online leagues; good or bad?
Firstly, it's my strong belief that the more competition we have, the better we will all become. So the more leagues(for north America in particular) that are available, the better the community will do internationally. With this we can bring back some of the pride we had earlier this decade in teams like, 3D/x3, zEx, tsg/U5, rival/gamercompany/ouch and lastly, and most impressively, compLexity.
Secondly it'll allow for more people to make a name for themselves. The more leagues that their are available, and more importantly, the more teams compete in many of them, the more likely that we'll see two things. 1) that their be one team that just sweeps them all or 2) that their be a multitude of teams that trade off who wins, which, in my view, is better because it allows for stiffer competition.
Finally, with these new leagues, it'll allow for more practice for the LAN events, however bad/few there are. As much as i want the former CGS pros to come back and dominate like they used to, time is starting to tick away for some of these player; they are getting "real" lives, and us, the next generation of gamers, need to step it up. To my knowledge their is only one top pro who in under 20(Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert) in the united states; and he's a straight prodigy. Really sad that we haven't been able to produce more. Look at Sweden, they produced zet and iNs(both played for NiP i might add) right before the birth of the CGS, and more recently showed us Get_Right and Gux , who played exceptionally well with what many consider the best player in the world, f0rest, at EM finals, and they have 297 MILLIONless people. You'd think that out of that, based on number alone we'd have more super star, but it is not so.
TL;DR - More leagues = Good, better practice, better for starters, and more likely to see new stars as a result of them.