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The Lan experience

Since i’m not a progamer and i don’t live in the capital city, Bucharest, i haven’t participated in many offline events (held mostly there) and i played mainly from home, especially since there were a lot of online cups to choose from everyday, like CraftCup, Playhem, GameCreeds, Zotac, ESL Go4SC and so on. Still, i decided to go to Arena Cyber League’s Season Finals, that hosted many games, including Starcraft 2 for the first time, a lan held 500 km away from my location.
Now keep in mind i went there for fun and for the experience of it, as i know my limitations and what expectations i can have from the time i have allocated to laddering and training. Still, even for a hardened progamer, waking up in the middle of the night and spending hours on the road to reach the lan destination can’t possibly be easy. Also, since i lacked offline experience, i had some trouble with my settings, so here is my advice to fellow gamers that attend similar events for the first time, no matter their game:

Bring your own keyboard, mouse and mousepad (i did that), even if they are low-tech, cheap ones, they are the ones that you are familiar with. A 5$ mouse that you play with everyday is better than a 6k dpi one that will fly out of your hand 🙂 Check the settings of the computer you play on, both in windows and ingame, other players change it for their own play style, so be sure to go over everything (mouse sensitivity, shortkeys, gameplay options etc). For example in my first games i had a problem that i couldn’t identify on the spot: the monitor i played on was smaller than my own, but the mouse settings have remained the same, so while the cursor was set to work great with my widescreen, on a smaller resolution it jumped more pixels than i intended. On a side note, my first game was against Romania’s second best player, Deathangel, so i would have lost anyway, this isn’t an excuse in no way.

 

Pro gaming in Romania

Romania, the land of choice, as one tourism spot advertised it…

But is it also the land of choice for progaming? Even today, sadly, gaming is regarded as “a waste of time” or something suitable for children, and by any means, not something you should do as a full time job. Esports in Romania is more popular in the Counterstrike, Fifa, Dota areas, with Starcraft lagging behind. Despite some other new promising emerging talents, the international community knows this country by it’s top 2 players, Nightend and Deathangel and by the Team NRS, who even recruits foreign players.

Still, in a country of over 20 million inhabitants, this is but a drop in an ocean. There have been a few attempts to develop a strong Starcraft 2 community here and a few leagues and contests organised by PGL, Pet, ACL, but still, we light years behind the korean progaming scene. Yes, there is the fault of a society that lived decades under communism, a doctrine that has corrupted the minds of the people beyond repair (some of them still vote the communists parties that go by different names today), but there is also the matter of the players and their commitment. I have seen the lack of seriousness of some in regard to the cups they were entered in, that led eventually to their exclusion or abandonment. I have seen rage, insults and a general lack of maturity both on forums and ingame coming from pro and wannabe pro players, an attitude that only comes to support the general bias that gaming is for spoiled kids and can never be compared to a real sport.

My oppinion is that players that start early (in highschool for example) when they have the time and there is little pressure and responsability about having a job and providing for a family, have the best chance to make it big. Winning in international cups and tourneys will give them the boost to go forward and if they are good and maintain a solid work discipline can be recruited by foreign teams.

So, do you have what it takes?

Here is a little something to motivate you: