Lan ETS was only a week ago and it’s already such a blur. It was an intense day full of sickness (Annie had like a gastro? and I had been fighting to keep a cold at bay for days), rough matches, interviews and french fries.
Initially, we were all suppose to meet up Friday night to set up our computers, play a game or two and head home for a good night’s rest but for so many unforeseen circumstances, four of the girls had to setup the morning of the tournament. Which means super early morning!
Saturday at 8:30AM, we saw our group stage matches for the Overwatch tournament and it was a rough one! Our first match was against our own friend, Gingerale from Psykopaths Gaming, who I already pegged as one of the top 3 teams (I was only slightly off, they finished 4th!). After our first loss, we gave it our all for the next match vs NeverSleeps and came out winning. Unfortunately, we loss every match after that one though. It felt so bad!
I was pretty disappointed in our performance. We could have played tighter, fought cleaner and just overall took it to the next level. We did much better at Dreamhack 2017 and I was just hoping to repeat that success.
Our team’s coach had prepared a sealed emergency envelope for me to open when a match got too tough. Inside was a collage of Saebyeolbe photos with the words ‘DO IT FOR HIM’, just like in the Simpsons episode where Homer makes one with Lisa photos to keep him going when times are rough. I want to think I gave it my all for SBB, but maybe there could have been some better Tracer play on my part 🙂
At least the Lan wasn’t only about competition, it was also a great occasion to hang out with new friends and people we’ve only met online!
My number one pick for most anticipated real life meeting was Marie from Radio Talbot (also known as Akuiko). She is as beautiful as she is nice, what a dream hihihihi
While we were on our downtime, we passed through the expo area, and Lotto-Quebec had setup an Indie Zone where Radio Talbot was streaming live. Obviously when I saw Marie on stage, I had to do a shout out to her haha! I didn’t expect her to turn around and Denis Talbot inviting us on stage. You can see my impromptu Overwatch real talk here:
Yes that Soldier 76 with wings comment is pretty weird lol, but I was kind of expecting them to expect me to say Mercy. ”Take her away, everyone hates her resurrection ability!” Although I don’t play her often, I do know that a lot of people who are not typical FPS players have adopted into the genre because of Mercy’s easier game style. And thanks to that, the Overwatch community has been able to grow into this huge machine that all kinds of players can enjoy, resulting in the creation of Overwatch League! After the nerf, I find her quite nice to play with and against.
We got the chance to be in so many interviews, here’s a little collection of them 🙂 I haven’t watched them all because I am super self conscious and just watching myself is cringe, but I’m told they are ok 🙂
Last Christmas, we had competed in MSI’s Dragon Cup 5 tournament and won the favorite team award and a bunch of MSI swag. We knew MSI would be at the Lan as an exhibitor so we brought our polos and baseball caps to blend in with the staff. They were pretty confused but didn’t ask any questions haha
So we happily took a few photos with their dragon and went on about our day.
I think the highlight of the Lan was running into familiar faces.
// 1: We ran into Miss Harvey before her Radio Talbot interview. Later that weekend, she totally won the CS:GO tournament GG! She’s a true inspiration for not only women but gamers as a whole.
// 2: Look at Quake’s smile omg, it could power all the computers at this Lan 😀
Since Surlysheep wasn’t coming to ETS, Quake stepped up and took over the projectile DPS role in the team. We couldn’t be more proud of the former support main and her sick genji blades.
// 3: We are the two red heads of the team! Calypso needs to learn how to do a proper peace sign though.
// 4: Fabulous and I show off our Grizzlys roar with MTL Esports Benjamin. The Grizzlys just announced their purchase of a Overwatch Contenders spot and I can’t wait to see their matches!
// 5: Marie and I are in a mustache montage with ThuyPHD. Since the closing of Mixed Virtual Arts (rest in peace), I haven’t caught up with former co-owner Thuy.
If we could say that Meltdown Montreal is where the Sailor Scouts were born, I would say MVA is where the team spent their toddler years, developing and learning what it meant to play as a team. We would bootcamp there every Thursday for 3+ hours alongside the former Faucons de Montreal. This will stay in mind as one of the best summers I’ve ever had.
Anyways, since we were out of the tournament by Saturday evening, we were all exhausted and decided it was best to pack it up and rest on Sunday. Which was a good idea because my cold finally developed into a full blown sickness. Thank you body, for at least waiting until after Lan ETS 🙂