I decided to write a blog today about my year, which has had its ups and downs throughout. I am flying back home to England today for the Christmas and New Year holidays and so will sum up all my eSport activities for the year. 2013 has been a long year, yet time has still passed so fast… How does that work?
I think the most basic thing when it comes to an SC2 player is getting rid of the niggling doubts inside themselves about their choice in game. If players keep having thoughts like “Do I have to keep playing games?” and other insecurities, it doesn’t matter how much you practice, none of it gets absorbed into your brain. The goal that I I’m concentrating on at the moment is creating an atmosphere where players are motivated to play Starcraft and feel proud of it.
The Starcraft fans really need to hear this. You love Starcraft, and I love you for it. I’m almost always moved after every event, but Blizzcon was different. Throughout the weekend, you saw the Blizzard family gather round, and yesterday we saw the Starcraft nuclear family truly show itself. It was an honor to be included the whole journey. Well done fans, and here’s to 2014.
Beautiful and eloquent words to close the Blizzcon WCS Global Finals of 2013.
Their antics both in and out of the booth have earned them thousands of fans across the globe, who have been entertained since the release of Starcraft II. Coming into this weekend however, the KeSPA players are considered by many to be the top players in the world right now, and for good reason.
In the continuing debate about whether or not the WCS system should employ a region lock of some sort, there’s one argument that pro-lockers constantly fall back on: boring, faceless Koreans going overseas to win easy money.
At first glance, the Liquipedia entry for WCS Europe Season 2 seems like the perfect example. (P)MVP.duckdeok, a mid-tier Korean with no results of note, made his way through a qualifier, then through Challenger League and then won the entire tournament. Along the way he almost exclusively faced and eliminated fan favorites and national heroes, usually with all-ins. It was as if critics of the WCS system had gone to a laboratory and created the perfect player to prove themselves right.