After a 3 day hiatus, the Dail-e strikes! Jumping right into it!
Earlier this week, the MLG was revealed to be limiting sponsorship logos on player jerseys at major events. Instead of the current rules, which allow for placement anywhere on the jersey and any size, the new rule calls for logos no larger than 4”x4” and on the lower half of the jersey. Major sponsors are outraged as they now have to produce new jerseys for their players as well as have much less exposure for these sponsors – sitting down, you would hardly be able to see these logos as they would be obscured by the table that the player would be sitting out.
Not only that, but if the player refused to comply with this rule and does not wish to wear the blank MLG jersey that is provided as an alternative, they are forced to forfeit their match! A rather controversial move from MLG, to be sure. Here’s what some major teams had to say on the subject:
“We pay the players so they can do this full time, we fly them to MLG from across the globe. AGAIN… A step back,” says Mathews of Team Fnatic.MSi, implying that sponsors would be less apt to want to sponsor players for the lesser exposure.
Dentrinos of Team FXOpen stated that he may not be sending his Korean Starcraft 2 squad to MLG Orlando over this whole debacle.
We’ll see what response, if any, the MLG has to these dissenters as time moves on. I for one hope that the MLG comes to their senses and realizes that its these sponsors that move eSports in a positive direction, providing exposure for the burgeoning scene and money to fund competitions.
The first of many ESL Major Series League of Legends qualifiers took place earlier this week, in which team Fnatic was playing and doing rather well. They made it all the way to the semi-final round but then were disqualified. This disqualification came as a result of a roster mix up, due to Enrique Javier ‘xPeke’ Cedeño Martinez not being able to attend. Had xPeke been there, the team would have been classified as a EU team, not a German team. As Germany has its own set of qualifiers, this caused Fnatic to be eliminated.
The weird part about all of this is the DQ occurred after two matches had been played. The substitution occurred at signup, so why was Fnatic allowed to participate at all, and knock out two other teams vying for qualification? Not only that but the ESL wasted the time of Fnatic and other teams.
Harry ‘hxd’ Wiggett, manager of Fnatic.LoL, released this statement about the situation:
“After winning the semi-final, we were then disqualified from the game before for using 3 German players as Peke couldn’t make it. So we used FnaticMSI Fingers as our 5th and admin decided to disqualify us after the game, while we were in the following game. Very disappointing to see such actions from ESL and we hope to come to a solution ASAP, since our time was severely wasted.”
Jian Carlo Joan Morayra ‘Fenix’ Alejo has been a fairly consistant has been a consistent player throughout the international Starcraft 2 scene, and has arguably surprised many by traveling to Korea to compete in the GSL Team League and qualify for Code A. However, his endeavors in Code A have been rather unsuccessful losing in the first round to Protoss beast Jung-Hoon ‘Tassadar’ Kim.
Though his attempts at the Team League has been much more successful, where he was able to successfully defeat two of TSL’s players, Kyu Jong ‘Clide’ Han and Min-Hyuk ‘Heart’ Kim. In the most recent Team League match against oGs-TL, he was able to complete a three kill and defeat Chang Ho ‘Luvsic’ Jo, Choi Yun ‘TheStC’ Sik, and even the Protoss President, Min Chul ‘MC’ Jang.
With his recent success, and his lack of a team Incredible Miracle coach Kang Dong-hoo, jumped on the chance to sign Fenix and have him represent IM in foreign events, to successfully spread the popularity of team Incredible Miracle.
The full press release is below:
“Peruvian terran Jian Carlo Morayra (IM, hereafter Fenix) has joined IM.
IM’s head coach Kang Dong-hoon announced Fenix’s signing immediately after the F.United-oGs GSTL match. Fenix has been playing without a team after his contract with Fnatic ended recently.
Fenix appeared in the GSTL match wearing a Googims Company (IM’s uniform sponsor) shirt. While it was not IM’s official uniform it shared the same design. The secret behind his outfit was none other than “joining IM”.
IM’s head coach said “Fenix recently entered our team house and saw he was all right after watching him practice. I rate his willingness to learn, high level of understanding of what he is being taught and the fact he constantly analyzes replays very highly. Also, he really wanted to join IM.”
The effect of joining IM was profound. In the match against oGs, he defeated Luvsic and TheSTC to claim 2 kills, not only did he achieve a good result but his actual match performance was also outstanding. He demonstrated greatly improved skill in only a few days. Head coach Kang Dong-hoon intends to use Fenix as the spearhead for IM’s expansion into the foreign arena. “By training Fenix heavily and consistently entering him into foreign tournaments we will make the IM brand more well known. We will operate a foreign expeditionary squad consisting of NesTea-Mvp-LosirA-Fenix.”
In other news, IM’s head coach is also considering signing players from Europe/North America and supposedly is actually in contact with such a player.”
Starcraft 2: Fenix vs Dimaga from Blizzcon 2010 round of 4
Keeping with today’s news of Fenix joining team IM, I’ve decided to showcase Fenix’s skills in this match from last year’s Blizzcon! Enjoy.
That’s it for today’s dail-e! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for my weekly editorial on the eSports world!