MLG WC: CLR 7 Winners - Mostly Predictable

Posted by Andrei "procyonlotor" Filote at 25 March 2012 20:48


The iron's hot at MLG Columbus and the competition is hammering away. Here are the latest results, straight from the furnace.

Out of Steam

It was about time for Ret to go down. The pattern fits his established behavior: the potentially brilliant player managing to push into the meatier end of the tournament but failing to gather his momentum and execute the final push into the late late stages. When people say Ret “could have done it” they really mean it, and JYP is the last guy to be ashamed to lose again. Unless you’re DRG, of course.

Pretty Fly, for a Foreigner Guy

We all agree: SaSe’s pretty good, but he’s spent most of Columbus cleaning up foreigners or their near equivalent (read: Select). A notable exception to this trend is GanZi, but that’s all. It came as no surprise then when Violet promptly dispatched our Swedish hopeful, which isn’t to say he is in any way hopeless, only that there’s still a long way to go before he can sit at the same table as PartinG and Oz.

“No, Mr. Socke, I expect you to lose.”

But he didn’t. Socke spent the first two days of MLG Columbus losing to better players, but he’s making up for lost time on Championship Sunday. He has so far taken out four favorites, two of which were likely to make appearances in the final stages of the tournament. Puma - TvP god - no problem. DeMuslim - hero terran of prophecy - change in his pocket. Crazymoving - zerg revelation who crushed the Open Bracket - get in line. TheSTC - future winner of Code S - not yet you’re not buddy. Next on Socke’s list: HuK.

As it turns out, it’s hard to get one up on Canada, especially when you’re starting with an 0 - 2 disadvantage owing to an earlier loss to HuK in the pool stage. Socke’s run might be over, but he came dangerously close to touching heaven in what might be considered the veteran’s breakout performance.

Meanwhile, HuK advances to face NaNiWa. The final two foreigners in the running are going to be cut down to one, the last survivor sent against the Korean grinder.

The Eternal Conflict

A theme in MC’s career has been the killing of terrans other people think are pretty good. After a less than fulfilling start, losing to MKP, GanZi, and ThorZaiN, we wondered whether MC was experiencing a lapse in monsterhood. Polt proved us wrong, going down like clockwork to two of MC’s unfailing timing attacks. It’s funny how over his entire career MC has avoided being called the Timing Toss or some other variation on an all-inish, two base theme. MC tries to play on the long term, he really does, but when the terrans get in his way, there’s only one fall back: cue Timing Attack!

Long gone are the days of MC’s PvP invincibility. The Boss Toss is now as fallible as the next guy, and NaNiWa was just the latest to remind him he has become just another mortal. For MC, losing to NaNiWa means dropping out of the tournament. For the Swede, the victory brings greater glory for his team and for himself, but most of all it means going against an old nemesis in HuK, beyond which lies the Korean run end game

Back to GSL

Every MLG there is usually one or more Korean participants going under the radar: the quiet success story, unsung, unhyped. They usually go far into the tournament, entering places where foreigners would be honored with hymns for going into, but then just as silently dropping out of the competition. This time around it was aLive. As anyone watching GSL can tell you, aLive is one of the strongest terrans at the moment. His performance here didn’t bely that fact, but it was must have gone underplayed, especially when facing the now more at home ViOlet - more at home, and more famous.

aLive may go home ultimately unfulfilled though taking with him a solid performance, but ViOlet will go forward to meet the tournament’s other silent success, GanZi. What can be said is that GanZi didn’t do badly. He dotted his Is and crossed his Ts in pool play and that placed him at the very end of the bracket waiting for the one to break through. JYP’s less than adequate PvT was sure to have had a say in the result, but let’s be honest, GanZi is good, and ViOlet ought to be right up his alley.

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