Each team was then given colored t-shirts for the event.
After fixing some minor technical issues, the first match between Te and LuM was ready to begin. But first, the cheerleaders!
Then an introduction by MC Amanda...
And the match was finally on. A Taiwanese Senior GM and an NCsoft Taiwan employee provided commentary to the audience while watching the match onstage.
After LuM won the first match, and Te the second, Lum managed a fairly quick win for the third and decisive match.
We took the American guilds out for lunch after their interviews and let everyone rest for a few hours before the afternoon match.
After a few well needed lobster rolls and hamburgers at the hotel it was back to the show for the afternoon match between The Last Pride from Korea and The Valandor from Finland.
Then after more cheerleaders and introductions, the match got underway.
Considering how much noise and lights and crowds there were, all of the guilds did a great job of focusing on their matches.
In the end, The Last Pride from Korea, defeated the European regional champions, The Valandor.
After giving the players and staff a few hours to rest, we all met at a reception hall at the hotel for a nice buffet dinner.
The founders spoke...
We gave out some random prizes (an Ipod, a digital camera) and then came the Guild Master Challenge. Each Guild Leader competed in a test of skill and dexterity in order to try and win prizes for his entire guild.
The game was Hasbro's classic Don't Break the Ice!
In the end, The Last Pride took the prize (gigabyte flash cards for each guild member).
There was time for one exhibition match between Jeff and Izzy...
And then we were off on a tour bus to visit the CKS Memorial hall where the famous lantern festival was taking place.
By the end of this first day of competition, the players were tired, but all had had a great time while making friends with the people they had been playing online against for so long.
The next day would bring more competition, parties, prizes, and tours but more importantly, it brought friends together from around the world to meet and compete.
Stay tuned on our website for the upcoming next championship season rules so perhaps you and your guild can share some of the same good times!