If the weather in Barcelona has a favourite team in this year’s All-Star event, it appears to be Team Fire 100%. December be damned, the sun is burning bright overhead, casting warm rays on fans milling around the grass outside the Palau Sant Jordi arena. Some people huddle in circles catching up with their friends while others test their skills in the various carnival games held in tents around the grassy plaza. We headed into the crowds to meet some of the Barcelona fans that would be soon be heading inside to cheer on their favourite League All-Stars.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
To make things even more exciting, two of his favourite pros – xPeke and Mithy – will be competing on Team Ice. “They're both Spanish and I like them a lot. Mithy is aggressive. I like most of his picks in LCS and xPeke because I've followed him since Season 2 and I knew that he was World Champion. I started supporting him on Fnatic and then he moved on to Origen so I followed him there.”
Despite the ice-blue Origen jersey he’s wearing and his longtime support for the Spanish pros on Team Ice, he’s cheering for the boys in red. “There are big Korean players and NA is always in the fight. It will be hard but I expect Team Fire to win this time.”
TSM FAN CLUB
Florencia (“Riksia”) hails from Santiago, Chile, but she’d just finished an internship in France when she heard that All-Star 2016 was coming to Europe. Even though she didn’t have a travel buddy, nothing was going to keep her away.
“I was like, ok I'm done with my internship and I still have two months to go,” she says. “I heard about All-Star Barcelona and was like, I'm going there! There's no way I'm going back to my country without being there. I'm part of a little esports company back in Latin America South, but it's nothing compared to this. This is just another level. It's just amazing. Even though I know no one here, we have this little nerd connection that gets us all together right here in Barcelona, to watch these amazing guys play at a level we're not even near.”