Professional Gaming Scene (Pro E-sports)
Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:52 AM
So, jumping straight to the point: I was wondering if any of you follow the professional videogame leagues. Feel free to talk about any videogame league, why you like from the professional scene of said game and of there are any pro players that you like to watch, a well as any other topic related to it.
Me: I follow mostly the League of Legends pro-scene, mainly the North American League, but I also watch other regions every now and then. It is actually quite obvious that the Korean league has the most skilled players and the best teams out there. SK Telecom T1 are considered the best team out there, winning 3 of the 6 World Championships as well as dominating the local region for quite a while (only recently they lost 1st place in Korea to another team, Longzhu Gaming), but they are still favorited to win the World Championship again. Their "Mid Laner" Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, is considered the best player of all time so far due to his mechanical prowess and his clutch skills during teamfight. However, it seems that in this year, the other regions have stepped up their game and are looking to catch up to the Koreans.
Anyway, like I mentioned earlier, I follow mostly the North American scene, mostly because it's easier for me to understand it and because of course, it is the local League. You can consider me a fan of the North American team, Team Solomid, but I don't consider myself a "fanboy". Once again they have won the North American League and are currently representing the region in the World Championship. However, North America as a region needs to "prove their worth", this year, as they are know for not performing to the standards on the international scene. We have to see how they perform this year; although it seems that they look better with the games played so far.
Finally, if there is any player I can advise to follow, it is definitely Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg. He has been in the scene for a while and not only he is one of the best "Western" players, but he is a very consciencious player, if I can say it like that. (The regions of North America, Europe and the Latin American leagues along with the Brazilian League are considered "Western" regions while regions like Korea, China, Taiwan and others are part of the "Eastern" regions). In general, although League of Legends is not as big as DotA2 (Defense of the Ancients, another "Multiplayer Online Battle Arena" or MOBA type of game), it is actually quite fun to watch. Of course, if you plan to follow the League Scene or play the League of Legends game, be ready to deal with "fanboys" who can be quite stubborn, if I can put it that way, about their teams being the best in the world (and I have to admit there are many TSM fans who behave this way).
I have also wanted to follow the Pokemon Pro Scene and the Super Smash Bros pro scene, but I haven't really gotten to it.
Anyway, enough rambling from me. How about you guys? Which pro E-sports scene or players do you follow?
Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:48 PM
The TSM game against WE was much more convincing than the one against Flash Wolves, I'm hoping that was just first game jitters and they will play more consistently from here on. Still, I think it would take a miracle for them to beat any of the Korean teams in a Bo5, so reaching semifinals is probably best case scenario for them assuming they make it out of groups and manage to dodge Korean teams in quarters.
Also, North America is second place behind Korea right now as far as regions are concerned (5-2 record vs Korea's 6-1). Inb4 a 0-10 week 2 like in 2015...
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