the Insomnia 46 Highlander competition. Most of the ideas I have remain just that as there are only so many hours in the day. However a month later Comedian droppedby on his way back home from Bosnia (European airlines have some funny ideas about connections). As I’m crap at small talk the conversation inevitably hit the “What shall we do?” stage then Comedian remembered the medals…How to acid etch yourself some medals!What...

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KritzKastCon4 – dates and venue

KKC4 is coming to a town near you, so long as you live in Telford UK or alt least you’re visiting there over the weekend of 24-27th August. As a remarkable co-incidence this also happens to be the weekend (and location) of Multiplay’s i46 event.KritzKast will be joining a massive line up of international players, shoutcasters and admins. Including (assuming all goes to plan) eXtine, Greaver, Comedian and Byte, wm and so many more. This will be by far the biggest TF2 event there has ever been.We want to make sure everyone gets to enjoy themselves the KKc way so we’ll be running our own little competitions with prizes and exclusive stuff just for the guys in our...

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What’s so cool about watching competitive e-sports?

ApacheFlame
So, you're tempted by the insomnia LAN lark, though you're just not sure about this professional gaming thing? I was once in your shoes. I enjoyed playing TF2, but just couldn't get excited about watching competitive TF2. I didnt know my infused from my epsilon or my little pwnies from my pubstar heroes. I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people from the TF2 community such as Comedian from VanillaTF2.org, loads of comp players that came to check out the box and then getting a special invite, well Trell getting an invite and me tagging along, to watch team dignitas play TCM gaming live in dignitas' box. This gave me a great insight into what goes on in a proper comp team, despite...

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Diary of a Little Pwnie

ApacheFlame
So Sunshine has given you an awesome run down of competitive TF2. She plays comp TF2 and is rather good. I on the other hand am not. In the spirit of making myself look silly, Mittins and I decided to resurrect my little pwnies, the team that did so well really badly in the UKCS Community Knockout Cup. We had more players than an american football teams roster due to people being ill, at weddings, drunk, etc. This didn't stop us rolling out with a full team every game. We faced off with really good opponents in the group stages, against teams like nervous energy. We also came away with our first whitewash! 5-0 and a fantastic win. Xerxes will tell you it is because the other team...

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Want to play competitive TF2 at LAN?

Sunshine
So, you are at your first LAN, you have 5 mates with you and you fancy dipping your toe in the comp scene water! Here are a few do's, dont's and a little idea of what to expect! Comp TF2 at an iSeries LAN is played in the 6v6 format- that's 6 players on each team ;) The most effective comp 6v6 team structure has been found to be as follows: 1 x medic, 2 x soldiers, 2 x scouts, 1 x demoman Utility classes are used as well and some maps lend themselves very well to the usages of spies, snipers and pyros. Engie is only usually used on Gravelpit and on final point as a delaying tactic.The maps tend to be general stock maps such as cp_granary, cp_badlands (these 2 are ALWAYS played in...

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