Honesty is underrated

Honesty as an attribute is underrated in nearly all esports scenes. The only one I could think of it might be different is Counter-Strike, but as to why that is the case with them, I’m not sure. For the rest of the scenes, people like honesty only when it agrees with them. When someone states an honest opinion that goes against or disagrees with the vast majority, the reaction is nearly always vitriolic.

In League of Legends going into worlds last year, caster Joshua “Jatt” Leesman said that Balls being stuck in diamond was a worrying trend. It sent the entire subreddit aflame, as Cloud 9 is a beloved team and fans couldn’t believe a caster took a point of factual information and inferred it could be worrying.

In Dota 2, analysts and casters are scared to death of committing to a strong opinion. They waffle between teams and generally only commit to positive opinions about them. It’s understandable, as the Reddit and Twitch chats seem to have a greater effect on their careers compared to other games, but the result is a less interesting panel, except for the times when a polarizing figure goes on like Charlie Yang, Swindlezz or EE.

In SC2, idra and Naniwa were essentially driven out of the competitive scene for being too honest for their highly controversial decisions or statements.

Now I’m not saying you have to blindly agree with or support whatever anyone says, but you should appreciate it when someone gives you the no-holds-barred honesty as that is quite rare not just in esports, but life in general.

Slingshot senior columnist. StarCraft and CS:GO expert who pushes narratives over numbers.

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