Some things are too monumental too squeeze into a mere four week time period. And as it turns out, the PC Gamer Shootmania Launch Tournament was one of them. Admittedly, in this case the unexpected spilling over the final matches of our tournmanent into an extra week had more to do with technical issues than it did all the drama being too much to contain within our initial timeframe. But no matter, because this week's matches deserved a week of their own. Watch the finals and read our analysis below.
PC Gamer Shootmania Launch Cup
Tonight we sail into an unexpected fifth week in our Shootmania Storm competition. A technical meltdown prompted by frolicking Greasels curtailed last week's effort to find the ultimate Shootmania competitors. The ducts have been flamethrowered, internet connections have been tested, the teams have been hard at practice. We're ready. THIS ENDS NOW. Or rather, later on this evening when the finals begin at 8pm GMT.
First, Team Dignitas EU will battle Swiss Bulls for the honour of taking on the on-form Fnatic in the grand final event. As always, every leap and laser blast will be accompanied by knowledgeable patter from tournament commentator gents, Ziggy “nVc” Orzeszek and David “Zaccubus” Treacy from Team Dignitas. We can look forward to some breakneck twitch shooting and from all teams. Join us and watch them scrap for a £500 share of the prize pool.
Tuesday evening saw the fourth week of PC Gamer's Shootmania Storm Launch Tournament. Nadeo's lightning fast shooter is exquisitely calibrated for tournament play - with its pixel-perfect shooting and heavy offensive on manoeuvrability - so we'd thought we'd go and host one, inviting expert commentators Ziggy “nVc” Orzeszek and David “Zaccubus” Treacy from eSports crew Team Dignitas to help decipher all the fleet-footed jumping and astonishingly precise shooting. So if you want to see a bunch of talented eSports teams battling it out in a game built to showcase their abilities, then watch the video below. If you'd rather just catch up with who shot whom the most on Tuesday night, in preparation for next week's Grand Final, then read the match report beneath it.
This is a double elimination tournament fought in Storm’s 3v3 Elite mode, which see two teams of three players alternately attacking and defending a capture point, though the attacking team only gets to field a single player, who gets to be either a victorious hero or an embarrassing failure. The first team to reach nine points wins the game, though a two-point lead is needed to confirm the victory, and there are five games in a match. Losers in the top bracket are automatically relegated to the lower bracket - and it was the Upper and Lower Bracket finals that played out on Tuesday night.
Welcome to the fourth and final week of the PC Gamer Shootmania Launch Cup. Teams have fought many battles and blasted many visored men over the course of the competition, but now it's serious. We're down to the final contestants which means we get to watch the fastest, twitchiest most spectacular players of the tournament face off for glory. The consistently impressive fnatic are facing off with Swiss Bulls for a share of the prize pot, but who will come out on top? Tune into the livestream at 7PM tonight to witness the action first-hand, with VO from commentators, Ziggy “nVc” Orzeszek and David “Zaccubus” Treacy from Team Dignitas.