Hey, Watch Some Pro StarCraft This Weekend At MLG Dallas

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If you've been hanging around this website or our sister site Tested lately, you've probably gotten sick of hearing Norm Chan and myself babbling on and on about competitive StarCraft II. Or you've realized that watching competitive StarCraft II is the best thing ever. If you're either of these people, you should head over to the Major League Gaming site this weekend and check out the tournament streams they're running from their Dallas event this weekend. You will either love what they've got going on or, damnit, you will learn to love it.
 

 HuK, winner of MLG Raleigh and veteran of Thursday Night Throwdown.
 HuK, winner of MLG Raleigh and veteran of Thursday Night Throwdown.

I have to stress that you don't need to be a Diamond-level player to appreciate pro-grade StarCraft II matches. That's what commentators are for, and MLG has some great ones onboard, starting with Sean "Day[9]" Plott, whose Day[9] Daily is essential viewing if you're actually serious about getting better at (or at least understanding) SC2 on a fundamental level. Other well known casters like Marcus "DJWheat" Graham and (friend of Giant Bomb) the MLG's own JP McDaniel will be throwing down their commentary to explain what's going on minuet to minute.

Anybody who's already keeping up with pro SC2 will only need to hear names like IdrA, HuK, and TheLittleOne to know that this tourney is serious business. If those names just sound ridiculous to you, just know these guys are among the best SC2 players outside Korea... although they'll all be heading back to Korea after this is over with to start practicing for the next season of the GomTV StarCraft League. You're guaranteed to see some very high-level play on the stream this weekend (a free version of which is available) so if you're wondering what the hell I've been babbling about on the podcast week after week, this is a good place to start.

MLG will be running tournaments around other games like Halo: Reach, Tekken 6, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, if those flavors are more agreeable to your palate. Me, I'll be spending the weekend keeping an eye on the MLG stream while catching up on GSL matches in preparation for next week's finals. And probably thinking hard about finding something else to do with my life besides StarCraft.
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#1  Edited By Brad

If you've been hanging around this website or our sister site Tested lately, you've probably gotten sick of hearing Norm Chan and myself babbling on and on about competitive StarCraft II. Or you've realized that watching competitive StarCraft II is the best thing ever. If you're either of these people, you should head over to the Major League Gaming site this weekend and check out the tournament streams they're running from their Dallas event this weekend. You will either love what they've got going on or, damnit, you will learn to love it.
 

 HuK, winner of MLG Raleigh and veteran of Thursday Night Throwdown.
 HuK, winner of MLG Raleigh and veteran of Thursday Night Throwdown.

I have to stress that you don't need to be a Diamond-level player to appreciate pro-grade StarCraft II matches. That's what commentators are for, and MLG has some great ones onboard, starting with Sean "Day[9]" Plott, whose Day[9] Daily is essential viewing if you're actually serious about getting better at (or at least understanding) SC2 on a fundamental level. Other well known casters like Marcus "DJWheat" Graham and (friend of Giant Bomb) the MLG's own JP McDaniel will be throwing down their commentary to explain what's going on minuet to minute.

Anybody who's already keeping up with pro SC2 will only need to hear names like IdrA, HuK, and TheLittleOne to know that this tourney is serious business. If those names just sound ridiculous to you, just know these guys are among the best SC2 players outside Korea... although they'll all be heading back to Korea after this is over with to start practicing for the next season of the GomTV StarCraft League. You're guaranteed to see some very high-level play on the stream this weekend (a free version of which is available) so if you're wondering what the hell I've been babbling about on the podcast week after week, this is a good place to start.

MLG will be running tournaments around other games like Halo: Reach, Tekken 6, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, if those flavors are more agreeable to your palate. Me, I'll be spending the weekend keeping an eye on the MLG stream while catching up on GSL matches in preparation for next week's finals. And probably thinking hard about finding something else to do with my life besides StarCraft.
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#2  Edited By OroJackson

MORE STARCRAFT!!!

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#3  Edited By Ishatawk

MLG + Starcraft = I still don't care.

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#4  Edited By Slayne

Snazzy.

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#5  Edited By Seedofpower

No brad.

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#6  Edited By Aetos

I love how HuK's hand is a blur.

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#7  Edited By Depth

Yes, i will watch starcraft.

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#8  Edited By Cowmeat
@Ishatawk said:
" MLG + Starcraft = I still don't care. "
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#9  Edited By Funger

Brad, what do you think of the GSL finals.  I can't believe SlayerSBoxeR lost 4 straight games against NesTea, but I think Foxer can take him.

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#10  Edited By meteora

Awesome.

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#11  Edited By Aetos
@Funger said:
" Brad, what do you think of the GSL finals.  I can't believe SlayerSBoxeR lost 4 straight games against NesTea, but I think Foxer can take him. "
Foxer? Is that fake Boxer or is it someone I'm not familiar with?
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#12  Edited By Zurv

*yawn*
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#13  Edited By X19

I have been waiting for Brad to recommend some sites and tornaments for StarCraft. 
 
Day[9] is a legend.

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#14  Edited By solskugga
@Tactical_Kill said:
" @Funger said:
" Brad, what do you think of the GSL finals.  I can't believe SlayerSBoxeR lost 4 straight games against NesTea, but I think Foxer can take him. "
Foxer? Is that fake Boxer or is it someone I'm not familiar with? "
Yes that is fake boxer. 
 
On subject gogo MLG Dallas
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#15  Edited By BlaineBlaine

I actually enjoyed watching Norm and Brad doing color commentary during TNT. 
 
I considered checking this out until I was prompted to download some random ass video plug-in. It's 2010. Use Flash or HTML5 otherwise I'm out.

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#16  Edited By audiosnag

Starcraftstarcraftstarcraft
the more the better
 
Hope you were watching the Axlav v Nony game Brad. That was nuts

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#17  Edited By ryno9881

Norm and brad's commentary was awesome. Here's hoping for another SC2 TNT.

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#18  Edited By Llama

I love how MLG didn't haven any Starcraft 2 before and now it's their most popular stream! Apparently it pulls about 3 to 4 times as many viewers as all the other combined :D

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#19  Edited By Noodles
@Ishatawk said:
" MLG + Starcraft = I still don't care. "
Then why even post? Why even click the article?
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#21  Edited By plop1920

WTF no wow tourney????

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#22  Edited By bybeach

I enjoyed Brad and norm duking it out, and commenting on a pro game...more of that. 
 
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#23  Edited By audiosnag
@Noodles said:

" @Ishatawk said:

" MLG + Starcraft = I still don't care. "
Then why even post? Why even click the article? "
That seems like a pretty easy concept to grasp...which is why i don't understand how its that difficult for some people to figure out.
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#24  Edited By rawrz

Thanks to this i remembered MLG Dallas was going on! Im more into watching the final Halo 3 tournament  but Ill gladly check into some Starcraft 2 just to have no clue what is going on but still find it fascinating.

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#25  Edited By babblinmule

I'll watch practically anything that involves the delectable tones of Mr Plott these days. Which is probably why ive spent much of the last four hours glued to the MLG stream!

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#26  Edited By freakle

i just wanna see some fruit get selled

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#27  Edited By blackbird415

the mlg video feed wont work for some reason :(

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#28  Edited By Jayross

Day9 is a pretty good commentator, I watched quite a few matches at New York Comic Con and was able to follow them because of him.

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#29  Edited By JJOR64

No thanks.  Watching SoCal Regionals this weekend.

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#30  Edited By JoelTGM

Huh, it's showing Halo 3 stuff.  ah got it.

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#31  Edited By MaddProdigy

The stream has weaker than 240p video quality, and 10 bucks for HD seems a little steep to me. Still I'm glad I've been clued in, I'm a fiend for Starcraft games with commentary

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#32  Edited By Krios

Awesome, we need more StarCraft on the podcast, I'm looking at you Brad!

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#33  Edited By norton123

Yeah right. I'm not watching Starcraft on MLG weekend. Halo 3 all the way. 

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#34  Edited By benderunit22

Thanks for the heads up. Watching it now. Good luck, have Batman

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#35  Edited By Sil3n7

Finals for Gsl2 are gonna be EPIC!!!!!

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#36  Edited By rndmtask

Competitive Super Smash Bros. That's funny.

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#37  Edited By Crono

Brad, I for one have to say there isn't enough StarCraft 2 on this site.  You're really slacking man!

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#38  Edited By nintendoeats

This makes me want to play SCII, but it doesn't make me understand what the hell is going on. It seems like trying to follow an RTS is like trying to follow a multi-threaded program. Until you get to a point where you can try to anticipate what is going to happen on both sides, there is really no way to keep track of what is going on. I got the moments that made everyone cheer, but I didn't really get what was going on before then. Also, I really wish that they would use peoples real names. That would make the commentary much easier to follow.
 
EDIT: On top of that, not knowing the maps makes following stuff really hard. Really, what I'm trying to say is that this is not an event that is inviting to outsiders.

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#39  Edited By mixup

no love for the big fighting game tournament in SoCal?? Sako is there! check eventhubs if you're interested ;)

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#40  Edited By Everybody_Poops

Competitve starcraft 2 is entertaining for all. Watch this:
 http://www.giantbomb.com/starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty/61-20674/your-single-favourite-match/35-464342/

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#41  Edited By leburgan

Hell yeah you know you love pro starcraft.

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#42  Edited By Hennet_sim

Watching Pro starcraft matches are very entertaining you don;t see many cheese starters like 6 pool.

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#43  Edited By user_1

Or, if you want some street fighter 4....
 
 http://www.ustream.tv/channel/leveluplive
 
Probably the best stream of the year. Top players from Japan, and Taiwan in southern california.

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#44  Edited By bennym6

MLG halo Igoturpistola is beast

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#45  Edited By leebmx

Can some one explain what "natural," and 4 (or it might be 14) pool are?

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#46  Edited By WobblyBob
@leebmx: Natural is the easy to defend expansion spot next to your tarting location. 9pool refers to a Zerg player building their spawning pool (to build zergling/entire military) when their army takes up 9 supply.
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#47  Edited By TheVelourFog

Calling the standard definition stream a "stream" is a joke. It's a sideshow.

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#48  Edited By spazmaster666

Looks like my weekend is over . . . <_<

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#49  Edited By jakob187

I should point out that H4rris, the creator of the free Giant Bomb Android app, is at MLG Dallas today for Starcraft 2!!!

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#50  Edited By leebmx
@WobblyBob: Like someone else has said on this thread...I think without playing the game its maybe a non-starter to try and work out what is going on here. It is still pretty cool to watch but I figure you need a deeper understanding of the game than you could possibly get from just viewing. - wish I had a strong enough PC to give it a go.

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