As you know, LAN is next week.
For some of you, this is just standard operational procedure, you have been to many a LAN, in some aspects you are even dreading it. You are not looking to the hangover, you aren't looking forward to the queuing and watching Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries run back and forth like they are incredibly important and make no difference to the delays. You aren't looking forward to the delays in group games because people go for a shit, a fag, a massage and to ring their nan between each game in groups. You aren't looking forward to some guy completely not understanding the ruleset for hearthstone. You are looking forward to the alcohol driven out of body experience that will bring that hangover, you are looking to the pump when you OCV a pro player with a murloc deck, when you go on a 10 round T side stomp on a game you were all but out on and come back, and you can smell the salt from the other side of the hall. You are looking to standing behind your comrades, watching them play their games and supporting them through good games and bad.
For some of you, you have never been to LAN, or have never been to a LAN with us on a BYOC ticket.
You have so much to look forward to. Look forward to all the time you put in to your game, all that effort in improving, coming to fruition when you play teams on LAN, every time you lost online to people ahead of you and you felt like giving up, just remember that the training you put yourself through is against tough tough opponents, top skill teams, multiple legend players, top division league players whatever you are playing you will put yourself through what you need to be the best you can for LAN. If you aren't competing you have the leisure to play a large variety of multiplayer games with people there, drink on demand, explore the halls, or get into that single player you never had time to. Or maybe you make a makeshift team with some of the lads and ladies and just have a laugh.
But on top of all of this remember you are coming with SSRCG and TeqR esports, you are the most important member in our gang. Even if you don't get a chance to talk to everybody, we are all thankful that everyone is here. We are what makes these LANs special and what keeps people coming back. As the founder of the group I cannot express the feelings I experience when I see a whole gang of people, laughing, playing together, drinking all wearing our jerseys. Beating pros in hearthstone, avenging old losses on CS:GO, bringing new guys through, entering some small one day tournament on a new game and ending up top 4.
For those of you coming to BYOC for fun, have fun and I will no doubt chat with you.
For those of you entering tournaments where you have been practicing online, firstly you have my respect and thanks. I know how hard it can be adjusting your schedule, especially coming up to LAN. Thank you for doing that and representing SSRCG and TeqR esports, thank you for trying your hardest in every game you play and thank you for achieving so much at LAN.
I will see you there, family