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IMMVP Beats MMA 2-1 in MLG Anaheim Finals

By Justin 'Phaymous' Behn
Aug 1, 2011 20:54

ImageMLG Anaheim comes to a close; MVP coming out victorious, top six slots all Koreans, first two Korean payers announced for MLG Raleigh

In a stunning show of the most solid and careful decision making, Incredible Miracle's KR Jong Hyeon 'MVP' Jung takes the series in the grand final 2-1 against MLG Columbus winner KR Seong Won 'MMA' Mun.

Starcraft 2 took MLG Anaheim's center stage and broke their MLG Columbus record of 22.5 million stream views with over 30 million views, Sundance announced just before the finals on Day 3. With a near flawless event from a viewer standpoint they have certainly built on the success of MLG Columbus.

IM.MVP had no easy road to first place, having a challenging pool play to go through, only losing two games; followed by perhaps his most difficult series against the Zerg monster that many expected to win, DRG. BoxeR and MMA were the only two players standing in between him and yet another trophy, but MVP's TvT was simply too solid, making the master and apprentice go up against each other in the losers bracket final.

While their were a lot of surprising results in the open bracket including FR Yoan 'ToD' Merlo knocking out KR Yang 'Alicia' Joon Sik, I think everyone was amazed at just how well BoxeR did. Finishing at the top of his pool, it seemed everyone had hopes for a BoxeR victory when it went into the upper bracket, with running polls through MLG of the 6 remaining players, and the question "Who do you want to win MLG Anaheim" it was 67% in BoxeR's favor. The games between BoxeR and MMA were incredibly intense, both players doing very similar builds, and having units perfectly positioned; knowing each other all too well. MMA went for bio-mech while BoxeR went for mech, but MMA's multi-tasking, and relentless drop play forced his way into the lead, before BoxeR gg'd out, he told MMA to "Get #1." While MMA did not go on to win the tournament, I'm sure BoxeR and Jessica couldn't be more proud, this weekend was surely their weekend with SlayerS players placing second, third, and fourth. Meanwhile on team Incredible Miracle, MVP wins MLG Anaheim, while his two team-mates at home, Losira and Nestea faced off in the GSL Code S championship. What an incredible weekend for e-Sports, and these two teams.

The winnings $14,000 spread across the top 8!
Place | Prize | ID | Team
1st | $5000 | KR Jong Hyeon 'MVP' Jung | IM
2nd | $3000 | KR Seong Won 'MMA' Mun | SlayerS
3rd | $2000 | KR Yo-Hwan 'BoxeR' Lim | SlayerS
4th | $1400 | KR Dong Ju 'GanZi' Kim | SlayerS
5th | $1000 | KR Soo Ho 'DongRaeGu' Park | MVP
6th | $700 | KR Seo-Yong 'Rain' Park | Fnatic
7th | $500 | CA Chris 'HuK' Loranger | Team Liquid
8th | $400 | SE Johan 'NaNiwa' Lucchesi | Dignitas

In addition to the prize money, there is also GSL Code S / Code A invitations that go to the top placing players. Of the top three, the top placing player that is not already in Code S receives an invitation to Code S, since MVP was already in Code S, SlayerS_MMA will receive Code S status for August.

Four Code A invitations go out for Code A October to the top players that are on a non-Korean team, here are the eligible people, if one declines, it moves down to the next highest ranked player:

MLG has already announced that they have invited MVP to defend his title in MLG Raleigh, as well as inviting yet another top Korean Terran, team StarTale's KR Choi Ji 'Bomber' Sung. Look forward to MLG Raleigh August 26th-28th, it's hard to think that it is already less than a month away!



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