Banner by concor, write-up by vetia, vetted by moosepi
AFC 11: Division 2 Roundup
Division 2 has always been a strange place; it’s always confused between being the playground for sandbaggers and the training ground for Division 1 hopefuls. However, AFC10 demonstrated the true capacity of this division’s players, hosting the most intense matches of the season between Fruit Salad and Wine N Cheese. While a slightly larger Division 2 means that the teams will be fighting in a Swiss format, everyone hopes the games will be no less exciting!
That said, let’s review the teams!
The Mighty Gibuses
They’re straight out of the jungle: dark-eyed, battle hardened and fly-crazy. They’ve fought tooth and nail to be here, and they aren’t battling to please anyone. The Champions of Division 3, with DeDstar still at the head, are here to make their mark, and though their roster may have changed slightly, their hunger for frags and glory has not lessened. Woe betide any team that underestimates the power of the Mighty Gibuses this season, or they might just pull the rug from your feet and upset YOU.
Being in the army can be a terrible thing. You’re always bored, tired, bored of being tired or tired of being bored, and the only solace you have is the weekend, where you could still be bored. To find some relief in this terrible time, the weekend team of 2years was formed. With a majority of its players stuck in camp during working days, the team itself hasn’t had much opportunity to practice, but given they’re all experienced players (read “sandbagging”), they’ll definitely give Division 2 a run for its money!
The Chess Foundation
If you smell a hint of a stench, it’s probably not rats because this is definitely not badratsgaming.net. No; this is the Chess Foundation, with LERL and mememachine (AKA iFun) leading the charge once more, and neither towering castle nor beautiful queen can stop them on the treacherous road to playoffs/championship! Can this team maneuver their opponents into checkmates with tactical coordination? Can they p(a)wn the competition with the few deathmatch powerhouses at their disposal? Will I think of more chess puns for this writeup? Maybe!
An all Japanese team has decided to grace Division 2, and it’s to everyone’s surprise because this hasn’t happened in anyone’s recent memory. On one hand, none on the rostered names have recognised reputations, since most of those are in Division 1. On the other, they have a very big reputation to live up to because of their fellow countrymen in Division 1. So, there really isn’t any pressure for this team to perform at some level. Really...
Steal Your Job
The Hong Kong nightriders return for another attempt at snatching the championship! After a third place finish in the previous iteration, the team is back with a fairly similar roster, and renewed vigour to tackle the other newcomers to the division. They have the experience, the DM, and the gimmicks behind them; let’s see if the foreigners can take their opponents’ employment right under their noses!
Another team from the denizens of the third division, TechE had their eyes set on retrying the level but got bumped up to let the newbies thrive. Now, it’s up to them to make the best of their situation, and really shake up the competition! They’re no mix team, and with members who’ve been playing with each other for a while, they definitely stand a chance at getting into playoffs - with some hard work.
‘Tis the season for purity; an all Korean team has entered the fray alongside their Japanese and Hong Kong contenders! Little is known of this mysterious mix-up, but we do know that they’re from the land of TF2 champions, and that no one should underestimate anyone from the Republic of Korea lest they get pounded! Only the round robin stages will tell if Shufflee are either fearsome contenders or formless fodder in the bloody battle for the Division 2 trophy…
Formed by girl-gamer Rei a little while before signups began, Aetiology are the cause of some stress for the rest of the contestants. With a roster of relatively strong puggers, the team is spearheaded by the deathmatch monster of Aishou, kept on a leash by the experience of Harvey who’s been playing since AFC6, and supported by the conservative playstyle of dribbler. With a fairly strong lineup on their side, Aetiology could gun for playoffs with confidence; maybe even triumph over the competition for the championship!
Art et Marte
The remnants of Division 2 contenders Hairy Ares pulled a shounic (translation: coup d’etat) on their leader mid signups, cutting him out of the picture and opting for Division 3. While Enkaii was loosed to join Division 1, the rest of the team are still dealing with the aftermath, since they were bumped to Division 2 anyway. Quite honestly, their roster isn’t the strongest in Division 2, but a little work and practice on their capable roster should see them giving other teams a little trouble.
Riding the coattails of the other bumpees is nubsquad, who were unfortunately caught in the crossfire of the division splits. With a roster strong enough to roll the rest of Division 3, the team was moved up and now have to contend with the second-best that Asia has to offer. However, so far nubsquad has proven that they are perfectly capable of contending with other teams like TechE and Aetiology, and should come up on top as long as they have their act together!
It’s going to be an exciting season with more teams in play, and the competition is heating up with teams regularly scrimming each other when normal humans would be comfortably dreaming of school or homework. Not gamers; Division 2 may not be the ‘best of the best’, but they’re certainly striving to show others what it means to be a tryhard! Go gettem, sophomores of AsiaFortress!