We are gearing up for the upcoming semifinals of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, where FunPlus surprised everyone, G2 is looking mighty strong, SKT T1 dominating as usual and Invictus Gaming looking to defend their title as world champions. In the quarterfinals, the results were as follows:
GRIFFIN vs. Invictus Gaming: 1-3
FunPlus Phoenix vs. Fnatic: 3-1
SK Telecom T1 vs. Splyce: 3-1
DAMWON gaming vs. G2 Esports: 1-3
That leaves four teams to fight for the chance to become the world champions, two Chinese, one Korean, and one European. Like the quarterfinals, this year's semifinals will be hosted in Madrid, Spain, the 2nd and 3rd of November.
Now everyone's question is, who is going to advance to the finals in Paris? Let's have a look at the matchups.
Invictus Gaming vs. FunPlus Phoenix
The two Chinese teams from LPL are going to battle it out on the rift. IG had a real challenge on their hand up against GRIFFIN but managed to close the matches in the best of 5 by performing better in the mid to late game. While FunPlus Phoenix managed to surprise everyone beating Fnatic, bringing themselves back to their summer split form and dominating a Fnatic that struggled with teamwork and individual play.
FunPlus going up against Invictus, where both teams know each other very well coming from the same region, we're hopefully in for a treat.
In this matchup, I would give the edge to Invictus Gaming. The current champions have the same roster as they had last year. While FunPlus has a bit younger squad and thus less experience on the World's stage. Invictus almost always manages to find an advantage in team fights, and this could prove to be one of the deciding factors in this matchup.
SK Telecom T1 vs. G2 Esports
Europe's last hope is going up against three-time world champions in SKT. Looking back at Midseason invitational, G2 managed to get the better of the Koreans in a close fought 3-2 victory. This time around, I think it is safe to say that we are in for more of the same. Both of these teams dominated during the group stages, only dropping a few games each.
This series is a hard one to predict. G2 has been a force to be reconned with this season, but SKT's legacy is nothing to sneeze at. I think it all comes down to which version of the teams we are going to see. I also feel like it is going to come down to the drafts we will see from the two sides. Since I am a European fan, I will give the edge to G2 Esports winning 3-2.
Who do you think will advance to the final? Let us know in the comment section down below. As we mentioned earlier, the matches will take place the 2nd and 3rd of November. Don't miss it!
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We are a we not a them. From the moment a member completes their BC, they are a part of our community. They become a part of our "we," which means that whatever they need, whether it is in game help or something on the forums, we are all available and ready to assist. As a we, we have an innate sense of togetherness that many other “communities” lack, and therefore we have strengths there, too. Anything anyone needs can be handled as a group or as a pair. There is no “alone” here.
Keeping with the aforementioned, it is important to realize our sense of togetherness extends beyond the digital world. Relationships, friendships, and lifelong bonds are constantly being forged here. TG members have met new roommates, new DnD night buddies, people they know they can lean on in their real lives just as much as their virtual ones. This community brings together a patchwork quilt of families and friends, bonds that can never be broken, and that makes us even stronger.
As a community, our togetherness doesn’t stop only in members, but continues on to staff as well. There are constant partnerships; checks and balances all the way up to our President. No staff in Tactical Gaming ever does anything alone. Squad Assistants have their Squad Leaders, Executive Officers have their Commanding Officers, Brigade Commanders have their Division Officers, and so on and so forth. Everyone has someone to lean on and learn from. To grow as a community, we keep this togetherness in all levels.
We are a we. Tactical Gaming means something to everyone here, no matter how big or little it is in their lives. We are a community, and for us community means together. No one here will ever be, or feel, alone. We stand together because we are Tactical Gaming.
TGxSirMadness: Tell me how it all started, you joining Tactical Gaming and what it was like?
Liz Weilschmidt: When I had joined TG I was looking through forums trying to find a community I could play Overwatch with. None of my friends liked the game at the time and playing alone was dreadful. I came across a forum post by a member named Nightcrawler and decided to check it out. The Boot Camp terrified me but also gave me a bit of hope that this community was well thought out and has been together for years. I entered the entry squad and shortly after made my home with Explorer Squad. It was amazing.
almostinfamous82: I played a lot of BFV and was getting frustrated playing with other people who were just in it for their stats. There was no teamwork and it felt like you weren’t getting the complete experience of the game. So I started looking around for gaming communities and came across Tactical Gaming. Reading through the FAQs I thought to myself, this is what I’ve been looking for. The BC was a bit daunting, but it’s not until you’ve finished it and have been assigned to your squad you can see why it’s necessary - it gives you that discipline and sense of purpose when in the squad. You’re all there for the same reason and you all rely on each other - even when it’s not going your way, everyone still puts in 110% to support not just individuals but the whole squad - essentially giving you the best gaming experience with people who you call your mates.
TGxSirMadness: What's it about TG that keeps you here?
Liz Weilschmidt: I joined for a community of gamers and that is exactly what I found. A group of wonderful people from all over the globe. I have made so many friends since I started a little over a year ago and hope to make many more.
almostinfamous82: I would call it the three S’s:
The Support from your CoC is second to none. They want the best for you, your squad and for the division
The Structure within Tactical gaming is what makes it a great community. It allows people to thrive and to feel challenging, bringing out the best in each squad member.
Then there is your Squad mates, probably the most important element, without them, there would be no TG. They keep the spirit alive and pure enjoyment when you play a few games with them.
TGxSirMadness: Your both now Squad Staff, how did you get those positions?
Liz Weilschmidt: When I was in Explorer the Squad Assistant spot became available and I was given a chance at it. Now I am the Squad Lead of the entry squad Incendio and I wouldn't have made it this far if @Beattlemania never gave me the opportunity. I owe a lot to that guy.
almostinfamous82: I was playing on European servers and living in Australia when I first started out with TG. The game play was tough because of the time difference and lag when playing. I still thoroughly enjoyed it and I wanted to share these experiences and the gaming community within TG with people locally in Australia. There was no “oceanic” squad at the time so I challenged my myself to start one up. With the support of my CoC, what was once a thought, became a reality. I volunteered to lead the start up of the squad and have really enjoyed it ever since. Seeing the potential in the guys in Black Diamonds is a defining moment and makes you want to improve in yourself to lead and direct them to be the best they can be.
TGxSirMadness: What has been the biggest challenge for you as Squad Staff.
Liz Weilschmidt: Definitely the feeling of letting the Squad down or feeling I have in any way. Without my squad I would not be a squad lead and when I am late to post a Practice Briefing or a Post Practice Report or even miss a practice because I am too ill to attend I feel as if I failed them and that is the worst feeling in the world.
almostinfamous82: Setting the Oceanic squad up and recruiting the right people was a challenge, but it’s consistently delivering the core values of TG to your squad and leading them in best way so they keep coming back will be the biggest challenge.
TGxSirMadness: In your opinion what is the most important aspect of being Squad Staff?
Liz Weilschmidt: In my opinion, taking care of the squad. Like I said before, the only reason you are squad staff is because you have a squad to lead. Without them, you can't be squad staff.
almostinfamous82: I feel you need to be available and have to be consistent with your squad. Taking care of their best interests and helping them to improve and reach new potentials is a proud moment when they do. Like Liz said, without them, you don’t have a squad and you won’t be able to lead anyone.
TGxSirMadness: How would you describe your leadership style and why?
Liz Weilschmidt: This one is a tough question for me. I feel that I am a person who looks for the strengths of my squad and lets them do what they feel. I will step in when I feel there needs to be a change but not in a forceful "do this now" manner. An example being if there is a shield on the other team I will call for a shield break instead of telling either of the dps to change into a specific character.
almostinfamous82: I guess you could call it situational Leadership. Depending on the environment I would employ different leadership styles to Achieve the goal required. As an example, I would adopt a democratic style when discussing tactics and what works best for the squad in a specific gameplay, this allows the squad members to feel valued for their input, but would switch to a bureaucratic style when upholding the rules and regulations of TG as adherence to these requirements is important.
TGxSirMadness: How do you evaluate success within your squad
Liz Weilschmidt: By the squad telling me they had a good time. We don't have to win to be successful. If by the end of the night the squad is happy then I am happy and we were successful.
almostinfamous82: Evaluating the success of this is shown when your squad places in the top 3 during a match and the squad members feel they gave it their best - You don’t have to win the match to feel like your squad was successful. Unfortunately, you have no control of other squads or their actions, just how yours and other TG fireteams coordinate and interact with each other to achieve what is set out in the practice briefing.
TGxSirMadness: If you could change anything about the way Squads are ran, or how they should be ran or they operate in a battalion what would it be?
Liz Weilschmidt: Honesty, I feel the squads are fine the way they are.
almostinfamous82: TG has been around for a long time and have found a good way to run and manage squads. From the president to the SM, every position and the accountability for these positions is well thought out. There was discussions on recruitment recently, the members within TG are developing ways to improve the recruitment into the community for sustainability. It’s excellent to see all members having input into this, the structure and support within TG allows it and allows the opinions and thoughts of every member to flourish - this is reflected in the squads.
TGxSirMadness: Who and what has made TG as good for you as it is today?
Liz Weilschmidt: I have so many good friends in TG. As I said before, I wouldn't be where I am if not for @Beattlemania. @TG bionic is a wonderful BGC and I have seen her succeed since she entered TG. @TG HSquared is a wonderful DO and has been here for me and so many others since the beginning. @TG Kaikaina is a wonderful woman and is a hard working AT. @Grimsangel101 for being a great guy and a wonderful new SA. Finally, every single member I have ever had the grace to play with. Even some from other divisions entirely. Looking at you @Typicalveteran- and @TG FatalityV1.
almostinfamous82: The squad members I have been involved with, all of them upholding the core values of TG to make you keep coming back for more. Then there is my CoC - @Cronnie his support and guidance over the transition was exceptional. An excellent leader and true asset to 2nd Battalion. Then there’s @TG-Ace88 who again is an exceptional leader and BGC for the PS4 brigade. You can tell that he genuinely wants the best for everyone in the brigade and of course @TG-LEGENDARY none of this would have been possible without his support. A very approachable person and an exceptional leader for the division. The time and effort he puts into the Battlefield division as the DO is inspirational and I am always in awe of how he manages the division in all aspects.
TGxSirMadness: Last question: how long have you been gaming for now and what have been your most memorable moments and games that you've played?
Liz Weilschmidt: I've been gaming for 13 years now. I hate to say my most memorable moments were when I played Starwars Battlefront one and two with my Dad on the Playstation 2. He is the one that got.me into video games and it is always something I will hold near and dear to my heart.
almostinfamous82: I have been gaming ever since the SEGA mega drive was a thing. It’s something I have always enjoyed and encouraged friends and family to enjoy. The plot of some games are so inspiring that you will always remember them. Games that were better than the movies, games that shocked you, games that left you on the edge of your seat wanting to find out more. The last of us is one such classic - can’t wait for the next one!
Thank you for joining me today, Keep up the great work!
All three of Europe's representatives got through to the quarterfinal stages that will take place in Madrid, Spain, in the coming week. Fnatic, G2 Esports, and Splyce are all going to defend Europe's pride and glory against China and Korea's powerhouses.
Today, we are going to set the spotlight on Fnatic, the European champions from season 1. They drew a hard group with three times worlds winner SK Telecom T1, Chinese powerhouse Royal Never Give Up, and North America's Clutch Gaming. After going 1-2 the first week, they bounced back with a rocky 3-0 in week two. With this, they finished 2nd in the group and advanced to face FunPlus Pheonix in the quarterfinals.
Fnatic got off to a shaky start, but to me, it seems like they got better and better as the group progressed. Beating giants like RNG and SKT is not an easy task, but it almost felt like they surpassed their opponents in skill at times. To most Fnatic fans, they saw a glimpse of last year's runner up in the same tournament.
Going up against FunPlus Pheonix is probably the most comfortable draw they could have gotten out of all the 1st seeds coming out of groups. Make no mistake though, Pheonix are not to be underestimated. With a 5-2 finish in addition to star players like "doinb" in the midlane and "Crisp" piloting support, Fnatic could be up for a challenge. On the other hand, there are some positive things to look at as well. Their European rivals Splyce, managed to go toe-for-toe with Pheonix and had to play an epic tiebreaker to decide the group winner. Given that Fnatic historically have had a good record against Splyce, you would imagine that it does not look so grim after all. Add Fnatic’s team fighting and strong solo laners into the mix, and I think we are in for a real treat.
What do you think? Which Fnatic is going to show up on Saturday? The shaky, insecure Fnatic, or last year's Worlds finalist? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below!
You can follow all the latest news and updates from here: https://watch.lolesports.com/home.
The quarterfinals will kick-off on Saturday 26th at 12pm CEST. We can not wait for the action to start!
What is it?
The Raid Olympics is an intense, 7-week long score-based official raiding competition that covers every normal raid in order of release. Every team will have one week per raid to get the best points possible within one completion for the featured raid of the week. Every team will have opportunities to get many points, should they choose to increase the challenge. Efficiency, flawless completion, or completing the featured challenge nets you additional points.
At the end of the 7-weeks, the team with the most points wins the Raid Olympics 2019 and is crowned the best raid team in Tactical Gaming!
All members of Tactical Gaming are welcome to participate
October 29th - December 17th
Clear Under 1hr: +1
Clear Under 50m: +2
Clear Under 40m: +3
Clear Under 30m: +4
Clear Under 20m: +5
Flawless (no deaths): +6
Custom Challenge: +2
- All Tactical Gaming rules and regulations must be followed. Individual members can be disqualified from competing if they are caught breaking the rules
- Submissions must come from raid.report or equivalent (only Bungie API enabled reports allowed)
- Only one submission will be allowed per raid. So if a team wants to get the most out of their submission, they will have to clear the raid within an efficient time, flawless, with the TG custom challenge
- A submitted clear MUST have 6 members of Tactical Gaming, and MUST have been registered to be a part of your team
- Every team must register minimum 6 fireteam members. Every team is allowed up to 2 backups
- If custom challenge has been completed, you must submit some form of evidence (a recording, stream, etc) that it has been completed
- We are not allowing any% speedruns, meaning you must not use glitches to get out of the map, skip encounters (includes wish wall). or any means that are not intended by the developer
Example of what is not allowed:
- Getting out of map in Leviathan to skip underbelly
- Using super to reduce mechanic cooldown (suicide is allowed)
- GoS relay defender mod glitch
Basically, let's keep an even playing field for all!
Are you up for the challenge? Follow this link and use the registration format to register your team!
Have questions? Message me directly on the forums (Sarge) or on Discord (Sarge#7073)
Modern Warfare 1st came out back in 2007, followed by huge success and a love for the story and warfare era and mechanics, it released 3 more versions before it took a long break for 8 years until its return on OCTOBER 25th 2019. Call of Duty over the years has declined in years and Pre-Orders for this game alone have this looking to be the game to draw all the old CoD vets back into the game once more!
The Call of Duty Franchise has recently brought out a Mobile Version of their game with several fan favorite game modes being played worldwide and has seen huge success.
Modern Warfare will likely be doing the same with Cross Play, Playing against PC / XBOX and PS gamers in the same match connecting through their Activision ID
It would seem Call of Duty has also learned a little from Battlefield by adding 64 team ground war game mode to the game which will be interesting to see how that works, high K/Ds in that, think i would sit with a high Death ration for that one...
Modern Warfare has also been retrofitted with a new graphical engine... about time... to bring it a little more up to date with the likes of Battlefield in terms of photoRealism .
For More info on this game, please refer to this excellent review here:
Will you be getting the Modern Warfare? Let us know in the comments and if your looking for members to play with on release join the CoD division Discord.
As we all know, recruitment is not just pivotal to a successful division but vital to the growth of TG as a whole. Some of us here at TG have made recruitment our drive and in some cases, our passion.
As from now, the Gears Of War Division is running a recruitment contest to help drive the number of new recruits in their Division
There are some awesome prizes available as well! The minimum recruit threshold to reach is 30 members for the rewards to become active. The prizes are listed below:
1st: $80 Dollas worth of a Game
2nd: Gears of hoodie/T-Shirt
3rd: Gears of War Mug
Official Thread link
Starts: October 18th
Ends: January 9th
ALL members of TG are welcome to recruit and will be eligible for the contest reward, however, you must remember to get the recruit to list you as their referrer by giving them the link on your profile! If you don't then you wont be given the credit for that recruit.
Hello TG and welcome to the third episode of a this series. In this series, titled 'What It's Like To Be..", I will be interviewing members of TG throughout the ranks, ranging from squad member right up to the CoC. As well as interviewing CoC members, i will also be taking the chance to interview certain members in support positions. This series will be published on a monthly basis.
Today i had to pleasure of interviewing TG KrizZz, Vice President of Tactical Gaming. What a honor this is.
TG SmokeyB: What attracted you to this position?
TG KrizZz: Nothing at all mate. I was not attracted to any thing high up originally. The best times was when i was a squad leader in Avalanche Squad, Halo Division, Now of course as i moved up i still had lots of great times but in every position i have had has always been because i feel i can help make TG better for everyone. I would like to say i have had lots of help from lots of people over years which has and still is a big help for me.
TG SmokeyB: What is the main reason for serving in the position for so long?
TG KrizZz:I have never stepped away from a position i have had ever in TW and then TG and i do not plan on starting now unless of course i know i can not do my job and it would be better for everyone in TG. There is also no where for me to go up wards (Unless the big guy retires at some point of course ). Also i can see all the little things going on everywhere and try to help everywhere now. As i am in the end responsible for everyone in TG now. So my job here overall is great and i still love it as much now as i have ever done.
TG SmokeyB: Can you tell us the best highlight while serving as VP?
TG KrizZz: There is a fair few here, Just seeing how we always move forward to try and make this community better like we always try to do. The move to the new site has to be one of the most important and although i did not do alot with the move as the Web Team handled pretty much all of that like normal it was another big move to only help make TG better. Just seeing all my staff grow over time like Hobo, Epsi, Fate and lots more who are now high up plus others that are not high up in TG are still here with me as well which i also love to see people in the trenches.
TG SmokeyB: What attracted you to TG when you first joined?
TG KrizZz: Well i had never heard of then TW at all and i was playing Halo 3 on my own when some random player sent me a message saying " Hi would you like to join our gaming community bla bla bla" so i checked out TW and thought why not. Then i had to do my Boot Camp and even that was a bit nerve racking back then as we done our Boot Camp with a (DI) Drill Instructor over TS3 or XBL etc. I did think i was head hunted by TW then so i felt really special hahahahahaha.
TG SmokeyB: I imagine you are busy with so many TGEC issues and paperwork. Can you describe a day in a life of the TG VP?
TG KrizZz: Not that exciting to be honest with ya, I will do all the normal stuff like, Check the site for stuff, Check the ATS to be sure things are done when they should and just general stuff. I do not have to check lots of stuff as i have staff around me that i trust and know that they do there job as well.
I would make sure the Web Team are ok and find out if i can do anything apart from breaking the site for them, Also would be checking on the Comp Team to see how we are doing with them as they are still a new ish thing and something that is growing for sure and will only make TG a better place to be.
TG SmokeyB: Can you tell me a little more about your TG history?
TG KrizZz: My TW then TG history is probably the most simple one you have ever seen. As said i joined Halo 12 years ago as a member in Avalanche Squad then a little bit after that i took SL of Avalanche, Then moved to XO of Halo 2nd Batt, Then the CO swapped positions with me so i took CO. A fair bit after the i got BGC of Halo and then DO as well. After a very long time i got Corps Commander of the new 3rd Corps, Then i got CoS and again after a while i got promoted to VP of TG.
TG SmokeyB: If you could change one thing in TG, what would it be?
TG KrizZz: Well there is not alot i would change around here as you all know what that saying is, " If it is not broke then no need to fix it ". Maybe the only thing i would like to change is the ammount of Competition we do around now, I do not want to sound old but in the old days every division was almost competiting and also doing well. Now i do not see as much competition going on now BUT i do also see some here and there and they are rocking it. I know Overwatch has done alot of comps etc for a while among others.
TG SmokeyB: Just for fun. If you had only 1 meal left to eat in life, what would it be?
1 Large Donor Kebab, All salad and mayonnaise on it.
1 Large Chips
1 Pot of Chilli Sauce
Without further adiu, please welcome TG bionic.
1) Hello, thanks for joining me today, let’s start off, tell me how it all started, you joining Tactical Gaming and what it was like?
Well, I joined TG back in March when I was a pretty lonely college freshman. A friend I knew in real life suggested I join TG as I loved Overwatch and her dad and brother were both SMs. I signed up, took my BC, and initially joined solely for Overwatch. But I was drawn pretty quickly to a leadership position, and remember what it felt like to grow with the IN squad I still consider home. It was full of positive, happy people who made a concerted effort to play with me outside of practice and coax me out of my shell.
2) So you’re now a BGC within TG. How is that going, how did you get that position and what's it been like with all those new responsibilities and duties? What is it about the position you really like about it?
I enjoy where I am immensely. I’ve held every rank, save for CO, within my brigade. I’ve learned how it feels to be an SM, SA, SL, XO, and now BGC. I pushed and applied and strived to go as high as I could to take care of the friends I’d made in my brigade, and under TG HSquared I felt more than confident to add on every layer of leadership. I will say, however, BGC has been a lot more than any of the others. It’s sometimes stressful to know that everyone here depends upon me and how I run this brigade. As far as this position goes, I feel as though I am where I should be to take care of all the people I’ve grown to know and love here, and that as BGC I can adequately help those I otherwise might not be able to.
3) Apart from gaming and TG, what else do you do in life, any cool hobbies, sports that you like doing or want to pick up?
Oh boy, that’s tough, I feel pretty boring actually... I play ukulele, bass, and guitar, so that’s something? I also write! So that’s another thing haha.
4) Who and what has made TG as good for you as it is today?
Honestly? TG HSquared, TG HaloHobo, Typicalveteran, and all the other strong leaders here who’ve taught me how to do my job and do it (hopefully) well and efficiently. And all of Overwatch XB1 brigade. I consider everyone there a friend, and to me, having that relationship makes this all worthwhile.
4.1) Has anyone you've known ever gone above and beyond their call of duty that impressed you?
My IN SL, Liz Weilschmidt. Her paperwork is absolutely unparalleled by any SS I’ve seen before.
5) Describe your leadership style and why.
I’d like to think I’m a kind and flexible person. I consider myself friendly with everyone in my brigade, because respect isn’t always a right, it has to be earned. On a personal level, I like to connect with everyone in my brigade. My top priority is everyone’s happiness. I don’t mind if I need to cancel plans to run an event or spend hours planning a fun recruitment activity, everything is worth it to hear them all laughing and enjoying themselves. As their leader I will always 100% put their happiness first, way before mine.
5.1) As a Leader, how do you evaluate success within your command?
Connection. A good leader is respected and listened to. A great leader is respected and followed. I look for those who naturally take charge and I watch my SMs to see who they move toward. Successful leaders in my brigade are business when needed and a friend when applicable. No one can lead by fear mongering or absence. My staff are expected to be present and available to assist. We are here as volunteers for our SMs, without my SMs, SS, and BTN staff I would not be BGC. It’s important that they know why they’re here.
6) What is the funniest thing you've ever done in your time with TG or any game for that matter?
Our recruitment competition. Got HaloHobo pied in the face. Enough said.
7) If you were to meet one game character from any game you have ever played, who would it be?
Oh man, anyone in my entire brigade who has ever played a single game of Apex with me knows the answer... I miiiight be a bit to hype to meet Wattson from Apex Legends. She is amazing.
Thank you for joining us today @TG bionic keep up the outstanding work you do for your division and TG
Here are all the information and roadmap:
Here is the roadmap for the DLC and season pass!
Impressed with the amount of content? There's more! Here is a link to the PATCH NOTES that will come in addition to the DLC! LINK HERE
This is by far Bungie's most anticipated release in both size and hype!
Article Credited to: Sarge