After advancing from regional qualifiers and the TeSL Pro League, 32 of Taiwan’s best StarCraft II players competed in the World Championship Series (WCS) Taiwan Nationals. At stake were nine slots in the Asia Finals, a $15,000 USD prize pool, and the title of Taiwan champion. The winner would also get a direct seed to the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China this November.
Round of 16
The Round of 16 was full of surprises. As a well-known former WarCraft III pro gamer, WayiSpiderFly (a.k.a. CareFly), has had great success transitioning to StarCraft II. However, as the round of 16 began, Fly lost two games to GamaniaSlam, a player who had never defeated him in the regular season of the TeSL Pro League. This defeat eliminated Fly from the competition. Meanwhile, beloved protoss veteran TtApolloHRU also met an unexpected end to his journey. He first lost to WayiSpiderLin and later was defeated by underdog - XpecIMwiNs. The biggest surprise may have been IanStorM, who was the only player who advanced to the round of 8 without being a member of a pro team.
The eight players who advanced to the round of 8 were: Sen, Slam, and Apro from team Gamabears, AK from team TtApollo, Hui, wiNs, Nilon from team XpecIM, and the underdog IanStorM.
Round of 8 and Wildcard Race
Although the top 8 players had already earned their slots to Asia Finals, higher cash prizes and the title of Taiwan champion were still at stake in the round of 8. Meanwhile, the players who lost in the round of 16 still had one last chance to advance to the Asia Finals: The Wildcard Race.
The round of 8 matches would prove even more intense. 16 year-old AK sent underdog IanStorM to the consolation bracket with a 2-1 win. Later, AK beat Hui 2-0, and advanced to the championship bracket final. At same time, Sen continued his winning streak, easily beating Slam and Nilon, and also claimed a spot at the championship bracket final. IanStorM made his way to the consolation final by defeating two strong protoss players, Hui & wiNs. There, he met AK again. There was still much at stake: the match determined who would stand on the main stage of the national final, which was held during the 2012 eSports Taiwan Open at the I-Shou university stadium, Kaohsiung. These two evenly matched players fought a breathtaking series. AK got an early advantage by winning game 1. However in the second game, Ian used excellent strategy to balance the scales at 1-1. Ultimately, AK’s superior macro skills won him a seat at the final.
While the round of 8 was proceeding, players continued to fight it out in the Wildcard Final. WayiSpiderFly found his footing and beat former pro gamer RongRong, to earn the last ticket to the Asia Finals.
The Final at the 2012 eSports Taiwan Open
The WCS Taiwan National finals were held at the 2012 eSports Taiwan Open on July 21, a milestone event in Taiwan eSports history. This event included 3 major events -The WCS Taiwan National finals, the Asia StarCraft II invitational Tournament (ASiT), and the TeSL 2012 StarCraft II pro league championship. It would also be the first time StarCraft II was broadcast on television in Taiwan for a full day! Even the oppressive heat couldn’t stop enthusiastic attendees from coming to event, as spectators lined up to crowd into the stadium. Two players prepared to face off in the WCS Taiwan National finals. In one corner, was Taiwan’s most famous player, GamaniaSen. Opposing him was the young, but talented, TtApolloAK. This match would be a symbolic clash between two generations of StarCraft players. While AK demonstrated his skills with excellent micro and macro, he simply could not stand against the might of Sen, who turned in an almost perfect performance. Sen ultimately crushed AK 5-0 in a decisive series to claim the title of Taiwan champion.
Please join us in congratulating Sen, the Taiwan StarCraft II national champion! He’ll move on to represent Taiwan in the WCS Asia Finals as well as the Battle.net World Championship in Asia later this year. Congratulations to all of the players who have earned the right to advance to the Asia Finals!
Round of 8
Championship Brackets, 1st Round
- XpecIMIan vs TtApolloAK（1, 2, 3）
- XpecIMHui vs XpecIMwiNs（1, 2）
- GamaniaSen vs GamaniaSlam（1, 2, 3）
- XpecIMNilon vs GamaniaApro（1, 2, 3, 4）
Championship Brackets, 2nd Round
Championship Brackets, Final
Consolation Brackets, 1st Round
Consolation Brackets, 2nd Round
Consolation Brackets, 3rd Round
Consolation Brackets, Final
Taiwan Nationals Final