Pappy R's CCC Diary
Pappy neglects work for a few days to go fragging in Toronto
by Pappy R
All pictures by Nirox
Sometimes you just have to take off for a few days to blow out some braincells at a huge LAN event. Last weekend was one of those times...
I didn't know for sure that I would be attending the Canadian Cyber Championships in Toronto until two days before the event. The wireless Internet connection got the hook and I was seriously debating skipping the event due to that alone. But since this was a huge event for the area, I swallowed my update powers and trudged off to Toronto, and am I ever glad I did.
This event was in downtown Toronto making the loading and unloading of equipment kind of rough due to traffic and such. One player even got towed when he stopped out front the hotel to pop in and ask where the loading area was. The hotel was bad. I won't spend time ragging on it, but remember that it was bad. Expensive, tiny rooms, and odd service, but that's all I'll say. The LAN areas were technically pretty cool, except for the power problems in the big room that caused some monitor flutter to some players. I don't mean this to be a bitch fest, I just wanna get the crap out of the way before I start in on the fun, and there was far more fun than not at this event. Something to bear in mind that I kept telling myself on the way up was that this event was a first for the people involved, so expect some rough spots.
After dealing with the hotel issues, I got to advance to the area that was set aside for us, the gamers. I was pleased to see big old banners announcing the event, hanging proudly for all to see above the main lobby. Hopping upstairs with a stolen freight elevator, I was welcomed by some gaming buddies and discovered I was early to boot, so no lineup! My friends Charger and Ravager got me setup and comfy long before registrations began, so it was off to check out the tournament area itself.
The big deal about this event was that it would be where the four top players in three games would be selected through battle to travel to Korea for the World Cyber Game Challenge. The contenders would have a chance to represent Canada in StarCraft, Unreal Tournament and Quake III. The big game this weekend was the Quake III Challenge since that was the most heavily populated tournament. Players would fill the 200 seat main LAN area and take turns in the tourney area to get seeded and battle their way to the top. This was a big deal since this was the first real Canadian event to put forth a group of top seeded players, and they would be playing groups from 14 other countries in 1v1 play for the three games. There was also some very decent money up for grabs since this was basically a qualifier of sorts and the top slots would get $4000 US.
The tournament machines had yet to be setup with their new Voodoo cards, so the tournament area was buzzing with people upgrading and setting up machines for the coming games. Well this seemed like a perfect chance to get out and talk to the increasing amount of players that were gathering at the reception and registration area. Some well known names were already present, and I knew this was going to be worth the price of admission, even if I had paid to get in (PRESS tags are a great thing). As I mentioned, the tournament machines were still being worked on, so we all began populating the main LAN room and getting up a few quick games to warm up for the upcoming FFA Qualifiers.
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