My name is Cora Georgiou and I was part of the Rise of Shadows reveal stream yesterday on the PlayHearthstone Twitch channel. I've been making my rounds here to try and understand the reaction to the stream, and there are a few things that I should address.
- Slow Play and Misplaying
This is an absolutely valid critique that a lot of people have echoed. I played both slowly and badly. I was told going into the stream not to worry about misplaying, so I swung too far in the opposite direction. Looking back it would have been better for viewers had I just played faster and tried to make it less of a co-op between myself and Peter, so I apologize for dragging things out so much. I know as much as you do how miserable it can be to watch players rope turn after turn. As far as misplays go, I was focusing too much on talking with Peter and Chris during the games and I missed a lot of really cool opportunities to show off the new cards. There certainly were more entertaining and strictly better plays I could have made that would have been a better viewing and reveal experience. I apologize if this turned you off to the stream as a whole.
- Awkwardness and Nervousness
I've seen a lot of comments regarding the lack of chemistry between the 3 of us. I met Peter for the first time the night before the stream and honestly I think we get along great. He's a really nice guy and I learned a lot about the game design process from him, but both of us are a bit more reserved on camera which didn't present well for the stream. I was a bit nervous coming into the show, I'm not gonna lie. I don't recall feeling overtly nervous during the show, but I'm sure it presented that way at times. I'm a huge fan of Kibler and Day9 reveal streams myself, so I understand wanting to see them up there instead of myself. I have a much more calm delivery style than them that probably just wasn't the right fit in the grand scheme of things.
- Undeserved Exposure
This is the point that I was attempting to refute if any of you saw my Tweets from yesterday. At no point was I defending myself from the things I knew were valid critiques. I recognize there were many things that I should have done differently and as a direct result negatively affected the stream. I also recognize that there were lots of people watching who simply didn't know who I was, and this was a really shitty first impression. But the comments I received about not deserving that role and just being there because I'm a woman were simply not fair. I've been a full time Hearthstone commentator for 3 years and have a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Communication. Again, that doesn't excuse any of what I didn't do well and it doesn't mean I was the right fit for the show, but I wasn't some random who came out of nowhere. I've dedicated my life to this game and community for the last 3 years.
I'm sorry if the reveal stream killed the hype for Rise of Shadows for any of you. For what it's worth, I was genuinely excited to see Blastmaster Boom and Heistbaron Toggwaggle because I think they're just awesome cards. I've been playing this game since open beta, so the nostalgia of the callback cards is really potent for me. Hopefully you can see past a bad stream to evaluate the cards fairly. And, for what it's worth, Kibler and Mike Donais will be doing the final reveal stream for the set. Hopefully that will bring some renewed excitement back into the Reddit Hearthstone community.
Apologies for the wall of text, but I felt it was important to address my failures in this instance. I can recognize when I mess up, and this was not my best performance. Hopefully it will not reflect on my commentary, as I feel I have improved leaps and bounds in that area over the years. Hopefully some of you enjoy it as well.
If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.
Wishing you guys all the best. 💜
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