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  Some thoughts on the NQR 5 Final by xhrl  031217  

I bet my hard-earned money on this match. Further, I thought as deeply as my pea-brain mind could about the possible tactics to be used in this match; I put my pre-match thoughts about this match up on this site and on I listened to HangTime do his usual splendid commentary on the 5 games in this series. I read Link's after match review; the powerful emotions exhibited in his writing even touched me much as the subtleties in the wording his fellow countryman, Ibsen, used in his plays to evoke passion. Impressive writing by Link over on

I should stop now because I have nothing to say as honorable as what Link said about this NQR Final over on But I refuse to let this series go away, I just feel somehow numb or cheated; I wish the series could have been longer or something. No, it is not me losing my 500 euros or me making shitty predictions. Of course I had predicted DS to win because I thought they might have slightly better chance on dm2 with all other variables being equal. Of course, the godlike players of SR did prove me wrong. Even with mrl harshed out by lag, he was such an incredible force in that game on dm2. Nevertheless the dm2 game was the stuff of legends, even if what happened in the next two great games had not happened at all. For those last few minutes on dm2 through akke's pov were as memorable for me as some the greatest FF memories akke has given to me in past years. "The greatest comeback ever," as HangTime referred to that game, is precise. However, as you may well guess what I am driving at, had a few things gone slightly differently on that last dm3 game, 'the greatest comeback ever' would not have been just limited to that dm2 game; it would have been established by the series win. For me this Final will be remembered by me as the greatest series comeback that wasn't. What I liked best about this bitter defeat for DS fans is that, to be sure, it was very bitter indeed. These two clans respect one another but do not like one another: this makes for some heated pre- and post-game comments; it creates the atmosphere of a war, a competition with the glory of victory as the greatest honour. But the honouring of battling is also worthy of glory, especially when it comes to fighting in a closely fought series like this one was for the NQR 5 Final. I wish to state that both teams fought this great battle with strength and honour! We can learn what champions are like as much in defeat as in victory; and DS are by no means llamas; I hope we see some reformation of this squad again. I have never seen a team play e1m2 as well as this DS squad has. It would be a shame to never see it again.

Will SR now disband after qhlan6? They have conquered most every tourney? Will para now go off and continue to do other things in qw? Will DS disband and come together again in LA again next season? Will xamp, golo, hib and gamer form the next unstoppable bunch? This NQR Final leeaves as many hopes, questions and speculations open for the qw community as it answered. One thing is sure for me: I owe SR my congratulations on winning the hardest fought series since SD1.

Bring on NQR 6!


mIXu ( 031217 @ 05:32:47
gg moris
Legio! ( 031217 @ 08:32:17
Well put, Xhrl! To all ppl out there who are waiting for NQR 6, it will be launched as fast as we can, but don't expect it to be launched directly after New Years ;).
OPA|Metz ( 031217 @ 10:43:07
A nice article, an exciting series and a great league...but what pleases me the most is that I (hopefully) won't hear the phrase "strength and honour" until NQR6!! ; )
FlePser ( 031217 @ 12:14:40
xhrl, i iz love u
ParadokS ( 031217 @ 12:15:43
you should definately go read Links 'great' column on qwnu ( ) that xhrl speaks so highly about :)
OPA|Metz ( 031217 @ 14:30:26
only if you promise Link doesn't say "Strength and Honour" in it
FlePser ( 031217 @ 21:08:52
or manly man :(
Apollyon ( 031218 @ 15:34:09
When does next season start? When will you give out info on nex seasons system? Will there be changes to the maplist/mapsellection rules?
xhrl ( 031218 @ 16:05:27
all excellent questioms apo. we hope to get such info out in late january and then get the sign ups and div ordered a little while after. I know those are rather vague dates, but no admin right now is without weariness. after some refreshing rest, we will get off our butts and do some work:)
V100 ( 031220 @ 15:36:47
<whine> It became very QIET here, all because there are NO PLAYOFFS IN OTHER DIVS </whine>
Icce ( 031220 @ 18:49:18
As xhrl said..there's gonna be a break now and we'll be back in january with new strenghts. There's gonna be some minor changes in regular seasons playertransfer rules and a big change according playoffs, which all divisions will participate in from now on. Merry xmas to all of you from all of us!
Tr??tttter ( 031221 @ 01:40:40
IF YOU UNDERSTAND ENG or are... GO and play on the road kid.... Fixa lan utan barn :) Has..
reppi ( 031221 @ 02:52:53
thx for great season nqr crew! \o/ *clap* *clap* \o/ \o/
Tezz ( 031222 @ 19:49:26
500 Euros? Ouch!
Apollyon ( 031224 @ 12:43:25
ok, thanks for the answers


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