Hope you all have had a good Christmas! I’ve spent it with my family eating good food and just hanging out. Played some board games 2 days ago as well, got a new one from my sister where the goal is to “kill” the opponents cats and save your own…😀 You “kill” them by putting them in a mixer and turn it on😀. Luckily Midas and Shiva didn’t see us play it so all is good at home.
Been a bit addicted to watching Zelda: Ocarina of Time streams lately. I loved the game when I was young and it’s a lot of fun to see them use tricks to get through passages where you shouldn’t be able to. My favorite streamer is a Swedish guy called Jodenstone so make sure to check him out if you like speed-runs and Zelda.
Got back yesterday after a week in China. Feels good to be back home in Sweden, especially since we won the event. A long time ago we won a big tournament so was happy to be able to experience it again.
There has been a lot of comments about how the tournament was held and what went wrong so I though I’d share my thoughts as well.
I just listened to what PPD thought of the whole situation and I agree with him on some points. He states that it is unnecessary to complain about things you know will happen so if you still choose to go there it’s kinda your own fault. With that said, a lot of people that were there didn’t know how it was last year or how most tournaments in China works. I guess even though you “know” something might be bad doesn’t mean it is okay to be bad but I understand what he means, like if I know that there never are any practice PC’s available it doesn’t make any sense if I go there and act like “uh, what no practice PC’s??”.
When we arrived there on the Monday there was a shuttle arranged for us to take us to the hotel. We arrived quite late so we just got checked in and went to bed.
This was probably the worst day of the whole tournament for me but the reason isn’t that something bad happened but rather that nothing happened at all..😀 I woke up quite early so my first thought was that I wanted to try to go to a mall or something to do some Christmas shopping and then later on go to an internet café to practice. Unfortunately we couldn’t go because we were told that we would go to the event and be able to practice from there at 2 pm but it turned out that nothing really happened at 2 pm except for us to get a WCA shirt/jacket and our badges for the event. The jacket was quite nice though so it was cool, but after that we were supposed to do media so we went to the hotel room waiting to get called to take pictures. It sounded like we were gonna do it quite soon but after 4 hours in the hotel room it was finally our turn..😀 I ended up watching anime (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) which was nice but yeah, not much happened that day ^^.
The new patch wasn’t available yet in the client but we were able to read the change log when we woke up. We went to an internet café and practiced a bit with Oracle (picked in the chat and played all pick to be able to pick him, felt a bit like Dota1 in the early days ^^) to get a feeling of how strong or weak he was. One of Kelly’s friends found the internet café and brought us there. Played almost the whole day, scrims and pubs!
Time to play the group stage! We started of by playing MVP on the stage and managed to win 2-0. Second game was very close and ended up in a base race. Felt good to win but after all of the group stage games were finished we realized just how important the last game vs. MVP was. Since we later on played 1-1 vs. DC and lost 0-2 vs. Liquid we really needed that 2-0 win vs. MVP to proceed and because of that we went on to the playoffs.
Playing on the stage was totally fine, nothing to say about that but the other games that were played backstage was a bit so-so. For me the only problem was the chairs because when I don’t have any support for my arms my shoulders start to hurt. So if they just had provided better chairs like dx-racer ones it would have been fine for me. Unfortunately for Loda he got the seat in between the tables so he barely had any leg space.. ^^
Since we didn’t play this day we went to the internet café again. We practiced vs. MVP which was very good. I think we played the whole day before we went back to the hotel so not much to say about that ^^.
We didn’t know who to play until just moments before our game. Felt a bit weird but CDEC/TNC had postponed their deciding game (to know who got 1st or 2nd seed) until just an hour before the playoffs were about to start. Anyways, we got to play CDEC and since they just got 2nd at TI and 5th in the Frankfurt Major (losing to EG and OG in the playoffs) it felt like they were one of the strongest teams there. I got sooo happy after we won vs. them because we had just proved that we actually were able to compete with the big teams again. I would compare it to our win vs. DK in TI3 when I after beating them knew that we were top3 in TI – it was that kind of a feeling! Moving forward, after that we played Wings and beat them 2-0. Even though we didn’t underestimate them (they beat Secret 2-0 and played 1-1 vs. Empire in the group stage) I felt we went into the game with the upper hand. First game felt like they just tried to do something that didn’t work (they first picked Furion and later on CM and Enchantress to counter my Chen) but since they couldn’t take full control of the early game we managed to end the game quite early. Second game was very even though but I don’t remember exactly what happened. Either way we beat them 2-0 and got ourselves into the grand final!😀 Poor s4 was sick the whole day and I later found out that he didn’t even know that we were in the finals after that game because he didn’t really know what was going on (because he was sick and had a fever). Proud of him to be able to keep on playing as good as he did even though he felt like shit!
Last day of the tournament! We played vs. LGD in a bo5 and it was quite weird games to be honest ^^ The bans were the same all games but even though we started out with a solid 2-0 it ended up being 2-2 later on. Luckily we won the last game and managed to win the whole tournament! So grateful to be able to be there and to see all the fans who came to cheer for us. Some of the fans even bought food for us one of the days so when we didn’t have much to eat there suddenly were pizzas there😀. We went to celebrate the win by having dinner and later on a small party with karaoke.
For me the biggest flaw of the tournament was the lack of a coordinator. When we are going to the event with the bus they need to have someone that has a schedule of what teams that should take which bus. There need to be a schedule of where everyone should sit at the event. Schedule of what to do every day or if there is a day off. Information of when you can play at practice pc’s or if you can’t practice. Luckily we had Kelly with us who could help us when we didn’t understand what we were supposed to do but since most of the people at the event can’t speak English it’s hard to understand what’s going on. The biggest question mark for me was after we played the second game vs. LGD when I had to use the restroom. The admin told me there was no break when I wanted to go so I asked him like “but can I just go to the restroom? It takes only a couple of minutes so I’ll be back before we start the game” but he insisted that I couldn’t leave the booth. After Kelly got in to the booth and spoke to him I think he still insisted that I couldn’t leave but then I just did anyways and got back before the game started. I think even LGD left their booth as well so not sure what was going on..😀 I think I’m gonna try to learn some Chinese words for the next event so I can say like “Bathroom” or “Help!” and stuff like that😀.
Thanks for all the support, we keep on fighting!
All pictures shamelessly stolen from Kelly..😀 (Thanks!! ^_^)
Arrived quite late yesterday to the hotel after a bit more than 24 hours of travelling. Was quite okay thought, I have such an easy time to fall asleep if I want to (and sometimes when I don’t want to as well :D) so I got some sleep during the flights! Apparently it’s a different venue than last year’s WCA and we also have a new hotel but this hotel is cool as well so all is good! The reason why I care so much about the hotel in China is because the standard can be really low but also really high. In some cases the wifi doesn’t even work so it’s not possible to talk to your team or anything.. All seems good now though so no worries! ^^
Been constantly checking reddit and dota2.com to see if the new patch is out..😀 Wanna see the patch notes so badly. This morning when I woke up I checked reddit and saw a link to dota2.com with 5000 upvotes so I got very happy, but it seems just to be a teaser or that someone found a link to something that ain’t finished😦. Hopefully we get the patch soon!😀
Regarding the rules at WCA I don’t think we have to worry. Been reading some comments about that “passive play is against the rules” and some other things but I think they just mean that obvious stalling isn’t allowed, not that you dodge a fight or choose to wait for Roshan or spawn..😀 The English in the rules is a bit off so I don’t think you should take it literally but instead try to understand what they mean.
Not sure what happens today, I think our first game starts on Thursday at 1230 local time vs. MVP. If I understood the schedule correct we are playing all our group stage games on Thursday and then we have the Friday off when the other groups are playing their games. If it’s not possible to play at the venue today we are gonna go find an internet cafe to play from there instead. I wouldn’t say no to some Chinese pubs or scrims!
Name: Joakim Akterhall
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Achievements: A selection of tournaments - 1st place in: The International 3, Dreamhack Winter 2012, Dreamhack Summer 2013, G-1 League, Starladder Season 5 and Starladder Season 6.
Curiously: Has won the Swedish Championships in Nintendo 3 times (2004, 2006 and 2012) and also placed second 3 times (2000, 2001 and 2003). Has a blue belt in Judo (9',')9