Over two days of hard-fought StarCraft II tournament action, 32 players from China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea competed to determine who would emerge as Asia's StarCraft II champion. With the last of the World Championship Series continental finals completed, having been preceded by South America, Oceania, North America, and Europe, the final names for the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai on November 16-17 have been determined.
Seeds to the Battle.net World Championship were awarded to the top six performers: Jung "Rain" Yoon Jong, Won "PartinG" Lee Sak, Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok, Kim "herO" Joon Ho, Lee "Curious" Won Pyo, and Shin "RorO" No Yeol. Other participants who have already earned spots in the Battle.net World Championship are Hui "Comm" Shen, Yang "Sen" Chia Cheng, and Jang "Creator" Hyun Woo.
Rain, who achieved his first Grand Championship finish in a major tournament since moving from StarCraft: Brood War pro play to StarCraft II just five months ago, was dominant throughout the weekend. Along the way, he faced and defeated Taiwan’s Su San “Nilon” Yong, China’s Sun "F91" Yi Feng and Huang "TooDming" Hui Ming, and then his fellow South Koreans CJ.herO, TL.HerO, and PartingG. Rain only dropped one map in the tournament, a close PvP struggle with CJ.herO, who then fell to PartinG in the lower bracket just before PartinG dispatched TL.HerO to set up the Grand Final.
Going into the Grand Final, both Rain and PartinG were on a two-match PvP win streak, and it was hard to guess who might win, as PartinG was fresh from avenging a 0-2 loss to TL.HerO earlier in the day by handily defeating TL.HerO 2-0 in the semi-final. But this Grand Final quickly turned into a demonstration of force by Rain, who overwhelmed PartingG in 13 minutes and 12 minutes respectively, for a 2:0 victory and the $24,000 first place prize.
Here are VOD links to many of the matches throughout the tournament:
Special thanks to subreddit SpoilerFreeSC for finding the timestamps in the list above.
Full Asia Finals results brackets
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