Around the Web: A wardrobe debate for the ages and the Hearthstone rap we all want
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This week saw the Hearthstone and CS:GO communities wage fashion war against one another while Hearthstone game director Ben Brode faced intense community pressure to write and record a new Hearthstone-related rap song.
It was a weird week.
It started with a tweet from G2’s brand manager and Hearthstone team captain, Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski on the wardrobe sported by CS:GO casters during ESL One Cologne.
I dont know why hosts/analyst/casters in CSGO wear shitty dark colors (or pure white) or unironed shirts or just sweaters(?). It looks awful
— G2 Lothar (@LotharHS) July 4, 2017
Whether or not Lothar’s criticism was overly harsh, what followed was an explosion of blowback from the CS:GO community, and soon many Hearthstone personalities weighed in as well.
Got bored of being a robot in the same costume as everyone else and have been able to slowly integrate more of my personality on broadcast.
— Alex Richardson (@MyNameIsMachine) July 4, 2017
how many well dressed people do you need to make Heartstone an esport? 🤔
— Janko Paunovic (@OnFireYNk) July 4, 2017
Some Hearthstone personalities pointed out that criticisms of on-camera attire could be considered legitimate.
The responses to this are really absurd. Just bandwagon’ing on a hate train for a legitimate critique.
— Brian Kibler (@bmkibler) July 5, 2017
Lothar clarified that, “My main point was bad colours and in this example a linen shirt that can’t be ironed out,” but many CS:GO fans pointed out that the scene has certainly had a strong suit game historically.
— Tell you a Storrie (@philipstorrie) July 4, 2017
You just can’t argue with that Bardolph suit.
Hearthstone Rap Star
Keeping with this week’s Hearthstone theme, fans of Blizzard’s addictive card game were treated to some delightful news this week as its latest expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, was finally revealed.
But while many fans are frothing at the mouth to learn more about the 135 cards that will make up the expansion, the community decided that card reveals were the second most important thing on their agenda. First up: getting Ben Brode to rap about it.
— Vick Velkov (@Vicktomon_HS) July 7, 2017
For the uninitiated, Hearthstone’s game director produced and posted a wholly original rap related to the game’s most recent expansion, Journey to Un’Goro. While it didn’t garner the same attention as a new Drake song or spark the controversy that a new Kanye song inevitably would, it did amass over 835,000 views on YouTube, which is nothing to scoff at. It also created a demand for Hearthstone-related rap tunes. So much of a demand, in fact, that a Reddit post asking demanding Brode to slave away at the studio to produce a Northrend rap got more than 13,000 upvotes.
This is some kind of bizzaro world we are living in where “rap petitions” have 10k upvotes https://t.co/kt1HWSPoXj
— Ben Brode (@bdbrode) July 7, 2017
While it’s currently unclear whether or not Blizzard’s top MC will deliver us a track based on the latest expansion, the internet sure had fun with it.
You knew what you were getting yourself into… pic.twitter.com/U2H0sYJAjA
— Anna Funk (@annafunk) July 7, 2017
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@promotions4X) July 7, 2017
I can’t wait for the live performance at #blizzcon2017
— Florian Gaeremynck (@FlorianGaeremyn) July 8, 2017
Your move Brode.