When the WCS Season 2 Finals kick off on August 23, there will be no question about the level of talent in the field of 16 players. One of the most intriguing stories early on will be Choi "Polt" Seong Hun’s path out of Group B and into the knockout stages. With $40,000 and 3000 WCS points awaiting the grand champion, Polt stands to become a serious contender at the WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon this November, but placement and seeding in the group stage could make a huge difference.
Most of the excitement around the Korean-born Texan comes from his outstanding run to the WCS America Premier League Championship in Season 2. He took down TaeJa 3-2 in the semi-finals, and then swept Jaedong for the championship. Polt’s Terran vs. Protoss game was awesome, and he only seemed to get stronger with each round. Only fellow Terran TaeJa found ways to get to Polt, taking a best-of-three between the two during the round of 32 and, when they faced each other in the Premier League semifinals three weeks later, forcing a fifth game in a best-of-five.
It was Polt’s game 3 win over TaeJa in that series that turned heads. Polt engaged on multiple fronts, used three or four army groups on overwatch to control the middle of the map, and easily switched between attacking and defending as the situation dictated with icy composure.
The other Terran he’ll see in the group stage is Korea’s Bomber. The other two players, Grubby and First, play Protoss, and Polt may have a tough climb, but he appears to be well prepared. His excellent harassing techniques, quick decisions, and powerful macro play have all been sharpened by recent matches.