Oh man where even to start.
First of all, shoutout to ESA and especially Wade. We as a community have had other homes over the years ESEA GXL, FITES Insomnia, but nothing comes close to the level of dedication and interest expressed by ESA. They really make us feel special and, in a way, Rewind is the primarily TF2 event we've always deserved. Special shoutout to ESA's server guy for coming in on his day off to help answer a few of my questions, their technical guys for always having a solution to whatever batshit request or need we had next, and their production team for fitting in seamlessly with the workflow.
Extra special shoutout to Wade for hosting the after party. I'm 90% sure he'll never make that mistake again, but it was a great time.
Shoutout to Dreamboat, Smithsonian, Turbotabs, Cornpop, Ma3la, Tino, Row, Ombrack, Nuze, Dashner, silentes, getawhale and all of the production people my hung over and jet lagged brain is forgetting. Production was amazing this year and really set the bar for TF2 events imo.
Shoutout to Kenneth for being genuinely awesome and somehow being the only tournament organizer in TF2 history to not have the entire event run extremely late.
Shoutout to tsc for min/maxing pepperoni levels on pizza until it is too late to order. Secondary shoutout to Dreamboat for it being his fault.
Shoutout to Samiface for once again showing her insane dedication to our gigantic family and for being a real friend. <3
Jasbutts for the airbnb, never again will I want to fit 6 to a hotel room. Everyone having a bed is amazing. Also for being a friend even though she probably had no idea who I was before the event. Your kindness is appreciated.
Kevinispwn for seamlessly doing any job asked, for being my LAN partner, and for being my absolute favorite person in TF2 <3
Extine and his roommates for hosting a chill little get together on Saturday night. I couldn't make it out to the main gig at Sami's because I had to be up super early, but I had fun chatting with everyone.
Sideshow, Bren, Muma, and every other gamer that made it beyond our little community for coming back and being hype as fuck
Pete, showstopper, griff, slicerogue, and everyone else that came up and said hi, you guys are all awesome.
Shoutout to all the invite teams for being cognizant of our time constraints and really following admin requests with almost no push back. I know slamming through 3 games with 5 minutes between each and having to swap sides in between sets is hard, but your patience and professionalism shone this lan (yes even se7en)
I am 100% forgetting people but I'm fried from 24 hours of travelling and a weekend of working such an amazing event. Thank you to everyone who came, watched, donated, or even just plays this stupid little hat game. I cried on the way home because every year this gets harder and harder for me to pull off with my real life and I know that one of these will be my last. You guys have been better than my family for the last decade and I can never thank everyone in the community enough for that.