So after all the preparations for a good TF2 cast: Scorescreens, relays, overlays, live stats, mumble comms, forum posts and reddit threads (and that once for VanillaTV and once for TF.tv) and hundreds of people watching on the streams, Vinland had to forfeit the match after less than 10 minutes when their star player Darn left the game after Crack Clan refused to change a server setting to allow a wider FOV.
Interview with Crack Clan after the match:
This setting is available through the TFTrue plugin and allows a higher FOV than the normal maximum of 90. The default setting of TFTrue is the same 90 degrees FOV. However, Darn likes to play with a FOV on 110, you can see that in our VOD of the Vinland vs Skidmark Central.
Now I’m a bit on the fence regarding the fairness of a wider FOV. Players have been using wider FOV for ages using custom resolutions, but Openplugin and TFTrue have made it less of a hassle and less of a pain on the eyes. Ultimately I think the advantage of seeing a wider battlefield is probably negated by the smaller players you have to shoot at.
Where does this leave team Vinland though? It’s a darn shame that a team that was off to such a good start might now fall apart over something totally unrelated to the normal struggles of a new premiership team (e.g. poor results or the team not getting along). Will this be the end of Vinland and the first drop of the season, or will they rebound in time for their upcoming matches against teams they have a chance of defeating, and will there be anyone left willing to cast those games?