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I was actually looking forward to this year's WCS. My main reason was I was hoping to be at WCS China or WCS Taiwan casting the event in person. Now, not so much. I really wanted to be the English caster for the WCS Taiwan and China. People in both of these regions generally know who I am as a caster, and a Chinese learner. I am disappointed to the point that I no longer feel any hate, any anger, or anything else in between. I would have made the ideal candidate to do this.
Maybe this is a wake up call? Maybe this just says I'm not supposed to have a job in eSports.
But let us also not forget about Oceania, South America and any other country in between that I might have failed to mention. They too have strong talent, PiG and Killer (formerly known as DignitasKiller).
That is not to say, however, that players from these regions will not have chances to compete, but I think it is absolutely absurd that audiences will have to tolerate watching members of Gamabears, TTESports, Invictus Gaming, World Elite, as well as many an Australian fighting the incredibly stacked odds of the Korean Code S players of the GSL.
Is there something wrong with holding a BWC all over again, and then allowing each country to have X number of representatives like last year? Blizzard is burning bridges with this. And China and Taiwan are not exceptions.
EDIT: I will gather thoughts from casting personalities and players from both the Chinese and Taiwanese regions and see what they think in the up and coming 24 hours. I will give everyone both the raw untranslated interviews and my own translations (The former will be to ensure that the most accurate translations will be provided from other TL.net members whose Chinese skills are better than my own.)
Thoughts of your typical users of NeoTV.cn. If there is any anger in any of these user's hearts, then it is difficult for me to tell.
Adding insult to injury, it would seem that HoTS hasn't even been released in China yet. Way to go Blizzard!
This is what XiaoSe had to say to me over Weixin just now:
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Forenote: XiaoSe is the Day of China. Many of you don't have a clue who he is because you don't speak Chinese. He is a master's rank 1 random player on the Korean server and a huge casting figure. He was the Chinese caster for the NSL, and I want to say that he casted the BWC 2012 in Chinese.
Translation: I originally asked him "XiaoSe, I'm gathering information and doing interviews. This year's WCS excludes Taiwanese and Chinese events. We all know that Chinese and Taiwanese competitors still have a chance. What do you think their chances are like? What do you think of this new system? Do you have any concerns in particular that you want our western friends to know?"
He replied: They have no chance. WCS in Asia just means Koreans playing. I don't understand why Blizzard would give up on the Chinese market and exert all their strength on the Korean market. All of Asia's market is equal to that of China as a whole, does this mean that Blizzard is Blind?".
SoBadRush, The Father of Taiwan's Starcraft 2 pro scene gives his opinion.
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Translation: I think [this] WCS system is a very good system, but just dividing [the tournament] into Europe, Asia, And America for three districts is controlling the flow of talent and making a huge gap, and to the extent that other regions' competitors will have no chance to show their might (this is because they are not at the tournaments administrative countries.)
Personal reflection. I can see how SoBadRush empathizes with blizzard for making this decision, but at the same time he makes the same complaint that I do: pro players from these regions basically have no chance to make it to this year's BWC.