Just a quick preview, as I’m still learning about some of these top Korean players. This is more of a recap of the first two rounds more than anything else.
If you haven’t been watching the GSL, this is the biggest and best SC2 tournament so far, and the rest of the tournament should be very exciting.
You can watch these games bright and early in 3 hours at http://gomtv.net If you aren’t willing to wake up at 2:00AM PDT or 5:00AM EDT, you can find VODs around on the internet. The legal way to do it, however, is to spend $20 on a GOMTV season pass, which gives you high quality live stream, and high quality VODs. I did this and recommend it, as it’s a great way to support what is by FAR the best live Starcraft 2 tournament (in terms of prize money, players, coverage, EVERYTHING, I may do a post on what the MLG and ESL can learn from the GSL soon).
LotzePrime (P) vs NEXLiveForever (T)
LotzePrime took out Golmgh and IdrA in the first two rounds of the tournament, showing just how strong he was in those matchups. Both of those games went the full three, however showing that Lotze is not immune to losses. He is facing a Terran in this round, which he didn’t in the first two, and it will be interesting to see how his play translates to that matchup.
NEXLiveForever took down NesTea and AugustWeRRa in the first two rounds, August being a very strong opponent. Like Lotze, he has not yet played TvP in this tournament, so we don’t quite know how he will fare.
Lotze appears to be the stronger player, just from watching the few games from each player this tournament. It could turn out that LiveForever loves TvP and Lotze isn’t so strong against Terran, though, this should be quite an interesting series.
MakaPrime (T) vs LegalMind (P)
MakaPrime took down Focus and JookToJung in the first two rounds, Focus being a Protoss just like his current opponent LegalMind. Maka looked very strong, 2-0ing two skilled players, and is currently one of the favorites to win this tournament. He seems to do everything well relative to the other players in the tournament.
LegalMind won over a Terran in the round of 32, TankboyPrime, and will see if he can take down another member of Prime in day one of the round of 16. That matchup went 2-1, though, and Maka is much stronger than Tankboy.
This may be the most one-sided Round of 16 game, as Maka is one of the favorites, and LegalMind one of the more surprising round of 16 players.
CoolTSL (Z) vs oGsTOP(T)
CoolTSL aka Fruitseller 2-0′d both NEXTaeja and EternalPrime the first two rounds, Taeja being a Terran just like his RO16 opponent. A fan favorite, Cool is one of the very few Zerg players left in this tournament. He is extremely creative and extremely fun to watch, but also an amazingly good player. I love his infestor usage, and hope to see some infestor play this game.
oGsTOP took down a couple of the weaker Prime players with relative ease, but looked very strong in doing so. TOP didn’t play any Zerg in the first two rounds, but there is no reason to believe he won’t be good at this matchup.
I’m looking forward to a pretty close series, hopefully seeing three games. The current state of the metagame would put Cool at a slight disadvantage, but his creativity can negate that. This is my most anticipated matchup of the day for sure.
SanZenith (P) vs oGsInCa (P)
SanZenith aka SlayerS took down the foreigner TorcH and the 13 year old MaruPrime in the first two rounds. San probably had the easiest path to the round of 16, but was not given an easy matchup this round. We haven’t seen San’s PvP so far, so it could be interesting.
oGsInCa is 2-0′d ReXZanDarke and SengCunWeRRa in the first two rounds, showing that he can completely dominate the Protoss mirror matchup. His creative and solid play are very fun to watch, and he looks to be the favorite in this round.
InCa going 4-0 in this matchup in this tournament doesn’t bode well for San. Both are good players, but InCa has a bit of a stronger SC2 reputation and seemingly the matchup advantage. Protoss mirror can get boring at times, but with InCa around things could turn quite interesting.
I hope we get to see some great games! See you for a short recap tomorrow!