As I sit and watch an old OSL game between Bisu and Zero I feel the need to write this to you. I don't know who wins this game, it doesn't really matter to me and actually that's most of the fun of watching the game. Whatever I do know is that this game will be filled with epic battles, turning points, tactics and interesting units. Maybe if I am lucky I will see dark swarms and reavers, lurker contains from a high ground that is actually meaningful in some way, storms that actually look cool and that encourage a positional stalemate break of sorts. Maybe the game will end in some hydra bust that makes Bisu fans cry because PvZ is a delicate matchup. Maybe Bisu will win the game and people will shout for joy. Even I will be impressed because I can recognize talent in the game and have to respect that.
I don't even watch SC2 unless I am truly bored. Even Flash who I loved cannot keep me awake to watch a game with medivacs. Yes, a healing dropship with incredible speed sounds like it will make the coolest drops. Sometimes there even are cool drops. I enjoyed Fantasy v Nestea (that was before incredible speed though.) It's a good idea, I will give you guys that much. But when the 200/200 battle is about to go down and there's 15 useless flying things over the ball of bio about to fight in a world where high ground will be meaningless (really, the maps could be flat after a certain point in game, I don't care what people say) and then the battle begins and there's 15 glowing beams covering the fight with the medivacs just awkwardly floating there over everything as well praying the battle is won and not doing anything but floating there, I am just baffled.
Who thought that was a good idea? When I watch PL and each game is "wow sick macro" or "wow sick proxy", one battle and it's over followed by 10 minutes of commercials and then to come back to a replay (!?!?) of the same boring game I just watched for a couple of minutes, then to further wait until the 2 progamers are ready to get the next boring one battle (short if build orders are crossed, long and meaningless if they aren't) game!? Is there even really a flow to SC2? Isn't it just go for the kill asap pray it works? Yeah BW games STARTED kind of slow, yes you guys were right to try to speed up some aspects of the game, but now nothing even matters. Just fucking balls against balls and floating shit with lame game sounds.
I mean I understand the game being worse, I don't think you did it on purpose and for all I know, just *imo*, but EVEN the unit sounds?! Attack sounds?! wtfffff. Why such a downgrade.
I miss when Bisu would keep a probe alive in a zerg's base for countless hours it seemed like (when I was rooting for Hoejja kekeke) and cursing his name for being so good. Now it's like "oh sorry Bisu, we just added this thing called a queen you can't scout or do anything anymore neither can anyone else, that was too interesting for the viewers"
"Sorry Flash you can't use your famous star scan hack scans anymore because mules > everything else"
"Sorry Jaedong, you just suck now, I guess queens didn't help you"
Oh but Taeja! He beat Innovation. That was fun to watch. But not any BW TvT. And how lucky was that anyways? Oh ForGG advanced from WCS or is it GSL or wtf is Blizzard doing? The WCS European group A. Just call it GSL Europe! Why is it WCS GSL? Did no one want GSL Europe, GSL America, and GSL KOREA?! Now it's World Championship Series Korea so that sounds like each country has it's own individual WCS or something? Is this WCG? Can't it just be GSL Korea because that's where the GSL came from!? Without them there would be no reason to watch anyways because Koreans basically MADE esports? I don't even know. Just don't want to give. Where's the OSL? What the hell happened to smiling crowds large crowds at PL?
I know there's plenty of people who watch SC2. I watch SC2. But I'm not going to pretend any of it is really good or that I watch for reasons other than boredom or to see Flash v Life. Or Stephano v Bisu. But none of those games will be better than the average BW game. Now I don't really try to go out of my way to watch anything.
In conclusion, please actually do something cool for LoV that doesn't make the game a ball vs a ball, where you can't really have more than 3 mining bases, on a map that is flat, with a bunch of flying units that are lame and don't do anything. And colossi.
- A concerned esports fan and nerd