Category Archives: Pro gaming

Again about maphack and NRS

A few days ago i happened to see on the dreaded Team Liquid thread, about the GM/master hackers that the owner of the only Romanian Progaming Team, NRS (NewRoSoft), Andrei Gireada Egomancer or [NrS]LionHeart was accused of maphacking by several other players.
Maphacking is a serious offence for any player, but for someone involved in esports, especially the head of a progaming team this is 10 times worse. Since i have some experience with both the game and maphacking, i decided to check for myself the replays submited by the accusers:

http://drop.sc/352984
http://drop.sc/354364
http://drop.sc/354369
http://ggtracker.com/matches/3883079

First part of the stream covers some maphackers i met in the past

And the second part is dedicated to LionHearts case, where I analyzed 3 of the replays and this is was the conclusion:

I have said it and i will say it again, i have nothing to do with NRS, i have no problem with the team or it’s members, on the contrary, i would love to see Esports grow in Romania, but having the owner of the single professional team cheat in that manner doesn’t help things at all… Not to mention that he made matters worse, and instead of manning up and admiting, he started accusing others of maphacking and being BM towards any critics. Ofcourse that is not the way to go, and even if Blizzard didn’t ban him for now, TeamLiquid staff sure did. There should be 0 tolerance towards this behaviour, as this can only damage Esports and it’s credibility.

More about this subject can be found on yet another dedicated thread, here: http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=426019

eSports, Idra, rage and mentality

I dind’t want to write about this subject, as it was discussed over and over again on many Starcraft 2 forums and not only. Also, i don’t care about Idra that much, as i have never been a fan of his BM and constant QQ about balance and what not. Not to mention i don’t rage in my games and i only BM idiots who start BM-ing me in the first place so that kind of behaviour isn’t something i can relate to (even if i lose to cheese or some kind of game imbalance) or understand.

Unfortunately, his spoiled brat actions and other similar ones made by other players, pro or not, ruin the reputation that eSports is trying to build. This article was triggered by a post on another forum, where because of this, constant ladder rage and kids crying all over about imbalance, one race or the other, it was said eSports will never be REAL sports, as it is reserved mostly for immature children, whereas in a real sporting competition you would never see all this indiscipline, BM and so on…

Now, this is wrong, on so many levels!

First of all, eSports is a serious thing, with strict regulations and should not be confussed with player’s own streams and with the ladder system, who are the equivalent of a let’s say a schoolyard football game. Now, by the actions, skill and language of some boys playing football can you judge the Champions League or the World Cup competition? It’s the same here, ladder is accesible to all, and that is something that makes eSports so popular, the fact that you can actually play the starts you see in the big tournaments either on ladder (granted you have a good enough MMR) or in various online cups. That doesn’t mean that all these fans act in a mature, polite way towards their oppoents, but for their credit, they haven’t up to this point killed anyone for their favourite game, and sadly that cannot be said about other more popular “traditional” sports.

It also a well known fact that high level cheaters are banned for life from the big competitions, who have very strict rules. Also, don’t forget that Naniwa lost his code S seed for his infamous probe rush vs Nestea, as it was considered a lack of respect towards all the viewers who expected to see these 2 battle it out, even if the game didn’t have any stake left. Also, when he participated in the GSL, MLG, or other tourneys, not even Idra dared do more than rage quit without a gg. His swearing and BM is reserved for stream and ladder games.

Also, considering in eSports, especially in Starcraft players need to use their brains, adapt to changes, devise strategies and not only relly on repetition and hand speed, i will gladly watch games like these vs your average sports, where mostly physical atributes reign, perfected by constant mindless practice. And i won’t even bring up gymnastics here, where children are robbed of their childhood in order to bring glory to their country and their parents. I am yet to see a child tortured in order to become a succesfull progamer…

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: