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Korean Terrans dominating in Valencia

By Tobias 'noxilicious' .
Sep 25, 2012 01:43


ImageThe 2012 DreamHack Open: Valencia was the third event of the 2012 DreamHack series. Only seven Koreans attended and the least represented race of the Terrans should be on top after three days full of action and drama.

The DreamHack Open: Valencia featured not only Starcraft II but also DotA 2, CS:GO and LoL. The expecations were pretty high as the last DreamHack events were quite a success and delivered some of the best games of the year so far. In Starcraft II some Koreans but mostly foreigners tried their luck to get as far as possible. With two groupstages and the playoffs three days were just fine for players and viewers. What happened on these three days?

Read and find it out in the following lines:

Groupstage

The first day featured the first groupstage and there were no surprises at all. The favourites clearly won their groups while the local players and other who attended were crushed and didn't have any chance at all.

32 players were left on day 2 and eight groups with four players each should determine who would advance to the round of 16 - the playoffs. Let's take a look at the groups and see what happened.

Group A
It was not really surprising that KR Young Seo 'TaeJa' Yoon and FR Ilyes 'Stephano' Satouri would advance to the playoffs. However some people thought that Stephano could beat TaeJa, but they were wrong as TaeJa has shown some really good games, but Stephano gave a good fight so that the Korean Terran won with 2:1 and finished first place in his group with 3-0 statistics while Stephano got ranked as the runner-up in his group with only one lost match.

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LucifroN (shown in the picture) and his brother VortiX made it into the playoffs.

Group B
The second group offered a similiar picture as the first one. Koreans seemed to be on a good level as all seven of them advanced to the playoffs. KR Kim 'viOlet' Dong Hwan was expected to win his group and did so with ease. One of the local matadors, ES Pedro 'LucifroN' Moreno Durán, made it into the playoffs as well, only losing to viOlet. Maybe some people expected SE Rickard 'SortOf' Bergman to do better but he had no chance against any of his opponents.

Group C
The Korean in group C was the only one who would not advance to the playoffs as SE Kim 'SaSe' Hammar and IT Carlo 'ClouD' Giannacco took their chances and advanced. The EG player GB Benjamin 'DeMusliM' Baker did not advance once again but that was not really surprising.

Group D
One of the surprises in the second groupstage was in this group most certainly as the two well known players DE Giacomo 'Socke' Thüs and FR Benoît 'adelscott' Strypsteen could not advance and had to give the first two spots to ES Juan 'VortiX' Moreno Durán and DK Kristoffer 'TargA' Marthinsen who should show some amazing games in the tournament and rank better than Stephano.

Group E
No real surprises in group E as both Koreans advanced and the foreign players are not some of the best around. However the first two places and the last two places got the exact amount of wins and losses.

Group F
Group F was a mirror to group E as the Koreans advanced again. However they dropped also once match each so their dominance was not as big as TaeJa's for example.

Group G
Two Protoss players could advance from group G. BE Jérémy 'Feast' Vansnick won three matches and all maps. Because of that he was the best foreigner in the second groupstage and had the same statistics as viOlet. FI Samuli 'elfi' Sihvonen took the second spot to the playoffs.

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Would Feast take out Koreans and be in the top 4 of a big tournament again?

Group H
If it was possible to determine at all, the last group H was considered as the most easy group amoung those eight groups. With RO Silviu 'NightEnD' Lazar and UA Aleksandr 'Bly' Svusuyk two players who have been around for quite some time managed to get the last spots for the playoffs.

Playoffs

Only a few foreigners to advance far in the playoffs
The two local matadors were eliminated in the round of 16 and in the quarter finals so that the DreamHack could not live up to the hype of their last event in Sweden where the local favourite SE Marcus 'ThorZaIN' Eklöf could win the whole tournament. However VortiX managed to take out viOlet 2-0 and stop his run with two incredible played games. The Korean Terrans won their first matches as well with TaeJa having no problems at all.

Quarter finals
With VortiX and SaSe two of the foreigners got eliminated pretty early as well. While SaSe had no chance at all against a dominating TaeJa who was doing whatever he wanted to do, VortiX tried his best but couldn't defeat TheStC. One of the two surprises was the elimination of Stephano. In a video where the "EG curse" was analysed he stated that he didn't know what people are talking about and why they say it but he didn't have a lot of chances against KR Ji Soo 'ForGG' Park, who recently joined Stephano's old team Millenium. The second surprise was the elimination of the last Korean who was not a Terran, Team Liquid's KR Song Hyun 'HerO' Deok. TargA managed to take him down and remain in the tournament as the last foreigner.

Semi finals
A TvT and a TvZ should be the two matchups for the semi finals but both didn't last long. The TvT was even shorter than the TvZ as ForGG left no doubt that he wanted to go to the finals. He crushed his opponent with a fast 2-0. In the second match TargA wanted to try something special to get TaeJa and advance to the finals but that didn't work out well. On Metropolis TaeJa was outmacroing TargA, punching him around like a ball for training. The Korean Terran dropped everywhere and never overextended. In the final engagement TargA was too indecisively and lost. With 0-1 in his mind he completely lost his focus in game two ultimately losing to a bunker rush which was nearly held off. TaeJa should be in the finals once again.

Grand final
A TvT should be the final and TeamLiquid already saw the "GomTvT" times come back again but was it really like that? ForGG had a rough time in his group stages and also in the playoffs. Obviously he won all his games but lost some maps whould were not necessarily lost. TaeJa on the other hand didn't drop a single map in the playoffs until he reached the grand final. He dominated all his opponents, no matter which race they played. He seemed to have a really good day and had just the right answers for all his opponents.
Everyone expected TaeJa to win, but the first two maps left a totally different impression. ForGG was able to take TaeJa down on the first two maps so that the Korrean Terran from Team Liquid was with his back to the wall. There was only one way left for him to win: take three maps in a row. Impossible for most of the people seems to be one of the easier taks for TaeJa as he managed to take three maps in a row, ultimately winning the DreamHack in Valencia, giving Team Liquid the best present of their tenth birthday!

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(Image courtesy of fragster) TaeJa was dominating in the playoffs and should be happy after the grand final once again!

Conclusion
The least represented race of the Terrans should win the DreamHack in Valencia. This was not expected by the majority of the people but TaeJa lived up to the expectations and hopes many people had. However this mustn't be understand as the dominance and "GomTvT" style that is back as some of the best Korean Protoss and Zerg players missed the event. The last foreigner in the tournament made it as the only non Korean player to the semi-finals and the last non Korean Protoss lost to TaeJa which is not a shame at all. The DreamHack has once again given proof though that everything can and will happen in Starcraft II!


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