The StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals are drawing near, but first 32 of the top StarCraft II players from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Southeast Asia, and South Korea will compete in the Asia Finals for the honor of representing their nation at the Battle.net World Championships in November.
In partnership with NetEase, Blizzard Entertainment will host the StarCraft II WCS Asia Finals on October 13 and 14 in Shanghai, China. The event will be held at the Baosteel Stage at the World Expo site, and will feature production by Gamefy TV.
Without further ado, let’s introduce the players who will be representing South Korea.
Jang "Creator" Hyun Woo
A 16-year-old has seized the attention of the Korean Peninsula. Creator and his upgrade-based Protoss strategy mowed through world class players including Liquid_Hero, SlayerSPuzzle, SKT_Rain, StarTale_PartinG, and StarTale_Squirtle, leading many to view him as most formidable player in the entire World Championship Series.
Park "Squirtle" Hyun Woo
Despite losing to Creator in the finals of the Korea Nationals, Squirtle displayed a lot of talent against excellent opponents throughout the competition and proved himself one of the best Protoss-vs-Protoss players in the world.
Won "PartinG" Lee Sak
PartinG boasted an impressive winning streak against a number of Terran, Zerg, and Protoss opponents in the Korea Nationals to secure a position in the winner’s bracket finals. As a result of his recent tournament success, many anticipate that he will be a contender to win the Asia Finals.
Shin "RorO" No Yeol
At KeSPA’s recommendation, RorO received a seed in the WCS Korea Nationals, where he became the only KeSPA-affiliated player to make it to the quarterfinals. His strong showing at the Korea Nationals propelled him into the StarCraft II spotlight, where he hopes to excel.
Jung "Rain" Yoon Jong
Despite a loss in the first round of the Korea Nationals, Rain battled back in the lower bracket to earn a spot in the Asia Finals by taking out formidable competition including LGIMHorror, FXOLeenock, 8th_JD, and StarTale_Curious.
Ahn "Seed" Sahng Won
Coming off his victory in GomTV’s GSL Season 3 championship, Seed defeated SlayerS_CoCa, FXOGumiho in the Korea Nationals to secure a position in the Asia Finals.
Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok
LiquidHero’s frequent victories against KeSPA-affiliated pros at the WCS Korea Nationals earned him the nickname “KeSPA Killer” and an esteemed opportunity to represent Korea in the Asia Finals.
Kim "herO" Joon Ho
In the days of StarCraft: Brood War, CJ_Hero played Zerg. In StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, however, he switched to Protoss, and his recent performance in the Korea Nationals shows why. CJ_Hero showcased his impressive Protoss play to defeat several notable pros, including SlayerS_YuGioh, MVP_TAiLS, CJ_EffOrt, and SlayerS_Puzzle.
Jun "Miya" Jong Bum
It is little exaggeration that Miya is the brightest new star unearthed by the WCS Korea Nationals. At the event, Miya seemed to be in the zone, where he proved beyond all doubt that he is capable of competing with the best.
Lee "Curious" Won Pyo
Some have said that the ever consistent Curious performed below his standards at the WCS Korea Nationals, but he overcame early struggles to defeat SKT_Rain, SlayerS_Miya, and SlayerS_Puzzle to advance to the Asia Finals.