It’s always a very interesting process when something big happens within a pro scene, especially the eSport scene, and the last one isn’t an exception.
On May 10 Evil Geniuses announced that they were releasing Greg “IdrA” Fields from the team. The reactions whenever something IdrA related happens is always controversial, there are the real fans that support him no matter what and then there are the absolute douche bags that enjoy seeing bad stuff happen to him and hope to see one of his famous reactions to whatever happens.
Personally I am a bit shocked when I heard the news. I have never been a big fan of IdrA or Evil Geniuses but I could never have imagined mentioning one of those two without thinking of the other, to me they are the one and same thing. Although I haven’t been the biggest fan of IdrA, I have been supporting him whenever I have had the chance to watch him play and I wish I had the chance to watch him play more (damn you time zones!). There is something about IdrA that makes it so interesting to watch… First of all he’s a great player and we have seen that many times in games and tournaments, but then there is his personality and his reactions to the game. He once said he didn’t enjoy the game and only played it for the money, but I just have somewhat hard time to believe that… I mean, how can you say you only play it for the money and then get so sad and upset when you lose a game? It just confuses me to see.
I think one of the main reasons of why I like him and his personality is, that it reminds me of myself. I get easily upset when playing Starcraft 2, especially if I get a cheesy player. I bash the keyboard and mouse and whatever I can get my hands on, and most of the time I have to stop playing, just to keep myself from destroying my computer. So I can easily understand his reaction to some the cheesy crap in games.
The day after he was released from Evil Geniuses there was an interview with him by itmeJP, where IdrA was asked about his behaviour and how he reacted to EG’s managements decision on releasing him. Also, in the interview IdrA said he was stepping down to competitive play, which saddens me, but at the same time is very understandable, to focus on making more content and casting/analysing games.
This is quite interesting to me, as I have never heard or seen him cast a game before, but I am very much looking forward to it and I am pretty sure he will do an excellent job with it.
I don’t know what else to say about this really. I’m sad to see him leave EG, but if it gives him more space to be himself and do what he loves then I cannot wait to see how it goes. Best of luck from here IdrA!
Ever since I saw my first eSport match I wanted to become a pro gamer and make the plays you see on screen every day. Now, the problem is that you have to put a lot of effort and dedication into it, and people who know me know I’m lazy as fuck, which really doesn’t help. I can’t really play Starcraft 2 since I rage and smash whatever I can get my hands on when I lose, especially if it’s a cheese. In League of Legends I feel like I could be somewhat good, but then the problem is that I have to find 4 other players that have the same mindset as me. I find it so much easier to put lots of effort into it when there are other people counting on you, which makes LoL (or any MOBA game) a great pick for me, but I just can’t seem to find the right people.
I have few RL friends that I play with and we have been trying to play some tournaments etc. but they just can’t seem to care as much as I want them to. We were supposed to play a tournament today with a signup deadline on Thursday, but they we couldn’t find enough players and some of the people decided to say yes Friday evening, which is way too late… Anyway, I just really want to play in tournament and actually have a chance to win! Ain’t that much to ask for is it? Ah well.. When I’m done with school in 2 months time I’ll be able to put more time and effort into it and see if I can find like minded players!
Oh well… always good to rant a bit eh? Anyway that’s about it for now guys, but before I let you go have a listen to my current favourite Youtube’er Temp0 down below!
Oh wow I just realised how long ago since my last post here! Not exactly sure why I haven’t blogged for a while, but it’s a damn shame that I haven’t! Since my last posts quite a lot has happened so let’s take it from the start of the year (happy new year by the way!).
As most of you might have realised by now I spend quite a lot of my spare time playing World of Warcraft. Since I started way back I’ve been playing on Bladefist and never really got settled on any other server that I tried. But as many other servers it started to suffer from lack of players, and quite fast it became hard to even find a pug, profession crafter or a battleground group, the server was more or less dead. My guild then decided to transfer, and I have to say I’ve never been so angry or disappointed in their decision! As mentioned I’ve been playing on the server for ever, and it felt like home (or at least it did before MoP got launched), people knew my character and I refused to leave. I was still hoping to have take back my “glory and reputation” as it was in The Burning Crusade. But it seemed to me like I was the only one in the guild who didn’t want to transfer and so the guild did. Of course I moved with them, since the guild is pretty much the reason I still play the game. But still, almost 2 months since the transfer I haven’t quite got used to it, and I’m not satisfied. It just seems so wrong to play on a PVE server when you’re used to PVP! You can’t just let that scumbag horde take your mineral vein or the quest mob, you should kill him for that! Oh… nope, you just have to sit back like a sucker and wait for the next one. But of course the transfer had its benefits. We seem to be back to proper raiding and have gotten quite a few new recruits to the guild!
But enough of the QQ’ing. The new year has also had great news from the eSport scene. eSport is bigger and more popular than ever! In February Riot’s League of Legends Championship Series started and I’ve never enjoyed watching LoL as much as now! LCS is, as far as I know, only in Europe and North America and each region has their tournament and teams. 8 teams in region, in Europe it’s Evil Geniuses, Gambit Gaming, Fnatic, SK Gaming, Giants, Dragonborns, Against All Authority and last but not least Copenhagen Wolves. In North America there are Curse, Team Solo Mid, Team Dignitas, Counter Logic Gaming, compLexity, Good Game University, Team MRN and Vulcun. I haven’t seen too much of the NA games due to time differences and so on, so can’t say much about that. But the European games have been amazing! We’ve seen such good plays throughout the season and there is only more to come! Now obviously everyone has a favourite in the tournament, and obviously I’m cheering for Copenhagen Wolves. Sure, they haven’t been able to take a win yet, but they have been playing amazingly good and have had their fair shot at taking the win. There are quite a few reasons for this, but I do believe the main reason is that they have had a stand-in ever since the start because one of their main players have been under aged and therefore not allowed to play. And then last week they needed another stand-in since their midlaner got mugged the very morning of the games and not being able to play. But I’m am 100% certain they will get their first win this weekend!
Oh yeah.. The NA games are being played on thursday and friday and the European games are played Saturday and Sunday, so do tune in to enjoy and support eSport!
Another big deal in the world of eSport is that Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is being released! OMGOMG nerd chills! The game looks awesome, the new units creates a whole new style of play and absolutely throws over the zergs and their recent dominance on the scene. The new maps is also a pleasant sight, nice with a change you know? So 19 days, if I know how to count, and then the game is out! Obviously someone has been playing the beta, and I envy them so much! I have my own beta key and I feel so bad for not playing it but I simply can’t find the time to play it, and it bugs the shit out of me! But I swear I’ll play it a lot more, if not now then when the game is released!
But the thing I’m most excited about right now is that I have been able to get my foot inside of eSport! Sure, nothing big right now, but I’m hoping it’s going to grow and I’ll surely do what I can to make it so. I have joined Team ephix as their news reporter! The team is fairly new and only had a CS:GO and PES team to start with, but two days ago we’ve been able to add a LoL team to the squad. I’m really excited about this since CS:GO is kinda boring to watch, but mainly because the team seems to have really big ambition and is aiming to play in the midterm qualifiers for the LCS tournament!
But yeah, that’s about the big stuff going on right now for me. I’ve been doing a lot more of course, but I don’t feel the need to mention it, but all I can say is that there is so much to do and so little time!
But one thing is for sure… Mike is over and out!
Happy New year peeps! And what a glorious year it looks to be! Few hours into the 2013 the first good news from the gaming news arrived. Mike Morhaime announced on twitter that there would be a BlizzCon this year! BlizzCon is a yearly event for Blizzard Entertainment where they most of the time announce upcoming games, expansions packs and whatnot.
I am quite excited about this one, for a few reasons. First of all the event is amazing! The show is awesome, the WoW Arena and Starcraft 2 tournaments are great and not to mention the Q&A with the game developers! Then there is the main point of BlizzCon: the games! One of the games I hope to be announced is the expansion pack for Diablo 3. Seeing as it’s been almost a year now, and still 10 months to go till BlizzCon, I can almost (but just almost) guarantee that there will be an expansion announced. But what I am more interested in and excited about is if the expansion would be the rumoured Project Blackstone!
I’m also wondering if we’ll get to hear about a new expansion for World of Warcraft. Yes I know Mist of Pandaria just got released ½ year ago, but they did say they would release new expansion more frequently, so this could happen.. Maybe we’ll finally get to see the Emerald Dream! And then there is Blizzard Allstars, which they have been mentioning oh so many times before. I really hope this games will be released soonish, I mean.. Who wouldn’t want to beat the crap out of Arthas with the Queen of Blades?! Or teach Diablo a lesson with the magnificent Jaina Proudmoor? There were rumours that it would be released with Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, but that was shut down by Dustin Browder, “the game will be released when it’s ready” – boy have we heard that one before!
Now to the most exciting stuff. Project Titan! Okay, it’s been a few years since it was mentioned for the first time, and I honestly doubt that we’ll see a release date any time soon. But I am still hoping to hear a bit more about it, to see what it is.. A new MMORPG? A FPS? Or something completely else? Shame it’s so long to BlizzCon…
Hopefully I’ll win the lottery so that I get the chance to go to Anaheim and actually see it! But, that is rather unlikely as I don’t play the lottery… Perhaps I should start to remove people for money.. or hope one of you lovely people want to buy me a ticket! ❤ No..? Oh well, was worth a try! BUT that is it for me now, Mike is over and out!
Today the toughest Starcraft II tournament returns! The 4th season of the Korean Global Starcraft League (GSL) Code S is starting today at 18:10 Korean time (around 11 CET) and never before has this many SC2 legends been featured! Of the nine GSL champions in history, seven are competing this tournament, doing everything they can to become the next champion and win the grand prize of $45.000!
The players have already been seeded and placed in their groups, and boy do I look forward to see the Group of Death (Group E) being played! Featuring the 3 of the worlds best Terran players: TaeJa, MMA and Mvp (MMA and Mvp being GSL champions) and then one of the two European MaNa being a complete underdog, but he will always have our support! The other group you should keep an eye on is Group C with players such as MarinKing and MC, it will be an exciting group! Don’t get me wrong though, all of these groups are absolutely badass and I can guarantee that it’ll be one of the best GSL ever!
GSL Code S will be streamed live on GOMTV.net but unfortunately you will need to buy a ticket to watch the live streams (Only $14.99 though!). But then again, if you’re just a little bit interested in watching the best Starcraft II players in the world, it’ll be worth it!
Are you watching going to watch the Code S? Any favourite to win? Or if you have a hard time to pick a favourite you could always read the TeamLiquid post about the players!
But that’ll be it for now.. I’ll see you on the GSL chat! Mike is over and out!
Monday morning, the day after gamescom and what a weekend! So much to talk about and so little time (actually that’s not true, I have nothing but time!). Anyway.. In my last post I mentioned that the Intel Extreme Masters Starcraft II tournament would be legendary, and boy legendary it was! We had the big stars like MC, NesTea and PuMa who everyone expected to more or less win the tournament, but to everyone’s surprise they didn’t even make it to top 4! MVP and Nerchio however did, and they didn’t disappoint even the slightest, and MVP managed to win the tournament in a 3-1 win over Nerchio. Meanwhile viOlet and the underdog VortiX (who just became my new favourite zerg) ended in a shared 3rd place.
I’m not going to talk about the games, but I can guarantee you that they we’re all bloody amazing and really worth to spend a few hours watching (and if you don’t feel like watching it all, then do please watch VortiX’s games, the guy is a beast!). And also a big thank you to the 4 legendary casters, Tastosis, Kaelaris and Day.. you were all amazing!
Other than the amazing tournaments there was the actual gamescom, where the game developers showed off their latest stuff and whatnot. Now as some of you might have noticed I am a huge Blizzard fan, so obviously they were the one to catch my attention:
First of all they released the brand new World of Warcraft: Mist of Pandaria opening cinematics! Now Blizzard are known to make absolutely amazing cinematic, and boy did they not disappoint! I’ve heard a lot of people saying this is the worst cinematic from them yet and that it doesn’t match the previous cinematics. And to a certain point I do agree with them. But the cinematic in itself is absolutely amazing, it’s beautiful, exciting and funny, but as others have mentioned before me, it lacks that one touch that makes it a bit more brutal, it lacks blood! But I’ll let you decide, have a look at it and let me know what you think!
Other stuff that Blizzard has announced during gamescom is that everyone will be able to play all races in Mist of Pandaria, and not only the people who get the expansion pack as it has been in the previous expansions. This is a huge step for Blizzard as it might bring people that quit WoW back and get additional people to start playing. As it’s free-to-play up to level 20 you can easily try out all the races and see if you’d like it.
Blizzard also sort of announced that the Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta will open for public soon ish, which means that the actual release isn’t far away! I’m not that much up to date with the changes and updates, but when we get a release date I promise to sum it up, but I can tell you this much: It looks like shit loads of fun! But you can read/watch the IGN post about Heart of the Swarm, and get the feeling of the game!
“Enough with the Blizzard already!”
Okay okay calm down guys, no need to get upset!
There were several other game developers at gamescom, and they had games just as big (if not bigger) as Blizzard. I’m not going to pretend to know much about the games, nor am I going to pretend that I’ve played all of them, but I’ll give a quick overview of the biggest announcement!
According to several gaming sites Remember Me was the biggest announcement at gamescom, so let’s have a quick look at the trailer and gameplay:
Okay, so it looks kinda fancy, but then again it really reminds me of a lot of other games, like Assassins Creed, Deus Ex and whatnot, but the thing that struck me right away is that it sort of reminded me of the Bourne movies..? Not my cup of tea, but looks interesting non the less!
And speaking of Assassin Creed, Ubisoft showed us a bit more of the naval warfare:
Hmm.. I’ve always liked the Assassin Creed series, but this game really doesn’t give me the same feeling/excitement as the previous games have.. Except from the combat gameplay I have a hard time seeing this as an Assassin Creed game, but I have been proven oh so wrong so many times before!
The game that caught my attention, and I’m looking forward to try is Dishonored. This isn’t a new announcement that came during gamescom and I don’t think they revealed anything new either, so I think it was just to show off.. But the game looks amazing! Sort of steam punk mixed with Assassins Creed? Well I like what I see, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it when it releases on October 12, 2012! Meanwhile we can just enjoy the trailer and drool!
So that was my quick overview of gamescom! Didn’t go into depth with it as I hoped, but maybe next time! And maybe next time I get the chance to actually attend to it!
But did you watch/attend gamescom? Any thoughts on the stuff that was there? Feel free to share, I’d love to hear others opinions!
In my previous post I talked about how I kinda sucked in singleplayer/1v1 and I do have to say I still do, nothing new there! But as I also mentioned, I am more of a team player, and it sure looks like my performance just gets better when I’m in a team! I had a post where I mentioned that I wanted to improve my Starcraft 2 skills, but I’m somewhat still stuck in Bronze League there! But today I grouped up with my brother and we kicked some serious ass! In the 5 placement matches we had to play we won 4 of them, and that is a lot better than we usually do! With a terran and zerg combo we managed to mass marine and roach them to death.. or that was the general idea at least, as it turns out, the enemy team walled off so we went with the doom drop and kicked ass!
So here I am, proud to say that I managed to get to the Gold League! Even if my team skills don’t benefit me in 1v1 as much as I’d like it to, I am quite happy to have made it so far! Now it’s only two leagues to go before I’ve reached my first goal: Platinum League!
And now, I shall take a rest from the World of Starcraft 2, and play some FPS and shoot them nazis..! Mike is over and out!