Major League Gaming’s Providence Tournament marks the end of a phenomenal 2011 season, and they’re doing it in style. With a $120,000 prize pool, 16 top Koreans flying over to compete, nobody can deny that eSports is happening now. It’s unbelievable how much Starcraft 2 has grown over the last year.
And it’s happening here at Storm8. We’re huge fans of eSports and even our engineering manager, Justin Ng, couldn’t hold back his enthusiasm when being interviewed in an article [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904070604576516462736084234.html] in the Wall Street Journal published earlier this year about eSports being watched in bars across the country.
We asked him and a couple of our employees for their predictions:
Arnaud Dazin: “Although I’d love to see a Terran take MLG, this is a tough time for Terran players. Protoss players have been really strong lately, and with the lopsided patches that favor Protoss in the matchup (both the decreased upgrade cost to Protoss and the Ghost EMP decrease) they’re pretty much unbeatable right now. Zergs are having a tough time and I don’t think that’s going to be any different for MLG. Based off of the incredible performance put up in the Global Finals, I’d pick Naniwa as the winner of MLG because of his skill and the general advantage Protoss has this time around.”
Steven Johnson: “EG.HuK is going to take the whole thing - he’s the best foreign player and the defending champ of MLG Orlando. His control is sick and as the second seed he won’t have to go through the ringer that some of the top-tier players in the open bracket have to look forward to. Also, I play Protoss so I’m a bit of a fanboy.”
Justin Ng: “BOXER!!!!!!!”
Will EGIdra make foreigners proud or GG early? Will Slayers`Boxer retake his throne or continue his slump? Will IMNestea and IMMVP continue to dominate the tournament scene or will an up-and-comer like FXOOz or Puzzle show their potential? Will fan favorite MarineKingPrime make second place yet again, continuing the kong line?
We’re going to be there, glued all weekend to the most exciting event of the year!