Counter Logic Gaming is having a $2000 tournament with 16 participants (chosen on a first come, first serve basis).
Yes, CLG is participating in a tournament hosted on their own website, but don’t worry it won’t be another Girls4LoL drama. Partly because an outside e-sports figure is running it, and partly because the 15 other teams are just going to get stomped by CLG (first come, first serve hahahaha) and there won’t really be a chance for CLG to lose and then afterwards abuse their connections.
But seriously, why put a prize on a tournament and then participate if you’re probably just going to crush everybody?
More interesting is that this is going to serve as a beta tournament for future CLG administered tournaments. This is a sign of tournaments to come and more mid-level tournaments for LoL getting attention will definitely shine some spotlights on more teams.
After all the double forfeit shenanigans of yesterday the IEM Kiev brackets have been decided. I don’t know how the admins decided to lay out the teams, but if I had to guess I would say they flipped a coin to see which of the two forfeits they would accept and then just moved on from there, because every team is seeded where they likely would’ve landed anyway.
One of TSM, CLG, coL, and Crs is guaranteed a seat. One of Epik, Dignitas, v8, and Goose is guaranteed a seat. Whoever makes it through the loser’s bracket gets the third seat.
Two extremely competitive teams are taking the most strategic move to maximize their chance of winning a tournament and money prize. So surprising.
I, and many of you I assume, are spectators and we watch to see exciting matches. Epik and Curse are players, they want to win tournaments. These goals often cross, although sometimes, like right now, they do not.
The NESL admins are supposedly making new seedings now. This will give an unfair advantage to some teams and an unfair disadvantage to others. Some team will likely be screwed over. Other teams might make it to Kiev because of it. This all will have an air of unfairness to it no matter how the NESL admins proceed, like sports often will.
For a while BG Aphromoo was at the top of the solo queue ladder, but now its back to v8 Aphromoo. Apparently there was a falling out between the two. v8’s side of the story.
There is something immediately distasteful when teams that are supposed to play to win instead play to lose. The intentional walk in baseball just feels wrong, even when logically and strategically it may be the best option. But it goes against the spirit of competition, which isn’t rational or logical, but a lot of us like the spirit of competition and say screw rationality and logic when it comes to things like that. This is what I was thinking as Epik was about to forfeit in what was probably an attempt to manipulate seeding.
So the situation is this. The first IEM Kiev pre-qualifier the seeding ended up:
1. Team SoloMid
2. v8 E-sports
3. Counter Logic Gaming
Now, v8 and Goose are not easy teams to beat, but if I had to pick a team to face it would probably be one of them as they are definitely not as intimidating or seasoned as TSM or CLG. Epik (and probably Curse and Complexity) agree with that assessment and therein lies the problem.
Curse, Dignitas, Complexity, and Epik are moving on to the finals qualifiers for IEM Kiev with v8, Goose, TSM, and CLG. If those 8 teams looks familiar its because those are the same 8 teams from the IGN Pro League last month. So yeah, IGN Pro League rematch coming up.