You could call fraer the surprise of the tournament so far. The Ukrainian protoss made it through the three group stages virtually unscathed, beating the likes of PuMa, Vampire and indeed DIMAGA on his way to the top 4. Although the Radical Online X-tremist (don't worry, it's only his team name) has played solidly before, this is his first impressive showing at an offline event. Will he be able to pull the ultimate upset, and go all the way, or will the experience and composure of veteran DIMAGA prove too much?
The series started off with a somewhat hectic 2-base 6-gate by fraer, who scrambled to get up a pylon somewhere in the vicinity of DIMAGA. The zerg was able to deny all pylons quite quickly, while chasing off the warped in units with some early zerglings. The failed aggression instantly put fraer behind on economy, so he decided to go for a warp-prism harass style. After the harass was also fended off fraer returned home with his main army, being down 2 bases and almost 60 supply. DIMAGA once again did his trademark baneling drop play style which he has used to often throughout this tournament, and DIMAGA once again crushed his opponent, flying over the force fields and quite literally laying the smackdown on fraer right outside his base. Being worn-out by the constant streams of zerglings and infestors that followed the huge overlord drop DIMAGA took a convincing 1-0 lead over fraer early on.
The second map was worlds apart from the first map. By using an MC-esque two base pressure build fraer tried to surprise DIMAGA, who usually relies solely on zerglings during the early stages of the game. With fraer tiptoeing his units around the attack paths on Cloud Kingdom DIMAGA didn't find out about the impending danger until the very last moment, meaning fraer's attack had maximum effect. With the zerg's supply plummeting and the drones getting annihilated ROX.KiS fraer tied the series back up with a perfectly executed snipe-build.
With a spot in the finals on the line, which includes a direct seed into the DreamHack Grand Finals later this year, both players were back on equal footing on DayBreak. Fraer tried to do some more early aggression but failed because of DIMAGA's active zerglings on the map. After killing the zealots and denying the pylons DIMAGA showed he wasn't messing around, building no less than 20 drones at one time. What followed was a back and forth tug of war between the two Ukrainians, with warp-in's on the one side of the map, baneling drops on the other, and straight up battles in the middle. For minutes there was no clear winner, as the constant floods of zerglings and roaches were countered by near-perfect micro of fraer's blink stalkers. After an unbelievable fight DIMAGA some how held up, pushed fraer back and contained him in his base. The game was all but over when DIMAGA was producing 14 infestors at one time, showing his economical superiority. Fraer attempted one last ditch all-in, probes and all, but it did not matter. DIMAGA has put himself back out there, as he will now be playing in a finals rematch of Assembly Summer 2011 against his Polish rival MouzMaNa.
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|Victor Meulendijks // mvicK|
Posted 11 months ago: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:26:56 +0100
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