The American eSports fan faces a dilemma tonight. Do you brew coffee and stay up until the
Intel Extreme Masters
finals start at 3 AM Eastern (9 AM Central European Time), or do you go to bed early and wake up in time to watch the games? Or do you do none of the above and catch the replay? The day starts with Counter-Strike, ESC v. Na`Vi, then moves on to StarCraft 2 and PuMa (Terran) v. MC (Protoss) at 6:15 AM Eastern. Finally, it's the League of Legends final between M5 and Dignitas, and even that, if the last few days have been any indication, will have a far, far larger audience than either StarCraft or Counter-Strike. If you need to be caught-up on what you've missed at the IEM, you can check out the video archives
As dilemmas go, choosing how to enjoy the IEM finals is not a bad one to have. Especially when you compare it to what the Evil Geniuses team is dealing with right now.
One of their new contractors, StarCraft caster Jake "Orb" Sklarew, was caught
using a racial slur
in StarCraft 2 matches. EG CEO Alex Garfield quickly dimissed Orb and released
a lengthy statement
explaining where he stands with regard to racist behavior in the gaming community. Shortly thereafter, Orb made
his own apology
to the StarCraft community. Look for us to follow-up on this story soon.
But perhaps some of the best competition at the ESEA was the final between Classic Mixup and defending champ Quantic Legacy. Despite Quantic holding a match advantage from an extended series (as they had defeated Mixup in their first meeting, and that win counted in the final), Mixup took the championship by winning two consecutive best of three matches. You can see the start above, and the entire match should be available on
eXtv's YouTube account
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