Even worse this time with the picks, I went 1/4, with Kas being the correct choice. We saw a huge upset and another 3-0 comeback from a player that was down 0-2. Let's briefly go over what went down.
The story of the day easily goes to JonnyREcco, Team Dignitas' newest pickup that stunned viewers yesterday in what was the biggest underdog story in quite a while, as he 3-1'd NaNiwa. NaNiwa, a former Dig player himself, just seemed offbeat as he was misclicking and just not building the right unit compositions. Ultimately, through the use of superb micro and macro, Jonny sent wave after wave of units, dwindling the Swede's army down until it was all gone, forcing the GG's. In the post-game interview with TeamLiquid, Jonny says "I got to see the games of him vs SortOf so I stole the build and adjusted it a bit," giving credit to studying an opponent's build to overtake Quantic's beast.
The well-mannered Kas managed to edge out Fraer in a quick 3-0 series, yet still manages to smirk and say that his opponent was a very good player and that he should receive equal amounts of respect, showing that Kas is a true sport and solid competitor as well. Regarding the matter, he said "We [Fraer and I] played in RSL a week ago twice, Bo5 and Bo7 where I won 3-1 and 4-1 (1 map favor) so I was really confident, but I know right now he is very good and one of best Protoss in Europe, so I was preparing a lot." If he can keep up the quick 3-0's, he'll make it quite far in this tournament. After all, he says it's a special tournament for him and he wants to go as far as his skill will allow.
I underestimated Keen's ability to go keen, as he swept Welmu 3-0 in what seemed to be the blink of an eye. Regarding the 2-0 Welmu laid down on PuMa, Keen said "Whoa, really? I didn't know that;; I think I won easily because I played without that in mind," just a further example of how intense his training regimen was -- he had no idea. He says that his only distraction in this tournament is NaNiwa's Protoss play, but after seeing him get manhandled by JonnyREcco, that may be quelled by next week. Let's see how keen Keen can stay throughout TSL4.
Last but not least, Life ressurected himself from a 0-2 series, bringing it back game after game making the final score 3-2 in his favor over Elfi, a player that's proven himself numerous times on LAN. He says he'd rather face Kas than Fraer next week, as he hates playing Protoss players -- let's hope that the luck of the draw is with him on that one. He says that his games are not satisfying himself and they need to improve quickly to be on par with the rest of the competitors, but hopes to do so by the next match he plays in TSL4.
As usual, any updates or previews can be seen here at Cadred.
Posted 9 months ago: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:31:13 +0100