If you’re a Starcraft 2 fan, or maybe a World of Warcraft fan, you might have noticed that there was something special about this weekend. It was the long-awaited World Championship Series (WCS) in Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft: Arena, and as the obvious Starcraft fan I am it couldn’t be at a worse time! My mum decided to visit me in Denmark so I had to choose.. Sleep and no Starcraft or Starcraft and no sleep.. Wont say it was a hard choice though.
But lets get back to the WCS. It started several months ago when the Qualifiers were held all over the world, which lead to the different countries National Finals. The finalists then went on to the Regional Finals and in the end the 540 players were cut down to 32 for the Grand Finals in Shanghai, China. The Nationals and Regional being overly amazing and exciting to watch one would think the Grand Final would be just as amazing or even better! But alas I’ve never been so disappointed when it comes to a Starcraft 2 tournament. There were several reasons for my disappointment. The production was horrible! While the idea of having 4 different streams for Starcraft is great, they simply failed to make it work. So many mistakes that just shouldn’t be there, such as muting the sound in the breaks between the matches, so that don’t have to hear the production crew attempt to communicated. But the their biggest production mistake was the lack of preparation.. How can they plan a global final and expect millions of viewers without setting the streams up for it?! The main stream crashed over and over and over again in the middle of matches at the worst time you could imagine! Compared to other events this was absolutely shite.. I hope Blizzard will think twice next time and actually pick a production crew that knows how to do it *hint* Dreamhack *hint*.
But other than the production screw up I just didn’t feel excited about this event.. I’m not entirely sure what did it but I think it has to do something with the fact that it was in China… Not that I have anything against the location! More the fact that the time difference was horrible for Europeans! It started at 2-3am and ended around 1pm which screwed me over big time. Another thing that quite annoyed me was the player line-up: To me the global finals should be the 32 best players in the world, and not just the best players from the respected regions… I was really disappointed that I didn’t get to see players like MC, Naniwa, MVP, MMA and ThorZaIN! But you cannot get everything you want right?
Okay I might sound like it was the worst Starcraft event ever.. it wasn’t.. even if the players weren’t my favourite they really did deliver some awesome games, and if that wasn’t good enough the casters did an amazing job, as usual! Seriously, having Day, Tastosis and Apollo can always pull it off and bring you great entertainment!
And now there’s only one thing left to say: Mike is over and out, and I’ll see you at Dreamhack this weekend!
Alright peeps! It’s time for me to step up my gaming! So far I’ve only played at a casual level (well… I am in a LoL team that is trying to get semi serious, but not sure where that’s going right now), but I’ve always wanted to get more serious, and get good enough to at least compete in the smaller online tournaments and all that, and if my skills just simply ain’t enough, I could get the knowledge and know-how to be able to cast some matches or something like that!
The only game that I know of, and doesn’t require a whole team to compete is Starcraft II, so that’s what’s going to take a decent amount of my time for a while (don’t worry, I wont stop playing the other games that I currently play!).
If you don’t know the game and how tournaments and all that work, then here’s a short introduction:
Well, it is an RTS (real time strategy) game, where you build up a base and try to destroy the enemy base, simple as that! There are 3 races: Terran, Zerg and Protoss, and they each have their style, strengths and all that.
In-game you start off with getting placed in a league… There are 7 leagues in total, Bronze is the lowest league and where you’ll find most of the noobs. Silver and Gold is somewhat the same as Bronze, just higher level and bit better skilled, and somewhat goes for Platinum, even though it’s a quite decent league to be in. Diamond is the one to aim for to start with… here you’ll find a lot of good and even pro gamers that haven’t quite made it to Masters League. Masters League is where the top 2% in each region are placed. And then we have the Grand Master League, and this is the top pro players! There can only be 200 players in Grand Master League, and it’s frigging hard to get into!
Obviously, I’d want to be in the Grand Master League, but to make it at least a bit realistic I wanna aim for Platinum, as it’s the top of the ‘noobs’!
Now this is where it gets interesting! Every Starcraft players dream would be to get to compete at the big events such as GSL, BlizzCon and DreamHack (I’m sure there are plenty more big ones but let’s just leave it at this). There are of course smaller events around the world all the time, with smaller prize pool and “less” famous players. And last but not least there are the online tournaments… Weekly (and even some daily) tournaments where there is a prize pool of $100 or access to the bigger events.
The matches are played 1v1 with a best of 3/5/7, and most of the time it’s one player playing all the matches, even though you do see a few team tournaments, but they aren’t as popular.
That was a short introduction to the world of Starcraft II, and hopefully it’ll be something I can compete in! So in the next few posts there might be a bit too much Starcraft in it, just so that I can brag with my skills, and just let ya’ll know how it’s going!
If you’re a Stacraft II player, do feel free to add me @ eCtoPlasmA #737 (on the European server) and you could teach me a thing or two… or just kick my ass, which ever you prefer!
Oh and by the way… I do for some reason have a S.T.A.L.K.E.R Call of Pripyat product key laying around, so if you’re interested in getting it let me know! (I haven’t played the game yet, but the trailer doesn’t look….. well… yeah…. BUT HEY! it’s a free game right?!)
That’s it for now guys, Mike is over and out!