Season 31 powered by Copenhagen Games & STN.tf, Division 1 Grand Finals: THE THEORISTS vs. Professional Disney Fangirls
November 27, 2018
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THE THEORISTS vs Professional Disney Fangirls
In anticipation of the match, we spoke with both teams’ leaders, to find out about the seasons they’ve had, their experience playing together, and their thoughts ahead of Wednesday evening’s series.
CEEJAEY: ‘WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO WIN, WE JUST NEED TO PLAY OUR BEST’
Few teams in ETF2L history have been around for as long as Professional Disney Fangirls, with a Disney-obsessed core dating back as far as season thirteen.
“Myself, Toast and Villdjack have played together for a few years now’, said CeeJaey. ‘It’s the first season since this team was made that Seal hasn’t been playing – he is team owner, coach, mascot and the original Disney fanatic”.
However, despite playing together at Copenhagen Games and at i63, this season’s been a whole new world for the fangirls. With Joseph__, Seal and Der_Milchmann leaving the team, “we had to find three new players, and work out what kind of lineup we were gonna have”, CeeJaey said.
The group was initially a little unsure of their prospects for the season ahead. “This team was put together in the days leading up to signups, and there was talk of whether we should go for Div 1 or 2”, CeeJaey said.
Nevertheless, it was all change once regular practice kicked off. “As the season started and we began playing, I felt winning the division was totally possible, [and reaching] the final was definitely the aim”.
“We have some really strong DM players on our team, ekkelund has a great maincalling style that everyone is on board with, and we play in a way that suits what we want to do. Communication and coordination have been something we’ve really worked on all season, and I think it’s improving”.
It’s been a season to remember for CeeJaey and friends. In fact, there’s only one team that they’ve been unable to beat – their opponents in the final, THE THEORISTS.
MAK: ‘I THINK WE HAVE THE STRONGEST CO-ORDINATION AND CALLS IN THE DIVISION’
“As a group of people we’ve been playing since about S28/29”, he continued. “Last season our friendgroup was split among two teams, and it didn’t work out very well for anyone. We decided to put it together when we realised that we were playing well in the Essentials cups against Prem teams”.
As a prospective hypothesis, THE THEORISTS anticipated that their new experiment would lead to largely successful results – which they delivered in style. “My team was confident and always had ambitions of playoffs”, Mak said, “which is fair because they’re all powerful fighters”.
“Going into the season, I personally wasn’t very confident, though that was mostly in my own play and because there were still eight teams. After week three/four, I stepped up my play to the point where I am about as confident as the rest of the team”.
After a near-undefeated season, Mak told us that the team’s success comes primarily from the high skill and coordination of its players. “Our team has very strong overall DM, with the largest contribution being made by our Scout combo. However, at this point in the season I feel confident in saying our Soldiers and myself are also more than adequate”.
But will it be enough for the Grand Finals?
“‘The opposing team has a good mix of playmakers and then people with very strong discipline”, Mak said, “with several strong and unpredictable offclassers”. This includes toast – one of the most dominant Spy players in TF2 history – while Villdjack is also highly proficient at various off-classes.
“It means that they get free reign to attempt to do stuff for their team without having to worry about others on their team feeding”.
Meanwhile, there’s a quiet confidence in the THE THEORISTS ranks that tonight they can go the distance.
“We’ve played THE THEORISTS a lot”, CeeJaey said. “They were our Week 1 opponents and deservedly beat us. Throughout the season our scrims results have been pretty even, we’ve been winning more than most, but when it came to the upper bracket we lost again. They’re a strong team but I feel we have the potential to win, we just need to play at our best”.
Catch all the action on TF.TV on Wednesday night at 21:15.
CeeJaey: “Just a shoutout to my team, it’s been a really fun season and I’m proud of how we’ve managed to get this far!”
mak: “Shoutouts to everyone in my Mumble”.
Written by joe the brave