The ELC 2019 was scheduled close to the UK vs NL tournament this year. We were all planning on leaving on thursday, but Machiaveli and Grimreaper left on friday to join the rest later on that evening. This year’s line up was a little bit different than usually. Normally we rely on experienced players to do the scoring but we took a relatively new player (Faros) with us, who did an excellent job. IDNT, PD Master, UnSold and Scorpion completed our team line up.
Two years ago at the World Challenge we had a hard time picking up pace with the other teams. Mainly due to us playing at home with “outdated” packs, an extremely open arena and teamplay from other teams. So we decided to do things a little bit different this year. Putting people in positions and sticking to our tactics. Later on we started swapping positions according to packs and players.
Eventually we came in 7th after losing four games within a 50 points margin in the prelims. Compared to last time we visited Woking we were around the same spot but this time much closer to our opponents.
Coming in 7th meant playing the 2nd ranked team, TCQ, in the Cup/Plate decider. We decided to stick to our positions and give them hell. TCQ won both games against us but not with the comfortable points difference they expected. This gave us the confidence our teamplay and positions were working pretty well and had to be tweaked a little bit.
In the Plate semis we were playing the home team Voodoo, which had beaten us in the plate finals of the WLC. So our minds were set on revenge 😉 First game we won with 200 points, with in our opinion, a less good packset. Second game made that clear and we scored 700 points more securing our spot in the plate final.
After reaching the plate finals, we realised we had to play TM Alliance, a mix of American and French players. Before the game we decided who the threaths were in their team, if we could neutralize their two main scoring players we could have shot at winning. First game went all according plan with the better packset, second game was about damage control. We ended up winning both games and took home the Plate.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the tournament for playing, great battles and good experience.
A special thanks to Trixxy for taking on the grateful task of organising the tournament!