On this cruise Nugly & I (Captain Big Daddy Boats) were honored to be joined by 2 pirates new to our crew, Firebolt Goddess and Monkey Wilder. We even had a rare appearance from Kaiza toward the end of our Sea of Thieves adventure.
HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!
We did it! We finally made it to the top. A clean sweep in the grand final of Dread Pirate Doug’s Race of Legends and we have officially been crowned Grand Champions!
Check out the action here. Race 2 gets a little crazy!
Special mentions to Doug and his crew of Legendary First Mates, Owl, Mike & Kaitzu and everyone else who contributes to making the race happen.
Special mentions to my loyal crew, the A team: Nugly, Pickles & UndeadlyTime. These 3 performed faultlessly, kept level heads when the pressure was on and proved their worth in every way possible. Without a strong crew like we have, this victory and others we have gloriously taken on our road to the finals would be a mere impossibility.
Looking back on our Season 2 Race of Legends journey, it has been nothing short of epic within the realms of the video gaming world. Still hurting from our bitter Season 1 Grand Final disappointment, our first few bouts on the Ancient Isles course left plenty to be desired. Our 1st appearance was at an ungodly hour in AEST terms- I had the alarm set for 4.30am and had the Xbox console rigged up in the bedroom. 3 manning the race with Nugly & UndeadlyTime, to cut a long story short, we lost, concluded we had better actually practice, and I drifted back to sleep with the headset still on.
Our 2nd & 3rd appearances were better showings although not good enough to trouble newcomer teams in the rankings. 1 victory out of 4 races had us seeded at number 5 behind ‘Glub Glub’ (undefeated), ‘Sanitarium Crew’, ‘The Iron Reavers’, and our arch rivals ‘The Banana Bois’. Ahead of the Grand Championship it looked to be a complete takeover of the event by rookie crews, not to detract from their ability. All competing crews in season 2 have been no joke and the skill level needed to be in the mix has without a doubt taken a quantum leap. This is a fierce competition which I could be forgiven for occasionally having a little doubt gnaw at me from time to time.
But true to their fashion and ever enigmatically, the Crimson Tide boys rallied behind their captain and got the job done. I was quietly confident things would unfold the way they did, but that wasn’t without some crazily intense moments in Race 2! The satisfaction after the race was won was out of this world, while something inside me knew that we were finally in our rightful place. A little piece of video gaming history, in the one and only racing league within the Sea of Thieves- undisputed Grand Champions!
We get a 2 ship alliance happening and start stacking loot for Adipem’s infamous sinking. Note the sinking isn’t included in this video, head to Twitter to check that out- twitter.com/blownboats
We go head to head with some tough crews in the Sea of Thieves Arena. Featuring Ghaanja, Pickles, Undeadly, BlownBoats & Predator.
Another Stellar Semi Finals Double Win
Season 2 of Dread Pirate Doug’s Race Of Legends is drawing to a close and I am honored to have a worthy crew and be part of the 2nd Tournament of Champions.
Coming in as a 5th seed in tremendous competition, we were at a different starting point compared to our Season 1 number 1 seeding and found ourselves in a brutal knockout final against well renowned Sea of Thieves die hard crew, The Iron Reavers headed by talented streamer and content creator ‘Krotukk’. The Reavers were a late replacement for newcomers The Racoons and these guys deserve the respect of the Race of Legends community, having performed at such an elite level in just their very first showing in the competition.
We had the Iron Reavers on toast right from the beginning with a classy start to the usual exchange of cursed cannonballs. This first leg of the race was impeded on by a savage storm and it gave the Reavers an opportunity to close the gap, which they did. I knew these guys would seize any opportunity they had and I was alarmed at how quickly they caught up, especially after our blunder with an anchor turn at the Fort, leaving us facing the wrong way!
Mutineer rock saw the Reavers take a narrow lead after killing 3 of our crew around the row boating. Uncharacteristically, Master-at-Arms Nugly left the ship low on health and without healers and we thought this had tipped the balance for good. But in true CTP fashion, we never said die, never gave up and kept on trying. What I noticed at this point was a head wind, and the Reavers pulling in sail as they approached Thieves Haven. A wise move while navigating the tight space, but I saw this as our opportunity. Full sail heading into the Haven and suddenly we were right on their hammer. All I needed was for them to make one mistake, which they did! Beached on the sandbar at the exit of Thieves Haven, we rounded the Reavers on the outside and harpoon turned within inches of their gunnel, taking a narrow lead. Krottuk tried desperately to nudge back in front, even landing a weary ball on us, but it wasn’t enough. Our sail game was better and was what made the difference in the race today. My most memorable Race Of Legends to date!
Our 2nd run was an amazing feat of skill and team work, coming up against the undefeated ‘Glub Glub’ headed by popular Twitch streamer Kharites. This smiling assassin is no joke and has a loyal well orgainized and experienced crew. Glub Glub stormed the Race of Legends scene in season 2, heading straight to the top by defeating every crew in their path, earning them the number 1 seed for the Tournament of Champions. Truth be told there were lengthy discussions in the lead up to the semi finals as we pondered how to combat such worthy opponents. After extensive preparations we were ready and on our A game which to our surprise enabled us a relatively easy win, propelling us into our 2nd consecutive Tournament of Champions Race of Legends final, against our old rivals ‘The Banana Bois’!
Some may recall our bitter season 1 final race loss which saw the Banana Bois pip us on the final turn at Hidden Spring Keep. It took us a good while to get over that one and we are eager to make amends for that fateful performance. We know these guys didn’t win by chance, they are solid competitors and are in fact clear favorites to take the win again this Sunday.
Knocking champions from their perch is what we love to do. The Banana Bois are in our sights now!
Race Of Legends is LIVE this Saturday 20th July, 6pm EST. Check out twitch.tv/dreadpiratedoug to view the action!
Arena with Nugly, UndeadlyTime, Pickles, BlownBoats. A few close competitions, plenty of PvP!
Nocturnal Kev, BlownBoats, Kaiza & Nugly team up in one of the earlier Race of Legends events in Sea of Thieves and cop all the bad luck!
VS Sexy Sea Dogs (Win)
VS SeaCru (Loss)
Chef extraordinaire Adipem Morionem teams up with retired cutthroat Kev ‘The Angler’ Nocturnal to deliver over 32 tonnes of fish. Meanwhile Nugly and Boats do pirate stuff too as we all settle in to the new ship mechanics, fishing activities and our new favorite tool, the HARPOON!
IMAGES COURTESY OF CARRIE THE LEGEND
Astounding victory for the Crimson Tide boys in this weekend’s Race Of Legends.
Special thanks to our fearsome crew mates Teelop and Ghaanja for stepping in on short notice. Flawless performances from these two ensured our victories.
It was not without adversity. Missed the first leg of the race and had to double back which cost us a healthy lead. Made up a heap of time on leg 2, further improved by some quick action from the cutthroats. From here we were neck and neck, heading into the all important turn at Thieves Haven which leads to the finish. We took “Nugly’s Corner” which although a longer route gave us a direct line to the finish along with the weather gauge, giving us a clutch victory against season 1 competitors the Foul Mouthed Scoundrels.
Next up we had a formidable opponent in Sanitarium Crew, headed by fellow Aussie captain AsylumGC8 who is a regular Twitch streamer (check out his Twitter page here). The Sanitarium Crew is absolutely quality, tight knit and we knew before the start we’d be pressed to come away winners.
Full credit to the crew, we did just that in what is officially the closest race in R.0.L history to date! Must congratulate Nugly on the quick action with the weapons at the finish line, taking out Wobby The Pirate in the dying seconds of the race and giving us the win. Living up to his recently acquired title of ‘Master of Arms’!
Will post a link to Doug’s vid here soon!