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WWI: Orcs, Humans and a full Moon

By Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz
Jun 28, 2008 23:33

ImageThe tournament started with a game against Moon for Lyn and it will end with one as well. SK Gaming's Orc player has made it all the way to the grand final of the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational.

The tournament in Paris has gathered arguably the best eight players playing all four races from around the world, but the very final will be an all-Korean affair.

Jae Ho 'Moon' Jang has been the most dominant player of the event and in a total of three matches he only lost one map to Dae Hui 'FoV' Cho. He 2-0'd June 'Lyn' Park n the first round and Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkhuizen in the upper bracket final.

The interesting part of the tournament was Grubby's performance against the Human players Xiaofeng 'Sky' Li and Yoan 'ToD' Merlo. In recent years the Dutch player has had trouble with the very best Human players and Sky in particular. So beating the Chinese player and his former team mate ToD must have felt very good, especially that Grubby's relationship with ToD is quite cold these days.

While he played very well against Humans, Grubby did not perform as well against other races. In the upper bracket final he lost to Moon and then he lost to Lyn in the lower bracket final, so he cannot be fully satisfied with his weekend.

For Lyn, the event was hard labour from the first match on. In the very first round the Korean was knocked out to the lower bracket by Moon. This meant a lot of games to be played for Lyn if he wanted to survive in the tournament until Sunday. Every one of those games was a three-mapper, except the one against Grubby. His other opponents were Kim 'SaSe' Hammar, ToD and Sky.

Lyn was particularly happy about beating Sky because his matchup against Orc is known to be very good. Now he will be up against the Fifth Race, Moon, and will face the daunting challenge of having to beat him in two sets of matches.

If you will measure the happiness of each player this weekend, then most definitely ToD and Sky do not have that much to be joyful about.

ToD seemed annoyed with his performance. He interrupted his stage match against Lyn, asked for the lights to be dimmed and for the World of Warcraft players who were preparing for their game to get off the stage because their steps were shaking it. Sky could not be the most elated person in the world either as he rarely ever loses to an Orc twice in one tournament.

Moon would be the happiest man as he managed to avoid playing a Human player and is sitting in the grand final with a huge advantage, waiting to play an opponent he has beaten on Saturday.

His final game seems to be a foregone conclusion, but is it really?



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