Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January


By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 25 January 2017
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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered featured this month at Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, as part of Zombiegamer Events' January community e-sports tournaments. Highlights included a rule change for map picking and a dilemma manifesting in the final rounds of the losers' bracket that forced the organisers to make a controversial executive decision.

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January

Zombiegamer Events returned to Trenchtown in Observatory, Cape Town, in the middle of last year after an absence caused by remodelling at the establishment (which is still ongoing, as you can see from the big holes in the walls in the photos below) and then, unfortunately, the tournaments were put on hold again, bar one ESWC qualifier, as the team ran African Cyber Gaming League (ACGL) tournaments at events and online during the second half of the year and then Zombiegamer Events ran a number of community tournaments in shopping malls during the holiday season to promote gaming and South African e-sports.


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Above: Highlights from the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered tournament in Cape Town. The video was shot and edited on an FNB ConeXis X1 cellular phone to test advanced audio and editing techniques in a new version of FilmoraGo.
In January, however, it was back with two tournaments at Trenchtown, the first of which was a 2v2 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered tournament on the PlayStation 4. The event was capped at 16 teams and took the form of a double-elimination tournament featuring best-of-three matches (Search And Destroy, Hardpoint, and Search And Destroy again). Players could bring their own controllers and headphones or use Astro headsets supplied by Zombiegamer Events.

Additionally, this time, instead of the organisers picking the maps ahead of time per round, the tournament featured a draft/pick system: per match each team could ban three maps, then the first team would select the first map and the second team would select the side; for the second map the second team would select the map and the first team would select the side; finally, for the third map the teams would swap sides versus the first map.

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January
Above: Team Protein (foreground, left) faces theLegend27 (foreground, right) in a losers' bracket match. In the background Ventus (left) faces Astra Youth (right) in the winners' bracket semi final.
This rule change added an extra element of strategic planning to the tournament that some teams took advantage of with careful bans and picks, while others didn't think to consider the consequences at all.

The event made a brisk start and progressed well as experienced players quickly knocked less skilled teams into the losers' bracket until the final rounds of the losers' bracket when well matched teams began to fight hard to stay in the tournament.

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January
Above: Team Protein (left) faces Hi5 (right) in a losers' bracket match.
The event became especially interesting after Ventus knocked Team Protein into the losers' bracket after the third round, where it met Hi5, which had also been knocked down by Ventus in the second round. The Team Protein-Hi5 match was close and tense but Hi5 eventually won 2-1.

Unfortunately the tournament had been running long by this point and the team had to leave, which gave the organisers no other option but to advance Team Protein to the next round, where it faced Ventus again as Ventus had been pushed into the losers' bracket by Astra Youth, which had sailed smoothly through the winners' bracket and was now in the final. This time Team Protein prevailed and beat Ventus 2-0 to move back up into the winners' bracket and meet Astra Youth in the final.

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January
Above: Ventus prepares for its losers' bracket match against Team Protein.

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January



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The final, featuring Astra Youth (Adem Catovic and Jordan Cupido from Astra Infinite) and Team Protein (Joshua Bransgrove and Cristiano Dos Ramos from Origin) was an intriguing matchup. Astra Youth had worked hard to make it to the final unscathed while Team Protein had bounced back due to a fortuitous technicality and had proved it had the potential to win the tournament during its second match against Ventus but, due to the double-elimination rules, it would need to beat Astra Youth in two rounds of three matches in order to come out on top in the final. However, it had shown itself to be very smart with the map selections and this strategic thinking could be the key to turning the final in its favour. It had previously caught teams off guard by opting for maps that generally see less play, giving it an advantage with its knowledge of the layout and experience playing on them.

After the map picks the match began with Search And Destroy on Overgrown. Team Protein demonstrated its expertise in the game mode and won the game, after which there was a little bit of lighthearted taunting from the team. The Astra Youth team members acted like gentlemen in response, however, and remained unfazed and focussed. The next game was Hardpoint on Vacant, and Astra Youth, in turn, demonstrated its expertise here and won the game, although it was a very tense game with scores that remained very close to the end. With the match score now even Team Protein would have to win the final Search And Destroy game, on Strike, in order to trigger the next set of three games and stay in the tournament. It did so convincingly, with a game score of 6-3, resulting in a match score of 2-1, and the tournament progressed to the second match of the final round.

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January
Above: Team Protein (left) faces Astra Youth (right) in the tournament final.
It seemed that Team Protein, the comeback king, would be poised to take the final but, to everyone's surprise, it lost the first Search And Destroy game, on Showdown. It was now in trouble as Hardpoint, this time on Strike, was up next, and the game mode had proved to be Astra Youth's strong point. Unsurprisingly, Astra Youth prevailed and, in an instant, the final was over. Team Protein had beaten the odds (and reality - as Clint Smith, the co-owner of ViNCO Gaming, commented, it was the first team to be eliminated three times from a double-elimination tournament) and fought its way through the first half of the final only to collapse in the second.

For its efforts Astra Youth won R500 in cash plus R500 in Raru vouchers, Team Protein won R300 in cash and R200 in Raru vouchers, Ventus won R200 in cash and R100 in Raru vouchers, and Hi5 won R200 in Raru vouchers (I think).

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January
Above: Astra Youth (Adem Catovic and Jordan Cupido from Astra Infinite) won the tournament.

Video And Photo Highlights: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered At Trenchtown In January


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