Archive for February, 2006

Hardfought is on de_cpl_fire!

By K2 on February 28th, 2006 at 11:08 am EST

Last night’s match was against Abusive Gaming. They’re a good group of skilled players whose only loss up until this point was against the CAL-M move down ‘Hard Clan’. “We worked hard this week because we knew our opponents are first rate. The guys did a great job, made their shots and really showed what we mean by Hard-Fought” said Burzum as he typed up this news post.

Pre-match practice was rough. Shade (the team’s strat caller) is out for the rest of the season after a training injury. (yes, we really do practice hard) X-Rays show a broken hand requiring a cast that makes it impossible to grasp a mouse. Doctors are hopeful that he’ll make a full recovery and be back in the action in as little as six weeks.

Regardless of the team’s setbacks, Hardfought made a strong showing as they started as Terrorists on de_cpl_fire. The first round resulted in a flawless execution of Hardfought’s heavily practiced pistol round strat. AbusiveGaming’s strat caller didn’t take that sitting down. He ordered a “buy light” and caught Hardfought severely off-guard. Sandbox, who took over strat calling for shade, stepped up with some clever, hard hitting and often sneaky strats to close out the T side 9-6 with HF in the lead.

The second half got off to a shaky start with AbusiveGaming putting up a lot of points in a hurry. They got multiple bomb plants including an impressive plant by HmMm who found himself 1v4 and surrounded. He was able to break through the line, get a kill and get the bomb planted before he was finally put down. With the score 4-4 Hardfought said “nu-uh” and shut them down for a win out of 11-4, in which Sandbox made two exciting clutches.

Week 6 starters: Sandbox, Predator, Bl0wn, FFW Mayo and Doubledown.

MVPs
Predator for having double the T frags of anyone on either team even after missing practice.
Sandbox for his Terrorist side strats and his CT clutches.

Final Score: Hardfought over Abusive Gaming 20-10

That puts Hardfought Clan in the Top 10 of their division with a three game winning streak.

gg Abusive Gaming!

idle #abusivegaming

de_train: Will losing both pistol rounds run HF off track?

By Suck. on February 21st, 2006 at 1:17 am EST

In this week’s match on de_train, Hardfought found itself in a scenario that usually spells disaster, as it lost both the Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist pistol rounds. Instead of being derailed, however, Hardfought moved forward with a full head of steam against their opponent, WaXeD clan.

In a post-match interview, Hardfought | Shade stated, “Going into the match, I was concerned with our play on Terrorist — T side on train can be pretty overwhelming. We practiced and scrimmed several times this week and tried multiple variations of things. The mixing and matching in practice payed off and it showed.”

Hardfought started off as Terrorist by delaying a rush on the main yard, smoking it heavily and timing multiple flashes. Unfortunately WaXed timing was perfect and their nades hit HF hard. The strat called for the fake rush on yard A, running clear across to the middle ladder and going to B. By the time HF got to B and planted, they were outnumbered and lost the round.

After saving a round then picking up some AK’s, HF was able to get back on track though. “We really attacked them heavily on IVY/ALLEY with nades, damaging/killing and backing them off,” observed Shade. “Most of the strat called for Predator awping middle while the rest of us worked the flanks.”

Hardfought’s strats were working well, and the rotations and bombsite takeovers were fierce. There was alot of great play from everyone involved. Hardfought | Sandbox was on fire with his headshots and Hardfought | Predator was on the money with the AWP. A great team effort and clutch rounds won by Hardfought | Loki and newcomer Hardfought | Doubledown were the icing on the cake to give Hardfought an 11-4 lead following the Terrorist side.

“Going into CT side, I was worried about the guys getting ahead of themselves with the huge edge of winning big on T-side. I put an emphasis on keeping focus and winning 1 round at a time” said Shade.

To begin the Counter-Terrorist side, HF again lost the pistol round, but they were able to bounce back and win a save round. After buying colts and awps, Hardfought laid down the smack and began firing on all cylinders. While Shade and Loki held down trainyard B and Sandbox and DoubleDown did their thing on trainyard A, Predator took the middle with his AWP. They were able to get the initial kills in most of the rounds, and muscled WaXeD with the man advantages. HF clan was heated up, and all five players were kicking ass and taking names to go on top of WaXeD 11-4 as CT.

    This week’s starters: Doubledown, Loki, Predator, Sandbox, and Shade
    MVP of the night: DoubleDown for stepping up and making a solid contribution in his freshman appearance with Hardfought
    Final score: Hardfought over WaXeD, 22-8

Overall, Hardfought delivered another consistent performance. Look for the clan to keep their win streak going as they move on to Week 6 of CAL League with a 4-1 record.

hF Clan back on track

By K2 on February 17th, 2006 at 10:09 am EST

Hardfought squared off versus eFX on de_nuke. Hardfought started off as terrorist with Hardfought | Predator setting the tempo for the match with a pistol round ace. Hardfought got off to a great start going up 5-0 as T’s. “They seemed to be weak on the outside and I started leaning the strat calling heavily on their outside defenses” says Hardfought | Shade. eFX put up a great effort and the teams finished the CT sided map, with a score of 8-7 as terrorist in favor of Hardfought.

Hardfought went on the defensive on CT and really took control of the match. “With Predator holding the outside down with an awp, and bl0wn and myself destroying ramp room, they were forced to attack middle heavily. Sandbox and Loki held down the central fort giving us ample time to rotate and assist.”, says Hardfought | Shade. The score was 12-3 on ct side and that was closer than it actually was.

Terrorist side MVP = Predator
CT side MVP = Entire Team

Starters for match : Blown, Loki, Sandbox, Predator and Shade

Final Score 20-10

Hardfought looks to carry the momentum over to de_train next week, stay tuned….

gg eFX

Hardfought’s First Loss of the Season

By K2 on February 7th, 2006 at 12:40 pm EST

Last night Hardfought Clan lost their first match. We were off to a good start winning the opening 5 or 6 rounds. But half way through our CT side something changed closed holding on to a one point lead at 7:8. The next half was a nightmare. We lost pistol round and I (Burzum) had mic trouble for our first 4 rounds leaving us 4v5. We never recovered and lost 22:8.

That brings us to 2:1. It’s not over yet and we still have an excellent chance of going to the playoffs this season.

Hardfought vs. Extempore

By K2 on February 3rd, 2006 at 8:02 am EST

Monday night a 9pm EST (8 CST) Hardfought Clan will be going up against our biggest challenge of the season so far, Extempore. They’re 2-0 and have destroyed their last opponents 30-0 and 24-6. Hardfought has done well with a forfeit win and the 24-6 spanking we gave TIT clan last week. It promises to be an exciting face off. Both an IRC Scorebot and SourceTV will be broadcast for the match. Join us in #hardfought on irc.gamesurge.net to cheer for your favorite team! SourceTV information will be announced there.

gl hf