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Magic: the Gathering pro plays through apparent seizure during on stream match

Published: 21/Jun/2019 22:29 Updated: 22/Apr/2020 19:40

by Virginia Glaze


As esports continues to grow in popularity, more and more games are getting a shot in the limelight, including the long-standing collectible card game Magic: the Gathering – which saw a shocking moment unfold during a streamed match.

Magic’s 2019 Mythic Championship III tournament series bears witness to fierce competition, throwing down at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay from June 21 – 23 – a venue that likewise sees such action from Fortnite and even the Evolution Championship Series fighting game gathering.

While the Mythic Championship’s Day 1 run saw some intense battles, a different kind of struggle likewise took place during the competition – which had viewers, attendees, and players alike in shock.

Wizards of the Coast / Magic: The Gathering
Competitive Magic: the Gathering players are gathering for Vegas’s Mythic Championship III tournament series, which boasts a $750,000 prize pool.

Team Liquid Magic pro Jeffrey ‘sjow’ Brusi was in the middle of a match against fellow player Kai Budde when he put his head in his hands, appearing to struggle with either his strategy or an oncoming headache.

However, Brusi wasn’t suffering from a heachache, at all; a few moments later, he went into what appeared to be a seizure on stream, causing a concerned look from his opponent and some confused speculation from the commentators – who initially thought he was jamming out to music in his headphones or suffering from acute stress.

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“Look at this – sjow’s getting into it!” One commentator said.

“What is he listening to?” the other asked, laughingly. “What’s even happening back there?”

However, both commentators appeared to notice that something was wrong – a fact that sjow later spoke on in a Tweet after the match.

Sjow, Twitter
Magic: the Gathering pro sjow appeared to suffer a seizure on stream, prompting a slew of concern from fans.

While he made no mention of a seizure, sjow confirmed that he had, indeed, suffered a health issue during the game, revealing that he was able to keep playing despite the concerning moment.

“Thanks to everyone who is concerned about my health,” sjow Tweeted. “Didn’t feel too well during my match on stage. I feel better now.”

Despite sjow’s impressive comeback, commenters across the net are taking issue with the matter, claiming that medical staff should have been placed on-site to deal with such an emergency.

“Medical staff needs to be on hand,” one viewer wrote. “Commentators thought he was listening to heavy metal music or something… wow.”

“It upsets me [that] nobody in there knew he was having seizures,” another said of the issue

Commentators were quick to take issue with the Mythic Championships, wondering why there hadn’t been medical staff on hand to deal with such emergencies as sjow’s apparent seizure.

Sjow has since recovered and continues to take part in the competition, although fans across the net are still concerned for his health going forward into the weekend.


TikToker Nessa Barrett slams TalentX’s Michael Gruen: “He hates me”

Published: 29/Oct/2020 16:57

by Alice Hearing


Nessa Barrett has slammed TalentX manager Micheal Gruen in the third installment of Josh Richards and Dave Portnoy’s new podcast BFFs in which they talk about all things TikTok drama.

The first episode of the podcast sent fans into a frenzy after the Barstool Sports’ president claimed that Nessa Barrett had found her fame through dating Josh Richards. The host claimed he was “in the middle of a TikTok war” and fuelled drama by tweeting memes and jokes about the situation.

But for their third episode, they actually invited Nessa herself onto the show, and while there appeared to be no beef between Dave and the popular TikToker, it was revealed that the manager of TalentX Michael Gruen and Nessa are feuding.

Fans of Nessa will know that the pair don’t necessarily like each other. After the drama surrounding the first episode, Michael weighed in with his own opinion on an Instagram fan page for the star.

Nessa Barrett Instagram
Instagram: Nessa Barrett
Nessa Barrett has more than 11 million followers on TikTok

He wrote, “I must’ve missed the memo that Nessa – or anyone for that matter – deserves ‘the world’. The earth is inhabited by ~7B people…last I checked Nessa is just one of them (along with myself and everyone else).” Nessa did not publicly reply but she did unfollow him on Instagram.

It turns out that their beef runs a little deeper. After remaining quite held back with her answers for the first half of the podcast, Nessa suddenly had words to say once Micheal was mentioned by Dave.

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She said, “I do not like him. He’s rude. He hates me. He has it out for me. I think he’s jealous because he’s secretly in love with Josh which is no problem but yeah he has called me ugly to my face and in front of people”

Josh attempted to defend Michael, and said that the word “Ugly” wasn’t used, but instead that “he said my taste in women was not good.”

Nessa continued, “He has said like the beginning of quarantine that he wants to send me on a one-way ticket to Mexico and I’ve been sat there alone and I was 17 like he is just rude…I just don’t waste my energy on him I just don’t like him he’s a terrible person” She also added and emphasized that “he is a certified a**hole.”

Michael is yet to react to Nessa’s brutal takedown, but given his reputation, he is likely to respond very soon.