Another Cheeseadelphia is done. The players have been paid, the casters have gone home, and we have a new reigning champion Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft. I wanted to take a moment, as I do after the end of every Cheeseadelphia, and unpack what went right, what went wrong, and what to be excited about in the future!
JonSnow Competes in the pit
I’ll start with what went well. Our production values went up by orders of magnitude compared to any previous Cheeseadelphia event. This is something I can’t take credit for, but was a result of awesome work from our producer Rob, and our videographer Alex (catch him on Twitter @Sir_Skrallex). Awesome casting by Ravi “feardragon” Pareek, Kwame “Temp0” Mensah, and Jessica “ZombieGrub” Chernaga helped to bring the whole experience home.
Tesla plays his Ro8 match against MaSa
This was also our largest Cheeseadelphia bracket to date, with a total of 68 sign ups! In addition to a deep field we also had the highest caliber of play we’ve hosted at Cheeseadelphia, featuring some of the best players from nearly every continent on earth, along with our typical spread of top North American players!
Pokebunny competes in the player pit
In terms of areas to improve at our next event, the stream had unacceptably long downtime between the first few matches. This was a result of me not properly balancing getting all the brackets running, and ensuring that the stream had matches waiting on deck. This issue was resolved once we got everything running, but I’d certainly like to avoid it in the future. Additionally we had some weirdness with bracket generation. I already have a system in mind to avoid this in the future, it will be much more fun than anything we’ve used in the past, and will help to create an awesome spectator experience!
Neeb the champion of Cheeseadelphia 6
I’m truly excited for what this year holds for Cheeseadelphia, we’re hosting a total of three tournaments across three different cities, and will be giving away $25,000 in prizes! The NSG Eastern Conference is providing the infrastructure to help us build what began as a local LAN into North America’s largest independent StarCraft II circuit. Our next stop is in Chicago, where another Cheeseadelphia champion will be crowned before we head to our Conference finals in Washington DC where players will compete for a $10,000 prize pool! As always we welcome any feedback on our events, I read everything sent to me on Reddit, Twitter, and Teamliquid so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have something to say! We look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago!