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    AFC 10: Division 2 Roundup

    Banner by Cell, writeup by vetia, vetted by moosepi and Caldoran

     

    This season of AsiaFortress, Division 1 is tiny and Division 3 is engorged. So where do you go to watch or follow games? Division 2 of course! Division 2 is perfectly sized this season, with eight teams ready to take each other on, and find out which of them is the best of Asia (relatively speaking, since it is Division 2)!

     

    But in all honesty, Division 2 is set to hold some of the most competitive matches AF has seen in recent history. Based on team reviews by players who’ve watched the scene for lengths of time, there isn’t really a clear winner overall. Of course, there certainly are teams that stand out above the rest; It isn’t a complete tossup like Division 3 where there are so many new players we can’t keep track of them all.

     

    Division 2 has one of the most even distributions of players across different teams, ranging from DM-heads, to PUG stars, to minions; an expansive, even spread worthy of feast tables in the halls of unscrupulous, medieval nobles! However, unlike feasting nobles, we have to cherry pick. I’m not paid (I’m actually not paid anyway) to talk about every single team in Division 2, so we’ll have to settle for the four we think are most likely to make playoffs.

     

    Fruit Salad


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    • VLEbrY5.png j0shi

    • W5WmBJp.png slayer

    • W5WmBJp.png nastyyy

    • j3eMpHs.png shuenny

    • hBkNbCx.png bb


    A healthy mixture of players, Fruit Salad has all the essential vitamins and minerals of a Division 2 team: experienced veterans, a few middle-grounders and some fresh faces. Several of the names (such as shuenny, nastyyy and joshi) are familiar, dating back to a time when Turbo 9000 was a simple seed in older AFCs.

     

    With so many old beans on their roster, it seems that first place is ripe for the picking for this team. They’ve demonstrated the ability to coordinate, even if their flanks are a little shaky at times, and their DM ability could allow them to punch through the competition. And who knows, perhaps they’ll even help a new player or two bear fruit.

     

    Wine n Cheese


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    • VLEbrY5.png Gordan

    • W5WmBJp.png Dream

    • W5WmBJp.png duel

    • j3eMpHs.png cyra

    • hBkNbCx.png AiShou


    If any team could sour the chances of the competition, it’s Wine n Cheese. Featuring the dregs of Division 3 runner ups Backcappers, hopefuls of once-Kawaii and several other older names, it’s a cocktail of good players that could turn other teams blue in the face. Almost every single member here has prior league experience, and a few have a reputation for throwing games that both make things interesting and irritating (for the opponent, that is).

     

    To cut to the cheese, there’s no doubt that this team has the ability to take the championship. In terms of raw DM, a few on their lineup could be rostered with the current run of Division 1 teams. Though they might be a little rough around the edges, this slice of Division 2 could age the competition well, and force other teams to new heights.

     

    LFT Overwatch


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    • VLEbrY5.png Ghosty

    • W5WmBJp.png ReD_SpY

    • W5WmBJp.png Hrebl4ze

    • j3eMpHs.png IO

    • hBkNbCx.png sadkatz


    You don’t have to look too pharah way from LFT Overwatch for good competition either. Their roster mei not be as strong in terms of experience, but combining fast-rising talent like Aqua with experienced players like ReD_SpY creates a bastion of a solid team, that could potentially win(ston) them the championship.

     

    Yes, this slightly haphazard mix team led by ReD_SpY is going to have to push (rein)hardt if they want to take the championship this season. Their strength in terms of DM makes them almost a shoo-in for playoffs, but in order to face off against rosters lined with people boasting years of experience, their team game has to be at its peak. Truthfully, I’ll be following this team’s progress the most during the round robin stages!

     

    Steal Your Job (SyJ)


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    • VLEbrY5.png Banana

    • W5WmBJp.png Konma

    • W5WmBJp.png Striker

    • j3eMpHs.png H4ms

    • hBkNbCx.png iMauriceiNoob


    Talk about last minute sign ups; this team joined the contest with literally 36 minutes to spare. 

     

    Steal Your Job, unlike most of the other teams currently in Division 2, actually have history in their résumé. They competed in the last season of Mercenaries Cup 7, and did fairly well considering they had to fight Championship contenders Cute Beast in the second week, and AMC, a team with more history than them, in Lower Bracket Round 3. Now they’ve returned, and are seeking (the enemy’s) employment once more!

     

    It’s a solid roster of consistent players DM wise, and teams with a past have a way of handling coordination better than mix teams of PUG stompers. While they have the potential to be great at the game, a lack of interest could resign their chances of even making playoffs. If they practice consistently, there’s no doubt in my mind that they could climb the metaphorical corporate ladder to the top four. But without practice, SyJ could get fired from the competition by any of the current Division 2 teams.

     

    Conclusion

    While I only listed four teams that I think will make playoffs this season, I’d love to witness any number of upsets. The 7 weeks of Round Robin stages are there for teams to thresh their way to the top, and it’s plenty of time for good and interesting players to unveil their true potential as great and superb gods! 

     

    Let’s hope the pressures of competition will get the forging fires raging, and send these teams into a transformation process that will have them gleaming like gold when they hold those placement medals. After all, Division 2 is a preparatory stage for Division 1, and Asian TF2 needs more heroes!

     

    May the best team win!
    Caldoran

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    Hello all participants of AsiaFortress Cup 10! The first match threads will be going up very soon, and the AsiaFortress administration would like to brief you on some changes we have made to the tournament's structure and rules.

     

    Division 3 Format Changes

    Due to the overwhelming number of Division 3 teams, a Round Robin is not feasible. Therefore, we have switched to a Swiss-style format, over the course of 7 weeks to match the number of weeks for Division 2 teams.

     

    As with the Round Robin format, at the end of the 7 weeks we will advance the top 4 teams to play-offs, to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Teams will be ranked first by map wins, then by round wins and finally by rounds won minus rounds lost to determine which teams will advance.

     

    Division 1 Format Changes

    On the other hand, due to the lower number of players in Division 1, teams will play the Round Robin sequence twice. In other words, teams will play against every other team twice, for a total of 6 weeks of matches.

     

    As with Division 2 and 3, Division 1 teams will be ranked first by map wins, then by round wins and finally by rounds won minus rounds lost.

     

    At the end of the Round Robin stage, the top ranked Division 1 team will proceed straight to the Grand Finals. The 2nd and 3rd ranked Division 1 teams will compete in the playoffs to decide which one will proceed to the Grand Finals.

     

    The Grand Finals for Division 1 will be played in a Best of 5 format, while Division 2 and 3 will be played in a Best of 3 format.

     

    Whitelist Changes

    With the new Meet Your Match update, we have changed a few of the items allowed.

     

    The Quickiebomb Launcher has been banned, while the Cozy Camper and Bazaar Bargain have been allowed.

     

    All changes should be reflected in AsiaFortress servers, and the whitelist can be downloaded in the AFC 10 Config Pack.

     

    Cast Requests

    Following a significant amount of interest for casters looking to cover AsiaFortress Cup 10 matches, a Cast Request thread has been created for community members to request permission for a cast.

     

    Casts which have not been approved by an AsiaFortress Administrator are not permitted.

     

    This will allow us to help promote your casts on platforms such as our Steam group and Facebook page. It also helps us to ensure that there is no conflict of interest (e.g. caster is on one of the teams being casted) and to provide assistance should you need it.

     

    Transfer Window Addition

    A Transfer Window has been added between Week 3 and Week 4 (between 12th August and 14th August).

     

    The Transfer Window is a limited period for team leaders to add and remove players from their team's rosters.

     

    Please note that all transfers have to be approved by AsiaFortress Administrators, and will only take effect from Week 4 (16th August) onwards.

     

    Roster Lock and Team Directory

    Do note that rosters are locked until the first Transfer Window. Do not add an Administrator to request for a roster change as it will not be allowed.

     

    The Team Directory is a record of all teams participating in AFC 10, along with links to their leaders and members. It will serve as the definitive record of each team's roster. If you spot an error in your team's roster, please inform your Division Administrator immediately.

     

     

    That concludes the commencement brief for AsiaFortress Cup 10! The first week's Match Threads will be going up soon, and you can get to scheduling your first matches of the season.

     

    As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask your Division Administrator.

     

    Best of luck, and may the best team win!

    Caldoran

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    Divisions have been finalized by the AsiaFortress Administrator and Staff Team. They are as follows:
     
    Division 1
    • xiao
    • Crescendo
    • A Motley Crew
    • Memesquad xd
    Division 2
    • Wine n Cheese
    • FRUIT SALAD
    • Steal Your Job
    • LFT Overwatch
    • GODsenS
    • Beyond Velocity
    • AESTHETIC_091
    • Hairy Ares
    Division 3
    • Reddit Headliners
    • Majiami
    • Technology Eclipse
    • BADRATSGAMING.NET
    • LL1c
    • Last Minute Mixup
    • Clown 9
    • patrick.gaming
    • Hoomanitee
    • what the fam!
    • Smite
    • The Mighty Gibuses
    • Laughing Kills
    • 50dm
    • Forever LFT
    • NohMercy

     

    Team distributions are final and not subject to change.

     

    Please stay tuned for a list of updated rules and whitelist changes to be published soon.

    Caldoran

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    Registrations for AsiaFortress Cup 10 have been extended!
     
    The deadline is now 21st of July 2016, 11:59 GMT+8. That's 4 more days to get your team together on time for our biggest annual tournament!
     
    What are you waiting for? Register your team here!
    Caldoran

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    It has begun!
     
    Sign-ups for AsiaFortress Cup 10 are finally open! The AsiaFortress Cup is our league's primary competition, featuring 3 different divisions for teams of varying skill levels to duke it out!
     
    Division 1: For the battle-hardened veterans of the 6v6 format. Only the cream of the crop will be accepted here!
    Division 2: The intermediate skill level for already experienced teams to prove their mettle.
    Division 3: An open division for newcomers to challenge each other and see where they stand.
     
    The tournament will be played in a two-stage format: Round Robin followed by a Double Elimination.
     
    For the Round Robin stage, every team will play against each other once. After this is done, the top 4 teams of each division will proceed to the Double Elimination stage. Each of these teams will be eliminated after 2 losses, to decide who gets first, second and third place.
     
    The rules have changed significantly since AsiaFortress Cup 9 especially with regards to POV demos, so make sure you familiarize yourselves with them here before participating!
     
    Enough said! Are you hungry for a challenge and to prove yourself in the Asian TF2 scene? Then get a team of at least 6, and sign up here by 16th July!