mustardoverlordIf anyone is interested in reading things about actual tf2 gameplay but that are nonetheless extremely opinionated and honest I’d prolly be down to try it
I don't really have same passion for TF2 anymore but back in the day these were some of my favourite things, starting back in like 2009-2011 or whenever with Power Rankings, pieces with contributions from lot of regular Prem players/commentators - Admirable was best at opinion pieces as he was unbiased and articulated well. VanillaTF2 was great to just put up an article about any topic, whether it was Prem 6s, Mid 6s, Highlander, etc etc.
They can also make a bigger difference then you think, one of the great compliments I had is I did a piece about "state of European HL and dominance of SNSD" where I criticised how EU HL had been managed compared to NA TF2 (though I was part of the management team so some of it was self-criticism) but also production and I remember being told by BlackOut Jon that it helped inspire BlackOutTV - Many other players tell me some articles I wrote inspire them to contribute to the community too. Though my content used to range from serious, to controversial to damn right silly or just trolling (UGC days in particular), some of it very immature but reflects my age really. It's embarassing to read now but at the time, people enjoyed it and I think making the point to directly criticise UGC Admins who were way out line at the time was important.
It does make me go back to 2009 and seeing likes of eXtine do eXtv and commentate and you think "I can do this" or "wouldn't it be great if we had more content like this regular, live streams and so forth?" Of course nowadays streaming is normal part of TF2, but back in the day every article / contribution was an influx of activity that allowed the community to be alive. I always think the day TF2 dies is the day there is an unlock discussion and everyone agrees or stops caring. I may be of the opinion adapting to unlocks is better than complaining about their effect on the game but it doesn't change the pure fact that disagreements = passion to the game. Everyone I ever argued with online was passionate about TF2, and that is the main thing. It's also why outside the competition, you can be friends with vast majority of people or at least share a drink and a conversation.
But the best articles were DJC when he wrote for MyGamingEdge, amazing mix of satire, comedy, opinion and it was mostly focused on performance of individuals. And speaking to DJC you'd learn he actually had a lot of respect for good players but man he did love to call it how he saw it. Admirable too. Even Kaidus back in the day. Good times for writing. Many more I forgotten but so many good articles, just remember to proof-read kids.