Tuesday night we faced off against FOoM for STA on Valve’s latest map, a remake of Goldrush. Things kicked off a little after 9:30 and DJedi was on offense first.
We pushed out hard with uber and forced FOoM backwards from the gates. We focused on taking out their sniper, [FOoM]pwnoply, and the sentry that was stationed in the loft. After taking out these key defensive members we were able to focus on the cart and keep it constantly moving for most of Stage 1. Stage 2 was roughly the same, we pushed out and took out as many of their defenders with uber as we could and finally pushed far enough to get in range of their sentry. It gave us a bit of resistance but after taking it down we captured the cart and pushed into the second point of stage 2. Here we were met with some strong resistance but were still able to focus and take down their defense with the helpful cover fire of Polar[DJedi]. Stage 3 was much more difficult as we were able to push the cart almost all the way to the back point but were continually thwarted by FOoM’s two demo’s, sniper and engineer. Even with ubers we couldn’t kill enough enemies to cap the cart all the way and were held to 6 points on offense.
Now it was FOoM’s chance to run offense and DJedi was to defend. After such a long round we had a few people who needed to go to work and had someone use the bathroom. All the while, the game was live and there was no break. When the gates opened we were not in position and were down at least 3 guys. FOoM stormed out of their base and made quick order of the first stage. After some adrenaline enhanced words everyone settled down and we sucked it up and got ready to defend Stage 2, this time with our entire lineup. Our gun was almost immediately spotted and taken down by an ubercharge. We held the first point as long as we could, but FOoM overwhelmed us and we moved to setup defense on the 2nd point of the stage. Slingshot took over as sniper and Polar moved to soldier, after first moonlighting as an engineer to help get the gun up. Our defense stood strong with the massive mowing power of infinite and the sharp shooting from Slingshot. I would like to blame theSpawn for our offensive stop, his key saves on various players as medic, especially our sniper, was integral in our success.
Round 1: DJedi 6 – FOoM 3
A short break later we were back on the server to start Round 2. This time DJedi didn’t fumble the defense and started with a full roster. Much as the same as last time though, FOoM rolled out and began pushing us back with ubers while someone hung back to move the cart. While we held them off longer than the last round of defense, we couldn’t stop them and they captured the first stage. This time for stage 2, FOoM kept the pressure on strong the entire round. We had to hold them back for a little more than five minutes and it was an epic struggle for dominance on both sides. For four minutes, both teams exchanged blows and traded frags until the 60 second warning. At this point both sides regrouped and FOoM pushed in with massive forces and blew multiple ubercharges. DJedi scattered to avoid death and countered with an uber-heavy to stop the cart and take out the cluster of people huddling around it.
The last 30 seconds was as intense of a firefight as I can remember in any match and as the clock ticked down the cart was still inching forward. Finally, time ran out and FOoM had been stopped by the closest of margins. DJedi then took over on offense and in a replay of the first half, FOoM stopped us with 6 points as time ran out.
Round 2: DJedi 6 – FOoM 3
What a great match, thank you for the intense games FOoM, you guys are always worthy opponents. Look forward to facing you again soon.
Final Score: DJedi over FOoM, 12-6