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Congratulations to the Premiership champions: Tourettes Chessclub!
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Sunday: Highlander Season 8 Powered by Tt eSPORTS Premiership Grand Final: Highpander vs. Tourettes Chessclub

Date May 24, 2015

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How time flies – it seems only yesterday that we were speculating on how Season 8 would pan out, just minutes ago that we were wondering who would make it into the playoffs, mere seconds since USA PremTech and EnglandSweden Tourettes Chessclub duked it out in the Semi-Finals, and here we stand with the Grand Final looming over us. After dispatching Finland Maito‘s gang for the second time in as many weeks across three maps, Sweden ondkaja now needs to marshal his troops for a clash with European Highpander©.

BlackOut TV will be bringing you the action live from 20:00 CEST on Sunday 24th May, with everyone’s favourite velvet-voiced hunk Spain CeeJaey joined by nobody’s favourite Irishman UK Bulow on the caster’s couch. Last but not least, we have our very own England Jon on camera & production duties.

The Teams

Highpander

It seems only fitting to start things off by taking a look at the top seed – European Highpander© sat proudly atop the table at the end of Week 7, earning themselves a rest while the other two top teams had to work for a place in the final. After a disappointing third place finish in Season 7, England Hildreth will be looking to take home the Gold this time and scupper Chessclub’s chances of retaining their Premiership title.

European Highpander©

Season 8 European Highpander©, on the whole, look a stronger team than we saw in Season 7. The move of Finland Kissakala to Scout has proved to be inspired, with the Finn putting in big performances week after week and seeming far more comfortable than he ever was on Medic. Lithuania Sprayer has stepped into the vacated slot with ease, combining with Hawaiian Heavy lifter USA Polk and Polish Pyromaniac European Stevepander to form a rock-solid combo for England Hildreth to command.

Finland zoob continues to be one of the best playmakers in Highlander, with a near unrivalled ability to produce the goods for his team exactly when he needs to. Poland phromelo does a pretty good job of that, too – he remains the undisputed King of Highlander Snipers, and there have been no signs of a Season 7 style vanishing act when the pressure is on.

Engineer may not be the flashiest of classes, but Sweden nijoonen does a stellar job of supporting his team and DM’ing with his flank and has been a part of the team since its creation back in Season 5. UK Grenjabob has once again been one of the standout Spies in Prem, with a real knack for clutch Medic picks focussed around a more stealthy cloak-and-knife heavy style than we see from other Spies in the top division.

Tourettes Chessclub

Moving on to EnglandSweden Tourettes Chessclub, the Season 7 champs have recovered from the loss of their leader and talisman Denmark Scissors to claw their way back into contention for the Season 8 title. Looking to be the first team since the legendary SouthKorea SNSD to win back to back Seasons, Chessclub found themselves in the unlikely position of underdogs in their Semi-Final clash with USA PremTech with many tipping them to crumble under the pressure and give up the ghost early. No such luck for Finland Maito – the usual suspects turned it on when it counted: Sweden inso and Germany blub surpassing the 100-kill mark across the three maps, with UK BreakfasT_Jr not far behind. The brief slump that saw Chessclub drop three points to Russia WASP on Sunshine seems to be well behind them, with the team firing on all cylinders and ready to give European Highpander© a game they’ll never forget on Sunday.

EnglandSweden Tourettes Chessclub

Chessclub are once again borrowing Poland Lex from European Fair Enough sponsored by TF2Pickup.net, a player whose performances in Prem this Season have left him rated one of the best Pyros in Europe and a worthy adversary for European Stevepander when it comes to the end of Season awards show. After originally being brought in as an occasional sub, Germany blub appears to have become Chessclub’s go-to Demoman – putting out big damage week after week and surprising us all with his smart take on Highlander play. UK BreakfasT_Jr is, as ever, top of the table when it comes to Heavies, and his own personal physician Finland roban has had a run of fine games after his initial stutters and despite his hearty drop rate.

Norway Lazybear‘s comeback was heavily hyped, and for good reason – the former European itsallgood Scout has been on fire so far, barely missing a trick despite a Season on the sidelines (getting away from UK Bulow probably has something to do with it too). Joining him on the flank is Sweden ondkaja, impressing in his first term as President of the Chess Club after a landslide victory in the elections and going ham in every official so far. UK cherryrendezvous continues to add to his already sterling reputation with efficient and consistent performances on Engie in his second Season in Prem.

Recovering Spy main Sweden inso has done more than enough to convince us that his switch to Sniper is for real – boasting excellent Sniper vs Sniper stats and finding himself close to top fragging almost every game, he is one of the few players capable of contesting Poland phromelo and is arguably more consistent than his Polish counterpart. Sweden Khazul missed out on the Semi-Final, but his playstyle is inarguably one of the most irritating for opponents to deal with and he will be playing a big part in this match by peppering the entire enemy team with Revolver and Ambassador shots, with the odd cheeky stab thrown in for good measure.

And finally…

The bets over at Saloon.tf tell us that European Highpander© will be going into the game as favourites, and they certainly have reason to feel confident given their strong performance in the regular Season. EnglandSweden Tourettes Chessclub won’t be going down without a fight, though – these are two exceptionally evenly-matched teams who will both be fired up, hyped and raring to go come Sunday night. You don’t want to miss this one, so remember – BlackOut TV at 20:00 CEST.

Match Overview
EnglandSweden Tourettes Chessclub vs European Highpander©
Grand Final (Premiership)
Date Sunday, May 24th 20:00 CEST

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2 - 1

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1 - 2

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3 - 0

OVERALL
EnglandSweden Tourettes Chessclub [6:3] European Highpander©

Oh, and one more thing…

No Highlander article would be complete without a look at how the punters’ favourite France Stacked are doing – sadly I don’t actually know, but I can leave you with a quote from their Chief:

Ireland b33p: hl has been dead since itsallgood got a default after not readying up

Your move, UK Bulow.

Season 21 powered by Tt eSPORTS week 1: Danger Dogs by TF2Pickup.net vs. The Last Resort

Date May 24, 2015

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Here we are a week already under way and all games played save for this one. So relax and let the week come to a close with some top level competition. Facing off this evening is returning Prem player England HYS’ team European The Last Resort a team last seen in Season 17 when it claimed the 2nd place in Prem, but that was a whole other team. However this does not change the fact that European The Last Resort is one of the top contenders this season. Joining England HYS are two other silver medalists: Finland AMS and Sweden Herr_P as pocket and scout. Their opposition for the night, European Danger Dogs by TF2Pickup.net just moved up from High but is not without prior Prem experience themselves: both Germany .kr4tos and Scotland Sheepy have played at the top, Germany .kr4tos doing so just last season. Will European Danger Dogs by TF2Pickup.net prove if they’ve got the fangs to back up their bark and who will come out on top in the rivalry between Scotland Sheepy and supposed deity France NiCO god's hand? Tune in with Ireland Admirable, UK kaidus and England DavidTheWin on the camera as we bid adieu to week 1.

Sunday: Highlander Season 8 Powered by Tt eSPORTS High Grand Final: Megakillerz eSports Fanclub eSports vs. Mad?

Date May 23, 2015

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Hold up, stop right there! You thought one final cast was the only item for the taking?! Think again! Join Norway Heavy Is GPS & European jakeowaty on BlackOut TV 2 for the simultaneous cast of TrinidadTobago Megakillerz eSports Fanclub eSports vs. European Mad?! These two teams have fought hard to get to here and have the chance to receive Premiership status for Season 9, the winner replacing UK ᴜᴋɪᴘ currently 8th in the Premiership Division whilst the loser has one final game to play against Russia Unpoppable to see if they are worthy of a place too.

European Mad? have had a rocky ride right the way through High this season with 2 losses staining their shield but a 6-3 victory over Japan Moe moe Kyuuuun :3 has placed them only a stone’s throw away from reaching Prem. They already have felt defeat in a final after being slain by the Spain CeeJaey led roster of European Strong Opinions waaaaaay back in February during the Experimental Cup #6 so will this past experience provide aid?

On the other side of this coin is the TrinidadTobago Megakillerz eSports Fanclub eSports (mouthful right?) team who have sailed on through Season 8 with only a couple of scratches and no stab wounds, so will they be ready to face up to European Mad? or will success have become too stale for them to taste? Tune in at 21:10 CEST on Sunday 24th to find out!

Match Overview
TrinidadTobago Megakillerz eSports Fanclub eSports vs European Mad?
Grand Final (High)
Date Sunday, May 24th 21:10 CEST

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3 - 0

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6 - 0

OVERALL
TrinidadTobago Megakillerz eSports Fanclub eSports [6:0] European Mad?

Highlander Season 8 playoffs

Date May 17, 2015

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This is the end of the regular season, and that brings us to the Highlander Season 8 Playoffs!

We’re going to the playoffs for all divisions, baby!

So, how does this thing work?
The top teams of each division will be battling it out with each other in a knockout system.
In the week of 11th to 21st May, the top 8 open, top 8 mid and top 4 high teams will get fixtures assigned to them, and in the end there will be one team standing per tier that can claim they were the best in their tier of Season 8!

Aren’t you forgetting Premiership?
Premiership is going to be different from previous seasons.
We’re going to host a top 3 playoff. Meaning a semi-finals between the 3rd and 2nd placed team.
The winner of that match will meet the no.1 ranked team in the grand finals.

This is the schedule we’ve announced since beginning of the season, and gives teams enough time to prepare for their matches.

Premiership Playoffs Semi Finals: May 17th at 21:00 CEST
USA PremTech vs EnglandSweden Tourettes Chessclub
(Casted by  Norway Heavy Is GPSUSA sigafoo on BlackOut TV )

Premiership Playoffs Grand Finals: May 24 at 20:00 CEST
EnglandSweden Tourettes Chessclub vs European Highpander©

Premiership Relegation Match May 23rd 21:15 CEST
Loser of High Finals vs Russia Unpoppable

Ok but what about the schedule for the other divisions?

 

High

Semi-Finals

Finals:  May 22nd at 21:15 European Mad? vs TrinidadTobago Megakillerz eSports Fanclub eSports

  • The winner of this match will get an automatic seed to the Season 9 Premiership division.
  • The loser of this match will face Russia Unpoppable in the relegation match

Mid:

Quarter Finals

Semi-Finals

Finals:

  • May 23rd at 21:15 – Semi Final 1 winner vs Semi Final 2 winner

Open:

Quarter Finals

Semi-Finals

Finals:

  • May 23rd at 21:15 – Semi Final 1 winner vs Semi Final 2 winner

Season 21 powered by Tt eSPORTS Week 1 double bill: 4-25 vs. Wonderland & Fenneks eSports vs. Reason Gaming

Date May 21, 2015

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Season 21 powered by Tt eSPORTS – Week 1: 4-25 vs. Wonderland

Poland Graba proved many people wrong after ushering Seychelles Wonderland into the Premiership and now they’re ready to go up against Russia 4-25. These Russians are veterans of Prem, last seen playing a mere two seasons ago. But Seychelles Wonderland picked up their own Russian veteran and offclasser of the season winner in Russia Forsak3n. But demoman Ukraine Death is looking to claim the souls of these upstarts and use them to fuel Russia 4-25‘s rise to the top. Will the Russians lay waste to their opponents or will the passionate Poland Graba prove himself once again. Join International TwiggyWan Kenobi, England TurboTabs and England DavidTheWin on the camera over on stream number 1.

Season 21 powered by Tt eSPORTS – Week 1: fenneks esports vs. reason gaming

Yes indeed, it’s a double cast, on the second stream we will be treated to another matchup where veterans face newcomers. Sweden Fenneks eSports have moved up from high and get treated to a formidable adversary European Reason Gaming. Look out for some expert rollouts from both Sweden alle and UK kaidus in the demoman role. But will reaching mid even matter when European Reason Gaming has airshot master Netherlands kaptain ready to take down flying objects and protect Netherlands skeej? But before you check out the streams you should read this interview featuring players from the top three teams including skeej written by  International TwiggyWan Kenobi.  When you’re done feel free to join Ireland Admirable, UK Samski and England Jon on the second stream. So make your choice of what game to watch and keep an eye on the casting schedule so you won’t miss anything.

 

 

Season 21 powered by Tt eSPORTS Week 1: LEGO vs. Tony’s Tigers

Date May 19, 2015

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Thanks to some team folding occurring we won’t be seeing Denmark LEGO playing in a lower division this season. Yes indeed, the LEGO-LADS are back in prem. But they have quite the challenge waiting for them in the first official of the season. They will be facing off against UK tonythetiger and his felines in European Tony's Tigers. After a close showmatch with European Reason Gaming there is no doubt these veteran players belong at the top. But there is doubt as to who will be playing what class. Can Denmark LEGO take advantage of this inner turmoil and get the upper hand on European Tony's Tigers before they’ve found a comfortable lineup? But regardless of who will be playing what, this is no easy task and Denmark LEGO will have to give it their all.

Tune in at 21:15 CET for some TF2 action with Ireland Admirable , England TurboTabs & England Jon providing the coverage.