Outside of the GSL IPL4 is going to be by far the most stacked tournament to date. The amount of koreans attending is disgusting I wouldnt be surprised to see a top 20 korea(if thats possible) ,Two GSTL finalist’s with players participating I wouldn’t be surprised if one of those players made it far.
open bracket predictions
MVP will overcome his exploded wrists after training with IM_Stumpy ,Jjakji will also do really well and not enough people give curious credit . I’ll do groups nearer the time when people have qualified.
Stream had multiple problems throughout from the audio levels being completely fucked too a jittering/flickering stream. The low quality was horrendous atleast past events you could make out the game to some extent. Medium quality was alright I guess but it was too good for my connection? fuck knows. I usually watch on the twitch.tv stream because the 360p actually runs quite well for me but for some reason MLG pulled the stream half way through the event so I had to endure 240p.
The audio was always an issue at points the advertisements being way too loud so I put on my adblock, then game sounds then no sound what so ever, same with interviews or just being thrown back to casters with no audio introducing the show.
Something that really pissed me off was when they decided to show demuslim vs DRG on the free stream which went to game 3 but they pulled the stream to put it on the paid stream, They shouldnt have shown it at all if they had to follow a schedule, I think they shouldnt start the broadcast with the paid streams everything should start at the same time or atleast the streams.
From what I watched its quite clear that US has quite a huge lack of good casters. I really dont enjoy the beta stream casters one bit just found them annoying. Tasteless and artosis is watchable just for the fact you can watch tasteless slowly wither away he’s just completely clueless. He used to be the caster that would explain to the lesser knowledgeable viewers what was going on now he just rambles on what he thinks going on when its quite the opposite I feel sorry for artosis. Jp and rob simpson is quite possibly the worst combination ive ever had to listen to(maybe second to anyone and kelly milkies) at one point a terran threw down an armory and rob said to JP “do you think we’ll see thors?” in a TvP mid game while the factory is floating in the toss base? really how does someone with so little game knowledge get such a job, I know JP was pretty much forced into casting hes actually improved a lot but hes still pretty low on the casting tier. SHout9 being narcissistic as much as possible throughout the broadcast wasnt expecting more, I like djwheats casts he isnt retarded.
The end game analysis idea should be to someone who is actually knowledgeable about the game not fucking JP and rob simpson.
Majority were pretty boring polt stephano as usual Huk vs Naniwa game, crazymovings ZvP and a couple others pretty much only games I enjoyed, marinekings games are just stupid. Heart did pretty amazing to finish fourth coming out of the open bracket even if he did cheese quite a bit. Dissapointed in aLive I really thought he should have made it much higher. Socke did awesomely beating theStC alone is pretty impressive.
Everyone gives this guy praise but he consistently fucks up names first Naniwa and now polt and MKP, does he not think before he says anything? just because someone can speak publicly shouldn’t be a reason to hire them they should atleast be fucking competent
instinct vs SQ ? watched the last map looks like the threat of the game being dropped made it quite enjoyable. Pleasantly surprised
Supernova’s TvZ isnt so good and zenio seems to actually be doing decent recently. PvP I think its time for elfi to disappear but he will probably get through to play puma and get raped. Fuck violet the moe is too much to handle. Hasuobs PvP is the best in europe and fuck killer and feast cant get too far in the tournament. MC will 2-0 hasu in quick quick games and the same with PuMa and MMA. MMA will hold off MC’s cheesy plays mrbitter will call gg early and praise mc’s cheesy shit but mma’s passion comes through and some how wins.
I didn’t know it was top three that went through to start, anyway I was right on the 1st two groups MMA just embarrassed everyone and violet did exactly what I said he would .People say he’s successful because he doesn’t play standard and is braking the meta game where in reality he’s just been playing bad players no wonder he moved away from Korea.
I was right about MC and hasu but some fucking how elfi still manages to win games? It doesn’t make sense I guess being an autistic and a protoss player has some affect on these players. Nerchio got fucking schooled by hasuobs I and MC .Sad to see grubby do worse than his apprentice .
3 koreans went through kinda surprised considering how good select mana and dimaga are .Puma just raped everyone .dimaga using hydra ling vs colosi storm was entertaining but still he got rolled. MaNa doesn’t know what an observer is.
Idra once again never fails to disappoint and no doubt on some show he will complain about the conditions and say he will brake out at IPL we’ll have to wait and see if this babby will actually win some games in 2012. Feast got through as expected and supernova but some how darkforce finishes first he’s massively the most underrated player in europe .Oh and kas, it was embarrassing to watch at times not making a bunker vs feast was retarded.
MMA and JYP will go through aslong as someone tells them Violet will try roach bane every game .How the fuck has killer qualified?
MC, Elfi, Grubby, white ra, hasuorbs, nerchio
MC and Hasuorbs go through and elfi can finally be put to rest that autistic fuck getting lucky in these tournaments when he cant win anything but PvP .Nerchio will choke he cant cheat on LAN MC manhandled him at HSC4
Puma, Dimaga, Mana, Killer, zenio, select
Puma and Mana go through, dimaga isnt as good as hes hyped up to be by mrbias. Mana PvT is ridiculously good. Killer cant win at foreign tournaments hes too busy being a bro with carmac. Zenio is shit select is entertaining but will lose to zenio with roach bane allin.
IdrA, Darkforce, supernova, Kas, ReaL, Feast
probably the hardest group to predict because of Idra you just dont know if hes going to be released or restrained. I want to say Idra and feast get out of the group but I think ReaL will cheese idra hard and supernova will do the same. I want to belive so Idra and feast go through.
The ppv is completely justifiable when you compare both viewing experiences after realising $20 is actually nothing I’m glad I did buy it and not jew out on watching a free Russian stream mlg have definitely delivered .
ASUS ROG has had consistent internet problems and audio, mlg had one audio problem with the nestea interview. Downtime at mlg was pretty much non existent but in Finland having to watch the same ads over and over again just got me disinterested waiting for a game.
tldr paid service>free pointing out the obvious but its as it should be ,also tasteless looks fucked already
Before anything I do understand why they exist, for the stream numbers they are guaranteed to get if let’s say a player like IdrA is invited directly into a tournament over a less known player who would qualify like slivko.
Recently we see a ton more invitational tournaments because they are safer bet’s for the stream revenue. Regardless of talent players like NonY get invited to tournaments a player who is still riding his bw foreign fame the same with IdrA who is undoubtedly the biggest player regarding marketability. IdrA could be argued he deserves the invites which I would agree to a certain extent because he’s a good player but I don’t think it’s fair that he shouldn’t have to go through qualifiers that would give everyone an even playing field.
The MLG winter arena qualifiers was all invite only and the winners got full cost’s paid to fly to the MLG studios. My gripe with this is why should have the qualifiers been invite only .The majority of the players invited would have the financial means to get there even ignoring that why should anyone be excluded from the opportunity? It takes away the story the events could potentially tell imagine a relatively unknown talent or hell even a dominant player playing through the brackets and then being able to talk about it in the studio’s invite’s just don’t make it so deserving.
GSL foreign/sponsor seed’s are a huge problem in my eyes, some players like Jinro credit to him have declined seeds directly into the tournament .Watching undeserving players go out in the 1st few rounds without winning a map is quite frankly embarrassing.I would consider the GSL the premier sc2 tournament and something players should be proud they could qualify for. I watch GSL for the higher standard of play not to see a foreigner bomb out in the early stage’s over and over again.
SO basically takes away opportunities for lesser known players to build up their own marketability and chance’s to win money. Also when a lesser skilled player is invited into a tournament with higher skilled players and get’s rolled like let’s say Incontrol and destiny at HSC and the same with one of totalbiscuits tournaments where he came out and commented about this exact problem.
Now this doesn’t make much sense since the qualifiers are invited players and the vast vast majority with teams for financial support. I Would be ok with this is qualifiers were open to everyone so that anyone could be taking advantage of the financial benefit of being able to qualify for such a huge tournament. We could be missing the next big player because they didnt get and invite. Maybe MLG could have just given out a smaller amount to the winners seeing as every game will be streamed so its guaranteed ROI for any team for a huge tournament on top of the referals.