A plucky French side despite starting woefully on both maps (and sides) found themselves picking up rounds from no where. Indeed, on the first map, Vacant, they trailed by a three point deficit before finding momentum and eventually leading by seven to five going into the second half. A second half which they would lose the first four rounds from the get go, and find themselves needing to clutch the last two rounds for any chance of even a draw. Which of course, they did. Finishing the first map twelve a piece.
This is when the match turned, as a sense of discontent from both the oXmoze side, as well as the audience grew. No overtime was to be played and the first map, declared a draw. A result which confounded the players and one that this format of team based first person shooters has not be subject to before.
The second map couldn't be any tighter, with any leads being shortly and sharply cut as rounds were exchanged at a lightening pace. EYE did manage to secure a two point lead going into the second half. One which they would extend and have shortened again, but eventually held onto as oXmoze, forced into a paradoxical position from the first map, they couldn't however emulate the first half antics. Only picking up one of the four remaining rounds before EYE finally buried the French challenge with a round to spare, 10:13.
Although the result wasn't unexpected, the match was felt to be marred by an admin error. Either a third map was needed or the overtime from the first map was required to satisfy the best of three competition standard that the game was supposedly run under.
You can watch the end of the perceived invulnerability of EYE, through the eyes of oXmoze star, Marc 'vazy' Berthold, here.
- mymym.com [one article]
- SK-Gaming.com [multiple articles, columns and coverage]
- ESReality.com [one column]
- Crossfire.nu [multiple articles, columns and coverage]
eSports media achievements:
- Long-listed for eSports scene journalist Award 2008
- Nominated for best eSports coverage 2008 (SK)
- Nominated for best eSports coverage 2007 (SK)
- Published in Times Higher Education (THE); online and print.
- Long-listed for the Guardian's 2009 International Development Journalism competition; online.
- CGS European Qualifier and Draft
- Multiplay i31
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