Season 5 Week 8
Season 5 is closing to a probable anti-climactic end, with more forfeits than games played, and Frontline Report filed for a delay too. Still, some interesting clashes around, and we will try to cover most of them in the following articles.
eskimo 1-1 Craig Christ (Minions, R06)
Surprisingly Orb-like green eskimo circles CC’s base with multiple attacks on River of Gold, killing most of the eco in the process, then deals the final blow with a barf move, pulling out for a minute so that Craig Christ may suffer longer.
Following game on Stanitsa is a whole another thing, with eskimo doing a bold rifle-only invasion on Craig‘s main, while grenadiers do a drive-by in an APC, finishing off the Service Depot. The game however proceeds much further, cause eskimo forgets to do a proper expansion and runs out of money while moving his army around the map. The late MCV by him finally comes up, but gets immediately demolished by a small infantry dispatch, and only a good parabomb strafe saves eskimo from being outscaled completely. At this time, Craig Christ feels the advantage and opts for shock troops, but he himself doesn’t expand further and thus hits the eco drain, so the scales tip over to eskimo‘s side again. Promising frontal attack by Craig is again stopped by perfect parabombing; using shockies doesn’t look as effective at this point cause eskimo switched to mass V2s coupled with lots of cheap rifles, but then V2s get wiped by a trio of Yaks. At 21min mark both players don’t really know what to do, floating 10K+ and stalling their armies around the map. Battlefield gets split horizontally, with occasional attacks here and there, but it all seems to play for Craig‘s favour as he has built a nuke. Demo truck doesn’t do much, next one is a bit more effective, but still not enough, and then eskimo‘s base should get wiped… but the nuke actually doesn’t do a lot as well, as Dome and IC are covered, and the rest of the buildings survive the explosion. Still, the top source of money is destroyed for eskimo, and he calls the game.
Upps 2-0 spetsnaz84 (Recruits Alpha, R07)
Spectacular grenadier rush by Upps on Pitfight that obliterated the whole base of spetsnaz84 in a few seconds.
Blackened 0-2 Orb (Masters, R08)
Ukrainian mirror on Stanitsa starting with gren rushes, what could possibly go wrong… Blackened holds his grenadiers in a safe spot behind the Orb‘s base only to get an oil derrick later. Bold straight-on base push through the middle turns out to be almost effective for Orb, locking Blackened out of the middle ore mine… And then Blackened‘s V2s all get rushed straight into death.
Second game on Pitfight is again not that lucky for Blackened, losing a lot of army on unsuccessful attack at the right patch, then getting several raids around the map and losing eco. Sneaky MCV in the top-left provided some unexpectancy, but still not enough for anything.
Chewey 2-0 dragunoff (Minions, R08)
Chewey gets some dogs out on Shadowfiend II to find an engineer, but dragunoff did a quite late engie covered with rifles. Not enough cover against an APC though, so getting ahead on oil still works for Chewey here. Main base raids by both players at once again get into Chewey‘s favour.
I feel it was dragunoff‘s pick to play the next game on Race Tracks, and then it was a mistake to not expect grens from Chewey on this map. It was a minimal 2-gren rush that picked one pp and delayed dragunoff for 8 seconds though, so no big deal. Again, getting attacks on both sides of the map, Chewey gets ahead, denying the doublemine of dragunoff and then wiping out the topside.
polaris 2-0 Fahrrad (Recruits Bravo, R08)
Face-Off got less attention in the second half of the season, but was picked as a first map in this match, and it went completely bonkers, with Fahrrad doing an all-out push with a sell-off, leaving polaris on the same barracks and ref. But then polaris also had more ore trucks which was enough to get an asset lead.
Second game was surprisingly more favour for Fahrrad in the first 2/3 of the match, but polaris held the onslaught.
Tailix K Mentor 0-2 BigSmoke (Recruits Alpha, R08)
BigSmoke doing a perfect grenrush on Pitfight with a dog guarding rax exit of Tailix. Wasn’t enough to finish the game, but the lead made by it was enormous for BigSmoke to play safe and without pressure.
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