Not really what was expected by everyone, viOLet and Illusion both dropped games, while the huge underdogs as stated in the Day 1 Review, Sleep and Dream, went flawless in their respective group; all four players from Group B.
Lots of upsets, lots of solid games; a bit repetitive, but you have to expect a certain amount from a LAN run at a college. Keep in mind this entire LAN has been overshadowed severely by DreamHack going on later today throughout mid-day Monday, and most of these lower level players (despite being high masters at the least, in most cases) have been completely forgotten about by other coverage sites; not cool. Every competitor, regardless of event size, deserves the same amount of coverage.
Monster of Team MVP dropped a game late Friday night, something that was unexpected due to his amazing performance at MLG Anaheim. We're not even into the second day at GESL, and only three out of the 24 players remain flawless; Inori, Sleep and Dream. Can these young Koreans come out on top and surprise the crowd? Time will tell. Inori's constant warpgate and 2-base contain play yesterday looked exceptional while Sleep did his own quick rush strategies to hold onto that perfect record. Dream was all over the place, going for macro games and micro games, ending some games in 10 minutes and others in just under 40; being the youngest at this LAN and one of the youngest ever to appear at a LAN of this caliber makes him one of the favorites to watch throughout the rest of the weekend, despite being called a "longshot" by some.
Expect some very defensive play from Alicia, being one of the top Protoss players at this event. We saw him hold a six pool Friday night along with a cannon rush, and he's proving to be a force to be reckoned with. There's nothing really much for him to worry about, as DRG isn't at this event to engulf his entire army 30 seconds into the game with a maxed comp. The man with wickedly long sideburns (Clide), managed to also make it out 2-0 of his group play along with Ryung, sniping a series off Caliber and then reigning supreme in a huge TvT battle against Kawaii mid-afternoon yesterday. Hwangsin was the only Korean to lose a game aside from viOLet, but I think because of his extraordinary mech-based army comps, he could come out very high on the rankings today. Expect Golden to come out on top once again heading into Championship Sunday, as well as viOLet to drop a game to his Terran opponent; I still don't think his ZvT is on par as of late, and he needs to really soldify that matchup to perform better at these LANs. As said before, Dream is the kid to watch, as he could be one of the youngest SC2 players ever to win a fairly-sized LAN. Due to DreamHack, coverage might be crippled today, but will resume full pace on Sunday when we have more people covering the event.
You know how the routine goes. Coverage of GESL can be found HERE.
Posted 1 year ago: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 17:24:43 +0100