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uNleashed - Quake Japan
     JP Naonobu "uNleashed" Tahara   
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Used to play bunch of TFC, TF2, and is also a former professional quake4 & quakelive duel player from Tokyo.

LAN Party afficionado. Current alias: taharasan Former alias: uNleashed

 
  - twitch.tv/unleashedjp  
 

こんにちは直信お元気ですか? - Hello Naonobu how are you doing?

I'm really glad that given the nature of The QUAKE PUB, we are able to sit down, have a cup of Amazake and chat a bit about you and the Japanese Quake Community.

Can you tell us more about your Quake history? Where did it all start for you?

   

My first Quake was Quake4 and I've started to play it in 2007 if I remember correctly.


I was a univ student, and I had an accident and destroyed my left knee ina a Ultimate frisbee game, so I had plenty of time to kill. I used to play bunch of Team Fortress Classic over the years however it was dead then, and Quake4 still had an open international tourneys like QuakeCon, WSVG, ESWC.

I had never really played Quake until then
but everybody knows the name and its competitiveness.

So I took the shot, but Japan only had 3 players playing.

I loved duel and I craved for more games. I decided to take a plane and attended Quakecon and WSVG in 2007. I didn't do any good in these tourneys however I was planning to attend further - until we saw the recession in 2008 and all tourneys got called off.

After coming back to Japan, I played TF2 for a year or so, while running tourneys, then I played Quake Live for a year, and attended QuakeCon 2010 to get my ass whooped.

I remember that Quake Live tourney was even harder compared to Quake4 circuits, since most of players have years of experience and I didn't stand a chance. like at all.

After my graduation, I didn't play video games much for the next 5 years, and came back to Quake Champions in 2017.

 
 

There is sadly not much I know about the Quake Community in Japan and I would like to know more about it. Can you please enlighten us about its history and players that are part of it?

To put this into perspective, the Quake Community in Czech is small, always stuck together (now at Discord), we meet from time to time in pubs and talk about life and friendships made there are everlasting.

Does the Japan Community work like that as well? 

   

Yes, we've got a teeny weeny community and discord is our go-to place to hang around. We have 756 members as of today, but a handful of people are playing actively.

Not much is happening lately but we're coming back to Quake Champions periodically. We play 2on2 pick ups and duels mostly.

I'd say 90% of players in QC discord are new bloods who started with Quake Champions. Only a handful of people have history in other Quake games.

Most of old schoolers have just gone missing(most of them), or they stuck with Quake Live/CPM up to this moment(a few).

 
 

Is the Japanese Community somehow isolated, or does Quake Champions allow you to play with other regions with some reasonable ping? 

 

I wouldn't say we're necessarily isolated ping wise, however the franchise is just not too popular among asians.

(Also, mainland China is basically firewall'd inside, and they can't play QC unless they do some tricky stuff.)

Our prime servers would be Korea with pings about 40, and Singapore with 60-80.
We can also play on California now that our pings would be as low as 110, and Sydney at 130.

It's been ages since the last time I played quick games in asian servers so I might be out of touch, however I always added NA/Aus Servers for queueing since you can't find a game in reasonable time, or at all, when I limit it to asian servers.

As for the communities, I believe Australian community is the biggest and functioning as a hub for the asian region as they have many passionate players and tourney organizers who keep the scene alive.

A few Japanese players and SEA players take part in their tourney for a proper competition lately.

We have tiny communities scattered around the region. As I see it there's two reasons:

A. Languages.

English is not universal especially in far east Asia/Russia.
When it comes to Russia-Korea-JP-SEA communication, it's pretty tricky, and I assume most Japanese players would run off and take a cover when they're greeted in English.
SEA/India/Aus players are just fluent with it. I envy them.

B. Gap in competitiveness

Most of us (including myself) play Quake Champions pretty casually, and only a handful of players are looking for serious competition.

Communities are always formed around purposes. Japanese discord has more casual players than competitors, on the other hand Russian community consists of competitive players.

Although we play the same video game, the communities are apple and oranges if you ask me.

 
 

I would like to ask you about Quake Champions Japan 年末調整王決定戦 2021 Tournament.

You announced this tournament a few weeks ago and from what I understand, it should be some kind of high light Cup for 2021. Is this some traditional big tournament or lets say - one of many, you are playing in your region. 

   

Yes, it's a light and fun domestic tourney with a joking touch to it.

I've started this annual tourney to make it a tradition around here.

Last year we had 20 players in and this year I'm expecting around 15 players taking part. The prize for the last year was a box of expensive mochi(rice cake) which we traditionally have in new year's holidays.

Actually, 年末調整(nenmatsu-chousei) is a kind of tax form that balances your tax at the end of the year.

So the idea is that even though you were too busy with your life or playing other games and not playing quake much this year, you can still "balance" yourself and claim you're still a quaker by taking part of this tourney.

I'm running this so that we can keep the community casually alive,
and I guess I'll be doing this as long as I can.

I'm also up for running a serious competition if people want it, however I don't see that happening in near future with Quake Champions.

Though I love Quake Champions, I'm also looking forward to the next multiplayer quake for a reboot opportunity for our community!

 
 

Do you have in the community some new young players that have potential to make it to the Quake Pro League, or compete internationally? 

   

I'd say there's a huge skill gap between our top duelers and pros, so unfortunately my answer would be "no" at this moment.

However the way I see it, if only they could have a proper training in EU I believe our top duelers such as JP Lainchan or JP Royalruby could possibly improve their games significantly.

 
 

Is there any central website for the local community, or are you using Discord as a main means of communication? 

   

Discord is our hub: https://discordapp.com/invite/qNEUYmt

We still have 756 member in it, chat is dead silent however we see 1 or 2 pick up games a day.

 
 

You have competed in global tournaments, and did pretty well back in 2010 by placing 3rd in IEM Asian Championship and later made it to QuakeCon 2010.

Are you missing such competitions where players were able to travel the world to compete? Do you think that Quake has a chance to return to this level of competition? 

   

Good old days! As a matter of fact I've been to Dreamhack Winter 2017 and QuakeCon 2018 also! I took part in whatever I could join there (QC 2on2 in qcon and QC duel & Sacrifice in DHW).

I'm a big fan of traveling and a gaming conventions like these, I see myself going around when the world gets back to normal.

I also host the biggest BYOC party called "C4 LAN" so it's good for me to take a peek in those awesome parties and tourneys too.

I wouldn't say I'm too old however there's no way I'm going back to pro gaming as I know I'm a casual who just like to play a lot.

I'm more inclined to help and support people who are up for challenges like that.

 
 

What do you think the community on Global Level can do to attract new players and organise itself a bit better? 

   

That's a tough question and honestly I don't come up with a straight answer.

 
 

Thank you for your time and all you do for Quake

   

Thank you for having me!

 

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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