This Week in Gaming is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines. This is everything you need to know about the week that was, but on steroids.
The ESL Trinity Series returns
Alright, alright, stow your "Hearthstone is an esport?" jokes for later. The ESL Trinity Series was probably the best competitive Hearthstone tournament held yet, eclipsing the Archon Team League that inspired it.
Not only did the best-of-11 format let teams bring really kooky second-tier decks, but getting to listen in on each team's comms as they deliberated on turns provided great insight into their decision-making processes and team dynamic. Plus, some great banter.
While both G2 Esports and compLexity will be returning in the second season, unfortunately their rosters won't include Adrian "Lifecoach" Koy or Jan "superjj" Janßen who've sadly jumped ship for Gwent.
Overwatch League is happening!
Finally, finally, FINALLY, after months of speculation, rumor and a lot of orgs regretting the decision to sign an Overwatch roster, the inaugural season of Blizzard's Overwatch League will begin on Jan. 10, 2018.
Along with the announcement is confirmation that the last three teams joining the league for now are Team EnVyUs, OpTic Gaming and Comcast Spectacor who will no doubt act as the league's heel.
We Don't Like...
People complaining about Jungle Ezreal
Change is difficult, it's a reminder of the inescapable embrace of death and the world moving on without you and everything you loved. However, people acting like Jungle Ezreal is some huge sacrilege need to calm down.
Believe it or not, there was a time champions weren't designed for particular lanes until the traditional positions were entrenched by the community themselves. Call me crazy, but I think innovative picks like Jungle Ezreal or Support Nunu are good for the game and players willing to experiment with them shouldn't be banned or kicked on sight. Plus, at least it's good.
Perhaps Ezreal's jungle clear will be nerfed next patch and we'll all forget this weird flavor-of-the-month trend. But until then reserve your scorn for people who are bad with champs in their optimal role.
We're Unsure Of...
Championship Ashe charity vote
First of all, it is absolutely wonderful that Riot is contributing 25 percent of proceeds from Championship Ashe to charity. It's a great initiative that will bring good money to good organizations.
However, I can't help but think it's a little weird that Riot will be giving one of the charities 50 percent of the fund based on a fan vote. Like, I get they want some fan engagement and to involve the community and all that, but it just seems very arbitrary to treat a charity drive like one of those contests where you vote for the name of a new flavor and hackers rig it so the most risque ones win.
But hey, even the two that are only going to get 25 percent are still going to be rolling in dough so all's well ends well I suppose?
Final Fantasy XIV to give me something in common with my distant father
Yes, World of Warcraft is still the gold standard when it comes to MMOs in terms of raids, quest design and world building, but can it repair your relationship with your distant father?
According to Netflix's new Japanese import Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light, the secret to bonding with your domineering father who neither likes or respects you is to buy him a copy of Final Fantasy XIV then secretly befriend him in game with your sexy cat girl character.
This is the actual plot of this show, I am not exaggerating in the slightest. Although the most unreasonable thing about the show might be that he intends to carry his dad through high-level raids without TeamSpeak.
But hey, if you were looking for an excuse to splurge on the game's Stormblood expansion, trying to eke out some quality time with your father in his golden years long after you've stopped hating him for not letting you skip school to play video games is as good a reason as any.
Sasha Erfanian does not have a healthy relationship with his father. Follow him on Twitter. Sasha, not his father whom he resents.