I welcome everyone to the discount Matt Damon thread and I wanted to tell you how my adventures at TI4 went. I started out not knowing if I would end up going as a caster. So I bought a plane ticket early thinking my chances were very low, shockingly I got invited to participate as an analyst for TI4 group stages. Sadly I lost the money for the plane ticket I bought but got reimbursed 'flying credit' for my next flight. This was the first time I appeared on camera and experienced a panel with professional colleagues. I'm grateful for the help and kindness given from Draskyl, Sheever, Whatiship, and 2GD. Being next to them allowed me to meet other people for the first time and glad that I was to be a part of something as big as TI4. After the groupstages were done my time in the spotlight was over, but I still enjoyed being a part of the crew and spectating the games. I know I have a long way to go before I'm one of the best but I will try harder to get better.
When I was at Key Arena the atmosphere erupted into chaos when big plays happened. Being a part of the crowd felt amazing and when I cheered side by side with friends and fans from all over the world; I felt really alive. After numerous games I finally realized that sitting down for long periods of time exhausted me. I should have moved around because I was mentally getting drained by watching so much DotA. Since DotA grows and expands every day, I think a football/baseball stadium is required for The International to grow to bigger and better heights. Why settle for thousands when you can increase the numbers exponentially; both in monetary and fan count. Not only that, it will eliminate the criticism of not being able to obtain tickets in a timely fashion since tickets as they are now, get sold out in a few hours.
Korok and I talked about the differences between past TI's and this TI. The general consensus was this year favored the weaker teams. The reason being that each team played each other once so most of the weaker teams wouldn't go 0-2 or at best 1-1 against strong opponents like previous years. So the phrase "Anything can happen in BO1" was used prominently throughout this tournament. Also, we strongly felt this year screwed over friends and family (aka the fans/community) of the teams coming to the main event because 8 teams were eliminated before Key Arena. "Alliance won't get knocked out before the main event" was a general thought for everyone and so when they were knocked out, all those fans who wanted to come cheer and watch their team, became disappointed.
The bubble bracket for me was really well done and the run put on by Newbee to the grand finals reminds me of Na'Vi from the past. The hype for TI4 died out though sadly during the main event because of the format and order which it was played. I think the format should be 4 groups of 4 (just like the world cup) and each team gets to play 2 games instead of 1. Also afterwards there should be another group stage 2 groups 8 teams BO2s again (bottom 4 knocked out) 12 teams left for main event 8 in upper bracket with the 4 teams that just survived in lower bracket. Then the 4 teams that lost in the upper bracket would play the other 4 in lower bracket and so forth. DotA isn't a best of 1 game so I think this format is best for next year which there will be more teams for the main event which will make the fans and players happier.
For the people that are curious about my future as a caster/analyst/gamer or anything. If the opportunity came up where I can play with 4 other amazing players and likeable personalities I would love to be a pro. Most likely though I will try to get better at commentating and analyzing games, so hopefully see you guys soon!
Shoutout to all the amazing people I met, hope to see everyone not just next TI but throughout the year.
Special shoutouts to Whatiship/Kotlguy/Maut for helping me through the good, the bad, and the ugly. <3 you guys