News: Release #744 Review

03/09/19 - 04:23:54

Written by: shooting-star

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Xtreme-Jumps Weekly

Dear XJ,

The WR Release #744 was remarkable for several reasons and in our opinion deserves more attention. Recent ROTW post speaks for itself, incredible performance of Country: France g-Lp CS 1.6 Recordholder KZMod Recordholder magnified by Country: Czech Republic blackelf Moviemaker's edit definitely belong into XJ's highlights of the present times. If you haven't checked it yet, do it now. However, ROTW is just a tiny little highlight of the last release. To give you more, we asked the main stars to find out more about these demos.

With 8 WRs in WR Release #744, Country: Russian Federation round CS 1.6 Recordholder not only has the most demos in the release, but also has boosted his WR count by 200% and improved his time on kz_synergy_x2 by FOUR(!) minutes. We asked him to describe his way to this achievement. Although Country: Czech Republic fykseN Mapper CS 1.6 Recordholder is streaming for a while now, he's beaten some WRs during what he calls to be the best streaming session so far. Read more for stream clip and his words.

Furthermore, XJ's longest-lasting record on kz_giantbean_b15[1337trees] (9 years, 6 months, 16 days) has been beaten. Full journey explanation to be read in the extended newspost!

Huge thanks to Country: Czech Republic blackelf Moviemaker who immortalized the new run in a beautiful clip:


YouTube Link

We asked Country: Russian Federation round CS 1.6 Recordholder to talk about his demos:

Country: Russian Federation round CS 1.6 Recordholder:
First of all, if it was for my choice, I would say that of all my demo pack, there are just two demos to be really noteworthy.
synergy_x2 - for those who follow the scene know that this map has become my signature since the day it was released. A desire to retake my previous 11:45 stemmed from long time ago but I succeeded just now. It costed me hunderds, or even thousands of attempts during last 5 years, before we eventually got to this point. I basically left myself no choice but take it down. Anyway, it's still not perfect and I'm pretty sure it will have at least one more better time. What I'm confident about, is I'm not going to run this map ever again at least until it's beaten.
And it's pretty much the same story with dementia. It's likely my favorite kz map ever where I've spent the most amount of time playing, in my whole gaming career. Honestly, inspite the fact that by this point I've already held wr twice, when I first saw shNz's run, I had to give up, it seemed unbeatable to me. But it was just for the huge desire that helped me to overcome my fears and doubts, and surprisingly even for myself I managed to gain enough skill to attain it. The second part of the run had some flaws, which I could afford due to the first part [of the run] and I came 0,3 secs quicker anyway, which I'm quite proud of.

One thing for certain is I wouldn't beat other maps if I didn't like them. The main reason I recorded these other 6 demos is that they all are great maps. So I want to take this opportunity to thank fellow mappers for these maps to have come out.


Country: Czech Republic fykseN Mapper CS 1.6 Recordholder explained streaming and recording:

Country: Czech Republic fykseN Mapper CS 1.6 Recordholder:
Streaming recording on Twitch turned out to be a whole new experience, a new enviroment. At this point it’s a huge reason why I’m still recording even after reaching a certain demo count.
As I said before, the idea was to show player’s POV, reasoning behind things I’m doing in runs, maximum transparency and also fun/relax. When I did “sequoia” live, it was more of a discussion between players than a grind. Within that, my favorite highlight has been clipped. I highly recommend active players to try streaming themselves, so far I only had a great time doing it. I’m pretty sure your friends and community would support you.


Here is the kz_cxg_sequoia WR clip:


YouTube Link

Finally, let's look at the details about kz_giantbean_b15[1337trees].

Country: Korea, Republic of shooting-star CS 1.6 Recordholder:
When I first saw Country: United Kingdom spr1n Mapper's record, I was truly stunned. I guess I checked it out around 2012, way after he did the famous edgebug+jumpbug shortcut for the first time. It was just incredible, I hardly imagined performing a single edgebug in a run. JumpBug was the most random technique in KZ world and doing it on an invisible surface looked like a huge lottery. However, even back then, I focused on shortcuts and I knew that edgebug is possible, jumpbug is possible, so combo must also be possible. I didn't know much about this technique so beating this didn't really cross my mind. As time went by, I learned about all the kreedz techniques more and more, and I hoped to have constant 100fps in the game. With laptops I never really managed to achieve this state until now.
Even though the fps dropped quite often, I started practicing jumpbugs. Doing one jumpbug in a run, though it's on invisible surface, cannot be random enough to escape my will, is it? Then, I finally landed the shortcut for the first time. That was THE green light I was waiting for and I started recording. It took some effort, but I landed the shortcut in a run eventually.
Right before recording, I practiced jumpbugs a lot, so the part after the edgebug was not that random anymore. However, because it was a "warmup run", the record is not very satisfactory.


Well, this is the end of today's episode, see you in the next one!

Yours,
XJ