Weiliang 'Fly' Lu vs Aga Rafsan 'Reaper' Chowdhury
As far as I’m aware this is the first time a Bangladeshi player has made it out of the group phase at an international tournament. The fact that only two players out of his group actually turned up probably makes that accomplishment a little less impressive, however. Since he lost to ToD in his only game so far, we can safely chalk this one up as a win for the Chinese orc.
Marc 'yAwS' Förster vs Xingyi 'Revenant' Chen
The German player has already surpassed most people’s expectations by beating Sky in the group stage. Now it’s a matter of how far he can run with that momentum. His orc opponent qualified from one of the easier groups, losing to Happy en route, which doesn’t really tell us anything about his ability. The man from Singapore did take a map from both TeD and Focus in the recent G-League but ultimately fell short. It would be an upset for Revenant to win this one, but not a huge one.
Manuel 'Grubby' Schenkhuizen vs Illyinchyk 'xelsing' Mikhail
Here we have another player who benefited form a weak group and the best-of-one format. Although Xelsing is a staple of the Zotac Cup it would be a huge surprise if he were able to overcome the current WCG champion. Expect Grubby to win this one comfortably.
June 'Lyn' Park vs Phil 'LongWalk' Crawford
Longwalk represents the first real test of the tournament for SK’s star. The Korean has had a pretty easy time so far and although Longwalk should yield another win, he won’t just lie down. I still expect Lyn to win but it will probably be a 2-1 rather than a 2-0.
Dmitriy 'Happy' Kostin vs Xiaofeng 'Sky' Li
This is either the first or second most exciting game of the opening round. Happy cleared his group easily while Sky had a bit of a hiccup against Yaws and had to qualify in second. But Sky is Sky and you can never count him out of any tournament until he is actually eliminated. A partisan home crowd will definitely work in his favour but Happy won the last time the two met. But with that game being online it doesn’t really tell us anything. Both players have a 67% record in the undead/human match so whatever happens, this will be a close 2-1 win.
Yoan 'ToD' Merlo vs René 'Ciara' Krag
This is another really interesting game: the semi-retired legend against the man who never quite made it. At the very top of both players’ form this would be an easy win for Tod but inactivity makes this one a little closer. The Frenchman hasn’t shown many cobwebs since his return but having played just one game in the group stage, he has less practice than Ciara. If both players play at their peak then Tod should win but if he gives his opponent any sniff of victory the Dane is capable of taking advantage.
Xuwen 'InFi' Wang vs Aleksandar 'Padash' Tarbuk
Padash is an above average player who most people will know from Zotac. But being above average is not enough to trouble a player like Infi which means this will probably be quite a simple win for the human.
Jae Ho 'Moon' Jang vs Du Seop 'WhO' Chang
If human vs undead isn’t your cup of tea this should be the match you’re most looking forward to in round one. Moon topped a fairly weak group without much trouble while Who could only manage second in his group behind Grubby. Does that tell us all we need to know? Not quite. Other omens aren’t good for the orc either, though. In the last five games between the two, Who has only managed to win three maps out of a possible 13. Who always has the chance to cause an upset in any given game, but this is the tournament that Moon most wants to win and it will be very difficult to stop him.
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