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.
Counter Logic Gaming has won the 2011 Razer Team of the Year. Usually CLG has to actually do something to win, but all they had to do to win 2011 Razer Team of the Year is get a bunch of people to vote for them. Good job getting more fans to press a series of buttons for you than any other team could CLG!
Now CLG gets to put their logo on a fancy Razer mouse, so fans can look forward to that.
The real victory is for League of Legends though. In a field filled with teams from all over the various active e-sports, the LoL-only team, CLG, comes in first.
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.
One of the biggest North American communities and one of the biggest European communities are merging to create one super organization.
Now clgaming.eu leads you to the Absolute Legends website.
Also, Absolute Legends unmerged with mTw a little while ago. All these e-Sports companies are so transitory and ephemeral.
I’ve started drafting new, more in-depth team pages, the first of which is for Counter Logic Gaming. These are meant to serve as a primer to the teams for anyone who is newly interested in the scene. Let me know what you think/if there’s anything I should add.
*I’ve written a wrap-up over at lolmetagame.com as well if you didn’t catch the whole tournament
Close games at the tournament level are often decided around dragons and barons. If a game is decided within the first 20 minutes it’s often a decisive slaying of a dragon. If a game is decided after that it’s usually around Baron Nashor.
For the first 25 minutes it seemed as if either Curse or Counter Logic Gaming could take the game. Doublelift was playing Vayne like a true carry, even coming out of a 2v1 with two kills and living. Shaco was trying to assassinate her every fight though and Swain and Rumble were a bursty tanky combo that was putting lots of damage across the CLG team.
In the mid-late game, after picking off a couple of CLG’s players, Curse goes for baron and does 95 percent of the damage before HotshotGG teleports in and steals it with Nidalee. Not even with a spear shot; he just ran in and hit the thing.
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)?