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 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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Prepare for the new Millenium…team

Millenium has had a large amount of departures in the last year with most of their team running off and joining Against All Authority. But kujaa and the Millenium managers have regrouped and resurrected the team with new players and also a gaming house in Marseilles.

New roster:

kujaa
Hmmer
Haydal
Enigmz
Zephimir

Old team Millenium has one last go around right now at the World Cyber Games, but it’s kind of easy to see why they’re no longer together.

Also, did you guys realize the word millennium has two n’s in it? Do the French spell it differently or something?