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Nothing ventured, nothing gained

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Apr 25, 2008 02:03


ImageI'm tired of being able to guess a tournament's invitees with my eyes closed. I'm sick of watching Dark Ranger on Echo Isles, fast expansion on Lost Temple. Is Warcraft3 going stale?

One thing that has kept the Starcraft scene fresh is the constant influx of new maps, either designed by the organisers, the fans, or through a competition.

Warcraft III has seen little in terms of changes, the fact a map such as Twisted Meadows has lasted 5 years in the map pool says a lot for the lack of originality.

One might argue "if its not broke, why fix it". I'll tell you why, a stale map pool means players become a master of the map, not a master of their race.

The best player should be able to adapt to new surroundings, this would be a true indication of a players worth. We're seeing the same maps in the same leagues with the same players, is anyone else sick of this?

Is the golden age of Warcraft3 over?

"One might argue "if its not broke, why fix it". I'll tell you why, a stale map pool means players become a master of the map, not a master of their race. "
We saw many people upload old school videos from tournaments such as WEG and MBC, a wave of nostalgia rushes over as, "ah, those were the days" we think. However has so much really changed? What was it about those tournaments that keep them implanted as golden tournaments in our Warcraft3 memory?

It is important to remember that before WEG, the influx of Asian players in the WC3L had not begun and rare were matches between Asian and European players.

The public would create these "fantasy matches", much like when you're a child and you think what if Godzilla could fight Superman, who would win. The Korean Warcraft3 scene was self-sufficient as it is today however the Korean players are global now and most are part of European organisations.

"Don't worry there will be another tournament with the exact same players in a week"
WEG was a clash of two worlds, an opportunity to see the fantasy matches, was Korea really better than Europe? However these days the novelty has worn off. I remember reading a forum quote on the SK site where someone had said "damn I missed PGL", to which a user had replied "don't worry there will be another tournament with the exact same players in a week". The sad part is, he was spot on.

There is a larger pool of players in the modern day Warcraft3 professional scene but unfortunately the big money comes in Asian tournaments in which only a handful of Europeans are invited.

When it comes to invitees, organisers want the big names, the ToDs, the Grubbys, not Mr Nobody who is not too bad with Night Elf. This is a huge downfall of the Warcraft scene but unfortunately can only be rectified by exposure.

"The invite tournament is old news, stale as the map pools, there is nothing novel or exciting about it."
Stars War had the right idea with a European qualifier and also the NSL announce they too will have qualifiers for European players.

The invite tournament is old news, stale as the map pools, there is nothing novel or exciting about it.

Warcraft3 needs new ideas much like the Road of the King tournament to happen later this week in Wuhan, China, in which a card system gives the manager the power to alter maps, players, and gametype.

"What Warcraft3 needs is a kick up the backside, if its stale throw it out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
Luckily with identical rosters within their tournaments, tournaments such as PGL, ROTK, NSL are finding ways to make their league stand out. We've seen for example the "revive a player by public vote" pioneered at the PGL and has now become part and parcel of the x-factor of Asian tournaments. Nighthaven was an excellent map, a three-spawn point solo map, genius!

Leagues need to be bold, they need to inject new energy to keep their league hip and modern. Too many seem afraid to try something different incase clans or players boycott or refuse to participate thus losing the leagues the exposure they need.

What Warcraft3 needs is a kick up the backside, if its stale throw it out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.


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