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     SE  Andreas "Andeh" Wahl  
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Formerly a cpm player in Quake 3, Andreas "Andeh" Wahl was convinced by his friend SE LocKtar, whom he had known essentially since birth, to play QuakeWorld instead of Quake 3.

Reluctantly, he tried the game on LocKtar's request and LocKtar decided to destroy him on dm4 by a score of 60-0. Demoralized as he was, Andeh still realized the beauty of the game by spectating what LocKtar did in order to win and decided to start his grind to become a good player.

On the 10th of October, 2011, Andeh managed to finally defeat his good friend LocKtar in an official tournament for the first time, solidifying himself as a good player and proving that grinding for hours on end can be worth it.

 
  quakeworld.nu/wiki/Andeh  
 

 

Hello Andreas, welcome The QUAKE PUB, a virtual pub that helps me with my midlife crisis :-)
I mean, comon, everybody wanted to have his own pub once in a while.

I love how you were introduced to QuakeWorld, it's a story I can identify with and sympathize with <3
I believe many players have exactly the same story as we do. Owned by a friend and got really intrigued by the magic of Quake.

Why do you think, unlike other communities of Quake, players in QuakeWorld are sticking with QW even though they are at the retirement age (Hi NO Link!)? What is that magic you see in QuakeWorld?

   

Well, many are so far into their lives that the time and effort it takes to learn a new game becomes a barrier that they don't have time to overcome.

Further, I think many are just happy with the state of QuakeWorld.

It's sort of a constant in everybody's lives, a game that doesn't change, doesn't need patches or balance updates, it works exactly the same now as it did 20 years ago. It's a familiar face that remains a comfort when our lives change drastically around us as we get older.

 
 

Just out of curiosity, how old is the oldest player you have in QW?

   

I think that would be the Finnish player FI Anza, born in 1963. Though I'm sure there have been older players that are no longer active.

We have a wide range of players though as we seem to attract younger people
who are looking for a hardcore arena FPS experience.

There are other similar games out there, but none of them with nearly the same scene and activity as QuakeWorld, which is why people turn to our 25 year old game, rather than play a newer game without any consistent activity.

 
 

QuakeWorld changed alot throughout 25 years of it existence. 

We are about to celebrate 25 years exactly on 13th December. Anything special prepared for the anniversary?

   

Hah, well, we have a bunch of running competitions but I've heard rumors of a few events around the world.

Mostly though, I think we'll just keep doing what we're doing.

 
 

Since prehistoric era, where we were able just to post and compare demos against Frog Bots and Omicrons for example, through the early days of ClanBase to the magnificence of Quakeworld.nu.

When you look back, did you imagine that QuakeWorld will be there for such a long time, and if you should name a few personalities that were important for holding the community together?

   

There are so many factors at play here.

Many thought QuakeWorld would die with the release of Quake 3, and then with the release of World of Warcraft, and then the death of X or Y tournament, but all the while we've persisted.

There are a few very important enthusiasts in the scene that have helped it stay really active, but it's hard to single out a single person.

I believe as long as the ability to host a server is there, people will keep playing even if there wasn't any tournaments or scene. For that reason, I don't think QuakeWorld will ever truly die.

 
 

The QuakeWorld community created various tools that set you up for a game nQuake and ezQuake, and allows you to broadcast it with all modern features like item timers.

What is the best way for new players that got interested in QuakeWorld to jump in?

   

QuakeWorld is very rookie friendly, simply go to www.nquake.com and download the client.

Then use either the in-game server browser, or bookmark the homepage badplace.eu for easy server browsing.

I would recommend joining the official QuakeWorld discord through discord.quake.world, and make use of the QWiki!

It is a very helpful tool, and it even has its own rookie section.
You can find that here: www.quakeworld.nu/wiki/Qwrookie

 
 

Does the new Quake Remastered somehow help the community to see new players in multiplayer and do you still see newbies in QuakeWorld?

Given the play time and experience all great QW players have in game, is there chance for new players to reach that Div1 Tier?

   

To the first question, Quake Remastered (or KexQuake as we, and many others call it) doesn't really interact with QuakeWorld.

It is its own thing, and hasn't helped us, but it has brought some attention to the game "Quake" which is always a good thing regardless. 

To the second question, I already kind of answered that in a previous answer.

There are many beginners in QuakeWorld because we tend to attract the personalities that are fit for the space, whether it's arena FPS players from other games that have faded into history, or if it's a youngster who wants something a little more hardcore than some of the mainstream games. As to skill levels, some pick up the basics very quickly and some take longer.

For example, the American player US Zorak has only been playing since July 2021 and is already one of the absolute best North American players.

He has a background in arena FPS, but his skill quickly translated into QuakeWorld. Fear not though, because even if your skill level is on a beginner's level, there are plenty of other players at that level as well, so you will always be able to find games against similarly skilled players.

 
 

Whose idea was it to settle “disputes in the Community” in Organ Grinder? And are you happy with the impact of that show?

   

The idea as a whole all started with US Jehar. It's taken some time to get the QuakeWorld community to understand what Organ Grinder is about, but it seems people are catching on.

We've had a couple of interesting fights already, culminating in that amazing 4on4 battle between SE Suddendeath and EU Slackers.

WATCH VOD

I think Organ Grinder is the perfect platform to fight someone specific, and it's a very different experience to the traditional bracket tree, plus everyone gets paid!

We were also really lucky to see such an amazing series - it could have easily been a 3-0. We were truly blessed.

 
 

One of the main reasons I'm so glad you accepted my invitation is to ask you about GetQuad! Draft 5

What is the main reason behind doing draft tournaments in 4on4?

   

The concept of draft tournaments started "for real" back when the European Quake League (EQL) realized that their league was coming to an end.

The teams started becoming very top heavy, with the best playing only with the best, which created this incredibly skilled but also exclusive division 1, a division which no other team wanted to be in unless they had a legitimate chance of winning. This led to a very stale situation with only 3-4 teams wanting to actually play in division 1.

From the ashes of that, a draft tournament called Salvation was born, and it was a success! The teams were mostly balanced, and players got the opportunity to play with people they never expected to play with.

After Salvation closed its doors, GetQuad was founded and took the role as the main draft tournament, and has been going ever since

 
 

QuakeWorld 4on4 is one of most structured Team Plays in AFPS, if you should describe the main rules of how teams are usually working in the Arenas. What would they be?

What are the main tasks team and are players usually appointed to some specific roles?

   

This is probably a deeper question than you realize.

The strategy involved in 4on4 QuakeWorld is so developed and evolved
that it might be difficult to grasp, and sometimes intimidating.

I could write an entire book about it,
but normally you'd want a good mix of players in your team.

You need to have your version of a superstar, the guy you expect to win the important fights and run the quads, but you also want a support "grinder" or two, who excel at being in the opponent's faces even without a weapon.

It's hard to describe how annoying a good support player can be with only a shotgun. Not only will they connect with their boomstick shots while dodging a lot of your damage, they'll also always be at the right place at the right time, supporting their superstar players making sure that they survive even if the support dies.

Every game is unique however, so in a perfect world, each player is ready to take any of the roles in a certain situation in a game. Aside from the overall 4on4 strategies out there, there are also map specific strategies.

A good example of that is DM2, where a good team will have set positions for each player whenever they are in control, in order to capitalize on as many frags as possible during the time they manage to stay in control, in what we call a "map lock".

To try and prevent myself from getting carried away, I'd say you want at least one superstar on your team and ideally two, together with two support players, who may not get top frags but do the dirty work of things that need to be done throughout a game.

 
 

When I saw yours sdCup #5, I could not resist the cold spreading through my body.

What is Frozen Five? And how much does it change gameplay on dm2 and dm4 for example?

   

Hah! How nice that you've heard of it.

The Frozen Five originated as a very random idea by SE bps. He's one of the best players in the scene, but he moonlights as the occasional map-maker and a part from creating the starting map of almost all the servers (maphub), he has recreated a few other maps.

This time he had the idea of adding snow and ice to the Big Five.
Ironically, he started the project during the summer.

When it comes to gameplay, it is changed slightly due to the removal of lava. Lava is now snow or ice, which means you won't burn to death. That could open up interesting angles that didn't exist before, or it may do absolutely nothing, who knows?

We'll see if the players manage to get creative, or if the games play out the way they normally would.

Sign up and try them yourself!

12th of December, 19:00 CET - be there!

 
 

Thank you for your time, and we will see each other on the GRAND FINALS of GetQuad!
where FI Milton's Mutants and SE Bps' Badboys face each other!

   

Thank you! Yes, don't miss the grand finals on Thursday!! It'll be awesome!

 

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Calendar
STREAM
RULES
Double elimination Bo3, Bo1 LB, FINALS Bo5
LOOT
$100
 
RULES
Bo1 Groups, Bo3 Finals
LOOT
€20
TODAY @ 22:00 - TastyCups 2022 #1 NA
STREAM
RULES
Double Elimination Bo1 -> Semifinals, Bo3, Double Bo3 Grandfinals
LOOT
$100
MAPS

Ruins of Sarnath, Exile, Blood Run, Vale of Pnath, Awoken

23/01 @ 18:00 - TastyCups 2022 #1 EU
STREAM
RULES
Double Elimination Bo1 -> Semifinals, Bo3, Double Bo3 Grandfinals
LOOT
$100
MAPS

Ruins of Sarnath, Exile, Blood Run, Vale of Pnath, Awoken

 
RULES
Single Elimination Bo3
LOOT
$60
MAPS

Awoken, Blood Covenant, Corrupted Keep, Deep Embrace, Insomnia, Ruins Of Sarnath, Vale Of Pnath

Results
 
VOD
LOOT
€1500
 
26/12/2021 - Happy New Frags!!
VOD
LOOT
$850
STANDING

St0n3
 prox1mo 
PepCo
 PASITA
 ARSENY
SE Keltz
 Nrav
DE Retc0n
 1eroy
BY Contash

LOOT
$100
 
24/12/2021 - XMAS FFA 2021
 
STANDING

GOLD HU RAISY 
SILVER AU ZenAku
BRONZE BY cYpheR
QUAD DE k1llsen
RU baSe
EE cnz

LOOT
$1500
STANDING

St0n3 + 10pts
 PASITA + 8pts
inz + 6pts
   prox1mo + 5pts
 Nrav + 4pts
ANTOWKA + 4pts
DE Rohm + 3pts
BY Contash + 3pts
Zant3 + 2pts
SE Keltz + 2pts
PepCo + 2pts
DE Retc0n + 2pts

LOOT
$100
 
STANDING

GOLD JP lainchan
SILVER JP gnsh0t
BRONZE JP RoyalRuby
QUAD JP Tranoiddddd

VOD
 
MATCHES
EU Semifinals 1
21:30 Macisum FR  0 -vs-  SE bps

 

VOD

https://www.twitch.tv/qw_Link

 
MATCHES
Match   Division 1
  12/12
02:30 CET
Kweens vs Extinction
     
  VOD t1g in Japan vs Kweens
  VOD Madhouse Masters vs Extinction
     
  VOD Extinction vs We Showed Up
  VOD Kweens vs Trashcans
     
    Division 2
#1 06/12
04:30 CET
Butcher`s Shit Squad vs Team Quartz
#2   Pure`s Bowl Cut vs Winner of Match 1
#3 VOD Probably Cursed vs Krabbin n Dabbin
#4   Skinner`s Succulent Seven vs Probably Cursed
VOD
LOOT
$1400
STANDING

GOLD HURAISY
SILVER BYcYpher
BRONZE RUbaSe
QUAD AUZenAku
5. USdramiS
6. USStrongsage
7. EEcnz
8. RUSt0n3

MATCHES
Grand Finals
RAISY HU 3 ELITE 1 BY
Consolation Finals
cYpher BY 2 ELITE 0 RU baSe
Loosers Brackets Finals
ZenAku AU 1 ELITE 2 RU baSe
Winners Brackets Finals
RAISY HU 2 ELITE 0 BY
Loosers Brackets Round 2
ZenAku AU 2 ELITE 0 US
baSe RU 2 ELITE 0 US Strongsage
Winners Brackets Semifinals
RAISY HU 2 ELITE 0 RU
cYpher BY 2 ELITE 0 AU ZenAku
Loosers Brackets Round 1
dramiS US 2 ELITE 1 EE
Strongsage US 2 ELITE 0 RU St0n3
Winners Brackets Quarterfinals
dramiS US 0 ELITE 2 HU
cnz EE 1 ELITE 2 RU baSe
Strongsage US 1 ELITE 2 BY
ZenAku AU 2 ELITE 0 RU St0n3
VOD
 
12/12/2021 - sdCup #5
STANDING

GOLD FI Milton
SILVER SE bps
BRONZE NO Macisum
QUAD FR Bernkaoch

VOD
LOOT
$1000
ADVANCED

GOLD US dramiS
SILVER US Strongsage
BRONZE AU ZenAku
QUAD RU BaSe
EE CNZ
BY cYpheR
HU RAISY
RU St0n3

VOD
LOOT
Top 8 Qualification
STANDING

St0n3 + 10pts
 PASITA + 8pts
 ARSENY + 6pts
UK Clique RMV + 5pts
inz + 4pts
DE Retc0n + 4pts
 ANTOWKA + 3pts
BY Contash + 3pts
NO Bullet0n3 + 2pts
SE Keltz + 2pts
PepCo + 2pts
FR XC Almaril + 2pts

VOD
LOOT
$100
 
09/12/2021 - Get Quad! Draft 5
STANDING

GOLD SE Bps` Badboys
SILVER FI 
Milton`s Mutants 
BRONZE
QUAD

MATCHES
[DIV1] 3rd Place Match
XantoM's XMas SE  -vs- NO Nigve's Narcos

 

 

VOD
 
MATCHES
Charlie unicorn SE 3 BRONZE 0 RU LaborantFX
estotycom St0n3 RU 3 ELITE 1 RU Klyb
MaaV 3 GOLD 1 aromat
DRGN Kotzikacki DE 3 SILVER 0 HU Yozifuu
pointyraccoon UK 3 DIAMOND 1 SL4VE
 
04/12/2021 - SACRIFICE Draft CUP
STANDING

GOLD US Team psygib
SILVER US Team Zombie
BRONZE US Team jbacc
QUAD US Team HaloLogann

VOD
MATCHES
Pikawa 3 ELITE 2
VEXED phaze 3 ELITE 1 Flowie71
zwiros 1 ELITE 3 Flowie71
Pikawa 0 ELITE 3 VEXED phaze
Pikawa 3 ELITE 2 Flowie71
VEXED phaze 3 ELITE 0 Pikawa
VOD