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Opinion

Closed circuits by their nature won’t always have the best players

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

Alicus, founder of Laser Kittenz (ridiculous name btw), tweeted that there is more top talent outside of Overwatch League than in it. While this is likely the case, I’d like to point out that I think this was always going to be the case.

First, there was no way all org owners were going to be legitimately good team creators. If you don’t believe me, look at NRG.

Now even if you somehow got all of the best talent to come try out for your org, that doesn’t mean the org will be smart enough to pick them up. Hello, TSM Manager who now works for NRG.

But ignore all of that for a moment. Even in an ideal world, the closed circuit will likely not have the best talent by its very nature. There is only a limited number of spots. Overwatch is new, and despite the gigantic survey where Blizzard tried to do the scouting for the teams, there is a likely chance they wouldn’t get the best talent anyway. This is exacerbated by the fact that Overwatch is a team game, so no one knows how well a player will do until you put them onto a team.

In League of Legends, for instance, something like what the ROX Tigers did is extremely rare. While some of the players were good, others were considered dead or already gone (like PraY). The only reason PraY is still in that game is because GorillA believed in him.

Despite that, I’m not particularly worried. The reason is that as far as I know, Overwatch League won’t be the only game in town as there was supposed to be a part of the circuit that is open. Now the question of whether or not that actually comes to fruition is something else. I can’t tell if the TOs don’t want to run Overwatch events or if Blizzard is so overbearing that they don’t want TOs to run Overwatch events (and from what I’ve heard behind the scenes, it seems to be the latter).

Either way, we have to wait and see how all of this plays out. Although there has been an incredibly large emphasis on Overwatch League itself, I’m more curious about the open circuit part as I find that more enjoyable to watch anyway. Having said all that, go ahead and flame teams that don’t get the best players. I’m pretty certain I will.

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