First post in a million years, 9 Men rock the spring lan and fail another pub quiz tiebreaker
-9m- stko! Believe it.
After four matches, 9 Men have won 3 and lost 1. Our only loss was to KiH, a very competent swedish team who look set to win the group, so we are still looking to get that remaining promotion spot. It’s very likely that tomorrow’s game against Wanted will decide who takes second, so serious faces will be deployed all round.
After Gryzor’s return to ETF2L, he decided to set up a 9 Men Scandinavia team. Currently this team is in Division 6, due to only playing officials and not practicing in any way for them. Despite that, they have currently won all their games, congratulations team!
So we didn’t win i40 in TF2, however we did win
One day we’ll get the hang of regular updates.
We’ve had a fair few roster changes in the first squad since the last update. TroubleGirl and Kirkeh have gone inactive with real life ™, so they’ve been replaced by Spud and Sarah respectively. We wish them both all the best in the future.
Subsequently 9m’s ETF2L AFS season has been a bit of a damp squib, with regular use of mercs and non-regulars stepping in and people playing off class meaning we’ve not won a map yet. We still have 3 games left, but it was a bit disappointing after doing so well last season, but by the time Season 8 rolls around we’ll be ready again.
The Wireplay 6v6 didn’t fare much better, with similar problems meaning we ended up near the bottom of the table in Division 4D.
Contrastingly, 9m’s Second Squad had a storming first season in Wireplay 6v6, ending up second in Division 6C. Congratulations gang!
Both squads are starting their Wireplay 7v7 campaigns this week, hoping to put in a good performance this season. We’re also starting to organise what’s going to be happening at i40, which both teams (plus and minus a few players) will be attending.
It’s been a long time coming (years and years I think), but we’ve almost got a second team up and running. Many of the players are people who should really have been playing lots before but I kept them back for emergencies that never came, so it’ll be nice to finally see what they can do as the main lineup. Tikcus will be running the team itself with Ozzy returning to the 9m bossom and the full roster to be revealed when it’s finished. The team will be entering the waiting list for Wireplay, as well as preparing for the i40 lan where the majority of the players will hopefully be playing together as well.
Good luck guys!
So, months later, we have finished all of our current tournaments.
Over the last few months we’ve played ESH Cups, one night cups, we’ve played ETF2L Season 7 and we’ve played WPTF2L6v6 Season 5. We’ve kept our team the same (apart from the roster additions mentioned in previous news posts) and we’ve gotten better at the game, bit by bit.
In Wireplay we eventually finished 3rd in division 4b. This was a fair position for us, we lost only to the two teams above us. Next season is almost underway already, with us in division 4d along with the following teams -
After losing Gryzor to some internet drama (LONG story, check ETF2L and online-gamer.se for the details), we have recruited Wing into the team. Welcome Wing!
League-wise, our Wireplay 6v6 season is over. We could finish anywhere from second to fourth, depending on which clans bother to play their remaining games. It was a good performance for our first time in division 4, with losses only to teams above us and victories against teams below us.
In ETF2L, we have had our best season ever and it’s only halfway through! We have won all maps on our first 4 weeks, a record for 9m in 7 seasons of play. We hope to continue this streak all the way to the end of the season.
We have also entered the Froody clan tournament, where we had one of our most amazing games ever against Killing Joke in the first week. After going 5-1 down with 10 minutes left, we finally got into gear, with a 4 cap streak taking us to 5-5 with 10 seconds left on the clock. Suffice to say, the atmosphere on mumble was electric!
After a long time, the results page is now 95% up-to date (it’s just missing some friendly results from late last year and the ESH cup result). We have begun our new League season in Wireplay, losing to ScS then beating Box?3 in our second week. Our ETF2L season starts next week, with promotion once again on our targets.
Finally, we welcome long time friend of the clan and regular merc (and previous temporary member!) TroubleGirl to the clan. Welcome!
Sunday marked our last official match of 2009 — and with that, the decade. It also brought the latest season to a close with its share of triumph and disappointment. Thankfully, not too much of the latter.
The season started in Wireplay 6v6 where we enjoyed a pretty successful run in Division 5c — no matches lost and only one drawn meant we were able to take top spot and will enjoy Division 4 competition next season. It was an enjoyable season for us — probably helped by our good performances, but we are under no illusions about next season — it’s going to be much tougher and will require a lot of hard work to perfect what we’re aiming towards.
ETF2L started not long after Wireplay 6v6 and was met with a lot of enthusiasm of optimism amongst the team with many predicting us to win promotion to Division 4 this season. SnowiE has written an excellent summary of how things went down, so rather than rehash his efforts, I suggest you head on over to that page before reading on.
During ETF2L we had a mini member crisis — we lost kirkeh as our main medic and needed to field mercs or stand-ins for some of our games. Thanks to all the clans that allowed us to use a merc in our games against them. We did manage to recruit a scout / sniper to replace Shambler – who had gone inactive before the season had begun — in the form of Krian, who had settled in very nicely. Regardless, we finished the season in 5th place which, considering the Division o’ Death we were placed in, isn’t too shabby. We promise to have a proper go at it next season!
Wireplay 7v7 started towards the end of ETF2L and was, for many, the first taste of Premiership TF2. This was, without a doubt, our chance to show off our strongest side with our walking tank Ditchy and ubersneak Sh3ll as spy. The season went pretty well when all was considered — five out of the eight teams are Division 4 and above in ETF2L and we definitely held our own in a very-competitive league. In fact, the only match I can think of that we essentially rolled-over in was against logix when we were completely out-classed on pl_goldrush and koth_viaduct.
We enjoyed some very close games against GoT, box and 31 to finish the season in joint-4th place — which does not do us justice at all considering how close a lot of our matches finished. A few seconds shaved off a couple of maps and we’d have finished 3rd, which is definitely something to be proud of considering this was — for most of us — our first flurry of activity in the Premier League. Once again, thanks to the clans that allowed us to field a merc when required.
Unfortunately, now that the season has finished, we have to say goodbye to darkness who is busy cramming as much information as possible in preparation for his exams. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to him returning as soon as they are over. On a happier note, we welcome back two faces — 9men-stalwart gryzor and our medic kirkeh. Our thanks to everyone who applied to trial for us over the last couple of months.
And…that’s it. Our season wrapped up in less than 600 words. We’re now on “official” break from TF2 until January 4th when we will start preparations for the new season with our new squad. So, thanks to the entire clan for what has been a blast in 2009. Have a fantastic Christmas, y’all… and a Happy New Year.