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Eventhough the main line-up of ** is a little bit different (hint hint!!), it was still a nice read, well made.. :smile:
 

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Match Preview: Random Force vs. Apis Europae




Random Force is part of the newcomers attending this tournament, the team having just been formed for the WMT, yet they have quickly placed themselves as one of the most serious contender to claim the tittle. With no big surprise, Rayden and his boys have been striging together a total of four victory in four weeks, recently defeating Irish Rebels, another really good clan, in a match they seemed to always have under control. Today they're looking to climb another ladder bringing them one step closer from the first place, by taking the victory over the most talentous european team ever formed, Apis Europae.

Taking a closer look at their roster, Random Force has everything needed to threaten any team, even AE. They possess two of the most famous turkish rangers, former NC winner, Rayden and Menethil. During this event, those two were one of the main factor leading Turkey to the first place, and were part of two top teams, respectively KURWA and Freelancers, the last ECS finalists. To back them up, they can count on one famous veteran of the scene, Caius. The belgian ranger was performing in a top team aswell, Unity and has always been a valuable asset to the belgium national formation throughout his career. I would be surprised to see RF playing with more than two archers on Amere Village because Nords and Sarranids strenght is usually based on something else than their rangers, but knowing how Vaegirs archers can be deadly, a three archers and five cavalries set-up wouldn't surprise me on Desolation Valley.

Their infantry looks definetly atleast as scary, with the growing pair of luxembourgish brothers, Brian and Thorr. With their natural born teamplay and amazing individual skills, they should be capable of handling anything coming at them. Pendragon, Bruce, DrDoener, Sifon, and more recently Atcho are composing the rest of the infantry squad and are five extremly dangerous players when being well used. Knowing we have been entering the Open Map Mastery, I wouldn't be surprised to see Brian and Thorr being played as cavalry on one of those map given they can play this class quite decently. However, if Random Force have all their cavalry players attending the match, Brian and Thorr as an infantry duo could be of an interesting use. It really depends of Rayden's plan because the new meta is more inclined towards a massive use of cavalries, and one or two archers, nowdays.

Without a surprise, Relaks and Trebron, KURWA main cavalries, are thus once again resuming work, and this time they will be fighting alongside Shingen, one of the main cav from Freelancers. Last addition Mete Khan is gonna be welcomed for this match, since he is apparently performing quite well in practice matchs as a cavalry. If RF wants to win quite convincingly, those four are gonna be expected to be on top of their form and deliver one hell of a performance, in order to counter Peter and Shemaforash in a first time, to take the upper hand at the best possible moment, over the whole AE team in a second time.
Key Infantry
Brian
Thorr
Sifon


Key Rangers
Menethil
Rayden
Caius

Key Cavalry
Relaks
Trebron
Shingen
Mete Khan



Key Infantry
Scar
Deacon
M
Bloody Death

Key Rangers
LeRoux
NeLe
Tomy

Key Cavalry
Peter
Shemaforash
Azan
Corey

If there is one group which represents the native competitive scene the best, that'd probably be Apis Europae. Indubitably the team which got the most impressive record out of the whole EU scene, 8 titles in 10 participations, their worse record at a major tournament being standing at the second place .. the two times they didn't get the gold. The "bees" as they like to call themselves are on their road for a ninth tittle and defeating Random Force in the ladder, their most dangerous opponent, would be certainly a perfect way to assure a 1st place finish and be in the best position possible to start the playoffs.

Same as RF, there is hardly a compartment where you could find AE a weakness. Scar, Deacon, M, BD, Cleric, Blivandefar. Six names which have made the legend AE is nowdays. Six players knowning and trusting eachothers perfectly, fighting as one unit. Not something to be considered lightly, by anyone. And as if it wasn't enough, AE got the luxury to add another talentous name to their infantry roster, who is no else but BlackTide, their best ennemy, who after fighting many times against them, will be playing on their side. This said, tonight's match and the one to come next week are not necesseraly where infantry got the occasion to shine the most, far from it. It's really rare to see more than two/three infantry being played, depending on the situation. Moreoever, everyone remember when after a close map on San'di'boush versus IR in the WNL5 final, AE played a 'all in' set-up with 8 nords cavalry, drowning IR's force in a javelins storm. At the time, Scar and BD played cavalry, something I wouldn't be surprised to see them doing if AE decides to play a similar composition on Amere Village.

Their ranger departement will be lead as per usual by one of the most famous archer of the scene, namely LeRoux. However, this time, it seems like Neathar and Razer, two of their usual players at this class aren't really active which is probably why AE have brought NeLe in their ranks. He seems to adapt himself rather well and will have a real occasion to prove himself to his team in this match. Tomy will be also playing as ranger, as he often does, however he has proven himself to be a rather good cavalry so same as Scar and BD, he could be potentially used as such on one of those maps.

After presenting such a bunch of superstars, one could think their cavalry roster would be anecdotal. If you think this way, it's probably because you have never heard of the white flash, also known as Peter. The frenchman is recognized by its peers to the one of best cavalry to have ever touched this game, if not the best. What's sure is that mounted on his courser, he is a terrible threat for any players, even the best ones. To his side is a player which hasn't to blush regarding the prowess of his comrade, Shemaforash, a swedish which never cease to amaze as much as he divides by his often very one sided statements. And on the field he knows no other rules than the ones he commands. Corey, a player who joined them recently but already partaked in tournaments with AE will be completing their cavalry force and as usual, Azan, the brain of the team will be leading this fine bunch of gentlemen to glory. And they won't have the time to take a rest versus what's coming for them, that's for sure!




Tonight got definetly one of the most interesting match we'll have the occasion to see for the first phase of the Warband Master Tour. The two most serious contenders are gonna face eachothers as a first real test, which could say a lot for the final run, later on this month. None of them will be eliminated but a victory would obviously mean a lot as it would give one of those team a mental ascendancy over their rival. If Apis Europae didn't play much this tournament yet, due to many default wins, they can count on their experience to make the difference. But Random Force gathered a ridiculous amount of skilled players in order to defeat the King of Europes. Will it be enough? The anwser is tonight!

 

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Nice read Tardet, good work :smile:
 

Tardet

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Wub Wub Wub Wub Bwaaah said:
Nice one Tardet! :smile: Only thing I'd like to point out, is that LeRoux ain't Polish :grin:
You know me, I'm a very narrow-minded person! I won't change it, LeRoux is officially Polish by now.



Thanks to everyone for the positive comments, let's hope we'll have a good match tonight.
 

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WRUMMER WILL CARRY TOGETHER WITH PRINCE, THEY WILL DESTROY ANYONE IN THEIR PATH