Two years have passed since those two nations faced off for a clan war. Last time, WCA was the organizer and the competition had lasted for a month. The prizepool of $45,000 was massive and the defeated team of China was hit hard by fans at home. They scored no point during the last weekend with Lyn sweeping the entire Chinese roster. You can find a recap of this sensational performance here.
After the harsh criticism of their commitment, China wanted to balance the scale in Guangzhou. Did they manage to do so? Spoilers ahead!
Two years ago, the team's composition sparked some controversy in China. Team captains chose their teammates back then and Life was selected over WFZ, or Yumiko. This is a complicated topic as usual in China, so I will not dig too much into it.
In the end, Life was a rising star and the team needed a good NE in its roster. He was also very good against orc and won a BO3 against FoCuS.
This time a qualifier was organized, giving peace of mind to everybody. TH000 took the lead from Infi, both being automatically accepted in the team while 120 and Fly100% had to earn their spot through a qualifier. Colorful really performed there, beating Xixi and Fly100% 4-0 overall.
Life continued to disappoint, apparently focused on other matters than his WC3 career, losing to Fly100% then Xixi using a FL/Naga/DR combo.
Everything is usually more quiet with team Korea. Moon and WCA could not agree on the legend's participation in 2016. This time Moon was there in Guangzhou to lead team Korea as their captain.
Lyn was obviously the second player to be automatically invited. So.in and FoCuS qualified through the WB, and LawLiet through the LB.
Lucifer was the big casualty of this qualifier, being one win away from qualifying, twice.
Check and ReMinD are currently inactive and did not participate.
For a team captain, it is way harder to manage the Chinese team than the Korean.
For Korea, lining up Moon, Lyn, FoCuS and LawLiet is pretty obvious. Then LawLiet/So.in is a well rounded 2v2 team, so here you go.
For China, well, Colorful does not play 2v2 at all, or not that I know of. If you cannot line him up in the team game, he has to play a solo for the first day. Fly and 120 being the best team China has to offer, one of them has to sit out the solos. 120 was benched out eventually, I thought it was probably a mistake then as Korea is super experienced in the OvO and the NvO matchups, with a team only composed of elves and orcs.
After two solos, Korea had not lost a map and it looked dire for China already. 120 and Fly gave some hope back, winning the team game 2-1. Colorful eventually succumbed to LawLiet 1-2 with a decent effort.
Sadly, we did not get to see the much awaited TH000 vs Moon ace match as Korea won day one: 3-1.
KotG / Alchemist - the new meta in 1.30
This time we get to see 120 in action right away and it payed off with two victories over FoCuS and Moon. Korea used their best asset right after with Lyn taking down consecutively the UD king and then TH000!
The series was tied 2-2 and Lyn seemed on the path of another all kill of the Chinese roster!
Colorful is actually a NvO specialist and finally put an end of Lyn's rampage in those clan wars. He then made a quick work of So.in and LawLiet and brought pride to his country with a day 2 victory.
China went on to play the Ace match, but what a performance by Colorful!
Each team had to decide whom to select for this final BO3. Lyn was the obvious call for Korea, or was it? Team captain Moon took matters in his own hand and decided to face the Chinese challenger 120.
Moon did not do too well recently in LAN events, often showing signs of nervousness and making unusual mistakes - not this time though.
To make an awesome event even greater, we had to watch the legend Moon give the title to Korea after a hard battled final, 2-1.
Congratulations Team Korea!
If you are the tl;dr type of reader, here is what you can retain from the NetEase Esports X Tournament in Guangzhou :
"It's clanwars like this that create the best storylines, speaking of Colorful and Moon especially. The smiles of Team Korea in the end were so worth it to get up at 4am, it felt very special to me." - B2W.Neo
Many pictures and news can be found on GornLanHabor's blog. Good job covering this competition!