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Why MonteCristo is Wrong About Koreans in Overwatch

Tue 7th Nov 2017 - 8:13am : Overwatch

MonteCristo the 'Korean Prophet' believes that the nation will continue their dominance in Overwatch, I disagree.

It is no secret that Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles thinks of Korean esports athletes as the best in the world. To his credit, given what the majority of the esports fan base has witnessed through history, it would seem foolish to disagree. However, I think that there are important fundamental differences between the game titles Koreans are known for and Overwatch and that because of these differences, it is simply wrong to assume that Koreans will carry their seat of dominance as ‘the’ world superpower in gaming over into the Overwatch League.

To keep this simple, let’s just focus on the most important fundamental difference between games like Starcraft and League of Legends versus Overwatch. In Overwatch, there is no in-game barrier to outplaying your opponents with individual mechanical skill, at least not nearly to the extent of League of Legends.

In all games, there are pre-coded limits to what your characters/units can or cannot do. No matter how badly you want it, you cannot suddenly go ‘Super Saiyan’ and double all your units attack damage; games aren't anime. In games like League of Legends, which Monte is famous for backing Koreans in, this ‘pre-coded’ limit is exacerbated by gold and levels. Do you want to 1 v 5? Well, you better be several levels and items ahead, or it just isn’t in the cards. In Overwatch though, a toddler has the same ability to hit a headshot as a professional player. Sure, players at the professional level are significantly more likely to hit that headshot, but the fact still remains that their Widowmaker and the toddler’s Widowmaker character will have no numerical differences at any point during the game. In League of Legends, however, the same character could have drastically different power for different players depending on how farmed/fed they are and how the players spend their gold.

What does this all mean though? It means that in Western cultures, where the individual is celebrated on a higher level than the team (i.e. CR7 or LeBron James), games like Overwatch, that don’t restrict individual superstardom behind extra gunk, level the playing field. Essentially, the game of Overwatch is just as likely to give rise to superstar talents in Korea, as it is everywhere else.

In my opinion, the only reason fl0w3r is Korean isn’t that he hails from the holy land of the prophet MonteCristo, but because competitive gaming has been considered normal in Korea for many years. As such, it is significantly more likely that a great talent has come from their country since there are simply more people there attempting to go pro. If every young kid that played football in America for the last decade had decided they would rather be playing video games instead, then statistically speaking, we would have enough fl0w3rs to fill several entire rosters.


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