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TSL 4 - Ro32 Day 4 Preview

By Robert 'InzTTP' Wylie
Aug 5, 2012 17:05

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 is featuring players from all over the world! The Ro32 day 4 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 4 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 some of the best European players battling it out against each other, as well as some European's having a shot at taking down the top Korean players. It's set to be an amazing night so let's jump right in!

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We open TSL day 4 with another Korea Vs Europe encounter, this time I think it will be more one sided than the other matches we've had.

TaeJa is a player who's on top of his game right now. His matches verse Protoss players have been rather one sided. Coming off a win against Alicia in the Summer Arena 4:2, his PvT looks to be on another level from everyone else.

His opponent will be none other than Bischu, a lot of people remember this guy from early on in StarCraft II. On the international stage he's still fairly unknown until now. Regardless he's in the round of 32 and if he wants to continue to make a name for himself he has to get past the monster, Taeja.

I find it really difficult to see any way for Bischu to win a single game in this series let alone 3 games. Although watched a similar story unfold during TSL 3 but I don't think this will be at all the same.

Preditction: TaeJa 3 - 0 Bischu

The European players in this tournament know each other pretty well, and when it comes to Zerg vs Zerg that is one of the most key aspect of the match up. It will be a tough game for Darkforce as Nerchio goes into this as the favourite.

Darkforce is a player who has been around the scene for quite a while, despite not being that well known on the international stage he's very well known within the European scene. Darkforce is no joke, he represented Germany at WCG and had a very good showing in the NASL S2.

Nerchio however is a player who's known world wide. Starting off as just another European Zerg he quickly made his mark on the international scene. Most recently Homestory Cup V, where he not only won the tournament but he dominated it. His game's against YongHwa in the final were far from competitive. Which is a testament to how far he has come.

It's going to be a tough night for Darkforce, he's going up against a player who could be considered one of the best foreign zerg players in the world. I feel tonight we may see Nerchio drop a map but he will close out the series and continue to the round fo 16.

Prediction: Nerchio 3 - 1 Darkforce

RS Aleksandar 'Beastyqt' Krstic VS KR Ju 'Sting' Hoon

Only last year most tournaments would feature 4 or 5 Terran Vs Terrans but here we have the one and only TvT TSL round of 32 will produce. Once again it's Europe vs Korea and this one is set to be very interesting.

Beastyqt is a player who many knew as another mediocre Terran player from Europe until earlier this year, those who watched his stream watched him improve so much over such a short period of time. He's currently living in the training facility provided by Mr.Bitter to further develop his StarCraft skills. Despite not being known for having impressive TvT he still has what it takes to compete at a level with some top competition from around the world, it's only a matter of time before Beastyqt has his breakout on the world stage.

Sting on the other hand is an up and coming Terran player who's stomping through his fellow country men, sporting an impressive kill list to claim his spot in the TSL. Beating top competition such as Hyun, Coca and First. Which is an impressive feat in itself. It's tough for an up and comer in Korea, with the bar being so high to even qualify for tournaments it's difficult for him to get into a position to prove himself. But now he has his shot to do exactly that.

This will be the most difficult game to call, they've met before and Beastyqt came out on top but this time it's a different ball game. Both players have something to prove. This match up will be decided by who want's the round of 16 more.

Prediction: Sting 3 - 2 Beastyqt

TSL has a way of scheduling the best for last, both Thorzain and Hasuobs need no introduction. TSL 3 was the stepping stone for both of them for bigger and better things.

Thorzain has become one of the top Terran players in the world. Recently winning WCS: Sweden and Dreamhack. One of Thorzain's biggest strengths was on full display during TSL 3 is his ability to prepare for his opponents. His match tonight features a player he's very familiar with, which could work in his favor or work against him.

HasuObs also shined throughout TSL 3, finishing in 4th place. HasuObs is a player who has yet to breakout of being known as another European Protoss. He has had success in the past but nothing to make him stand out. He's a player who's known for his standard but strong Protoss play which gives him a huge advantage as he's able to stand up to a wide variety of things thrown at him.

This game will be one of the best of the evening, I would put Thorzain as the favourite to take the series purely because of his ability to prepare for what HasuObs can throw at him. If you're a fan of macro games don't miss this as both players are the epitome of macro TvP.

Prediction: Thorzain 3 - 2 HasuObs

The first week of TSL was something we had all missed ever since the end of TSL 3. Week 2 is setting up to be even better. Tonight you'll find yourself glued to your monitor to watch the action unfold for yourself. The games start tonight at 8pm CET over on at Team Liquid.

However if you can't watch the action tonight then don't worry, here at we will be providing live coverage of the entire night with results being updated as they happen be sure to check that out.



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