Last weekend we saw the first tournaments under MWL 2.2 and the final FAQ, which will be in force at Magnum Opus. It was a brave new world that gave us a tantalising peek at what the meta at the last ever world championship is going to be like. These were both fairly large tournaments, with some top players attending, including several who travelled from other countries to play. Nordic Championships was 45 people, German Nationals was 94. They’re therefore reliable indicators for the meta at Worlds.
I therefore decided that a very quick overview of the field and predictions for Magnum Opus was in order, not so much to help those of you preparing for Worlds, as I imagine you might have already submitted your decklists by the time this gets uploaded, but just so the rest of us can follow along, do some armchair theorycrafting, and have a basis to talk about the meta about. Also, it’ll be fun if this is out there before Worlds starts so there’s a record of how off I am in my predictions and I can embarrass myself after it’s over.
Artist’s impression of Noscoc receiving his permanent dishonor punishment from ANet GMs. Digital scan from original oil painting. Repository: The Grouch Collection, eSports Drama Historical Museum.
I’ve hardly played any Guild Wars 2 in 9 months, and it’s been literally years since I last blogged about it, but I’ve still been following the game and was shocked and saddened by what happened last month. A group of five players paid five top-tier PvPers to play on their accounts and win the first automated monthly tournament for them. In the aftermath, all ten players were punished by ArenaNet with permanent dishonor, meaning their accounts are banned from structured PvP.
I believe that the punishment was appropriate (perhaps even on the lenient side), and I’m sad that such icons of the game as Noscoc, Magic Toker, and Wakkey would do this. But, as disappointed I am at them, I’m also disappointed at ArenaNet – not for the way they handled this incident (which was swift, decisive, and fair), but for the months of neglect of the PvP playerbase. I’m not condoning what Nos & Co. did, but I empathise with their feelings of anger and abandonment: it’s hard to respect the game’s rules when you feel disrespected yourself, and I want to explore how they came to feel like that.
So yes, I have feels about everyone involved in this, and I want to spew them all over the internet.