EGMR Fun Awards 2015: Most MLG Moments
Every year we find eSports developing in leaps and bounds and 2015 was no exception. We’ve seen some incredible events take place with numerous titles being brought in to the spotlight. We’ve seen everything from the expected MOBAs to fighters being brought gaining more and more exposure and eSports are better off for it. While we could take a look at some of the more impressive eSports moments of the year, these are the fun awards so we’ll be looking at which MLG moments defined the eSports scene this year.
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Games r srs bsns. This award is for all t3h l337 n0sc0pers, the 40k apm wonder finger and whatever Colin Webster has decided to do this year. While every year pro-gamers show off incredible achievements in their games, there are only a couple of moments that can be truly called MLG. The following moments this year hit all the right buttons with eSport fans, showing the world what cyber athletes are capable of. The blood, sweat and dedication often culminates into incredible achievements, except when they don’t. This award aims to highlight the doritos’ induced moments that will define what it is to be MLG in 2015.
Blazing It For Counter-Strike
In a strange turn of events eSports were totally legitimised this year, take that naysayers.
So we all know that ‘legitimate’ sports are plagued by performance-enhancing drugs. If you can’t train to get to a certain level, you best believe there is something that can help you get their more easily. We’ve seen prominent sports stars fall from grace due to doping scandals, but this is something we’ve come to expect. The same coming out of eSports just seems silly. How could getting jacked possibly benefit the 420 noscopers of the world? Well, when their drug of choice is Adderall you start to understand why. For those of you who don’t know, Aderall is used to help users concentrate, reduce fatigue and boost reaction times. It’s a common treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and it makes perfect sense that gamers would be using it to improve their performance. In fact, most players actually make use of the drug so I guess it makes sense as to why drug tests have been implemented in eSports events.
This all just confirms it, 420 blazit is indeed a key aspect of being MLG.
Jon Stewart’s War On Memes
If you don’t understand why this is one of the most MLG moments of 2015 then I recommend you down as much Mountain Dew as you can and get enlightened.
All That Is Victorious Is Not Win
Fighting games are intense. Besides being visual spectacles, they are technically deep and complicated games and this is what makes them so enjoyable to watch. Even when the situation seems dire, it can still be anyone’s game. Except in this case when it was obvious who would win.
When you watch the top 8 finals for any game in a fighting game tournament you expect to see some incredible high level plays and many upsets. EVO 2015 was no exception but something incredibly interesting happened in the Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Top 8 games. The deciding game of a best of 3 is always stressful when the players are 1-1. When you 1-0 in this deciding game there’s even more pressure on you, so when you manage to equalise in an incredibly intense round you have a pretty good reason to celebrate. The thing is, you really shouldn’t proceed to jump out of your seat to celebrate. You may have just won an incredibly clutch round, but I highly doubt that means you can win the next round without touching the controls.
It’s a pity you had to go and knock yourself into the losers bracket but hey, at least you decided to take the MLG route.
Mind Sports South Africa
“Solid Growth” – Colin Webster 2015 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Let’s face it, Mind Sports South Africa are probably the most MLG organisation out there. They’ve made some incredible strides over the past couple of years like ranking 10th with the IeSF in 2013 to now ranking 12th in 2015. It’s almost impossible to recognise the good that they are doing for the local gaming community in the face of those who actively wish to destroy all eSports in South Africa.
Bless you MSSA for the good you do for South African eSports. #Blessed
Identity Jukes That Almost Paid Off
Strategy plays an important role in competitive gaming, and information is key for this. When going into a tournament, it’s probably in your best interest to keep your cards close to your chest. That’s exactly what a South African League of Legends team did going in to a local tournament this year.
Instead of playing the tournament with the 5 man squad that was registered, they decided to mix things up by having another player, un-registered player, play in the position of a registered player. This incredible tactic managed to do quite well and even saw the team come second over all, it’s just that when this all came to light it was seen to contravene the rules of the competition.
The unfortunate outcome of this whole event is that this move was just too MLG for the event organisers and the team were disqualified for how hard they rekt.
Real Fighter Shows Why Smash Is Just A Party Game
When Ryu joined the cast of Super Smash Bros. we all thought it was just to add an interesting new character to the game, but true noscopers knew the truth. Ryu came to Smash not for fun, but to send a message. He and his other fighting game buddies were truly upset by Smash’s claim to be a competitive game so something had to be done.
Ryu brought with him some proper fighting game tech with real move-sets, none of the simplicity celebrated in Smash. He quickly began to dominate the Smash scene and was immediately recognised as a top tier character but his greatest threat is on the horison. Cloud Strife will be entering the fray so it will soon be up to Ryu to sort out JRPGs once and for all.