*Mad kudos to Hao for the title-steal; visit his site and give him lots of love.
So with GSL2 finished over the weekend and the GSL3 qualifiers finished yesterday (within 2 days, wow!).. thought I’ll throw some thoughts down on both of these tournaments.
Let’s start with a Sc2 related video:
/Spoilers ahead – then again as Eugene said, if people cared they would know already. He does have a point =P.
Yes I know the borders are terrible – will need to do a theme change sometime/purchase CSS haha..
So GSL2 ended up with another 3 Terran, 1 Zerg Round of 4, with the Zerg coming of top again as the champion.
In a way I’m happy for NesTea (aka ZergBong in BW) who took the championship as he didn’t have a great pro-career in StarCraft: BroodWar and still managed to come to Sc2 and snag the trophy at the age of 29. What a beast but, only dropping 3 games in the whole tournament, and those 3 games were only in the finals, so prior to that he was wiping everyone in his bracket, including The Emperor SlayerS_BoxeR himself.
But I’m sad for my fellow Terran, (fake) BoxeR (aka Foxer/Fauxer/OptimusPrime <- current) who I’m sure surprised everyone by getting so far, despite having a crappy first round game. He’s only 18 and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he wins something – I just hope his play style is able to adapt.
Despite the finals not being the dream TvT that a lot of people would have hoped for; BoxeR v SlayerS_BoxeR. The 7 game finals was very enjoyable; a nail biter indeed; very laggy too!!
On the foreign scene I’m quite happy that EG.IdrA advanced further than GSL1, but I feel that he needs to work on his ZvZ. But I’m a bit disappointed that TLO was defeated by SangHo, and unfortunately he’s not participating in GSL3 :(.
There were a lot of new faces in GSL2, some of which are definitely players to watch out for, like Leenock, the kid is good, and will only get better.
The Protoss race may be arguably underpowered at the moment, but I do hope that the Protoss players will step up a bit; both Iron (aka oGsMC) and NEXGenius (winner of Blizzcon ’10) were good hopes for Protoss. But both seemed to have shown a bit too much ego and got punished for it haha.
Quick Ro64 -> Ro32 crunch:
- Terran had 29 in the Ro64, 13 advanced to the Ro32 (~45%)
- Zerg had 15 in the Ro64, 11 advanced to the Ro32 (~73%)
- Protoss had 20 in the Ro64, 8 advanced to the Ro32 (~40%)
Hopefully the numbers will be more balanced this season, well hopefully the percentages anyway.
*lists are from TeamLiquid
With the qualifiers wrapping up very fast (2 days, morning to midnight?!), here are the results:
Qualified Players (Ro64):
Terran count: 24
VealSteak (July in BW)
Zerg count: 27
Protoss count: 12
Random count: 1
Bit sad that Cella didn’t qualify again :(.
So if you have a quick look at the list you’ll notice that there’s more foreigners this time around, I’ll be rooting for my fellow Taiwanese, Sen despite him being a Zerg player haha. I’m glad that Jinro managed to qualify but, 3rd time lucky!
Notable players who did not qualify:
GSL 2 Participants
Notice anything wrong with the list?? NaDa failed to qualify and that is quite surprising =/. Loner from China also did not make it, despite doing very well in GSL2.
Some of the foreigners listed above were very close to qualifying too.. I believe a large number of them were on their final round to qualification. Once again Tester could not qualify.
It’s going to be an interesting GSL3 if the foreigners are not just going to be Ro64 fodder. I hope that the random player GuMihofOu does well too.
So if I had to choose 2 players from each race to go for..
Terran: SlayerS_Boxer and OptimusPrime
Zerg: Sen and Leenock (kid’s got talent, want to see him do well)
Protoss: none, LOL jk – oGsMC/Iron and NEXGenius
I suppose the Protoss players can be hoping for a patch mid-tournament haha.
I hope they bring the Street Fighter announcer back!
Going to be exciting :), hwaighting~!!