Its been well documented that Stephano’s ZvZ is “trash” and so far this weekend there’s been a lot of evidence in favour of the theory. A loss to the previously unknown Infused player Ziktomini on Day 1 followed by a defeat at the hands of sLivko last night made many people doubt the ability of the cocky French player’s ability to beat a top level Zerg, or even a mid-level one at that. When the brackets were drawn and the Nerchio – Stephano matchup was revealed an overwhelming amount of fans thought that it was game over for him. To let you in on a little secret, we at cadred did too – that’s why we paid such close attention to these games. We were rubbing our hands together at the chance to present Nerchio as the resurgent player finally reaching a major semi-final. Well no deal. Stephano doesn’t play ball for anyone, not even cadred. Throwing the script in the bin and then the bin out of the window, Stephano took the match convincingly in two maps. I guess that’s one way to take out the trash.
Game one took place on DayBreak and it opened with the usual frenetic Zergling/Baneling pokes and prods that dominate early game ZvZ. Unfortunately for Stephano he came off a little worse and crucially missed his chance to scout the Spire that Nerchio was constructing. With late tech, Stephano was thrust onto the back foot and lost map control to Nerchio as soon as the Mutalisks came out. However, with brave Zergling attacks he was able to deny Nerchio’s third base despite not being able to secure his own. From this point on the game began to stabilise. Stephano got his Infesters out eliminated the Mutalisk flock and with great roach stalling tactics managed to hold off the threatening pushes of Nerchio. Then, in a stroke of genius Stephano pulled his lings from defence and sent them into the mineral lines of Nerchio, ravishing the economy of the Polish player. From this point onwards the victory was never really in doubt. Nerchio was unable to keep up with Stephano’s hive tech army and he was forced to tap out.
Game two started in a similar fashion, this time on Ohana. Both players expanded but economy was not the aim of Nerchio’s game this time as he powered to a strong Roach and Zergling army. Attacking with lings at the front and Roaches at the third, Nerchio was able to successfully take out the third base of Stephano before he was forced to retreat. However Stephano didn’t seem fazed. Double expanding in retaliation, Stephano’s more powerful economy afforded him a roach army that was equal in size to Nerchio’s but with vastly superior upgrades. As the two armies clashed it was really only a formality. The game was Stephano’s and so was the match.
The semi-final place is secure, where he will be facing MaNa (yes MaNa, not Hero). Stay tuned to find out if Stephano can go all the way and cement his place as the best foreigner in the game.
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|Graham Kirkup // BigLighthouse|
Posted 11 months ago: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:23:37 +0100
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