This Week in Warcraft: 10th-16th of October

16.10.17 | MR_Moonstruck , RehcraM 226

With having the preliminaries for the last Asian and Western qualifier been played, we are getting closer to finding the final contestants for GCS Winter 2017! Read the the article below to find out who made it through the killer group in the Asian preliminaries, who advanced to the Western qualifier and loads more.

Also - as a special treat - you can read a short analysis of a very interesting play Ukraine.pngSoniK made in the GCS Western Open Qualifier!

GCS Winter - Western Open Qualifier #2

Date: 14th October
Cast by: Back2Warcraft
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Back2Warcraft Youtube

 

Spoiler!

In a very unexpected turn of events, Ukraine.pngSoniK did not manage to make it to the Western Qualifier after losing 2-1 to Russia.pngTitaN, a seasoned player who used to wreak havoc over the small western weekly cups like OLDI Proplay and Armsing Cup.

Together with TitaN, three human players managed to qualify for the upcomming Western Qualifier: Russia.pngag3nt, Sweden.pngEfFeCt and France.pngAnima.

Analysis of 1st map in SoniK vs. TitaN

Though SoniK lost the match, I want to highlight a tactical decision he made, that I find very interesting, which allowed to take the win on the first map against TitaN. First, I want to explain the dilemma, that SoniK was in.

As illustrated below, SoniK (red) was preparing an Ancient of War (AoW) to creep the gold mine camp above his main. After sending a wisp to TitaNs base, he made an important observation. There was a late AoW and a Hunter's Hall being consructed. This lead SoniK to the conclusion that TitaN was producing a Priestess of the Moon (PotM) to harass in order for him to win time to get huntresses. A PotM harassing SoniK would render it impossible to creep the gold mine above him.
What would you do in SoniK's position?

Perhaps the most plain solution would be to shy away from the gold mine camp and take a green camp instead. But this would still allow TitaN to harass and thereby control the game - and as you may know, SoniK does not like playing on the defensive.

In order to prevent this harass from PotM, SoniK immediately cancelled his Ancient of Wonders in order to get the resources for an extra AoW, which he placed in the middle of TitaN's base. This neat little trick forced TitaN to keep his PotM busy with attacking the AoW. Meanwhile SoniK's forces (Demon Hunter and three archers) made it to TitaN's base, where they bullied the lumber harvesting wisps.

With this prompt reaction, SoniK managed to turn the table and take control of a game, that TitaN had planned to be in complete control of.

GCS Winter - Asia Qualifier #3: Preliminaries

Date: 12-15th October
Cast by: Hi2Chaco
Brackets: Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
VOD: Hi2Chaco Youtube

 

Spoiler!

Though group A, B and C all had some very exciting games, there was not a lot surprise in the advanced players.

In group D, however, contained a lot more even players, making it way harder to predict the outcome. Both South Korea.pngWhO, China.pngpcg_123, and South Korea.pngYange are well-known and respected players, yet still none of them made it through the killer group: Group D

Advanced to a place in the groupstage are the following players.
From Group A:
goldSouth Korea.pngLyn, silverChina.pngColorful & bronzeChina.pngSini

From Group B:
goldChina.pngWFZsilverChina.pngFastbronzeChina.pngPingge

From Group C:
goldChina.pngtbc_bmsilverChina.pngelfEleGaNt & bronzeChina.pngelfVila

From Group D:
goldSouth Korea.pngLucifersilverChina.pngYumiko& bronzeSouth Korea.pngSol

NSL

Date: 12th October
Cast by: Back2Warcraft (Neo and Remo)
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Back2Warcraft Youtube Playlist

NSL continued this week with two of the top Korean Night Elves battling the top two Chinese Humans for seeds in the upcoming offline Ascension phase that will be played in November.

Spoiler!

In the upper bracket we saw South Korea.pngRemind continue his masterful NSL run against China.pngInfi, who has been playing out of his mind since GCS. This series went the whole distance of five entertaining maps before South Korea.pngRemind claimed the victory and awaits an opponent next week to determine the winner of the NSL online event and a guarantee of silver for the whole event.

The next series of the day we saw South Korea.pngMoon and China.pngTH000 battle it out to determine who would enter the Ascension phase as the fourth seed, and thus need to win three series in a row to win the entire title, and who would continue in the online tournament to battle it out next week for a higher seed.
This series saw some exciting games as well, despite Moon ending it with a dominant 3-0. The first map of the series, Terenas Stand, saw some scrappy harass from both sides as TH000 looked to punish Moon’s greedy expansion creep camp opening, much as Infi failed to do against Remind in map five. Moon managed to trade well to not fall behind in the match, allowing his tier one warden push against TH000’s bottom left expansion to wreak havoc on TH000, ending with a dead archmagi and not much later a gg.
The second map, Last Refuge, again saw Moon with a strong harass on TH000’s expo, this time using the Panda’s Breath of Fire to great effectiveness. Again, Moon’s tier 1 aggression was too much for TH000, giving Moon match point.

“This is just a cemetery for them, this is not a home” -Remo2017

“This is just a cemetery [for the peasants], this is not a home” -Remo

The final map, Ancient Isles, saw TH000 pull a delayed hero tower push against Moon, the same strategy that won Romantic a map over Foggy in Race War recently. The map lasted longer than this strategy often seems to (both players managed to save their main and continue mining throughout the game), but ultimately Moon was able to expand and overwhelm TH000.

The online portion of NSL will conclude Wednesday October 18th, with Infi vs Moon playing for the chance to face Remind for first place.

Hols Cup #12

Date: 10th October
Cast by: Hi2Chaco
Bracket: SPOILER
VOD: Hi2Chaco Twitch

Spoiler!

Russia.pngImperius had a strong showing against China.png120, beating him with a single-base, riflemen/caster push, in a dominating fashion.

China.pngLife did, however, make an even bigger splash in this week's Hols Cup. Though he had to go through a tough series of opponents (Russia.pngHawK, Russia.pngHappy, China.pngXiaoKK and South Korea.pngLawLiet), Life managed to reach the grand final, where he faced South Korea.pngChaemiko.

After losing the first map of the bo5 series, Chaemiko resorted an immediate tower push on the second map. In MooCup #100 Chaemiko used this strategy against Ukraine.pngFoggy three times - and each time it fell flat.
The result in the match against Life was no different: Once again the ace up Chaemiko's sleeve did him no good.

Life ended up taking the the win 3-0 and won Hols Cup #12, thus giving him his first real showing in quite a while - and a beautiful one at that!

Gera Cup #129