Stray Notes on WCG day one

– Flash and Gameburg Team are moving on from Group A, while Invictus Gaming and Dignitas are moving on from Group B. Meet Your Makers and Team ACER were two of the stronger European teams so its a little surprising to see them both get knocked out so early.

– “This is running smoother than last year.” –Elementz. Did a tornado sweep in last year or something?

1. First match was 23 minutes late
2. Graphics said SiOL and ACER were Group B when they were Group A
3. Announcers in the first match were displayed as the Korean announcers even though Elementz and Deman were talking
4. Half an hour in and the Korean announcers were still there
5. The second match was also over half an hour late
6. imaqtpie had a random x in his name in the graphics
7. Didn’t have a picture of Fizz for their graphic of the picks
8. Commentator sounds suddenly malfunction during important Dignitas vs. Smart People fight

The poor quality is disappointing, but let’s not blow this out of proportion. It’s not like the WCG people had the option of giving a great presentation or giving a poor one and purposefully chose to give a poor one. They thought they could give a good show, and then proceeded to make mistakes. Their inability to give good presentations is annoying but I’m still glad they’re putting on events this big for eSports.

Although, please get better equipment and more competent people in the future WCG people.

– Picks and Bans

SiOL vs. ACER

SiOL
Ban: Sion, Skarner, Nocturne
Picks: Udyr, Shaco, Graves, Janna, Akali

Acer
Bans: Fizz, Fiddlesticks, Twisted Fate
Picks: Karthus, Gangplank, Sona, Tristana, Morgana

Dignitas vs. Meet Your Makers

Dignitas
Bans: Cassiopeia, Kassadin, Swain
Picks: Graves, Nocturne, Sona, Ryze, Fizz

Meet Your Makers
Bans: Akali, Udyr, Tryndamere
Picks: Morgana, Gangplank, Alistar, Urgot, Irelia

– Smite is one of the simpler summoner spells in the game, so I love when someone pulls out a creative use for it. SiOL’s Shaco came to defend a tower and planted a box to get the mass fear off for a second but it was instantly smited by ACER’s Gangplank during its brief planting period.

– Tristana with Heal/Ignite. Doublelift was just complaining about this combo on State of the League. The Tristana won her lane too.

– Dignitas got cocky in their game against Smart People and thought they could stop a dragon even though they weren’t at full health. Dignitas had a huge gold lead at that point and they had a gold lead after even though they lost the fight four kills to two. They would go on to win but that was a mistake that gave back a little momentum.

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