Chicks Dig Elo…and winning international competitions

Here is your prize: an American flag. You get the $25,000 later

You think the Super Bowl would have the most exciting production values and most excitement per minute of any game of the year. But the truth is a lot of the time is spent occupying people who are only half-interested in the sport by distracting them with mediocre halftime shows, commercials (which vary from trying too hard to not trying hard enough to actually great), and surface-level football analysis. You have to tread through a lot to get to the actual football.

The World Cyber Games has its own sense of grandiose production and poor stream quality that has muddled its purpose and weakened what should be a great event. In its attempts to be all-inclusive its created channels that no one really wants to stick around in. Who sticks around for the Carom games (an online billiards simulator)?

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Stray Notes on WCG day three

– CDE and Gameburg Team have made it through their brackets and are playing in the grand finals tomorrow. CLG and Jerome_NEGGRET are playing in the bronze match.


– There’s been this whole looming specter of the CDE disaster and how that was handled haunting this tournament, at least for most of the North American viewers (I don’t know how much the European audience cares, maybe they do, but I hate to assume stuff). You can try and apply that narrative to the games between CDE and Dignitas, and act like this whole thing expunges it. It doesn’t really, it’s just another game. But at the same time for the two teams to actually meet and for CDE to win out after losing the first game feels great, cathartic even.

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Stray Notes on WCG day two

– The two North American teams, CDE and CLG Canada make it out of Group C, while Epic Dive Gaming and Jerome_NEGGRET make it out of Group D.

CDE and Dignitas will be playing each other in the first round of the quarterfinals. The WCG Only-LoL channel was streaming today, with actually good quality, so hopefully they show the quarterfinals match between CDE and Dignitas there. Because if the most anticipated match for North American audiences isn’t streamed then I’m just going to have to complain more on the internet. And no one wants that.

Also in the first round is Flash against Jerome_NEGGRET, Invictus against Counter-Logic, and Epic Dive Gaming against Gameburg.

– The last match of the day was Malaysia (Orange Esports) and France (Millenium). Malaysia had nothing to gain or lose. They were 0-3 and even though it looked like they might be a spoiler, the tiebreaker rules would put France ahead even if they lost the game. But Malaysia came out swingin anyway. They took a 12k+ gold lead and then miserably everything starts going wrong.

They have baron and dive too hard against towers. France kites around too much and they end up losing four and killing only one. They have another bad teamfight mid-lane and in the next fight get a baron stolen. They have LeBlanc on their team, which is the go to morale booster for a losing team: “hey look, they have LeBlanc guys, we just have to wait them out and they’ll suck later!”

And at this point it would’ve been easy to just give up. Their lead had diminished to a mere 4-5k gold lead. France’s Cassiopeia and Ezreal seemed unreachable past the protection of Rammus and Wukong. But Malaysia begins split-pushing into a enemy full of baron buff. First with bot and mid, but then they switch to top and mid, and all the time France is too scared to fight back. Malaysia’s Graves finally breaks through their line when France is caught out of position and Malaysia starts winning again.

This victory came with no rewards or additional prizes, but congratulations to Malaysia for pulling one game off against a very strong team.

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Groupings for WCG announced, no, CDE and Dignitas not in same group

The groupings for the 2011 WCG have been announced. There are a lot of teams that are unknown or semi-known and then there is CDE, Dignitas, and CLG (100% Canadian version). CDE and Counter Logic Gaming are in the same group, although the top two teams from each group advance, so that could end up not meaning much of anything in the end.