Seems like the Fighting Game Collusion thread has been used for such sports until now. I got a lot of such topics to discuss. Also, I don't like the word eSports, so I made a new thread.
Item 1 - Hearthstone World Championship. The dude who won was playing my absolute favorite card in the entire game.
I watched almost the whole thing, and I saw him get super super lucky with this card at least three times in the finals and semi-finals. FYI, this is a tiny 1 cost 1/1 minion card, but when you play it, it puts a random mage spell in your hand. It gave him the perfect
spell at least three times. Also, the luck of Ragnaros the Firelord went his way numerous times.
It's very entertaining to watch, and all the players were very good. However, it is still hard to say the game isn't very very heavily based on luck. Really, that's all that separated this guy from the second place player, Dr. Hippi, who had amazing hair.
I was glad to see that the very douchey and arrogant kid Amnesiac, didn't win. Also, I was sad to see him lose, too. He was a bit of a loveable asshole.
Also, I picked a player at random in Blizzard's free pack giveaway thing. I picked Hamster, and he ended up earning me 3 free packs. Thanks Hamster! He seemed like a nice kid.
Disappointed no women playing, and no older people. I think it's because being pro at Hearthstone is more about grinding than skill, and women and adults are rarely stupid enough to spend so much of their time playing this game. It was almost entirely teenagers and college kids who have nothing better to do.
Item 2 - Blizzard is starting a league, beginning with Overwatch. Most importantly they are going to do what we said, and have teams based in cities. I might not play Overwatch, but I will buy season fucking tickets (if there is such a thing) to root for the New York whatever their name ends up being. Hopefully they are cheaper than Rangers tix, so I can afford it.
Item 3 - LoL had an event where they took the top ranked ladder players in North America and had them try out against pros to see if they could become pros themselves. Sort of like an NFL combine/draft situation. The #1
player at the event was revealed to be an Internet scumbag, and was thus disqualified from going pro. OMG this is amazing. In this aspect they are actually way ahead of the established sports leagues. Plenty of disgusting human beings are playing MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA, but all of them would be banned from playing LoL professionally, regardless of skill level.
It's nice to have some confidence that if you buy someone's jersey and root for them, they aren't likely to turn out to be the next Michael Vick or Josh Brown, http://www.riftherald.com/competitive/2016/11/7/13550948/tarzaned-na-scouting-grounds-toxicity-rejection