Well well well, what do we have here? Sixes winners!
Yes yes, the season is over. Whilst many of you are probably playing in our Experimental Cup 2 tournament and will be busy, we figured we should probably get the winner's post out (however late it may be 😬). As always, congratulations to the winners, the runner-ups, and also to all of you. Sixes had some bumps this season, but overall it was a bloody good season, and we hope you are ready for Sixes Spring S38 signups to open in around a week's time!
If you haven't seen it already, please give our Post-Season Polls a look, we would appreciate as much feedback on the seasons as possible!
Congratulations Premier winners xcx!
After four seasons, Taoyuan Leopards were the first to bring us to a full five-map series, which in itself is an achievement. We've all seen xcx before, maybe under the names Witness Gaming or soirée, so by now most everyone will know the players. Taoyuan Leopards was David, and Goliath couldn't be anymore, well, Goliath. But that didn't dissuade their courage or their drive. The Picks/Bans process went about in a way most would expect, the usual pug maps and some King of the Hill, with the only exception being a Process ban out of Taoyuan Leopards, who also saw fit to ban the third and most recently added KOTH map in our Sixes map pool, Bagel. Our newest map addition Sultry received an immediate first ban from xcx, making it clear that the old dogs didn't want to learn new tricks, which could only go the way of the new.
Our first map Product, the pick of xcx, didn't go the way many would have expected. Whilst xcx managed to close out the first round, in the second closest round of the map, Taoyuan Leopards demonstrated an unshakeable will to rob xcx of the win on their own map pick, responding not-so-kindly with two round wins, bringing the score 2-1 to Taoyuan Leopards. In the closest round of the map xcx edged out a round win to tie the score at 2-2, with lexx being the only xcx player to make a real mark against a dominating front from Taoyuan Leopards in that round, but they had a 13-kill deficit. It was clear that Taoyuan Leopards were more than ready for the Product pick, and their soon-to-be MVP robor (AKA sheep) led the charge in damage and frags for Product, and led them to a round win for the fifth round of the map, bringing the score to 3-2 to Taoyuan Leopards, leading with the highest damage of that round.
David had truly slapped Goliath, emphasis on slapped. Because Goliath didn't like that, and retribution was coming. Gullywash was Taoyuan Leopards' pick, and they were confident heading into their pick not only because of their map win on Product but because it was their pick. However, xcx's loss on Product should have been a cautionary tale, because as much as we could try to sugarcoat Gullywash, it took xcx only twenty minutes to bring us a 5-0 scoreline, with matttt and lexx certainly not sleeping through these finals, especially not whilst playing on Gullywash, both leading their team in space made and damage. Speaking of sleeping through the Grand Finals, Doge was actually there, but both of Taoyuan Leopard's soldiers may have been snoozing on Gullywash.
Speaking of sleeping, it was clear that Sunshine was naptime for some, being the pick of xcx, and with all prior map picks being lost by the team who picked them - there was a pattern being established. Sunshine was a more lively affair for Taoyuan Leopards, who were certainly not the ones sleeping this time, matttt once again bringing direction to their team, which ended up being needed more than they would expect. Sunshine was one of the closer maps we had seen in the series, with the least disparity between every player in the server, everyone had shown up - it just took some time for a few. As we alluded to earlier, however, the map ended 3-2 to Taoyuan Leopards, continuing the trend of these two teams not being able to win their map pick, but that would eventually end.
Clearcut rolled around next, and boy was this one of the more exciting maps of the series, with only three kills separating the teams. However, there was one singular reason as to why xcx got close, and ended up leading in kills on Clearcut, and it was cooki. cooki had twenty-five, yes, twenty-five more kills than the next player on his team. He had more than double the kills of the next player on his team, with the only hope for Taoyuan Leopards being robor, trying his best but ultimately trailing behind cooki with the second most kills. With the two top damage leaders in the server on the side of xcx, a 3-2 scoreline to xcx on Clearcut saw fruition, and credit to Taoyuan Leopards for making this map as close as it was, even securing the first round which ended up being the fastest of the map, but xcx has a legacy for a reason, and we got to see more than a glimpse at that.
You don't need to be a mathematician to see we are at 2-2 for the series score, and no-one has won their map pick yet, but as we hinted at earlier, that ends. Taoyuan Leopards fans didn't know it yet, but the glisten in their eye when thinking up what the win would look like, xcx was ready to wipe it all away. If we were to pick an MVP for the match, it'd be a close race between matttt and cooki, the latter of whom put up some ludicrous numbers, but matttt simply was there - on every map, at all times, he showed up in a big way for xcx. Sadly for Taoyuan Leopards, they couldn't shut him down, and he played no small part in the end result for this series, with xcx bringing the map to a 5-2 finale, and the series to a 3-2.
It was a big series and something we hadn't seen in a long while. We're looking forward to a Taoyuan Leopards return next season because, with some time and grinding, we could see the results of this series flipped on its head in the future. With that, congratulations to xcx for another win, and kudos to Taoyuan Leopards for giving us an entertaining match.
Writeup authored by core.
- Taoyuan Leopards
- en passant
3 - 2
Best Combo Scout: cooki
Best Flank Scout: HUNGRY4EGGS
Best Pocket: Doge.exe has stopped working
Best Roamer: AUZ
Best Demoman: matt
Best Medic: conor
Best Utility: robor
Most Improved Player: Pipelin12
Most Valuable Player: robor
Friendliest Team: Ascension
Most Improved Team: en passant & Taoyuan Leopards
Best Dressed Team: Ascension
Best Caster: Elmo
Congratulations High winners fever kids!
Coming into the High Grand Final, we had an inkling of what was going to happen. We've seen it before, a team of Highlander gamers turning Sixes into offclass hell, but had we really seen what was going to happen in this match before? A shock to no one I'm sure, but we witnessed Sunshine, Product, and Snakewater in this series, with Clearcut, Sultry, and Gullywash being banned. We've laid out the story in just two sentences, but we need to fill you in on what happened.
Sunshine was not much of a shock for most, we witnessed a 2-1 from fever kids, but in that near-thirty-minute heat, we witnessed more offclassing from BUSHIDO TERROR SQUAD than the entirety of the Premier Grand Final. That may be a lie, we didn't count, but it certainly felt like it, and it wouldn't surprise us if it were correct. See we expected offclassing, some of it was far more effective than expected, but the permanent Sniper on the side of BUSHIDO TERROR SQUAD, that being Flow, only really aided in slowing down the game, with his presence making it harder for his team to execute successful pushes. Much of their success came from lunar and BONKITUP leading Ubers from near-constant disadvantages, and doing a hell of a lot of work with those Ubers. Despite this, it wasn't enough to prevent fever kids from closing out the map on them.
Product was our next map to experience, and it was something indeed. Do you know the offclassing we mentioned earlier? Yeah, it was still here, and it finally became effective. What changed you might ask? Well, the obvious indicator would be that it's a KOTH map, but that's not the whole story, nor the true, unstoppable, Russian force behind their success. You may know of a man, with his gun named Sasha, clearly BUSHIDO TERROR SQUAD knew of this man, because four players on their roster played Heavy, three of which had over a minute on the class, with their main Demoman lunar spending over six minutes on Heavy. The map concluded with a 3-2 to BUSHIDO TERROR SQUAD, finally securing a map win off the back of two players in particular, lunar who we've already mentioned on this map, and Flow, who had seemingly come alive since Sunshine. Whilst lunar did play six minutes of Heavy, it was not as effective as the twenty-five minutes of Demoman. With star-studded performances on Product out of these two, we would get to see a third map.
Snakewater was our third map, and BUSHIDO TERROR SQUAD saw far more effective use of their offclass shenanigans on Snakewater than they did on the previous 5CP map, Sunshine. Flow once again spent the vast majority of the thirty-two minutes of Snakewater on Sniper, and we once again had the pleasure of seeing a Demoman offclass, but not just to Heavy this time, but to Engineer. That's right, twenty-seven minutes of Engineer gameplay, in Sixes. See lunar also took twenty-five percent of the total heals for Snakewater on their side, and credit, where it is due, did do a lot of work on the class. But that work would fall short, for both lunar and Flow. We haven't mentioned anyone specifically on the side of fever kids yet, but we wanted to highlight some of their work in general.
fever kids showed up, especially jane doe and the one, the only yuki. Yes, that yuki, from Team Immunity. It's been some time, but they returned recently, and are still performing admirably, putting up consistently top of the scoreboard numbers alongside jane doe for all three maps. Everyone on the side fever kids performed breathtakingly, and they worked hard for the win in that match. BUSHIDO TERROR SQUAD showed us something we don't get to see too often and gave us quite the show. Ultimately, congratulations are in order for fever kids, our Season 37 High winners!
Writeup authored by core.
- fever kids
- BUSHIDO TERROR SQUAD
- Terrible Tactics
- east meets west
2 - 1
Best Combo Scout: Hif
Best Flank Scout: Gotaki
Best Pocket: Sephyr
Best Roamer: heyy
Best Demoman: jane doe
Best Medic: remorse
Best Utility: Gotaki
Most Improved Player: adam
Most Valuable Player: Hif
Friendliest Team: east meets west
Most Improved Team: Terrible Tactics
Best Dressed Team: east meets west
Best Caster: Elmo
Congratulations Intermediate winners Insisting on a
Unlike most of the Grand Finals affairs this season, this matchup between Insisting on a Phisting and guckOW would only last two maps, with Insisting on a Phisting coming out with a dominating performance on both maps, of which would be Sunshine and Bagel. We never got to see Reckoner - plus Snakewater, Product, and Gullywash which were banned.
Sunshine would end up being the closer of the two maps, going to nearly the full thirty-minutes, with granger fragging out, dropping thirteen more kills than the next person, working with schmuck to bring their team a well-earned victory of 4-2 on Sunshine. maid and underpressure from the side of guckOW put up a valiant effort, but couldn't bring their team to a victory.
Bagel would quickly become a somber affair, with all three of the rounds played going to Insisting on a Phisting in fairly dominant fashion, with only one "midfight" win going the way of guckOW. Unlike the previous round, however, the standout player on the side of Insisting on a Phisting was PhiPhi, who on soldier-managed create ample space and were a large part of their teams dominant performance on the map. Once again, maid and underpressure from the side of guckOW put a significant amount of work in on Bagel, along with gwendolyn and noobar, but they couldn't prove to be enough to resist the dominant force that was Insisting on a Phisting.
Congratulations to Insisting on a Phisting for the win!
Writeup authored by core.
- Insisting on a Phisting
- beggars cant be choosers
- Avo's Cados
2 - 0
Best Combo Scout: RRLUCKY
Best Flank Scout: megumi
Best Pocket: Pengstah
Best Roamer: mashiro
Best Demoman: schmuck & underpessure
Best Medic: inStinct
Best Utility: encre
Most Improved Player: underpessure
Most Valuable Player: RRLUCKY
Friendliest Team: Salt Free Gaming.
Most Improved Team: Insisting on a Phisting
Best Dressed Team: DLLM
Best Caster: Elmo
Congratulations Main winners Ownage +5!
The Season 37 Main Grand Final was certainly an impressive matchup, one that you wouldn't want to miss. Ownage + 5 and Spare No Opps faced off previously in their Week 3 official, ending in a solid victory for Spare No Opps on the back of dominant Scout and Demoman performances.
The question was, could they do it again? A lot can change for a team in five weeks of practice, and it was decidedly anyone's game. Map 1, koth_clearcut_b15d, echoed to us those same scary Scout and Demoman performances coming out of Spare No Opps, it was clear they had not lost their touch in the slightest. Both KRB and Wergy should be commended on breaking 400DPM on this map, both were crucial factors in their 3-1 map score.
So far it looks like history is repeating itself, however, Pureblue reminds us that you should never count Ownage + 5 out. In a miraculous turning of the tables, Ownage + 5 claim Map 2, cp_snakewater_final1 in a 5-0 sweep, with Pureblue topping the damage stats, beating out the next highest player by over 100DPM.
At match point, both teams gave it their all on koth_product_final, as evidenced by the abnormally high damage statistics coming out from both teams. However topping the damage statistics was once again Pureblue, dropping the highest DPM of the whole series at a whopping 432DPM. This coupled with another impressive performance from Doug, proved too much for Spare No Opps to handle, closing out the official with another clean sweep.
Congratulations to our winners, Ownage + 5, and a big thanks to everyone for playing in Main this season!
Writeup authored by a team of ants in their prime.
- Ownage + 5
- Spare No Opps
- emgee and the egirls
- SEAL TEAM SUX
2 - 1
Best Combo Scout: VorteX
Best Flank Scout: Wergy
Best Pocket: meow & Ownage
Best Roamer: elmaxo
Best Demoman: KRB
Best Medic: strongman
Best Utility: UltraPhi & Ownage
Most Improved Player: Wergy
Most Valuable Player: Wergy
Friendliest Team: Drake & Drive & SEAL TEAM SUX
Most Improved Team: Drake & Drive & SEAL TEAM SUX
Best Dressed Team: Drake & Drive
Best Caster: Mikcow
Congratulations Open winners fking hl mains!
“Confirmed Friday 9PM” was the post in the match thread where we knew the teams playing in the Open Grand Final simply meant flipping business. Romping their way through the season, Left 4 bread and fking hl mains had churned through all the teams in their way to make it to the finals, with Left 4 bread slamming their way through the Upper Bracket to secure their position. At the same time, fking hl mains battled their way through the Lower Bracket, desperate to show they have what it takes to be Open champs.
Nakedly looking for the win with their first pick, Left 4 bread picked cp_sultry_b8 to start off their best-of-three match. Kicking it off, Left 4 bread were primed and ready for what would become an extremely even match, holding off the aggression from their counterparts until the mid-reset, then grinding them down over a few minutes to take the first round. Machinations beyond their understanding were at work, however, fking hl mains proceeded to turn the map back around off the back of their first mid-win of the match. You wouldn't think that the rest of the match would be a cascading domino effect, but by the time the dust had settled, fking hl mains had managed to nab another round, bringing the final score for the first map to 2-1 in their favour.
However bad the back half of the first map went, Left 4 bread weren't giving up without a fight, going into the next map, koth_product_final with their heads held high, and thrashing the first round once again to get up 1-0 in the early stages of the map. Open is a capricious god, however, and fking hl mains returned to their previous form seen on the first map, bringing three quick rounds in order to polish their victory to a burnished shine. GGs all around for a gnarly final - and congrats to our winners, fking hl mains!
Writeup authored by snazzy.
- fking hl mains
- Left 4 bread
- Morb Fortress 2 - Morbheads
2 - 0
Best Combo Scout: Valeyard
Best Flank Scout: Mean Bug
Best Pocket: Hoste
Best Roamer: fuck it we ball & Zando
Best Demoman: Amatorii
Best Medic: Pastamania
Best Utility: Valeyard & Superevilironman
Most Improved Player: Mean Bug
Most Valuable Player: Valeyard & Hoste
Friendliest Team: Left 4 bread & Famous Last Words
Most Improved Team: Famous Last Words
Best Dressed Team: Famous Last Words
Best Caster: Mikcow