Friday night I took a plane to New York at midnight which was about five hours. The flight was really awful to be honest; I had a window seat behind the exit row and my right leg was blocked for the most part by the exit door. There was space underneath it but it seemed to make my feet moist and really cold.
After arriving in New York I began my quest to find Pokebunny’s apartment, involving riding the skytrain/airtrain/whatever ?? and the subway.
Cool arch thing
You can tell going out is rare for me if I took this picture
Back in Seattle public transportation is actually awful in comparison to New York. We have some Light Rail thing that I doubt will ever be completed and only runs to certain places, and then buses, so riding the subway is really odd to me. However, I made it to Pokebunny’s apartment with little trouble at about noon. I was greeted by Poke, his brother Jamie and mother. While Poke was out for most of the day he let me nap on his bed and use his computer to warmup. Also, there was a bunny in Poke/Jamie’s room.
Later into the night Poke’s parents (his dad was asleep or something when I arrived earlier?) made us dinner (pasta with sauce, salad) and we talked a bit about SC2/HotS and random stuff. Cool to see his parents followed his career oo;
One highlight of the day was when Poke was watching me ladder on NA, I matched against keydCapoch. I told Poke that Capoch was the most accomplished 4gater in SC2, so he bet me $5 that Capcoh wouldn’t 4gate me.
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I won $5~
At Night’s EnD (hoho) I borrowed one of Poke’s Artemis Fowl books and finished all of it before sleeping at about 1 AM.
I made my way to the Javits Center by 10 AM and got my exhibitor’s pass for the Comic Con where WCG was being held. The guy told me there was 200k people at the event or something? Maybe I heard wrong… Anyway, it was just three years ago that I’d come here for WCG 2009 in Starcraft 1. I was a bit familiar with the place.
Inside the venue a bit
After eating a terrible hot dog that was all squishy and awful, I warmed up while waiting for the matches, since Trimaster and I had round 1 byes. I would lose round 2 to Qxc 1-2, beat Mass and PLZLEAVEDUCK 2-0, then lose 1-2 to Trimaster in the loser bracket finals.
My games against qxc and Trimaster were pretty bad overall; I took a game off qxc with a thor rush and won a game against Trimaster going proxy marauder vs proxy marauder, winning in the end with a banshee but losing all the macro games.
There were really big delays in the tournament due to SC2 freezing on multiple laptops; Sasquatch got angry about that and several games were restarted several times due to the freezes.
I ended up placing third and now have a seed to go to the WCG Grand Finals, but I’d have to pay over $1k for flight and hotel ~~..
I decided to eat at a subway before going back to Poke’s place; jalapenos burning through my sorrow. After a bit of reflection on my games I had to play my MLG vs Proleague games where I obviously got destroyed (not really a spoiler lol), but I won one game since Poke jokingly told me he wouldn’t let me sleep on the couch if I lost it.
Not much to say here. I woke up at 6 AM, left an envelope with some money for Poke’s parents and left for my 9 AM flight.
Sun rising as I ride the airtran thing
Sick shape thing I had to take a pic of at the airport
I have until Friday to decide whether or not I want to go to WCG Grand Finals in Kunshan, China in late November/early December, but it's a lot of money @_@...'
Thanks for reading.