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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.


BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Final schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 13:28

by Jacob Hale


The BLAST Premier Fall Final is right around the corner, bringing some of the best CS:GO teams in the world together to compete for the huge $425,000 prize pool.

Throughout the season, some of CS’ top teams have been competing to earn points for seeding at the Fall Finals, and the event is finally arriving, with eight teams set to lock heads in December, looking to round out the year with a huge win.

In case you missed it, the eight teams that qualified through the Regular Season and Showdown event are as follows:

  • Vitality
  • Mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Astralis
  • G2 Esports
  • Furia
  • OG Esports
  • BIG
BLAST Premier showdown
BLAST Premier
The BLAST Premier Showdown was each team’s last chance to secure their spot at the Fall Finals.

Blast Premier Global Fall Finals schedule

The BLAST Premier Fall Finals will last from December 8-13, and we now know how the bracket and schedule will look ahead of time.

So far, we only have the fixtures for Round 1, but we know the times for every matchup slated to take place. Here’s when you’ll need to tune in (all times CET):

Tuesday, December 8

  • 4.30pm: Vitality vs Mousesports
  • 7.30pm: Astralis vs Natus Vincere

Wednesday, December 9

  • 1.30pm: G2 Esports vs Furia
  • 4.30pm: OG Esports vs BIG
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 1

Thursday, December 10

  • 1.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 2
  • 4.30pm: Upper Bracket Match 1
  • 7.30pm: Upper Bracket Match 2

Friday, December 11

  • 4.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 3
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Match 4

Saturday, December 12

  • 4.30pm: Upper Bracket Final
  • 7.30pm: Lower Bracket Final

Sunday, December 13

  • 4.30pm: Consolidation Final
  • 8.30pm: Grand Final
BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Finals schedule
BLAST Premier
BLAST Premier CSGO Fall Finals schedule.

So, that’s the full schedule for the BLAST Premier Fall Finals, with some exciting matchups to boot — including a big Day 1 face-off between Astralis and Na’Vi, with Astralis seeking revenge from their quarterfinal loss at IEM Beijing.

Be sure to keep checking back as we provide coverage for all of the results and happenings at the event, which is sure to prove just as exciting as it looks.