An American user was, stereotyping aside, potently stupid when commenting about the situation, he felt cheated by the decision to “let ToD advance” to the playoffs, exclaiming that the “ESWC is a joke of a tournament”. Quite right. How dare those French organisers take their tournament over the Atlantic and bring their bias with them, it's downright disrespectful. Why, in my day we'd have bent over and let Moon rob us of our riches thrice over by now! Your $10,000 a month salary not enough, sir? Oh, help yourself to the $12,000 first place prize money as well, we insist.
Joking aside, the irony is that three of the four second stage groups were settled by the same rule, yet only Moons group caused “controversy”. It doesn't matter if we didn't know about the rules, they were archaic and against the spirit of competition - Moon winning. So let's call out the ESWC, nay Matthieu Dallon, nay the French in general! You my good people are the lowest kind of scum and should drown in your own cheap wine!
While you could argue the way the rules decide which is a better player is silly, the fact the rules were applied so thoroughly makes a welcome change. There's none of the “oh, the admin accidentally tripped over the LAN cable restarting the game...” that you find in Asian tournaments. No matter how you look at the stats, ToD deserved to go through. Whether it's by including all the group matches, in which case the Frenchman has a 5/4 ratio over Moons 4/3, or only including the games between the tied players, where Le Sulk has a better record; 3/3 to the Koreans 1/4.
While Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkhuizen beat Du Seop 'WhO' Chang and Moon beat ToD, rules are rules and the show must go on. If ESWCs rules mean the playoffs miss the MYM pair, I'll personally miss Grubby, then I'll be glad because the ESWC is obviously doing something right if this is all we've to whine about.
I mean seriously, guys, have you not noticed Martin 'Bonecracker' Hušák? The Czech “dark horse” who topped his group, beating Wh0, Christophe 'Wolf' Laporte, Nikolaus 'SonKiE' Cassidy and Daniel 'miou' Holthuis before hitting a wall in the second group stage.
Then there's Kim 'SaSe' Hammar, I mean, he's made it to the playoffs. Shouldn't he have lost to some African progamer by now? Granted, his second group wasn't all that hard, Xiang 'TH000' Huang is an okay player, but I was more impressed with him not losing to Przemek 'Paladyn' Wadoń in the first group stage. I mean if there was ever a “SaSe situation” then going out in the first group stage was something SaSe perfected. But, he's beyond that, he even took a map off ToD!
There's so much happening at ESWC and all we can think about is fucking Moon, you know what? I'm glad he can't manage to win either ESWC or World Cyber Games (WCG) because it shows, contrast to how he looks, that he's human.
Bad rules just like stupid users make for exciting tournaments, oh and before I forget, ToD, s'il y a encore des problèmes, donne Matthieu un peu d'argent et ça va aller.
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