The playoffs were another story as the protoss lost only one game in total before reaching the grand final, defeating Kim 'viOlet' Dong Hwan, Seok Hyun 'HyuN' Ko and Jeffrey 'SjoW' Brusi and at last faced the Brood War legend and Evil Geniuses player - Jae Dong 'Jaedong' Lee. After a full five game set the incredible run was complete as the legend stood defeated with the result 3-2 in favour of StarDust. The Korean protoss won his first major tournament and took home 9200$.
The tournament followed the pattern of every other DreamHack so far with some incredible stories behind the player booths. The once foreigner hope and former Team Dignitas player - Jeffrey 'SjoW' Brusi returned to the spotlight after a long absence. Following suit with the Korean winner of the tournament, the Swedish terran started in group stage one. However, he had a relatively easier way to the playoffs as the only major threats were Joseph 'Ret' de Kroon, Antoine 'Dayshi' Stievenart, Rickard 'SortOf' Bergman and Hyun-Woo 'Squirtle' Park. Once the playoffs hit, the terran had to go against the up-and-coming youngster Kevin 'Harstem' de koning. Despite dropping a game, the Swede walked out victorious. Next up was the match that would bring the biggest upset so far in the whole tournament. The absolute favourite to win the trophy, Seung Hyun 'Life' Lee was more than just a formidable opponent for the Swede. The StarCraft prodigy was yet to drop a map before facing Sjow and everybody expected the game to be an absolute walkover. The Swedish terran refused to give up after losing the first game on Akilon wastes and went on to play the matches of his life(pun intended) to deal an unexpected and upsetting loss to the Korean zerg on both Bel'Shir Vestige and Star Station.
The second Cinderella story was that of community favourite Dario 'TLO' Wünsch. The German had a stellar run during the group stage phase, dropping only one set to Jesper 'Bischu' Johansson before reaching the playoffs. Unfortunately, there the zerg player had to start fighting his way through the swarms of Koreans and first up was non-other than Hyun-Woo 'Squirtle' Park. Incredible decision making and some absolutely brilliant baneling landmines managed to turn a one-game deficit to a victory and a place in the quarter-finals. The Korean menace continued there with teammate Young Seo 'TaeJa' Yoon standing in the way of TLO's dream finish. Unfortunately the German was defeated in two straight games and was sent to the lower bracket. There he took 5th/6th place after beating Pedro 'LucifroN' Moreno Durán and more importantly - Seung Hyun 'Life' Lee and snatched 1540$. Despite not winning the tournament, Dario 'TLO' Wünsch proved that he can still compete with and beat the best players in the world.
Dreamhack Summer 2013 final standings:
2. Jae Dong 'Jaedong' Lee
3. Young Seo 'TaeJa' Yoon
4. Jeffrey 'SjoW' Brusi
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iNNERFiRE - multi-game journalist and Editor-in-Chief: 2012
onGamers - League of Legends Feature Producer: 01.2014 - 02.2015
SK-Gaming - League of Legends Lead Editor: 11.2012 - 08.2015
My journey into eSports started in 2004 when I accidentally caught a small video on TV from the WarCraft 3 WCG 2004 final. I opened up the SK Gaming website from my father's laptop and never stopped reading to this day. In early 2010 I started writing at a Bulgarian news website simply because I disliked how the current editor was handling his job and with time, I got to be Editor-In-Chief. My main writing interests back then were StarCraft 2, QuakeLive and League of Legends.
Fast-forward to 2012, after a small hiatus and moving to England to attend university, I decided to start writing news posts again, inspired by a couple of industry figures who have taken their turns taking eSports writing to a new level. With the beginning of IPL5, I was given a trial with SK Gaming which was successful and I never looked back.
In early 2014, onGamers presented me with an incredible opportunity to join their ranks which I took. Although I believe my 2014 was rather poor (in terms of work ethic and results), I have made changes during the winter break to ensure that sufficient effort will be made to repair that. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the team, the project was at a stand still which marked the end of my stint with the oG crew.
I continued producing 1 on 1 interviews with SK members until July 2015. After that, other commitments arose and I figured I could not provide the flow of content I promised my superiors and took a step back, leaving SK.
If you are an eSports fan who is looking to get into writing or simply want to chat about eSports across the years, you can always find me on my twitter - @Adddler . Below you can find some trivia about me.
BroodWar / StarCraft 2
BW pro: sAvi0r and Flash (for different reasons)
BW race: Terran
BW series: Hana Daetoo MSL
SC2 pro: Creator and Stephano (different reasons)
SC2 race: Terran
SC2 series: ThorZain vs Polt at DreamHack Open 2012 and any big final played by King MvP
StarCraft related article: God of the Battlefield
Pro: Alexey 'Cypher' Yanushevski
Map: Aerowalk, BloodRun (100% Eastern European choices)
Series: Cooller vs Cypher. Especially the brilliant defensive Cypher game on Aero (game 4).
Rivalry: Rapha vs Cypher
Quake related articled: The Quadra Interview and the one and only Cypher PoV
League of Legends
Pro(s): FORG1VEN, Faker, WeiXiao, NaMei and Mata.
Position: AD Carry
Series: All the World Elite games at IPL5, KT Bullets versus SK Telecom T1 K OGN Summer 2013 Final and LPL Summer Final between StarHorn Royal Club and EDG (The perfect Jinx game by Namei).
League related article: Most of TeamLiquid.net's takes on the 2012 and 2013 OGN tournaments.
Team: Fnatic (2008-2009)
Series: AGAiN vs Fnatic at WCG 2009. Literally broke a cup after the game. One of the most emotional series for me as a spectator.
Gfinity League of Legends - August 2013 (SK Gaming)
EU LCS Week 5 London - June 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
GamesCom 2014 Cologne - August 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
EU LCS 2015 Week 7 Spring Split - March 2015 (SK Gaming)
Intel Extreme Masters Season IX Katowice - March 2015 (SK-Gaming)
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