IEM Top 10 Replays
Posted by Julian "hattfatt" Koch 39 weeks, 1 day ago
IEM is over and I learned two things: some players are very good at this game and direct exposure to sunlight is overrated. Come in and see how good these players actually are and why sacrificing my own personal health was well worth it.
10. Feast vs NesTea
Everyone knows that Protoss players just love to get overrun by Zerglings, only to then be harrassed by roughly 50 Mutalisks. I still have all amounts of respect for Feast for not resorting to obscenities and almost making a comeback in the subsequent baserace.
9. MC vs LucifroN
Sometimes simplicity is king. MC's 2base4gate is a lot like 2girls1cup, as it is not pretty to look at but very effective if you want to make certain people squirm. Please acknowledge the fact that I refrained from all "breaking down the backdoor" and "coming from behind" jokes and went a significantly classier route.
8. NesTea vs PuMa
Mother Nature was clearly upset when PuMa took to setting the beautiful foliage of the sandy beaches of Ohana ablaze with the help of his Hellions. Mother Nature in this case is NesTea and he paid back all the damages with his army of banelings, much like Greenpeace activists near a whale fishing ship.
7. MC vs Kas
Here we are, constantly wondering what MC might be thinking, when he dances in front of the GSL casters for instance. And what's the deal with the Murloc hoodie? Why does he want to kill HuK? What is it that makes him do a carrier rush against Kas? Why the hell does it work?
6. Mvp vs NesTea
When these two meet, worlds collide. Israel and Palestine come to terms. Grown men pee their pants. It's Zeus versus Jupiter. Blue M&Ms against red M&Ms. Both equally good with an equally impressive record. Huge is the disappointment when these two masterminds spend the majority of the beginning in polite harmony, but that makes the grand finale all the more epic.
6. MC vs Kas
Once again it's MC facing Kas and it's not a typo. While typically TvP involves a lot of harrass, these two players clash heads like goats and gift each other nothing, like a failed marriage. 40 minutes of intense fights which would usually suffice for 3-4 separate games.
4. Killer vs NesTea
I'll just write down a handful of things that are in this replay, because putting them in sensitive correlation would exceed the limited amount of space in this article: dozens of Mutalisks, Broodlords, Mothership, Vortex, Spine wall, Mass Archons, Nydus network, island expansion, storm drops, Reavers. Okay, the last one was a lie.
3. viOLet vs Bomber
A supreme ZvT macro game that is strangely reminiscent of old BroodWar matches. Despite Bomber's army composition that is almost as badass as the cast of The Expandables, consisting of Thors, Tanks and Vikings, he stands no chance in the eventual baserace due to viOLet's immaculate use of burrowed units.
2. VortiX vs SuperNoVa
These two make for one of the comebackiest games of the tournament. VortiX falls behind 50 supply but makes things even with an epic break out. Then he proceeds to keep his opponent's income low by sieging his Planetary Fortress bit Broodlords forcing repairs. The costs are estimated to be somewhere between Diablo 3 post release patching and Dresden '45.
1. Mvp vs Slivko
A very standard build order by Slivko. He gets Ultralisks, Broodlords and... a Command Center. All due to Mvp's godly mercy, because his SkyTerran transition with Battlecruisers and Raven faced no threat from Slivko's dwindling army.
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July 29 - August 5