If it’s one thing I miss, it’s my glory Counter-Strike days. I used to be amazing - my spray and pray tactics yielded more headshots than a typical episode of The Walking Dead! That time is long gone sadly, as each time I give Valve’s bomb-defuse simulator a go, I end up rage quitting thanks to some pro shooting me through a wall from the other side of the map with a glock while aiming at the ground with their eyes closed. No really, the game takes true skill*, which is why only the best can have a shot at the large prize pool in the upcoming CS:GO World Championships.
Mortal Kombat X is finally out this week - tomorrow actually, so less than 24 hours! You’ve endured all the articles about character reveals, fatalities, and so much more, but with good reason – the game looks like its going to be fantastic. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all a little excited here at Lazygamer… just a little. I know Darryn and Geoff especially will take great joy in beating the crap out of the rest of us. Anyways, back to the point - this weekend saw the very first eSport event for the title, yes before its actual release, and Mortal Kombat X now has its very first champion.
One of the best video game memories I have is back in the days of Quake 1 where I played for Damage Clan for a while and went on an amateur tour of South Africa playing in Internet cafes and getting stupidly drunk while pretending to be training.
Tonight we host the finals of the Lazygamer Advanced Warfare tournament and I hope you are going to join us in the stream (Click here for the link) to watch because if these matches are anything like the semi finals were on Wednesday, it’s going to be a cracker. The first match will be the 3rd and 4th place between ExiLe Gaming vs Snow Gaming at 20:00 CAT and the 1st place finals Insane Gaming vs eN F34R will be at 21:00 CAT. For those that didn’t join us, here is a rundown/recap on how hotly contested the matches were.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is almost time to crown a champ. The Lazygamer Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament has seen dozens of teams whittled down in the last couple of weeks. Tonight, it’s the formidable young guns from Exile, taking on the mighty giant-killers of Insane. One shall stand! One shall fall! Catch it tonight, right here!
[Update] Due to Eskom's blinding incompetence the matches have been rescheduled until 7pm tonight. The latest round in our Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament is taking place today with one of the top matches of the round being streamed live on our twitch channel at 3pm sharp.. okay likely not sharp because getting everyone to be ready on time is amazingly difficult.
We closed the registrations for our Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament last Friday only to be inundated with more registrations claiming we said they had until the 28th.
While we're excited to be organizing our first ever COD tournament, other people have been in the tournament organizing game for a lot longer. Semper Vincemus Gaming (SVG) is one such organizer, and their local tournament sounds really awesome. There's even a cool local reason that you should watch the games.
By Craig Guild
As Gavin announced the other day, I managed to convince him over a few drinks to host a tournament as eSports is getting bigger in SA and I really like the competitive scene. The question was, which game and platform should we try and test our hands at? There were a couple of suggestions, but in the end we arrived at the newish Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. It’s fast paced, great to watch and Gavin and I both enjoy it. This brought us to the platform.
During the festive break I managed to catch up with a great friend of the site, Craig Guild, who raised the question as to why we've never really run gaming tournaments before and would we be interested in running one?
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare finally landed yesterday and quickly established itself as one of the best entries the franchise has ever had. That’s mostly due to the game’s new Exo abilities, which transform the landscape of the eSports focused multiplayer mode. It’s going to be interesting to see how professional players adapt to it over time. We, however, didn’t have that much practice at last night’s Media Invitational tournament, but we still walked away victorious!
It’s quite something to see how our local eSport scene is developing. rAge alone had insanely high prize pools, something which made me incredibly happy. We’re not done for the year though, as there are still other tournaments taking place. One is the Orena Lifechild Invitational. It will not only bring together top Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams for a shot at a possible R75000+ prize pool, it will also raise funds for charity.
You’d think with the way I go on about Dota 2, it’s the biggest and most popular MOBA in the world. Truth is, it’s arguably more popular in South Africa than its largest contender, League of Legends. For the rest of the world though, LoL is the one to watch and has a much larger following. The world championship has been under way for the last few weeks, and the last showdown is finally within reach. Which team will take the top spot for 2014 in the final this weekend?
The CMaster Invitational has finally found a winner! This past weekend saw the top drivers from the tournament meeting up in the final event. Who raced around the tracks the fastest?