More news today about IEM Kiev as Rinoa has unofficially confirmed that Team Curse will be going to Kiev. A Picture of a Goose couldn’t go because of their members being unable to make the flight, but at least the spot is going to a similar team. Curse, much like Goose, has the potential to break into the elite tier teams but haven’t quite made it there in the past. Now here’s a good chance for them and an international stage to do it on.
There will finally be at least one semi-important match to watch during the weekdays now, and that is the IGN Pro League’s new king of the hill series. It’s happening every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. The first match is happening January 12 and is between Counter Logic Gaming and A Picture of a Goose.
Just as Goose looked like they were beginning to take off (ed. note: PUN!), their big debut gets grounded (ed. note: PUN AGAIN!).
Everybody was so focused on the financial issues, but what’s surprising is that the major roadblocks ended up being something else completely. According to Atlanta, mandatorycloud and lemongod’s parents have vetoed their trips to Ukraine and are thus unable to go. We already knew mandatorycloud wasn’t going, but now that lemongod is out of the picture the team decided that three out of five wouldn’t really be Goose playing out there.
Additionally lemongod is going to need to take a hiatus from the team for awhile to focus on schoolwork. Just when Leona is starting to gain some traction probably the best Leona player gets sidelined.
Atlanta remains optimistic: “We Geese love your support and hope that you realize that Kiev is not the end all be all for our team and that YOU WILL SEE US. THE GOOSE WILL FLY AGAIN.” That’s the right attitude.
This all leaves an empty spot in Kiev for some North American team. The normal procedure is to give the spot to whoever the next team on the circuit rankings is whose not going, which would be CLG. Goose have said they would prefer v8, and v8 was the team to just lose out the qualifiers to Goose, but those two things probably won’t mean much and CLG will likely get the spot.
Jatt, Dignitas’ jungler, steps down from the team because he has too many other real-life commitments to handle.
Rock Solid only became the elite team we know today after the addition of Jatt. Before that they were good, but never great. Was that just coincidental timing or were Jatt’s calls, leadership, and jungling ability really that good? Nobody knows! But it will be interesting to see how Dignitas does from here on out.
I don’t know if Jatt is still competing in IEM Kiev or not, but Kiev is only a month away. Due to the season 2 circuit rules they probably won’t be able to use a substitute from an established team (Goose is in a similar situation because mandatorycloud isn’t able to go). So…good luck in finding a top-level jungler who isn’t with a top-level team in a month. (update edit: from State of the League talk it appears Jatt isn’t competing and they are indeed looking for a replacement.)
When Elementz said Jatt was leaving Dignitas maybe he wasn’t trolling, about that one part at least. Or maybe he’s an incredibly accidental prophet.
– At the IEM Kiev qualifiers, Dignitas beat Goose, Goose beat v8, and Crs beat CLG. Today the opposite of all those things happened.
I find uncertainty is great in sports. When there’s actual risk for my favorite teams because the outcome isn’t set in stone as success or failure, well that’s when there’s an actual sense of tension. If anybody can win on any given day, well, that’s a pretty exciting thing.
– Toveri is one of the remaining seven teams left in the tournament and I would forgive you if you’ve never heard of them, because I also knew next to nothing about them. In the first round they lost to Leaguecraft Gaming, like I expected a team I knew very little about would do.
Then they beat a team I had never heard of. I could accept that too, because both teams couldn’t lose in that situation. It’s just the basic tournament structure prevents that sort of thing.
But then something strange happened. They beat Complexity and then immediately in the next round beat A Picture of a Goose (the same team that had just beaten Dignitas). Anybody can win on any day.
There was a rumor today that CLG was taking Goose’s place at Kiev due to money problems, to which Atlanta shot down with a “Nope.Nopenopenopenope.” Money be damned, they’re going. Although the problem is there.
For all the problems and mismanagement of the World Cyber Games at least they pay for their competitors to actually go. Many of the major e-Sports tournament, like IEM, do not, which makes it hard for smaller teams to go as the prize money won’t be enough to cover travel unless you finish highly, which is not a guarantee.
So, A Picture of a Goose qualified for IEM Kiev and have been trying to scrap together the money for travel and board. Many of their players were not streaming before the qualifiers, probably because they weren’t worried about spare income at that point. Immediately after though, spare income became more of a concern.
On State of the League Atlanta estimated the cost to be about $8000. They have somewhere between $0-$8000 left to go, so if you want to help you can tolerate the advertisements from the streams of Atlanta, mandatorycloud, lemongod, Xmithie, and MegaZero (sometimes sub and supporter of Goose) or just donate directly.
I once said that RFLX Gaming was unfairly mocked going into MLG Providence. What I meant by this is that there was this whole attitude that they would be free wins to whoever they got seeded against. RFLX lost four times without winning a game; however none of those games were simple wins for the opponent.
This attitude persists: that if you’re not one of the top elite teams in North America you’re not going to stand a chance. This kind of thinking has its roots in what the tournament scene has been, but I doubt it will be relevant to where the tournament scene is going.