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TSL 4 - Ro32 Day 2 Preview

By Robert 'InzTTP' Wylie
Jul 29, 2012 17:54


ImageTSL 4 has by far been one of the most anticipated online tournaments the StarCraft 2 world has seen so far. The prestigious 32 player tournament featuring players from all over the world! The Ro32 day 1 is about to get under way let's preview the action ahead of us!

The Team Liquid Starleague has become one of the biggest events of the year. TSL is known for changing the lives of many young pro gamers looking to make a name for themselves. This TSL will be no different in fact with the upcoming launch of HOTS this might be the tournament for someone to build their career.

Day 2 of the round of 32 is here. We have 8 players going head to head to earn their spot in the round of 16. Tonight's games feature the best from Europe and top code S level players. It's set to be an amazing night so let's jump right in!

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SE Johan 'NaNiwa' Lucchesi VS UK Paul 'JonnyREcco' Whyte


Last night gave a lot of players the chance to make a name for themselves but tonight we have this match up. JonnyREcco is quickly making a name for himself, being one of the best up and coming Zerg players in Europe. Naniwa on the other hand since TSL 3 has become one of the biggest names in the world.

This match will truly be david versus goliath. JonnyREcco finished 3rd in WCS UK finals earning him a spot in the European finals along with his qualification to this tournament. Regardless of how much potential he has shown his first hurdle will be the Code S giant, Naniwa. Successfully making his return to the round of 4 last season he almost beat what many consider the best Zerg player in the world DongRaeGu.

If this were a bo3 I could see JonnyREcco standing a better chance, but anything he has planned will be figured out quickly. That's the beauty of a best of 5, it favours the better player. Naniwa has been over in Korea for a while were the tournament setting is a lot different to what JonnyREcco is used to. His ability to prepare for his opponents is second to none. I won't count JonnyREcco out, stranger things have happened in TSL but it's already an uphill battle for him and we've yet to see a single game played.

Prediction: Naniwa 3 - 1 JonnyREcco

UA Mihail 'Kas' Hayda VS UA Igor 'Fraer' Turchin


The Ukrainian StarCraft scene is booming, player after player makes a name for themselves. Maybe it's something in the water? who knows. These two players know each other very well which can make for a very interesting game or a very one sided game.

Let's start with Kas, he's a player who needs no introduction if you're familiar with the European scene. This guy is an utter beast, his participation in many of the online cups scare many people from even attempting to play. His consistent ability to work very hard at this game is what makes him scary. You're not going to catch a player like Kas off guard with a random build he knows every trick in the book.

Fraer on the other hand is a relatively new name, he burst onto the radar by dominating the online scene. He's a very scary player and he showed what he had at DreamHack Summer coming top 4. This is a guy a lot of people underestimated. His play style is the direct opposite of Kas, his deadly timing attacks and gateway pushes leave most people wondering what happened.

The fact that these two know each other makes this interesting, I think this will be the game that make people sit back and say "Wow!". Any game that Fraer participates in will open the eyes of many Protoss players and they will understand the power of gateway units. Kas however knows this is coming and he will be ready with some defence. But will it be enough?

Prediction: Fraer 3 - 2 Kas



The European Vs Korean battle is something that's become the biggest feature of TSL. Every tournament it seems this situation occurs which makes for a very interesting story.

Welmu is a player who's shocking a lot of people with his play, despite his reputation for being particularly cheesy, he still puts up big time results. Most recently he defeated Korean giant Puma at the MLG Summer Arena which in itself is a massive achievement. But the catch with Welmu is he tends to get caught out verse people who know his playstyle well.

Keen is in a very awkward position here, although he's favoured to take this series it'll be hard for him to get much information on his opponent which could see him in a very difficult position, especially against Welmu.

Despite being in Code S Keen isn't the tip top level Korea we're used to seeing which sets Welmu up very well. This match can go either way in my opinion. It all depends on the first few games here, Welmu has the chance to catch Keen off guard early and take a quick lead which could see him crumble under pressure or fight back. If he lets Keen play his standard game this could get pretty ugly.

Prediction: Welmu 3 - 1 Keen



To cap off the evening we have two players who despite a lot of questions surrounding both of them find themselves in the top 32 of TSL.

Life is a player who many have witnessed on occasion go completely outside of the norm and somehow make it work, he's known for being one of the most tricky players to prepare for. We've seen him do some of the most radical plays in StarCraft. In fact we saw him 6 pool not once, but twice in the TLopen final.

Next up we have Elfi. There has been a lot of debate in the StarCraft community since the start of the game if APM means anything at all. The general consensus is that players with very low APM will be at a disadvantage. Elfi is known for having incredibly low APM yet some how racks up the wins. He's also known for not practising that much at all. Which in this tournament will be his downfall.

Regardless of everything if they were able to qualify for the round of 32 they deserve to be here. It will be a fun match that's for sure but I can't promise it will be one of the best series of the tournament. I will give the edge to Elfi, I do think life will give him a little bit of trouble but overall Elfi will find himself in the round of 16 after tonight.

Prediction: Elfi 3 - 1 Life

Last night felt like a breath of fresh air, we saw some amazing games and fantastic production. Tonght's games are a step up and it will be something you definitely don't want to miss. The games start tonight at 8pm CET over on atTeam Liquid.

Here on Sk-gaming.com you'll find weekly previews of each match up and recaps through out the week of the matches. Stay tuned for more content relating to the TSL and other events taking place around the world.


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