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[BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« on: August 20, 2018, 12:08:15 PM »



Team Showcases (1/5)


BladeCastTV is proud to present the BladeCast Masters, our debut into tournament hosting for Mount & Blade: Warband! This may be BladeCastTV's first tournament as a team, but many of our staff members are experienced tourney admins with multiple tournaments under their belts. With our combined knowledge and expertise, and the support of our gracious sponsors, our mission is to provide the best tournament experience to you, the Mount & Blade: Warband community. Without you, this event wouldn't be possible! We want to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the teams that will be fighting it out for their chance at glory.


The tournament will be divided in two phases, starting with the qualifiers. Four top teams will fight their way to the second and more prestigious stage, the Main Event, where they will then face off against the four invited elite teams. These four teams, Frontline Tactics, KROWA, Unity and Aequalitas have already received detailed previews which you can check here. In this article, we'll be focusing on the twenty teams which have already started battling head to head in the qualifiers. Each article will focus on one team from each group, presenting them in detail and covering their current progress within the tournament.



Red Division
                                                                                                 
Blue Division



Group I


Hawkband
Serious Warband
Rising Rivals
House Forrester
Lost in Lidl

                             
Group II


Fallen Pride
Inversed Brains
The Flaming Fist
Unity Academy
Polish Eagles

                             
Group I


Knights of Malta
Fallen Pride 2
Highest Virtue
The Senate
Blackkingdoms

                             
Group II


The Cacahuète  Brotherhood
Blackened
Back 2 Main Menu
Polska Sila
Friendship Ends Gardaşlık Never



Today, we present you our first showcase of a series of five, starting with Hawkband, Blackkingdoms, Polish Eagles & Friendship Ends Gardaşlık Never.



Hawkband



Roster

Jurgen
Ajlexander
Havoc
Parander
rrmaN

Sylvari
Lirih
Brazdnt
Mikail
Puma
Team Summary

Lead by Jurgen, Hawkband might appear as a new face among the competitive scene but this is hardly their first show. The CIS squad (with a large proportion of Turkish players) already participated in a few tournaments, even though in their latest appearance in the Warband Blitz League they had the misfortune of drawing Frontline Tactics in the first round. Most of their players' experience with Native goes back quite some time, and Hawkband aspires to not only become one of the best teams in the scene but--more importantly--to prepare for Bannelord, where they also intend to become a formidable force. To do so, Jurgen has assembled the best players he could find and practised intensely prior to the BladeCast Masters. Looking forward, this tournament will be an occasion for their squad to prove their worth and gain experience in the numerous matches they have to play. If it is hard to see them making their way out of the qualifier stage, the group stage is the perfect chance for them to start making a name for themselves by coming out ahead of some of the teams within their group. Their first matches will see them facing House Forrester, then Lost in Lidl shortly after, and are undoubtedly a perfect way to start things off.



Blackkingdoms



Roster

blackkot
SpaceMoryak
HellKnight
Trillram
vladokalepaty

Alonzo
Aptyp4ik
Papeshkin
SultanSuleimanHazretleri
ArghTheGreat
Team Summary

Also coming from the CIS region is Blackkingdoms, a new team and still relatively unknown on the international scene. Lead by Blackkot, most of their players appear to have a strong experience with Native as they have played the game for many years. With that being said, the only tournaments they joined happened to be within the Russian scene, so as their first international competition, it is clear that they don't expect much and have mostly joined to gain experience. Talking with Blackkot, it also appears that Blackkingdoms may no longer exist after the BladeCast Masters, so rather than looking at achieving the best results possible, this tournament will most likely be an occasion for them to enjoy playing as a group one last time.



Polish Eagles



Roster

Cramer
Warhammer
Blue
Prince
Blackhawk

Matafiks
Zahari
Garde
Hippotitis
Bendetto
Team Summary

Polish Eagles are no stranger to Native as they have joined countless tournaments over the years and have established themselves as one of the best Polish teams in competitive history. The team had several breaks through their numerous years of activity and they come back after an unfortunate finish at the first edition of the Warband Summer Cup, where they exited the tournament after a rather one-sided loss against Frontline Tactics in the Quarter-Finals. Considered as the heavy favourite in their group, Polish Eagles are expected to come out on top of all their matches even though they will have to consider the potential threats that the newly assembled squads Inversed Brains and The Flaming Fist represent. Lacking a bit in the cavalry department, Polish Eagles availed themselves of the services of Hippotitis, a long-time member of Battle Ready Orphans, and Garde, the former leader of Sacrosanct. It remains to be seen if the fact that neither of them speaks Polish will affect team synergy and communication. However, both are extremely capable cavalry players and these additions were desperately needed if Polish Eagles intend to remain competitive in all aspects. The rest of the team hasn't changed much. Blue will be joining Hippotitis and Garde as cavalry, with Warhammer able to step up as a fourth if needed.  Their ranger duo certainly represents their deadliest asset with Matafiks and Prince reliable as always. Lastly, Crammer, Warhammer, Blackhawk and Zahari will form a solid and experienced infantry core which should represent a massive obstacle to any of the four other teams in their group.
The real question for Polish Eagles will be to know how far they can go if they manage to make it out of the qualifiers. The squad is often underestimated and--as proven during the last Warband Masters Tour--can achieve impressive upsets in good conditions. However, the four invited teams all present a huge challenge for Polish Eagles, which may be a favourite for the qualifiers but will be facing a difficult challenge if they make it to the main event regardless of who they face first. It will be important to take things steps by steps to slowly gain in power, developing synergy with their latest additions but also avoiding being upset themselves.



Friendship Ends Gardaşlık Never



Roster

Iskender
Thorin
Ssiyah
Pierro
Metehanyus

Medium
AtillaHan
Gladi
Echelon
Fatih
Team Summary

Much like their CIS counterparts presented earlier in this article, Friendship Ends Gardaşlık Never (Gardaşlık in short) is a Turkish team with carries little to no experience on the competitive side of things, at least on an international level. On their own scene, however, they are also known as GH/CoA and had their fair share of matches so they are not coming into this tournament completely blind. In a group which is composed of other relatively new teams, it will be interesting to see what sort of results they can get but it would be a sensational upset if they were to make it to the main stage. With that being said, their first match against Back 2 Main Menu saw them taking a close but important victory, ending up on a 8-7 score. This should boost their confidence going into their next match coming later this week.




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« Last Edit: August 24, 2018, 08:05:32 AM by Tardet »
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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2018, 12:20:46 PM »
Due to the very fast-paced nature of the tournament and the fact I was brought in a bit last minute, we decided to go with a new kind of format for the qualifiers teams preview - the teams showcase - which will allow us to post throughout the whole qualifier instead of having to post everything before the first matches. As written above, this is pretty much a preview of the team coupled with a coverage of the team current results within the tournament, if any. The more time passes, the more the introduction for each team should focus on their current progress rather than speculate on it.

With that being said, its been 8 months I wasn't really involved with anything within the scene and I missed it. A huge thanks to the whole BladeCast staff for giving me the occasion to work with them once more. Should be an exciting tournament.
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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2018, 12:35:01 PM »
Awesome to see you make a return Tardet, looking forward to the upcomming few.
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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2018, 01:51:25 PM »
Awesome as always Mr Tisane

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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2018, 02:45:09 PM »
Absolutely amazing as expected from you Tardet.
Really glad to see you making a return with all of the amazing stuff you always made to hype up the tourneys a bit.

Looking forward to reading alot more from you.
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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2018, 03:13:26 PM »
Great Read.

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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2018, 03:22:01 PM »
This good

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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2018, 07:30:36 PM »
As always, great work Tardet :party:

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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2018, 08:17:54 PM »
On point as always Tardet. The team writeups are one of my favourite things to browse during tournaments.

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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2018, 09:05:53 PM »
Good read.

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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2018, 01:13:44 AM »
Toujours sympa Tardet, bon boulot.  :party:
   

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Re: [BladeCast] Teams Showcase (1/5)
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2018, 06:51:05 AM »
Thanks for the all the positive comments, means a lot as per usual. The second part of the Teams Showcases should be posted somewhere around today hopefully. Apologizes for the delay but I was travelling back to France and couldn't really take care of it sooner.

As soon as possible, we'll also come back to more regular formats such as the Match Previews and Match Reviews, so stay tuned.

Edit: Also if team captains want to see the flags and the classes of their players added to the main post or for future showcases - like it was the case on Gibby's preview it is possible. You just have to communicate them to me directly via PM on Taleworlds or Steam as I don't know them for every single team.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2018, 07:38:58 AM by Tardet »
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