StarCraft® II

The Best at BlizzCon -- NaNiwa, Revival, duckdeok, Mvp, aLive

The Best at BlizzCon -- NaNiwa, Revival, duckdeok, Mvp, aLive

The race to BlizzCon is over. Now that we know which players have been called to BlizzCon, the time has come to focus on the competition at hand. The mix of hopefuls includes icons of competitive StarCraft®, newcomers with fresh styles, and dominant players showing no signs of slowing down. In various ways, they’ve all done enough to get to Anaheim for BlizzCon, and they now each stand four wins away (five for NaNiwa or Revival) from hoisting the Gosu Trophy.

Where these players were before the 2013 WCS doesn’t matter anymore. They’ve all travelled the globe and redefined themselves over the last several months. Beginning November 8 at the WCS Global Finals in Anaheim, they’ll have one last chance to show the eSports world who they are and what makes them great.

The profiles below are mere snapshots of a particular group of players. They’ll write their final 2013 WCS stories at BlizzCon.


Full name: Johan ‘NaNiwa’ Lucchesi  Race: Protoss Team: Alliance

Best matchup: vs. Terran, 26-11. NaNiwa lost early at IEM-New York, but then took a series against a player of each race to fight his way back to second place in the tournament.

How he got here:
5th (t) –  Season 2 Finals (1000 WCS points)
Runner Up – DreamHack Stockholm (450 WCS points)
Runner Up – IEM-New York (450 WCS points)

How good he was in 2013: The Swedish Protoss player used skill and luck to make it this far. He fought tooth and nail to take points out of IEM-New York in his last WCS-sanctioned tournament, and then watched intensely as every remaining Premier League and Season 3 Finals result unfolded in his favor. Even then, he only guaranteed himself a trip to Blizzard headquarters to face Revival in a play-in game on the eve of the full Global Finals. With NaNiwa, is it be better to be lucky than good?

vs. INnoVation at the Season 2 Finals

vs. duckdeok at the Season 2 Finals


Full name: Kim ‘Revival’ Dong Hyun Race: Zerg Team: Evil Geniuses


Photo courtesy of Kevin Chang for Team Liquid

Best matchup: vs. Zerg, 30-18. Before winning his America Challenger League match against JonSnow, Revival hadn’t faced a Zerg player in WCS competition since America Premier League Season 2, when he lost to Scarlett.

How he got here:
Runner Up – America Premier League Season 1 (1000 WCS points)
Champion – IEM-Shanghai (750 WCS points)

How good he was in 2013: Revival’s greatest advantage in the Global Finals might be the scarcity of Zerg players. If he can play his way into the full tournament, he’ll be the third Zerg player with Jaedong and Soulkey. It’ll be interesting to see which sort of player has the advantage at BlizzCon: those who’ve had plenty of time off to relax and prepare or those, like Revival, who’ve been playing significant high stakes StarCraft II for the last few weeks.

vs. aLive at the America Premier League Season 1

vs. Scarlett at the America Premier League Season 1


Full name: Kim ‘duckdeok’ Kyung Deok Race: Protoss Team: MVP

Best matchup: vs. Protoss, 31-19. His win percentage versus Zerg is actually higher, but he’s taken down more prominent Protoss players such as NaNiwa and MC.

How he got here:
Champion – Europe Premier League Season 2 (1500 WCS points)
9th(t)  - Season 2 Finals (750 WCS points)
9th(t)  - Season 3 Finals (750 WCS points)

How good he was in 2013: Coming out of nowhere to win WCS Europe Premier League in Season 2, duckdeok instantly became a fan favorite because of his overt displays of emotion. He quickly became known for his toughness and composure under pressure by beating MC in the finals to take Europe.

Tears of Joy

Duckdeok over Stephano in EU Premier League


Full name: Jung ‘Mvp’ Jong Hyun Race: Terran Team: Incredible Miracle

Best matchup: vs. Zerg, 22-7. Mvp hasn’t lost a series against a Zerg player since early May 2013 (DIMAGA).

How he got here:
Champion – Europe Premier League Season 1 (1500 WCS points)
3rd (t) –  Season 1 Finals (1500 WCS points)

How good he was in 2013: Mvp was one of the favorites to dominate WCS Europe in Season 1 and that’s exactly what he did in rampaging through Premier League and running deep into the Season 1 Finals. With that bank of WCS points in his pocket, he wasn’t the same player throughout the rest of 2013.

vs TLO. So many Firebats 

vs Stephano for the Europe Premier League Crown.  Again, Firebats.


Full name: Han ‘aLive’ Lee Seok Race: Terran Team: Evil Geniuses


Photo courtesy of Kevin "Silverfire" Chang

Best matchup: vs. Zerg, 23-15. In the Season 2 Finals, aLive started the weekend by winning five straight maps, with at least one win over each race.

How he got here:
5th (t) – Season 1 Finals (1000 WCS points)
5th (t) – Season 2 Finals (1000 WCS points)
3rd (t) – America Premier League Season 1 (750 WCS points)

How good he was in 2013: In the Season 1 Finals, aLive showed good composure in fighting his way out of the group stage against three straight Zerg opponents. In the Season 2 Finals, his comfort level in TvZ matchups was on display again when he took down Scarlett in group stage play, avenging an earlier sweep by the Canadian in America Premier League.

vs. DeMusliM in America Premier League
vs. Oz in AM Premier League
 

*statistics courtesy of Team Liquid

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