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Sky into final, seeking historic 3rd WCG gold

By Duncan 'Thorin' Shields
Dec 10, 2011 02:15

Image2005 and 2006 WCG champion Sky has reached the final of WCG 2011, where he will fight to become the first in history to win 3 WCG gold medals. His opponent will be Lyn or Fly100%, neither of whom have ever claimed the gold.

CN Xiaofeng 'Sky' Li reached the final of WCG 2011 with a 2:1 semi-final victory over RU Sergey 'HawK' Sherbakov, where he awaits the winner of CN Weiliang 'Fly' Lu and KR June 'Lyn' Park. By making the final Sky has broken one record, being the first to make four WCG finals, but the record he really seeks is to be the first WC3 player to ever win three WCG gold medals.

Neither Fly100% nor Lyn has ever won a WCG gold. Fly100% took the silver in 2009 and Lyn has won two Bronze medals in a row at the last events.

The quest has been a particularily fraught and heart-breaking path for the Chinese professional. Sky won the 2005 and 2006 gold medals and seemed destined to win his third the next year as he made his third straight final, beating NL Grubby and KR Moon along the way. He faced an opponent, NO Creolophus, who had already announced retirement following the event. Sky found his dream crushed in that final after going up one map and then losing the next two.

The chance for being the first to three seemed to have passed Sky by as his game fell off in the later years of WC3, including him never making another WCG semi-final until now. Instead Grubby seemed like the man who would complete the quest, making it to the final of the 2010 WCG. The Dutchman had been a winner in 2004 and 2008 but this time KR ReMinD handed him a three map series loss also.

Sky is one of the most accomplished players in the history of WC3. Along with his numerous titles he has career winnings of over $150,000. His brother, CN Jun Feng 'LoveCD' Li, is an SC2 player in China.



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