I’ve already posted quite a bit about the event that I attended with Tempo Storm, but there’s one more post left – I just got the links to the professionally-captured photos from the tournament. I decided to embed and share some of the ones involving the team and me.
On the first day of the tournament, we had some catastrophic computer problems. Two of our computers just wouldn’t boot, one blue screened, one was in a start-up loop, and one had critical system files missing and corrupted.
These problems caused the stream to be delayed by literally over 50 minutes. This is a snapshot of the ESL operators and administrators trying to help us get everything working again.
This is Zixz getting very excited and yelling at some unknown thing on his computer screen. Zixz is the support, and out of the five players, he’s probably the one who’s always the most excited and hyped.
Our first set was against Panda Global, and this photo was snapped shortly after defeating them in a best-of-three. Pictured brightly smiling in the center is Srey, the shotcaller and tank; to his right is Goku, the bruiser.
Another set in which we played was against Team Naventic. This was one of our more difficult sets, because Team Naventic was seen as one of the favorites to win, coming into the tournament.
Although I generally always have a somewhat cold and emotionless expression on my face (when I’m not intentionally trying to be funny or friendly), I look particularly concerned in this photo in anticipation for how the set might turn out.
The player in white is Kaeyoh; he is the captain and carry of the team. Hidden behind his monitor, to Kaeyoh’s left, is So1dier, the flex player.
Shortly before making it out of group stage, we had to play against King of Blades Alpha in our group decider match. We were less worried about this set, so I look slightly less concerned.
Here’s the famous bunny ears shot, from a different angle. I already posted a screencap from the broadcast of this scene on my blog and on my Twitter – our team was laughing here because there were literally four cameras on Zixz at the same time. Here’s another angle of the shot … now all I need to do is find the remaining two angles.
And finally, this was the last set we played, against Cloud9, and the set responsible for knocking us out of the tournament. I already knew that this was going to be a tough set, so you can see the onset of my concerned face coming right back.
All these photos are taken by Carlton Beener, and were uploaded to ESL’s Flickr account. If you want to view the other teams in the rest of the photos, you can check out the album at: