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MonteCristo reveals OWL rejected his “complicated” Mario Kart cup format

Published: 26/May/2020 22:10

by Michael Gwilliam


Former Overwatch League commentator Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles revealed on his Cloud9 podcast ‘Essential Esports’ that the OWL rejected a Mario Kart cup season format he originally pitched.

During his show with Houston Outlaws coach Harsha Bandi, Valiant coach Mike ‘Packing10’ Szklanny and former pro-turned-content creator Connor ‘Avast’ Prince, the group discussed the pros and (mostly) cons of a traditional season format.

The Overwatch League, for most of its third season, has run a standard season schedule just as major North American sports leagues do – something that has been widely controversial from esports purists, who find the format to be antiquated and boring.

While the OWL has recently changed course with the newly-added monthly tournaments (similar to Stages that ran in seasons one and two), they’re still quite different than what the Flashpoint Product Advisor had in mind.

“It was more along the lines of tennis, where you have the US Open and the Australian Open. You have the big tent-pole tennis events where everybody travels there and competes,” the 33-year-old stated when discussing his concept for the league.

“You can also compare it to like a Mario Kart race, where you have the Star Cup or whatever,” he added, getting a small smirk from Harsha.

Monte revealed that his idea for season 3, when the league began its home and away model,  would have multiple “cups” taking place in North America, Asia, Europe with themes based around Overwatch lore.

For instance, one of the cups could be called the Omnic Cup, while another would be the Talon cup, and so on and so forth. With the Omnic Cup, for example, teams from different regions would be playing in their different tournaments at the same time, with the Omnic Cup being the general theme throughout.

Eventually, once the winners are decided, there would be an international tournament featuring the finalists before moving into the next cup and going from there. Winning a cup would also result in circuit points that would lead to playoff seeding at the end of the season.

Notably, the points earned near the end of the season would be worth more going into the playoffs because of how the meta changes going into that final stretch. Additionally, not every team would be locked into their own region with teams playing two in their own and two away.

While this idea may sound cool, it was ultimately rejected was because it was “too complicated.”

“The reason why it was too complicated is the presumption that playoff points and all these individual micro tournaments, I was told, would be too complicated for fans,” he stated. “Even though we literally have twenty years of esports history that prove that people can understand this.”

It’s too bad that we never got to see MonteCristo’s cup format in action, but hopefully, as the OWL continues there’s a chance that this eventually gets the go-ahead.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.