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Come, have a seat. Sure, you can pour yourself a drink. Let’s have a nice chit chat. I will tell you that I will stop casting TLC games nor will help with any coverage for the unforeseeable future because of what’s about to be announced by the TLC admins. I was and still am fervently against it for a variety of reasons, but let’s not digress from the point of this discussion.
As of now and for the rest of this discussion, I have no affiliation with Teamliquid. I have no affiliation with any brood war staffers, nor any CS:GO staffers, nor any staffers at all. I have no affiliation with any prominent community members.
In fact. I’m a nobody on teamliquid.net. I’m just a brood war fan. But I’m making this a blog instead of a BW forum post because I don’t want to burn all the bridges on TL.net yet nor do i just want the BW people to read this. This can apply to many esports that have a small scene and perhaps non-bw fans can learn something new. Who knows?
Starcraft is one of the most difficult games ever made, and the fact that people in this day and age still play starcraft over other games is awesome. Starcraft is beautiful to play and watch. What other games allows for people to clearly express the level of skill that they display to the degree of clarity that starcraft allows for, yet at the same time is very accessible to the new beginners? There is nothing like what starcraft offers and that's a god damn beauty to behold. And let's not forget that starcraft has been in a renaissance both in South Korea with the rise of SOSPA, not to mention a fucking new team league on the horizons. And here in the west, We have the TLC already done with 4 weeks and the TLS coming this winter. This is a new glory age of starcraft.
However, we need to be directly told of something that has been plaguing us in the recent weeks, something that people don’t realizing they’re doing because they are so fixated on something else that they fail to understand what is it that they’re doing to starcraft, to the small foreign community, and to the fans of starcraft.
You are killing starcraft
The people who moved on to play starcraft 2 or mobas aren't killing starcraft. The people that dodge matches on iccup aren't killing starcraft. Iccup admins are most definitely not killing starcraft. And whoever is public enemy #1 for being the best player in the TLCs is not killing starcraft.
You are killing starcraft
It's not the fact that you are physically hacking the game to pieces with axes and swords, nor are you sitting the game inside a gas chamber and letting it burn to death, It is your EGO, your ATTITUDE, and your ETIQUETTE that is killing starcraft.
Let's break this down. The release of the Teamliquid Legacy Cup series as an effort to re-invigorate the foreign scene to practice for the TLS which will occur this winter. With $2,000 being invested into weekly cups, this is the perfect time for any aspiring starcraft player to start to hunker down, to start practicing, and to start getting really gosu at starcraft so that come the TLS, he is more than ready to win it.
Yet with all of the incentives in place to motivate people to get back into the game and to get better, You have the audacity to go onto the forums and complain about it because the rules allow for a particular player to play and that particular player is “too good”. You even go as far as to bash other players, bash viewers who chime in on the matter, bash TLC TOs who have been working fucking hard to make this all happen, and you bash starcraft itself for no good reason other than to appropriate their failures in the TLCs away from themselves. Great job there, I applaud your efforts to play the "Let's get banned" game. To make matters even worse, some of you players have been disruptive on the forums then proceed to get featured on the TLC streams, your games shown to all that partake in viewing. And since you are being morons, we see games that happen like this
This particular zerg player boasted of defeating ACTUAL KESPA PROS, yet threw the finals on purpose just to get back at the TLC rules.
I don’t even know where to start with this. I originally typed up a rant that would 100% get me banned due to all the obscenities at the lot of you all. But since this is teamliquid, a place for civilized discussions, I’ll do my best to not give banlings a legitimate reason to ban me.
First and foremost, the amount of hypocrites in the foreign community is too high. Everyone that has complained about the format, the rules, etc has been still showing up to every damn TLC to play. That can’t be real, right? If you had any strong backings or at least affirmed your complaints, you wouldn’t play. I guess the prize pool must be enticing enough for the people to show up. Money must be all that you care about, not actually getting better at the game since you’re still playing in the weekly cups, and still complaining on the forums. To me, you would beat Scan or any other top player if you spent your time practicing, understanding the game, getting better at it instead of bashing everything on the forums because your head is stuck too far up your arse to change your ego. Everyone that has played so far in the TLC is beatable. the degree of effort it takes to beat them is what makes starcraft such a good game; With the TLC, you have to actually practice to win that $50 as the TLCs were intended to do so. You of all people have failed to understand that the TLCs are a way to incentivize players to practice and get better; the TLCs are not meant to be an easy cash player for complacent foreign players that are used to the status quo.
Guess what? We broke the status quo, time to get used to it. And we will break it again for the TLS when newcomers come to take your spots.
The 2nd matter that disgusts me is the attitude that people have been having, the amount of BM and bashing that has been going on. We have been attracting new people back to Brood War, trying to re-grow the small paltry scene that we have had. If any new person went to the TL BW forums to check out the info, the brackets, or what not, what do they see? They see locked threads full of complaints, bashing, BM, cursing, thread derailing, and more. Is this what you want to show to the world who we are? And then you go ahead and complain that Brood War is dying.
Geez, I wonder why?
You’re killing starcraft yourself, and you fail to see it. It’s bitter to see that you could be using all of your energy to actively promote and display the potential top level foreigner play ever, but you are selfish and throw all that away to nurture your ego instead. This was clearly seen in the Eonzerg vs Scan game. Instead of giving your best, Eonzerg, you decide to throw 3 games in a row during a streamed finals in front of 400+ people just so you can then get giddy right on the teamliquid forums and post sob stories about how Scan is destroying brood war and your chance at the prize pool. Absolutely disgusting, and this applies to the rest of you as well. New viewers are going to be confused at what happened and then get discouraged from learning more about the game because they only see the bullshit you guys are trying to pull off.
It is a mockery of the TLC admins, the TLC casters, other players who are trying their best, and most importantly the fans that want to watch the best BW you have to offer that you guys go out and throw games, or whatever. Why should I, Sayle, Bisudagger, and the rest of the TLC crew try our best to cast your games the best we can to help show cast your talents and your skills if you don’t give a damn, and then proceed to bash us later on? Why should the TLC admins keep doing what they have been to try to throw on the best weekly cup they can if you’re going to disrespect them later on the forums, and discredit all the hard work they have done just so you can sidestep the real issues at hand? What about the fans that have been let down because they wanted to see how much you improved over time, and you then go ahead and throw games on the stream, in the damn finals?!?! What about the other players who might be aspiring to you to get better themselves and then lose faith because they see your true side, a snobbish, greedy moron that only cares about the prize money and not about the game itself.
So, where do we go from here? That is not my decision to make, that is all on you. Are you going to continue to destroy starcraft from the inside out or will you make a change and perhaps try to save starcraft? You have the power.