written by K1lled and ev for fun
More Asiafortress Cup Division 2 action is coming your way with teams ERA and Sapnu Puas locked in a do-or-die match for a spot in the grand finals, where team Konma the Real MK await them! Unlike the previous season, where TCF only dropped 2 maps across the whole season, there is no major favourite with each team dropping maps to another; any team can clinch the gold. Will Sapnu Puas win their match with harvey... on scout? Will ERA replicate their earlier BO3 victory? Will the honkies ever get out of Div 2? We’ll let you draw your own conclusions after we lay the teams out:
Konma the Real MK
Konma the Real MK is probably the team that brings the most winning DNA, emerging as the winner of the regular season and coming off a 2-0 win against team ERA. The honkies have a long and illustrious history, with their rosters always attaining top placings in Division 2. This season, their roster looks to be a sort of mixed breed of last season's runner-up TechE with some veterans to produce a unique dynamic playstyle that is always entertaining to watch.
Having been together for so long, these players have displayed a great amount of chemistry which enables them to cooperate and coordinate plays at a high level when coupled together with their consistent deathmatching ability. There is no singular carry, with every player being able to win the game on a good day. Central to the dynasty are Konma and Banana, who have been playing together as a duo for years now. Konma is a passive yet intelligent player, playing a bdonski-esque role of knowing how to survive without heals, yet always having a huge impact in fights. On the other hand, Banana is a highly potent roaming soldier in his own right, with strong deathmatching and good sacrificial plays. However, he is most potent when the opportunity arises for him to snipe, being widely acclaimed for nigh-godly sniper aim. While these 2 are the progenitors of the dynasty, the new blood of dreamerung and K1lled have helped to power this team into the upper echelons of Division 2. K1lled’s consistently high damage output in addition to his gung-ho approach to maincalling gives this team that aggressive edge and style teams find hard to counter. Meanwhile, dreamerung improved leaps and bounds over the previous season and he doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. His aim and potency are unquestionable, as can be seen by him consistently top fragging in every game. That is not to say that mop isn’t a good player. In fact, he is one of the more experienced players, having played multiple classes at a high level and continues to pound despite playing on 200 ping. The final player is iMauriceiNoob (he has never changed his steam alias, look at his profile), having achieved third place in Division 1 last season, is still going strong with good surfs and arrows (despite his tendency to drop).
There’s enough talent, heritage and experience here to beat any team. They are not invincible though, and their signature aggressive, balls to the wall style may be their downfall. The higher the risk, the higher the reward and when a push goes awry, they can fall flat on their faces.
Don’t let that 2-0 loss to Konma the Real MK fool you, ERA is still a very dangerous team with the potential to win it all. ERA was founded by Striker in the off season of AFC 11 and looked very different back then, with their starting lineup having Ghosty on medic and Striker on scout. However, what was then an uncertain project has turned into a championship contender with a stacked roster filled with experienced players.
The aforementioned leader, Striker, is the cornerstone of the team has played at a high level on many different classes. This season alone he has played roamer, pocket and currently medic. No matter what class he’s on, he can be counted on to perform. The talent of Slayer, Surf and momotan (ie tharnos) is widely acclaimed and for good reason, they have a wealth of experience as compared to the other players and have been considered top players season after season. Although their chemistry as a unit could do some work, individually all of these players do and are expected to perform in order for their team to win. (and like have you seen them godlike dm omg) Slayer and Surf have won Division 2 before in AFC 10 with Fruit Salad and are back to win it all once again. Momotan has always been known for his legendary mge and deathmatching ability on soldier and has translated them seamlessly to scout. Having been benched during playoffs by TechE, former Overflow leader pozi is back to show that he can stand with the greats. It cannot be denied that he has improved greatly over this season and plays his role as pocket scout to a high level, consistently getting many kills. Finally, rounding up their roster is yet another first place finish, this time in Division 1. Floaty is not only a Division 1 Champion, he is also an amazing jumper. His jumping and playmaking ability is unrivaled in Division 2 and it is this fact that allows this team to excel. His unique and fast approach to bombs ofttimes throws enemy gamers into confusion, never quite knowing when that big bomb will come in until it’s too late.
Unlike the other teams who lean heavily to either side of the spectrum, ERA lies mostly in the middle, not particularly favouring an aggressive nor passive style while still capable of both. Their style is designed specifically to allow their playmakers to shine, with the role players being disciplined for their sake. While their tactics can be predictable at times, they are executed to such a high degree that it doesn’t even matter. Tactics such as double soldier bombs at mid or bombing Floaty in during stalemates can be expected. Overall, their experience allows them to automatically attain a high level, but it remains to be seen if they can improve their chemistry.
So team harvey on dem.. I mean sapnu puas prides themselves on playing a structured style which ensures them to consistently build rounds. As previously alluded to, the original project was to have harvey play his first season on Demoman but recent circumstances regarding one of their Australians, sage, has meant that harvey and repulse have reprised their “main” classes of Scout and Demoman respectively.
The obvious name that sticks out has to be the team’s pocket: Itache. Having had a dominant season with TCF, winning first place, has been somehow dragged out of retirement to prove that he is no one trick pony. His recent victory means that he is one of the main sources of excitement surrounding this team for playoffs and rightfully so, his godlike deathmatching ability and being the heal tank translated into his team being a few rounds away from beating ERA. Together with repulse, they make up the main damage output of the team. Speaking of repulse, despite mainly playing Soldier in recent times, he is no slouch on Demoman and has had numerous top placings previous seasons. Playing with such a heal-heavy pocket, repulse has the experience and gamesense necessary to know which fights to take and how to survive. He can be relied upon as the backbone of this team. apples and harvey have both dabbled in OZF and played IM so their exposure to different styles of play will come in handy. apples is a well-known player, having won Division 2 with Fruit Salad and has played Division 1 with AMC before. He plays his flank scout role intelligently and coordinates with his roamer to great effect. harvey is back on scout for playoffs and plays his pocket scout role dutifully. He doesn’t have the biggest numbers, nor does he have insane dm, but he has the discipline to use his brain to win games by choosing to take intelligent fights where he has an advantage of some sort. Don’t forget his ability to utilize classes like spy to surprise opponents. Coming in to fill the roamer spot is Corto, an who most recently attained third place in Division 3 with The Mighty Smurfers last season. It remains to be seen how much he can adjust to the roamer role in a short span of time. Last but not least is the medic with tons of OZF experience smeso. Having been playing since OWL 10 in 2013, he brings a fresh set which has shaped the team’s unique identity. Always staying alive, relying not on movement but on smart positioning.
While nudity is not appreciated in Asiafortress, their team certainly is! In comparison to the previous 2 teams, Sapnu puas is a lot more regimented and strict and this can be seen in their play during stalemates. Unlike the typical Asian style of blowing things up with a soldiers sac or an Uber trade, this team prefers to use other forms to slowly build up advantages. Tactics such as running an offclass like sniper, spy or even heavy have been utilised to a great degree in the past. Teams will find it hard to catch their players off guard as each player knows exactly what role they are supposed to play. While it may appear more boring to the casual observer, it cannot be denied that they play it well and this is why they’ve made it this far into the season. However, the chemistry built up over the season has been compromised slightly with the recent roster changes. If Sapnu puas manage to snag the title right from under everyone’s noses, we might be obliged to then send a pic or two..
It is undeniable that these 3 teams are the best in the division. With the lower bracket finals taking place tommorow, make sure you tune in to the match and see which team will emerge victorious for a final chance for the gold!
And of course, let's hope that we get close and exciting games. After all, where’s the fun in a 5-0 tmg-esque stomping ground?