ESET Masters - A managers perspective
Posted 2013-03-28 Noname
It's been a while since I made it to a LAN event, my last event being way back in 2009 when I had led our WC3 team in Chengdu in WC3L. I had to make it to this event as there were no visa restrictions as the event was in Telford Central, about an hour away from Birmingham by train. The weather not withstanding, the event by itself was just alright, nothing special. NightenD was attending and representing Fnatic and so it was a rather less busier affair as I had to just look after him and in general have a look at what events the UK was throwing up.
I decided to visit the event just on the Saturday and return on Sunday night as thats when NightenD would finish his games. Day 1 was a pretty tense affair for him as he was quite tired and with unexpected delays he had about 5hours of games ahead of him. He began at around 5:30pm and the games went on till 10pm. First up was Ret who seemed to be on fire as he quickly beat NightenD 2-0. He took on a qualifier from the BYOC and then KraSs winning both 2-0. Eventually he played randypanda and outcheesed him to win 2-1, he then took on Ziktomini and another BYOC qualifier winner, he played Ziktomini last, losing to the Zerg in what appeared to me surprising fashion 1-2. Fortunately enough for NightenD he was in the safe zone as he had done well vs everyone else and had better map scores. The surprise was definitely KrasS losing his final game to randy 0-2, to knock himself out of a guaranteed position in the playoffs.
The other groups were pretty straight foward, with Heromarine doing pretty well, that was nice to see. Young European blood doing well, JRecco was also pretty successful but I wasn't so impressed with his play. Happy to see mouz doing well with their young recruits, Protosser, heromarine, I wish them the best they really deserve it.
Day 2 was pretty disappointing, NightenD came all refreshed and feeling rather positive, his mind calm and physically he was in a better condition but ended up losing 0-3 in straight maps to JRecco. In all the games he couldn't come up with a response to the Zerg's composition of vipers, swarm hosts, roach hydra with mass creep spread and camp. Eventualy the siege was too great on each map and he melted to that Zerg force.
Lessons for NightenD include to not travel as much in the future and more importantly to get back into practicing and trying to figure out how best to beat Zerg. I think he has a positive future in HotS but it's completely down to him how he takes it on. We spent the rest of Sunday getting something to eat and just exploring some area around Telford Central (horrible weather aside). I left Sunday night and was back home late that!
Personally I'd like to be at more events so am definitely looking forward to visiting some more in the future. Hopefully leading our players to victory. It was nice to meet some people at the event, managers from other teams, James Banks from D-eSports and some others it was definitely nice. I'll leave you with some images from the event, sorry about the quality but I was using an iPhone5 as I couldn't get a better camera!
Here is the link for a gallery I made at ESET Masters, enjoy the pictures - link.