Season 4 Week 9
This will be an even shorter version of Frontline Reports column as this was quite a busy week culminating in The Dark Tournament™ which I honestly recommend to watch via VODs here (main stream by SoScared, Division A and final games), here (Division B stream by corrode), also a small part of it here (last game in Division B covered by ZxGanon) and here are the per-match vids cut by corrode (Division B, possibly other matches will be included too).
Back to the Global League news, we have first Season Forfeit in Masters as Han requests a leave after struggling to find enough time for his games. BEEF RAIDER from Recruits Bravo is disqualified due to strikes, and there are a number of pending strikes, mostly in Recruits Delta, which are not yet confirmed but will be shortly. It could end up with the whole division except kazu and Chewey be struck out there; gather yourself you slackers!
Another sad news is that Doomsday decided he will part ways with OpenRA at the end of this season stating some frustration with developer’s attitude towards community as the reason for that. Still, there is always a hope he will be back one day in the future; for now on behalf of the community I bid him farewell here and express the gratitude for his contributions to the project we all love.
To a more positively-exciting news now. Recruits Alpha division has seen some kind of a coup as Sotsch managed to win against jvk (see the short highlight below), and now Sotsch is in virtual 1st place in the group as he only needs to win a match against spetsnaz84 to grab the Hidden Path spot, because at least he’ll be then tied on points with jvk, but that match win against him gives Sotsch the advantage.
Blackened/SirCake: it is quite strange to see soviet-affined players do two allied mirrors against each other. Still, the overall play quality is there for both of them.
NoobMapMaker/Mentats: Second game was quite fun as NMM managed to cap the Construction Yard and then entertained himself with double tech on pitfight.
Mentats/SoScared: SoScared continues to do crazy off-meta experiments. No ETA on their success yet :P
Jvk/Sotsch: Sotsch played a solid attacking game against Jvk, giving it even more aggression-based style that Jvk usually does; probably Jvk got stunned by it which explains the result.
Anykeyich/netnazgul: well, I didn’t expect myself to play so bad and not getting a single point from this match, but that happened. A note to myself never to get overconfident and play games ahead of schedule for the comfort of my opponents :P
Brace yourselves, playoffs are coming! Definitely we’ll see a ton of high quality games these weeks as Lorrydriver, Happy, SoScared, Omnom are to play lots of their delayed matches. Barf/FiveAces and Barf/Gatekeeper, as well as Lorrydriver/Gatekeeper are the highlight of this week in Masters division.
Also the remaining promotion spots are to be decided in Recruit divisions, mainly in Recruit Bravo. Chin0/Lucian, Eloyros/Chin0 are the pick of this week.
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