TEAMS, TRACKS AND TENSIONS AT THE GREAT WALL


The second half of DCL’s Virtual Season launches on 22-23 August with the Virtual Drone Grand Prix, Great Wall of China. Only one team in the current lineup – the defending World Champion XBlades – has won at Simatai before, when DCL first came to Asia in 2018. And even they couldn’t manage to sweep the two-race weekend. This time, can any team take it all at the Great Wall?

– Article in Chinese below –

 

KEYS TO THE SIMATAI SHOWDOWN

Three-way fight for the overall lead. Since the start of 2020, Britain’s XBlades have had to fend off the resurgent Americans of Quad Force One, and the battle intensified when XBlades split Round Two with Denmark’s APEX Racing. The Brits now stand alone at the top of the standings with 940 points; but Quad Force One and APEX are tied just 70 points behind. Considering that fifth place is worth 80 points, any one of the three could gain – or lose – the advantage in a single day of racing. Korea and Japan are poised to jump into the overall podium mix as well.

Epic location. The setting for this weekend’s action is W-Town, or Water Town, a virtual version of the northern-styled resort that lies at the foot of Simatai (Si Ma Tai), the most well-preserved section of the Great Wall of China. A World Heritage Site, Simatai was named one of the world’s “must-visit locations” by The Times. The environment thrilled pilots and fans in 2018 and inspired the designers of this year’s virtual tracks to create truly staggering lines.

Terrific tracks. The W-Town racetracks mix fast-flowing and technical sections among bridges, canals and new features not seen in DCL before. And the backdrop is the Great Wall itself. The eight teams will not see the tracks until the 45-minute Qualifying sessions, but their names are enough to make the imagination race: Saturday 1 – Sun and Moon; Saturday 2 – Pathfinding;  Sunday 1 – Five Stars; Sunday 2 – Castle Run.

Big Heats are back (if there’s a tie). With a new format for the Virtual Season, so far in 2020 DCL hasn’t witnessed the mayhem of a Big Heat, where the eight players from two opposing teams all race at the same time. But a midseason revision to the rules now requires a Big Heat as the decider whenever two teams are tied, replacing a countback to Qualifying results.

Two home teams. Among the seven permanent DCL teams at the Great Wall will be the China Dragons, currently sixth overall and hungry to claim their first points of the season. Meanwhile, the Wildcards are an all-Chinese team who earned their seats by playing DCL – The Game. Keep in mind that a Wildcard team snagged a Simatai podium in 2018.

WHERE TO WATCH

Follow the action on Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 August, at 8:00am UTC, on juked.gg.

In the meantime, follow us on Twitch

TEAMS FOR THE VIRTUAL DRONE GRAND PRIX, GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Apex Racing (Denmark)
China Dragons (China)
Drone Sports Global (Russia)
Falcons Racing (Korea)
Quad Force One (USA)
Raiden Racing (Japan)
XBlades Racing (GBR)
+CREW+ (Wildcard Team, China)

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顶尖赛队齐聚经典赛道, 扣人心弦的比赛尽在司马台长城

2020 DCL 线上无人机冠军联赛第三站即将于8月22-23日在中国司马台古长城展开。到目前为止, 仅有卫冕世界冠军 DCL的常胜名将Xblades战队于2018年DCL第一次来到亚洲时,征服过这条赛道。但就算是他们也无法在当时的比赛中占据绝对的优势, 就让我们拭目以待, 看看这一次能不能有队伍可以完美的拿下这站比赛!

至关重要的司马台之战

三强鼎立的关键之战。

自DCL 2020赛季开始, 来自英国的卫冕世界冠军Xblades战队被来自美国的Quad Force One战队所牵制, 被迫采取各式战术抵御Quad Force One的强劲实力. 不仅如此, 我们的卫冕冠军必须拉开两条战线, 同时与来自丹麦的劲敌APEX Racing对抗。尽管XBlades以940分位列第一, 但Quad Force One 和 APEX两队平手于870分, 在70分开外虎视眈眈的随时准备夺取王位。而接下来只要能赢得单场比赛的第五名都将获得80分。因此, 这三支强队互相牵制着对方, 只要任何一方在比赛中拉开差距, 就可以位居雄顶。局势紧张,就算是单单一天的比赛也能扭转大局.。韩国队和日本队同时也在不远处观望局势, 准备加入冠军争夺战。

雄伟的比赛场景。

本周末的比赛设在北京的古北水镇, 是长城脚下独具北方风情的度假式小镇,背靠的司马台长城是本次比赛的亮点. 司马台是现代唯一一段保留明长城原貌的古长城,展现了古中国繁荣宏伟的盛世. 乃至司马台长城1987年被列入世界遗产名录,并且在2012年被英国泰晤士报评为“全球不容错过25处风景之首”.

惊险的赛道。

古北水镇赛道将是DCL首次融合了桥洞, 运河以及其他的新元素。选手们将在那里开启令人肾上腺素飙升的极速飞行以及紧张到手心冒汗的连续穿越。八支队伍在45分钟的排位赛阶段才能得知自己将要飞行的赛道.尽管如此, 光是赛道的名称就足以让人浮想联翩:周六1号赛道: 日月之争, 周六2号赛道: 寻路之人, 周日2号赛道: 五星闪耀, 周日2号赛道: 堡垒追逐。

Big Heats回归 (若出现平局)

鉴于2020年线上赛季的新赛制, 本季的比赛中我们还能看到两支队伍共8名飞手将同时起飞,同场竞技的Big Heat出现。不过在2020赛季的赛季中期规则审查后,若出现两支队伍在比赛中打成平手, 那么Big Heat将会再次在DCL的赛场上上演,以此决定最终的排名。

两支主场队伍

在七支常驻DCL队伍之中,中国龙将作为本站主场队伍奋力拼搏, 从目前的总排名第六往上进攻, 夺取本赛季的首个积分。同时通过DCL The Game获得了本站比赛席位,一支全部由中国本土飞手所组成的外卡队也将闪亮登场。在此提醒各位, 这是一只潜力极强的队伍, 毕竟在2018年, 登上司马台长城赛事领奖台的同样是一支外卡队!

如何观看

本周六8月22日以及周日8月23日北京时间下午16点,爱奇艺将进行线上直播!

 

本站比赛的赛队名单:
Apex Racing (丹麦)
China Dragons (中国)
Drone Sports Global (俄罗斯)
Falcons Racing (韩国)
Quad Force One (美国)
Raiden Racing (日本)
XBlades Racing (英国)
Wildcard Team : +CREW+ (中国)

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