This Week in Warcraft: 3rd-9th of October
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!
Which race is the greatest in all of Warcraft? TeD 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. Foggy gave a strong showing against Romantic 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, Life and LawLiet, were unable to stop the juggernauts Infi and TH000, 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 Wfz and 120 winning their series against FoCuS and Fly100%, respectively, so fans were left to wait until day two to watch the return of Lyn.
Day 2 saw Humans proving to be too much for the Undead scourge. TH000 steam rolled Lucifer 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.
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, Marsimoo.
With two of the top seeded players, Happy and FoCuS, losing to respectively Foggy and Xelsing we in the end had a final with Foggy and Chaemiko.
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
Moon continues his strong show in NSL this week, taking out FoCuS 3-1 in an impressive manner.
In the other lower bracket quarter final, TH000 dominated Lucifer 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.
Infi, Remind, Moon, and TH000 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
Facing his nemesis, Foggy - rather unexpectedly - beat Happy 2-0 in the semifinals of Tuesdays Gera Cup, thus advancing him to the final.
On the other side of the grid, OrcWorker played against FoCuS 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
Happy improved his match win rate to a staggering 77% (23-7) against Foggy, after beating him 3-0.
BaltPlay Open Cup - Qualifier 2
A couple of very familiar names ended up in the final against each other. You guessed it: Foggy versus Happy. 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
In both the winner bracket finale as well as the grand finale, SworD faced, and beat Ajk. The matches ended 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.
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