WCS ended the way many thought it may, with EG Stephano claiming the first place prize of $24,000 dollars. In his own words “to the bank” it goes, again and again.
Blizzard's World Championship Series did what it set out to do, and that is to mark the best of the best by country, continent and eventually the world. This weekend made it official that Stephano is the #1 foreigner without a shadow of a doubt. It also made the speculation and trash talkers eat their words, saying anyone who joins EG would fall to the wayside because of the EG Curse. Let’s let Evil Geniuses relish in the glory of this one for a while.
Let’s rewind back and discuss what transpired:
The Spanish Armada: Lucifron and Vortix. Brothers’ almighty. What a performance these two had, even having to face each other in the semi-finals, something we’ve never seen prior to this event. Placing 3rd and 2nd accordingly, the duo made headlines across the globe and really kept Spain on the map as far as SC2 pro’s go. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t set in stone that these guys were here to stay. We all recognized their talent and great games in the past, but this really cemented their status for the year to come.
FXO LoWeLy had a strong performance, coming in 4th place. ReDeYe remarked on stage “no one expected you to even get top 16”, and to be honest, he was probably right. He showed he has what it takes to compete with Europe’s best and really was innovational in his games. In a ZvZ against Stephano, he triple evolution chamber blocked after recognizing that a huge pressure was incoming. He didn’t win the series but it’s that kind of thinking and reactional play that marks a great player. We can expect more good games from LoWeLy in tournaments to follow including the World Finals in China.
We’re back to the fated “Grubby Line”. For those of you who don’t know the meaning, it’s basically an imaginary line thought up by some of the Team Liquid staff for just coming short of top placement. Manuel is famous for it – I mean it’s HIS line. Usually it’s in relation to tournaments with Koreans. Regardless, he showed extremely good games, after dropping the first series of Day 1, he pummeled through 5 players before being stopped by Lucifron. Finishing 5/6th alongside BabyKnight is no small feat though, as they both secure spots for WCS China and a $1200 Euro’s for their trouble.
WCS brought together one of the finest tournament’s in Starcraft 2 history. The production, the casting, analysis, hosting, and players really were among the best we’ve ever seen. One thing is for sure, we can all look forward to WCS World Finals in Shanghai China on October 17th and 18th. EG Stephano proved again that he is the world’s best foreigner and all that’s left is to compete against the Koreans.
The prize pool for the Global Finals has just been released and if there’s ever a motivation for him and others, it’s this. A share of $250,000 dollars will be spread out among the top finishers with $100,000 for first. So without further ado, congratulations to all who competed in WCS Europe, fine work everyone!
WCS EU Final Standings:
1st $24,000 Stephano
2nd $9,000 VortiX
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3rd $3,600 LucifroN
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4th $1,800 LoWeLy
5th-6th $1200 BabyKnight
5th-6th $1200 Grubby
7th $1200 Nerchio
8th $1200 Happy