Summer Games Done Quick 2018 Livestream Details, Schedule, and Donate Links

Summer Games Done Quick 2018 is underway. The week-long speedrunning marathon benefiting Doctors Without Borders is back with hundreds of games on the schedule. It’s a week of total celebration for speedrunners, fans getting to watch their favorite games as a kid get absolutely dismantled, and of course, coming together to benefit a great cause and raise awareness.

If you want to join the cause, click below to donate (and get your message read live on stream)

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Looking where to find more information, well click here for the entire week’s schedule

Runs to Watch out for

Day one concluded with some absolutely earth-shattering runs on games considered to be of a higher difficulty. The first few runs that grabbed my attention were late into Monday morning when the small Ninja Gaiden block began. Of course, the original Ninja Gaiden game is one of the most optimized speedruns in the entire landscape of speedruns and seeing Aquas run that and Gimmick, another technically sound and optimized game, back-to-back was quite the show.

In terms of other runs that stood out, ERROR72’s high-risk run of Ghost N’ Goblins was excellent. Two hits in a game with millions of flying enemies kill. It’s glorious to experience. As a noted diehard WarCraft 3 fan, no way was I going to miss CovertMuffin’s Undead Campaign Normal run. Lastly, I implore SGDQ fans to stay up late and check out all the weird runs in SGDQ after dark.

Day Two Runs to Watch out for

1. MEGA MAN BLOCK

The modern staple of speedrunning advancement is the role of Mega Man, and as a Games Done Quick mainstay, it’s critical to find a stream to watch to watch one of the more exciting events every single year. Mega Man 6 Any%, Mega Man 9 ANy%, and Mega Man Zero 4 any%. The event starts at 6:39 PM PCT.

2. Dustforce DX: Any% All Levels (NG+) Race — PC

Dustforce is a ridiculous cool speedrun. The movement mechanics in the game are so precise and flow nicely. It’s a shorter, technically sound run that needs to be witnessed.

3. The Simpsons Hit & Run: All-Story Missions – PC

Yes, “technically” this is a day three game, but most people don’t wake up at five in the morning to watch speedruns. If you are able to wake up that early, I highly suggest turning the stream to watch this wacky run. Nothing specifically impressive about it, but it’s a ton of fun

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The International 8 Qualifiers All-Encompassing Update

The Dota 2 streams have been non-stop this week, broadcasting the endless amount of hours of TI8 qualifying streams. North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia all had their qualifying tournaments this weekend and heading into the last day of play before the TI8 team pool is completed, there’s a clearer picture.

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Here’s an update –

North America

One team has already advanced out of North America and that’s VGJ. Storm. The second best team in North America possibly usurped the role as the continents best. The only loss of the weekend came to Complexity, but it didn’t matter because the 6-1 record sent them into the 1-3 tiebreaker where VGJ. Storm had little trouble dispensing of Optic Gaming, and getting revenge on Complexity with a 27-minute game.

The next round will be the surviving two teams from the tiebreaker matches and the Immortals, who got carried by a strong Eric “Ryoya” Dong performance, putting his team on his back to keep their International hopes alive. Immortals will try and carry that momentum into a matchup with the number one ranked team in North America, Optic Gaming. Complexity matches up against Evil Geniuses, a matchup Complexity won in group play.

Europe

The final four is here and only one of these teams is qualifying for the International. OG, one of the four EU qualifying teams, made a statement with the 7-0 group play record. Team Kinguin, ranked eleventh in Europe, will look to catch OG slipping.

In the other match, War and Rain, an unranked team, will face BlinkPool. It’s two rather inexperienced teams playing crucial games that could potentially send them to Vancouver. BlinkPool is made up of an entirely new roster, and the fact that they’ve made it this far shows plenty of potentials.

Is it likely that anyone takes out the consensus best team in Europe? Unlikely. OG is a few steps above the rest of the competition, and beating them in a best of three, given past history, doesn’t seem probable.  Any result other than OG heading to TI9 would surprise us all.

Southeast Asia

It’s the TNC show in Southeast Asia as both the Pro Team and the Tigers look prime to advance through and qualify. They finished first and second in the group, and now have a prime opportunity to beat out two lesser teams. TNC as the number one ranked team in the region is expected to be a contender moving forward.

Fnatic and Entity Gaming are capable of pulling the upset out. It’s entirely possible one or both take a few games or pull the upset. Entity is responsible for the Tigers lone loss thus far, so a potential losers bracket matchup could swing things in their favor. FNATIC has shown before that they’re able to raise their game to match the moment. They’ll have to do it one more time.

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