Thank god that the matches were as good as they were. It’s the only part of the Marvel tournament that was good. Seriously, everyone’s thinking it after what happened on Friday.
Justin, Nemo, ChrisG, and FChamp’s matches are all ran offstream. Justin vs. ChrisG was literally last year’s Grand Finals, RF vs. ChrisG was essentially two of their respective country’s strongest players dueling in a mirror match, Clockwork took out FChamp, Flux 3-0’d Ryan, but NONE of that gets on stream?
That KBR-Frutsy “button check” round. This may as well be a lack of communication there, but Frutsy had a clear lead up until the on-stage staff decided to cut the match just to prove a point? Completely killed Frutsy’s momentum. Who honestly cares if there’s people at the foot of the stage? The entire main hall was a giant fire hazard to begin with, the stagehand priority was utter nonsense.
No moment for Kane with the mic? Seriously? The arguments behind this aren’t exactly solid either. “Setting a bad precedent” isn’t particularly new since real eSports leagues for DotA 2, Starcraft, and the like do this anyway with the winners. If they were worried about maintaining their schedule, they should have given more of a shit about Guilty Gear running late or Smash matches taking something like eight minutes per round. There were similar issues like interrupting KOF 13 finals for a meet & greet for Ultrachen or Mike Ross/Gootecks or whatever.
And in case you were wondering what he said, someone up front got to record what he said:
- The most viewed game for something like two/three years in a row gets a corner of the secondary hall but we get Killer Instinct/MKX for the big screen? I understand EVO is more about the “Holla Holla Get Dollah” lifestyle but some courtesy for a community that strove to do whatever it could to bring their game’s prestige to a similar level.
There’s more to say than this but I’m very disappointed in how Marvel was handled this year and hope that Wizard and company will stop pretending like they give a shit about our game.