On the one hand we had SKT1's Rain(P). The protoss player had arguably a harder way to the finals, having to face some of Korea's best Terran players along the way. His ultimate goal was to win a second OSL title, thus cementing the domination of KeSPA teams over the eSF contingent.
On the other hand we had Prime's Maru. Playfully nicknamed "The Prince", this terran player had an easier way into the finals, but had to play a wide array of races and styles. His story includes a "royal road" or in other words refers to a rookie winning an OSL upon their first qualification to that tournament.
The playoff stages were the first big tests for both youngsters as Maru had to face Symbol(Z) while Rain was up against terran ace SuperNoVa(T). Moving on to the Round of 4, Maru entered a "David versus Goliath" match as his opponent was arguably the best StarCraft 2 player at the moment - STX.InnoVation(T). Shockingly, "Goliath" was swept aside with a clean 4-0 score which gave Maru serious bragging rights and incredible momentum entering the finals of the most prestigious StarCraft tournament in Korea. Meanwhile, Rain disposed of Bomber(T) in a dominating fashion and it seemed that with such good practise and win records against Terrans, we had our OSL winner, albeit on paper.
Both hotshots entered the finals with skyrocketing confidence. The protoss quickly snatched Akilon Wastes and Anaconda, spearheading into the lead in the best-of-seven. With "The Emperor" SKT1's head coach, BoxeR, watching pleased from the crowd, all things seemed to go their way. However, "The Prince" had other plans as he proceeded to equalise the score and completely outplay Rain in the tie-breaker, crushing his confidence. Once again sticking to his strengths, Maru's bio army overwhelmed Rain who tapped out and made the Prime terran the youngest "Royal Roader" in competitive StarCraft.
2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL: Premier League finals standings:
2. SKT1 Rain(P) - 12,000$ + 1,000 WCS Points + World Finals Seed
3. STX.InnoVation(T) - 7,000$ + 750 WCS Points + World Finals Seed
4. StarTale.Bomber(T) - 7,000$ + 750 WCS Points + World Finals Seed
Former lead editor and interviewer for SK Gaming
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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)
Throwback Thursday: MC Wins IEM VI World Championship
HerO wins IEM Cologne
WCS EU Premier Groups
Min Chul sets his sights at BlizzCon
Behold the Red Bull Battlegrounds!
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