I arrived on Friday morning, along with Raghav (thatâ€™s Parfait on ESO), at the tournament venue â€“ the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is across the street from the Staples Center, for you sports fans. We were both eager to find out who else was in our respective groups. With so many really good players in the tournament, drawing a group with other top players could spell an early exit. After finding our way to the tournament area, we found the brackets. Aha! I was placed in a very lucky bracket. The three best players, other than myself, were Soul_, Realn, and ReVoLuTioN. Raghavâ€™s group was, by contrast, a nightmare: in his group were both _H2O and HAzArdrOxS. One of the top players in the world would not be advancing out of the group round. As we were looking at the groups, the other Age3 players started to trickle in. As I wrote in my post about the US Open, itâ€™s always cool to meet those in real life whom you know online. Some people, such as Raghav, _H2O (Ryan), Realn (Stephen), allerahk (Amber), Iâ€™d met before, and others, HAzArdrOxS (John), Soul_ (James: heâ€™s Johnâ€™s brother), ReVoLuTioN (Noel), and Jagster (Jesus) were new to me. We all stood around and talked a bit with the referee, David â€œMokonâ€ Bond (who did an absolutely fantastic job as a ref), as players in the first group set up for their matches.Read the entire article here.
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Published by Suleyman_Eisenhower 11 years ago , last updated 2 years ago
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