Sun, 03/08/2009 - 18:22 — Uriah
(Wrapup written by Nemo).
The first semi-final match between unC0Rr and Andrey was an excellent display of elegant Hedgewars. Andrey won the coin toss. Almost every single move resulted in a hedgehog knocked into the water with firepunch, whip and dynamite. Two wasted moves by Andrey, one due to a missed drill, resulted in unC0Rr winning with 2 hogs remaining.
The second match was considerably longer. Placements were more difficult, unC0Rr had a trapped hog and a case of the nerves, the toothbrushes of the bath theme made water knocks a tricky matter. Game dragged on with use of planes, dynamite and cake until it was down to 2 hedgehogs, unC0Rr at under 30, and Andrey at 100+. unC0Rr skipped for a while, Andrey built himself a little hideout. Finally unC0Rr attempted a teleport to above Andrey, and missed the attempted crate collection. He was saved by Andrey slipping up on roping amidst pixels. Rather than attempt a baseball bat, unC0Rr went with watermelon bomb, which dropped down through the pixels, leaving Andrey battered, but alive to finish off unC0Rr with a slow UFO.
The third match was a more typical one. Both send a hog into the water on their first turn, but Andrey picked up a crate with a watermelon while doing so. That, combined with a clever drop of a mine down a drill hole by unC0Rr that unfortunately did not reach Andrey, and a later missrope by unC0Rr due to a few pixels resulted in the final match going to Andrey by one hog.
The final matches between Mkk-Bote and Andrey were vigorous, but Andrey clearly had the upper hand. Once again, Andrey won the coin toss the begin the first match. A less than optimal dynamite placement by Andrey was not enough to compensate for some misropes and wasted turns by Mkk-Bote. Andrey finished the match with all 4 hogs remaining.
The second match was a little closer, Mkk-Bote had the start, and the terrain was low. A good start by Mkk-Bote using multiple switch hedgehogs to move his troops out of harm's way and a nice use of drill low and close to surface for a water knock was not enough to compensate for a later miss with baseball bat, and then a misplaced dynamite on that same 70 health hog. Andrey batted Mkk-Bote in from exactly the same position. A final cake sacrified one of Andrey's 2 remaining hogs to finish off Mkk-Bote and give Andrey the championship.
Overall, I greatly enjoyed the play in these finals, especially the first round of the semi-final which showed some good use of mines to open up girders and dynamite for knocking into water. Andrey's victory was not merely the luck of placement, but also excellent strategy and good use of his weapons with only a few mistakes that were not serious enough to prevent a final victory.