2upGamers Trenchtown September: FIFA 13 Gets Its Final Moment

Posted: 27 September 2013
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In September the 2upGamers Trenchtown competitive-gaming tournament in Cape Town focussed on fighting games, with some Forza 4 action thrown in for fun. The event also gave a chance for everyone to say goodbye to the monthly FIFA 13 tournament, which concluded this month with another exciting, dramatic final.

Today is the launch day of FIFA 14 so 2upGamers ran a final FIFA 13 tournament at Trenchtown last weekend, which included some great prizes. The Trenchtown e-sports event also focussed on fighting games and ran a free Forza 4 challenge. There was no Call Of Duty: Black Ops II tournament this month as it's so popular that it's going to be split off into a separate, dedicated, event next month. There was also no 2upGamers community gathering in September as it was scheduled for this evening and had to be cancelled due to the FIFA 14 launch.

2upGamers Trenchtown September: FIFA 13

The FIFA 13 tournament once again comprised an Xbox 360 tournament (see the results here) and a PlayStation 3 tournament (see the results here), with the winners of each track facing off in the final on both consoles and the runners-up doing the same to determine third and fourth place.

2upGamers Trenchtown September: FIFA 13 third and fourth playoff on the Xbox 360

Thomas, the runner up on the PlayStation 3 side, and Brownie, the Xbox 360 runner up, faced each other on the Xbox 360 first. Both competitors selected Real Madrid, with Brownie selecting the alternate uniform. (Pictured above are Thomas on the left and Brownie on the right, during this match.)

There were numerous shots at the goal, during a very rainy match, throughout the first half and it was Brownie who finally found the back of the net in the 32nd minute.

After half time there was lots of passing and manoeuvring on both sides but it was Brownie who once again scored, this time in the 62nd minute. He then had to reshuffle his team due to an injured player before continuing but the pressure was now on Thomas to score, and he was successful in the 81st minute, bringing the score to 2-1 to Brownie.

Two minutes of extra time were added at the end of the match and, in a dramatic moment, Brownie scored for a third time just as the time was about to run out, bringing the final Xbox 360 score to 3-1 to Brownie.

The players then switched to the PlayStation 3, Thomas' home console, to play the second match. Both competitors once again picked Real Madrid, with Brownie selecting the alternate uniform again. This time the players were presented with a pleasant, sunny stadium.

During the first half there was even more passing and manoeuvring, from both sides, but no goals were scored and few attempts bar a near miss in the 35th minute by Thomas and an unsuccessful shot by Brownie in the three-minute extension at half time.

During half time both players rearranged their squads quickly and then they returned to the field even more determined to score. Brownie attempted, but missed, in the 49th minute and then came close in the 59th minute, although his attempt was thwarted by a beautiful save by Thomas' goalie. Brownie tried again, however, and scored four minutes later by kicking straight through Thomas' defenses into the corner of the goal. This brought the PlayStation score to 0-1 to Brownie.

Five minutes later it was Thomas' turn, with beautiful manoeuvring straight through Brownie's defenses and into the goal, to tie the score at 1-1.

In the 75th minute Brownie once again triumphed, bringing the score to 2-1 to him. The match then concluded with no more goals, resulting in Brownie being the winner, with an aggregate score of 5-2 against Thomas, placing him third overall.

2upGamers Trenchtown September: FIFA 13 final on the Xbox 360

The final was between Mubeen, the PlayStation 3 winner, and Jayson, the Xbox 360 winner. Up first was the Xbox 360 match (pictured above). Mubeen chose Milan and Jayson chose Real Madrid, and the match was played at night.

Though there was a lot of footwork and passing, there wasn't much goal action until an upset in the 42nd minute, when Mubeen accidentally scored an own goal, giving Jayson the lead at 1-0.

The second half featured lots of crowded play but no one was able to get the upper hand until the 53rd minute, when Jayson scored for a second time. More crowded play ensued until the 67th minute, when Mubeen finally found the back of the net, bringing the score to 2-1 to Jayson. Neither player was able to score further in the match.

The players then switched to the PlayStation 3, with Mubeen once again picking Milan (in its alternate uniform) and Jayson again opting for Real Madrid. Jayson immediately made squad changes and then the match began. Mubeen then realised that his controls were set up incorrectly so they ended the match, he adjusted his settings, and then they restarted.

Jayson scored in the 13th minute, putting serious pressure on Mubeen, but by half time, though there were a few attempted shots at the goal, the score was still 1-0. In the second half more tight play meant few opportunities for scoring. Jayson kept a calm focus but Mubeen became increasingly frustrated at the constant near misses and foiled attempts. However he finally managed to equalise in the 85th minute and then scored for a second time in the 89th minute, resulting in a 2-1 lead.

One minute of extra time was granted and Mubeen made two more attempts, neither of which were successful, so the match ended at 2-1 to Mubeen and an aggregate score of 3-3 for both matches, with each player having scored 2 home goals and 1 away goal.

It was decided that they would play an additional half as extra extra time to try and determine a winner, so a new game was started on the PlayStation 3. Once again there was a lot of crowded play, as well as numerous shots at the goal from both sides, though none were successful. It was nail biting action for the members of the audience, however, who were keen to see their favourite player take the lead.

At the game's half time the score was still 0-0 so the next option was to decide the final with a penalty shootout. The players took a moment to rearrange their teams for this and then lazily played out the second half to get to the penalty shootout stage, although Mubeen accidentally scored in the 56th minute so they had to work to get Jayson a goal too, which they managed in the 69th minute. The game's AI won't just allow players to do nothing so you have to be very careful if you're playing out a section.

2upGamers Trenchtown September: FIFA 13 final winner Jayson

The penalty shootout was very exciting, and a great way to say goodbye to the game. The result was 4-3 to Jayson (pictured above with Zombie Dredd), who received R750 in cash and a copy of FIFA 14. Mubeen placed second and won R350 in cash. Brownie won R300 for coming third and Thomas earned R100 for his fourth place achievement.

Forza 4
2upGamers Trenchtown September: Forza 4

For fun the Trenchtown event also comprised a free Forza 4 tournament. Sadly only 13 people entered (I would have if I'd arrived earlier) and I missed it because I was watching the FIFA 13 matches. The winner was Warren G, who received a copy of Forza Horizon, a R100 Takealot voucher, and numerous Xbox Live Arcade codes, and the runner up was Raymond.

Fighting Games
2upGamers Trenchtown September: Tekken Tag Tournament 2

The other big event at Trenchtown in September was a selection of fighting games, organised with the help of Cape Town Showdown. The choices comprised Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (pictured above) (results), Injustice: Gods Among Us (pictured below) (results), Super Street Fighter IV (results), and the crossover game Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (results).

2upGamers Trenchtown September: Injustice: Gods Among Us

I wasn't able to watch most of the fighting-games competitions as I was focussed on the FIFA 13 tournament but they seemed to be quite lively events, especially when the various ladders came closer to determining the winners in the final matches.

2upGamers Trenchtown September: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

I did get a chance, however, to watch most of the Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 final (pictured above), between Luminous and Khan-Khan. While the game's graphics, which have a very cartoony feel, don't compare to those of Injustice: Gods Among Us, or even Super Street Fighter IV, the actual gaming experience seems to be just as exciting and the crowd watched the final with great enthusiasm.

The Ultimate Marvel Versus Capcom 3 final comprised five games and each team comprised three team members that tagged in and out as necessary. I'm embarrassed to admit that I can't remember which player was playing with which team (I forgot to write it down) but they consisted of Magneto, Albert Wesker, and Dante versus Doctor Doom, C Viper, and Doctor Strange. The matches were very close and often came down to a surprise final epic move by a barely-alive character that wiped out the opponent's last remaining team member, which kept the audience (and, likely, the players) guessing as to who was going to win each time. Ultimately it was Luminous who bested Khan-Khan but for most people I think the excitement was in the thrill of the unpredictable matches as both players did exceptionally well.

2upGamers Trenchtown September: Super Street Fighter IV winners

With the tournaments over, it was time to award the prizes. Pictured above is Zombie Dredd on the left with Lindseyboi, the runner up of the Super Street Fighter IV tournament, who received R100, and Skamanke, the winner, who received R150.

(See the results links further up for all the winners and placings in the four fighting tournaments.)

2upGamers is held monthly in Cape Town. See the Facebook page and Twitter for more information, announcements, and to find out about registering for the next event. The date for 2upGamers October is 11 October and Trenchtown October is being split over the weekend of 19 and 20 October to accommodate both a FIFA 14 and Call Of Duty: Black Ops II tournament, as well as smaller competitions. Visit Zombiegamer's roundup page for more information and photos from the 2upGamers September Trenchtown e-sports event.

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