MMA's first victim was the Polish pride, Nerchio. The Zerg was devastated by the on-form micro and macro of his terran opponent and was sent to the lower bracket with a clear 3-0 score. Next up was another European zerg in the face of VortiX who, unsurprisingly, made another deep run in the bracket. Despite dealing swiftly with terrans eariler in the tournament, the Spaniard fell, making it another clean 3-0 sweep in favour of MMA.
The other side of the bracket saw the "BossToss", SK.MC, enter a string of interesting matches on his way to the final. First up was the Norwegian acquisition of Team Dignitas - Targa. Despite the result spelling a decisive victory for the Korean, the zerg managed to take a map off with a beautiful engagement and give our protoss a very hard time. What awaited in the semifinals was a reborn Genius and a GSL quality mirror match. Our ace, however, dealt with his compatriot in a swift manner, 3-0 sweeping him and entered the grand final.
For our own Ming Chul this meant two things - he was the first player in WCS histroy to reach the final in consecutive seasons and also he broke the 400,000$ barrier in prize money won, solidifying his position as the highest grossing StarCraft 2 player to date.
The final clash started horribly for MC who quickly amounted a 3 game deficit versus the seemingly perfect play from MMA. The armies of the Acer player were always in the right place and in the right time and despite the best efforts of the defenders of Aiur, match point was reached.
After the harsh wake up call, MC retaliated by winning the next two games with aggressive strategies, counter-acting every move his opponent makes. This brought us to game six. Commentators and spectators alike were enjoying an incredible action-packed show and once they saw the approaching powerful one-base blink stalker all-in from the protoss, satisfaction could be read on their faces. Unfortunately, a mismicro saw the mothership core fall early which spelled disaster for SK.MC despite his best efforts to break the enemy defense. Finally, "Good Game" was called and MMA ended his 18-month dry streak by becoming the WCS Season 3 European Champion.
WCS Season 3 Europe Standings:
2.) SK.MC - 12,000$ + 1,000 WCS points
3.) mouz.VortiX - 7,000 + 700 WCS points
4.) Genius - 7,000 + 700 WCS points
*image courtesy of aligulac.com
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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