Overwatch League caster Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles has hit back at fans criticizing his recent commentary on the New York Excelsior.
MonteCristo recently received some backlash from fans for supposedly focusing too much on the idea that the Excelsior might not be giving their all in their Stage 4 matches.
The New York Excelsior have lost their last two matches in the Overwatch League, the first time that the team has been defeated more than once within the regular season of a stage. First the Los Angeles Valiant defeated them in five games before the Los Angeles Gladiators pulled off a reverse sweep.
On both occasions, MonteCristo took pains to explain that the Excelsior almost certainly weren’t playing at maximum capacity, with decision-making on both a tactical and individual level at various points in the series suggesting that New York wasn’t trying as hard as they could to win.
The reduced effort makes sense when you consider New York’s current position. They locking in the top spot in the overall standings in just the second week of Stage 4, and therefore have almost nothing to play for in the remaining games – if anything, it makes more sense for the team to ease off in their remaining games, both to conceal strategies and avoid burn-out as the season comes to a climax.
That being said, many fans seem to feel that MonteCristo’s framing of the results doesn’t give enough credit to the Los Angeles teams. True to form, however, MonteCristo himself clearly has no time for opinions that he seems to think value narrative over analytical rigor.
If you want fake narratives or feel-good false hope, watch a WWE match or a Disney movie. Don’t come to my casts expecting me to let you slip into that mindset.
— MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) June 8, 2018
Season One of the Overwatch League is coming to a close. Only one full week of the regular season remains, after which the top six teams in the overall regular season standings will advance to the playoffs. The grand finals will take place in the Barclays Center, New York, on July 27th-28th.