The first season of Guild Wars 2’s professional e-sports league has come to its conclusion. And who won? Well, in the macro sense, no one won, as everyone walked away from the affair realizing that violent conflict is inherently limiting. A victory achieved through assault, however satisfying at the time, inevitably leaves one feeling hollow when all is said and done, and the triumph is irrevocably tainted by the knowledge that no real victory is possible when you simply traumatize your opponents.
In a more real and immediate sense, though, the winning team was the European team Rank 55 Dragons, so screw all of that introspection because they won and get to bask in the victory for a while. They can worry about deep implications some other time. Seeing as season 2 of the competition starts today, they’re the team to beat at this point.