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Quake Pro League - LUCCA 2019 - Reportage Part 1

Church of San RomanoIT Lucca is old city in Toscany region founded by Etruscans 300 B.C and conquered by Romas where Caesar signed "First Triumvirate" with Pompey and Crassus. Later on it became capital of Toscany controlled by Langobards and after short hostage of mercenaries it was sold to John of Luxembourg and managed by Charles the Fourth. City was second biggest city state in Italy and liberated by Napoleon Bonaparte and became self sustained republic. Lucca is known for its production of silk and it was born place of musitians and composers Luigi Boccherini and Giacomo Puccini as well as pope Lucius III.

Well, we are talking about some serious fckn history bois and grylz!

Lucca have 89 000 residents but I believe that number was exceeded wastly during Lucca Comics & Games, one of biggest Comics festivals in Europe. Whole old city was packed by crowds flowing all directions, and I was kind of glad, that I can lay my bones in Church of San Romano, that was main stage for Italian Esport Open hold by ESL.

Church of San Romano - Main StageBesides Quake Champions and LAN finals of Quake Pro League, ESL National Championship in League of Legends were part of the happenings as well as other minor competition in Mobile games.

Because living in Lucca was during event absurdly expensive, I took liberty to spend my time in Viareggio, beautifull town on the seeside 30 minutes away from Lucca and took my rented cinquecento for the ride!

Quake 3 Arena - Signed Edition20 players of Quake Pro League and 4 Challengers made their way (95,83% by plane :) to Lucca for Stage 1 finals, and because of that we were able to meet and chat with TOP players of the world in Quake Champions.

Before official program even started on Saturday, every player had access to backstage where they can practise, set up theirs settings and everything they needed to play theirs matches. All data were stored at SSD Disks to be used later on every single PC both backstage and on stage itself.

Great thing about ESL Italia production was, that most of the personel were consisted of Quake players, fans and legends. Huge shoutout to IT Dogemist and IT Polterizer tying to make players as comfortable, as possible. My very special thanks are directed to IT Maurizio, that took care of me like I was family.

Sacristy - Players BackstageDuring Friday afternoon, mostly Challengers were preparing at backstage that was located at sacristy of church, with BY Alexei "cYpheR" Yanushevsky and EE Kirril "cnz" Golubjov in front row.

American expedition lead by US FortyLions joined players shorty with Quake Champions community ambassador US Joshua "Tokyopunchout" Boyle and the man, the myth, the legend US John "ZeRo4" Hill.

At that point preparations for payers of Quake Pro League joining Americas relegation matches US Paul "sib" Titkov and US Branden "Br1ck" Gwyn could started as well as setup of  US Michael "dooi" Dewey, one of Americas Challengers. 

Later on, UK delegation arrived with UK Ryan "Ketchup" Neal, UK Gereth "GaRpY" Marshall and other "Myztro bois". I have also spend some time checking press area, that was located at presbytery of church.

Friday Night was in sign of starting Blizzcon and while Quake players were patiently preparing themselves for upcoming matches on Saturday in front of San Romano several cosplayers finished their preparation for live broadcast of event mentioned above.

   

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  • 0
    Hawr1x
    06.11.2019 15:34

    Thank you guys, I was blessed to be there, meet all those players and Iam lookin froward to Katowice. 

    Do we have some Quakers to join the Trip?


  • 0
    eatsme
    06.11.2019 20:06

    Teď jsem našel, že by to mohlo být 28. 2., to by myslím šlo.


  • 1
    capodecima
    06.11.2019 15:22

    Great report yeah. Jo do tech katowic bych taky asi jel. :))


  • 1
    eatsme
    05.11.2019 21:46

    Great report with nice photos! I hope I will visit some tourney one day (Katowice?).

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Bo3+
+8pts psygib
+8pts rapha

+4pts Br1ck
+4pts dramiS

+2pts sib
+2pts Effortless

+0pts nosfa
+0pts DaHanG
Bo3+
+8pts GaRpY
+8pts Coollerz
+8pts RAISY

+4pts k1llsen

+2pts vengeurR

+0pts Spart1e
+0pts Xron
+0pts baSe
Bo3+
+8pts Effortless
+8pts psygib

+4pts nosfa
+4pts rapha

+2pts whaz
+2pts cha1n

+0pts Br1ck
+0pts sib
Bo3+
+8pts Spart1e

+4pts GaRpY
+4pts RAISY
+4pts toxjq

+2pts Xron
+2pts Coollerz
+2pts vengeurR

+0pts Av3k
Single Elimination, Bo3
stoked
GNIK
dooi
bootsss
Single Elimination, Bo3
cYpheR
Silencep
cnz
inz

Bo3+
+8pts nosfa
+8pts DaHanG

+4pts dramiS
+4pts cha1n

+2pts Br1ck
+2pts psygib

+0pts Effortless
+0pts whaz
Bo3+
+4pts Av3k
+4pts toxjq
+4pts K1llsen
+4pts vengeurR

+2pts GaRpY
+2pts Xron
+2pts baSe
+2pts Coollerz
Single Elimination, Bo3
GNIK
dooi
yenOm
chance
Single Elimination, Bo3
cYpheR
cnz
Silencep
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