I did not participate myself in this tournament because I was tilting so hardcore around signups that I decided it wasn't in my best interest to play this time, we'll see how that works out in the next LAN.
I'm not sure how I want to format this blog, I think first of all I should summarize what had happened and what I did. Since I did not play in this tournament I helped out how I could by moderating the stream (standard) and updating the brackets and trying to post on team liquid as results came in. Tried to help out Torenhire, Luckyfool, and GenoZStriker setting up all the matches and results and attempting to piece things together, no joke, Torenhire and Geno are some of the heroes of this lan. I had fun watching over a few peoples shoulders, seeing how quick some of these players are is absolutely incredible. The series between LuckyFool and LastShadow is one of the best series I've seen yet where Luckyfool is a pretty big underdog but was able to come out ahead. Hopefully those replays will be put out because the Game 5 was truly incredible.
I learned a lot of things at this lan, the ability to run a smooth tournament is pretty difficult but I think that everything that could have been done under our control was done the right way, and nobody is to blame except Battle.net 2.shit
Time to make a big list of thanks and just general posts about everyone:
Luckyfool: Amazing games, your TvT is definitely one of the most underrated and just a really powerful matchup, hopefully you can pick up some new builds and work on all 3 matchups and get up there. Thanks for the amazing LAN, thanks for everything as always.
Torenhire: I met you once way back in May but I don't think I've seen you mroe than once or twice (at the most) ever since then, was great to be around you and see that you were able to run the tournament as smooth as can be, its pretty incredible we got through the whole tournament in such a timely fashion.
GenoZStriker: Dude I've been talking to you for a long time now on EG vent, I've always read articles on myeg.net and it was awesome to know that you lived in this area and that we were finally able to meet, you're a freaking awesome guy and really a true gem and service to the community.
LastShadow: I know that lastshadow might be one of the most polarizing figures in the TL/starcraft community, but unfortunately I think that nobody can really know what he's like til you've met him in person. I'll admit, I always thought of LS as the ex-hacker that has been banned permanently from teamliquid but what a shame that is, considering nowadays there are a lot of high level and professionally signed/contracted players that used to hack at one point. These guys are considered to have mended their ways after 1-2 years, and now they're openly allowed on teamliquid. LS is one fucking HELL of a player, and one hell of a skilled player. He's been to so many LAN's ever since he was caught for his bad deeds in the past, placed amazingly in many, and is just an overall nice guy. He was extremely friendly to everyone at the LAN, showed a hell of a lot of amazing play, and in my opinion needs to have been forgiven and have his permanent ban removed from TL, after a full 4 years of being punished. I was a skeptic of LS before but now I have so much respect for him it is incredible.
Caucasian: You've always been great to me, you've given me countless rides week after week ever since we met in May, you even helped out by driving my two CSL teammates back and forth to and from the LAN center and really, you've always been an awesome friend, hopefully I'll see you in 3 weekends.
Shiver: Was nice seeing you on SC2 again for once, you did an amazing job and it was pretty awesome to see you vs orb actually match up in the RO16 . The brackets couldn't have worked out any better.
Storr: I wore your Oz jacket wheeeeee <3
I am so thankful that I am in one of the best TL/SC communities in the US. The DC area truly is one of the best and most up and coming areas to live in, and it was great to meet old and new faces at this tournament. To have like 50 people play in the tournament and countless others come just to watch was really an awesome experience. Seriously, to anyone who lives in the Maryland, DC, northern virginia area you need to come out to events like this, we're all friendly (or most of us at least ) and its always great games and good times. The prize pool for these tournaments will only get bigger and bigger each time, as we can hopefully get some sponsorships and larger prize pools along with the more entrants that come in to compete each LAN.
Luckyfool's lans are awesome
Toren/Geno are amazing administrators
Games were awesome
Lets get Lastshadow unbanned from TL, he deserves it, and he is an amazing guy.
Thanks again to everyone, see you all in 3 weeks at MLG DC. Say hi, let me take videos of you all in blogs and interviews etc. I'll be cheering hardcore for all my friends that I've met and all the friends I will meet at MLG.