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Anyway the controversy happend in game 3 and game 4. It was on Loki - Game 3. Hwasin blocked his ramp with supply depot and an scv while a second scv was building a barracks behind it. The idea was to stop bisu from scouting his base because he was going for a Bio &SCV rush. But Bisu managed to scv hop his probe into hswains main and managed to scout it. Needless to say Hwasin lost the game.
I felt that this was unfair and unjust. Because a player who builds a wall at their ramp should not then have another player be able to get throguh and jump it the way bisu did and this remark I did make. The real controversy however occured at the end of game 4, probably one of the best games I've ever seen in a long time when Hwasin survived a cheese rush by bIsu and countered and managed to win. I was completely overwhelemed by the intensity of it and let my feelings be obviously known.
I felt that justice had been done, that Bisu had unfairly won the previous game that he had "cheated" and that because of that I felt it was only fair that Hwaisin win, because being someone who is strongly opinionated I cannot abide by what I feel is obvious injustice.
A couple of people took exception to this and said it was not my place to give an opinion, that I should concentrate only on reported what was going on and my commentary was like "fox news." Others defended me and said I was entitled to my own opinion and was justified in airing it. It turned into a big drama with lots of insulting things said both ways ( don't have screenies sorry).
Obviously it was Klazart the starcraft fan who loves the game passionately and not Klazart the commentator speaking. But where do you draw the line? Where does one stop and the other begin? As a commentator must I give up my passion as a fan or restrain it? and if so to what extent.
My own opinion is as follows. When someone cheats or something unfair happens in any sport commentators often remark on it, and on their opinion of it. Commentators even go further than that, for example in Ireland when I'm watching football the RTE commentators often talk about how over rated Christiano Ronaldo is and that he isn't a "great" player etc. When they see drogba diving they go on about how disgraceful that is and how it ruins the game. In the same way I felt that Bisu's probe hop was disgraceful and ruined the game.
I'm not going to debate about whether or not it really was cheating. I think that is largely irrelevant to this discussion. The issue is whether or not it is right that I expressed my opinion on the subject.
I feel that I was entitled to give my opinion on the issue of cheating. However, I also feel that I did get overwhelmed by the passion of the situation and went overboard later on in expression my joy when Hwasin won game 4, and that I should have refrained from that. And that I should appologise for that outburst.
I do note though that not many people complained when I called "justin" mediocre etc vs Reach. People seemed happy to see him bashed. Obviously the people unhappy about my coments today were primarily Bisu fans but regardless of that I feel they raised a valid point.
So how far is it okay to go? I certainly do STRIVE to be as neutral as possible, but sometimes as a starcraft fan I cannot help myself.
I ask you all therefore... how much opinion is okay? if any and how much is too much?