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Bertman / May 03, 2014
Renown proudly presents:

Noobcraft III: DreamNub



Noobcraft III will serve as a reboot of Noobcraft II now that the TESO hype died down a (little) bit.



In contrast with Noobcraft II, Noobcraft III: DreamNub is a tournament played out on one evening/night. The 10th of may starting at 19.00 CET to be exact.

NC III: DreamNub is in fact a double tournament with two brackets. A bracket for the noobs and one for the ladder warriors.

Both groups will be played out separately and a champion will emerge from both brackets. In effect there will be a noob champion and a ladder warrior champion.

In order to keep the DreamNub a one night afair we had to make some adjustments to the brackets and how the tourney will play out.

The brackets will be single elimination, and each round is a best of three.



In a best of three, the first player to win twice, advances to the next round, in this case, the final.

Losing in the semis means the end of the line for you.

There is no way of around this as working with double elimination or any different sort of brackets would take way to long.

In essence there will be 2 brackets playing a single elimination tourney.


Schedule*:

Ladder Warriors: semi final 1 - best of 3

Noobs: Semi Final 1 - best of 3

Ladder Warriors: Semi Final 2 - best of 3

Noobs: Semi Final 2 - best of 3

Ladder warriors: Final - best of 3

Noobs: Final - best of 3



*schedule may be adjusted by the admins to suit our needs. We aim to end the tourney by 02.00 CET Saturday night.


Once again - to keep the tourney manageable time wise - losing in the semis means it's over. Practice is the way to go, Ladder Warriors may want to grind out some ladder games while the nubcakes among us may want to practice moving out with their armies before the 50 minute mark.

Gudran will be doing the drawing of the brackets; a youtube movie will be release shortly before the games begin where our innocent gamer bro decides who plays one another in the semis.

He will first draw for position one, then position two and then finally position three (and by elimination, position four obviously)



This will happen for both tournament brackets.

Happy practising!
Bertman / Mar 21, 2014
ROUND 2 : Newcomer VS Bortmon the Magnificent
Or so he likes to call himself on vent

The game starts and we don’t see an aweful opener out of Sharmilla and also shows us
how to micro bunkers! As he draws FIRST BLOOD ladies and gentlemen.
That’s right!



The next scene shows a mentally challenged zergling with ADHD on crack who runs tracks
for the next 10 minutes! A wonderful sight to behold, Bolt got nothing on you … you merciless monster.



What happens when you put a macro orientated player into a zerg body?
Same shit as Bertman quite fast doubles our Sharmilla’s supply by double!
But Bertmong is merciful and gives an additional marine to his enemy bro.



Sharmilla however is preparing for an assault as his defenses are being upgraded by mines,
rines, BUNKERS (upgraded holy fawk) and an unsieged tank.





After about 20 minutes of negotiating and peace the zerg HIGHWAY OF HELL reaches
our locky warlocks base and the game is ON.




Over a 100 zerglings die in the engagement but they do break the defenses and the crowd shits their pants because of this turn of events.
But not worries! Because the BANES keep ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING



Having seen many prO games Sharmilla sends a medivac with a hero marine to baserace the zerg.



Only to have his last depo sniped



Close game, GG

Game 2 : Bertman VS Sharmilator

We see a greedy 3 hatch opening before pool out of our zergplayer nothing new.
He does bring variation into the game as he no longer has his zergling on crack he now sends
his HYPER DRONE ON SPEED to the terran base.



Oops so this is what happens when you siege a tank!
Kapow!



What do you get when you put a deatheater into a tank?


HUEHUEHUEHEHUHEUHUE

Bertman the zerg dominates the game and his weapon of choice is to demonstrate his
multitasking abilities with two flock of MUTALISK.




Slowly but certainly picking apart the terran base

Bert leaves a comment for our spectators ....


The spear of zerg jabs through the terrans defenses and....



Here you see the brillaint coaching that went on behind the scenes


Bert reveals his final weapon
before taking Game number 2.
MOTHERFUCKING BROODLORDS!



GG NO RE



ROUND II : San VS Tolga


Reigning champion Vs the anxiety zerg.
Determining the pace of the early game Tolga draws first blood by killing an overseer he spotted with a reaper scout and finished by his murdersquad of marines.



Tolga quickly scouted San’s third base expo and started harassing with his reapers, dancing back and forth using the reapers incredible speed and healing abilities despite San’s efforts to repel the Terran
Tolga’s championship winning micro allowed his reapers to endure another day.






Until he got overconfident and tried to snipe some roaches only to get corners by a roach sideflank
losing his entire offensive.



This allowed the zerg to grow in power and even tech to the swift Mutalisk.



Mr Anxiety Zerg leveled Tolga’s economy with his initial mutataskforce



And finished the game trying to tech to broodlords 



On to game number 2.

ROUND II: San VS Tolga part 2

Tolga becoming known for his early aggression and tactics sends out marines because
what else are you to do as a terran right? 
this is unfortunately countered by a mass of speedlings who quickly surround the brave
warriors and dispose of them fast.



Not only has Tolga learned how to be aggressive as a terran but also how to be defensive!
As shown in the next picture : Zergling, How I Met Your SIEGETANK – And with a Big Bang they
were shooed off into the distance.



Well that went rather well Tolga must’ve thought and prepared to push out.
And well it went from there on as our Turkish brother in arms destroyed a newly made 4th base of the Sandaime, well you’re not Yondaime so you’re restricted to 3 base bitch.
(San = 3, Yon =4) translates roughly into Lord 3rd and Lord 4th.





San quickly amasses an army of zergling and infestors to deal with the impending threat.
Holy shit what is this green shit all over my army?



Zerglings rapidly make a surround and the green shit eats away the remaing life thus ending the second terrran offensive.



With San’s economy flourishing he’s able to make a lot of infestor to begin his harass.
first stop knock on the door and see if anyone’s home.



2nd stop prepare a delay of destroy a lot of shit



3rd hide like a mofo and RUNNN Tolga’s forces closing in on the insfestor assault and even killing the majority.


What could be up next?


A never ending stream of Greenish delight …. I meant death … jeebus I could care for some Turkish delight tho.(it’s a candy which is very sweet – no homo) huehueuehueheu



Leaving a final message from Tolga to his opponent


You certainly did! GG WP (good game well played)

San takes the series and advances to the next round




Game III : Bala Vs Linu
A game of minesweeper.

Linu shows us how to play turtle terran with his two depot into rax opening.


Later on denies bala’s scouting scv only when it already scouted the entirety of his base.


And if you didn’t think this was hilarious, these guys shouldn’t have hired Mexican constructionworkers. Several violations have been made against you know …..
WORK POLICY.




Then begins and hour of placing mines like it’s motherfucking creepspread from a zerg.
I mean holy fucking cow, Linu likes his mines 




Yet despite Linu’s magnificent minefield the overly manly man Bowlo finds a way and penetrates Linu’s defenses from the rear ….. stomping the third base


There’s one thing terran turtles like Linu like to do very much and that is holy shit
you made more turrets then marines mang ….


This goes on for quite a while and Linu stubbornly replaces his mines in the field as to repel the 3/3 marines from his base as he secures it with siegetanks and some more mines.
(guess I know where the minesweeper title came from)


Next up is Bala teaching the observing crowds how to deal with widowmines.




Ever heard of SCV parties? Yeah we had quite a lot of those during the breaks between action in this
TvT powerplay from both players.



Bala sweep the field from some more mines showing how to use detector units like the raven and even demonstrating it’s seeker missile.



If this game has learnt me one thing, it’s that Linu seriously defends against drops and air harass.


Here you see Bala’s SCV partypeople having a BLAST


Next in the game we see bala going ballzdeep into the defenses of Linu losing all his marines, but not before taking a huge bite in the tankdefenses.



Bala makes an early techswitch into hellion tank ALL IN as he prepares 5 factories for war.


This time it’s Linu’s turn to be aggressive with his fabled Viking deathsquad which is shooed away by some helions and marines.




Linu uses his Vikings to harass Bala’s fourth base and even stomps it, which in turn caused the mighty renowned BOLOWRAGE and he took Linu’s only mining bases with the remainder of his marinecore.

The game finally comes to it’s conclusion as Linu foolhardedly tries to micro siegetanks against siegetanks.



Kids that wasn’t pretty …
Bala takes Game 1! The crowd went wild.



Part 2 : Bala Vs Linu (shaolin monk vs the reaperman)
The game start and soon develops into trickery as Linu expands to unknown locations.


However harnassing the power of the bolowrage Bala found inner peace and said : imma gon proxy ur long distance base mang. Crazey tactics.


With his Rinesquad on the other side of the map the reaperman Linu struck and hit hard the economy of Bala as he harassed and even killed a lot of workers.



Using this to his strength Linu expanded to another long distance expo which is found only by inner zen and offcourse SCANNER SWEEP, Bala’s number one scouting tool.


The reaperman strikes again but after some combat with bala’s resident forces they had to bail because reapers don’t fair so well against sieged tanks.


Channeling his inner Chi, Bala dropped and kept dropping Linu’s base until he did so much damage
the reaperman found his match and GG’d!!!





Bala takes GAME 2 : his first win in this amazing series.



Winners of the week: round 2:

1. Bolo: showing his skills behind the keyboard by beating Linu in a long, drawn out series grabbing his first win in Noobcraft
2. San: beating the first Noobcraft I champion convincingly


Noobcraft II - Power rankings – week two

Each week these will be adjusted, players are judged by their present form, win streaks, the strength of their opponent and even “swag”.

Good performances against higher ranked players, even losses (as long as it’s close) are valued high.

1. San (last week rank 2) – after beating Bala last week he took down the reigning champion Tolga convincingly in round two. San is quickly becoming an early favorite to take it all.

2. Bala (last week rank 4) – a strong showing in round 1 followed up by a victory over Linu in round 2 propels Bala to the second spot in our power ranking.

3. Gudran (last week rank 1) – Although Gudran played great last week, him not having to play this round lowers his stock a bit. Can he prove he has what it takes or will he drop down in the rankings more next week?

4. Bertman (last week rank 3) – Bertman remains unbeaten and would hold his spot if it wasn’t for Bala playing out of his mind in round 2.

This list is pure speculation by the writer and expect switch ups each week





ROUND 3 PREVIEW


sharmilla vs gud


Gudran coming of a week of rest while sharmila was baptised by fire in round 2

Sharms did show some good basic strategies with quick expands in both games vs Bertman whereas Gudran has shown to prefer early harass in his games vs Tolga.

A lot will depend on how well Sharmila will deal with early agression if Gudran chooses to go down that road.

A well executed defense in the early game can easily snowball into a victory for the defender, however Gudran has shown to be on point with his macro behind the early agression making the oposite, a less stellar defense, a true nightmare to deal with.


How can sharms win? good scouting, identifying if agression comes and reacting accordingly. Possibly trying to either counter quickly or play much greedier than his oponent


How can Gud Win? Early agression or a straight up macro game are both viable options for this terran as he showed strong macro behind his agression, there is no doubt he will be able to go for the straight up macro game too.



Prediction: Gud 2 – Sharms 0



Bertman vs Bolo

Bolo coming of an exhilerating win against Linu while Bertman hasn’t lost a game yet.

Bertman’s ZvT is strong, especially once it hits the mid game where Bala has shown weakness against the zerg race before.

On paper this should be a victory for Bertman however there certainly are possibilities for Bolo.


How can Bolo win: Bertman hasn’t been tested by early agression yet, perhaps doing damage before the macro train gets rolling can change the tide.


How can Bertman win: doing what he does best agains Terran oponents, abuse his APM advantage and strong macro.



Prediction: I am strongly encouraged by my coworkers in the Esports Departement to not do a prediction to avoid Bolo Raeg, whatever that means.



Linu vs Tolga

If the game played between these two in Noobcraft I is any indication we shall see a lot of battlecruisers.

Both Linu and Tolga are desperate for a win if they want to make an appearance in the Final Four. Linu has already shown he wants to go to excessive lengths to be victorious and Tolga knows how to win, as shown by his first Noobcraft I crown.

Where Linu was known for his early aggression his playstyle developed to two base turtle with an early, hidden third base somewhere , which is very economy focused and got him a notable win vs Gudran in Noobcraft I but seems to be figured out as he yet has to get his first win in Noobcraft II. Tolga's style is a defensive focused macro game for the first 20 minutes into mass air units. The Tolga build which won him Noobcraft I however seems to be also figured out as both Gudran and San punished it heavily in earlier rounds.

How can Linu win: cut the fancy strategies and random expansions, play straight up, attempt to take the easier to defend expansions and at least try to be aggressive when maxed out.

How can Tolga win: fight over map control to avoid random expansions from Linu and avoid a-moving into a siege line



Round 3 is a bit of a clusterfuck.

Tonight Gud vs Sharms will be played, Bala faces off with Bertman somewhere saturday evening and Linu and Tolga still have to pick a date for their match up.
Bertman / Mar 12, 2014


Played at Saturday the 15th of March, starting at 21.00 hours CET


The games:

San vs Tolga: starting time: 21.00 hours
Bala vs Linu: starting time: 22.00 hours (approximately*)
Bertman vs Sharmila: starting time: 23.00 hours (approximately*)

*starting times depend on the previous match(es)

Last week my predictions where all wrong, let’s try to do better this week 

San vs Tolga

The fledgling Zerg player vs the reigning Noobcraft champion.

San is out for blood. After a strong showing in the first week his morale is high and he’s more than willing to put in the extra work. And that may very well make the difference. Our reigning champion came ill prepared against Gudran and faces an equally impressive opponent in San. Will he be better prepared this time?

The lynch pin of the game will be the third base of Tolga. Him being a strong mech and air mech player obviously means he needs the extra gas income to fuel his army. If he succeeds in establishing it, San will be in for a world of hurt.

Prediction: San – Tolga: 2 – 0


Bala vs Linu:

Certainly the most interesting matchup on paper. Both players were equally matched in Noobcraft I and showed equal skill level in round 1 as they both battled the exotic forces of the Swarm.

Both players also have a lot more experience facing off against another Terran opponent so the games may very well turn out to be very close.

Very little is known of Bala’s TvT so it is hard to speculate over the composition and strategies he will be using. Scouting will be of great importance to him as his opponent is known for strong rushes.

Linu’s TvT is more well known and he possess quite the array of builds. From a quick rush game to a strong late game macro game, Linu is an all round terran player who is not afraid to use deceit and expand on the other side of the map.

Will Bala’s early game scouting and mid game map control be good enough to stop fancy strategies from his opponent or will Linu get away with it?

If the games end up transitioning into a late game the player with the stronger macro will win no doubt.

Prediction: Bala – Linu: 2 - 1
Bertman vs Sharmila

Sharmila is the big unknown of the tournament and this is his first showing on the big stage hence very little can be written about his style and ability.

Terran booth camp this week showed him to be eager and talented as he gave Gudran a run for his money.

Bertman’s TvZ is good as he handily beat Linu in the first round in a longer macro game and with a surprising attack hitting before Linu’s production could come online in game 2.

Obviously predicting this matchup is impossible but when the players left the Terran booth camp earlier this reporter asked Bertman about the upcoming games and his reply was “there is no way I’m gone lose from Shartmilla”.

He said Shartmilla.

Bertman / Mar 11, 2014
GAME 1 : RETURN OF THE GUDRAN

This is an epos of unseen proportions, no six part starwars franchise but REAL BUSINESS.
That’s right ladies and gents! NOOBCRAFT II is a reality and how better to start it off with a grudgematch between Tolga the former champion and Gudran in the underdogposition (it has been told he likes it that way huehuehue)
What do our two contestants have in store for each other?




Gudran opens with a sneaky banshee opening and Tolga does what Tolga does and that is starsence
defending! Turrets is what he needed? Turrets is what he got! Linu’s Turkish streamentourage goes crazy! And after that one asks what the purpose is of this game….


Tolga holds the bansheeopening easily and proceeds to expand.
Gudran being the hardheaded warrior he is uses his only remaining banshee to buy more time



It is said that Gudran’s improvement is uncanny since last tournament and he’s out for blood
The banshee attacks the army and is finally stopped by a heroic autoturret.


After this both playes saturate their expo’s and build up there forces, the only problem was
where Guddy placed his fucking waypoint hilarity struck vent as a lost Viking and foolhardy tank get brutally murdered by Tolga’s forces saying : Yeah I’ll take that win right there.


Shortly after this nice grab Tolga pushes out with a murdersquad of Vikings to wreck mayhem onto unsuspecting minerallines and buildings.


Only thing that stood in their way was offcourse an mighty terran army of tanks and Vikings!



Both sides take losses and the pressure gets heavier. How do you scout without taking more losses?
SCANNERSWEEP, scannersweeps all over the place
Gudran discovers a third base.




This being close to Gudran being maxed out on Tanks, Vikings and marines made him grab his force
and push forward into his nemises base.
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YEAH 26 tanks everybody and it doesn’t stop here.
The engagement of mechpower vs endgamestyle tolga with Battlecruisers and Thors to hold or be broken by the push.


When the dust settles all that remains are a gazillion siegetanks and a couple of Vikings to push forward. They are met however by THOR IS HERE but with twenty million tanks they evaporated into thin air.




Nerves of steel fabricate the one counter to this many siegetanks => Battlecruiser operational, one to push back the tankoffensive.


Tolga makes a final effort to mass an army and pushes.


Though the difference had been made and Tolga’s forces were outnumbered too greatly.

And to finish it up and scannersweeptrick with siegetanks and GG (however this is not said nor written)


This concludes game number one – Tune in again for Revenge of the GUD.

GAME NUMBER 2 : Revenge of the Gud



The game starts with a taunt going to Gud to bring it and brought it he did when he opened with WIDOWMINES
crazy tactics unseen since WhiteRa’s time! (Russian SC2 player known for doing crazy shit)


On a side note! Hanging out on vent and following streams allowed our corporate genius to learn
Turkish at a rapid pace. Bala the multicultural Terran enlightens the group with a random Turkish message.



Hide and seek hasn’t ever been so dangerous as when you place a mine under a tree …. Lets count!



I’ll say this! This is a rine living on the Edge 


Tolga somehow somewhere managed to sneak an army beyond the reach of the widowmine
and pushed an assault onto Gudran’s already set up siegeline. Things were looking grim for our Turkish comrade as his army was thorn to shreds




A lesson to be learnt to dwarf warriors all over the interwebs is that these rocks can be destroyed to make it easier to defend your third .



Known for his stubbornness and fancy vikingplay Tolga launches another attack on Gudran but unfortunately lands right again in the siegeline and is blown to bits.



At long last a scan blasts the widow into oblivion



Oh shit there’s another mine, better park my army right on top of it to cushen the blow
not the best tactic but these brave rines took one for the time to colorfully pinpoint the location of the mine.



Being on three base a long time the engagement comes and Gudrans forces are twice that of
of inventive Tolga.
Alas there was no trickery, no battlecruiser to save him now.



Gudran’s tankscanning is starting to become known across the galaxy as he takes game 2 in this amazing series.





Noobcraft II Round 1: Bertman vs Linu

As a veteran player, Bert was the obvious favourite. Linu did admit he hadn't practiced since last tournament. The expectations were set.

With Bert going hatch first, it's going to be a slow(ish) game. Linu starts out with a factory, and goes on to make widowmines as to defend his base, and does so successfully.

Bert continues to deny Linu's natural. Once he finally does get it up, bert knocks it back down.



Being stuck on one base most of the time, Linu has to spend a lot of resources on defensive structures and mines. He's walling himself in solid, but Bert's muta's are hurting the main and natural everywhere. Meanwhile, Bert has vision everywhere due to one hero changeling.




With some excellent micro, Bert is able to pick up minekills left and right without losing too much from his mutaball. In the meantime, he's banking minerals and gas like a madman. As Linu continues to defend, Bert finds his one opening into Linu's natural, destroying all SCV's.



Linu has a bank to stay alive on, but at this point, he's all mined out. Going back and forth, Bert is preparing his final push through Linu's defenses. Knowing he's got his handicap, he is prepared to re-max with his now massive bank should Linu hold off. Bert goes in, and in an explosive push, breaks through the defenses!



At this point, Linu called the game. Bert wins the first match!



Noobcraft II Round 1: Bertman vs Linu Game 2

As the second game started, Linu was prepared to try something different. Different, however, does not always mean good. It results in the stranges build and setup we've seen in a good while. As pictured below:



Meanwhile, expecting no early agression, Bert goes greedy and takes two expansions right off the bat.



At the same time, Linu hunkers down and prepares for a frontal assault. A minefield unfolds in front of his natural, with marines to back it up.



Little does he know, however, that Bert is preparing a sneak attack at the back of his base. As the onlookers watched the research for Nidus Worms complete, Linu's game was sure to be over soon. In a corner of Linu's main, where he had no vision, the Nidus Worm pops.



With a massive amount of zerglings streaming out, and no reaction for Linu, it's open season for the lings. Linu's main gets slaughtered.



GG. Bert takes the series!



Noobcraft II Round 1: Bertman vs Linu Game 2

As the second game started, Linu was prepared to try something different. Different, however, does not always mean good. It results in the stranges build and setup we've seen in a good while. As pictured below:



Meanwhile, expecting no early agression, Bert goes greedy and takes two expansions right off the bat.



At the same time, Linu hunkers down and prepares for a frontal assault. A minefield unfolds in front of his natural, with marines to back it up.



Little does he know, however, that Bert is preparing a sneak attack at the back of his base. As the onlookers watched the research for Nidus Worms complete, Linu's game was sure to be over soon. In a corner of Linu's main, where he had no vision, the Nidus Worm pops.



With a massive amount of zerglings streaming out, and no reaction for Linu, it's open season for the lings. Linu's main gets slaughtered.



GG. Bert takes the series!




Noobcraft II Round 1: Baladru vs San

The last match up of the evening was a between Baladru and San, both hopefuls for the Final Four at the end of the season.

Game 1

The game started off quite standard as both players went for a quick expansion. The first deviation of standard play was shown by San as he went for a quick Roach Warren as Baladru went for a reaper to do some additional scouting.



Bala’s reaper was easily picked off however and Bala had to enter the mid game in the dark of San’s intentions.

This would be his downfall as San had not only rushed out Roaches, he also rushed out burrow and burrow movement for his army.

San’s balls of steel where shown as he burrow-moved his roaches pasts Bala’s impressive defenses right into his main mineral line and made quick work of Bala’s scv’s.


This is what balls of steel look like, a single turret or scan could have wasted San’s army in an instant

Bala’s army, completely blindsided trickled into Sans kill zone and got annihilated inside his own base.

Victory and defeat in a game of Starcraft can be as small as turret for detection.

Baladru was poised to take the first game but a simple oversight or lack of scouting cost him the game.

Game 2

With one game up, San had an appetite for something more sneaky. Entombed Valley is a perfect map for early Mutalisks as they can easily dance between the natural and the main forcing the Terran army to run around in circles.

For the first 15 minutes of the game San did not only that, he also expanded twice and powered his economy hard, a risky move as one wrong move with the Mutas can cost you the game if you don’t have a standing army behind them.

In the end it paid off as Bala had a hard time dealing with the ever growing Muta cloud and once he had a big enough army of marines to move out, Sans ground army had grown unstoppable.


San’s overwhelming force descending upon the Bala’s unsuspecting army




Winners of the week:


Each week two “winners of the week” will be chosen.

1. Gudran: beating his nemesis in a convincing manner makes Gud the undisputed winner of the week. Right now Gudran has won twice from Tolga, taking the lead in their little rivalry
2. Sharmila: being able to watch everyone play, seeing the weaknesses and strengths in our plays allows him to practice and research builds specifically to counter everyone of us while remaining a mystery himself.


Noobcraft II - Power rankings – week one

Each week these will be adjusted, players are judged by their present form, win streaks, the strength of their opponent and even “swag”.

Good performances against higher ranked players, even losses (as long as it’s close) are valued high.

1. Gudran – Beating the Noobcraft I champion Tolga in a convincing way puts him on the highest spot of our power rankings.

2. San – Convincingly beating Bala, a (former) silver Terran player has San come in second on the power rankings.

3. Bertman – beating Linu handily in two games earns him the third spot on the list

4. Bala – albeit losing to San in two short games, both of them where quite close and small build order adjustments could have won him both games

This list is pure speculation by the writer and expect switch ups each week

Game of the week:

Game one between Tolga and Gudran

A strong macro game from both players where until the final battle the outcome was uncertain.
Bertman / Mar 06, 2014

Starts: 21.00 hours CET

The games:

Gudran vs Tolga: starting time: 21.00 hours
Linu vs Bertman: starting time: 22.00 hours (approximately*)
San vs Bala: starting time: 23.00 hours (approximately*)

* later games starting time depends on the previous match(es)

Gudran vs Tolga:

The only TvT match up this round is a rematch from Noobcraft I.

Both players have quite the history together as they both competed to the last round for a finals spot.

In the last round, as if providence had to do with it, they faced off against each other. In a close game Tolga edged out Gudran and advanced to the finals.

There is no doubt Gudran is out for blood. Expect a clash between styles where Gudran’s marines will die in droves attempting to break Tolga’s siege lines.

Will the Gudran succeed in stopping Tolga to acquire the dreaded mech deathball or will Tolga’s multitasking and macro be up to the task


Prediction: Gudran 1 – Tolga 2



Linu vs Bertman:


The first of the two terran vs zerg match ups and of the big question marks of the evening.

Will Linu have prepared new builds or will he opt for the quick rushes he is famous for? Will Bertman have adapted to a new (and weakened) race? Will Linu have any idea on how to battle Zerg?

Will Linu stream his ultimate demise or a magnificent victory?


Prediction: refraining to predict my own games, I will either be too cocky or too modest :)


San vs Bala

The second TvZ and the last match up of the evening.

A first time these two players meet. Baladru is out to prove the naysayers wrong after his less than stellar appearance in Noobcraft I while San is looking to make a name for himself as a good player and possible Final Four candidate.

A lot will come down to how either player understands the match up.

Bala has the advantage of having a firm grasp on how the Terran race works and knowledge of the Zerg race as he played it last Noobcraft, San has the advantage of having a broader understanding of the game and having good mechanics to translate his strategies onto the field of battle.


Prediction: San 2 – Bala 1
Bertman / Mar 02, 2014
Noobcraft II

The players

Noobcraft contestants should visit the forums to vote for their favorite day for Round 1 - I write it here too because I know there are a bunch of you that have the attention span of a jellyfish

Once again our little group of internet homies is taking up the challenge of Starcraft.

This time, Noobcraft II is bigger (more players), will take longer (two months of gaming) and has a ton more games to be played (everyone plays at least 7 best of threes).

At the end of the 7 rounds played, 4 players will be atop the leader board. All 4 will advance to the Noobcraft II Finals where after 2 semi finals and an ultimate final the new Noobcraft champion will be crowned.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, first 7 grueling rounds must be played to determine these 4 gods of the keyboard.

Without further ado, I present you the players in alphabetical order. Although summing up players is fun, giving them some background and discussing their chances to get to the Noobcraft II finals (final 4 players) is even more fun, I decided to do just that. As always, all of the following is conjecture and prone to terrible mistakes (see me lauding Baladru as the first Noobcraft champion before the first game was played – boy was I wrong)

Baladru

The experienced Stacraft II veteran returns with vengeance on his mind. Bombing out in Noobcraft I by underestimating the competition and playing a race he was not comfortable with was not what he expected. The level of play was indeed of quite the high level and his zerg forces got overrun easily once his opponents got to the late game. This time he will meet Terran steel with Terran steel head on. Watch out for Bala, he might surprise many.

Chances for a final appearance: Baladru returns with a lot of knowledge over his opponents. He has seen most of them play, is familiar with their play styles and may have a good idea on how to mess with them. Another plus is that he once again takes control of his favored Terran forces. It all depends on how he can deal with the favored style of many a Terran player in Noobcraft: turtling like a motherfucker.


Bertman

Bertman has the most experience of the bunch and is quite the Terran player. To even the odds in Noobcraft II he plays the zerg race with a 50 % handicap (meaning his units have 50 % less hitpoints). Will his game sense and experience prevail or will the handicap and inexperience with the zerg race be his downfall?

Chances for a final appearance: either Bertman is one of the favorites to take it all, or he gets obliterated by the Terran war machine. It’s hard to tell how much the handicaps will hamper him. A final 4 appearance is more than likely if he figures out how to handle his terran opponents


Gudran

Gudran is a Noobcraft I veteran and barely missed the finals of Noobcraft I (it came down to one game). His weaknesses are multitasking, APM intensive situations and his nerves. His strength is his willingness to work hard and study the game. As a bio player (favoring marines) at heart, all will come down to map control and strong mid game timings.

Chances for a final appearance: in all likelihood Gudran is one of the players that should be aiming for a final appearance seeing he was very close in Noobcraft I. It all depends on how well he can keep his nerves under control and if he can avoid being blindsided by his enemies.


Linu:

Linu played well in Noobcraft I but it seems his rushing style was figured out before the tournament even began. Being the fastest player in Noobcraft I he certainly has an advantage over other players in high octane situations where controlling your units well is of great importance.

Chances for a final appearance: Linu the player has it all to make it, Linu the strategist however has to work out another way to direct his forces in battle. Rushes may not be the way to the Final Four.


San:

San is a good Protoss player joining the fray. As with Bertman, he plays with the dreaded 50 % handicap and he too plays another race than he’s comfortable with (also zerg). As with Bertman, San has to find a way to make it work if he wants to be a contender.

Chances for a final appearance: all depends on his ability to adapt and deal with his nerves. If he succeeds on getting his act together, expect him in the Final Four for sure.


Sharmila:

Sharmila is the dark horse of the competition. Besides the fact that he plays Terran not much is know of him. From the few practice games he played on his account we can determine he likes long games and may be yet another Terran turtler.

Chances of a final appearance: judging by his statistics in the practice games and his limited experience I’d be tempted to say it’s going to be hard for Sharmila to compete for the higher spots. Let’s not forget however that I wrote off Loozi in Noobcraft I too and that it took an incredibly strong Tolga to edge him out the finals!


Tolga:

The returning Champion. The strongest player in Noobcraft I returns to defend his throne. Truly the epitome of a starcraft player with high APM, strong game sense and the ability to macro up under pressure is what won Tolga his first Championship.

Chances of a final appearance: Expect more of the same from Tolga, battering opponent after opponent with a strong air force that he managed to acquire behind rows of tanks. Although the competition got stronger (new players and improving veterans of Noobcraf I) I expect to see Tolga in the Final Four.


The brackets

The brackets can be found here: http://challonge.com/Noobcraft2Renown



FOR THE PLAYERS: The games will begin next weekend. Every contestant should visit the forums to vote for his favored day. The poll will close Wednesday.
Bertman / Jan 23, 2014
Last weekend the best and the brightest Starcraft II players our clan has to offer took it upon themselves to find out who is the very best.

The games started at 19:00 hours on Saturday evening and the battles would rage for over 6 hours to finally decide on a champion.

This is a retelling of an epic evening filled with epic Starcraft games, bad jokes and booze.

The night turned out to be a rekindling of old friendships (Loozi joined the tournament and sky joined us on vent and twitch) a celebration of new friendships (Linu’s brother Tolga, the newest member of our Brotherhood of Gamers) and a testament that our little guild truly has stood the test of time.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if more people where gamers and had our attitude, the world would be a better place filled with terrible jokes and bad puns.

Now, onto the important business.

Starcraft is a game, but it’s also serious business. Truly one of the few games that can turn a man into a pudding, weaken a strong willed individual and turn them into a quivering mass of nerves. The fog of war hides all kind of dangers and victory can be snatched away in an instant.

The game truly can be as strenuous as physical exercise. And exercise our players would get.

The evening would start off with a bang.

ROUND 1

Baladru (Z) vs Tolga (T).

The crafty veteran (Bala) would take on the inexperienced Tolga (who played a total of 6 games vs the AI before this tournament as preparation)

Zerg vs Terran, an iconic match up in the Starcraft universe dating back to Starcraft I and Broodwar. Some of the most amazing games have been played between these two races in both games with recently Bomber vs Scarlet being called the best game of the year 2013 (link)

Surely these two commanders would do the match up honor.

The game started off with a very quick scout of Tolga which would become trademark Tolga play during the tournament.

After a quick four zergling poke from Bala where he confirmed that Tolgas defense was impenetrable the game slowly moved into the mid game

Where both players expanded it was clear that Bala had aggression in mind where Tolga attempted to get to the late game as soon as possible.

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The first real battle of the night, Baladru attempting to break Tolgas defenses in his natural expansion


Bala kept piling on the pressure while Tolga barely held on for a good part of the mid game

Roaches kept streaming in the natural expansion of our unwavering Terran player making the first game of the night a true spectacle for the pumped up viewers.

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when I said Tolga barely held, I ment BARELY...

The game went on for quite a while but Baladru failed to break Tolgas defenses and Tolga succeeded in taking a more aggressive stance on the map once his battle cruisers came into play

Bala realized soon he could not face Tolgas force in open battle and thus resulted to hit and run tactics.

These tactics almost paid of when he intercepted a large group of Tolga’s workers when they where transferring to Tolgas new base. Not only did Bala kill the workers, be also stopped the new base from getting established.

Bala overstayed his welcome however and Tolgas masterfully maneuvered his force of marines, hellbats, thors and battlecruisers in a position where Bala only could stand and fight.The battle was a landslide victory for the careful Terran and minutes later he took the game.

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Tolgas forces manhandling Balas stranded troops

Vent chat was stunned, nobody expected such an upset…


Loozi (T) vs Linu (T)

The second game of the evening, Loozi, the most noobiest player of us all (two days of practice) against Linu, Tolgas brother and practice partner.

The game started off quite similar to our first game. Where Bala was the aggressor in game 1, Linu was the aggressor in this game.

A swift attack with marauders and marines arrived at Loozis base seconds after loozi deployed his first siege tank on the high ground.

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Loozis tank obliterating linus forces

Loozi used the halt in hostilities to expand and get his economy going while Linu used the few minutes of repose to build up a strong army of marauders and marines.

It became obvious to even the most oblivious of viewers that Loozi had time as an ally. The longer Linu waited to attack, the better Loozis forces became entrenched in his natural.

Finally Linu attacked, his forces valiantly rushing into battle in an attempt to break Loozis entrenched forces or die trying.

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A valiant charge ending in disaster

And dying they did. And with them, Linus last chance of victory.

Loozi decided to play it safe and expand twice, truly taking the Starcraft adagium (look at me bringing latin up in this bitch) “When ahead, get more ahead” to hearth while Linu gathered a last ragtag force of warriors and sent them once again into Loozis meat grinder.

After yet another defeat, Linu decided on another approach and loaded up two medivacs with the very last survivors of his standing army. An attack on Loozis outlaying bases who where less defended could severely hamper loozis war machine by cutting down the workers and command center. Loozi however responded quickly and obliterated the last of Linus troops.

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Loozi wins the game by never attacking

Linus hopes of a comeback where shattered when the last of his marines laid eyes upon the overwhelming army of his enemy. GG was called.

ROUND 2

Heading into the second round, we had another round of Terran versus Zerg. In this case, Bolo vs Gudran. Both nervous to the point of shaking hands, chances of winning were equally bad for both sides.
Going for a bumrush, Gudran went early gas with three barracks. However, fucking up his wall-in, Baladru had zerglings in his base before you could say “Shape the fuck up”. Those, however, were easily dealt with by the two marines already out.


First action of the match


Meanwhile in camp Zerg, Baladru opted for an early expand, concentrating on economy over army supply. Due to excellent base management skills, Gudran forgot the one crucial element of a proper rush; Stim research. Thus, he failed to take advantage of Bolo’s limited army supply, and the window to a super early win closed just like that.



Fast expand at six minutes

To try and cope with the failed rush, Gudran tried transitioning into a more long-term build by plopping down a Factory and another Command Center. At this point, Bolo went for the main base, saw the army and wall-in, and got the fuck out.
For god knows what reason, Gudran moved out of the base, and found Bolo’s army waiting around the corner. The first proper engagement of the match. This one was handsomely won by Gudran, chasing Bolo halfway over the map.


Mixing green shit with bullets like it's pre-school all over again

Going back and forth, Gudran was able to intercept Bolo’s army midway the map, due to a strategically placed (pure luck) scv on a sensor tower. Gudran emerged victorious, but barely.
After various scans from the Terran side, it was clear Baladru had little army still standing. So Gudran got his shit, and went for it.


A close call indeed

Winning the final battle meant a GG, and the game went to Gudran’s side.





GAME 2 LOOZI VS TOLGA

Second match of this round had every chance of becoming interesting, two strong players battling it out with tech’ed out armies. What we got, however, was a drawn-out battle-cruiser pumping competition with the most terrible engagements Starcraft has ever seen. Lasting nearly 50 minutes, this game offered little micro, but a lot of strong macro.
The tone was set early-game with Luci throwing up some ridiculous defenses. Both sides were ready to turtle it out!


Look at this shit fucking fort Knox might as well be your local neighbourhood bakery

With unprotected expansions all over the place, mineral gains were sky-high, allowing both players to pump our armies the likes we’d not yet seen. Neither of the players gave a single fuck about what the other was up to, even scouted expansions were left alone and seen as a ‘spot taken, oh well better go build somewhere else’. And so they did.


The Battlecruisers that define both player's playstyles

At the TWENTY MINUTE MARK something FINALLY moved. Luci was ready to rumble! Taking out an expansion on the go, he arrived with a sizable force at Tolga’s doorstep. The fight resulted in the most TERRIBLE engagement we’d see in the entire tournament. It wasn’t pretty.


I mean just look at this shit

After Luci threw his entire army into the meatgrinder, it was Tolga’s turn to take place at the TTT Table (Terrible Terran Tactics Table), otherwise refered to as the T.E.R.R.I.B.L.E Table (Terrible Erection-killing Ridiculously-bad Rectum-stimulating Intelligence-defying Bitchtits-aquiring Lameass Engagement Table). And so he did.

Nearly thirty-five minutes worth of army Tolga threw at Luci’s defenses, leaving absolutely nothing standing after about 15 seconds. With both players starting from scratch, they both returned to pumping out units for all they were worth. At around 40 minutes, Luci decided he could take his opponent. Selecting all his shit, he a-moved it straight to his opponents base. Lacking any proper management whatsoever, this miraculously worked, resulting in a GG. A win for Luci.


Knock knock! Who's there? CLUSTERFUCK

ROUND 3

First up in round 3 was Linu (0W 1L) vs Gudran (1W 0L)

While Linu is known for his early aggression, he decided to go for a different approach in this game and get reasonably fast expansions going. Remarkably his 3th expansion was somewhere randomly on the map in stead of near his base.

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Although Linu went for the macro game, he did it with a twist

A hidden base can pay for itself if it goes unscouted for to long, but it is a risk. If scouted, you are certain to loose it.

Gudrans play was remarkably different from the last game. Where he used brute force to subdue Bala, he used dropships to great success in the first half of the game. The constant aggression took Linu off guard and allowed Gudran to take good trades with his drops. When the dust settled, Linu’s economy was in shatters.

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trading a few marines for scv's is always a good plan


murdering an entire scv line for no losses at all is even better

The map control that resulted from these drops allowed Gudran to scout AND destroy Linu’s hidden base.


about time he scouted it, sighed the entirety of the onlookers

After coming out of the midgame strongly in the lead, Guds next course of action was to try and break Linus frontal defenses, something that was surprisingly hard to do and once Gud realized this both players where dead even again.

Both of them used the pause in the battle to regain their composures and get a third base up and running.

However, Gudrans earlier harass decimated Linus economy and the follow up attacks didn’t allow Linu to recover sufficiently while Guds economy was almost unscathed

Gudran once again took the fight to Linu and this time targeted his freshly new established third base.


The battle of the third (base). Narrowly won by Gudran, allowing him to take an enormous lead in the game later on with his economy

Although a costly battle, Gudran came out on top and destroyed Linus third.

Linu was now in emergency mode, the semblance of economy he still had was in tatters. Truly a terrible place to be as a starcraft player. Gudran decided to press his advantage and keep trading with Linus already decimated forces.

Somehow someway Linu found a way to repel Gudran long enough to attempt to build yet another third base.


the longer the game went on, the bigger and costlier the mistakes where made by both player

Both players became desperate, Gudran feared that, if he left Linu alone for to long, he would build up a fleet of battlecruisers and with it an untouchable army, Linu desperately attempted to keep his enemies attacks at bay.

This seemed to fail as Gudran finally succeeded in getting a foothold close enough to his natural to siege up and shoot the command center. Linu lost yet another base, but this time it was his natural expansion and gateway to his main base.


at the left we see the three tanks of Linu that would ultimately play a huge role in this game, on the bottom right we see Gudrans artillery destroying Linus natural command center

With Linu having a yet unaccounted for base up, it wasn’t as bad as it may seem, but it was still very grim looking for our Turkish contestant, especially once Gudran established a forth base for himself.

When only minutes later Gudran found out about the previously unscouted base, he made a beeline towards it and made quick work of his opponent last source of income (his main was mined out for a while now).

While defeat was looming close, Linu played his last ace card. A squadron of vikings flew over the map, killed Guds newly established base and almost caught Gud of guard when the daring viking pilots landed their engines of war in Guds main base.

Gudran hastily retreated to take care of the threat and arrived just in time to stop his production buildings going down. With the last remnants of Linus army gone, Gudran could commence his victory march.

When Guds army of doom marched over the map to certain victory, along the way picking of yet another expansion of Linu something snapped in Gudrans head. Was it the length of the game? The pressure on a commander in the field? The ever looming threat of a phantom army hidden in the fog of war? We may never know, but with a significant advantage over his peer Gudran threw in the towel.


Gudran going tilt and leaving the game, unit MVP of the game is a siege tank on the ledge with 40 kills.

Linus strategy of holding on at all costs paid off. Gudrans remaining forces scratched their heads and so did all the onlookers. As one of the best games as yet in the tourney the game had everything but an exciting end.

Bala (0W 2L) vs Loozi (2W 0L)

Both Bala and Loozi went for reasonably quick expansions. Loozi once again geared up for a long game, turtle-ing to a massive deathball army and a-moving across the map to victory carried only by his impressive macro.


Bala expanding quickly, Loozi would soon follow

Bala attempted a run by with some roaches which was moderately successful as he ended up trading his roaches for SCV’s.


The remains of Bala’s roaches and Loozi’s SCV’s coloring the snow

From earlier games Bala realized however that killing a turtle-ing terran early on is a difficult matter and thus began his attempt at strangling his opponent to death. Loozi attempted to expand while Bala attempted to stop these expansions from going up.

This went very well as both roaches and mutalisks roamed the map killing of every command center and scv they could find.


Muta’s raining death and destruction on the helpless SCV’s

Finally, Loozi knew he had to take a more aggressive stance on the map to be able to take another expansion and in attempting to do so Loozis main army clashed with Balas expeditionary force of roaches and succeeded in annihilating them. After this decisive victory Loozi went on the offensive.


Bala misjudged the strength of his opponent

After throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him, Bala succeeded in stopping the Terran’s offensive but his standing army was annihilated while loozis was getting stronger by the minute


The battle that turned the tide

Not surprisingly Loozi’s follow-up push destroyed Baladrus third expansion and from there on it was all downhill for our zerg player.

He desperately attempted to double expand in but the next wave of warmachines, freshly cranked out of the Terran factories was already on the warpath.


Loozi’s reinforcements fighting off the remnants of the zerg army. This battle was fought in the ruins of Balas third.

Baladru valiantly defended his base, this time throwing even the kitchen sink at his opponent but, as you can imagine, a kitchen sink does not harm a battlecruiser in any way imaginable.

GG was called.

ROUND 4 – The murdering continues

In this exciting TvT Gudran the more hesistant player of the bunch gripped with nerves
actually finds himself in terran deathdrops as he pushes out with two medivacs around the 9’ mark.
In an amazing afterburn igniting push Guddy’s medivacs reach Orion’s mineral line and wreck havoc.



Gudran however took it upon himself to make this game worthy of a new starcraft II tactic, namely PULLING A GUDRAN! Basicly this means you have the commanding position and the means to crush the enemy forces but instead you decide to pick up your shit and fly home.



Following this great drop Orion’s forces counterattack and actually break all of Guddy’s defenses aside from one hero siegetank who held the line for this red terran player.



With his RTS knowhow Orion pulls a ballzy move and DOUBLE expands to get back into the game.
Unfortune for him as Gud “the dropship” dran dropped the natural expansion of Orion and decimated the harvesters there again leaving Orion with nothing to harvest with but MULES.

Guddy even denies and destroys the third base of Orion.
Moments later Guddy is preparing himself for another doomdrop but is caught offguard by Orion’s Lanzer Torpedoes which could devastate the mighty dropforce which made for a very exciting scene to watch as ventchat went silent in awe



Gudran unloads his medivacs and is able to destroy the attacking force. Retaliation is imminent as Gudran iloads up his remaining forces after a well placed sweeper scan. Once dropped into Orion’s base Guddy sieges up and stims his way to victory, however Gudran wouldn’t be Gudran is he didn’t pick up his shit and fly home.

Once Gudran went to get more back up troops he went in dry only to be stopped by Orion’s vickings and kills two fully loaded medivacs. As blood rained from the skies our two contestants kept focused under the god aweful dreaded smell or armpits that FEARED.



His heart heavy with the loss of his fallen comrades Gudran prepares the master move to break the valiant Orion. A two pronged attack to end all others and claim victory for the terran doomdroppers.
With a might stimforward Gudran sandwiches the remaining Orion force and settles the game.



GUDRAN WINS THE MATCH AND THE CROWD GOES CRAZY!!!!

ROUND 4 : The Turkish brothers collide!

The match between once two loving brothers now becomes a match for family honor!
Action guaranteed! At the start blood started flowing as the infamous SCV harasser Tolga's SCV is
brutally murdered by his brothers hand!


While Linu’s macro is going through the roof so can be said for Tolga’s armysize! Which doesn’t look well for Linu’s undefended bases as a scouting Viking finds Linu’s third base and starts annihilating each and every SCV there. As Tolga’s forces join in on the action....


.... Linu’s failsafe trick comes into play in the form of a heroic REAPER! One man against the world this could be an action movie in Turkey! HERE COMES THE REAPERMAN.


To no avail Linu's expansions are being stomped one after another.


A pause comes and I mean TEN minutes of contemplating a move so brilliantly diabolic it must be … VIKINGS! YES unlike their IRL counterparts who used boats these versatile air superiority fighters of the terran force can also be used to harass!


However as a harassing unit the Viking is slow at retreating and so losses are inevitable.


In between the action there’s time for a little pun so Linu stated that his Thor was doing weird stuff.
Some say it comes from a pronmovie, others say it’s more satanical.


Hell Linu is a stubborn man, especially when it comes to family honor and if a couple of Vikings don’t work MAKE EVEN MORE! However this mighty air force is dealt with quite easily.


Time passes and Tolga the Patient one strikes with a terran doomdrop and cripples the main base of linu’s income.


The LINU strikes back Imperial style as Battlecruisers are revealed as Linu’s ace card.


They wouldn’t be brothers if Tolga didn’t do exactly the same thing! BUTT MORE!!


Then the 2 part Turkish offensive began!


PART 1 – Run siegetanks into enemy fire because fuck it I got more and YOU CAN’T HANDLE IET!


PART 2 – Commence 6 hours of battlecruisers fighting to seal the deal




AND THAT KIDS! Is how I butchered uncle Linu in the greatest RTS game of our time.

No real brothers were hurt in the making of this game. Parental discretion is advised!

ROUND 5 GAME 1 TOLGA VS GUDRAN

A deciding round as to who enters the finals against Luci. Having defeated Luci’s favourite tech-up strategy the round before, Gudran is looking for blood once again. However, now having seen the medivac tactic once too many, Tolga came prepared indeed.

Both players were prepared for sneak attacks, scv trolling and other such nonsense. The question remained, could they counter each other?

Gudran gets his timings fucked up at the start by excellent SCV trolling by Tolga, placing a barracks later than he was supposed to. Being an extremely calm person, he took this very well, and did not panic at all.
Quickly pumping out two medivacs and some units for the first drop, Tolga scanned at the exact moment to spot the incoming attack.


The perfect scan

Despite knowing he got scanned out, Gudran went in anyway, resulting in the loss of all the units sent in – with no casualties on Tolga’s side.
Tolga went in for a flying counter, but after rigorous scanning, found the turrets placed at the back of Gudran’s base, and backed off.


Tolga's early airfleet

Both players having a sizeable army, the moment was now for Gudran to attack. Tolga had yet to pump out his first battlecruiser, and was behind in supply. However, as always, our dear dwarf pulled a classic Gudran, and decided to wait.


Indecisive? Never!

Which was all fine and dandy, were it not for Tolga surely tinkering his way to his beloved battlecruisers. And what do ya know, before you could say “Is that a battlecruiser in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?”, he had prepared his fleet of doom.


Four battlecruisers to go, please!

Hitting max supply finally triggered Gudran to move out. If you look closely at the minimap, he tried a pincer move from both sides, dropping off troops to the right before the big battle.


Great tactical desicion, or just a try-hard?

Overwhelming airforce and horrible unit management however, made sure the battle went in Tolga’s favour. It was an excellent sight to behold.


The last battle that mattered

Having lost nearly all his units, and left defenseless against the aerial fleet of doom, Gudran could not help it but watch as Tolga’s doomfleet levelled his base to the ground.

An exciting game, with a sure victor. Tolga goes on to the finals!

ROUND 5
Linu VS Bala

This is a tale of disception, strategy, endurance and vengeance. The match started with Linu stating he’d use “special tactics”. And he did just that!
RAX on the lowground and no wall! This required some serious nerve especially if you know he’s playing a motherfucking zerg player!


Linu’s push comes and luckily for bala one of his go to units is the might Roach. I’ll tell you something about Roaches :”THEY LEAVE A GREEN POO A MESS OF A MARINE” protoss players love this, it’s like a bedtime story for zealots.


Stubbornness is what Linu trademarked the first 12 min of the game as he kept pouring in marine after marine and pushing further and further in the only base Bala had. This was until Bala put down a baneling nest and morphed a fuckton of banelings obliterating all but a few rines who were quickly mopped up by the roach/ling force at bala’s disposal.



A good player knows that if he can keep his opponent occupied he cannot attack me right? Linu’s assault was relentless as now he bypassed the army and sent in the REAPERZ.

Who unfortunately met their timely end by some lings a queen.


At this point our Turkish friend realized he needed to expand and did so all over the map only to be stopped by bala’s new found tech – THE MIGHTY MUTALISK. As bala’s army grew he stomped each and every single expansion Linu had on the map. The dawn of the zerg was upon Linu as bala smashed Linu’s attempts to defend his base and the counterattack.





These newfound terran players have ONE answer to everything ….. THAT’s RIGHT! VIKINGS
Motherfucking Vikings ERRYWHERE countering every move bala made and destroying his army.



Two steps ahead of Bala in this game Linu also placed the sneaky widowmines near a ramp to prevent our zerg player to reinforce his army. (‘Clever Girl!’ – owait he’s not a velociraptor)


Death from the sky was the motto as Linu just flew his fleet to every expo and rained hell upon the overlords who did nothing but float a boat or are they floating boats? :-S zergsss




KAPOW as the overlords fell so did GG


A Good game well played to both players!

THE FINALS - Game one

Loozi vs Tolga

Loozi had beaten everyone but Gudran up this point (who barely missed the finals – it came down to the last game) but Tolga had shown us some great improvement throughout the games he played during the tourney.

No-one could predict the winner. Two players who mirrored each other style almost perfectly, being very defensive and cautious while getting a giant deathball of an army together.

The first game was on Polar Night, the map Tolga hadn’t played on yet.

The game started off with both players doing their respective things. Tolga scouting quickly and macro-ing it up, Loozi just focusing on macro


The first action of the game, not even two minutes in

After Tolgas trademark SCV harass both players decided to play it cautious. A wise strategy indeed, especially during a best of three where winning the first game is huge.

Slowly surely both players got their tech, and a big beefy army.

Small, unimportant skirmishes between patrolling units where the only thing that happened. For 30 minutes.

For 30 long minutes no player moved any significant force out of his base, Loozi went as far as retreating his few marines he had near the Xel’naga towers (visions towers) and turtle it up even more.


When I said nothing happened, I may have understated it. 30 minute games with 9 units lost do not happen often

At the 30 minute mark, Loozi decided to move out with only his air force consisting of a few vikings and two battlecruisers. What caused him to do such a thing will remain a question for eternity. Against a player known for his love for battlecruisers and a powerful air force in general this was not a good idea. When Loozis much smaller armada was caught by Tolgas, the fight was very one sided.


Notice the difference in resources lost compared to a barely a minute earlier.

After this victory vent was abuzz about how Tolga should move out and go kill Loozi but the opposite happened. Loozi moved out (god knows why) and killed Tolgas third mining base but here his army was intercepted by Tolgas full army. Battlecruisers, vikings and tanks descended upon Loozis army mostly consisting of marines.



Loozis army crumbling under the might of Tolgas armada

The battle was one-side, a walk over of epic proportions. After this all that was left was a victory march for Tolgas mighty army.

Tolga takes the lead!

Tolga vs Loozi – Game two

The second game of our finals was played on Heavy Rain, one of the newer 1v1 maps and the map Loozi hadn’t played on during the tourney.

Game two started of very similar to game one with Tolgas trademark early game harass with a single SCV. That was however the only similarity between the two games. Where game one had been a passive affair from the start ‘till deep in the late game, game two started of with aggression.

Loozi quickly grabbed two gasses in his main and teched up to a starport while pumping out a lot of marines.

As soon as Loozis first medivac (dropship that can heal bio-forces) popped, it was on.

The first drop denied Tolgas fast expansion and took out a sizable chunk of his army


Note the two marines to the left out of combat; a costly mistake

After the first successful drop, Loozi wasn’t done yet, the second drop, this time in the main base of his opponent, took out most of his worker supply.


SCV holocaust


To little to late?

A battle cruiser popped out of Tolgas starport to clean up the remaining paratroopers but Loozi smelled blood and went for the throat. The next drop took down even the mighty battle cruiser and with it, all hopes for Tolga.


The might flagship of Tolgas forces dies a fiery death

After the battlecruiser went down, Loozis forces played mop up and Tolga was forced to leave the game.

Loozi takes game two and ties the series!

Loozi vs Tolga – Game 3

Both players won one game in this best of 3 finals, it came down to game 3, the last game of the night, the winner would take it all.

Do or die.

The game was played on Cloud Kingdom, an old fan favorite.

With loozi coming of a win in game 2 would he be able to capitalize on this and turn the finals around? Or would Tolga be better prepared?

For the first time in this tourney, Tolga did not scout early in stead opting to use all his SCV’s to mine minerals early on.

Both players took relatively early gasses and teched up to starports

Where Tolga was playing extremely safe adding turrets everywhere Loozi tried to once again catch his opponent of guard with quick reapers


Loozis reapers jumping into Tolgas base

A miss-micro from Loozi however cost him all three reapers without doing any significant damage. He did scouted the Tolgas defensive measures and the myriad missile turrets near his command center.


Tolga making quick work of the reapers

After quickly fending of Loozis reapers, Tolga went on the offence. Two medivacs loaded up with two tanks and 8 marines made their way to Loozis mineral line and wreaked havoc upon arrival.


The drop commences!


Tolga manhandling Loozis workforce

Loozis troops rushed to help the work force and Tolga pulled a Gudran. Picking up all this troops in stead of sieging his tanks and forcing an uneven trade he lost both medivacs and the troops they carried. The damage was done however as a large amount of SCV’s where killed.


pulling a Gudran

Although one base ahead, the damage to Loozis economy was severe. The Dutch commander decided he needed to do damage, and do it fast. Quickly loading op two medivacs and accompanying them with 4 vikings he went on the offensive.

Choosing an awkward angle to drop into Tolgas base, no doubt inspired by the earlier scout with his reapers, he landed his vikings first but because of the limited place and Tolgas sim city, the medivacs could not unload their deadly cargo immediately.



misjudged point of attack spells disaster

As a result of this Tolgas full force had to face Loozis aggression in two waves, making it much easier to fend off. When Loozis marines finally dropped down they landed between the wreckages of the vikings, surrounded by Tolgas army. Needles to say it was a massacre.

Now down in workers and in army supply Loozi had a steep hill to climb if wanted to win this game and the tournament.

Tolga decided to get ahead further by planting down an expansion of his own and teching up to battlecruisers.


Tolga playing it safe

After Loozi worked his way back up in supply he decided to go for a final push, his tournament life on the line. Just around that time Tolga decided to expand to a third location which went unscouted as Loozi made a beeline for the natural expansion for Tolga and ran straight into his much better equipped army.


Loozis army decimated

After this landslide victory Tolga had enough, he marched over to his enemies base and massacred the few defenders left behind. Loozi could only GG.


the final moments of Noobcraft

And with this game, the tournament concluded.

Tolga reigned supreme over the battlefield as a true warlord should. We crown Tolga our first winner of Noobcraft and his price will be non other than the aptly named expansion for Diablo III, Reaper of Souls!

A victory well deserved and a glorious end to an amazing night of nerding it up :D


STATISTICS:

for the nerds among us... owait


APM

Average APM for the regular games:

1. Linu: 49 apm
2. Tolga: 48,5 apm
3. Bolo: 38,75 apm
4. Guddy: 37 apm
5. Loozi: 31,75 apm


Linu and Tolga both have quite high APM for such new players, although most of it is spam, quick fingers usually allow quick reactions. Both players, but especially Tolga did great in the tournament.

Loozi is lowest in APM but shows that a game plan (turtle like a motherfucker) is more important than crazy APM.

Finals APM

Both finalists played slower compared to their regular matches.
Tolga: 47,29 apm
Loozi: 31,14 apm

Being tired and nervous slows players down, but not as much as one would expect.

Highest APM recorded in one game: Tolga with 55 apm in his game vs Bolo
Lowest APM recorded in one game: Loozi with 28 apm in his first finals game vs Tolga


Average game duration:

1. Linu: 37,5 minutes
2. Guddy: 32,5 minutes
3. Bolo: 29,5 minutes
4. Loozi: 28,75 minutes
5. Tolga: 27,25 minutes

Linu, although labeled a “rusher” played the longest games (by quite a margin) while Loozi and Tolga, considered “turtlers” played the shortest games.

Both needed even less time in the finals where each game lasted on average 25,66 minutes.

Longest game in the tourney: A 52 minute slugfest between Guddy and Linu

Shortest game: Guddy manhandling Bolo in 16 minutes



CONCLUSION

I am really happy with how the tourney went. The games where entertaining, suspenseful and, albeit riddled with beginner mistakes (I still make 'em) of a high level considering the short time frame for practice given.

The atmosphere on vent was amazing and made me realize how much I miss gaming with you guys.

I hope you guys understand now why I am so hung up on Starcraft and why I see it as the "alpha game" among Esports. It is truly a game with no skill cap and it takes a special kind of mentality to play it often.

I've heard some guys asking for another Starcraft event so I'm definitely up for hosting another tourney (I hear Bala wants revenge) I've got a few ideas but we'll discuss them further on the forums.


I'd like to thank Guddy and San for helping me out writing about this amazing night.

I'd also like to thank every player and fan (sky) for joining us and make the night that much better.


Let's hear it for the first Noobcraft Champion, Tolga!

/cheer!
Bertman / Jan 13, 2014
Noobcraft is the name of the tourney we organize in Starcraft II for guild/clan/whatever we are right now – members.

Starcraft II is an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game that is being played professionally all over the globe.

There are three distinctively different races with dozens of different available strategies and almost weekly there are tournaments being streamed online.

The big tournament that happens all year long is WCS. If you are interested you should totally check it out. Seeing the best of the best duke it out is truly awe inspiring and humbling. There are gamer-gods among us.


A zergling, these vicious creatures will rip your head off in 0.2 seconds flat

Now, before I start gushing excessively about my beloved RTS-game, let’s tone it down a little and talk about Noobcraft.

The first installment of Noobcraft is invite only but if it turns out to be a success we might do it again and allow anyone interested in joining.

For this version of Noobcraft I handpicked the players with only one requirement in my head that needed filling: they HAD to be Starcraft noobs.

Let’s quickly go over the roster.

First up is Linu. Linutari plays Terran in Starcraft. He has some Esport experience in League of Legends where he is quite the player. RTS games however are not his cup of tea. Perhaps it’s his LoL background or his twitchy fingers but he wants the action to start as soon as possible commanding his troops to attack for better or for worse... Expect short and action filled games with little strategy and a lot of brute force when Linu is playing.

Tolga, Linu’s brother, joined our gang during our foray into League of Legends. He, as his brother, plays Terran and, as his brother, is quite the LoL player. He has some RTS background but he hasn’t played a competitive RTS like Starcraft and might not be used to the cutthroat environment that is a PvP RTS. Keep an eye out for his LoL-inspired micro while he floats thousands of minerals and his love for battlecruisers.

Bala is the most experienced player of the bunch. In a former life he was a Terran player in the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty but life got in the way. He returns now, in the next expansion, as a Zerg player and is the man to beat in our little tournament. He claims not to care whether he wins or looses but his competitive drive will shine through undoubtedly. Expect safe and calculated play from this savvy veteran. Or at least attempts at safe and calculated play…

Loozi is yet another terran player in our tourney. He joined the tournament last and out of the blue because that’s what Loozi does. He used to be an avid Red Alert player and might posses the skills to make it high in the rankings. He is completely new to the Starcraft series however and because of his late sign up he will only have limited hours of practice under his belt when the tourney starts. It can go either way with this dark horse.

Last, but not least, we have Gudran. Guddy’s experience with the RTS genre is next to non-existent. He is the 4th and final player in our tournament and one of the four Terran players.
His style is all over the place but consists mostly of fighting with the controls. Keep an eye out for his blazing 30 something APM (actions per minute) and complete lack of game plan.

Do you know who will stand victorious at the end of the day? Vote here : http://renown-alonsus.shivtr.com/forum_threads/1658341



A marine, backbone of the terran warmachine

The tournament uses double elimination with a winners bracket and a losers bracket.

The bracket:




The tournament uses the tried and true round robin setup where everyone plays each other and victories award points.

During the round robin part of the tourney, sets are best of ones, meaning one game to determine the victor.

After 5 rounds of this the dust will settle and two heroes will emerge with the most points and they will face each other in a best of three to determine who truly is the best player in the history of Noobcraft and the winner of the first Renown Cup.

This Saturday the 18th of January at 19:00 CET the games shall begin. We shall be on vent and on battlenet. If you want to watch the games live, you will have to download the free version of Starcraft II.

See you there!