Road to BlizzCon 2014WCS Global Finals
by TL Writers
With Blizzcon coming up we obviously had to have something cool in the works again. Last year's article series was a huge accomplishment for us and it was extremely well received. This year though we have got more active writing staff than almost ever before, we've got highly talented graphics wizards in Meru and shiroiusagi supporting us and more time to plan and prepare. So with all that and more in mind, we decided to run a rather unique theme for this series.
These articles follow the Major Arcana theme. Simply put, the Major Arcana are trump cards in a Tarot deck, and each card has its own meaning. The meaning of each card is very open to interpretation, with some cards representing wildly different aspects - both positive and negative. Each player at Blizzcon was assigned a card by our writing staff, the one that we collectively felt best fits the player's individual story. So why are we doing this?
Races6 Terrans 6 Protoss 4 Zerg
Prize Pool$250,000 Total
$100,000 First Prize
FormatSingle Elimination BracketRo16 - Bo5
Ro8 - Bo5
Semi Finals - Bo5
Finals - Bo7
-> We went with a very common and general type of article series last year, and we often do the same for individual players throughout the year. We try to identify their individual storylines, or those within a group or series, and write about them. With a lot of those same players from last year's Blizzcon also competing at this year's event, we would run the risk of sounding repetitive if we wrote these previews in the same fashion. Players like MC in particular were at risk of getting what would essentially be rehashed article from last year, which is something we really didn't want.
-> It lets us work with a very creative and fun approach. Writing can and should be fun at times!
-> We think you will enjoy these special articles for the biggest SC2 spectacle of the year. It gives the whole thing an extraordinary feeling that you won't get for any other event.
Now, keep in mind that these articles are not about comparing the players to their assigned card. Instead, think of the card (and what it stands for) as the overall theme of their article. Sometimes we have to think outside the box to come up with an interesting angle to apply. Bearing in mind that with how open the Major Arcana cards are to interpretation, it's very possible that you've thought of angles that we haven't or that your idea of the player's essence (which is what we tried to dig into with these articles) is different from the writer's.
If you're interested in tracking our thought process, feel free to read up on the Major Arcana and the meaning of its cards and tell us how wrong we are for not assigning card X to player Z!
We hope you'll enjoy this year's Road to Blizzcon series as much as we've enjoyed working on it.
Here are a few resources for those interested in delving deeper into the meanings of the individual cards:
Major Arcana on Wikipedia (there are also links to each individual cards with a number of references available)
Major Arcana's different cards
A few keywords for each card