Now, when you’re working alone from home with no official help you might be forgiven for being a little bit behind. But with a team of ON-SITE staff, it’s just unforgivable. I suppose I should have seen the warning signs with the pleas for volunteer writers before the event but you live in hope, I suppose.
On the bright side… the tournament itself showcased some of the best WoW matches in the game’s history. The grand final would have been a fine spectacle for any event, and was the closest MLG final that I remember. I’ve never been a fan of MLG’s bizarre tournament formats but Complexity Red made it work yesterday. Well, almost. Without the 3-1 lead from the first game, things might have been even closer than the uber-tense 6-4 finale we got.
But what really hit home for me, was the fact that RMP is still around. Like some kind of rash, it just refuses to go away. It fades for a while, so much that you think it’s gone entirely. And just when you stop looking for it altogether; bam! It’s right back where it was before, irritating your gen… erm… winning tournaments.
But in fact, it never did quite die-off at all. MLG wasn’t a resurrection but more of a return to form. Just because a rogue/lock/shaman team won IEM; just because Wizardcleave has been the talk of the TR, everyone forgot about the classic comp. But if we look at closer at IEM, RMP did just fine. Two teams out of the top four were RMP and only a sub-par performance from Hydra and co, combined with an above-par one from EG stopped it being absolutely on top.
Still, an RMP mirror in a finals match is something a bit rarer. You have to look all the way back to IEM Cologne to see Ensidia vs aAa, in fact. Fittingly, Ensidia – or Dignitas as they are now – is the only other team to still regularly play RMP at a high level. It just goes to show that through all the flavour-of-the-month comps and the trinket-based cheese, sometimes sticking to your guns works just as well.
There is one last thing I’d like to pick up on the RMP subject, though. Was Complexity’s RMP some kind of American secret weapon? Even the commentators seemed genuinely surprised to see it. Forget about the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects the American RMP!
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