Medic (and as of this week, leader?/scheduler) for im sorry https://play.esea.net/teams/124805
This is my first season of ESEA - I've always been interested in transitioning to 6s from HL at some point and I've played a ton of PUGs but I've never actually been on a non-PUG scrim team for 6s before. This team are a bunch of my friends from HL that decided to form a team in wake of the Open Team Drive. We scrimmed maybe 2-3 nights before our first match.
My team is filled with DM gods (for their lack of 6s experience, they are REALLY good) - our first match, our pocket-at-the-time, crab_f, overslept and left us playing 5v6 after we were unable to finance one of our subs due to technicalities. We went in knowing we were going to lose.. and we ended up winning 5v6 thanks to bo4r. It was a FANTASTIC way to start our season :)
After that was mostly maps we were familiar with from HL - gullywash, viaduct, process. We went 6-0... and then came the maps we have no clue how to play. We don't really scrim, or do map or demo reviews - half of my team REALLY wants to put in the time to improve, and the other half is too busy with HL and doesn't want to commit any more than our current 3 nights a week. We generally play a half on a map, show up to the match and see what happens. It all came to a head when the team divide (the half that REALLY want to play, the other half that doesn't) made it unfun to play - some people rapidly losing interest in 6s and some minor bickering during scrims.
We made some adjustments - american, our leader, decided to step down to focus on HL. Vipa, our spy-main friend, filled in as roamer. Our demo and pocket switched places.. procreative is the only person on our team with any actual 6s experience, so having him on pocket made sense.
Now we have to figure out what kind of team we want to be for the rest of the season - it's all of our first season of Open, and playing HL + open means that the only nights without TF2 are Fridays. Even if it's only me doing map and demo reviews and research, I'm glad I'm playing with these nerds. I also know if we actually scrimmed and talked things through, these guys would destroy.
Next season, I am officially retiring as HL medic. I realized, playing with/against high open teams that I have A LOT of med mechanics to work on - surfing, positioning, distancing from my heal target that I still mess up - and as a perfectionist, you bet your ass I'm going to be fixing these things ASAP... especially if I have more nights off :)
(edit: preemptively posted, fixed and finished what I was typing)