This Week in Warcraft: September 12th-September 18th

18.09.17 | MR_Moonstruck , RehcraM 528

Never a dull week in the Warcraft 3 competitive scene, it seems! The playoffs have begun for Neo Star League (the tournament with the biggest prize pool this year), and the winner of the American Championship Series has been found!

Neo Star League 4 - Playoff Quarterfinals

Date: 12th September 2017
Cast by: 
Back2Warcraft
Bracket: 
SPOILER
VOD: Back2Warcraft broadcast

With a whopping prize pool of $22.000, the NSL playoffs have finally kicked off! Read here for results on the four quarterfinals!

Spoiler!

South Korea.pngLucifer had a rough time against South Korea.pngReMinD. The series ended in a fast 3-0 victory for ReMinD, who looked impeccably strong throughout the match.
Facing ReMinD in the semifinals will be South Korea.pngFoCuS, who managed to beat the other top Orc player, China.pngFly100%, 3-1, thereby showing just how good he is in the mirror matchup.

The incredibly well-performing China.pngInfi faced off against the Warcraft 3 legend South Korea.pngMoon. Although Moon managed to take the win on Ancient Isles, Infi showed us that Moon has not yet reached his old skill level after his long hiatus. Infi took the series 3-1.

In the 4th quarterfinal we saw China.pngYumiko against China.pngTH000. Yes, TH000 did in fact switch to Night Elf instead of playing his main race Human. In the last qualifier for WCA 2016, Yumiko had prepared for his match against TH000 for weeks. Back then, TH000 (knowing about Yumiko's preparation) also pulled off a race-switch to Night Elf, where he ended up winning on the back of a Dark Ranger skeleton push. History repeated itself as TH000 once again took the win over Yumiko, winning the match 3-1.

Remember that even though Yumiko, Moon, Fly100% and Lucifer lost, they are not yet eleminated from tournament. For the moment, they are merely down to the loser's bracket.

ACS

Date: Saturday September 16th-Sunday September 17th
Cast by: DPort, Ena1337, SpatenHTK, and DHamTV
Bracket: SPOILER
VODs: DPort Youtube Playlist

Spoiler!

ACS concluded this weekend with the tournament playoffs. Despite a couple of default losses due to players being unable to play their games, this weekend was as exciting and action-packed as the last, featuring more Priestess of the Moon action from MysT, as well as some Archmage-Tinker pushes from FeRfe and a fun tower push by Priest. Ultimately, LongWalk was able to climb back up from the lower bracket to get revenge on Hunter in the finals, and claim the first ACS crown, winning $748 and an invite to GCS Western Qualifier #2. 

Hols Cup 9

Date: 12th September 2017
Cast by: 
Back2Warcraft & Hi2Chaco
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Hi2Chaco Broadcast

Spoiler!

Foggy came through big time for Europe in this 9th edition of Hols Cup! Even though he faced four well respected South Korean players (South Korea.pngChaemiko, South Korea.pngSoK, South Korea.pngLucifer and South Korea.pngCheck), he managed to reach the finale without dropping a single map. Foggy thereby achieved to become the very first Western player, to reach a Hols Cup finale!

In the finale, Foggy faced off against a GCS summer 2017 finalist; none other than China.pngInfi. Going into the finale, Infi already looked a bit out of his top shape. In the semifinals, the underdog Russia.pngImperius managed to snatch the first game from Infi. We did, however, not see a double Western finale, since Infi managed to turn the tides and reverse sweep Imperius.

After losing the first game, Foggy made a swift revenge on Twisted Meadows. With a favourable side-by-side spawn for Foggy, he managed to destroy Infi's hopes for an expansion repeatedly with his Warden, mass huntresses and finally his Ancient Protector push, which led to him winning the game.

The loss to Ancient Protector push seemed to aggravate Infi, as on the 3rd map (Echo Isles) went straight for the immediate tower rush. Though Foggy tried to defend from it with Firelord, it simply was not enough to fight off the Guard Towers and the Beastmaster with his bear.
Trying to repeat his succes from map 3, Infi again went for the immediate tower rush. This time, however, Foggy made a clever move: he switched from the deffensive to the offensive, running to the unprotected human base and annihalated the defenseless peasants with his Firelord. And although he slipped up and lost his Tree of Life, which he could have moved out of the Guard Towers' range, he managed to win map 4 with a beautiful counterplay.

On map 5, which was played on Last Refuge, Infi decided to approach the game with a more normal playstyle. With his Archmage, he went for a very fast expansion. The expansion was, in spite of Foggy's Demon Hunter harass, succesful. The economical advantage the expansion gave Infi, was too much for Foggy to handle, thus ending the European player's great tournament in a heated battle ending 3-2 in favour of Infi.

A big applause to Infi for winning Hols Cup 9 and a perhaps even greater applause to Foggy for being the first Western player in a Hols Cup finale, and for taking a player of Infi's caliber all the way to map 5.

Ena Cup #4

Date: Saturday September 16th
Cast by: Ena1337
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Ena's Youtube Channel

Spoiler!

Of course, we had two Orcs meeting in the finals of Ena cup (Ena himself being an Orc player). OrcWorker had a good run this tournament, taking out Foggy 2-0, but was unable to take out the Korean orc legend FoCuS, losing to him 2-1 in the finals.

Gera Cup #125

Date: 17th September 2017
Cast by: Back2Warcraft
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Back2Warcraft broadcast

Spoiler!
With South Korea.pngLucifer, South Korea.pngCheck and South Korea.pngFoCuS all defeated in the quarterfinals, left in the semifinals were the Western elite: Russia.pngHappy, Ukraine.pngFoggy, Ukraine.pngSonik and Belarus.pngOrcWorker.

In the semifinals, Sonik took on OrcWorker. Capitalizing on his very aggressive playstyle, Sonik managed to kill OrcWorker's Blademaster early in two separate games. This, together with steady peon harassment, crippled OrcWorker's economy and gave Sonik enough experience to take the victory. OrcWorker did, however, manage to win the 2nd map after a devastating hit on Sonik's Talon army. The match ended 2-1 in Sonik's favour. Happy on the other hand, managed to eliminate Foggy seemingly easy, after just two quick games.

In the grand finale it was a fight between Sonik's aggressive heroes and Happy's phenomenal micro. Although Sonik's Warden pocket pick valiantly tried to harass, Happy repeatedly surrounded the Warden throughout the series. Happy took advantage of Sonik's failed harassment and happily took the 3-0.

Another week, another Gera Cup won by Happy!

Comments

Amazing JOB. I think we can call this as a column: WAR3 WEEKLY. So cool.
Very appreciated as always :)
Thank you so much Chatwin! That is a great idea for the name: originally I had thought of something similar to WAR3 WEEKLY, but it is only now that RehcraM is doing so much of the writing that we have been able to actually release them weekly XD I will look into the rebranding though, and if you want to post one to RN you could definitely do it with WAR3 WEEKLY as the title from my part, as long as RehcraM is fine with to too. Thank you very much Jesterhead! Love to see your comments on all the articles <3
War3 weekly is awesome. Great work!
Wow, MisterWinner won 355 bucks at HolS Cup. GG!
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