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Translation of nice (long) interview with Evgenia from last week
2020.08.30 07:32 RexArcadiaTranslation of nice (long) interview with Evgenia from last week
I really enjoyed reading this interview, and I thought I'd share it here to make it easier to read. You can watch the original interview here. Translation by [email protected] on Twitter. Evgenia, what motivates you, what obstacles have you encountered, and how have you found the strength to overcome them? I'll start by saying that for years I've been answering the question about the secret of success. Very briefly: there is no secret. You're not born as a leader, you become one. I didn't have any high achievements until I was 14-15. Let's say 15 because I'm not counting junior achievements, even though back then they were huge for me. I started skating when I was 3 and for 12 years my mom woke me to go training. And only at 15 did the results of that titanic work start to appear. Lots of people invested their patience, attention, love, and persistence into me. It's impossible to count how many people to whom I'm very grateful for investing something into me. Sometimes it was very hard, but the main quality of every leader is the ability to get up and go forward after every failure. It doesn't matter if you see the light in your destiny or not. And the main power of every person is the ability to overcome yourself in situations when you think it's impossible to fix anything. You said there are lots of people around you. Is it your coach, your friends? My main motivation is my family, my mom. Recently I started thinking - I started to skate at 3 and didn't show any serious results for 12 years. I started to think if I would be able to wake up so early every day for many years to drive my daughter to the ice without any idea what it would lead to. For sports, I had to sacrifice lots of school friends and school itself because the schedule was completely different. But we still continued our journey for many many years to come to the result we've achieved. There's one very important quality I stubbornly developed in myself - the ability to limit the social circle. I had to sit and ask myself: "Does this person motivate you, make you better?" Many times I had to cut off friendly ties with people who were dragging me down. It's one of the qualities I'm proud of developing in myself because sometimes it's very hard for me to say "no" to people. What's the perfect age to start skating, and how to understand if it suits your child? I very often think about this. I started skating at 3 and learned to stand in the skates at 2.5 years, which is too early. But the usual age is from 3 to 5 years, and then it's too late. I know skaters who started to skate at 8 years but these are more like exceptions. All the people who compete at the highest level started to skate from 3 to 4 years. When did you understand it's your sport and you enjoy skating? I was 11. The age limit wasn't as strict back then and I somehow got to the senior RusNats. There I saw athletes who had achieved something already, I saw how differently they prepared for the competition, how different they looked and the energy they radiated. At that moment I understood it was something I wanted to do and I set a goal to be like them. Before 11 I didn't quite understand what I was doing. A child is a child. How to control the desire to make a champion out of your child and stop on time? One of the ways is once again limiting the social circle. Family also plays a big role. In sports you often want to give up after an unexpected injury or when the equipment suddenly breaks or after foolish mistakes you don't expect at all. Of course after this your spirit is down, you don't know what to do, and you question what the point of everything is. At that moment it's very important to have a person who will explain why you are doing this, why you need to get up and go forward. For me, the most important thing is to have such people around. Because I'm a pretty impulsive person and sometimes do things without thinking at all. I can say something inappropriate abruptly. Such a character sometimes helps me in sports because sometimes it's nessecary to make yourself do something by kicking yourself. But sometimes it also makes everything difficult. That's why it's important for me to have people who'll calmly explain things to me and open my eyes to the fact that everything is not as bad as it seems to me. Is it true that until a skater steps on the ice nobody knows how their costume looks? Yeah, we really try to keep the intrigue until the last moment. Some skaters share some details about the costume via social media. They can either reveal the color or show a piece of the costume. Not me though. I try to keep the intrigue alive until the first official skate. Very often skaters end up having costumes of the same color or style. So every coaching team tries to keep their ideas secret just so everybody know that all the coincidences are accidental. So coincidences, for example two girls having red dresses, happen? Yes, there are absolutely absurd coincidences. It happens rarely, but for example in one warm-up of six people there can be three Carmens with similar costumes. It happens and it's absolutely accidental. Is it true that athletes can offer music themselves or it's only the coach and the coaching team to decide? Not only the coaching team. The main rule is for the skater to love what they're skating to. Maybe it'll require some time to understand the music. Maybe it'll be necessary to see the costume to see the full image. Sometimes love for a program doesn't come right away. But for me it's important for the music to touch you to the core while you listen to it, not just on the ice but also laying in bed in headphones. I love classics very much. I love dramatic images and enjoy them the most. Sometimes I want to experiment, so we are always searching. And even if new programs are ready I try to find a few options for the next year during the season. My fantasy is wild. If someone asks "Zhenya, what will you skate to next year?", I'll already have so many options and I need to choose only two compositions. So sometimes I get confused about what exactly I want. What music you skated to do you like the most? All the programs I skated were wonderful or I wouldn't skate them if I didn't like them. But one of my favorites is "Memoirs of a Geisha", in which I put a lot of my heart. For me this program is some sort of a breaking point in my personal creativity and personal growth. Does friendship between athletes exist? Yes, athletes are friends with each other. I have friends with whom I've been in wonderful relationship for many years. The skating world is actually very friendly, especially international skating. For example there are two girls, two of my very good friends with whom we are inseparable for 4-5 years. Yeah, sometimes we are in different ends of the world but thankfully the Internet exists and we stay together for a long time. I have many friends from various countries: Korea, Japan, USA, Canada, Italy, France. And what about our girls? Well, I told about our girls already. I'm a very international person, living in two countries. I also communicate a lot with the Russia National Team, we see each other mainly at competitions. But right now I meet up with girls who are in Moscow during day offs. We're often very surprised by the stories about rivals who can rip each others throat out. It doesn't happen in reality for a long time and I doubt that it actually ever happened. I understand all the intrigues are interesting, but everything is mush more boring in reality. What do you like to do in your free time? I draw a lot. And I've progressed a lot in the past year. I always have an iPad and Apple pencil with me and constantly draw in my free time. Mainly I'm inspired by people, so I draw portraits of people who inspire me. How do you see the future of figure skating in Russia? It's very promising. Well brevity is the sister of talent. But we spoke with Tatiana Tarasova las year and she said as long as we have girls like Adelina Sotnikova, Lipnitskaya, Medvedeva, Zagitova, we won't lose our leading positions both in ladies and men. It's the opinion of a professional coach. Do you agree as an athlete? I agree especially about ladies figure skating. I can say for 5-6 years there is no need to worry about ladies figure skating in Russia. What advice can you give to skaters who are only in the beginning of their journey? If right now it seems hard, believe me, it's not. In the future it'll be even harder, but you'll find strength to take a few more steps to reach your goal. The most important thing is to love what you are doing. Who would you become if not a figure skater? I can’t imagine my life without skating. It’s hard because I didn’t even have other options. Little kids usually try a few sports: skating, tennis, swimming. I had only skating. I can’t imagine myself in biathlon because I’ve never skied, I learned to swim at 13, only learned to ride a bike this summer. So my life consists of skating and it’s hard to imagine what I’d do. But I’m 100% sure it would be something as creative as figure skating - if not, I wouldn’t be able to do it for long. How modern technologies helped you to stay in shape in quarantine? I’m very lucky to have my team. We’re very friendly and used to train in a company of 10-12 people over video chat. We trained like this once a week for an hour just to keep in touch with each other. It was very funny, but a bit sad because we couldn’t physically train together at our base. But it’s better than nothing. In the training process, I use many gadgets that help me keep my body in shape. For example, pulse monitors connected to the phone via Bluetooth, or massagers that help to keep muscles in shape or relaxed. Everybody knows Evgenia Medvedeva, but who else is in your team and how does the team work? My current team, as with most FS teams consists of a coach - we have two: Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson. Also there are lots of people who help achieve results: choreographers who help to develop dancing skills, off ice physical trainers. Off ice means doing cardio and lifting weights in the gym to build up your muscles. Also there are masseurs, doctors, and many many other people, far more than everyone thinks. Yeah, we skate alone and during Worlds broadcast millions of people see a single person who skates for a few minutes. But in reality a skater is not alone, a huge team of people behind them. How do you communicate with fans? Mainly via social media. I’m not very active - even though I have lots of followers on Instagram, I don’t wake up and post something like “Hi guys! What are you up to? How is your mood?”. I’m a pretty private person when it comes to such things. I see how happy it makes my fans when I post a new pic - when they see me they get very happy. This our main communication. Of course I try to communicate with my fans through my programs, through the feelings I put into my performances. And the greatest feedback for me is when I finish my skate and the audience stands up. That's the most important communication. What do you prefer to post: your thoughts, pics? I try not to post my thoughts and keep them to myself. But mainly I try to post happy warm pictures. Lately I started to post a lot of my dog. Her name is Jerry, she’s 5, girl, French bulldog, who is loved by my audience very much. I think my fans are equally happy to see her. I try to post only things that can cheer people up. I’d like to end our conversation by reminding you that if there are some difficulties on your way, please listen to your close ones, listen to people on your side and believe me everything will be good if the right people are with you.
2020.08.22 12:19 EnclavedMicrostateTartaria: The Supposed Mega-Empire of Inner Eurasia
For those not in the know, the Tartaria conspiracy theory is one of the most bizarre pieces of pseudo history out there. Its core notion is that the region known as ‘Tartaria’ or ‘Grand Tartary’ in Early Modern European maps was not simply a vague geographical designate, but in fact a vast, centralised empire. Said empire emerged… at some point, and it disappeared… at some point, but for… some reason, its existence has been covered up to suit… some narrative or another. As you can tell, there’s a lot of diverse ideas here, and the fact that there hasn’t been the equivalent of a Christological schism every time a controversial thread goes up is really quite impressive. While this post will primarily address one particular piece of writing that is at the core of Tartaria conspiracy theorising, I’ll include a few tidbits to show you just how much madness its adherents have come up with. But first, some background.
State of Play, and why I’m doing this
The Tartaria theory has a small but active following on subreddits such as Tartaria, tartarianarchitecture, and CulturalLayer, which as of writing have around 5,300, 2,400 and 23,000 subscribers, respectively, but it’s clear from the 8 questions on the topic asked at AskHistorians since January 2019 and this debunk request from June that it’s a theory that has somewhat broad appeal and can reach beyond its core niche. This is unsurprising given how little education most people in the West receive about basically anything east of Greece: simply put, the reality of Eurasian history is just not something most of us are taught. And if we don’t know the reality of Eurasian history to begin with, or if we do then it's all in bits and pieces where we might not even know a basic set of dates and names, then what seems to be a pretty developed narrative about a lost empire actually turns out rather plausible. Unfortunately, many debunks of the Tartaria narrative come from people pushing competing conspiracy theories, like this guy claiming that there’s a global Jewish Phoenecian conspiracy and that Tartaria is simply rehashing the notion that Khazars were Jews in order to distract from the real Phoenecian threat at the heart of global society or some nonsense like that. (I don’t really care, I died of laughter after page 3.) Now, there are those coming from serious perspectives, but they focus largely on the problems with Tartaria as a concept rather than addressing the more specific claims being made. This is of course valuable in its own right (shoutout to Kochevnik81 for their responses to the AskHistorians threads), but we can go deeper by really striking at the roots of this ‘theory’ – what is the ‘evidence’ they’re presenting? But to do that, we need to find out what the origins of the ‘theory' are, and thus what its linchpins are. Incidentally, it is because of some recent events regarding those origins that I’ve been finally prompted to write this post.
Where does it come from?
My attempts to find the exact origins of the Tartaria conspiracy have been not entirely fruitful, as the connections I’ve found have been relatively circumstantial at best. But as far as I can tell, it at least partially originates with that Russian pseudohistorian we all know and love, Anatoly Fomenko. Fomenko is perhaps best known in the English-speaking world for his 7-volume ‘epic’ from 2002, History: Fiction or Science?, but in fact he’s been pushing a complete ‘New Chronology’ since the publication of Novaia khronologia in Russian in 1995. While the New Chronology is best known for its attempt to explain away most of the Middle Ages as a hoax created by the Papacy on the basis of bad astronomy, it also asserts a number of things about Russian history from the Kievan Rus’ to the Romanovs. Key to the Tartaria theory is its claim that there was a vast Slavo-Turkic ‘Russian Horde’ based out of ‘Tartaria’ which dominated Eurasia until the last ‘Horde’ ruler, Boris Godunov, was overthrown by the European Mikhail Romanov. This, of course, is a clear attempt at countering the notion of a ‘Tatar Yoke’ over Russia, as you can’t have a ‘Tatar Yoke’ if the Tatars were Russians all along. Much as I’d like to explain that in more detail here, I don’t have to: in 2004, Konstantin Sheiko at the University of Wollongong wrote an entire PhD thesis looking at the claims of Fomenko’s New Chronology and contextualising them within currents of Russian nationalism, which can be accessed online. But I personally suspect that if there are Fomenko connections as far as Tartaria specifically is concerned, they are limited. For one, at one stage users on the Tartaria subreddit seemed unfamiliar with Fomenko, and there are those arguing that Fomenko had ‘rewritten’ Tartarian history to be pro-Russian. This is why I said that the evidence was circumstantial. The only other link to Fomenko is indirect: the CulturalLayer sidebar lists the ‘New Chronology Resource Collection’ and the audiobook of History: Fiction or Science? under ‘Essential Resources’, and Tartaria in its ‘Related Subs’. As far as I can tell, the ultimate origin of its developed form on the Anglophone web traces back to this post on the StolenHistory forums, posted on 17 April 2018. This makes some chronological sense: only one post on CulturalLayer that mentions Tartaria predates this. Moreover, KorbenDallas, the OP of the thread, was also the forum’s chief admin, and given that StolenHistory is still (as of writing) the top resource on CulturalLayer’s sidebar, that suggests significant influence. However, using the search function on camas.reddit.io, it was mentioned at least 9 times before then, with the first mention, on 10 January 2018, mentioning that the ‘theory’ had been doing the rounds on the Russian web for at least 5 years. Nevertheless, as the detail in these early comments is sparse and generally refers only to speculation about maps, it is probably fair to say that the first in-depth English-language formulation of the Tartaria ‘theory’ was thus the April 2018 forum post. Funnily enough, it is not cited often on Tartaria, but that subreddit was created on 27 December, long after discussion had been taking place on places like CulturalLayer, and combined with the ‘mudflood’ ‘theory’ and the notion of giant humans, which are not significant features of the StolenHistory thread. This more convoluted and multifaceted version of the Tartaria theory doesn’t really have a single-document articulation, hence me not covering it here. It is this StolenHistory thread which I will be looking at here today. Not just because it seems to be at the heart of it all, but also because it got shut down around 36 hours ago as of writing this post, based on the timestamps of panicked ‘what happened to StolenHistory’ posts on CulturalLayer and Tartaria. So what better occasion to go back to the Wayback Machine’s version, seeing as it’s now quite literally impossible to brigade the source? Now as I’ve said, this is not the most batshit insane it gets for the Tartaria crowd, in fact it’s incredibly tame. But by the end of it, I bet you’ll be thinking ‘if this is mild, how much more worse is the modern stuff!?’ And the best part is, I can debunk most of it without recourse to any other sources at all, because so much of it involves them posting sources out of context or expecting them to be read tendentiously. But that’s enough background. Let us begin.
Part 1: The Existence
Exhibit 1: The Encylcopædia Britannica, 1771
”Tartary, a vast country in the northern parts of Asia, bounded by Siberia on the north and west: this is called Great Tartary. The Tartars who lie south of Muscovy and Siberia, are those of Astracan, Circassia, and Dagistan, situated north-west of the Caspian-sea; the Calmuc Tartars, who lie between Siberia and the Caspian-sea; the Usbec Tartars and Moguls, who lie north of Persia and India; and lastly, those of Tibet, who lie north-west of China.” - Encyclopædia Britannica, Vol. III, Edinburgh, 1771, p. 887.
Starting a post about the ‘hidden’ history of Central Asia with an encyclopædia entry from Scotland is really getting off to a good start, isn’t it? Anyone with a sense of basic geography can tell you that Tibet lies due west of China, not northwest. But more importantly, this shows you how single-minded the Tartaria advocates are and how tendentiously they read things. ‘Country’ need not actually refer to a state entity, it can just be a geographical space, especially in more archaic contexts such as this. Moreover, the ethnographic division of the ‘Tartars’ into Astrakhanis, Circassians, Dagestanis, Kalmuks, Uzbeks, and, for whatever reason, Tibetans, pretty clearly goes against the notion of a unified Tartary.
Now compare to the description given by Wikipedia, ”Tartary (Latin: Tartaria) or Great Tartary (Latin: Tartaria Magna) was a name used from the Middle Ages until the twentieth century to designate the great tract of northern and central Asia stretching from the Caspian Sea and the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, settled mostly by Turko-Mongol peoples after the Mongol invasion and the subsequent Turkic migrations.”
Obviously, Wikipedia is not a good source for… anything, really, but the fact that they’re giving a 349-year-old encyclopaedia primacy over the summary sentence of a wiki article is demonstrative of how much dishonesty is behind this. And it only gets worse from here.
Exhibit 2: Hermann Moll’s A System of Geography, 1701
THE Country of Tartary, call'd Great Tartary, to distinguish it from the Lesser, in Europe, has for its Boundaries, on the West, the Caspian Sea, and Moscovitick Tartary; on the North, the Scythian, or Tartarian Sea; on the East, the Sea of the Kalmachites, and the Straight of Jesso; and on the South, China, India, or the Dominions of the great Mogul and Persia : So that it is apparently the largest Region of the whole Continent of Asia, extending it self [sic] farthest, both towards the North and East: In the modern Maps, it is plac'd within the 70th and 170th Degree of Longitude, excluding Muscovitick Tartary; as also between the 40 and 72 Degree of Northern Latitude.
Immediately underneath the scan of this text is the statement, clearly highlighted, that
Tartary was not a tract. It was a country.
Hmm, very emphatic there. Except wait no, the same semantic problem recurs. ‘Country’ need not mean ‘state’. Moreover, in the very same paragraph, Moll (or rather his translator) refers to Tartary as a ‘Region’, which very much disambiguates the idea. Aside from that, it is telling that Moll refers to three distinct ‘Tartaries’: ’Great Tartary’ in Asia, ‘Lesser Tartary’ in Europe, and ‘Muscovite Tartary’ – that is, the eastern territories of the Russian Tsardom. If, as they are saying, ‘Great Tartary’ was a coherent entity, whatever happened to ‘Lesser Tartary’?
Exhibit 3: A 1957 report by the CIA on ‘National Cultural Development Under Communism’
Is a conspiracy theorist… actually believing a CIA document? Yep. I’ll add some context later that further complicates the issue.
Or let us take the matter of history, which, along with religion, language and literature, constitute the core of a people’s cultural heritage. Here again the Communists have interfered in a shameless manner. For example, on 9 August 1944, the Central Committee of the Communist Party, sitting in Moscow, issued a directive ordering the party’s Tartar Provincial Committee “to proceed to a scientific revolution of the history of Tartaria, to liquidate serious shortcomings and mistakes of a nationalistic character committed by individual writers and historians in dealing with Tartar history.” In other words, Tartar history was to be rewritten—let its be frank, was to be falsified—in order to eliminate references to Great Russian aggressions and to hide the facts of the real course of Tartar-Russian relations. [similar judgement on Soviet rewriting of histories of Muslim areas to suit a pro-Russian agenda]
What’s fascinating about the inclusion of this document is that it is apparently often invoked as a piece of anti-Fomenko evidence, by tying New Chronology in with older Russian-nationalist Soviet revisionism. So not only is it ironic that they’re citing a CIA document, of all things, but a CIA document often used to undermine the spiritual founder of the whole Tartaria ‘theory’ in the first place! But to return to the point, the fundamental issue is that it’s tendentious. This document from 1957 obviously is not going to be that informed on the dynamics of Central Asian ethnicity and history in the way that a modern scholar would be. In a broader sense, what this document is supposed to prove is that Soviet coverups are why we don’t know about Tartaria. But if most of the evidence came from Western Europe to begin with, why would a Soviet coverup matter? Why wasn’t Tartarian history deployed as a counter-narrative during the Cold War?
Exhibit 4: ‘An 1855 Source’
This is from a footnote in Sir George Cornwalle Lewis’ An Inquiry into the Credibility of the Early Roman History, citing a travelogue by Evariste Huc that had been published in French in 1850 and was soon translated into English. From the digitised version of of Huc’s book on Project Gutenberg (emphasis copied over from the thread):
Such remains of ancient cities are of no unfrequent occurrence in the deserts of Mongolia; but everything connected with their origin and history is buried in darkness. Oh, with what sadness does such a spectacle fill the soul! The ruins of Greece, the superb remains of Egypt,—all these, it is true, tell of death; all belong to the past; yet when you gaze upon them, you know what they are; you can retrace, in memory, the revolutions which have occasioned the ruins and the decay of the country around them. Descend into the tomb, wherein was buried alive the city of Herculaneum,—you find there, it is true, a gigantic skeleton, but you have within you historical associations wherewith to galvanize it. But of these old abandoned cities of Tartary, not a tradition remains; they are tombs without an epitaph, amid solitude and silence, uninterrupted except when the wandering Tartars halt, for a while, within the ruined enclosures, because there the pastures are richer and more abundant.
There’s a paraphrase from Lewis as well, but you can just read it on the thread. The key thing here is that yes, there were abandoned settlements in the steppe. Why must this be indicative of a lost sedentary civilisation, and not instead the remnants of political capitals of steppe federations which were abandoned following those federations’ collapse? Places like Karakorum, Kubak Zar, Almaliq and Sarai were principally built around political functions, being centres for concentration of religious and ritual authority (especially monasteries) and stores of non-movable (or difficult to move) wealth. But individual examples of abandoned settlements are not evidence of broad patterns of settlement that came to be abandoned en masse. Indeed, the very fact that the cited shepherd calls the abandoned location ‘The Old Town’ in the singular implies just how uncommon such sites were – for any given region, there might really only be one of note.
Exhibit 5: Ethnic characteristics in artistic depictions of Chinggis and Timur
I… don’t quite know what to make of these.
Today, we have certain appearance related stereotypes. I think we are very much off there. It looks like Tartary was multi-religious, and multi-cultural. One of the reasons I think so is the tremendous disparity between what leaders like Genghis Khan, Batu Khan, Timur aka Tamerlane looked like to the contemporary artists vs. the appearance attributed to them today.
Ummm, what? These are apparently what they look like today. These are ‘contemporary’ depictions of Chinggis:
In what bizzaro world are these contemporary? We’ll get to Batur Khan in a moment because that’s its own kettle of worms. But can this user not recognise that artists tend to depict things in ways that are familiar? Of course white European depictions of Chinggis and Timur will tend to make them look like white Europeans, while East Asian depictions of Chinggis will tend to make him look Asian, and Middle Eastern depictions of Chinggis and Timur will make them look Middle Eastern. This doesn’t prove that ‘Tartaria’ was multicultural, in fact it you’d have an easier time using this ‘evidence’ to argue that Chinggis and Timur were shapeshifters who could change ethnicities at will!
Exhibit 6: Turkish sculptures
Why this person thinks modern Turkish sculptures are of any use to anyone baffles me. The seven sculptures shown are of Batu Khan (founder of the ‘Golden Horde’/Jochid khanates), Timur, Bumin (founder of the First Turkic Khaganate), Ertugrul (father of Osman, the founder of the Ottoman empire), Babur (founder of the Mughal Empire), Attila the Hun, and Kutlug Bilge Khagan (founder of the Uyghur Khaganate). They are accompanied (except in the case of Ertugrul) by the dates of the empires/confederations that they founded – hence, for instance, Babur’s dates being 1526 to 1858, the lifespan of the Mughal Empire, or Timur’s being 1368 (which seems arbitrary) to 1507 (the fall of Herat to the Shaybanids). To quote the thread:
A few of them I do not know, but the ones I do look nothing like what I was taught at school. Also dates are super bizarre on those plaques.
Again, Turkish sculptors make Turkic people look like Turks. Big surprise. And the dates are comprehensible if you just take a moment to think.
Do Turks know something we don't?
Exhibit 7: A map from 1652 that the user can’t even read
The other reason why I think Tartary had to be multi-religious, and multi-cultural is its vastness during various moments in time. For example in 1652 Tartary appears to have control over the North America.
The official history is hiding a major world power which existed as late as the 19th century. Tartary was a country with its own flag, its own government and its own place on the map. Its territory was huge, but somehow quietly incorporated into Russia, and some other countries. This country you can find on the maps predating the second half of the 19th century.
You know, a common theme with historical conspiracy theories is how badly they’re laid out, in the literal sense of the layout of their documents and video content. Don’t make a header called ‘The Coverup’ and then only have one thing before jumping back to the evidence for the existence again.
Exhibit 9: A Table
Yet, some time in the 18th century Tartary Muskovite was the biggest country in the world: 3,050,000 square miles.
You can look at the images on the thread itself but here’s a few highlights:
1654: Bellum Tartaricum, or the Conquest of China By the Invasion of the Tartars, who in the last seven years, have wholly subdued that empire
1670: Historia de la Conquista de la China por el Tartaro
Histories of the Qing conquest of China, because as far as Europeans were concerned the Manchus were Tartars. Proof of Tartaria because…?
1662: The Voyages and Travels of the Ambassadors of the Duke of Holstein, to the Great Duke of Muscovy, and the King of Persia… Containing a compleat History of Muscovy, Tartary, Persia, and Other Adjacent Countries…
An ambassador who never set foot in ‘Tartary’ itself, cool cool, very good evidence there. There’s also three screenshots from books that aren’t even specifically named, so impossible to follow up. Clearly this is all we need.
Exhibit 11: Maps
The maps are the key think the Tartaria pushers use. All these maps showing ‘Grand Tartary’ or ‘Tartaria’ or what have you. There’s 20 of these here and you can look for yourselves, but the key thing is: why do these people assume that this referred to a single state entity? Because any of these maps that include the world more generally will also present large parts of Africa in generic terms, irrespective of actual political organisation in these regions. And many of the later maps clearly show the tripartite division of the region into ‘Chinese Tartary’, ‘Russian Tartary’, and ‘Independent Tartary’, which you think would be clear evidence that most of this region was controlled by, well, the Chinese (really, the Manchus) and the Russians. And many of these maps aren’t even maps of political organisation, but geographical space. See how many lump all of mainland Southeast Asia into ‘India’. Moreover, the poor quality of the mapping should give things away. This one for instance is very clear on the Black Sea coast, but the Caspian is a blob, and moreover, a blob that’s elongated along the wrong axis! They’re using Western European maps as an indicator of Central Asian realities in the most inept way possible, and it would be sad if it weren’t so hilarious. The fact that the depictions of the size of Tartaria are incredibly inconsistent also seems not to matter.
Exhibit 12: The Tartarian Language
There’s an 1849 American newspaper article referring to the ‘Tartarian’ language, which is very useful thank you, and definitely not more reflective of American ignorance than actual linguistic reality. The next one is more interesting, because it’s from a translation of some writing by a French Jesuit, referring to the writing of Manchu, and who asserted (with very little clear evidence) that it could be read in any direction. In April last year, Tartaria users [claimed to have stumbled on a dictionary of Tartarian and French](np.reddit.com/Tartaria/comments/bi3aph/tartarian_language_dictionary/) called the Dictionnaire Tartare-Mantchou-François. What they failed to realise is that the French generally called the Manchus ‘Tartare-Mantchou’, and this was in fact a Manchu-French dictionary. In other words, a [Tartare-Mantchou]-[François] dictionary, not a [Tartare]-[Mantchou]-[François] dictionary. It is quite plausible, in fact probable, that the ‘Tartarian’ referred to in the newspaper article was Manchu.
Exhibit 13: Genealogies of Tartarian Kings
Descended From Genghiscan
Reads the comment above this French chart. How the actual hell did OP not recognise that ‘Genghiscan’ is, erm, Genghis Khan? Is it that hard to understand that maybe, just maybe, ‘Tartars’ was what they called Mongols back in the day, and ‘Tartaria’ the Mongol empire and its remnants?
Exhibit 14: Ethnographic drawings
These prove that there were people called Tartars, not that there was a state of Tartaria. NEXT
Exhibit 17: Flags of Moscow on one particular chart
It is also worth mentioning that in the British Flag Table of 1783, there are three different flags listed as a flag of the Tsar of Moscow. There is also an Imperial Flag of Russia as well as multiple naval flags. And all of them are proceeded by a flag of the Viceroy of Russia.
By that logic, the Royal Navy ran Britain because the Royal Navy ensigns precede the Union Jack. It’s simply a conscious decision to show the flags of individuals before the flags of states. The ‘Viceroy’ (unsure what the original Russian title would be) and ‘Czar’ of Muscovy would presumably be, well, the Emperor of Russia anyway, so as with the British section where the Royal Standard and the flags of naval officers came first, the same seems true of Russia. Also, as a side note, the placement of the USA at the end, after the Persians, the Mughals and ‘Tartarians’, is a fun touch.
Significance of the Viceroy is in the definition of the term. A viceroy is a regal official who runs a country, colony, city, province, or sub-national state, in the name of and as the representative of the monarch of the territory. Our official history will probably say that it was the Tsar of Russia who would appoint a viceroy of Moscow. I have reasons to doubt that. Why is the flag of the Viceroy of Moscow positioned prior to any other Russian flag? Could it be that the Viceroy of Moscow was superior to its Czar, and was "supervising" how this Tartarian possession was being run?
Part 3: 1812
This, this is where it gets really bonkers. A key part of this post is arguing that Napoleon’s invasion of Russia was a cover story for a joint invasion against Tartaria gone horrendously wrong. All the stops are being pulled out here.
There is a growing opinion in Russia that French invasion of Russia played out according to a different scenario. The one where Tsar Alexander I, and Napoleon were on the same side. Together they fought against Tartary. Essentially France and Saint Petersburg against Moscow (Tartary). And there is a strong circumstantial evidence to support such a theory.
Oh yes, we’re going there.
Questions to Answer: 1. Saint Petersburg was the capitol of Russia. Yet Napoleon chose to attack Moscow. Why?
2. It appears that in 1912 there was a totally different recollection of the events of 1812. How else could you explain commemorative 1912 medals honoring Napoleon?
Because it’s a bit of an in-your-face to Napoleon for losing so badly?
And specifically the one with Alexander I, and Napoleon on the same medal. The below medal says something similar to, "Strength is in the unity: will of God, firmness of royalty, love for homeland and people"
Yeah, it’s showing Alexander I beating Napoleon, and a triumphant double-headed Russian eagle above captured French standards. Also, notice how Alexander is in full regalia, while Napoleon’s is covered up by his greatcoat?
3. Similarity between Russian and French uniforms. There are more different uniforms involved, but the idea remains, they were ridiculously similar.
Ah yes, because fashions in different countries always develop separately, and never get influenced by each other.
There was one additional combat asset officially available to Russians in the war of 1812. And that was the Militia. It does appear that this so-called Militia, was in reality the army of Tartary fighting against Napoleon and Alexander I.
4. Russian nobility in Saint Petersburg spoke French well into the second half of the 19th century. The general explanation was, that it was the trend of time and fashion. Google contains multiple opinions on the matter. * Following the same logic, USA, Britain and Russia should've picked up German after the victory in WW2.
Clearly never heard of the term lingua franca then.
5. This one I just ran into: 19th-century fans were totally into a Napoleon/Alexander romance
I am pleased with [Emperor] Alexander; he ought to be with me. If he were a woman, I think I should make him my mistress.
But Napoleon’s ‘honeymoon period’ with Russia following the Treaty of Tilsit should not be seen as indicative of a permanent Napoleonic affection for Russia. Notably, Napoleon’s war with Russia didn’t just end in 1812. How are the Tartaria conspiracists going to explain the War of the Sixth Coalition, when Russian, Prussian and Austrian troops drove the French out of Germany? Did the bromance suddenly stop because of 1812? Or, is it more reasonable to see 1812 as the end result of the bromance falling apart?
So there you have it, Tartaria in all its glorious nonsensicalness. Words cannot capture how massively bonkers this entire thing is. And best of all, I hardly needed my own sources because so much of it is just a demonstration of terrible reading comprehension. Still, if you want to actually learn about some of the history of Inner Eurasia, see below:
The Cambridge History of Inner Asia – 2 volumes so far, covering up to 1886. Not really a single contiguous narrative, as each chapter has its own individual author, but a good general coverage.
Scott C. Levi, The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th Century Central Asia (2020) – A book about actual Central Asian history, focussing on the global and local factors that led to the weakening and collapse of the Chinggisid state in Bukhara and the rise of the Uzbek-led Emirate. Also a very good historiographical examination of lay understandings of the period.
Mark C. Elliott, ‘The Limits of Tartary: Manchuria in Imperial and National Geographies’, The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 59, No. 3 (2000) – A discussion of conceptions of Manchuria by Manchu, Chinese, Japanese and European cartographers and geographers, with the section on European geographers being important for getting at the ‘Tartary’ aspect.
David Christian, ‘Inner Eurasia as a Unit of World History’, Journal of World History, Vol. 5, No. 2 (1994) – A somewhat older view, presenting Inner Eurasia as a distinct unit in world history, but largely in terms of effects on the rest of Eurasia.
Nicola di Cosmo, ‘State Formation and Periodization in Inner Asian History’, Journal of World History, Vol.10, No.1 (1999) – A partial response to Christian, offering an alternate periodisation based more on the internal dynamics of nomadic state formations and stressing viewing Inner Asian history in terms of those internal dynamics, rather than relegating it to a subordinate place in the histories of ‘Outer Eurasian’, sedentary states.
Konstantin Sheiko, ‘Lomonosov’s Bastards: Anatolii Fomenko, Pseudo-History and Russia’s Search for a Post-Communist Identity’ [PhD Thesis] (2004) – Specifically deconstructs Fomenko’s version of Tartaria.
2020.08.07 20:05 artificialineleganceRussia starts with around 4x as much artillery as the rest of the world combined.
Starting numbers of artillery for the major nations: Germany - 336 France - 349 Canada - 204 Austria - 120 Japan - 288 UoB - 12 USA - 36 Ottomans - 60 Russia - 5316 Lol wut? This is obviously because Russia starts with 75 divisions of 7-2 infantry, which no other nation starts with (besides, weirdly, Argentina). Can this be changed please? It's both unfair and unrealistic. I know 7-2 is the meta but I doubt that a single divsion in history has been organised that way. Considering the AI for some reason these days prefers to churn out hundreds of crappy divisions with little upgrading (why is this? is it vanilla?), it's even more of a massive advantage for Russia. While i've got you, can we also dial down the USA's ridiculous airplane advantage? They currently start with about as many planes as Russia, Canada, Germany, France and UoB combined: RUS - 175 UOB - 486 FRA - 375 GER - 472 CAN - 215 USA - 1620 All the ACW factions will spawn with equivalent size air forces, so whoever wins that war will end up with an insane number of planes. I guess this is done because the ACW is such an expansive conflict, but I think dialling the numbers back to a sensible level will make the ACW air war a bit more interesting. Thanks Edit - Thanks for the interesting discussion. I've amended the post to reflect the consensus that 7-2 divisions aren't necessarily more powerful than basic ones. I guess that means even less of a reason for Russia to have enough guns to blow up the world if it doesn't really help them anyway.
2020.06.19 22:41 F1-EditorialThe Losers of the Red Bull Junior Team - Part 2 - /r/Formula1 Editorial Team
The Losers of the Red Bull Junior Team - Part 2: Birth of a Dream (2005-2006)
by TheStateOfIt Hey y’all, welcome to Part Two of the Losers of the Red Bull Junior Team. If you aren’t up to speed on what this series is about, check out the first post in the series here.. The next part in covering the losers begins in 2005. The first fruits of the programme have found their way into Formula One, drivers like Christian Klien, Patrick Friesacher and... Narain Karthikeyan? Okay, the last two were technically dropped by Red Bull before going into F1, but they still made it. Mateschitz had just bought out Jaguar and Red Bull, and the lovable Minardi is about to morph into the youthful Toro Rosso. In response, the Red Bull Junior Team is expanding its borders, taking in drivers from across the world, from Hong Kong to Argentina, Russia to Ireland, and everywhere in between. With the brand taking off and with two Formula One teams, the Red Bull Junior Team sees a rapid expansion, as a whole host of drivers enter the team. Some go into F1. Some find success elsewhere. Most get kicked out after a year or two. Time to focus on them.
The Suspect Years (2005-2006)
Jim Ka To (HKG) - 2005 - Formula Renault Asian Challenge The second Asian driver for Red Bull’s juniors after one Narain Karthikeyan, Jim was supposed to make the big move to Formula Renault in Europe, but the Hongkonger apparently had ‘health issues’ that prevented his big break. After one season in Asian Formula Renault, Wikipedia says he was dropped from the programme the following year, yet DriverDB says he stuck it out for another year with Red Bull in International Formula Challenge, a championship so unheard of that it appears to be purged from the internet. What isn’t purged from the internet, though, is his criminal record. He was arrested in 2008 for assault, and in the middle of his bail period, he went on to become Asian Formula Renault Champion. I want to know if there’s any other driver who won a championship while on bail pending trial. It seems that Jim was released on appeal after three months. Lucky him, his initial sentence was for 15 months. It didn’t take long for his second arrest in 2010, charged with reckless driving and crashing into a taxi, proving the age-old adage that racing drivers shouldn’t ply their trade on city streets. Apparently there’s another drug-related charge to his name, but that really shouldn’t count as the drug in question was Viagra. For god’s sake, Chinese police, give Jim a break. Run-ins with the police aside, Jim Ka To still races to this day, competing in the Chinese Touring Car Cup. I wish I could give you more info, but the CTCC, unlike the rest of China, doesn’t keep track of their events well, so I can’t tell you much apart from his 14th place in last year’s championship. I can tell you he was dreadful as a wildcard entry in the WTCC in 2019 and that he represented Hong Kong in the FIA Motorsport Games, which is like the Olympics but all the events are motorsport and there’s no hype surrounding it, but that’s about it. It’s not a good look when your criminal record is more relevant than your racing career. Matias Milla (ARG) - 2005 - Formula Renault 2.0 Matias Milla’s career started with tragedy, as an accident in his debut in single seaters took the life of fellow competitor Matias Rico. Milla was also severely injured in the wreck, but managed to recover well enough to finish joint-runner up in Formula Renault Argentina the next season. It seems his date is also mislabeled, as his European career starting in 2004 seems to have been under Red Bull, as this video of him wrecking the Red Bull brand would indicate. Regardless, Milla didn’t do himself any favours for Red Bull in 2005, lasting just two races in Formula Renault Germany before leaving Red Bull and heading home to Argentina. He shifted his career well into reverse, though, sticking to karting for the next six years, though he did reap tons of rewards on-track. In his first season back out of karts, though, he won the TC2000 championship on his first try. To avoid confusion, this is just the regular TC2000 championship, the second tier in the royal hierarchy of Argentine touring cars. In the premier division, Super TC2000, Milla took his time to get acclimatised, but did win an event last year, so all props to him. Teemu Nyman (FIN) - 2005 - Formula Renault 2.0 I know Finns like to keep a low profile. Teemu is the embodiment of that. In his single season with Red Bull, he failed to score any podiums in Formula Renault Germany and the less said about his journey in the Eurocup, the better. A huge let-down from his promising karting career, Teemu effectively left single-seaters and hasn’t shown up since. Seriously, nothing. My Facebook hunting skills may have uncovered him as a proud dad, but that’s literally all I have been able to gather about this mysterious man. John Edwards (USA) - 2005-2007 - Formula Renault 2.0 / Atlantic Championship John Edwards was taken in by Red Bull at just 14 years of age, and unlike most other drivers of that age who would be karting, Edwards was automatically given the boost to Formula Renault. Obviously, at such a young age, he wasn’t going to be the top draw, but he still held his own for a couple of years, winning a race at Anderstorp, but for some reason Marko didn’t stick with the adolescent talent. Maybe his move back to the United States put some dampers on his relationship with Red Bull, but I have no clue. Then he won the Star Mazda and Atlantic Championship back-to-back. He then transitioned to Grand-Am and GT Racing, where he’s a multiple-time race winner in both Grand-Am and IMSA. He guided his team to win their class in the Daytona 24 Hours. Most importantly, as a BMW factory driver, he got to pilot the B I G M8. He’s on the threshold of what is defined here as a “loser”. Anything lower than him is considered unsuccessful, which just goes to show how brutal motorsport is. Stefano Coletti (MON) - 2005-2008 - Formula BMW / Formula Renault 2.0 / Formula 3** Oh dear. Stefano baby what happened to you. It did take him quite a while and a lot of effort for the Monegasque driver to get to GP2, including getting accepted and then rejected from Red Bull’s Junior team. It didn’t help that he was erratic and inconsistent in Formula Three and Formula Renault. Not just in terms of on-track results, but also behaviour, when he socked Jules Bianchi in the face after one F3 race in 2009. Once he got his conduct sorted and results moving along, though, he made it to GP2 in the end. He was a mainstay of the series for a while, always in the midfield but never a contender for the title. That changed in 2013. Three wins and six podiums in the first eight races of the season saw him lead the championship by 24 points. He even won in Monaco, the first Monegasque to win on home soil since Louis Chiron in 1931. People were beginning to question which F1 team he would move to next. Then his talent disappeared. Outside of a podium at the Nürburgring, he didn’t score a SINGLE POINT after that. Some due to bad luck, like getting punted from fourth at Silverstone, but his other dreadful results were inexplicable. He had a more consistent season the following year, but nowhere near the successes he had in early 2013. He then surprised everyone by joining Indycar in 2015, surprised some people as he was hyped as KV Racing’s top young talent, then surprised nobody by failing to live up to those expectations. I forgot he even existed in Indycar until I started writing this. Many others did too, and soon the effect took hold on Coletti, who stopped racing altogether and has now delved into the niche market of Monegasque real estate. Sergey Afanasyev (RUS) - 2006 - Formula Renault 2.0 Afanasyev burst onto the scene with a Formula RUS trophy in his hand and Lukoil sponsorship backing him up, earning him a spot alongside fellow Russian Mikhail Aleshin in Red Bull’s Junior Team. However, he only entered two feeder series to the feeder series of a feeder series, the Northern European and Swiss Formula Renault 2.0 Championships. Despite a race win in the Northern Europe championship and finishing second in the Swiss category, Marko got rid of him rather quickly at season’s end. He swung around the three near-meaningless feeder categories at the time - International Formula Master, (Palmer) Formula 2 and AutoGP - before finally settling on a career in GT cars and Touring Cars. Though his touring car career was filled with commentators encouraging others to wreck him, he found more success in the middle categories of sportscar racing, taking championship in the Pro-Am class of the FIA GT series and winning the one-make Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe last year. Nathan Antunes (AUS) - 2006 - Formula Renault 2.0 / Formula 3 Anybody paying attention to Australian GT racing would’ve heard of Antunes’ name. Heck, classifying him as a ‘loser’ may be harsh, but for a programme specifically geared to manufacture top-tier stars, Nathan lags behind. Not that he was in the programme for long, barely getting half a chance in German F3 and Formula Renault before being given the boot. He did take quite the hiatus from racing in general following that, focusing primarily on the Toyota Racing Series, but now he’s living the good life. He won in his class in the 2016 Bathurst 12 Hours, has found some success elsewhere in the Australian GT scene, got a side gig as a Mercedes-AMG performance driver in his current hiatus from full-time racing and is married to an Instagram model. What’s so bad about that? Yoshitaka Kuroda (JPN) - 2006 - Formula BMW Kuroda Yoshitaka is a Japanese daimyo who served as a chief strategist of the great unifiers of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. He was one of a select group of daimyos that converted to Christianity, which caused some religious kerfuffle when Hideyoshi gave an edict that expelled all Christians from Japan. Yoshitaka said “fuck that Christianity shit” once he realized that he would be threatened with death, but is still portrayed in contemporary Japan as a general feared by Hideyoshi. This Yoshitaka Kuroda couldn’t even muster a top-8 finish in Formula BMW in his single season under Red Bull. Absolutely no relation to the other Kuroda, apart from being expelled from a dynasty. His career highlight is appearing in a few AutoGP races, where the ”website”in his AutoGP profile now links to a site providing tips for the nursing industry. I don’t think Kuroda runs that site anymore and, as far as I can tell, Kuroda doesn’t race nowadays as well. Niall Quinn (IRE) - 2006 - Formula BMW Yes, the name’s the same as that Irish footballing legend. His old Wordpress blog is even called ‘The Other Niall Quinn’. All similarities with surprisingly competent goalkeepers aside, Quinn was labelled by Red Bull as the next big thing when he won a karting shoot-out to earn his place in their Junior Team, giving him a drive in Formula BMW UK for the next season. Third place in the rookie’s cup wasn’t so bad for someone’s first season out of karts. So Red Bull went batshit crazy and dropped him instantly. Ouch. Quinn never stepped up beyond Formula Three after that, regardless of being awarded Young Irish Driver of the Year, his Formula Palmer Audi successes and test driver role for the championship-winning Irish A1GP team. A surprise appearance in Indy Lights, which wasn’t half bad, couldn’t land him a role Stateside, and by 2015 was stuck racing in the Irish Seat Supercup. This was enough for Quinn and motor racing, and settled on taking on a regular job as a software engineer for Verizon. Or so you think. Outside of software stuff, he picked up some simracing equipment and got back to the grind. I don’t know how much simracing played a role, but he ended up back in the driver’s seat for Team HARD at the final GT Open round at Snetterton. After a few years away, his first weekend back saw him clinch a race win. Even now, with racing cancelled, Quinn is still getting his name out there, no thanks to being teammates with one Robert Kubica in his simracing exploits. If he isn’t yet, this guy’s about to be Poland’s favourite Irishman. Oliver Oakes (GBR) - 2006-2007 - Formula BMW / Formula Renault 2.0 Oakes was a no-brainer for Red Bull, having just won the World Karting Championship. His first impression also made waves as he won his first ever race in single-seaters in Formula BMW. However, after one decent season in Formula Renault, Red Bull did their usual disposal of drivers who didn’t instantly pick up the slack, Oakes included. His next decision took him to British F3, where he struggled with minnows Eurotek in 2008. After promising performances, though, he joined the renowned Carlin outfit, pairing up with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Chilton. This little web gem of a young Oakes, Ricciardo & Chilton (and a former Lord) seemed to show off good times in the Carlin camp. However, after two races, Oakes was done with Carlin for reasons only termed as a ”dispute”, and a last-ditch effort to save his racing career in GP3 went nowhere. But Oakes was by no means done with motorsport. Heck, he’s now one of the biggest names in junior motorsport, having taken the Christian Horner route and becoming team principal of HitechGP. Oakes didn’t just take over HitechGP either. He rebranded the whole damn team, changing their name from Hitech Racing and starting everything from scratch. Since Oakes’ takeover, they’ve had their fair share of talent walk through their doors, from Alexander Sims to Rinus VeeKay to George Russell, operated teams in Formula 2 and Formula 3 and provided all the operations for the W Series and the F4 component in the Motorsport Games. When Red Bull’s Junior Programme failed you, I guess the best way to take revenge is to start your own. Edoardo Piscopo (ITA) - 2006-2007 - Formula Renault 2.0 / Toyota Racing Series / Formula 3 / A1GP Most of Piscopo’s story in motorsport comes after he left the Red Bull Junior Team, which terminated following a disappointing Formula 3 Euro Series campaign. However, he was still seen as a golden boy in the eyes of one Formula One reject: perennial backmarker Piercarlo Ghinzani. Luckily, Ghinzani was no longer at the back of the Formula One pack with Osella, but had now started his own racing team which, as of 2007, had become the operator of A1 Team Italy. After impressing in practice in Sepang, Ghinzani handed Italy’s honour to Piscopo for the rest of the season. Edoardo went on to misrepresent Italy in the World Cup of Motorsport, with only a best finish of 7th and sinking Team Italy to 18th and 16th in the two years he was with the team. Despite his failures in A1GP, though, he found success with Ghinzani’s team in Italian Formula Three, and came in 2nd in a race for the Italian F3 championship with Mirko Bortolotti. This gave Piscopo his only taste of Formula One, testing the Ferrari F2008 as his prize. His career only blossomed from there, nearly becoming AutoGP Champion in 2010 behind Romain Grosjean despite winning zero races, having zero pole positions and only one fastest lap. After more success in Blancpain and in the Porsche Carrera Cup, Piscopo found his true calling at Lamborghini. He won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo in Europe in 2014, the North American series in 2017 and the World Final in both of those years. All this success saw him signed up to Lamborghini as the official test driver for the Huracan GT3, a role that he still holds to this day (I think). That’s all for Part Two. To anyone still reading, thank you for your collective interest in the ‘losers’ of the Red Bull Junior Team. The next part starts in 2007, the time when Sebastian Vettel entered F1 and really made everyone sit up and take note of Marko’s child army. Not everyone post-Vettel has been that good, though. Sure, we have Brazilian talk-show guests, a Ferrari lap record holder and a hands-free Lebanese, but none of them found F1 success. Want to know how they got on? Check out the next part :--)
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Hey guys - recently got my way into the Officers Club and all the way up to #175 before running into some tough decks. Quick question - what would be the best way to counter Japan aggro decks with blitz and destruction effects? I could barely blink with my USA/RUS deck before they had me down in single digit HQ points.
We hope you enjoyed the release of 0.12, we certainly did; it was one of the smoothest releases we have ever had with not a single CTD found. This has meant we’ve been able to take a little bit longer with this patch and get more fixes in than we otherwise would. One small downside you should be aware of is that some bug fixes required mapping changes, so sadly this hotfix won’t be save game compatible. We hope you don’t mind and enjoy the most polished Kaiserreich experience yet.
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Changes Notable Additions
Any Chinese clique that takes Beijing can now form the Republic of China and integrate the rest of China
New Custom Country Paths
Iceland has received paths to decide the outcome of the 1937 Plebiscite and whether Canada will win the Cod War
New portraits: Fazlul Huq (BHC), Kasim Razvi (PRF), Malik Khazar Hayat Tiwana (DEH)
Updated the Buddhist focus icons
Anglo-American nations now use the Brodie instead of the stahlhelm
Updated all icons with NEE flags to the new flag with seven stars
All Japanese portraits have been converted from vanilla style to colorized photos
Troops can no longer go from one Indian tile to a different, non-contiguous Indian tile
Austria now gets paternal autocratic ministers when going down the Military Occupation path, and the party name changes to “Military Rule.”
Morocco's naval focuses now give naval experience instead of political power.
Assigned Ulster’s new ministers for use in its revolt
Added leader descriptions for Patagonia's Bolshevik commanders.
Added leader traits to most Russian leaders.
Buffed the Ma Clique
New leader descriptions for all FOP leaders
Left KMT can no longer cancel their congress events.
Indian states without cores will no longer add resistance when being cored
Reactivated the OTT vs EGY War news event.
Yucatan can now join Centroamerica if radical socialist, and a socialist Guatemala can influence it towards this path.
Japan will no longer naval invade as much.
Ukraine can no longer ally with Russia as a socialist nation.
Added a news event for the capture of New York City.
New England and the Pacific States keep their colors if they form the USA again.
Isolationist Yunnan under Tang Jiyao gets 5% consumer good upkeep taken away and gets +5 max entrenchment instead in its national spirit.
Using one of the decisions to unite Italy will now break the balance in Italy, insofar as the restrictions on joining factions go.
Sardinia may now use the decision to core Piedmont once it is at war with Piedmont’s owner, and not solely once they own the state again.
Germany and Japan now start with their first armored car tech unlocked.
The Nanjing Clique should now perform a little better during the League War.
Fengtian and Qing can now purchase armored cars from Japan and Germany respectively.
The Manchurian Model Cities focus now requires Concordia Association influence to be above 30%.
Some Fengtian collaboration focuses will now provide intel to Japan (if La Resistance is owned)
Patagonia has had some small balance changes to make the radical anarchist path more viable, as well as nerfing its overall industrial power projection by removing the extra building slot it got via the decisions that added factories.
Fixes Notable Fixes
Patagonia no longer debuffs the TI with 5% Consumer Goods
The Legation Cities’ custom country paths actually work every time
The Netherlands no longer get the volunteers they send to the CSA in their own army
Fixed Cuban Autentico tree not autocompleting the first focus
Fixed broken Haitian total portrait path
Fixed various news events not having pictures
More state ownership checks for the FOP
Fixed Tuva not being transferred to RUS/SOV when the latter is released.
Fixed PRI being locked out of its naval tree if not a puppet of the USA.
Fixed Yunnan being able to form its own faction when already in one.
Fixed Petain's retirement ending the NFA monarchy.
Fixed an OTT OOB spawning behind enemy lines.
GEA and MAF will now peace out with enemies properly when Germany falls, also made some edits to fix up who Russia will peace out with in that case
Fixed Russia not keeping Bessarabia when releasing Romania.
Fengtian can no longer prepare for the Prince's Visit after war causes his visit's cancellation
Paraguay's elections now check for Estigarribia being in power correctly.
All American tags will now refrain from justifying on each other.
Fixed Shandong being able to court Qing nobles while at war with them.
Fixed the puppeting of Central America
Germany is now told Finland is joining their faction, and can say no
The West Indies Federation now leaves the Entente for a brief while before Canada attacks it, allowing it to ship its men home
The Legation Cities can no longer ask Zhang Zongchang to accept a loan when he is dead
Some sanity checks (in the form of bypasses) to Yunnans political tree
Canada’s re-entry into the civil war after the Deal with the Devil ceasefire ends has been fixed
Indian focuses to gain cores on Burmese lands now also gain them claims to Burmese claims
Young Roland Griffiths-Marsh now does not appear for Australasia as a possible operative until after the 1939 elections (no luck, authoritarians)
Sardinia AI will no longer release puppets in Italy until after it’s made the decision to either be the Kingdom of Italy or Sardinia-Piedmont
Fengtian can no longer prepare for the Prince's Visit after war causes his visit's cancellation
Fixed some of Russia’s war decisions so they’re more aggressive, instead of waiting to take the decisions should they be in any war, no matter how small or remote
German East Asia and Mittelafrika will now properly peace out with Reichspakt enemies when Germany falls
German East Asian and Mittelafrikan armored cars now have German names instead of generic ones
Japan should no longer enter a loop of rage if it is denied food aid
The Beijing Reunification Conference event should now have functional localization
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Upgraded Squad to Unreal Engine 4.23. This upgrade comes with a lot of performance improvement potential that we have started to work with, and will be further utilizing in upcoming patches.
Added the ability to drag incapacitated players. This will allow players to pull downed squad mates out of danger areas such as roads and open fields to a safe triage point, to await a safe revival from a teammate or medic. A drag UI icon will be displayed on the player’s HUD when a friendly incapacitated body is within 10 meters. To Drag an incapacitated body, press the Use button (Default: F) on the shoulders, neck, or feet of an incapacitated body while crouching. When a player is dragging a body, their speed will be reduced and they will have to drop the body to fire their weapon.
Added the ability to destroy helicopter tail rotor components with projectiles. This will cause a loss of control of the helicopter. This will increase the vulnerability of Helicopters.
Added Nvidia Highlights System. When enabled, this system allows a player to have short video clips automatically save based on certain events that happen in-game. Initial trigger events include: destroying a helicopter with an AT Launcher, triggering an IED, and knifing an enemy. More trigger events will be added in future releases.
Optimization and maintenance pass on Lighting FX: Improved FX for Ambient FX, weapons, vehicles, explosions, bullet impacts.
Optimization and maintenance pass on various VFX including: FOB destruction, UGL Smoke, muzzle flashes, projectile tracers, tank shell blasts, vehicle exhaust, ricochets, armor impacts, and sandstorm FX.
Optimized Vehicle Wheel VFX for trucks, tracked vehicles, bikes, and APCs to include new parameters for better performance optimization.
Optimized T72B3 woodland turret textures to 2k. (Previously 4k).
Optimized environment texture sizes, which aids in reducing memory space usage.
Updated the map markers to use a new system that should be much more efficient on the network for clients and servers.
Updated Master Materials for VFX. This should assist in bringing more optimization in general around all Squad VFX.
Fixed Vehicle Wheel FX spawning additional particles during origin rebasing.
Fixed Small arms ricochet having excessive lens flares.
Fixed issue with master material flickering with fog.
Removed unused VFX for destroyed sandbags.
Removed “LOW” Audio Effects Setting, as they were no longer necessary with latest updates and optimizations.
Updated CP Capture Logic. Only infantry will be able to capture CPs (flags); previously vehicle drivers were also contributed. The intent is for Infantry to be the only class to influence CP capture status with “Boots on the Ground.”
Updated Insurgency Caches to have a 3-meter no-deploy zone around them to emove the possibility of “entombing” a Cache in deployable walls.
Updated Insurgency and Destruction Objective Caches: they can now be destroyed both by Incendiary grenades and player-deployed timed explosives such as IED, TNT, and C4.
Updated Artillery, Heavy Mortars, Mortars, and CAS to no longer damage Caches.
Fixed RAAS Capture Points sometimes not appearing on HUD when a player is capturing. The unused CPs from RAAS were not being removed on the client when a client loads in with the server. E.g, upon map change.
Fixed small grammar errors in Destruction and Insurgency game mode notifications.
Updated non-medic revive times to 17 seconds, previously 14 seconds.
Updated CAF HAT role munitions: CAF HAT 01 now has a magnified C7 and Carl G with 1x Tandem, 1x HEAT. CAF HAT 02 now has a non-magnified C8 and Carl G with 1x Tandem, 1x HEAT, 2x HE.
Updated CAF Sniper kit limits: Now requires 5 players in a squad and only 1 kit per squad.
Updated CAF Hand Grenades with the proper name of the C13 Fragmentation grenade.
Fixed Combat Engineer Binoculars not showing up on the inventory UI due to 4 item limit.
Fixed backblast being able to hit players through thick walls.
Fixed an issue with switching kits while inside a vehicle which caused players weapons to disappear when leaving the vehicle after a long period of time.
Fixed an issue with weapon reloading after spamming reload and left-click during previous reload attempts.
Fixed being able to see underneath the map when going prone from crouched position while near a vehicle or when colliding with an asset or when you are proning against the slope landscape.
Fixed some bipod clipping issues. In most scenarios, it is no longer possible to clip through walls or floors while using a bipod.
Fixed broken materials on Timed Explosives, Landmines, and UGL smoke/muzzle flashes.
Fixed incorrect skinned mesh for USA Medic glow sticks. Rave on, doc.
Fixed issue with bipods occasionally flinging players into space.
Fixed MOA on the M4 M203 UGL being set too high.
Fixed SUSAT sight mesh to include better generated LODs.
Fixed Carl Gustav AT Launcher backblast missing a heat material.
Fixed C8A3 Grenadier GL sight not aligned to the front post.
Fixed CAF soldier sleeve clipping through the C8A3 M203 ET552 sight during reloads.
Fixed CAF Lead Pilot having Woodland fatigues.
Fixed CAF LAT kit order to be the same as other factions.
Updated helicopter unloading/loading ammo and construction supplies: It can only be done at 30m or lower altitude. Pilots will now need to be closer to the ground to deliver supplies.
Updated top side and tail collisions on the MI8 and UH60M to 5mm armor, making them more vulnerable to small arms.
Updated the Militia Ural 375 with a new camo paint scheme.
Updated the CAF Leo2A6 collision and removed its antennae.
Updated the CAF TAPV to have its own wreck model. (It was previously using the MATV wreck model.)
Updated the soft map boundary timer for ground vehicles to be increased to 20 seconds (was 12 seconds).
Updated UH60 and MI8 Helicopter LOD distances.
Updated color values on the FV510 APC.
Updated gun collisions to 10mm armor for the following vehicles: MATV 50cal/M240 turrets, FV432 50cal turret, Technical SPG9, Technical Dshk & Turret, T62 Dshk cupola, and ZU23 turret. Small arms should no longer penetrate any parts of open-top turrets and emplacements. These turrets and emplacements should now be more protected.
Fixed the LAV6 and FV510 BFV Vehicle Commander Periscope sensitivity to match the Vehicle Gunner sensitivity.
Fixed an issue where Turret and Emplacement weapons would become flipped upside down and turned 180 degrees towards the player on rapid input.
Fixed an issue with infantry and vehicle weapon reloading having weird inconsistencies in high lag.
Fixed an issue with helicopter main rotors being disabled leading to the pilot being unable to load/unload supplies from the disabled helicopter and being notified as if it were moving above the loading speed threshold.
Fixed an issue with Vehicle Driver deployed smoke FX clipping and flickering.
Fixed UH60 having missing faces on the broken main rotor hub.
Fixed UH60 exit points spawning players on top of each other, killing them by rotor blades when they mass exit. We still do not advise limb to rotor interaction at this time.
Fixed Wheel collisions on several vehicles having an incorrect rotation offset.
Fixed weapon zeroing on T62, BMP1, and MTLB 6MB.
Fixed CAF Transport Truck costing 10 tickets instead of 5. M939 is currently a placeholder for a future CAF Logistics/Transport Truck.
Fixed ZU23 emplacement sometimes rotating 180 degrees vertically
Fixed Tank Muzzle blast VFX not showing after 50m distance.
Fixed flickering on Tank Muzzle VFX.
Fixed Leo2A6 and LAV6 broken redirectors for vehicle/wreck FX.
Fixed Leo2A6 teleport bug when standing on the wreck which was caused by improper collision response channels on the ammocook for the wreck turret.
Fixed LAV6 Gunner Stabilization getting stuck when aiming straight behind.
Fixed BMP2 Commander’s periscope clipping with mesh when elevated.
Fixed FV510 Gunner’s Sight clipping into the mesh when fully elevated.
Fixed Helicopter Rotor dust having harsh visible edges.
Fixed Tracked Vehicles continuing to keep turning after switching the engine off.
Fixed Vehicle damage effects having issues with Origin Rebasing.
Fixed Tank Frag Shell impact physmat.
Fixed MI8 Tail Rotor Collision preset from “OverlapAll” to “ComplexVehicleMesh” to correct projectile issues with MI8 tail rotor.
Fixed missing glass material on unused displays in Mi8 cockpit.
Fixed BFV TOW “deploying” text getting stuck after switching off of the TOW weapon.
Fixed TAPV collision body which was causing it to easily flip over.
Fixed T72B3 bug where the reload sound wasn’t always playing properly.
Fixed a bug where weapon attachments were floating at world origin while the player occupied a vehicle.
Fixed a bug where the vehicle explosion effect will play every time a player changes their Effects in the Settings menu.
Fixed a bug where a Vehicle’s player collision would become missing when switching seats.
Updated CO Artillery Damage: 75m radius, 1 impact < 20m lethal for infantry.
Updated CO Heavy Mortar Damage: 45m radius, 1 impact < 15m lethal for infantry.
Updated the CO map icon to now be displayed as a star icon.
Updated Vehicles occupied by the commander to appear gold.
Fixed CO not showing up as yellow (self) in some cases.
Fixed CAS landing way offset from the intended target area when called on or near tall structures. Off Target CAS may still occur, and may need further investigation. Please report any offset CAS runs on the Squad Discord.
Fixed an issue with A10 Gun VFX for run ground impacts sometimes flickering inappropriately. (They’ve been warned.)
Fixed an issue with the RUS MTLB 6MA and BMP2 giving RUS Commander access to support abilities.
Fixed some other conventional faction vehicles having command zone enabled when they should not have.
Fixed log spam on activating the handheld drone without possessing it.
Updated Razor wire to be slightly more resistant to fragmentation damage.
Updated VFX for FOB destruction.
Updated Commander handheld drone radial menu to remove the ability to place deployables and rally points. The menu retains spotting/marker functions.
Updated armor thickness on all emplaced weapon guns to 10mm to help with survivability of turret/emplaced weapon gunners.
Fixed RUS/MIL/INS radios not taking damage when hit on the wooden materials.
Fixed an exploit where the FOB radio can be hidden inside other deployables – this should no longer be possible.
Fixed Razor wire being destroyed by melee damage.
Fixed Habs not having any destruction VFX when destroyed by CO Artillery/Airstrike actions.
Fixed not being able to reload an Emplacement Weapon if the user leaves during the reloading phase.
Fixed an exploit where players could respawn at a HAB even when enemies were nearby.
Updated Server Browser to have better support for future events.
Updated Map grid lines to draw in relation to the viewable scale of the map rather than zoom level.
Fixed an issue with the Server Browser filters “whitelisted mods” and “show other mods” not functioning correctly. The server filters “show whitelisted mods” and “show other mods” are now consolidated into a single “show modded servers” checkbox.
Fixed an issue with the Server Browser sorting buttons.
Fixed the Server Browser “sort by health.” Healthy servers are now listed at the top.
Fixed the end-of-round scoreboard not showing the bottom bar.
Fixed a typo on the loading screen for the word “Commander.”
Updated the main base helicopter repair pads with a new static mesh. The new mesh has a larger surface area and is more adaptable to uneven landscape.
Updated player collisions on several props to be more accurate.
Updated railway tracks collision to make them easier to drive on.
Updated the windows on a building set to use 2-sided materials to prevent exploits.
Updated color on over-saturated cliffs and pine trees.
Updated Norway pine tree distant meshes and adjusted colobrightness.
Updated LOD settings for prop excavators and heavy dump trucks to have less “popping.”
Fixed issues with Middle East Buildings having z-fighting on mesh decals, incorrect LOD material slots, and LOD artifacting.
Fixed Tallil Aircraft hangars: Vertex Paint was causing lots of seam issues and an overpowering normal.
Fixed broken materials on Nursery House.
Fixed an exploitable collision on a Middle East Urban Building used on Tallil and Mutaha.
Fixed floor collision and LOD distance on a factory building used on Narva and Gorodok.
Fixed collision for Small EU Rocks.
Fixed Rice LOD normal maps.
Fixed DFAO artifacts on Tent and ME Building statics.
Fixed a train car hopper to prevent players from spawning / glitching inside them.
Fixed an issue with tent rolls having incorrect wind settings.
Maps Al Basrah
Added CAF Al Basrah Invasion v1 gameplay layer.
Fixed ambient wind sound issue.
Fixed misaligned floating bars.
Fixed various floating trash. (Stop throwing away helium!)
Fixed culling on Al Basrah road sign near VCP.
Fixed bad LODs on Warehouse, various merged compounds, and high rise apartments.
Fixed culling on a bush type which was culling too early.
Fixed incorrectly assigned materials on the INS Main Base building.
Al Basrah Insurgency v1: Fixed Ammocrate at GB Main that was underground.
Belaya has had a full performance and optimization pass.
Updated Landscape material to have improved visuals and performance.
Updated forest distribution. Increased tree clump density with more clearly defined clearings. (Is that clear?)
Updated light attenuation.
Updated the snow texture.
Deleted unused assets.
Fixed collision on fallen trees, removed unnecessary roadside barriers and smoothed some terrain areas.
Updated Tunnel POI to improve culling and fixed minor bugs.
Updated Chora ground textures And packed them to use all the channels on the roughness textures.
Reduced the number of landscape layers, it now has 5 down from 7.
Fixed floating road splines and wall sections.
Fixed harsh water edge.
Fixed floating foliage NW of Monolith.
Fixed a carpet texture flickering in one of the compounds.
Chora Skirmish v1: Fixed floating Repair Station at USA Main.
Chora AAS v1: Fixed Nursery CP name being incorrectly offset.
Updated Government Office LODs so the proxy doesn’t activate so close to the player.
Fixed various floating rocks.
Fixed tunnel collision glitching.
Fixed several minor bugs.
Fixed shipping containers having bad textures.
Potentially fixed occasional black foliage on map. Let us know!
Fools Road RAAS v2: Removed precap flags.
Fools Road RAAS v3: Fixed fog blocking UAV view.
Updated all layers to have a max helicopter altitude of 400m, down from 800m.
Fixed several minor bugs.
Fixed wind from fallen tree material having a wind effect.
Fixed DF on two apt interiors.
Fixed various floating grass and floating fences.
Fixed hole in the landscape.
Gorodok Destruction v1: Fixed Caches spawning inside inaccessible parts of the Yard apartment buildings.
Gorodok Skirmish v1: Fixed MIL Logi spawning on top of HASCO blocks.
CAF Gorodok RAAS v1: Added x2 Helicopters to CAF and RUS.
CAF Gorodok RAAS v2: Team 2 changed from RUS to USA.
Updated MOUT billboard to include the OISC Season 1 Winners.
Fixed mispositioned INS HAB example.
Fixed black pixels on Jensen’s road.
Fixed culling on the plywood building near vehicle repair depots.
Updated all gameplay layers to use the soft map boundary system.
Fixed several road splines that were texture clipping.
CAF Kamdesh RAAS v1: Fixed staging timer missing for CAF.
CAF Kamdesh Invasion v1: Defending team switched to INS.
Updated Motherbase with blocking volume to prevent shortcuts.
Fixed several minor bugs.
Updated grass and cliff color correcting.
Fixed grass floating above the trenches at POI.
Fixed many small bugs such as floating trees and bad road splines.
Fixed culling on the construction crane.
Fixed certain gameplay layers fog blocking view of Commander UAV.
Skorpo Invasion v1: Added new main base locations for Militia and removed their forward.
Skorpo Invasion v1: Fixed Shipyard East CP having an incorrect collision setting which caused players to be unable to lean and helicopters to lose their rotors.
Skorpo RAAS v1, v2, v3: Fixed Lumberyard CP floating and collision preset of shipyard CP.
Skorpo RAAS v4: Fixed Hotel CP collision preset not allowing leaning.
Updated Sumari midday lighting.
Updated old HASCO US Main to use new HASCO.
Fixed glowing wheat crops.
Fixed floating ISO containers at the Insurgent training camp.
Fixed several minor bugs.
Sumari AAS v1: Removed Ultra Dynamic Sky due to performance issues.
Fixed various grass growing inside houses & removed shrubs and trees clipping into the interior of buildings.
Fixed coal clipping outside the coal hopper at Shevchenko Quarry.
Fixed exploitable rooftop walls at Shevchenko Quarry.
Fixed grass growing in several buildings & bushes clipping into building interiors.
Fixed walls being too high in several locations.
Yehorivka Invasion v1: Fixed MIL using wrong Ural.
Added CheckActorCollisionObjectType Blutility to check collision object type (e.g., world static) of all actors and their components of a given type in a level. Useful for catching misconfigured capture zones!
Added initial Functional Tests to Content/Blueprints/AutomationTest.
Updated all map gameplay layers to be contained in a Gameplay_Layer subfolder within the map folder, for less clutter in the main folder. Regrettably, this will break references for modders if they are referencing vanilla gameplay layers.
Updated many Lighting Layers to be named correctly. This will break references to these lighting layers. Please be sure to check your levels to ensure you have no broken references. To correct any issues, you will need to re-add the lighting layer.
Removed the outdated MeshTool and PrefabTool plugins and disabled StereoPanomara plugin.
Removed the depreciated HISM functionality in HISM Spline.
Removed unused post-process settings from SQWorldSettings.
Removed and cleaned up leftover debug log and stack trace to reduce log spam.
Removed SQAdminComponent as it’s not used since the functionality was moved to SQGameCommandComponent.
Removed the old desert and woodland variants of the helicopter pad. The new Helicopter Pad is named BP_helicopter_repair_pad. Modders will need to update their maps with the new bp.
Removed deprecated Conquest Game Mode.
Disabled legacy include path handling.
Fixed debug traces/spheres/lines not properly respecting their set lifetimes.
Fixed DOF and Motion blur on weapon scopes and particles by adding separate translucency in Project Settings.
Fixed various issues causing log spam.
Fixed many redirectors and moved several building statics in various folders.
Added future capability to use a promoted server list, for special events.
Removed the “Send and Restart” option from the Squad crash reporter, as it had issues with EAC.
Updated MapRotation.cfg for server admins for the latest B19 map changes.
Updated Admin Cam with removed extra DOF output, simplified key inputs, modified HUD output for readability.
Updated Credits: Added credits for the Canadian Armed Forces DLC and integrated past developers into the main section to better reflect everyone’s contributions over the years.
Fixed wreck explosions replaying when changing fx quality settings.
Fixed a Server Crash involving SqSoldierRagdollCompontent (possibly due to vehicle collision with soldier).
Fixed a Client Crash in the Infantry tutorial related to missing a DefaultEffectClass on one of the BP Grenades.
Fixed a Client Crash in the Infantry tutorial related to missing a DefaultEffectClass on one of the BP Grenades.
Fixed the Textbox of some characters in the Infantry Tutorial that had an incorrect offset.
Fixed fog/foliage removal exploit which now prevents players from removing fog or foliage via Scalability.ini.
Fixed sensitivity scaling value unintentionally affecting horizontal recoil on infantry weapons.
Fixed Helicopter explosion resetting when changing vfx scalability.
Fixed an exploit using foliage.MaxTrianglesToRender.
Fixed Depth of Field to render after Master Material.
Fixed wheel fx dust particle cutout issues.
Fixed mud splash material issues.
Fixed post-login password verification for server joining.
2020.04.18 18:56 frankdatank_004With the Space Race Event pretty much over I have created a list for which vehicles should be the reward vehicles for the Operation Summer Event. Thoughts are always welcomed.
These are what I think should be the premium event vehicles for the next non-crafting event. This such event would probably be the summer event that I have coined and named Operation B.E.A.C.H. These selections are unique but probably not “main tree worthy” (at least not in my books). They also provide transparency of lack of event vehicles for a select tree to hype or meme factor to being a test platform and everything in between. In order to get the low rank event vehicle you have to complete specific tasks to get 5 Beach Balls. In order to get the higher ranked event vehicle you have to complete specific tasks to get 11 Beach Balls. The helicopters on the other hand if you acquire 15/36 Beach Balls during this event you get the low rank one (20/36 Beach Balls for its alternate skin). If you acquire 25/36 event vehicles you get the high rank one (30/36 Beach Balls for its alternate skin). All event vehicles will be premium and be coupons. Unfortunately I can see Gaijin making some of these non-premium event vehicles which I think is complete BS.
Low Rank Aircraft:
G.59 (ITA) (Rank III/BR 4.0): Either the Syrian one or not (actually its “sixth beach ball” skin could be a Syrian trainer one). Italy does not have a single event plane yet and I think this would be a perfect one. It would fit the Italian turning play style while looking like the hybrid of a G.55 and a Spitfire but with worse performance. It does however have four Hispano Mk.Vs so keep that in the back of your mind. Alternate: SAI-Ambrosini SS.4 (ITA) (Rank III/BR 3.7): This would also fit the bill for a nice event plane for Italy and very well could be their first. Only one prototype of this pusher prop mono-plane was produced with sexy Italian curves. There is a bit of a snag on its armaments though. Was it 2 x 12.7mms and 1 x 20mm? Or was it 2 x 20mms and 1 x 30mm?
High Rank Aircraft:
I-270 (RUS) (Rank V/BR 7.7): This would give Russia its first rocket fighter in-game and be the 4th rocket-only propulsion fighter in the game. I was going to go with the Bi-1/3 predecessor here but that one would be harder to balance. This would have equal amount intrigue and meme potential while being effective in the right hands. Alternate: XP-72 Ultrabolt (USA) (Rank IV/BR 6.3-6.7): Does America already have enough Rank IV event planes? Yes but I don’t care, I want it and need it. This being basically the pinnacle of the P-47 bloodline with peak performance and would be a very hyped pick for an event vehicle. This plane would also be a good candidate for a normal premium.
Low Rank Tank:
Churchill NA75 (GBR) (Rank III/BR 4.3-4.7): Britain is quite lacking in the low rank premium department and especially event wise. Every one loves the Churchills and imagine if you could get your hands on a field modified one that now has the American 75mm M3 cannon. This would make the Churchill have a stronger mantlet (I have heard its mantlet would be stronger from way more people and sources than I have heard it actually making it weaker). It would also get access to all American 75mm rounds (meaning better HE (who cares?), rare for the Brits M61 APHE and APCR (?)). This would be a rock solid low-mid rank premium to pick up off the Market no matter what. Alternate: Type 5 To-Ku (JPN) (Rank II/BR 2.0-2.3): This very well could be Japan’s first event tank and I think it would have equal amounts of intrigue and meme to it. It is amphibious, has a case-mate 47mm cannon and a fully traversable 25mm auto-cannon. The 25mm could wreck enemy planes and tanks a like. If it is something a little heavier and is flanking you then you could give them a rude burst of 25mm rounds. Also ~1 prototype was ever made so it fits perfectly into the premium/event vehicle category.
High Rank Tank:
STA-3 (JPN) (Rank IV/BR 6.7-7.0): Being a prototype of the Type 61 but with an autoloader this would be a unique and quite competitive tank. It would be a rather bold addition for what could potentially be Japan’s first ever event tank. It is a prototype as well so it wouldn’t be too much of a problem having it be and event tank. Just imagine having a near rapid RoF 90mm gun firing M82 shot and/or HEAT-FS. Alternate: FV4401 Contentious (20 pounder) (GBR) (Rank IV/BR 6.0-6.3): This is my most wanted non-American tank that I want come to the game and it would be very fitting for it to come to the game as an event vehicle since Britain doesn’t have a single rank IV event tank and it was a prototype as well. Think of a mix between an ASU-85, Comet and Centurion and you get this. It also could get hull aiming (please get hull aiming right Gaijin!?), scouting and what not. A very unique “what if” tank.
Low Rank Naval:
S151 (GER) (Rank II/BR 2.0): The only category that Germany is lacking in premium/event vehicle wise is fast patrol boats. I think that this would be a nice addition with 2 x 20mms, up to 6 x 7.9mm MGs and 2 x torpedoes along with 6 x depth charges. Its alternate skin could either be a Dutch Navy one or an Bulgarian one. Alternate: CPIC1 Voyager (USA) (Rank II/BR 2.7-3.0): The one big thing that America is lacking in the game is modernized patrol crafts and vessels which Japan, Russia and Germany already have multiple of. This would be an excellent addition as a premium/event craft because of its low production prototype status. Which gives it a pass whereas it wouldn’t be a pass if the USS Pegasus or Cyclone-class were here. They deserve to be in the main tree for sure. The Voyager would not be OP either. It would only have 1 2 x 30mm turret with radar (here is more info on its turret). Its alternate skin could be a South Korean Navy skin as well.
High Rank Naval:
HMS Terror (I03) (GBR) (Rank III/BR 4.7-5.0)): I remember when the talk of adding larger vessels to the game first legitimately came about there were quite a few people who were asking for monitors but unfortunately it seems that this talk all died out. This addition would be a good way to test if the addition of monitors are a good idea or not. The refit that I am going with here is the 1939 one which its main armament would be 1 twin 15-inch gun turret, the auxiliary would be its 6 single 4-inch guns and its AA would be the 2 quadruple 0.50 MG mounts. It could dish out a huge punishment but with it being slow it will be an easy target to hit. Also its badass name would help its desirability factor out. Alternate: “Torpedo Cruiser" IJN Kitakami (1941) (JPN) (Rank IV/BR 5.0): All I can say if you are a fan of Japanese ship-borne torpedoes than this will be what you want the most out of anything in-game. It would have a very high skill ceiling but also a very low floor as well. 40 torpedoes at your disposal while also having 2 single 140mm naval gun turrets and 2 twin 25mm cannon mounts. If you are good with torps than you will shine with this beast. It however will be a sitting duck for naval CAS though. This is just such a quirky and odd cruiser that I cannot see it being implemented outside of an event.
Low Rank Helicopter:
SA 3164 Alouette “Canon” (FRA) (Rank V/BR 8.7): Your typical Alouette helicopter that is agile, delegate and slinging SS.11 ATGMs around everywhere but with one secret weapon under its sleeve. That secret weapon is a slightly traversable MG151 20mm cannon in its nose with 480 rounds at its disposal. This would make the Alouette much more versatile making it so it could ground pound in Heli EC easier, strafe lighter ground vehicles in Tank Battles and make enemy helicopters and planes second guess attacking this helicopter in a head on. Alternate: Hawkswing Lynx (GBR) (Rank V/BR 9.0): This prototype Lynx came out of the testing to see which ATGM would best fit the Lynx. The ATGMs tested were the Swingfires, TOWs and HOTs with the Swingfires being the ultimate loser. It could carry 3 canisters of Swingfires on each side of the helicopter (6 total). It is not clear if this prototype Lynx could actually fire the Swingfires but if I recall correctly they were fired from the Hawkswing Scout prior to being mounted on the Lynx. I am going an alternative route with this making it so this event Lynx’s only ATGM load out is the 6 x Swingfire ATGMs. It would still be able to carry all of its usual gun and rocket load outs as well.
High Rank Helicopter:
Mi-24 Super Hind (RUS) (Rank VI/BR 10.0): Its top load load outs would be 1 x 20mm chin gun, 16 x Ataka ATGMs and then two open pylons for the following: any Russian helicopter rocket pod, S-24 rockets, Russian helicopter bombs, any Russian helicopter gun pods. Its other top load out would be 1 x 20mm chin gun, 8 x Denel ZT3 Ingwe ATGMs then four pylons open and able to carry the following: any Russian helicopter rocket pod, S-24 rockets, Russian helicopter bombs, any Russian helicopter gun pods. It would not get any AAMs but its Anti-Ground potential is very high. Its alternate skin can be from a slew of nations as well. Alternate: XTP-1 BETA (FRA) (Rank VI/BR 10.0): This is a French Puma Transport Helicopter that was refitted by South Africa to become an attack helicopter with a 20mm chin/belly gun, 2 x AAMs and 8 x ZT3 Ingwe ATGMs as its top load out. It would be fairly versatile but it is pretty slow and a large target. EDIT: Okay folks, I put too much time into this post that I thought the community would like for downvotes for no reason. I even specifically tried to make every nation at least a little happy. Unfortunately I fell short with China and Sweden but they are still very new. If you don’t like something please comment and let me know.
https://preview.redd.it/tel0jhwkgpo41.png?width=335&format=png&auto=webp&s=3705228fed4de02ecf38a1d8a60a848c11a00dc4 The Asia-Oceania division is one of the toughest in the league – the average winning percentage of 57% is tied for second highest in the tournament behind only the Poland division, and it will almost certainly go down to the final few games to determine a winner. The Australians in particular have plenty to be proud of, as they currently claim three of the division’s four playoff spots. Ken C (AUS, #4 RotW) currently reigns at the top at 9-2 and controls his own destiny – he can guarantee himself the division (and a playoff bye to the quarterfinals) with an 8-1 record or better. However, he also sports a 29% average opponent winning percentage, which ranks dead last out of the 95 remaining players. He is yet to play against players such as Federico Troiani (ITL, #8 Europe), Michael Stryker (USA, #2 RotW), and Kris Wei (CHN, #11 RotW), among others – that’s 3 ITSL all-stars, for those of you keeping count. Ken certainly has the inside track, but it will take an impressive finish for him to maintain his lead. His game against Wei will be of the utmost importance – a win there would give Ken a three game lead over his nearest opponents with head-to-head tiebreakers over both Wei and John S (AUS, #13 RotW), meaning that 5-3 in his remaining games would still clinch the division. Looking at the rest of the pack, Wei, John, and Jesse Marshall (AUS, #14 RotW) all also currently hold playoff spots, with Youngbae Park (KOR, #16 RotW), the tournament’s only remaining South Korean, hot on their heels. Marshall sits at the very edge of the playoff picture at 13-6 with a single game to go against Kris himself, which will likely end up determining his playoff fortune. Below them, Wayne Bonnett (AUS, #25 RotW) and Mikhail Gavrikov (KAZ, #30 RotW) are 8-8 and 8-9 respectively and will almost certainly qualify for the silver playoffs, although each would need miracles to make the main event. An interesting footnote is the disparity of Gavrikov’s record playing each side – he champions a 7-2 record playing the Soviets, yet just a 1-7 record as the Americans.
North America West Division
https://preview.redd.it/0hcqyv12hpo41.png?width=328&format=png&auto=webp&s=f801fbdd5f0c100ed1e35a50b5aafe7286be5997 Next up is North America West. Going by average winning percentage, the division ranks 9th in that regard at 45%, and is currently poised to send just one member to the playoffs. However, it is also in line to send an additional seven(!) members to the silver playoffs, an indication of the division’s depth. Tomas Tvaroh (USA, #5 RotW) currently sits at the top with a 13-5 record. His earlier victory over Michael Panettieri (USA, #17 RotW) means that a perfect finish in his remaining two matches clinches the division for him. That however is not guaranteed, as he is still to play against Sergey Kosarev (RUS, #5 Europe), who is the current leader of the Eastern Europe Division. Behind Tvaroh, Panettieri sits in second at 9-5, with a very reasonable chance to qualify for the playoffs with a strong finish – he boasts an average opponent winning percentage of 54%, indicating the strings of tough opponents he has had to face down thus far. The path to the division for Panettieri is much tougher however, as it would require a perfect 6-0 finish along with Tvaroh dropping at least one of his remaining games. After Panettieri, Pedro Reguera (ESP, #20 RotW) and Jake Jenkins (USA, #21 RotW) are both 8-6 and still have realistic. albeit difficult. shots at playoff berths if they can finish strong. The path for John Kaulakis (USA, #24 RotW) and Tim Tow (USA, #27 RotW) is exponentially harder due to their seven losses apiece. Reguera, the sole Spaniard in a division full of Americans, is coming off of an impressive victory against Janusz Szulc (POL, #1 Europe), and his upcoming match against Panettieri will be crucial to both sides’ playoff hopes. Meanwhile Jenkins still has to take on the formidable Anthony Russo (USA, #6 RotW); a victory there would go a long way towards securing a playoff berth for Jenkins. Finally, Gavin Gregory (USA, #32 RotW) and Mike Turian (USA, #33 RotW) continue to hang around the edge of the silver playoff cutoff. https://preview.redd.it/niiuzi47hpo41.png?width=294&format=png&auto=webp&s=b8738586bd80b48a8ad763c80850d75d64ab97d0
North America Central Division
https://preview.redd.it/647ubymbhpo41.png?width=338&format=png&auto=webp&s=fcee2eeea52d1293ef9720ee2a2c552065f95444 The North America Central division is another deep group, currently sending two to the playoffs and six to the silver playoffs. The balance in the division is clear, with three players sitting at .500 and two more just a game off the mark. The average winning percentage of 47% is 8th out of the 10 divisions. In the division lead, the ever-dangerous Michael Stryker (USA, #2 RotW) shows no signs of slowing down, with a loss to division-rival Patrick Coate (USA, #28 RotW) the only blemish on his 11-1 record. That places him four games clear of his nearest rival Tim Furrow (USA, #12 RotW), who at 12-5 has had a solid tournament, yet would still need Stryker to finish at best 4-4 to have any chance at the division. However Furrow remains in good position to make the playoffs – even if he drops his upcoming match against Stryker, 2-1 overall in his final three games should be enough to secure a spot. Behind Furrow, Ned Lauber (USA, #23 RotW) is in an interesting spot at 5-4 where he still has the majority of his matches to go and thus theoretically could secure a playoff berth with a 9-2 or better finish. However, he has to date faced opponents with an average winning percentage of just 40%, which ranks 93rd out of remaining players, and still to play on his schedule are Stryker, Kris Wei (CHN #11 RotW), Janusz Szulc (POL, #1 Europe), and Hasan Jamil (CAN, #3 RotW). It will be a difficult road, yet highly impressive if he manages to pull it off. After Lauber, Paul Sampson (USA, #26 RotW), Patrick Coate, and David DiCarlo (USA, #29 RotW) sit in a 3-way tie for 4th place with .500 records. Sampson and DiCarlo would require some luck to get in, as they have already collected seven losses apiece. Coate on the other hand has 10 games to play at 5-5, and boasts victories over both Stryker and Jason Leggett (USA, #10 RotW). Although his remaining schedule includes potent foes such as Youngbae Park (KOR, #16 RotW) and Wojciech Pietrzak (POL, #10 Europe), he does control his own destiny with arguably an easier schedule than Lauber, although playoffs will be just as difficult a task with little room for error. Perhaps playing all his games as the Soviets would make it easier, as he flashes perfectly symmetrical records of 5-0 as the USSR and 0-5 as the US. Behind these three, the tournament director himself Luis Rubio (MEX, #31 RotW) comes in at 7-8. As the only Mexican in a sea of Americans, he has little hope for the playoffs, but on the other hand has all but secured a spot in the silver playoffs. No matter the results, he is, of course, the real champion of this tournament. Finally, Ross Smith (USA, #36 RotW) will be hoping to use his remaining 6 games to cling on to his spot at the edge of the silver playoffs. https://preview.redd.it/uy0rnmoihpo41.png?width=279&format=png&auto=webp&s=31d8a69d7456ae9a037daeb157e458996f4e7284 That’s all for now – feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. To those of you who I picked to do well, good luck. To those who I picked to miss out, prove me wrong! And keep an eye out for the next article in the series, which will be released shortly.
2020.03.17 14:59 jakhol30 Great Matches of the 2010s to get you through the summer (no spoilers)!
A lot of you will have already seen most of them, but I doubt anyone has watched them all. Commentary language varies, it's written next to the match. Most are on FootballItalia, which requires you sign up, but it takes 10 seconds and it's free so that's hopefully no problem. Some matches are split in two parts, just press the forward arrow on the player when you get to the end. If anyone has any copies of any of these matches in a different language, let me know so I can add them. If anyone has any more matches they want to share, reply in the comments and format it kind of like I do (link to the match and provide context). DON'T READ COMMENTS IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS! 1.Barcelona vs Inter Milan, Champions League Semi-Final 2nd leg 2009/2010 ESP José Mourinho led his Inter Milan side to a historic 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the 1st leg of the Semi-Final. Will Pep Guardiola’s formidable Barcelona side pull it back in front of a packed crowd at the Nou Camp or will ‘The Special One’ finish the job? 2.Uruguay vs Ghana, World Cup Quarter-Final 2010 RUS Ghana became only the third African nation to make the quarter-finals of the World Cup by beating USA in extra-time. They would become the highest finishing team ever in the continent in front of a friendly crowd of vuvuzelas if they can beat favourites Uruguay. 3.Netherlands vs Spain, World Cup Final 2010 ESP Two legendary line-ups meet in the final of the 2010 World Cup. The reigning European Champions Spain and their famous possession football go up against a physical and immensely talent Dutch squad in what promises to be a fiery end to a fiery World Cup. 4.Barcelona vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2010/2011 CAT Pep meets Mou again on the stage of El Classico. Barcelona have been victorious in their last four meetings, with a young Messi stealing the show against the new big money signing Ronaldo. Will it be business as usual for the back-to-back Spanish champions? 5.Newcastle vs Arsenal, Premier League 2010/2011 RUS It’s February and Arsenal look like they have a shot at the title which has far eluded them since the glory days of the 2003/2004 invincibles. Can mid-table Newcastle stop them from closing the gap to leaders Manchester United? 6.Barcelona vs Manchester United, Champions League Final 2010/2011 CAT Two of the greatest squads in footballing history meet in the Champions League Final once again, two years after Barcelona defeated Fergie’s men 2-0 in Rome. Will we see a repeat or can the Red Devils win it in Wembley? 7.Santos vs Flamengo, Campeonato Brasileiro 2011 PT A legend of the game and an electric youngster collide. Ronaldinho was named as the best player in the world in consecutive years while Neymar, who was only recently promoted to the first team, was yet to hit his teenage years. Will youth or experience prevail? 8.Manchester United vs Arsenal, Premier League 2011/2012 RUS A premier league classic, played only a couple of games into the season. The two managerial titans of the Premier League are both looking for a positive start to the season. Holders Manchester United are obvious favourites at home, but can Wenger work some magic? 9.Manchester United vs Manchester City, Premier League 2011/2012 RUS The Manchester derby has really spiced up in recent years, with an injection of cash helping the visitors look like title contenders. It’s October, so it’s early days – but City could go five points clear at the top with a derby day win. Do they have what it takes? 10.Manchester City vs Queen’s Park Rangers, Premier League 2011/2012 SPA It’s the final game of the season, and Manchester City know they just need a win to secure the title. Anything less and it’s out of their hands and firmly in the grasp of their Manchester rivals. QPR may need to win to survive another season, so City won’t earn their first PL title easily. 11.Barcelona vs Chelsea, Champions League Semi-Final 2nd leg 2011/2012 ENG Chelsea lead 1-0 after a win at Stamford Bridge. A draw will do against European champions Barcelona, but they’ll have to do it the hard way – in the Nou Camp, facing Messi. Caretaker manager di Matteo has a lot on his hands if Chelsea want to make it to the final. 12.Bayern Munich vs Chelsea, Champions League Final 2011/2012 ENG Bayern Munich have the perfect stage set – after disappointment two years ago they get another chance at European glory in their own stadium. Underdogs Chelsea will be looking to spoil the party in the Allianz, as captain John Terry looks to make up for his famous penalty slip four years ago. 13.Reading vs Arsenal, English League Cup Fourth Round 2012/2013 ENG Newly promoted Reading have their work cut out against heavy favourites Arsenal in this League Cup tie. The Gunners are hoping to continue their challenge for a competition they haven’t won since 1993. Unlike the FA Cup, there are no replays here. 14.Borussia Dortmund vs Málaga CF, Champions League Quarter Final 2nd leg 2012/2013 ENG Dortmund secured back-to-back BL titles last season, while Málaga finished 4th in La Liga. Both are looking hot in Europe, with neither side able to break the deadlock in the first leg. Dortmund will have their fans behind them, but can Málaga cause an upset yet again? 15.Watford vs Leicester, Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd leg 2012/2013 RUS Watford narrowly missed out on an automatic promotion place while Leicester scraped into the play-offs on goal difference. Despite this, Leicester hold a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg. Can Watford turn it around at home or will it be Leicester progressing? Note: No away goal rule. 16.Spain vs Italy, Euros Final 2012 ESP Spain are both European Champions and World Champions, as well as big favourites to win in Kiev. Italy held them to a draw in their group, but can they reproduce it on the big stage? The Italians will hope for another Balotelli brace. 17.Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, Premier League 2013/2014 ENG (not FI, scroll down) Liverpool have waited since 1990 to lift a Premier League title, but with two games left they might get their chance at another. Although they’re nine goals behind Manchester City on goal difference, they’re equal on points. Liverpool need a win, preferably a big one. 18.Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, Champions League Final 2013/2014 ESP It’s the Madrid derby on the biggest stage of European football. Real Madrid last became European Champions in 2002, while Atletico have only once, in the 70s, been to a European final. A win here would mean so much to both clubs – can the new La Liga champions Atletico produce another shock? 19.Spain vs Netherlands, World Cup Group Stage 2014 ESP It’s been four years since the final of the last World Cup and now Spain and the Netherlands face each other in the Group of Death in Brazil. Both teams know the opening game is always important; with a strong Chile side lurking, a loss could endanger their tournament lives. 20.Brazil vs Germany, World Cup Semi-Final 2014 GER Brazil, the most successful national team in football are at home and expectant. While as hosts they’re the favourites, they’ve been far from perfect this tournament – although the same can be said for Germany. Can Brazil make the home fans proud in Belo Horizonte? 21.Parma vs AC Milan, Serie A 2014/2015 ESP Parma finished 6th last season but were denied European football due to their tax debt. AC Milan are missing their glory days and are hoping they can return to once again playing in Europe soon, starting with an away win here in September. 22.Chelsea vs Bradford City, FA Cup Fourth Round 2014/2015 ENG Chelsea are massive favourites against League One side Bradford City. However, the visitors have a reputation for being giant-killers, defeating the likes of Arsenal to get to the League Cup final two years ago. Can the Premier League leaders dispatch them? 23.Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund, Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd leg 2015/2016 ENG Dortmund held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in the 1st leg but now they face the Reds in Anfield. While the Europa League is not where either team would hope to be, both teams will be looking for some silverware this season. It’s a big occasion for Klopp, who faces his former club. 24.Chelsea vs Tottenham, Premier League 2015/2016 ESP Leicester City have created the greatest underdog story in sport… almost. The 5000-1 outsiders just need a single win or second placed Tottenham to slip up to clinch a historic title. Chelsea, with their superstar Hazard will be hoping to ruin their London rivals chances at home. 25.Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain, Champions League Ro16 2nd leg 2016/2017 ESP Barcelona were thrashed 4-0 in Paris in one of the most shocking results in their recent history. Now, in the 2nd leg, they want revenge. They didn’t manage a single away goal, so they would need to outscore PSG over two legs if they concede. A tough task, is there any life in the tie? 26.Real Madrid vs Barcelona, La Liga 2016/2017 ESP It’s that time of the year again! The Bernabéu comes to life once again for the European Champions as they face the Spanish Champions. It’s April, so this match means everything for the title race – a win would send Barcelona top ahead of Real Madrid. 27.Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04, Bundesliga 2017/2018 ENG The Ruhr derby is in town as fierce rivals Dortmund and Schalke go head to head. The famous home advantage should aid Dortmund well, as they look to try and mount a title challenge against the utterly dominant force of Bayern Munich. 28.River Plate vs Boca Juniors, Copa Liberatadores Final 2nd leg 2018 ESP One of the fiercest rivalries in football, the Superclásico, is the final of South America’s biggest competition this year. The first leg ended 2-2, but the 2nd leg didn’t take place as planned after Boca’s team bus was bombed en route. River Plate now have to play their home tie in Madrid, will it be a disadvantage? 29.Liverpool vs Barcelona, Champions League Semi-Final 2nd leg 2018/2019 ENG Barcelona produced another masterclass to beat Liverpool 3-0 at home, a score line that could have been even more decisive. Anfield awaits a seemingly hopeless prospect of a 2nd leg, with stars Salah and Firmino out injured. Is there more Istanbul-like magic yet to come? 30.Ajax vs Tottenham, Champions League Semi-Final 2nd leg 2018/2019 ENG Ajax defeated Spurs by a goal to nil away from home, setting them up perfectly in the 2nd leg. Tottenham needed VAR to take a last minute winner away from Man City in the quarters and are hoping for things to go their way again against Europe’s surprise package.
2020.02.01 22:51 CardellB[Rant? - GF] Why are most German teams apparently braindead?
TL;DR: German team seems to play the game like Team-Deathmatch. USA keeps steamrolling the objectives. Why are Germany players like that? :( Edit: My issue is NOT with the tanks, it's with the players who most of the times simply neglect the objectives. Doesn't matter what tanks we use and what tanks we are facing, it's the behaviour that's the issue... Edit 2:Oooscarrrr_Muffinactually had a great explanation for that. I think we can call this case closed :P I'm mostly US and GER main (although I do play RUS and UK sometimes), but what the hell is wrong with the German teams? My win-rate with GER GF is simply astonishingly low. The players not only seem not to bother playing the objective, they seem not to even use the map (in a match, a single Sherman managed to take out 8 of our guys because they would simply drive past him, even with me constantly marking it on the map and even saying on team chat...). Meanwhile on US it seems like nearly the total opposite... I have been on a non-stop steamroll of victories lately... Question is: Why the heck is it like that?
2020.01.12 12:59 Papaya-StrudelLausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Live Discussion, Day 3
Pairs' FS: 11:30am CET Men's FS: 2:00pm CET Current time in Central Europe PAIR SKATING - FREE SKATING FS ResultsProtocols Results MEN SINGLE SKATING - FREE SKATING Stream:YouTube Olympic Channel Warm-Up Group 1 1 LEVANDI Arlet EST 2 KOVALENKO Nikita ISR 3 KAPEIKIS Liam USA 4 NALBONE Matteo ITA 5 PITOT Francois FRA Warm-Up Group 2 6 CHEN Yudong CHN 7 BODENSTEIN Noah SUI 8 KOKURA Andrey UKR 9 MRAZEK Daniel CZE 10 MEMOLA Nikolaj ITA Warm-Up Group 3 11 RAKIC Aleksa CAN 12 CHA Younghyun KOR 13 SAMSONOV Daniil RUS 14 MOZALEV Andrei RUS 15 KAGIYAMA Yuma JPN FS ResultsProtocols Results Day 1 discussion Day 2 discussion
2020.01.11 11:53 Papaya-StrudelLausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Live Discussion, Day 2
Ice Dance RD: 1:30pm CET Ladies’ SP: 4:10pm CET Current time in Central Europe ICE DANCE - RHYTHM DANCE Stream:YouTubeOlympic Channel Schedule Starting OrdeResults Entries: 1 D'ALESSANDRO Natalie / WADDELL Bruce CAN 2 MAKITA Miku / GUNARA Tyler CAN 3 CIMLOVA Denisa / HLAVSA Vilem CZE 4 FRADJI Celina / FOURNEAUX Jean-Hans FRA 5 LEBEDEVA-BITADZE Yulia / KAYGORODTSEV Mikhail GEO 6 TUBA Giulia / TUBA Andrea ITA 7 YOSHIDA Utana / NISHIYAMA Shingo JPN 8 KHAVRONINA Irina / CIRISANO Dario RUS 9 TYUTYUNINA Sofya / SHUSTITSKIY Alexander RUS 10 ZEHNDER Gina / SIEBER Beda Leon SUI 11 CHERNIAVSKA Anna / MURATOV Oleg UKR 12 WOLFKOSTIN Katarina / CHEN Jeffrey USA RD ResultsProtocols WOMEN SINGLE SKATING - SHORT PROGRAM Stream:YouTubeOlympic Channel Schedule Starting OrdeResults Entries: 1 RYABOVA Ekaterina AZE 2 BAYCHEVA Ivelina BUL 3 CARLE Catherine CAN 4 KIIBUS Eva-Lotta EST 5 PELKONEN Nella FIN 6 MAZZARA Maia FRA 7 URUSHADZE Aline GEO 8 SCHERMANN Regina HUN 9 TORNAGHI Alessia ITA 10 KAWABE Mana JPN 11 YOU Young KOR 12 FROLOVA Anna RUS 13 SINITSYNA Kseniia RUS 14 CORADUCCI Anais SUI 15 SHIN Audrey USA 16 WANG Kate USA SP ResultsProtocols Day 1 discussion
2019.10.30 20:39 Jcbarona23World Cup Predictions: Preliminaries
I will be attempting to predict the outcome of the World Cup preliminaries based on an image of the bracket that was found on the cow Discord server. I'd like to hear your own predictions and thoughts on my brakcet(s).
Match 1: New Zealand - Austria
A difficult match to predict, both teams struggled in their respective regions, being eliminated from their fundraising tournaments in the first round, without a single win. Given their experience,it seems likely that New Zealand will narrowly get the win
Match 2: AM1 (New Zealand) - Australia
No matter the match up, Australia against Austria or New Zealand, it was meant to be. In this prediction, however, it is the Oceanic Showdown, with Australia winning decisively.
Match 3: Denmark - Taiwan
The European Dark Horse against the Pacific Dark Horse. Unfortunately, one will not be able to advance in the tournament. Both countries are fielding similar rosters to last year, and both bost top Contenders talent (as well as OWL representatives). I am inclined to give the edge to Denmark, but they appear to have a history of choking.
Match 4: AM2 (Australia) - AM3 (Denmark)
A rematch from last year's Bangkok qualifier. Without a doubt another close match regardless of the outcome from Match 3. I expect the winner of said match, however, to be able to best the Aussies in what would be considered by most to be an upset.
Group B Seed 3: Denmark (or Taiwan).
Match 1: Iceland - Ireland
We might not have seen Ireland playing, but it can be said we saw the opposite from Iceland, who went on to win the Eurocup. An unfortunate match up for the underdogs, the Nordic country should have this in the bag.
Match 2: BM1 (Iceland) - United Kingdom
The 7 Lions have been trying to bring the gold home for years, and it seems like this game will be the first step in doing so. They should win this game, but there is high upset potential from Iceland.
Match 3: Norway - Spain
We may have been treated to this game once before in the Eurocup round of 16, where Norway beat Spain 3-0, however the Spanish roster was missing a certain Overwatch League duo. A probably close game, Norway should once again beat the Iberians.
Match 4: BM2 (United Kingdom) - BM3 (Norway)
Given the volatility of this grup, this match up might be completely incorrect. That said, The winner of BM2 will easily move on to dispose of the winner of BM3.
Group A Seed 4: United Kingdom (or Iceland).
Match 1: Colombia - Philippines
We have not seen significant footage from Colombia to predict their performance accurately. Said lack of experience, however, means the Philippines has the edge with their synergy.
Match 2: Italy - India
Like with Colombia, India has next to no footage of high end competition. Italy, on the other hand, has had significant Contenders and World Cup experience and placed 3rd in the Eurocup. This should be a smooth match for the Italians.
Match 3: Sweden - CM1 (Philippines)
With a completely new roster, Sweden is on the hunt for success, success they missed out on last year. The Philippines is, unfortunately, merely a minor inconvenience in their journey.
Match 4: Japan - CM2 (Italy)
Two top perfomers of their regional tournaments face off. It is nearly impossible to compare them, however, and an accurate prediction will be mostly the result of luck. This game will be one of the closest, but Japan should claim the victory.
Match 5: CM3 (Sweden) - CM4 (Japan)
The winner of CM4 will have gone through a gruelling effort to participate in this game, and CM5 will be no different. Unfortunately, this should be the end of their run, but there is decent upset potential.
Group A Seed 5: Sweden
Match 1: Latvia - Mexico
Both teams lost out on star players, but Latvia took the bigger hit. Mexico has had experience in Contenders, and this will help them exit this match victoriously.
Match 2: Hong Kong - Paraguay
An unfortunate debut for the Guaranís, anything short of a decisive win for Hong Kong should be worrying.
Match 3: Russia - DM1 (Mexico)
As a fan of both nations, my desires were clearly not meant to be. Russia will be glad that, for once, they will not meet the South Koreans in the qualifiers. An easy win for the Russians at the cost of a sad exit for the Aztecs.
Match 4: Germany - DM2 (Hong Kong)
Both touted as favorites for their local tournaments, they concluded their appearances in similar fashion - disappointingly. It is not unlikely that Hong Kong will, yet again, see themselves eliminated from the World Cup in an early exit.
Match 5: DM3 (Russia) - DM4 (Germany)
Only their second match of the day, Russia should easily top their group, should they face off against Germany. It might become difficult at times, but the familiar roster should not falter in this stage.
Group B Seed 4: Russia
Match 1: Singapore - South Afirca
This game features two early exits from the Eurocup and SEA Invitational. Likely a close game, Singapore should best the African representative early on. It is possible, however, that in a LAN environment South Africa can come out victorious.
Match 2: Portugal - Saudi Arabia
Though Portugal had a disappointing performance in the Eurocup while Saudi Arabia only lost to the finalists and favorites, it must be taken with a grain of salt. With 4 changes to the roster, including Contenders and League players, Portugal should flip their results in this close game.
Match 3: Finland - EM1 (Singapore)
Despite being plagued by a number of absent players, the Finns should emerge with a quick win over the tiny Asian nation.
Match 4: Netherlands - EM2 (Portugal)
The Dutch have always seen themselves barely miss out on glory, but the game against the Lusitanos (or Arabs) should be a simple victory for them.
Match 5: EM3 (Finland) - EM4 (Netherlands)
Without a doubt one of best games we could get in the World Cup. We will see the best backline of the group in Finland up against the best damage trio, and it may be, ultimately, that difference which can set the countries aside.
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