The World Cyber Games has a reputation of being the most sensational global tournament for competitive gaming, featuring competitors from 70 countries and 6 different continents. This year's event will finally see the return of Quake to the WCG stage, being missing for three years previously. Quake is the game that began the e-Sports revolution in the Western world, and is considered to be the ultimate platform for pure death match competition. For the 2006 finals in Italy, The World Cyber Games will feature an invitational Quake 4 All Stars tournament.
ESReality ( http://www.esreality.com/) has been working closely with WCG to organize this tournament and the selection process for the invitations. Our staff has selected 20 of the best players from around the world to be included in a public vote on the ESreality website. The vote begins at [time=00:00 GMT 29 August 2006] and will end at [time=00:00 GMT 4 September 2006]. As the ballots close, the top 8 players selected by public voting will be invited to Monza, Italy to take part in this Quake 4 All Stars tournament at WCG 2006. If a selected player is unavailable to attend WCG, the next most popular choice will be invited in their place. The players invited to WCG will have their plane or train tickets to the finals paid for. They will also receive meals and accommodation during the Grand Final period.
The 20 players selected for the public vote are (listed in order of rank):
1. Sweden - Johan "Toxic" Quick
2. Russia - Anton "Cooller" Singov
3. Sweden - Alexander "Ztrider" Ingarv
4. Belarus - Alexey "Cypher" Yanushevksy
5. Poland - Maciek "av3k" Krzykowski
6. Italy - Alessandro "Stermy" Avallone
7. USA - Jason "Socrates_" Sylka
8. Netherlands - Ivo "Forever" Lindhout
9. UK - James "TooGoood" Harding
10. Sweden - Magnus "Fojji" Olsson
11. France - Michael "Winz" Bignet
12. USA - Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
13. USA - Rafik "LoSt_CaUsE" Bryant
14. Australia - Sabien "Clamp-Ok" Hayblum
15. Sweden - Henrik "Blue" Björk
16. UK - Gareth "GaRpY" Marshall
17. USA - Mark "cl0ck" McGrail
18. Germany - Marcel "k1ller" Paul
19. China - Fan "Jibo" Zhibo
20. South Africa - Stephen "Ph4ntom" Cloete
The 8 players selected by public vote will be seeded based on this ranking and not on the vote results.
The Quake 4 experts involved in the selection process were:
Nicky "240" Greatorex - ESR Head Admin & Lead Quake 4 Reporter
Maarten "Black2lip" Dubelaar - Former ESWC Admin & Event reporter
Ben "dallow" Dalloway - ESR Admin & Organiser of UK Covlan Event
Jonathan "manic" Bourne - eSports Journalist & CPL Commitee Member.
Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner - iTG Commentator & Q4 World Ranking Designer
Sujoy "Sujoy" Roy - ESR Director, UK Tournament Organiser & Former Pro-gamer.
Stuart "TosspoT" Saw - iTG Commentator and Coverage Writer
Tom "tom" Weager - ESR Admin & Reporter
Daniel "voodoochopstiks" Platt - ESR Admin & Professional Level Designer
Pavel "Yeltsin" Dorovskoy - eSports Commentator & Coverage Specialist
The Quake 4 1v1 tournament will take place on 19 ~ 20 October 2006. The 8 players will be split into two groups based on their seeding. The top two finishers in the group stages will then proceed to a Double Elimination bracket. All matches will be best-of-three with each player selecting one map each. The deciding map, if required, will be chosen by the player with highest frag count over the two previous games or a coin toss if frags are tied. Maps to be played are Galang, Monsoon, Placebo and Phrantic. The latest version of Quake 4 and q4max will be used with only GUI config changes allowed.
Prizes for the Quake 4 All Stars 1v1 tournament are as follows:
1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $2,500
3rd place: $1,000
Following the 1v1 tournament, there will also be a 2v2 tournament on 21 ~ 22 October 2006 where players are matched up based on their 1v1 results. The 1st place winner will join 8th place to create the first team. The other teams will be: 2nd and 7th, 3rd and 6th, 4th and 5th. Prizes for the Quake 4 All Stars 2v2 tournament are as follows:
1st place: $1,000
2nd place: $500
ESReality is very proud to be involved with the World Cyber Games 2006 Grand Final and to help manage the Quake 4 All Stars tournament. Maarten "Black2lip" Dubelaar and Ben "dallow" Dalloway will be traveling to the event in Italy to represent ESReality and act as referees and ensure the competition runs smoothly. We will endeavor to provide detailed coverage and upload demos as quickly as possible throughout the finals so you can watch all the action as it unfolds.
The voting begins at midnight tonight. Paul "Redeye" Chaloner has prepared a detailed profile of every player in this vote, which will be available soon.