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Battletag: Goldencore#21890
Country: Italy
Signed Up: July 1, 2017
Last Posted: December 10, 2018 at 2:10 PM
Posts: 1187 (2.2 per day)
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Well this was close, GG both!
Always love watching Winstrike and Kensi's Mei :D

posted 4 days ago

Midna was the issue. Kappa

Jokes asides, this is sadly what happens to teams that for one reason or another can't keep a stable roster, and I don't mean to keep the whole roster, but WHO has changed the roster completely, twice since last Contenders. :(

Just wish the T2 scene was a bit more stable alltogether.

posted 5 days ago

The "funny" part is that the system was working before they started announcing OWL.
Each region had plenty of "major" tournaments, monthly and weekly ones too.

I didn't like some decisions Blizzard took back there, but have to admit made sense, to hype up their main product (OWL) so that investors would actually get into it, the issue is that they didn't change their direction once OWL started kicking off.

Now? I believe is way too late, how many major esport orgs have joined the scene in the past 12 months? How many Contenders teams are orgless or still owned by OWL franchises?

Simply put, check what happened in NA with Toronto Esports, not even getting under the umbrella of an OWL team makes you sure you'll be able to keep your "branding" (and yes I know made no sense to be Boston's academy team and being based in Toronto, but still...)

posted 5 days ago

Worst kept secret, but still POG reveal, excited to see the Runaways fighting in the top league!

Also, love the floating hair on the logo :)

posted 1 week ago

It would be silly tbh, Angry Titans is not Titans, and they are not even in the same league and region.

posted 1 week ago

Man are the little touches that make an article good, imo you are getting better, and were already starting from a good standard, gratz!

On anoter note, yep adapting to a full Chinese environment ain't easy, gl to SIlkthread for his future.

posted 2 weeks ago

ZP casting, Asking, Snillo, Alarm and frigging Klaus POG!
Coldn't watch it live, going to watch it now.

Also, total conFusion(s)

posted 2 weeks ago

God WHO can't really find stability... -.-

posted 2 weeks ago

No idea who's calling the shots in WHO, but has to step up his game.
The match was relatively close, but loads of mistakes when it most matters for WHO (e.g. Primal Rage 1 Vs 5)

posted 2 weeks ago

Hmm interesting this after all the new Chinese OWL franchises speaks volumes on where the focus of Blizzard as a company is, and it makes sense.

Not so sure it's good for the western players (and I mean gamers, not OWL pros), but can't blame a corporation to go for the money and a mostly untapped gigantic market.

posted 3 weeks ago

Realy really curious to see him at OWL level, still remember his crazy Genji plays back in 2016/17.

And as others I'm wondering which language they'll be using, in theory should be English, as I doubt the 2 western players and the 2 Chinese ones will learn Korean fast enough, but eh.

posted 3 weeks ago

Agree the same goes for Logix thou, out of Florida he and Manneten were the 2 still deserving a spot in OWL, instead let's say of TviQ, but eh nvm this roster is stacked.

posted 3 weeks ago

Honestly an amazing team and able to display how good the Japanese scene could be.
A real shame they had to end so early. :(

GL to all the players for their future, I hope still in OW, but if not, wherever they might end.

posted 3 weeks ago

Holy mother of all necros! Like literally Herbert West kind of stuff. :)

Jokes asides, being hidden behind a monitor and keyboard "helps" people to behave like a-holes, there's nothing a company can do to be sure to avoid what people nowadays calls "toxiciy".

Competitive/PvP focused games are of course affected even more, but wasn't very different in the age of MUDs and so on, just way less people playing online on a single game so less chances to notice it.

posted 3 weeks ago

Well British Huricans should have disbanded then shouldn't they?

I mean they were relegated together with WHO.

But then you watch a different environment and you realize a team made of those players (BH) managed to embarass a team made by OWL ones (whatever the reasons were, US was destroyed by UK).

Should Muma, Sinatra and all the other guys look for a different job?

Of course not, the issue is that players need to have contracts, as every other friggin profession.

Otherwise this time is Midna, the next Chubz, then someone else, 'cause orgs will keep burning them like junk while hoping to draw a lucky card out of the bunch (aka a future "star" player) which they will lose right away to OWL and Academy teams, since... well they do offer contracts.

posted 4 weeks ago

There are 2 issues here imo.

The one you cite, not having enough money in the system (T2-T3 scene of OW), and so no contracts for the players, which leads to orgs trating them like disposable junk.

And the other one, more specific for Midna, the guy is of course no OWL material, but has played vs OWL players and on an international stage (World Cup) performing very well (2 of the Italians players performed really well, one was him).

On top of that has already proved he can play at Contenders level, WHO wasn't the bottom of last Contenders, ended S2 of contenders with a slightly better result of the team Chubz was playing in (Copenhagen Flames).

Now taken all this into consideration, I understand dorpping him once, you (the manager) decided Chubz has better potential, but not dropin twice in the space of 1 month, after he's brought you again to Contenders.

But then it's just us speaking, what's almost sure, Midna has basically quit playing OW profesionally (he's almost 20 I guess so not so old) after this, and it's a shame to see a talented player quit the game like that.

posted 4 weeks ago

Well what can we tell you?
https://youtu.be/ojydNb3Lrrs

posted 4 weeks ago

Not just the color also the shape of the logo screams runaway btw.

posted 4 weeks ago

Sick match, with some server drama included!
GG both, Kensi's Mei si always amazing as well as Leaf's Doomfist.

posted 1 month ago

When people will realize that depression (the actual one, not the one most people believe to have) is a bad spot to be in?

I don't particulary like or dislike the guy, and not even trying to analyze him or something, it might just be he's an a-hole, but it looks like a case of actual depression, which has nothing to do with OW or streaming (even if being exposed to loads of people doesn't help).

What pisses me off is the random guys telling him "c'mon bru don't give up, it's going to be great" or on the other side of the spectrum the ones going for "Eh wouldn't expect otherwise from such a troll/whatever".

That's not what you want to hear, ever, and not what you need to hear either, but I get it, nobody forced him to play OW or stream, so it's ultimately "on him".

If he goes on streaming and into OWL, or decides to follow a different path, I hope he finds some balance.

posted 1 month ago

https://youtu.be/Hgd2F2QNfEE

Nice video and good (not great) logo, but agree sick skins, but I tend to love all shades of blue. :)

posted 1 month ago

I'm not mad at Chubz, not his fault at all, a player does what he has to do in the T2 scene.

I'm looking at WHO's management, this is not how you treat your players, and they should know better, considering one of them has been both a player and a manager in the team.

I'm not really mad either, just a bit pissed, now imagine this happening on your daily working life:

  • Boss: "Roazhon, you have to deliver, we have to get into this deal"
    You and you colleagues deliver and get into this deal
  • Boss: "Nice job guys, now you are fired as I'm hiring some shinier dudes to do your job"
    These new dudes don't show up (whatever the reason)
  • Boss: "Damn Roazhon, please come back to work for me, same stiuplations, we gotta get that deal!"
    You do it again
  • Boss: "sucks being you, one of the other guys just called me back, you are out, thanks for all the fish!"

Mind you I could even expect it from a multinational company (in OW standards let's say an OWL team), but from a family ran one? WHO are team put together by players and managed (in part) again from the players (TwolzZ specifically).

posted 1 month ago

Oof the downvotes on that. :)

Like I said, I get it, and I wasn't even asking for an EN vido INSTEAD of the FR one, but for both versions instead of the subs.

It doesn't take much to dub a 42 secs long video, and (imo) passes the message you are first and foremost a FR team but also the only team in EU actually caring for the EU community (as representation I mean).

Oh well I guess it's just me.

posted 1 month ago

I like the logo, full of meaning (despite some people making fun of it, it is full of meaning), and I get it this is Paris' team, so to an extent a French team, but damn they could have at least made 2 videos the one in FR and one in English?

posted 1 month ago

I know in the end it's business, but damn treating Midna (a good tank that brought them twice to Contenders) like a POS,
Almost wish Chubz will leave them again.

posted 1 month ago

E vai ragazzi!!
Ok not a huge a fan of buying slots, but eh we got in. :)
The roster is stacked, GL for the matches!

posted 1 month ago

But Soe has nothing to share with Reinforce's role on the desk thou.

That's pretty much the point, he was the only one on the desk with professional expereince as a player, and I'm not one of the guys telling that you need to be GM to be allowed to cast or to analyze a match, but that doesn't remove the utility of someone who has actual experiences in a team environment and on being "behind a keyboard" when it actually matters.

posted 1 month ago

That's not likely to happen, not for this season at least, since Jake declared he was going back to play right at the end of his last brodcast in the WWC matches.

More likely someone like Seagull?

Whoever they are replacing him with is damn sad, the guy keeps getting the shrot stick. :(

posted 1 month ago

This desk thou! :)

posted 1 month ago

What a match, gg Korea, but...
DAMN GREAT JOB UK!

posted 1 month ago

Just to put it there, a team full of top Korean OWL S1 veterans, vs a team based around 1 OWL player and bunch of EU Contenders Trials players.

Let's go UK!!

posted 1 month ago

Bren's killing it. :D

posted 1 month ago

Hehe likely, but honestly I don't see many putting up a real fight vs Kore, so eh.

posted 1 month ago

Oof that was rough, and damn Fusions amazing Rei plays on that last map.

posted 1 month ago

I honestly don't know what made everyone so sure this was going to be an easy match for USA.

Were they favourite? Of course yes, but they are not Korea.

posted 1 month ago

I really think this is the closest match of the Quarter Finals, I stand on the opposite side (compared to you) but same feelings.

I strongly wish for FR to win, but have the gut feeling Canada will move forward, with a 3-2 probably.

(then I remember ALL my predictions fail miserably so this is going to be the most onesided match of them all, for who? No idea :D )

posted 1 month ago

Better than not having the torunament, yes absolutely.

Still is sad the only way to see these teams play outside of the official leagues is "for free".

I'm not not blaming the org, which at least managed to put somehting together, I'm blaming the system, for reference:
https://liquipedia.net/dota2/Minor_Tournaments

posted 1 month ago

Absolutely, the idea they have Xepher on their main OWL roster and Manneted on their accademy team still amazes me, but I guess r2der really couldn't stand the idea of coaching western players.

posted 1 month ago

I do wonder though, which team(s) with full or almost full Korean roster will drop into midtier or even worse?

Same thing I was pondering myself, the moment 70-80% of the league becomes Korean the chances of the worst team being a Korean heavy roster increase.

"best case scenario" to mantain the rule of "Koreans are better" should be if Paris is going to be S2 Florida, but what if that's not going to happen?

How much have the teams paid for some of the non ultra-top Korean players?

And one last polemic question I had, what if one of the bottom 2 teams at the end of the season is going to be Florida?

posted 1 month ago

Good to have a nice tournament, and to also have an NA team in it.

But damn, 500 Euros? If the money goes to the players we are speaking of about 60 euros/each, gross for the winning team. :(

posted 1 month ago

True but also means 1/2 the chances for the player to actually play, that's not counting possible "Crazy" meta changes.

While on the other hand if by any chance your main tank gets an injury (or some heavy flue) you'll be forced to use who? One of your 4 DPS players as backup?

That's of course unless (very likely I agree) they add other people to the roster.

posted 1 month ago

Not saying it's a wrong business decision, on the contrary it's the best one, people organizing this kind of "stuff" are not scrubs like me, they really know what they are doing.

And that's the guiding principle for all decisions regarding OW, again nothing wrong in it as long as people understands that's not done to make the scene/league better, not for the players and not for the viewers.

EDIT: btw that's also the main reason why it's mainly NA traditional leagues that have no promotions/relegations.

posted 1 month ago

Honestly wasn't expecting anything different, this direction is in line with what they started in 2017, prior to OWL S1.

The main reason? Investors, plain and simple.

No relegation or promotion in OWL, why? Many reasons imo the main one is, if one of your clients paid you all those mills for a spot, he'd really hate ending up in the T2 scene (e.g. Shangai, Florida) with no visibility at all.

Very strict and relatively limiting rules to follow if you want to organize an OW torunament (limited sponsors, limited prizepools, etc...), Why? Anything big enough could remove visibility and willingness to get into a new season of OWL.

Academy teams automatically invited to each years's 1st Contenders season, why? They are owned by the same guys of the 2 points above, visibility, do you think the owners of Hurricanes and Spitfire were happy that their team could even risk falling out of Contenders?

Is it ever going to change? Not really, not until OWL stops enlarging with the addition of new spots/franchises, or unless for some weird unexpected reason the OW scene will suddenly die.

posted 1 month ago

But are they gonna keep all of them? :(

posted 1 month ago

In before:
Don't give up, we can still win this!

posted 1 month ago

GET OFF MAH YAWN! you mean right?

posted 1 month ago

Far from me to diasgree with you on this, tbh as long as Toronto fans are happy, better for you.

Mine was just an outsider pov on how they marketed the brand, fearing this would happen while wishing more canadian players could be playing in a Candian team.

But again, if you pay loads of money, you do it hoping to win, and if this the best way to win, it's the logical solution.

posted 1 month ago

Damn sorry man, the T2 scene is a mess for you guys... really wish it could be a bit more stable. :(

posted 1 month ago
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