Banner by Cell, writeup by himariAsiaFortress Cup 10 PlayoffsAfter seven exciting weeks of teams clashing to reign supreme, we have come to the end of the regular season. Thank you to all the participants of AsiaFortress Cup 10! The top four teams are the finest of their respective divisions and have fought hard to secure their place in the playoffs, and we are happy to announce that they are:Division 1xiaoCrescendoA Motley CrewMemesquad xdDivision 2Wine and CheeseFruit SaladSteal your JobLFT OverwatchDivision 3MajiamiThe Mighty GibusesBADRATSGAMING.NETTechnology EclipseCongratulations to the teams that have made it this far! However, only the greatest shall triumph and advance to the Grand Finals!Playoffs Challonge Links:Furthermore, we would also like to take this opportunity to make several announcements regarding additions and changes to our staff and league.League AdministrationThe position of Head Administrator has been passed on from Caldoran to Teejay, however he will still be staying behind to advise the admin team. We have also appointed several new additions to the General Administrators, they are Aqua, apples, iMauriceiNoob and b4it.League StaffWe would also like to welcome some new members of our staff. Concordia and Robin are now part of the Creative Design team, who will be working on graphics and stat sheets. Rednaxela will be joining us to handle casts and stream coverage as our new Casting Administrator.
AsiaFortress Cup 10: Division 3 Roundup
Writeup by cac, Veron, laggerung and sh4dlr, Banner by CellThe 10th rendition of the AsiaFortress Cup brings a record-breaking 16 teams in Division 3; an amount unprecedented in AsiaFortress history. The home of dank twitch memes and mind-bogglingly preposterous plays, Division 3 is certainly a joy to watch.Despite that, the skill gap in Division 3 is huge. On Rednaxela’s stream, you get to experience the schadenfreude of watching teams with Pyros to Middle to those without any shreds of tactical discipline attempt messy pushes. Amongst all this uncoordinated chaos, Division 3 brings about tons of talented players; from MGE Lords to PUG-stars, from new and unproven blood to experienced and seasoned veterans, every player will have their individual moments of glory. Without further ado, we present the 4 teams that we have decided are most likely going to make playoffs.Majiami
- Choo Choo
This Taiwanese super-team still retains their spot as the prime contender to take home 1st place in Division 3. Despite losing a few integral players, their new roster still looks scaringly strong when pitted against others. They boast Choo Choo, a phenomenal Scout with supreme DM controlling the reins of team, alongside EdeLweiss Medic Hemaera, veteran MoonLit and Pocket extraordinaire TheBigHead, there is little doubt that Majiami are clear favorites to finish 1st - and with ease.Reddit Headliners
Comprising of breakthrough players bursting with potential alongside Nukwu, the second best DM Soldier in Thailand, Reddit Headliners is a mix of players largely from ex-All Walks Of Life. While lacking in tactics and strict team play, most of these players are gifted in their ability to kill people outright; Reddit Headliners’ playstyle revolves around a messy, loose approach towards team fights, reminiscent of a DM server. Against weaker opponents, they can dominate with their raw and explosive firepower alone. However, when they eventually play against the experienced and tactically strong opponents, will they falter or will they triumph?badratsgaming.net
badratsgaming.net, or BRG, is a team stacked with intelligent and strong players in their roster. With the big rats iFuN and LERL dominating with strong combo performances alongside with talented newbie coon, along with cy’s rock-solid Roaming, Time’s extraordinary sniping and snoxii’s amazing potential and explosiveness, BRG can definitely provide us some exciting TF2. Watch as they contest alongside other teams, showcasing exciting TF2 and classic Division 3 gimmicks!The Mighty Gibuses
The Mighty Gibuses have come a long way since their conception earlier this year. Sporting a roster stacked with potential, talent and experience with playing together, this Vietnamese team look to be contenders for the top few spots in Division 3. TMG boasts a rock solid and experienced Soldier and Medic pairing in DeDstar and bready. Not to mention their Scouts, d3rp and Syncy have exceptional deathmatch abilities, and their Roamer rust is certainly one to keep an eye out for. Rounding up the team is Demoman teehee, capable of strong and solid performances, leaving TMG as a team likely to take home one of the top spots in Division 3.ConclusionDivision 3 has always been a huge tossup - stronger teams with talent falter and buckle, while teams previously considered as also-rans peak and perform exceptionally. It is so very hard to weigh in on the best performers of Division 3, but while our predictions may not be correct, one guarantee is that we’ll be set for tons of unpredictable, gimmicky, and fun TF2, courtesy of Rednaxela’s stream.AFC 10: Division 1 RoundupBanner by Cell, writeup by vetia, vetted by moosepi and Caldoran
AFC 10 is in full swing; divisions have been separated and the first few matches have been played (are being played). Notably, an exceeding number of Division 3 signups have swelled the ranks to a whopping 16 teams, an amount unprecedented in AsiaFortress history.However, the cost for a fresh wave of new players is high. It came at the price of several old names and faces departing for Overwatch after being at the peak of the scene for nearly three years. The result? Division 1 is severely reduced this season, with only four teams that have to play each other twice. Leading from this, there are only going to be three playoff teams for Division 1.Furthermore, a severe lack of top level players means that AsiaFortress ‘premier’ level play will not only be less regular, but quite possibly lower in quality as well. The truth of the matter is that quality fades as experienced players depart, leaving giant, empty shoes and a legacy of whispered legends.But this isn’t to discount the competition this season; some of the names in the rosters have been around for a long time, and they deserve recognition for wading into the highest division Asia has to offer. With that said, meet the teams and lineups for Division 1!xiao
Certainly one of the fattest rosters in play, xiao was technically formed sometime post-AFC 9, but perished temporarily before Mercenaries Cup 7 could begin (leaving stars like tommy free to play for Pingu during that season). However, the return of jigglesaur from Canada in June incited its reformation, and xiao was revitalised in time for AFC 10.Old dogs of the AsiaFortress community will recognise that xiao is a combination of AFC 9’s Homely Hobos and Turbo 9000. Newer viewers should rest assured that xiao is likely the best and toughest roster to beat this season. These are solid players with mountains of pre-existing chemistry, and the DM ability to back any strategy they come up with. When xiao are on their game, the other teams are going to have a hard time preventing rolls.Crescendo
Put together by Hwain, Crescendo mainly consists of old players who’ve left the scene for a while, but are dusting themselves off for another go. Again, old dogs might recognise names like rufus, ozr and z that haven’t been seen at the top for seasons. Most notable are Shocky and 10; the former is a two time champion and the latter has been heralded as one of Asia’s best scouts since Mercenaries Cup 6.Crescendo might seem cobbled together, but a combination of seasoned Division 1 players, some of Asia’s oldest faces and a dash of fresh talent, could make a blend spicy enough to shake up the competition. If anyone could knock out xiao and take the Cup home, it would be Crescendo.A Motley Crew
AMC have kept the same name and the same core players for several seasons now, and it’s no surprise to see them in Division 1 in AFC 10. While the team has seen various old and new faces come and go, their primary core has always been Jopper, RY4N and Cell and Cynic since AFC 9: fairly consistent players who’ve proven their mettle in the past.This season, the roster is rounded off with two of Asia’s biggest MGE players, oro and Killer. With a solid set of teammates complementing the long history that AMC has, the team should find some success in their first foray into Division 1. While they might not look like the greatest contenders for the Cup, they shouldn’t be a simple walk over for the other teams.Memesquad xd
Memesquad was founded on the dreams of winning Division 2, but the roster grew a little too powerful and was bumped up to Division 1. Filled with fresh faces to Division 1 that have barely seen the light of ‘premier’ level play, the team decided to pick up one of AsiaFortress’ oldest players, mel, to overcome the inexperience.Memesquad looks like the weakest team in Division 1, but it has the potential to pull a few upsets. If anything, its hyper-aggressive play-style seen on its old Division 2 roster could create interesting and exciting games for AsiaFortress’ Division 1!ConclusionWhile there is a severe lack of Division 1 teams, it is still exciting to see some new faces getting their hands dirty in the 10th season of AFC, and (a lot of) new blood is exactly what the Asian scene needs. Here’s to new legends of AF in the next few seasons!AFC 10: Division 2 RoundupBanner by Cell, writeup by vetia, vetted by moosepi and CaldoranThis 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
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
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
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)
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.ConclusionWhile 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!
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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.
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.
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!