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Uncovered video shows 1999 Spurs playing StarCraft during NBA Finals

Published: 28/Sep/2019 0:08 Updated: 28/Sep/2019 0:49

by Bill Cooney

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Video of the 1999 San Antonio Spurs playing the original StarCraft between games of the NBA Finals has been shared on Reddit, and it’s an absolutely awesome blast from the past.

Just before the Millennium, the Spurs, led by the legendary Greg Popovich, dominated the New York Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals, walking away with a 4-1 win in the series.

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Newly uncovered video seems to show that several of the Spurs legends from that team kept their skills sharp by playing one another in the original StarCraft.

Legends playing a legendary game

The video was posted to r/NBA by user cacacunty and it shows David Robinson, Sean Elliot, Malik Rose and Tim Duncan playing 2v2 StarCraft on LAN.

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It’s about as 90s as a video can get, and the huge laptops, along with the trackball mice bring up memories of a simpler time in gaming.

The Spurs play Starcraft beween games of the 1999 Finals from r/nba

It’s revealed that Robinson, who was given the nickname “The Admiral” after his prior service as an officer in the U.S. Navy, also used the moniker as his Battletag for StarCraft.

Turns out Robinson also liked to talk trash during StarCraft matches, maybe even almost as much as he liked to throw down massive dunks on any and all opponents on the court.

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David Robinson was that friend who never stopped talking smack on Bnet.

The 2v2 was an epic matchup of Malik Rose and Tim Duncan facing off against Sean Elliot and David Robinson, with the duo of Elliot and Robinson walking away victorious.

It would be really interesting to know if any of these superstars has kept up with StarCraft in the two decades since this was filmed. 

Maybe they gave StarCraft 2 a shot or have hopped back in to the original with StarCraft: Remastered. Unfortunately, Dexerto was unable to interview any of the legends before this story was published to find out.

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Blizzard EntertainmentStarCraft: Remastered was released in 2017.

Did playing StarCraft help the Spurs win the 1999 title? It’s impossible to say, but there’s no doubt that if it were a best of five StarCraft series, the Spurs still would have won handily.

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How to watch Hitch’s throwback Ghosts tourney: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:26

by Albert Petrosyan

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NRG and Team Summertime content creator Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting a $5,000 charity throwback tournament for Call of Duty: Ghosts, featuring huge names like Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Patrick ‘ACHES, Price, Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, and more. Everything you need to follow all the action live can be found below.

The Call of Duty offseason can only mean two things – lots of roster changes and a bunch of throwback tournaments featuring past titles in the FPS series.

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A week after hosting a successful Black Ops 4 tourney, Hitch and his Team Summertime are back at it again, this time putting together a CoD: Ghosts competition featuring some of the biggest names in the community

All of the details for this event can be found below, including the official stream, list of players and teams, the full bracket, format, and more.

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Team Summertime throwback CoD series
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Hitch and Team Summertime are hosting several throwback tournament this CoD offseason.

When is Hitch’s throwback Ghosts tourney?

This event is taking place on Wednesday, October 7, kicking off at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET and expected to last for a good portion of the day.

How to watch Hitch’s throwback Ghosts tourney

The competition is being streamed live on BoomTV’s Twitch channel, which we’ve included below for your convenience.

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Players & teams

As mentioned above, there are a lot of popular figures playing in this throwback event, headlined by the likes of Scump, SlasheR, ACHES, Parasite, and many other top active pro players, retired legends of the esport, content creators, and more.

Here’s the full list of teams:

  • Envoy, Blazt, Saints, Vivid
  • Scump, MBoZe, Ricky, MiRx
  • Loony, Pacman, Goonjar, ACHES
  • Decemate, Parasite, Twerk, Fero
  • Dougisraw, Rallied, Shiftola, Joe Espo
  • Study, TCM, Twizz, NAMELESS
  • Kenny, Temp, Classic, Huke
  • Kekoa, Larry, Fame, Estanaut
  • Lava, KennyBounce, Precision, Itsreborn
  • TJHaLy, Methodz, SlasheR, Slacked
  • Ampz, SuperEvan, Hugs, Colorrs
  • Nagafen, Remy, Roy, Nemo
  • Xotic, Mochila, Bidz, 2Pac
  • Ramby, Equip, Majormaniak, Teddywrecks
  • Madcat, Joee, SunnyB, Devr
  • TBA
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ACHES, who won the 2014 Call of Duty Championship, is playing in TST’s Throwback Ghosts tournament.

Live bracket

Here is the starting bracket for the tournament and it will be updated live throughout the day on the official BoomTV event page as results from the matches come in.

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TST Throwback Ghosts bracket
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The starting bracket for TST’s throwback Ghosts tournament.

Format & rules

This is a double-elimination 4v4 competition using a Variant format, meaning that the maps, modes, and rules are mostly from the official competitive ruleset for when Ghosts was the main CoD game being played.

In the 2014 season, the three main modes were Domination, Search and Destroy, and Blitz, each with their own set of maps. Here are the map-mode sets that are being used in this event:

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  • WR1: Strikezone Dom, Warhawk SnD, Freight Blitz, Octane Dom, Sovereign SnD
  • WR2: Freight Dom, Octane Snd, Warhawk Blitz, Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD
  • WR3: Octane Dom, Sovereign SnD, Octane Blitz, Strikezone Dom, Warhawk SnD
  • WR4: Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD, Freight Blitz, Freight Dom, Octane SnD
  • LR1: Octane Dom, Freight Dom, Sovereign SnD
  • LR2: Warhawk Blitz, Freight Blitz, Octane SnD
  • LR3: Strikezone Dom, Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD
  • LR4: Octane Blitz, Freight Blitz, Warhawk SnD
  • LR5: Freight Dom, Octane Snd, Warhawk Blitz, Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD
  • LR6: Octane Dom, Sovereign SnD, Octane Blitz, Strikezone Dom, Warhawk SnD
  • Grand Finals: Strikezone Dom, Warhawk SnD, Freight Blitz, Octane Dom, Sovereign SnD
  • Grand Finals Reset: Freight Dom, Octane Snd, Warhawk Blitz, Sovereign Dom, Freight SnD

Movember charity

Of course, the entire driving force behind this throwback tournament series is charity, as Hitch and TST are raising money for Movember – one of the leading global organizations committed to changing the face of men’s health.

This Ghosts event is specifically focused on suicide awareness and prevention; those interested in donating to the cause can do so by visiting https://tiltify.com/@teamsummertime/elgato-off-season-series.