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As in previous seasons I'll be posting some of the most entertaining matches I watched each week.
If you want to watch any match (spoiler free) then you can download them from the RAGL site: https://ragl.org/games
Masters Highlight of the Week
Masters got off to a great start this season, with nine of the matches taking place and everyone taking part in the Masters channel chat in some way. This ties with Season 7 for the most active first week in Masters. Potentially this is a result of this season's most significant rule change - matches can only be delayed for one week by each player. Regardless of the cause let's hope it continues through the rest of the season!
The biggest pre-season discussion was about the division assignments which saw Mint, Mo and Sigil all promoted from Minions. The schedule meant that Mo and Sigil met this week, and they were my pick for match of the week.
Mo vs Sigil (Masters)
Cast by Nilhall (Chinese): https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Eg4y1c7pc/
Game 1: https://ragl.org/replay/20fd9850e9ddfa3 ... 4e55c708e1
Game 2: https://ragl.org/replay/754c9ae0657751c ... 955bc5a618
One of these games was long - really long! It's managed to make it's way to number eight in the top ten longest RAGL games of all time.
Best of the Rest
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87:16: abcdefg30 vs barf_openra (RAGL-S02-MASTER-R02-ABC-BRF.orarep) 68:31: abcdefg30 vs Testosterone Rex (RAGL-S01-MINION-R09-TRX-ABC.orarep) 68:19: dragunoff vs SeaCucumber (RAGL-S04-RECRUIT-R06-SCR-DRG.orarep) 67:40: Declan vs barf_openra (RAGL-S01-MASTER-R04-DEC-BRF.orarep) 64:37: Smitty vs FiveAces (RAGL-S04-MASTER-R08-SMT-FIV.orarep) 56:51: Han vs Fenix (RAGL-S01-RECRUIT-R06-HAN-FEN.orarep.orarep) 55:19: SeaCucumber vs manu200 (RAGL-S04-RECRUIT-R02-MAN-SCR.orarep) 53:52: Mo vs Sigil (RAGL-S14-MASTER-ra-Server-2023-05-05T001319Z.orarep) 53:28: 3.Lucian vs mechANIC (RAGL-S04-RECRUIT-R04-LCN-MCV.ORAREP) 52:51: Pvt_Leaf vs TTTPPP (RAGL-S13-MINION-ra-Server-2022-11-01T212934Z.orarep)
Also scheduled for the first week was the match between two of the favourites. Current RAGL champion Kav faced off against the current ladder champion Fazzar. Additionally these two are the top two rated players coming into the tournament.
Fazzar vs Kav (Masters)
Cast by milkman: Game 1 Game 2
Cast by Nilhall (Chinese): https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Ak4y1x7FW/
Game 1: https://ragl.org/replay/c757b5bf29fbac5 ... 64cca1971a
Game 2: https://ragl.org/replay/086ebdc030db324 ... 2a1f851a48
Mo and Unano wanted to get some of their matches played early so, despite being scheduled for Week 7, they played each other this week. Unano finished second in Masters last season and Mo was second in Minions.
maceman vs Mo (Masters)
Game 1: https://ragl.org/replay/2da8eeee367b6c9 ... 132252638f
Game 2: https://ragl.org/replay/2e930135045137c ... 09b2637c44
Meanwhile the first week in Minions saw twelve matches played. Tux, Bain and Upps came down from being in Masters last season, and there were a handful of new players joining up. The first game here features one of those new players - Rossie (aka RowdyRuckus) who's not a new player, but has only recently started on the ladder.
milkman vs Rossie (Minions)
Cast by milkman: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1814542693?t=01h12m26s
Game 1: https://ragl.org/replay/15b4abbdf9f501f ... 29899abaa7
Game 2: https://ragl.org/replay/36b7cdc18f29eb1 ... 18435e4a32
Finally here's the match I played against Hans Nilhall. There are plenty of mistakes, but it turned out to be a great match.
Nilhall vs TTTPPP (Minions)
Game 1: https://ragl.org/replay/921770603206a0b ... 55ec2efd22
Game 2: https://ragl.org/replay/2be11eb55b73916 ... 59165656da
As always feel free to post other suggestions for this week's highlights! I'm sure there must be some that I missed.
milkman has included links to casts of these games in the next post:
- Mo vs Kav (Masters)
- Mo vs Fazzar Game 2 (Masters)
- Rossie vs Upps (Minions)
Technically played in Week 0, this match caught the attention of both FiveAces and Hans:
Cast by FiveAces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMnJsdgKhqo
Cast by Hans (Chinese): https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1kM4y147C8
BigHALK vs toiletbreakbrb (Minions)
Cast by FiveAces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH-QG88mOLY