Competitive gaming has been around as long as games themselves, from the arcades of the 80s through to the staggering prize pools of Dota 2’s The International (which seems to have settled around $25m this year!), however it was really the late 90s when things started to pick up for PC gaming in particular. Internet access becoming widespread and games transitioning into 3D. Times were changing. We now have around 20 years of data on what makes a game a good candidate for being a top spectator esport. Today I’d like to make the case that Warcraft III: Reforged is looking like a strong esport contender for 2019.
On December 11th, ToD expressed, once again, his frustration with the Keeper of The Grove on Twitter. Matt Morris, Lead Designer at Blizzard's Classic Department, actually answered him, asking for more detailed feedback.
ToD delivered by uploading a quality video detailing his point of view about the current (im)balance. Specifically the meta he perceives to exist in favour of the Night Elf race.
The video itself is worth an article as it covers various points, some of which you may contest even - so please do watch it. However, apart from running though the main points, I want to focus on the process of taking feedback itself, and two example angles that are also relevant for this current patch potentially.
As we're going through the ups and downs of the hype and anticipation for 2019's release of Warcraft 3: Reforged, let's consider whether wading into the fray early may be beneficial, be it as player or something else.
Join us in unpacking a few recent statistics surrounding Warcraft 3, as well as the potential, and realized, benefits we see for those willing to roll up their sleeves this side of 2019.
Blizzard has announced the release date of patch 1.30.2 for December 1st.
This patch will make history as it will completely change the way we play Warcraft III on Battle.net. As excited as we are of heading closer towards Reforged, this patch is awaited with nervousness by any admin involved behind the scenes.
Custom games, FFA, 4v4 and the esports scene will all be negatively impacted. Let's explain why and try to suggest a few ways to reduce the damage for our communities.
We will not get into the balance changes here, there were a few that we can discuss in a later article.
Balance is one of the most discussed subjects in pretty much any PvP game - ours is no exception. The discussion frequently revolves around what races should be nerfed/buffed, but rarely dwells too much on what specifics should be changed, and even more seldomly why. How to go about balancing is very important, and I believe Blizzard may have slipped up with the recent patch.
In this article I'll be handling this rather controversial subject with the premise that Human in 1.28 was too strong and should be nerfed, although this is (as always) up for discussion.
One of the best features of Warcraft3.info is the ability to decipher ladder rankings instantly. Through a great deal of time and research, we reveal the actual players hiding behind fancy, or unknown account names used on Battle.net or Netease.
We have also developed the "Orc Brain", a drag and drop feature that will instantly recognize a player in hiding under an alias on a replay file.
But to get to the heart of the matter, why exactly have players been smurfing and aliasing so much the last 16 years? And perhaps more importantly, why do we think it is both fair and important to reveal those accounts? Let's dig into that.
When writing about Warcraft 3 I have always tried to avoid subjects where the conclusion gets colored by my own opinion. I have done this by writing guides, tournament reports, etc.; subjects where there, more or less, is one objective truth. Now I will try to open the door for writing more opinionated articles (op-eds) as well.
The reason I mention this is because it is important for me to clarify that this type of articles' purpose is not to lecture you, the readers, on how and why you should care about a subject. Rather, its purpose is to get you interested in what I find to be important issues, as well as encouraging healthy discussion about said subjects with the right balance of thoughtful analysis and facts.
So in short: You are allowed to disagree all you want, but let us strive to have a civil and healthy discussion about it!