[BoA] Team analysis and summary

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The present write-up is an attempt at analyzing the different teams participating in the long awaited 3v3 tournament Battle of Africa. I will try to dissect the individual and collective strengths of each signed up team. This analysis will use the results of “recent” (relatively) 1v1 and team relevant tournaments as well as rated team games on Voobly.

“Major” tournaments (very relevant for BoA):
  • King of the Desert (KotD): 1v1 tournament with the strongest field of 2017, similar settings as BoA
  • Nations Cup 2017 (NC17): Biggest event of 2017, team tournament, quite different settings (all sorts of maps, AOC only)
  • Clan Masters: The Final Showdown (CM): Biggest team tournament of 2016, different settings
“Minor” tournaments (less relevant due to settings, age):
  • Return of the Kings 2v2 (RotK): Elite 8-team field with all expansions civilizations but all sorts of maps
  • Masters of Arabia 2v2 (MoA): Big team tournament on open maps with a strong field, less recent than other events and played on classic AOC
Some other tournaments may be mentioned, such as Gladiators of the Arena (team tournament, but with AOC civilizations only and on closed map), other Escape 1v1 events (all civilizations, but large variety of maps and limited fields of players) and Clash of the Hippo team tournaments (3v3 format).

Summary:

(1) Favorites (already qualified)
(2) Challengers (need to qualify)
(3) Other challengers (Did not make the cut)

Favorites (Already qualified)

Seed 1: Aftermath
The participation of the Aftermath team to a tournament for the first time might be one of the biggest headlines of Battle of Africa. Founded in October 2017 with long-time friends and rivals Liereyy, Hearttt and MbL, the already strong team got even stronger in January with the explosion of Nervo and the addition of Nicov.

Team roster:
Player (team captain is underlined) – Highest 1v1 Elo (All times best ranking) – Highest Team Game Elo – Notable tournament results
  • at Liereyy – 2593 (#4) – 2265 – KotD 2nd, NC17 12th, CM top 12
  • no MbL – 2566 (#7) – 2169 – CM top 12 [RotK 3rd, MoA 1st]
  • ar Nicov – 2538 (#9) – 2257 – NC17 8th, CM 8th [RotK 2nd, MoA 2nd]
  • pe Hearttt – 2506 (#14) – 2254 – KotD 3rd
aM’ is the only team whose players have all reached 2k5 on the 1v1 ladder, testament of the incredible individual skill of its members. At the moment, Liereyy is arguably the second best 1v1 player in the world, with Nicov potentially top 5 and Hearttt and MbL both solid top 10 – top 15 players. Aftermath has strong ambitions for BoA, with Hearttt clearly stating in “Talk of the Empire” that anything else than a first place would be a disappointing result. In rated team games, the team has showed excellent results recently, notably putting up a strong show against TyRanT.

Team status: aM’ is a team made of four incredibly talented 1v1 players with a history of playing rated team games together. They are participating in a major team tournament in 3v3 settings for the first time but enjoyed success in the weekend “Clash of the Hippo” tournaments, where Liereyy, MbL and Hearttt won twice, taking prestige wins against TyRanT and SY. They are all extremely strong players on Arabia, with Nicov bringing more depth to their game with his vast experience and extraordinary team game level (and much needed calm and poise in their turbulent voice chat). They have a strong knowledge of the expansions civilizations and great confidence. However, participating for the first time to such a big event with this line-up, it will be interesting to see how aM’ deals with the pressure (and their potential status as favorites) during the tournament.

Expected line-up: aM’s captain Liereyy is probably the second-best player in the world now and should be an essential inclusion to any team fielded by aM’. Nicov also appears to be inevitable, leaving Hearttt and MbL to play as the third. MbL is currently evolving at a very strong individual level, while Hearttt may be more consistent. Having the luxury of being able to choose between either of these exceptional players as the third member of the line-up highlights how strong aM’ looks.

Seed 2: SY
The recent history of SY has been turbulent. Lyx parted ways with his old team to join Tim’s newly founded “Frantic” clan before going back to SY on the eve of their own Nations Cup. Heavy favorites, they were upset by Brazil A and finished 5th, before all going out in the first round of King of the Desert. In 2018, star player Yo broke 2k6 on the ladder, achieving the highest Elo of all times while Vivi joined back SY and almost reached 2k6 himself.

Team roster:
  • cn Yo – 2630 (#1) – 2286 – NC17 5th, CM 1st
  • cn Vivi – 2582 (#5) – 2138 – NC17 3rd, CM 4th [MoA 5th]
  • cn Lyx – 2458 (#20) – 2232 – NC17 5th, CM 1st
  • cn Fengxin – 2300 (#59) – 2224 – NC17 5th, CM 1st
The mighty SY team reforms, without one of their historic members, yinghua, but with Vivi, who had not teamed with them for a long time.

Team status: SY members incredible achievements on the 1v1 ladders are somehow tarnished by their recent results in major tournaments. Far from their usual standards, they finished outside the top 4 of the Nations Cup and Yo, Vivi and Lyx were all upset by opponents seeded lower than them in the first round of King of the Desert. After this series of setbacks however, the team has seemed to find their old shape and piled up wins, being only beaten by the in-form aM’ during the 3v3 “Let your teammate die” event. They also performed strongly, both individually and as a team, during the various show matches Fengxin has organized since early January. The team as a whole is incredibly strong if they find their form, which they seem to have. Having finally mastered the new civilizations, they should be a force to be reckoned with.

Expected line-up: Yo, Vivi and Lyx are the best three players of the SY team. Having played together during the show matches, it would be very unlikely to see either Fengxin play many matches. However, he remains the captain of team SY and a formidable player – both on the individual and team game scene. It is likely that he will content himself with being the mastermind behind SY’s strategy and the role of leader of the powerful clan.

Seed 3: Suomi
Only defeated by Brazil during the last Nations Cup, the Finnish team is teaming up for the second consecutive time. Mainly composed of young players practicing together daily and often praised for its teamwork, Finland is expected to become Winland once again.

Team roster:
  • fi Villese – 2568 (#6) – 2173 – NC17 2nd
  • fi _TheMax_ – 2416 (#24) – 2168 – KotD 3rd, NC17 2nd, CM 7th [MoA 3rd]
  • fi Zuppi – 2311 (#54) – 2122 – NC17 2nd, CM 5th [MoA 3rd]
  • fi Rubenstock – 2099 (#178) – 2157 – NC17 2nd
The Finnish line-up impresses by the capacity of its players to continue improving despite reaching an already extraordinary level. Villese, one of the most improved players of 2017, had a fantastic run in 1v1 in January, reaching #1 on the ladder and breaking the 2k5 barrier. Star team game player _TheMax_ showed excellent form in 1v1 after his exceptional Nations Cup performance, successively beating Lyx, MbL and slam in King of the Desert before bowing out to eventual champion TheViper. Zuppi, seemingly inactive since the end of Nations Cup, has returned to support his teammates and Finland is already piling up wins.

Team status: Finland is a team consistently strong on all maps, even though some teams seem to outperform them on Arabia (notably the Brazilians, twice during Nations Cup). Originally reluctant to switch to Wololo Kingdoms, the Finns have finally adopted and mastered the expansions civilizations. Finland is renown for their excellent teamwork and strategies, so I expect them to get good drafts and come up with excellent preparation for all maps.

Expected line-up: Their regular 3v3 line-up will most likely leave Rubenstock benched most of the time, but make no mistake there: despite his 1v1 rating, he is capable of the best, notably eliminating Edie from Masters of Arena 5.

Seed 4: Brazil
Placing two teams in the top 4, Brazil was the most successful country of the latest Nations Cup. RiuT and F1Re originally planned to team up with fellow clan members BacT and slam to reform the mighty TyRanT Warlords while dogao and Miguel were considering joining forces with Nicov again. However, with TaToH joining TyRanT and Nicov going to aM’, they decided to team together.

Team roster:
  • br RiuT – 2475 (#17) – 2230 – NC17 4th, CM 2nd [MoA 7th]
  • br F1Re – 2474 (#18) – 2259 – NC17 4th, CM 2nd [MoA 4th]
  • br dogao – 2367 (#35) – 2246 – NC17 1st, CM 1st [MoA 4th]
  • br Miguel – 2342 (#40) – 2257 – NC17 1st, CM 8th [MoA 2nd]
The sheer quality and numbers of team game achievements from the Brazilian team is stunning. TyRanT members F1Re and RiuT join forces with Nations Cup winners dogao and Miguel to form an elite team with countless wins under their belt. The return of star player RiuT, away from the game since the end of Nations Cup, is one of the headlines of the competition. He has now played a lot of high level 1v1 games on Wololo Kingdoms, getting familiar with the expansion civilizations and reaching 2k4 again on the ladder. F1Re has also been very active, improving on his all-time best rating, playing and streaming a lot.

Team status: While aM’ shines especially on the 1v1 scene, the Brazilian players are famous for their incredibly good team game skill. Miguel and dogao, especially, are often hailed as two of the very best team game players of all times. During the Nations Cup, eventual champion Brazil B was undefeated on Arabia the whole tournament, which bodes well for them for BoA which will be played on similar open maps. While there is no doubt each of these four players evolve at the very best level on both 1v1 and team competitions, the Brazilians might lack the experience of the new civilizations teams such as aM’ and TyRanT possess. However, make no mistake, they will be a very serious contender for the title.

Expected line-up: The Brazilian roster is incredibly homogeneous with no clear “star” among the team. During Nations Cup, RiuT was the MVP for the Brazil A team while dogao and Miguel were the strongest players in Brazil B – and instrumental to the final win – with dogao being voted MVP of the tournament by viewers on AoCZone. Since RiuT seems to have found his top shape in 1v1, I expect that their strongest 3v3 line-up would be dogao, RiuT and Miguel. However, F1Re is a fantastic player that could step in smoothly, would any of the others be having a bad day.

Seed 5: TyRanT
Arguably the strongest and most decorated clan ever of the history of the game, the TyRanT line-up is “only” seeded 4th of the current sign-ups, a testament to the incredible field of the tournament. Featuring TaToH, its first addition to the team in more than three years and the revenant JorDan_23 for his first team game tournament, TyRanT will be a team to be reckoned with.

Team roster:
  • rs DauT – 2615 (#2) – 2150 – KotD top 8, CM 2nd [RotK 1st, MoA 7th]
  • no TheViper – 2607 (#3) – 2182 – KotD 1st, CM 2nd [RotK 1st, MoA 1st]
  • de JorDan_23 – 2546 (#8) – 1957
  • es TaToH – 2477 (#16) – 2123 – CM 6th [RotK 2nd, MoA 9th]
On paper, the TyRanT line-up looks nothing short of fantastic. DauT, TheViper and JorDan_23 have won countless major team game tournaments, dominating the competitive scene for the best part of the last five years. With the addition of the creative and unpredictable player TaToH under its colors, TyRanT is looking, on paper, exceptionally strong.

Team status: The TyRanT team is built around TheViper, incontestably the best player in the world at the moment. With his unrivalled knowledge of the game – especially the expansions civilizations – I expect TyRanT to be able to out draft all their opponents. The second major asset of the team is their vast experience: more than any other team, I expect them to step up their game in a tournament setting (in comparison to regular rated games). The big question mark rests on the shape of DauT and JorDan. Both have been struggling with form recently, with DauT having some lackluster results in recent tournaments after a strong start of 2017 and JorDan not reaching his peak level again after returning from retirement.

Expected line-up: It’s a no-brainer, Viper will not be benched. All combinations of two players among the remaining three have their advantages and drawbacks with no clear “weakest” or "strongest" link in the group. TaToH may be the current second best in their team, but DauT and JorDan have more experience playing team tournaments with Viper. Nevertheless, I expect TheViper and TaToH to be playing most games, with DauT and JorDan playing as the third depending on their shape of the day.

Seed 6: NaBs
The ever popular NaBs team added the prestigious ZeroEmpires to their roster sometime during fall 2017 but half of their players have grown inactive. With Lavie_Head herself explicitly stating that NaBs would probably not be a part of BoA, the last minute registration of the team was a happy surprise for us all!

Team roster:
  • ca slam – 2512 (#13) – 2116 – KotD top 8, NC17 7th, CM 2nd [RotK 3rd, MoA 5th]
  • ca mentalist – 2307 (#55) – 2216 – NC17 7th, CM 5th [MoA 9th]
  • fi NorthernPike – 2260 (#72) – 2159 – NC17 2nd, CM 5th
  • se Spaden – 2216 (#92) – 2106 – NC17 13th, CM 5th
Team status: mentalist and Spaden are the most active members of NaBs, still playing a lot of games and doing well in the Legacy Cup where they upset higher seeded teams. They join forces with TyRanT player slam, main victim of the top teams ballet in early January that left him unable to team any of his usual fellow clan members. With the addition of slam and with Pike – who hasn’t been very active since the end of Nations Cup – the team looks very dangerous and well capable of beating anyone. All well-rounded team game players, they have experience with the new civilizations and boast excellent team game achievements.

Expected line-up: Since coming back on March 1st, Pike has played around 20-30 games on his main account, testament of his will to get back in shape for the tournament. Always a force to be reckoned with, he was instrumental to Finland’s runner-up finish in Nations Cup 2017 but could potentially be benched for the trio of slam, mentalist and Spaden, less “rusty”. Slam is arguably the strongest player in their roster, but has less experience playing with them (except for mentalist, both having played together in team Canada). Any combination of three players among these four will be a force to be reckoned with.

Challengers (Need to qualify)

Seed 7: Vietnam Legend
With TyRanT Warlords not reforming for the event, TyRanT player BacT will join forces with his Vietnamese countrymen once again. This is a seasoned team with years of playing together and having good results on tournaments.

Team roster:
  • vn BacT – 2521 (#10) – 2301 – NC17 6th, CM 3rd [RotK 4th, MoA 5th]
  • vn saymyname – 2427 (#22) – 2068 – NC17 6th, CM 3rd
  • vn ACCM – 2397 (#29) – 2113 – KotD top 8, NC17 6th, CM 3rd [RotK 4th, MoA 7th]
  • vn CooL – 2206 (#98) – 2115 – NC17 6th, CM 3rd [MoA 7th]
The top Vietnamese team has a history of going far in major tournaments, only losing to TyRanT and the eventual winners SY during the Clan Masters. All four of them are very active, playing 1v1 and team games. However, recent results may be concerning for them. Their strongest players on paper, BacT and saymyname, lost in the first round of King of the Desert, and they underperformed in Nations Cup in comparison with their usually high standards (a 6th place can by no means be considered an underachievement). They have not been seen playing rated team games with their entire line-up recently, so there is also a question mark on their preparation level (saymyname usually even plays games on regular AOC).

Team status: The main strength of the Vietnamese team is their teamwork and their experience playing together. However, their lack of preparation and/or knowledge of the expansions civilizations could hurt them in matches against other top teams. They are the heavy favorites of the qualifications phase and I don't see any other team challenging them to make the top 8.

Expected line-up: On paper, the line-up of Vietnam should be BacT, saymyname and ACCM. However, their recent results are such that none of them seem to be consistently playing better than the others. CooL was arguably the MVP of team Vietnam during Nations Cup and ACCM has been the most performant player of their team recently. However, I don’t expect BacT to be benched; I expect BacT and ACCM to play most of the games with CooL and saymyname alternating as the third player.

Seed 8: ChinaA
To my understanding, there has been a long-standing feud between Tim and Paladin (Fengxin) for years which had led to Tim, despite being one of the best Chinese players, has consistently been playing major tournaments with other teams than SY. Signing up for the tournament as “China A” is a teasing move from Tim, but his team definitely looks strong.

Team roster:
  • cn Tim – 2514 (#12) – 2214 – NC17 3rd, CM 4th [MoA 5th]
  • cn CL – 2410 (#26) – 2109 – NC17 3rd, CM 4th
  • cn StrayDog – 2399 (#29) – 2014 – NC17 10th
After a strong show in Nations Cup where they took the third place over Brazil A on the edge, Frantic dissolved and its players had mixed results during King of the Desert, with Tim losing to ACCM but CL taking two games from eventual runner-up Liereyy. Joining forces for the third consecutive time after Nations Cup and the Clan Masters, Tim and CL are joined this time by StrayDog, a very in-form 1v1 player who was one of the key elements behind China EMA’s 10th place run during the last Nations Cup. StrayDog almost reached 2k4 and is one of the players posting the best win percentage of the top 20 (smurfs aside).

Team status: As many Chinese players mostly play on Voobly China and stream on Chinese platforms, it is not always easy to assess the amount of training they put into the game. Nevertheless, Tim, CL and StrayDog are undoubtedly three very strong 1v1 players. They seem to be performing very well lately, with Tim improving on his highest Elo ever and closing on the top 10, CL getting in the last 4 of Masters of Arena 5 and StrayDog taking games out of players such as JorDan_23 and MbL. Although they have not participated as a team in recent events, they are all three very solid team game players: CL was Frantic’s MVP during Nations Cup, Tim was their Mongols player and performed consistently throughout the tournament and StrayDog was arguably the best player in EMA’s line-up, a team who was credited with spectacular team play (notably winning on Arabia against Finland). However, I have a hunch that the civilizations draft – which caused trouble to most Frantic players during KotD – and scheduling might reveal to be China A’s main weaknesses for the event to come. This team has potential, but I can see them competing with Vietnam for the 5th place at best. ChinaA has a tricky first round against Dreamers and coud then face either USA A or InLove to make the top 8; they are favorites but will need to play crisp games to qualify.

Expected line-up: No choice there! Unless China A adds a fourth player to their roster, they will all have to be present for all matches.

Seed 9: USA A
Alas not signing up with star player Josepreto, Nomad player Influenza joins forces with his former team mates of the American Nations Cup team to field a strong 2k+ contender for the qualifiers of the tournament.

Team roster:
  • us Daniel – 2147 (#137) – 1982
  • us Juba – 2146 (#138) – 1980
  • us Influenza – 2024 – 2039 – CM top 12
Team status: The team is made of three 2k+ players used to team up. Surprisingly, they are seeded 9th overall, just behind the eight heavy favorites teams, which highlights the fact they are playing close to their best level. They have been practicing a lot and could surprise some teams during the qualification phases. However, I don’t see them getting in the top 8 ahead of ChinaA.

Seed 10: CZ
The Czech players have a history of playing together and doing well in tournaments. Signing up at the last minute, they could represent a threat to any team for the qualification round if they did – and could be a contender for the top 8.

Team roster:
  • cz Janik – 2340 (#41) – 2168 – NC17 9th, CM 6th
  • cz Skull – 2243 (#81) – 2022 – NC17 9th, CM 6th
  • cz Error – 2030 – 2155 – NC17 9th, CM 6th [MoA 9th]
  • cz Mango – 1928 – 2010 – NC17 9th, CM 6th
Team status: Of the Czech players, only Error seem to be fairly active, winning the Mad Random Cup with TaToH and playing high level team games on Voobly. Mango and Skull have only played a handful of rated games since the beginning of the year. Janik hasn’t played since January either. They did well in Nations Cup, winning the Silver League and finishing 9th overall. However, due to their limited activity, and their probable lack of knowledge of the expansions civilizations, I think it’s unlikely they would make the top 8.

Expected line-up: Janik is the strongest player on the team, but hasn’t been very active for a while. If he played, he would make a strong three-player team with Skull and Error. If he does not play, Skull, Error and Mango will still make up a strong team that could take games out of anyone.

Seed 8: North ‘Murcans
A collection of American, Canadian and Irish players joins forces to create one of the fan-favorite teams of the tournament.

Team roster:
  • ca Hera – 2447 (#21) – 2059 – NC17 7th, CM 7th
  • ie Melkor – 2379 (#35) – 2083 – CM top 12 [MoA 9th]
  • us Spring – 2344 (#39) – 1788
  • ie Timotheus – 2209 (#97) – 2035 – [MoA 9th]
Famous for his recent antics with MbL, Hera has enjoyed some success with aM’ against TyRanT, claimed he had no time for BoA and will finally join the Irish brothers and Spring in an interesting team for the tournament. Despite the individual quality of its players, the team is only seeded 7th as the moment, consequence of the fairly low team game rating of its members (especially Spring’s!). If they played together and practiced, I could see enter the main event, depending on the number of top teams signing up. However, I don’t see them realistically challenging one of the top teams.

Expected line-up: I expect the strongest line-up for North ‘Murcans to be Mattheus and Timotheus always playing, either joined by Hera or Spring. Hera has been performing very well lately and seems, overall, to be a better team game player than Spring but the later has more experience playing with the Irish brothers.

Seed 12: InLove
Infamous Chile B team from Nations Cup posts a last-minute sign-up to the tournament with a roster of four players. While they might make some double castle + conqs strategy, it’s unlikely they will rival the very top teams for the final victory.

Team roster:
  • cl Mounstrosity – 2179 (#110) – 1970
  • cl Whitecourt – 1988 – 2000
  • cl Wisepii – 1952 – 2001
  • cl Noisick – - - - - – 1944
Team status: The Chilean team famously upset Germany A at the last minute of the qualifications round for the Gold League of the 2017 Nations Cup, but couldn’t capitalize on that win and was thoroughly beaten afterwards during the group stage of the Gold League and the knock-out stage of the Silver League. Some of their players have not been very active and while they are all solid 2k players, it would be very unexpected they made the top 8.

Expected line-up: Their strongest line-up, according to numbers, would be Mounstrosity (qlrook), Wisepii and Whitecourt, with Noisick not playing since January.

Seed 13: Dreamers zZ
French superstar and “magico jugador” Edie joins forces with two of his Argentinean friends and the rapidly improving Spanish player LaaaN to create an entertaining team with a strong potential.

Team roster:
  • fr Edie – 2516 (#11) – 2054 – NC17 13th
  • es LaaaN – 2400 (#28) – 2037
  • ar JuanNNN – 2331 (#44) – 2152 – NC17 8th, CM 8th
  • ar Fedex – 2240 (#83) – 2116 – NC17 8th
Team status: On paper, the team looks very strong and is surprisingly low seeded in comparison with their highest ratings achieved. This highlights the lack of activity, and potentially the lack of practice of some of their players. Juan has just come out of retirement and has played a few games in March, and the same goes for Fedex. Edie is especially famous for his great skills on Arena (and with the ladies) but is perfectly capable to hold his ground against 2k2-2k3 players on Arabia. Laaan has improved a lot since losing to MbL in the first round of King of the Desert, making the whole team a very strong roster. They will need to find their form and work as a team if the want a shot at the top 8.

Expected line-up: Multiple options are open here. While Edie has the highest 1v1 rating of the team, he also does not speak Spanish, which could be a hindrance while the other three are native speakers. Alternatively, either Juan or Fedex could be benched if they decide they are “out of shape”; LaaaN, on the other hand, seems to be a necessary inclusion to the team.

Seed 14: Tsu much nC
nC players LB10, Skittle and Andorin join forces with the famous and most excellent Nili.

Team roster:
  • de Nili – 2176 (#113) – 1972 – CM 8th
  • at LB10 – 2150 (#132) – 1992 – NC17 12th [MoA 9th]
  • de Skittle – 2073 – 1984 – [MoA 9th]
  • de Andorin – 2053 – 1961
When it comes to Age of Empires, Nilpferd is not a man who likes to specialize in one field. Random maps, death match, game casting, tournament organization, coaching, streaming, podcasts… Nili is a master of all trades, and the king of (very) long streams. Joined by nC experts LB10, Skittle and Andorin, they form a team of very solid players. Although they are experienced team game players, they lack the sheer firepower to compete with the very best teams.
I don’t expect them to make the top 8.

Expected line-up: While LB10 and Nili are arguably the strongest players in the team, Andorin and Skittle probably have the most experience playing together. Overall it’s a very homogeneous team, where every combination of three players should be around the same average skill level.


Challengers (Did not make the cut)

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Second nC team of the tournament.

Team roster:
  • de Snyper1 – 2009 – 1902 – [MoA 9th]
  • de Arma – 2009 – 1919
  • de PhilippHJS – 1948 – 1935
A team of solid 1k9-2k players with experience playing together. They won’t make the top 8, but they could play in the qualification phase of the tournament depending on the number of teams who sign up.

Monster Crack
Who said high level tournaments should be reserved to top players anyway?

Team roster:
  • ar FAOA – 1561 – 1512
  • co Juandogerp – 1524 – 1505
  • pe Alonso_11 – 1461 – 1491
  • mx PaleologoV – 1222 – - - - -
Four players from Latin America join forces to create the lowest rated team so far to sign up to the tournament. They do not have a lot of games played on their accounts, so I assume there is a chance they play mostly on HD (and will be familiar with the expansions civilizations). While they probably have no chance to even win a game to any of the other teams, I, for one, will be rooting for them!
 
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Unknownmogers87

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RiuT and F1Re originally planned to team up with fellow clan members BacT and slam to reform the mighty TyRanT Warlords while dogao and Miguel were considering joining forces with Nicov again. However, with TaToH joining TyRanT and Nicov going to aM’, they decided to team together.
It's the opposite. Since F1re and RiuT decided to team up with Miguel and dogao, Nicov was left without a team and ended up joining aM.
Viper said that when they were thinking about inviting TaToH to TyRanT, he had indication the Warlords would team up.
It's unfortunate. I'd like to see Slam in the tournament :/
 

FranceTarsiz

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Thanks to you all for your kind words!
My English and wording can be perfected, will work on that as I edit the first post in the future. :D

Excellent write up. I hope to see the free agents talk and form a team or two...
I hope so too!
Slam said on stream that he had asked St4rk if he would be interested to team up, but St4rk declined (hence he seems unlikely to take part in the tournament). I hope slam finds partners to make a good team, it would be a shame not to see him.

It's the opposite. Since F1re and RiuT decided to team up with Miguel and dogao, Nicov was left without a team and ended up joining aM.
Viper said that when they were thinking about inviting TaToH to TyRanT, he had indication the Warlords would team up.
It's unfortunate. I'd like to see Slam in the tournament :/
Agreed for slam, I hope he finds a team.

For the other thing, the chronology is debatable and we'll probably never really know. From what Hearttt said on Talk of the Empire, it appears that both happened at the same time, Nicov was "left out" by the Brazilians but Hearttt had told Miguel beforehand that he would invite Nicov so he wouldn't be without a team.
I think things happened in that order:
- F1Re, RiuT and slam are in talks to reform TyRanT Warlords (slam mentioned it on stream, BacT also said he didn't know whether he would play with his countrymen or with slam)
- TaToH joins TyRanT (discussions IRL in England and Viper & TaToH teaming up for TLC)
- Miguel says on AoCZone that Nicov, dogao and himself will still form Nervo
- The Brazilians play together on cs:go and decide to team up together but Miguel feels guilty about leaving Nicov out (Hearttt said it on Talk of the Empire)
- Hearttt and Nicov having become good friends after playing with each others, Nicov goes to aM' and Brazil forms one team
 

AustriaJuvenal

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great overview!
as an austrian fellow i ofc cheer for tsu much nC and therefore i am quite excited which other teams will sign up.
with aM, tyrant, brazil, finland, SY (expected), VNS there are 6 teams clearly ahead of them. although i hope more high class teams will sign up, i still hope tsu much nC will make it in. i am aware it will be tough for them in there, but nvm: spread the "weniger als 3" <3
 

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Wow this is a great summary, I'd love to see updates as sign-ups proceed and finally close. This is perfect to link people to
 

GermanyMichaerbse

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CZ
The Czech players have a history of playing together and doing well in tournaments. While they have not signed up for the event yet, they could represent a threat to any team for the qualification round if they did – and could be a contender for the top 8.

Possible roster:
  • cz Janik – 2340 (#41) – 2168 – NC17 9th, CM 6th
  • cz Error – 2030 – 2155 – NC17 9th, CM 6th [MoA 9th]
  • cz Mango – 1928 – 2010 – NC17 9th, CM 6th
  • cz Ovenka – 1906 – 1982 – NC17 9th, CM 6th
  • cz Skull – 1902 – 2022 – NC17 9th, CM 6th
Of the Czech players, only Error seem to be fairly active, winning the Mad Random Cup with TaToH and playing high level team games on Voobly. Janik hasn’t been seen since January 6th and Ovenka, Mango and Skull have only played a handful of rated games since the beginning of the year. They did well in Nations Cup, winning the Silver League and finishing 9th overall. However, due to their limited activity, and their probable lack of knowledge of the expansions civilizations, I think it’s unlikely they would make the top 8.

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Skull has reached 2k2+ already. Afaik this is one of his accounts, isn't it?
http://www.voobly.com/profile/view/123695368/Ratings/games/profile/123695368/131

He also looks active...
 

FranceTarsiz

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Skull has reached 2k2+ already. Afaik this is one of his accounts, isn't it?
http://www.voobly.com/profile/view/123695368/Ratings/games/profile/123695368/131

He also looks active...
You are correct, I missed him when I was browsing HueHue's list of highest ratings achieved.
However, he has only been played 6 games on this account since the beginning of February (also half of them happened on Friday) which can hardly be considered very active - especially if you compare it with the levels of activity of aM' and the other top teams.
 
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Great post!
Two small things to add:
1. Memb said on stream recently that he talked with Tim who said that he wants to sign up with a Frantic team (he, CL, the other players are unknown) so I would rate their sign-up probability as "somehwat likely".
2. Something to add to "tsu much nC": Nili said on stream that if the second nC team doesn't make the cut they might add andorin to their roster. I don't think it'll change much, but it is an interesting tidbit of information.
 
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UnknownLanchi

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Dec 19, 2016
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I suspect Tim indeed wants to sign up, he created a new team this afternoon: http://chinaa.voobly.com/ (so far he is the only member).
This remind me before NC17 they have a special meeting to fight for which team can be named "China A" "China B"
in the end they use China SY China Frantic 11
Now BoA not host by SY, so Tim don't need to ask before using the name he want Kappa
 

Franceedie

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May 9, 2013
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About Tim, Im kinda sad/disappointed to see SY and him dont team together. Vivi being a really great additional for SY, i still believe yo+tim+vivi+lyx, should be teaming together.. since I play aoc he always performed so well in TG TOURNAMENT, never was the weak point in his team, but always the one leading, always the one with great macro and saving his team in imp, so yeah I know they wont team together for BOA and thats sad.
 
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GermanyMichaerbse

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You are correct, I missed him when I was browsing HueHue's list of highest ratings achieved.
However, he has only been played 6 games on this account since the beginning of February (also half of them happened on Friday) which can hardly be considered very active - especially if you compare it with the levels of activity of aM' and the other top teams.
True, he has played quite a bit in January though. Let's say he looks semi-active ;-)
 

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