This Week in Warcraft: 3rd-9th of October

08.10.17 | MR_Moonstruck , RehcraM 321

In a week filled to the very brim with action, we have seen MooCup#100, NSL, Race Wars, two(!) Gera Cups and several other tournaments! If you did not manage to catch all the results - which would be understandable - you are in luck. Read the article below to get a summary of last week's competitive Warcraft 3!

Race Wars

Date: 6th-8th October, 2017
Cast by: Back2Warcraft(Neo)
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Back2Warcraft Youtube Playlist

Spoiler!

Which race is the greatest in all of Warcraft? China.pngTeD and his fans attempted to answer that question by sponsoring Race Wars, a tournament that pitted three of the top players of each race against the others in a battle for supremacy. For more details about the organisation of Race Wars, check out Super Cute Zombie's Race War Announcement article.

This year's Race Wars some saw action packed and surprising matches. Team Human managed to beat team Night Elf in the first match of the tournament. Ukraine.pngFoggy gave a strong showing against China.pngRomantic in the first series of Human vs Night Elf. Although he fell to a tower rush before hero build by Romantic on Ancient Isles in the second map, he defeated it the second time on Terenas Stand with some strong Firelord play to take his round. Unfortunately, the remaining Night Elves, China.pngLife and South Korea.pngLawLiet, were unable to stop the juggernauts China.pngInfi and China.pngTH000, and so team Human advanced to the winner bracket finals and sent Night Elves to the Lower Bracket.

Team Undead showed surprising dominance over team Orc in the second match of the first day, with China.pngWfz and China.png120 winning their series against South Korea.pngFoCuS and China.pngFly100%, respectively, so fans were left to wait until day two to watch the return of South Korea.pngLyn.

Day 2 saw Humans proving to be too much for the Undead scourge. TH000 steam rolled South Korea.pngLucifer in the first match up of the day, continuing his dominance over the Korean Undead this week. Wfz managed to pull off a win against Romantic, but Infi continued to show his dominance over 120 in BO3 matches, sending team Undead to the lower bracket to face the winner of Night Elf vs. Orc.

The first match of the loser bracket commenced on day 2, where we got to see the first series with the "King of the Hill" format. This seemed to work well for the Night Elves, as LawLiet managed to single handedly defeat the Orc team in some very impressive matches.

Day 3 of Race Wars saw the lower bracket finals and the conclusion of the entire tournament with the grand finals directly afterwards. In the lower bracket, team Night Elf gave a valiant effort against team Undead, with Life eliminating Lucifer as well as the reigning world champion 120. Wfz managed to save the tournament dreams of team Undead, eliminating both Life and LawLiet, setting up a rematch against team Human to determine the outcome of the tournament.

120 took the first series against Romantic, giving the lead to team Undead. Lucifer continued to struggle against TH000, losing his third series against the Chinese Human this week. This left Wfz to face the incredibly dominant Infi to determine the strongest race in Warcraft in 2017. Many people questioned the composition of team Undead, stating that Lucifer and/or Wfz shouldn't be on the team and should be replaced by Happy. Those who doubted Wfz were proven wrong as the China man defeated Infi in the grand finals of Race Wars to prove Undead's dominance in 2017 and to finish the tournament without dropping a single series.

MooCup #100

Date: 7th October, 2017
Cast by: Marsimoo
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Germany.pngMarsimoo 
          United Kingdom.pngDPortGaming

48 players joined the celebration of the 100th MooCup! If you want to read more about MooCup, our writer, Supercutezombie, very recently wrote an article about MooCup#100, which included an interview with the tournaments founder, Germany.pngMarsimoo.

Spoiler!

With two of the top seeded players, Russia.pngHappy and South Korea.pngFoCuS, losing to respectively Ukraine.pngFoggy and Belarus.pngXelsing we in the end had a final with Foggy and South Korea.pngChaemiko.

Chaemiko played very aggresively in the first two games, where in both cases he went with an early all-in tower push. Foggy managed to defend against it well in both games, which made Chaemiko's strategy fall flat.

In the third game, Chaemiko chose a more traditional gamestyle, where he calmly and collectedly assembled his army of riflemen, spell breakers and casters. The game culminated in a fantastic battle, where Foggy used Wand of Illusion to create three more bears to intimidate Chaemiko. Chaemiko was, however, not scared off and - expecting a long battle - decided to powerbuild an Arcane Vault. The fight lasted several minutes and by microing his peasants formiddably, for example by surrounding heroes and walling off bears to delay them, Chaemiko won the fight and thereby the map.

On the next map, Chaemiko - once again - went for the early all-in tower push, which - once again - fell flat. Foggy ended up winning the series 3-1.
One has to wonder, why Chaemiko so persistently tried to make the tower push work, especially in the game map after winning the third map in such a beautiful manner.

Although he lost, the highlight of the series definitely goes to Chaemiko's amazing peasant-wallblock on Foggy's bears!

Neo Star League

Date: 5th October, 2017
Cast by: Back2Warcraft(Neo)
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Back2Warcraft Youtube Playlist

Spoiler!

South Korea.pngMoon continues his strong show in NSL this week, taking out South Korea.pngFoCuS 3-1 in an impressive manner.

In the other lower bracket quarter final, China.pngTH000 dominated South Korea.pngLucifer with simply inhuman play. Lucifer had some moments where he looked strong, but TH000 always had an answer ready and managed to take out the Korean Undead 3-0.

China.pngInfi, South Korea.pngRemind, South Korea.pngMoon, and China.pngTH000 are now all qualified for the offline portion of NSL! The remainder of the online bracket will be played out over the next couple of weeks to determine the seeding for the offline event, which will take place sometime in November. Full details about the offline "Ascension" phase and the dates for the remaining games can be found on the Liquipedia bracket.

Gera Cup #127

Date: 3rd October, 2017
Cast by: Hi2Chaco
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Hi2Chaco Youtube

Spoiler!

Facing his nemesis, Ukraine.pngFoggy - rather unexpectedly - beat Russia.pngHappy 2-0 in the semifinals of Tuesdays Gera Cup, thus advancing him to the final.

On the other side of the grid, Belarus.pngOrcWorker played against South Korea.pngFoCuS in the semifinals. What was expected to be a quick win for FoCuS ended up in the opposite: a 2-0 match in OrcWorker's favour.

So though a final with Happy-FoCuS was probably expected by most, none of the two got there. Instead, OrcWorker, who beat Foggy 3-2 last sunday and qualified for GCS, and Foggy, who probably was glad to have a chance at redemption against OrcWorker, met in the final.

Foggy channeled his pursuit for vengeance, and won very convincingly 3-0, even using a different strategy on each map: First map he went with huntresses, utilizing their movement speed on the big map (Twisted Meadows), talons on the second map, and on the third map he put the final nail in the coffin with mass dryads!

So even though Foggy did not manage to take the first Western GCS qualifier, he definitely redeemed himself, and proved that he is more than capable of winning the second and last GCS qualifier.

Gera Cup #128

Date: 6th October, 2017
Cast by: Hi2Chaco
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Hi2Chaco Twitch

Spoiler!
In a Gera Cup with more expected results, than the previous Gera Cup - except maybe Belarus.pngOrcWorker beating South Korea.pngChaemiko 2-0 - we ended up with a classic Ukraine.pngFoggy versus Russia.pngHappy final.

Happy improved his match win rate to a staggering 77% (23-7) against Foggy, after beating him 3-0.

BaltPlay Open Cup - Qualifier 2

Date: 6th October, 2017
Cast by: Hi2Chaco
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Hi2Chaco Youtube

Spoiler!
In the second open qualifier for the BaltPlay Open Cup, 20 players signed up to have a chance of joining South Korea.pngFoCuS (who qualified in the first open qualifier) in the upcoming tournament.

A couple of very familiar names ended up in the final against each other. You guessed it: Ukraine.pngFoggy versus Russia.pngHappy. Foggy shook up his usual strategy against Happy, and tried Keeper of the Grove and huntresses on the second map. Deciding to creep to level 2, Foggy arguably made a mistake, missing out on harassing Happy and delaying him, which would have allowed Foggy to assemble an army of huntresses, to run down Happy's ghouls/skeletons.

The series ended 3-0 in Happy's favour, advancing him to BaltPlay Open Cup, where he will meet up with FoCuS.

 Balkan League 2017

Date: 7th October, 2017
Cast by: United Kingdom.pngHi2Chaco and Bulgaria.pngNoThx+MicroAway
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Hi2Chaco Twitch

Spoiler!
Bulgaria.pngSworD managed to win the league, after a close match against the aggressive Croatia.pngRaZZoRMaN, who plays an interesting style with Far Seer first often followed by a Fire Lord tower push. SworD came through 3-2 in the semifinals. 
In both the winner bracket finale as well as the grand finale, SworD faced, and beat Serbia.pngAjk. The matches ended 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.

RoC Weekly #29

Date: 7th October, 2017
Cast by: Ena1337
Bracket: SPOILER
ReplaysR: W3Replayers

Spoiler!
France.pngrndRapiNG managed to take the win against Finland.pngrndheke, in the grand finale of RoC Weekly #29, though he lost in the winner's finale against heke.

 

Comments

Poor lucifer lost 3 series to TH000 without a map win in one week.
Hello! A couple of small notes concerning RoC Weekly 29: the race of both players should be labelled as Random and actually Raping lost the winners' final.
Thanks for correcting us. Unfortunately none of us, at the writer team managed to catch RoC Weekly, so we had to wing it of the grid - which I obviously failed horribly at :D It has been changed now.
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