Originally Posted by Traithan
This seems like a troll post, but its really just honest thought. I've watched eSports for a decade now, and sadly I'm just coming to this realization. America sucks at video games.
Thank you guys for proving that North America doesn't belong in a top tier esports scene. I was cheering for you guys. I was still hoping an American team would win over Europe. I thought that we had evolved after Europe destroying NA during Season 1 Championships and time and again throughout most IEMs. I hate it when Asia wins, they hardly ever participate in any non-Asian tourneys (Europe / North America seems more willing to travel...and I'd much rather have a champion that I can follow). They only come out when big money is on the line and a lot of times, win. Look at DotA (1 or 2) or Starcraft. Heck, in Starcraft its a HUGE deal when a non-korean wins.
We have our own little island in which you guys can be the best of the worst....but every time there is any real money on the line, the real competition comes out (Europe and Asia) and North America seems to not adapt well, or choke.
Just look at the numbers. North America went 1-7 this tourney. The one win was triple teleport cheese. CLG wouldn't be able to pull that off again. Our best / most consistent team (TSM) got made look like they didn't belong in the same tournament. AF looked as if they had completely out evolved TSM strategically, and I can't say they haven't. All this has proven that we really aren't that great at eSports.
There are tons of theorys, but mine has always been how eSports are not mainstream here and even looked down upon by many 'regular' people. Maybe with Riot giving a salary next season things might get more serious and it will get more popular here in NA. But until then, I think I'm just going to follow the Euro scene. Cheering for America is like watching that inspiring movie where the main character dies at the end and you think...well I guess inspiration only goes far.
TSM is able to beat msot of the teams in this tournament.
TPA, M5, AF. They had the bad luck to face AF early.
TSM is definitely one of the best 10 teams in the world.
Being not in the top 10 also doesn't make you bad at competitive gaming. The others are better.
I don't know why people say: be first or you are ****.