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Long version: A few weeks after I wrote the blog about arena pass not shutting down, I spoke to Marc Olbertz on the phone (eSports manager for Europe). To my surprise Blizzard came up with a pretty clever way to cover their back.
They basically said that other factors were involved into picking the 2 teams and he only mentioned the bleached bones tournament as a specific. From this alone it indicated their complete and utter incompetence towards WoW tournaments. Who the hell would pick teams based on a tournament where certain specs are banned everytime and where some teams have much bigger rosters than others. My best guess is that this is their way of rationalizing and covering up the mistake of inviting the wrong team. They always take the top 2 or 8 (for regionals), unless they are complete randoms.
Marc goes on to saying that we were the team next in place to going blizzcon in case another team from any region doesn’t manage to aquire a VISA. We found out on 24th October that every team managed to get a VISA therefore we are not going. Why would we get special treatment over US teams? EU never gets special treatment like this, so once again, things felt very dodgy and felt like they were stringing us along… ok you get the picture.
top 2 from us tr got an invite
top 2 from china regionals got an invite
top 1 from korea got an invite
top 1 from taiwan got an invte
rank 1 and rank 3 team from eu got invited – doesn’t add up does it?
Blizzard can say that they adhered by the tournament rules til the cows come home but anyone with half a brain cell can see what’s going on here.
Part of the phonecall with Marc. The entire call was about 20 mins and involved a ton of repetition.
Competitive PvP shouldn’t have to involve politics like this and it isn’t really a game I enjoy anymore. It seems as if Blizzard actually wants PvP to die out.
I haven’t really had much reason to login to the game since this. You get the picture yo.
also, I found this quite amusing. I had to text Marc for them to fix this as he always ignored skype. If this doesn’t show how retarded they are i don’t know what does. Gj ‘eSports team’!
edit: blizzard accidentally showed bleached bones as rank 2 of their region. nope, we were rank 2 on arena pass. They stated they would pick “2 of the top” for blizzcon from EU and then they stated on the stream that bleached bones team was rank #2 of their region. So they basically indirectly admitted that they fucked up, there’s your loophole.