When we first started the rankings project, we wrote the following:
"2014 was big year for competitive TrackMania. It saw the shift from Nations Forever to TrackMania²: Stadium for almost all major tech competitions, the continued success of well-established players, and the return of old faces to the scene. All this, as well as breakout performances from some of the newer members of the scene, led to many close and exciting matches over the last twelve months.
People often wonder how the best players stack up against each other. “Who is the best player of all time?” is a question that has been asked countless times, and we can only speculate as to how legends of the past would fare against the current generation of pro players. What we can do, however, is compare those who are currently playing the game with their opponents, and in doing so, hope to form a list of the best players of 2014."
After over a month of hard work, we have finally finished releasing articles on who we believe to be the best players in terms of their 2014 performances and achievements. We hope that you have enjoyed reading the articles, and that they gave you a bit of insight into the pro scene and the various competitions that are avaliable to enter and compete in.
Leo "Leo" Falcomer-Dawson, Project Manager, Writer, Rankings
Ilkka "wormi" Pääkkönen, Writer, mA Contact, Graphics
Peter "znik" Skarstein, Rankings, Graphics
Andy "Sabre" Wilson, Rankings, History Expert
Kevin "Safran" Luu, Rankings
Florent "Some0ne" Gaudiller, Player Research, Writer
Mathieu "cR4p0" Debien, Player Research
For their help and effort, we want to thank:
Thomas "Sky" Rabel, mA Contact, Graphics
Ayrton "Tona" Lemaire, Video Production
Special thanks to Kalle "frostBeule" Videkull for his input on the player ranking and providing us with a lot of great source material in the form of match reports and VODs. Thanks to Tim "Spam" Lunenburg, whose match videos helped us write accurately about the events of 2014, and Gabriel "Gaby" Guibert for some of the pictures we used in our publications.
On Monday, sixth of April, the articles had been viewed over 28,000 times, with the average view count for a single article over 1,400. The most viewed article was the first one, which features twentieth player "Sandder" and introduces the project; it has so far racked up 3,500 views.
Readers left 47 comments on the articles over the span of their release, letting their thoughts be known and congratulating the players for their success. The article with most discussion to date is the "Kronos" article with 16 comments.
Outside the top four, the player our four ranking experts were most unified in ranking was "Koenz", who placed twelth. Meanwhile, the player who the ranking team struggled most to place was "YoYo".
The total word count for the articles is 28,516, the longest individual article being "Spam" at 2,216 words.
The most embarrassing typo was when "Leo" wrote his own last name wrong. Approximately, writing one article took between four and five hours.
The project was both a learning experience and a test of our time management skills, and there is no doubt that things will run a lot smoother internally if we decide to build another ranking at the end of 2015.
We would be grateful to hear your feedback on the project. We have already received some in the form of comments on individual articles, but feel free to write down your opinions and ideas on how to improve down in comments section. Were the articles well written? Were the pictures and videos picked correctly? Were there too many articles, or too few? Do the articles need more numeric data? What new we could add? How was the formatting? Whatever comes to mind, be sure to write it down!
Top 20 Players of 2014 complete list
: Carl-Antoni "Carl Jr." Cloutier
: Marek "tween" Pacher
: Tim "Spam" Lunenburg
4th: Benjamin "Kronos" Suzenne
5th: Andy "Sabre" Wilson
6th: Dennis "Massa" Løtze
7th: Michael "PokeR" Neuhold
8th: Yoann "YoYo" Cook
9th: Fredrik "Bergie" Bergmann
10th: Titouan "OmnipotZ" Le Maner
11th: Kalle "frostBeule" Videkull
12th: Koen "Koenz" Schobbers
13th: Peter "znik" Skarstein
14th: Dylan "Zack" Delhaye
15th: Robert "Tamarillo" Crone
16th: Fabien "beat" Kuehn
17th: Ördög "Royal" Botond
18th: Michal "Flyer" Vo
19th: Dennis "Scrapie" Heinen
20th: Sander "Sandder" Kuusik
Last but not least, we present you a video with all 20 players, made by "Tona"!
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