Heading to China as the primary English Stream onsite, Back2Warcraft (B2W) played their part in what was a very entertaining, frustrating and sometimes downright hilarious WGL Winter 2018. Throughout the roughly two-week duration of the tournament, we enjoyed the excitement of watching various old and new names, favorites and underdogs, go head-to-head, with plenty of surprises along the way.
Upon completion of the tournament and safe return to their homes, B2W opened up their WGL Winter Survey to the public and took in feedback across a variety of topics, including changes and additions we would wish to see in the future.
Read on for a summarized analysis of what, it turned out, we all had to say.
As Back2Warcraft was the primary English stream, their 500+ respondents are thus representative mostly of the Western community. While this takes no big leap of logic, it pays to keep that in mind as we consider what might come from the results of this survey when shared with organizers and other interested parties, and combined with feedback from players and other community sections.
Below then, you can enjoy a bite-sized overview of what the survey revealed. Responses have been grouped into related topics, with the major trends and results highlighted here.
While we aim to stay objective and fair in all things, this analysis remains the opinion of the author alone. Please refer to Back2Warcraft directly for their official statements [back2warcraft.com].
The overall response to the tournament was a unanimous "LOVED IT!" (a.k.a. rated 5). There were, however, two points that seemed to dissatisfy small pockets of viewers, that being the duration of two weeks, and the related three days of rest period between groups and playoffs. Apart from these points, other takeaways include:
Originally, when we first tuned in, there seemed to be some audio and production issues that reared their heads within the first hours of the tournament. Thankfully, with props to the entire production team and the casters for keeping their cool, these were sorted out soon enough and Neo and Remo were visible, audible and lovable.
Feedback around the stream touched on a few highly relevant points for the future:
If written to proportion, this section will be 90% praise, love and marriage proposals to the gentlemen who were on screen, and 10% suggestions and ideas. For the sake of brevity allow me to express "LOVING IT!" as a key result from this section and then move on to that 10%.
Something I found quite interesting, is the apparent difference in viewer expectation of B2W's style between the regular stream and that of a large offline tournament. These points included:
A great topic to see covered again, this really is part and parcel to how many of us seek and digest information throughout our days, both at home and outside. Two clear results came from this:
In the final section of the survey comes my favourite part - 'Write what you want, bare your soul, show us your true colours!'.. so to speak. While there was MUCH written across these three questions, 3 big themes reveal themselves as you read through the comments. These were:
Taken in full then, WGL Winter 2018 was a resounding success. And yes, at this point I'm sure someone might stop reading and go straight to the comments with gems such as "NE", "BALANCE" and other unique opinions ^^ My point is that the tournament, a very important one within the Warcraft 3 universe, saw fantastic levels of access and involvement; players from LATAM, break dancing stage entrances, the whole lot. It showed us ongoing innovations too, from both players as well as production and casters. Gaming organisations made themselves know, picking up players mid-event. These signs and more all point to some great things to come in 2019, and in fact the early signs are already visible - if you'll feast your eyes on the B2W stream overlay (which it seems has sparked a new ripple of innovation across other streams already).
A final thank you to Back2Wacraft's Neo for allowing us a peek at the survey's extensive results. As he is a VERY busy man right now, let's hope he survives until WGL FINALS in January ;)
And so, today seems as good a day as any to wish you all a fruitful and wonderful 2019. Work hard and don't forget to enjoy the big and small wonders in this world <3 I'm going home to meet Summer Santa.