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World Team Cup - Czech Republic-Slovakia is your Tech WTC 2019 champions!

15.07.2019, 21:42 Uhr


 

 

After qualifying to the Grand Final against Germany (21-5; 7-1, 7-1, 7-3) in a dominant fashion, Czech Republic-Slovakia was poised to take home the victory in the finals against the Netherlands. However, the Dutch had other plans, and wanted to stay undefeated for the entirety of the tournament. Here is how the match unfolded.

 

Map 1: Head Up by Tom

CZ-SK lineup: DanikB – Kappa – Tween

NED lineup: Dutchy – Wag – ZycoS

 

Here again, CZ-SK got a great start to their match by getting a 4 – 0 lead on the first map. The Netherlands then managed to win their first round of the match but couldn’t compete with the speed and consistency of the Sampi players and DanikB :flag_cz:. The Netherlands consequently suffered a heavy blow in the first map, losing it 7 – 1.

 

Map 2: Aurora by kimi

CZ-SK lineup: DanikB – Kappa – Novis

NED lineup: Complex – RedExtra – ZycoS

 

The two first rounds went once again in favor of CZ-SK after some very close rounds. Small mistakes from the Dutch side allowed DanikB :flag_cz:, Kappa :flag_cz:, and Novis :flag_cz: to secure a very healthy 2 – 0 lead on the second map. It then became even worse for the Netherlands, who were unable to even challenge CZ-SK on the next rounds, gifting them 4 more points to a 6 – 0 lead. The only way for the Dutch players to still have a foot in this Grand Final would be to bring it back to a 6 – 7 victory to still be able to compete on the last map. However, after a close last round, Kappa :flag_cz: and Novis :flag_cz: proved too much to handle for the Dutch, who crumbled under the pressure and let Czech Republic-Slovakia become the first ever Tech WTC champions!

 

Map 3: Breakthrough by Superal

CZ-SK lineup: DanikB – Exosum – Novis

NED lineup: Complex – Dutchy – ZycoS

 

Though nothing was at stake anymore for this third map, there was still a chance at redemption for the Netherlands, who could still snatch a map win against the newly-crowned world champions. After a DNF by Novis :flag_cz:, the Netherlands managed to start the map on a good note by picking up the first round in this third map. However, despite Complex’s  best attempts at redeeming his nation, CZ-SK managed to once again win the map on the score of 7 – 2.

 

Congratulations to Czech Republic-Slovakia!





World Team Cup - Tech WTC Finals Tonight!

15.07.2019, 14:18 Uhr


 

The 2019 Tech World Team Cup finals are drawing closer! Three teams now remain and will fight this evening for the title of first Tech WTC winner. In case you haven’t followed the competition closely up to now, we have prepared for you a preview of tonight’s matches.

 

Consolidation Final: CZ/SK – GER

:flag_cz: :flag_sk: Czech Republic-Slovakia: Buky – Bullet – DanikB – Exosum – Flyer – Kappa – Novis – Tween

Latest results: 15-0 vs. NOR/SWE; 15-2 vs. BEL; 15-1 vs. HUN/ROM; 7-14 vs. NED

 

 Germany: Barbos – Beat – Beef – Dexter – Eddie – Harni – Massa – Moppel – Onio – Revolution

Latest results: 7-14 vs. NED; 15-5 vs. BEL; 15-11 vs. FRA; 14-8 vs. POL

 

Looking at both of their matches against The Netherlands, both ending in 7-14, it is hard to predict which team will come out as the victor for this consolidation final. However, it is worth noting that CZ-SK has so far played without (arguably) their best player in Kappa :flag_cz: and with an undertrained Tween :flag_sk:. If those two players trained sufficiently this time around, they have a slight edge over Germany. Even so, Germany has probably been playing at 90% of their capacity this entire time. If they do put the pedal to the metal this time, they can full throttle their way into the Grand Final. A match to watch for sure, as it is certain to deliver close rounds and an entertaining show.

 

Grand Final: ??? – NED

 Netherlands: Complex – Dutchy – Fafy – Javzo – MathiCs – RedExtra – SinasAppel – Spam – Wag – Zycos

Latest results: 14-7 vs. GER; 15-4 vs. NA; 15-8 vs. FRA; 14-7 vs. CZ-SK

 

Looking at the Power Rankings written before the competition started, one would think that The Netherlands are underdogs in this Grand Final. Looking at how the competition unfolded, however, it has now become clear that they are here to play – and to win! The only undefeated nation left in this tournament are now heavy favorites to win it all after defeating both Czech Republic-Slovakia and Germany previously (both on the score of 14-7). Players to look out for here are mainly Complex , the best online player in the world currently, as well as Venture powerhouses Dutchy , MathiCs , Wag , and Zycos . Spam , the DefuseKids player, rounds out this stacked lineup with some consistent performances.

 

Tonight’s matches will take place at 8 & 9 p.m. CEST and will be streamed in English by riolu here, in French by Nekrua here, and in German by Marius89 here. Additional streams may be available in other languages.





World Team Cup - Tech WTC 2019 Overview

17.06.2019, 20:50 Uhr


 

The Tech World Team Cup 2019 is just around the corner, with the first matches kicking off in exactly a week! Can’t be bothered to have a look at the lineups? Maybe your Tech scene knowledge isn’t extensive enough to understand which nations are favorites? Do not fret, we’ve got you covered! As tension is building up with training well underway (hopefully), let’s have a brief look at the nations partaking in this first edition.

The nations aren’t ranked in any particular order within the sections.

 

Favorites

 France 

AlexOoR – Feed – Kronos – link – Mat – OmnipotZ – ringoa – Roa – zad – Zahrokz

 

The WTC 2018 winners are here to prove that they can take it home again.

Not losing a single Tech sub-match in their 2018 run (against Finland, Germany, Poland, BEL-NED, and Germany once again), they are major favorites coming into this year’s event. However, their line-up is on paper much weaker than that of last year. Only Kronos , Link , OmnipotZ  and Roa  will race again this year. In compensation, France is bringing some newer talents in play, like Mat , as well as experienced players, like zad , who have looked rock solid in online events this year. Though the French are not looking like heavy favorites (as they usually are) this time, they are still eyeing the trophy for this edition, and rightfully so. 

 

Germany

Barbos – Beat – Beef – Dexter – Eddie – Harni – Massa – Moppel – Onio – Revolution

 

France’s biggest rival, Germany, is once again here to play.

Barely losing to the French in both Tech sub-matches they played against them in 2018 (4 - 5 and 6 - 7), Germany is this time around looking to beat its old nemesis with what seems to be the most stacked line-up in the entire tournament. After Onio  returned to the competitive scene in the beginning of 2019, he proved that he still had the skill to be one of the best by achieving a 7th place finish in Gamers Assembly 2019. However, he missed the qualification for TMCup due to personal issues, which makes it unlikely for him to play in good shape for this competition. Barbos , Dexter , and Revolution , to name but a few, have shown insane carry performances as well during recent online events. The cherry on top is Massa , coming out of solid yet slightly bittersweet solo events like GA or TMGL and willing to show that he still has what it takes to be one of the best in online events. The rest of the lineup, though seemingly weaker than the aforementioned players, would still be enough to dominate most nations in this tournament, and that makes Germany one of the scariest nations to face this year. On paper, they are here to win, but we have yet to see if they will deliver.

 

:flag_cz: :flag_sk: Czech Republic-Slovakia :flag_cz: :flag_sk:

Buky – Bullet – DanikB – Flyer – Kappa – Novis – Tween

 

Imagine having a line-up with a World Champion, a frequent LAN event finalist, one of the three best online players in the world, and a multi-style genius. That is Czech Republic-Slovakia.

At first, we wondered whether Kappa :flag_cz: and Tween :flag_sk:, both from team Sampi, would be keen on participating actively to the WTC, but after an unlucky miss on their qualification for the TMCup, they might be looking to turn their frustration into a drive to stomp the competition in this event. If they are, indeed, training hard, they might complement Novis :flag_cz: and form the scariest trio to face in the entire tournament. When on an off-day, the Planetkey Dynamics player only looks like the third best online player in the world. When on a good day – as he so often is – he is a true racing machine, and he probably has the drive to show the world what Czech Republic-Slovakia is made of alongside his compatriots.

Aside those three players, there is still DanikB :flag_cz:, TMGL player, who has shown decent results in solo events in the past, as well as Flyer :flag_cz:, who currently plays the TrackMania Championship Series with Nerotec. Those two players can definitely play at a high enough level to warrant a place in the line-up and perform well enough to beat most nations in the tournament. In a nutshell, Czech Republic-Slovakia could look like the best nation in the world with a fully trained line-up, but could also barely make Top 4, should the Sampi duo not put much effort in training for the cup.

 

Outsiders

The Netherlands

Complex – Dutchy – Fafy – Javzo – MathiCs – RedExtra – SinasAppel – Spam – Wag – Zycos

 

Complex  is just too good, but the rest seems a bit out-of-form.

A strong line-up on paper, boasting arguably the best online player worldwide in Complex . His performance isn’t the worrying factor for this line-up, but it is rather the fact that the Venture players (Dutchy , MathiCs , Wag , and Zycos ) have been playing in League 2 of the TrackMania Championship Series without much competition, and they might be a bit out-of-form because of that. It can be worrisome considering they will suddenly have to face very strong opponents in the likes of France, Germany, or Czech-Slovakia in their run for the trophy. Spam  also qualified for the TMCup finals, which will surely lessen his hours of training for the WTC.

However, the Netherlands have been known for delivering solid performances in the past, and they can surely reiterate that this time around. Overall, the Dutch line-up might contend for the title if every player in the line-up plays to their best level, but it is nevertheless hard to consider the Netherlands as much more than outsiders. Even so, a top 4 finish would be very logical considering the raw talent they possess.

 

Poland

Deska – Maciey – Magorian – Marcin – Maxc – Narcor – Tom

 

Poland is an outsider, but they should never be counted out.

They already showed some contention for the trophy in last year’s event, but they were held back by their (slightly) weaker FS and Dirt lineups. This time, with the tournament only covering Tech, they are looking to show the world their best shot at the title. They do look slightly weaker than the three favorites, but key players like Magorian  can carry an entire line-up, granted it is made of players who are consistent and fast. That is exactly what the Polish line-up is made of: Narcor  and Tom , from Elementaries, as well as Maciey  and Maxc , from Runtime, have shown solid performances in the past and can be counted on to deliver in matches. It will be pivotal for those players to show up at the same time to defeat teams like Germany, but it isn’t out of the question just yet. The first playday will tell us what exactly we are to expect from this line-up.

 

The “we’re here to upset” nations

Belgium

Dofault – Kenseily – Paynn – Saevertje77 – S-Jay – Ssoulja – Superal – SuptimaL – troLL

 

Who will carry?

The Belgian line-up is full of promising and great players, but they lack that one player who will make the difference for the team. troLL  could fulfill that role, but it will depend on his training and who they will face. Behind him, a group composed of fast players like Kenseily , Ssoulja , Superal , and Suptimal  could make the difference for their nation. Belgium is looking like a team which will never drop the ball against slower nations, but which will find itself having a harder time once it needs to upset better opponents in order to advance.

 

:flag_ca:  North America :flag_ca: 

Bobus – CarlJr – mael – Nicus – Recks – Sharp – Tromi – Utshimass – wally – Zimmi

 

There is a three-times World Champion, and then we’re not really sure.

North America can boast having the best overall player in the world, CarlJr :flag_ca:, and a veteran Tech player like wally :flag_ca:, but it unfortunately seems to end here. Players like Bobus :flag_ca: and Tromi :flag_ca: have shown consistent improvements throughout the months and are doing well in TrackMania Heroes Europe, but they might lack what it takes to battle with the best. Mael :flag_ca: and Recks :flag_ca: could also do well, but it will depend on their form and on the opponents. Couple that with the probable absence of CarlJr :flag_ca:, focusing on the TMCup, and you have a line-up that could deliver during this cup, but which might fall short when it matters. North America may however still put up a good fight, especially if wally :flag_ca: plays (and then again, we aren’t sure of that either), so they should not be counted out quite yet.

 

  Hungary-Romania  

Air – angelhard – Egér – erwinweber – Ic3man – nevermind – Ricso – SaŁvatore – Supra – Zoo

 

Two great players might be enough to go far.

Hungary-Romania will have to count on their two star players from Marshmallow n’ Molotovs, Éger  and nevermind , to carry the nation. Behind them, good players like Air  or SaŁvatore  will have to try and follow them in order to help their nation win matches. Otherwise, it might prove difficult for them to challenge the favorites and outsiders. Hungary-Romania will surely be able to pull off wins against the weakest nations in the tournament, but it will all fall down on the MnM players’ shoulders to reach higher heights than that.

 

    South America    

caio – carti – devidess – ener – gabbo – manox – matt – nugget – natz – nunez

 

Just like Belgium, but on the other side of the Atlantic.

On paper, the line-up doesn’t look so bad, but will they have what it takes to beat strong nations? Probably not. They lack an obvious carry for the team, despite having strong players overall, like Carti , ener , gabbo , manox , matt , nugget , and nunez  (so basically everybody). The lack of activity of some of them in recent competitions might be fatal against nations similar to South America, which have a good core of players. Most players in this line-up have a history of doing very well, but they all seem to be past their prime. Maybe this competition is their best shot at a Redemption (pun intended), as they are still very capable of leading South America to upsetting top nations. A dark horse for sure.

 

:flag_ee: :flag_lv: :flag_lt: Grand Duchy of United Baltic States :flag_ee: :flag_lv: :flag_lt:

Alienwaras – B1ts – Kawi – Kimi – L3L3

 

With a name longer than their lineup, their best shot at winning anything might be the award of the longest name this year.

I just really wanted to make fun of their name, to be fair. The Grand Duchy of United Baltics States (hereafter “the Baltics”, because come on) could show good performances on the back of B1ts :flag_lt:, Kawi :flag_ee:, and Kimi :flag_ee: if they manage to find the time to all train at least two maps. The Baltics aren’t the favorites in any match really, but it is a close call. If their whole line-up shows up in the same match, they can surprise most of the nations which aren’t contenders for the title. In any case, teams like these completely represent the spirit of the WTC: even if you have very little chances at winning, registering to represent your nation proudly is a virtue that ought to be praised. Sorry for teasing, Baltics, we love you here at WTC.

 

:flag_at: Austria :flag_at:

PokeR – Rollin – Scary – Schwammy – Speedy – Stonem – Zammy

 

Austria is the bridge between outsiders and the rest.

If you had to put one team between the outsiders and the rest, it would be Austria. Their core, composed of Speedy :flag_at: and Zammy :flag_at:, shows great potential, but it will depend on whether the rest of the team can follow their pace against the stronger opponents. If so, they have a good shot at upsetting a nation and thus making top 4. Otherwise, they look like a 6th place team who will be able to play decently all the way. Overall, this line-up is a big question mark. Rollin :flag_at: will probably not play much after qualifying for the TMCup. PokeR :flag_at: might be active, or maybe not. Depending on the fashion in which Austria will show up in the first playday, the bridge might either solidify itself or crumble under inactivity.

 

Turkey

Aneex – Aslan – cool – Daddy – İzmir Jr – king0d – uNcons – Vertigo

 

The old-school overwhelminG line-up (and some other good players) is here!

overwhelming (owG) used to be a recognized Tech line-up a few years back. After the team ceased their activities, they are now back together under the Turkish flag. They might not seem very threatening in their current form (at least to the top teams), but they certainly do have a shot at going far if they recoup their old shape. A team to watch, as players like king0d  can certainly pose a threat to unprepared nations.

 

  Norway-Sweden  

Kiwi – Loller – NisseFro – Olas – Rambo – Razer – Rewenz – Shockzo – Walnut – Wind

 

The old land of TM powerhouses looks scary coupled with its Norwegian neighbor.

Norway-Sweden is a stacked line-up, but most of them are competing in the bottom of the standings in the current TrackMania Championship Series Leagues 1 and 2, like Razer , NisseFro , Rewenz , or Walnut . Though it is very much sufficient to beat less-experienced teams, they have a good chance to struggle against favorites and outsiders, unless players like Olas  or Rambo  pull a carry performance out of their magic hat, granted as well that the rest of the team follows him closely. All in all, NOR-SWE is a team which could go far should the odds be in their favour.

 

That is all for the team presentation. Obviously, teams have to face each other, and the draw could thus influence their run. In order to find out what the draw looks like, head over to the tournament tree.

The opinions in this article are solely the author’s (Superal) and do not represent the official view of the WTC towards the players and the nations. This overview was made with the help of the WTC judges and some nation captains who lent a word to us regarding their goals and expectations.





World Team Cup - Three More Days to Register

12.06.2019, 21:17 Uhr


 

You have three more days to still register for this year’s Tech World Team Cup, thus until Saturday the 15th! Join the following 13 nations to compete for the trophy and a minimum prizepool of 100€.

 

 FRA/Link

 GER/Harni

 NED/Dutchy

 SAM/Nunez

  HUN-ROM/Spetyka

:flag_at: AUT/Orso

:flag_ca:  NA/Recks

:flag_lt: :flag_ee: :flag_lv: BAL/Kem

:flag_cz: :flag_sk: CZ-SK/Exosum

 PL/Kishon

 BEL/Superal

 TUR/uNcons

  NOR-SWE/shockzo

 

Do not be afraid of registering your nation, even if you do not expect tremendous results. Join us, play in this year's most international event, and represent your nation with pride!

Captains can still apply according to the following requirements:

Applicants must:

- be at least 17 years old

- assure us esports and community knowledge (contact to players)

- have an ability for structured organizing

- provide a possible server to play on

- provide a picture of ID (to prove nationality – can be censored except for the name and country)

- provide a Discord Name+ID (and needs to be on our Discord)

 

Send all the above to judges@tm-worldteamcup.de.





World Team Cup - Map Request Extension, Captainship, Map Testing

30.05.2019, 21:52 Uhr


 

You now have until the 16th of June to send in your creations according to the mapping guidelines. This extension of the deadline is a result of the fact that no qualifications will be held this year, as it is prospected that we will not surpass a total of 16 teams.

It is also worth mentioning that the last available spots will work on a first come, first serve basis. If your nation still is not represented, you can apply to become a captain by following the following steps:

 

Applicants must:

- be at least 17 years old

- assure us esports and community knowledge (contact to players)

- have an ability for structured organizing

- provide a possible server to play on

- provide a picture of ID (to prove nationality – can be censored except for the name and country)

- provide a Discord Name+ID (and needs to be on our Discord) 

Send all the above to judges@tm-worldteamcup.de before the 9th of June.

 

We are still looking for map testers for this event. Are you interested in helping us select fantastic maps for the community? If so, you can send us an email to maprequest@tm-worldteamcup.de or contact link#5795 on Discord.

The first map will be released on the 7th of June and the two next maps the weekend after, so that we do not interfere too much with the TCS mappack release.




 

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