It sucks that was not chosen but oh well... It is, however, a good news seeing teams started using an undiscovered force among NA sever: the top 1000 master players. These are, for the most part, extremely talented individuals. Some of them can become the best casters that you could find in the market, some of them can make the best coach on the team. Others could be practice partners, tournament organizers etc... All they need is training and a bit of time. Imagine a NASL where the people who pick the map pool actually play the games, a camera guy who actually want to see the face of players instead of a blurry out focused picture, an interviewer that actually play the game and know its PvZ not PvG... Its so funny when my friends bragged to me on how they beat dayvie, LiquidRet, even oGsMC but then what? You are still a nobody while the person you just defeated earn money playing the game.
It sucks... Lot of us are trying to get our names out there one way or the other but the market is already saturated. The moment coL decided to pick up ROOT including destiny, the streaming network is already dominated by pros players and there is absolutely no way for an 'up and coming' player to hop in. YouTube has already saturated half a year before that with all the contents coming out from Husky, day9,..etc. The worst part is, among us 1000, most are college students who cant even afford our own tuition fee. How could we afford a high-speed internet connection and super computer to produce HD contents that could top out what are already available and easily accessible? It is SO hard...
Some of us went to websites such as... I dont know, try google 'sc2 coaching' and you could find bunch of example... But you know what I mean: We know how to play the game better than majority of the people in the scene and there is no actual profit from it. Mean while with a bit of money, you can buy stuff and do a give away, have people subscribe to your channel and eventually got a job at IPL even though you dont even know how to hold off a 6 pool... It is irony but yet, true.
The saddest part about this story is, the talent pool is running dry. Other day i got a message from my friend that he is quitting sc2. He is extremely talented in RTS and he was so passionate with the game that he had hosted so many clan war among top clans on NA sever. Yet there is no way he could get his name out and eventually playing the game will just kill your real life productivity. And i remember he was the one asking me to stay with my clan back in July, what a pity...
Starcraft is no longer the same. TL 2011 is no longer a lovely family like TL 2009. Esports has grown into a hungry wolf, not like the cute puppy from the past. Day9 daily no longer sucks and day9 stopped thanking his viewers when it actually reach 1000 views... Sometime i even ask myself, do I really belong here? In this side of the world? I thought being good at the game will earn me a pass to the VIP lounge in the back but it turns out i still belong to the commoner seat at the Esports show.
Am i worried? yes, that i will eventually give up and leave esports. My family, friends, no one even know that esports exists. There is an offside when you watch BW in a closet back in 2009 or secretly stayed up until 5 AM in 2008 to watch a DotA final... I was all alone and live up to my passion. Now the clock is ticking. Day by days I know that soon i will have to leave and start a real job, work and support my family. But for once, if Santa exists, if god exists, if any magical power in this world exists, I would wish that I could stay in this magical land for the rest of my life. SirScoot, DJWheat, Slasher, Hotbid, R1ch,... you have no clue how much I am willing to give up to be in your chair in the next 2 years.
For now, I will keep on playing and hope for that magic to happen. Naive, one might say but to me, it is hope. Oh and ofc i will keep blogging too, my next Protoss notebook blog will come out sometime this week talking about mechanic training and such. For now, I will remains, prevail. For now, I will stand strong.
Waterloo, the day after 2011 Xmas.
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