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MLG Summer Championship: Open Bracket Preview

By Tobias 'noxilicious' .
Aug 24, 2012 01:29


Image2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Championship will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina from August 24th to 26th! The top players from the MLG Summer Season will be joined by a 208 Open Bracket full of talented competitors, all looking for their share of fame and $76,000 in prize money. Read on for the in depth preview!

The best players of the Summer Arenas of 2012 already got a seed in the Summer Championship while more than 200 players are fighting for a spot in the brackets to compete with those who are already set. More than 30 professional gamers are fighting with a lot of local Americans for the few last spots to keep their chance of winning the Summer Championship alive.

Let's take a look at some of the players who might have the biggest chances to advance!

According to statistics, Protoss players at the moment especially the Koreans seem to get the most out of that race and they showed some impressing tactics and micro which should be more than enough to crush Terrans and Zergs likewise. However outside of Korea there is a different picture.

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Chris 'HuK' Loranger is considered as one of the best Protoss outside of Korea. He had some chances to show his skills in the GSL and his win at the DreamHack Summer 2011 will be in the minds of many people for quite some time. Lately top 4 placements were pretty rare and it seemed as if he was somehow not able to play his best. With some impressive wins against Koreans and top foreigners HuK reminded everyone that he is a player who must not be ignored.

One of the few Korean Protoss players in the open bracket is Sang-Ho 'Killer' Shin. He has played for TSL for quite some time before he changed teams and went to compLexity. The real big wins are yet to come but he had quite some success in the Korean ladder and he is also one of the few Protoss who were able to beat some of the best players back in the day. His way of playing is still remarkable and he had some very close series against very good players which gave some hope for the future. Maybe the Summer Championship will be the first stage for his first big win outside of Korea.

Zerg players are quite confident in the current days but still seem to struggle a bit. There are some great players like NesTea, DongRaeGu and LosirA but in the latest tournaments some zergs seem to have problems. Of course you can still find zerg players in the top 4 ranking of many events but at least in Korea, where the players are supposed to be the best in the world, some zerg are unable to deal with the style of some Protoss and Terran players.

The very young Zerg player Dong-Nyung 'Leenock' Lee had his first great success outside of Korea in 2011 at MLG Providence. Not only did he march straight into the grand final but also crushed NaNiwa with 4:1 and made it look like it was easy to defeat one of the best Protoss players outside of Korea. One of the reasons why Leenock is so good is the fact that he can adapt to many stlyes his opponents throw at him. May it be Code S or Code A, Leenock is able to win against any player in the world. He is still young and might be nervous from time to time but defeating MarineKing in the GSL and winning against CoCa from Team SlayerS is not something anyone could do.

The last race that will participate in the open bracket of the 2012 MLG Summer Championship is the Terran race. They dominated in the early times of Starcraft II but had to deal with a lot of nerfs recently. The best Terrans in the world were still able to compete on the highest level though. Not many good Terrans can be found in the open bracket but that is not a surprise as most of them are already set for the groups and brackets.

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One of the most memorable moments of Starcraft II was Marcus 'ThorZaIN' Eklöf winning the TSL 3, defeating NaNiwa who was considered as a favourite by many people. Since then a lot of time passed and ThorZaIN came around quite a bit, as he was on the German team mousesports and is now playing for Evil Geniuses. He had matches in Code S and Code A, participated in numerous online and offline tournaments and ThorZaIN seems to want more. The win of the 2012 DreamHack Open Stockholm was a huge confident boost for him and he keeps practising hard to be on the level where he can mess with the best of the best. He has a pretty good win rate in general and the open bracket does not seem to hard for him.

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Jung-Hoon 'MarineKing' Lee is one of the best Terrans in the whole world at the moment and had huge success in the recent past. Long ago he was known for being the runner-up in nearly every big tournament. That would change as he was able to win two MLG events in a row, defeating DongRaeGu both times in a convincing fashion. He can be found in Code S almost anytime. His outstanding micro and his mechanics are one of a kind and made him win numerous games. MarineKing is also known for his very own way of playing, he's not scared of anything. As he is the winner of the Winter Championship of 2011 and has scored the third place in the Spring Championship 2012 he also has to be considered as one of the favourites to win the whole tournament.

More than 200 players are playing in the open bracket so anything can happen but the five players listed above have pretty good chances to make it pretty far in the open bracket at least. What do you think of the open bracket and who will win the Summer Championship?



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