Its Friday about 7AM and me and my friend are getting breakfast and we're about to leave Germany. We took the plane which was late at about 11:20 AM and we arrived in Paris at like 12:40 PM. Even though the stewardess told us to shut down all our electronic devices I took pictures while we were starting. Oh boy.. I love to fly.
When we arrived in Paris at Charles du Gaulle we wanted to go to our hotel first - its obvious, isn't it? Ok, here we go. We wanted to take the train and the metro to get our hotel, but you can only pay the ticket automates with coins and credit cards. The tickets were about 16,20€ and we didn't have that many in coins so we decided to use the credit card of my friend which didn't work because he forgot his secret pin code. I was like "what the fuck"! After being at the airport for like 1 hour now we decided to take a taxi. While we were searching a taxi we found out that there's an airport named Orly! You don't believe that? Here's the proof:
Also notice it says "Buy your tickets in advance, On sale here" -> ORLY?
The rest of the day we wanted to meet up with retsukage but actually he chose to meet up at "Gard du Nord" which is a massive (I'm not kidding here-_-) station. He wanted to meet at a "Relay-Store" when I called him I was right next to one so I thought I'm going to meet him any second, but he wasn't there. After I asked the person selling things there and he told me there are like 12 Relay-Stores in the station I was thinking "You'll never get to see your friend from Californa". After literally 40 minutes of searching we met outside at the Apollo Hotel. We (G.s)NarutO / noob)hot( / retsukage and two friends of him (lurkers)) was walking around, getting some food and talking about whatever we liked to talk about.
Paris got some cool buildings..
Retsukage was staying at our hotel this night and we went to bed early because we wanted to stay up at like 5 AM to get to the event as soon as possible.
Day 1 - Awesomeness and failure
The first day when there were like lots of Starcraft matches it was really exiting. We went to the event at like 5 AM by metro and we were like 1 1/2 hours too early. Yet there was already a quiet big line. One of us went to get some food and coke. When it started at around 8AM we were freaking excited about playing Starcraft 2, watching the games and just everything.
Here we go!
Huge banner in front of the building, epic!
Starcraft 2 Area, I guess there were about 300 computers with Starcraft 2
There were a nice area for fan artwork, check this
This is one of the 2 smaller stages
When we went upstairs.. we found that.. the MAINSTAGE
Also, when I was about to watch something on stage 1 I saw Stork and took my chance
Small note here: I also met IdrA but here comes the failure: My camera ran out of battery so the rest of the day I was relying on other peoples cameras. I'll add the rest of the photos from this day later on.
Day 2 - No words
Like the day before we got really early to the event, because we didn't want to wait in a huge line. I didn't mention the 2v2 community tournament yet so I'll do it now. On day 1 we went to the finals in the 2v2 tournament and we got told that we're going to play the final on stage. I was really excited about that as you can imagine. Also the 2v2 tourney gave us the chance of playing Starcraft 2 as long as we want with no limit :-)! Here you go with a few shots of the awesome starcraft finals!
After the - unfortunately - too short finals of Starcraft and the Warcraft 3 finals we got told that we're going to play 2v2 Starcraft 2 on stage (actually they asked if its fine for us, because they wanted to make sure its fine and its better for publicity to show a new game or to be exact Starcraft 2). Well, the plan changed and we went to play one on one on the internet live stream in Starcraft 2. This was the first time for Starcraft 2 to be ever live broad casted.
I'll add another broodwar picture and the rest of the pictures will speak from themselves.
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More pictures to come, comments please! :D I'll also upload a package of all the photos in full size / quality later.