Starcraft II

This Korean StarCraft team has a horrific translated name

A Daily eSports article listed all of the teams in a new Twitch Starcraft 2 Team League, made up of Afreeca pro players. One of them had a rather unfortunate English translation. For context, the name is supposed to be a play on words, taking the “Af” from Afreeca (아프리카) and making it into the Korean

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The demise of Korean StarCraft 2

With the closing of the StarCraft Proleague along with four Korean eSports Association teams, Korean StarCraft 2 is in perhaps its worst financial state ever. The region has been in a strange place from the very outset of the game 2. It was the sequel to Brood War, and it was accepted worldwide as the

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MyungSik joins Overwatch

After the dissolution of the five Korean Esports Association StarCraft teams and the Starcraft Proleague, MyungSik announced he was joining Team Heroic as an Overwatch player. This was extremely surprising to me since Overwatch is a team game that requires harmony. And MyungSiK is the most hated man to have ever come out of the Korean scene.

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Starcraft 2 in the eyes of my dad

So during my coverage of the League of Legends World Championship in San Francisco, I had a chance to watch some GSL games with my dad. He was more into esports than I was during the development of professional gaming, and you could say he started my fascination of the now global phenom that I am

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The game of highlander

I’ve always viewed 1v1 competitive games as a gigantic game of highlander. Unlike team games where the purpose is to get 5 ppl and create a greater sum than its individual parts, in a 1v1 game it is only you and you alone. So teammates can neither help nor hurt you. You can’t be booted

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Two sides of the same coin

Someone once asked me how I could write great pieces that uplift and glorify a player’s career in one hand and then smack talk him in the other. I was never sure how to answer that, but as I’ve read and consumed more media, I’ve come up with an answer. Other writers or content creators

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Casting and the importance of storytelling

I tend to use my status as a Korean to listen to Korean casting of League of Legends and Starcraft 2. It’s not that I don’t find casting in English to be wrong. I actually tend to watch every game in the League Championship Series that has Deficio on the casting desk because he is a

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I won by default

Thorin released a video recently about journalists in the esports industry. This made me think about my own origins about writing as I had never planned to go full time. I started writing SC2 in 2012. Back then Fionn was still writing SC2 for free but had plans to make writing a full-time job. He’d

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MMR is Sexy

Today my editor forwarded me this post on the Dota 2 subreddit, and long story short it’s about a man who wants to propose to his partner but only after he reached 5k MMR in Dota 2. Can we talk about the recent upsurge of gaming playing a part in the relationship dynamic among young people? Because

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The Bias Argument

During my time writing, watching and consuming esports and esports-related content, there is always one argument that comes up. Whenever a fan or person gets offended by a particular piece, argument or statement, they always say something like, “The author is biased for X player.” And for the record, there are times when someone is biased.

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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

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ByuN, Samsung, and why I love esports.

I’ve started to follow professional Starcraft 2 after a long hiatus called League of Legends. It’s almost like I’ve been called upon by the Blizzard gods, as per my genetic code as a Korean compels me so. I’ve been avoiding Hearthstone and World of Warcraft like the plague, so I guess it was a matter of

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Happiness is fleeting, Spite is eternal

In every esports interview, the interviewer always asks something along the lines of what a victory would mean to whichever player is interviewed. It’s a gamble as to what you’ll get out of it. Sometimes it’s amazing and most other times it’s average. If I were to choose a question, it would be, “Who do you

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One Character Syndrome

Could you summarize yourself in a five-minute segment? Your history, your methods, your philosophies? Because that is what a caster or analyst desk must do with their allotted time, which is why we often see talent on the desk try to stick to one character portrayal of a player or a team. It makes sense,

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The Bomb Defuser Analogy

Back when I was watching SC2 in 2012, I came up with an analogy to quantify the level of choke a player has. It came about when I saw ByuN lose to Seed in g4 of the GSL semifinals where he spent 8-10 minutes doing nothing. He could have either stayed home to defend DTs

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In the Middle of the Night

There is something special about watching an esports event in the middle of the night. I imagine it’s the same for any spectator sport, actually. You either take a nap early or stay up till 2-3 a.m. to watch some players live. Personally, VODs are superior to everything (assuming they’re cut properly) as you can skip past

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Talent and Style

“Embrace what makes you different. Become the only person you can be.” – sAviOr This post is in response to a discussion I had with a TL writer and a Thorin video. When people use the word talent, the best way to describe it is the natural aptitude or skill that cannot otherwise be explained.

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