Did you catch all of the exciting action from the Skyring Slam 2014 Tournament? We had some epic matches throughout the tournament, but the final match
between Team Brobro and Giga Ahh Shiba had everyone’s full attention throughout the whole three rounds.
Winning Team: Giga Ahh Shiba
Duration: 1 minute 30 seconds
First Player Defeated: D.T by Gold
Winning Team: Team Brobro
Duration: 6 minutes 22 seconds
First Player Defeated: Star by Sashimiii
Winning Team: Giga Ahh Shiba
Duration: 12 minutes 44 seconds
First Player Defeated: Sashimiii by Gold
And with that, Giga Ahh Shiba became the first place winner of the Skyring Slam 2014. We’ve had the chance to catch up with both of the teams of the final match. See what they had to say.
Skyring Slam 2014 First Place Winner: Giga Ahh Shiba
1. Congratulations on becoming the first place winner! This was the first official 3v3 tournament by En Masse Entertainment. How does it feel?
Star: It feels great! I really enjoyed the tournament and was really glad that you guys hosted a tournament for 3v3s, as this is arguably the most competitive PvP in TERA and I feel like it deserves some more attention. I felt honored to even participate in the tournament, and even more for being the first winners!
Suntail: Winning this tournament was a great feeling. Each player on our team has been competing in Champions’ Skyring for about a year now, and we all have been waiting to prove ourselves the best among the top teams. The tournament being single elimination made for very stressful matches and made the win feel like a relief.
Haiimon: It feels good to compete in the first official 3v3 tournament. The Skyring arena has been quite dull lately with only the same teams queuing over and over. I think these kind of tournaments should be a more regular thing.
Gold: I am very honored because I got another number one title. But this time, the tournament made me play 3v3s to win, instead of just for fun.
2. What were the reasons behind the team composition for each match? Who made the strategy calls?
Star: Our team's five-man makeup meant it was pretty predictable—either we'd have a lancer and ranged DPS, or two ranged DPS (which we only did for the first round since it was risky). Our main goal was to have Haiimon and Suntail play an equal amount of games, which they did, because they both are competitive beasts and wanted very much to play the matches! I think we decided collectively who would be in the games, and everyone contributed to strategy. I am glad that ultimately, everyone on our team got to play at least one match in the tournament.
Suntail: Our main goal was to give everyone equal playing time throughout the tournament. Lancer is OP so we of course had to run with lancer for most of the matches. We were very confident going into our first couple matches and even decided to run archer/sorcerer/priest in the first round to mix things up. Unfortunately, after day one our priest, Guild.Member, was banned for an unrelated incident which forced us to run mystic for all of day two. We were going to play priest against any berserker teams due to the superior recovery, but since we had to run a mystic in the final match we decided to run lancer/sorcerer/mystic for chain CC potential.
Haiimon: Our team composition was picked because of the utility involved between the classes. Also, we are very familiar with each other's gameplay making the synergy strong between us.
3. What team or teams were you expecting to face in the finals?
Star: Since it was single elimination, I felt there was a good chance for some upsets to happen. Before seeing the seeding and the different teams involved, I was expecting 1 percent HP to be one of the teams in the finals, but after seeing the seeding, I thought Doge had a good chance at taking the bracket finals, and then they did it! After that, I think our team was expecting to see Doge in the finals (we were planning to play Suntail if it was them), but BroBro came in with a great upset.
Suntail: I believe we were all expecting to see One Percent Haych Pea in the finals, but they were upset early on by Doge, who also went on to be upset by BroBro. Every match was insanely close so we did not know who we were going to face until it was actually decided.
Haiimon: I expected to see Aura's team and Mayfair's in the finals. You can't beat the chemistry between the two teams.
4. Were you aware that you guys were the crowd favorites according to the small number of bracket prediction contest entries? Did you expect it, and if you did, did it affect the gameplay?
Star: I think we were aware just because all of our members are fairly well-known in the 3v3 scene. I didn't know if we were the favorites or not, but I did know that people had some sort of an expectation on us. Personally, the tournament made me really nervous and I was super anxious the whole time. I was afraid that my nervousness would put extra pressure on me, but in the end, the intensity of the matches caused me to focus more, especially as we got deeper into the brackets.
Suntail: I was aware that the majority crowd predicted us to win, and since our players generally compete at the top of the leaderboard it was somewhat expected. We used it as a morale boost to win each match and not be a disappointment.
5. Throughout the tournament, was there a time where you didn’t think you may not advance to the next round?
Star: Being a single elimination tournament, I knew anything could happen, so I definitely had that in the back of my head the entire tournament. I was really nervous after Haiimon got blown up in the second round vs. iHop and particularly right before going up against Cheese & Mtn Dew.
Suntail: I was personally confident that we would win going into each match. The only time I was actually nervous was during the third round of the finals because it was very drawn out and anyone could win at that point.
Haiimon: Yes, during the first round and second round, I was a little scared—not going to lie. We ran sorcerer/archer/priest the first round, which was risky. In single elimination it's anyone's game. Everyone has good plays or bad days.
6. The first match against Team Brobro ended quickly at about 1:30 minutes in, with D.T being the first defeat of the match. What type of strategy did you use against a berserker, a class some may say PvPers are less experienced in playing against?
Star: If you are on the receiving end of a berserker's extremely scary axe, there are a couple things you can do to help you survive. First, and probably most importantly, you have to watch for the berserker's buffs. A fully-buffed berserker is literally unstoppable—he can't be staggered, knocked down, or CCed, so if you see those buffs make sure your healer dispels them! Second, try not to give them your back. If you know you're going to get hit or if you're stuck in Inescapable Doom, do your best to take it to the face, as this mitigates some of the damage. Also, getting caught in a knockdown chain usually spells death, so save your retaliate cooldown for when you're really in trouble. Don't forget that you can also use CC and your knockdowns to peel for yourself (if he's not buffed) in a jam! It's also best to have your DPS focus berserkers and try not to let them free cast. Also, remember not to be shy to ask for help from your teammates if you are in a tough spot! I definitely was not shy about that, haha.
Suntail: Berserkers are very strong and lethal when let free. Generally the best way to deal with them is to simply pressure them to the point where they can’t get any big hits off, and we attempted to do just that. I still feel that archer would have had an easier time peeling and kiting, but in the end we made it work with sorcerer CCs.
Haiimon: Our strategy was peel and deal. I knew if I could land a sleep and get healing debuff on D.T and mana tap the healer, it would control the pressure. It was not always that easy though, Bloodblight played a tighter game the second and third round, controlling me and beating me to the punch on CC's.
Gold: Focus D.T! Kill him! CC healer! Okay, I got him. No problem.
7. What advice do you have for folks who may be inspired to participate in 3v3 after watching the tournament?
Star: It is never too late to start playing competitively in 3v3s! Make sure you grab some good gear, then practice, practice, practice! Experience is a notable factor when it comes to being successful in 3v3s, so don't be discouraged if at first you don't do too well. Try practicing in 1v1, in Corsair's Stronghold, in solo queue, etc. (although CS and SQ are not good representations of the combat in team 3v3s, some practice is better than no practice, and it's a good starting place if you have no gear). Again, if you are starting from the ground up, I especially recommend dueling 1v1 against all of the classes, just to get familiar with possible combos and skills. Gear also makes a noticeable difference in non-equalized PvP instances, so make sure you have a good set before climbing your way to the top! Find a team that you can communicate well with, and you are all set to begin your Skyring adventure.
Suntail: Play solo queue! Now that there is equalized gear, nobody should be afraid to get into the arena and practice. Watching live streams will also help you learn some useful tips while playing. Once you feel confident in your abilities, grab people from your guild or LFG and queue for team threes for the best experience.
8. Any other thoughts/comments you have for your teammates or fellow TERA players? For En Masse?
Star: To TERA players, thanks for the amazing support and for helping to make this event successful! I'd also like to extend a personal thank you to supporters of my team and particularly to those who are fans through my stream (like Rupapap!). To En Masse, I cannot over emphasize the fact that I am so happy that you guys hosted a 3v3 tournament. It was fun, enjoyable, and intense to both watch and participate in the matches. I sincerely hope that you will host them again in the future. Thank you, En Masse! See you all in the Skyring!
Suntail: I want to thank my teammates for keeping cool and performing well throughout the tournament, as well as any friends and fans that supported Giga Ahh Shiba. Most importantly I want to thank En Masse for managing this awesome tournament! I feel that these tournaments are a huge benefit to the community and having more tournaments per year would greatly increase the interest in competitive PvP.
Haiimon: Thanks for the tournament En Masse, the only suggestion I would have for the future is more regular tournaments and double elimination. Overall, it was a smooth tournament—quick matches and no problems! Thank you!
Skyring Slam 2014 Second Place Winner—Team Brobro
1. Congratulations for becoming the second place winner of Skyring Slam 2014! This was the first official 3v3 tournament by En Masse Entertainment. How did you prepare and select the team members?
Team Brobro: Thank you! Our team actually didn't really prepare too much for the tournament itself, but we did play more 3v3s in general before the event. We had a lot of real-life commitments which didn’t allow us to play with each other at all due to conflicting times. In fact our healer, BloodBlight, hasn’t played since August, but he still played extraordinary well in the tournament. I selected my team to be filled with my bros, basically people who I can trust, to have fun with, and have a camaraderie going.
2. For each of the team members, what do you think their strengths are? What makes playing with them enjoyable?
Giraffee: First off I’d like to thank everyone on my team. I love these guys and this tournament really brought Team Brobro into true bromance.
Archrawr: Consistent. This guy constantly pushes himself to the limit even when he gets shot down multiple times. I can always trust Archrawr to play at a certain high level whenever we need him.
Sashimiii: Superfriend. Probably the most positive player I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing TERA with. When the team or player makes a mistake, it always laughs it off and creates a happy mood in the group. He never gets discouraged, even after a loss.
BloodBlight: Aggressive. Blood hasn’t played actively since August, but when he did come on, he pushed himself. Blood’s play style truly shined as the tournament went on. He made more aggressive calls/plays in order for our team to capture victory.
3. As the final match went on, each round became longer and longer with the general advantage of the situation going back and forth frequently. How did you stay focused and coordinated?
We were always focused from the start and never lost sight of the end-goal, which was to win it all. Many people doubted us going very far into the tournament, but we wanted to prove them wrong. During each game, nothing else mattered.
4. You did a great job throughout the tournament including the final match against Giga Ahh Shiba. Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?
I would not let Tonka revise our original team name of “brobrobrobrobrobrobrobro,” because it severely affected our gameplay! Also I would tell Sash to not res while our healer is CCed, but other than that not much else. Overall we achieved our goal of going far with a non-lancer team and got many upsets on strong teams.
5. How do you feel about the tournament now that it’s over? What are your future PvP plans?
The tournament was simply awesome. Single elimination definitely kept it interesting because anything could happen. For our future PvP plans, our team will always be on TERA doing our own thing. Hopefully BloodBlight will be active enough so we can finally help him get some new gear!
6. What advice do you have for folks who may be inspired to participate in 3v3 after watching the tournament?
Don’t be afraid to go into 3s and practice. If you focus on improving your game, you will go far. You will win as long as you improve. Remember that understanding comes before mastery. Also find some bros to play with, to stay motivated and to create synergy with.
7. Any other thoughts or comments you have for your teammates or fellow TERA players? For En Masse?
Thank you again EME for creating such an exciting tournament, and really making this tournament meaningful to us. Thank you TERA community for creating the D.T darkhorse hype train as it really motivated us to keep pushing through. Team Brobro hopes to see more faces in team 3v3s. Shout-out to Bubblyfruit (BloodBlight’s fiancé) for keeping our only healer alive IRL while keeping us alive in game! Thanks, team!
Thanks to both winning teams for taking the time to answer our questions!