Another very exciting week in the Warcraft 3 competitive scene, where the first qualifier for GCS Winter 2017 has been settled and the ACS has begun. Tune in, read the article and get updated on this week in Warcraft 3!
Date Group stages: 7. & 8. September
Date for Playoffs: 9. & 10. September
With some of the best players from Asia competing against eachother in the first asian qualifier we have had the pleassure of watching a ton of great matches with many legendary players.
Congratulations to Fly100% for winning the first qualifier in a well-fought 3-2 series against Life. Though LawLiet managed to push the Grand Finale victor to the lower brackets in their very first game of the group stages by winning convincingly 2-0, Fly100% managed climb on his feet again and qualify for the Playoffs. Through the playoffs Fly100% managed to avoid losing a single match, yet still he kept the matches very exciting by always ending in a bo1.
Even though LawLiet looked dominant in the goup stage, he had a rough time in the playoffs, losing his two first matches 2-0, and thereby preventing Fly100% from getting his total redemption.
FoCuS took an impressive run through the entire loser's bracket after losing to Life in their first playoff game. The run ended right before the Grand Final, where FoCuS once again lost to Life, repeating their previous match result, 2-1. FoCuS' hard work was not a waste, since it landed him a 3rd place in the qualifier and thus advancing him from the qualifier to the main tournament together with TH000, Fly100% and Life. In the main tournament they can look forward to playing against Infi and 120, who qualified by playing in the GCS 2017 Summer Grand Finale.
The Asian Qualifier #2 will take place from September 21. to October 1.
Date: September 9th [Group A and B] and 10th [Group C and D]
The Americas Championship Series kicked off this past weekend with some incredibly exciting matches. The best players from the Americas were showing off how Warcraft is done on this side of the ocean, with many exciting strategies not often seen in the current Eurasian meta, such as PoTM first NE mirror, bears and dryads vs orc, ghoul rushes vs. Night Elf on Echo Isles
Hunter, Longwalk, and DanGer all advanced from their groups without dropping a map. PriesT made an exciting comeback from the loser's bracket after losing 2-0 to LongWalk, defeating Aventador and finally Ramrom in a scrappy Human mirror. MacKay had some very exciting games as well, harassing his opponent's economy constantly and not dropping a map except when he was sent to the loser's bracket by Group B winner HunteR. In group C FeRfe played some impressive matches, winning the group and showing why he was the runner up in the American WCA qualifier of 2016. All the matches in this group were extremely close with SaysO winning a map in each of his matches, making him the only amateur player to make it through the qualifier and win more than one map (his 2-0 win against Skuyt was by default due to Skuyt going afk). MysT advanced to the playoffs after defeating Fenix twice 2-0 in a Night Elf mirror going PoTM first. Huntresses seem to be much more favoured by the South Americans than in the rest of the world, making appearances in most Night Elf games this Sunday, along with some exciting glaive throwers vs. glaive thrower matches between MysT and Fenix.
Featured players such as Happy, Orc worker, Blade, Foggy, and Lucifer.
Orc Worker managed to take out the Russian giant Happy in the semifinals, but was taken out 3-0 by Foggy in the finals.
Crazy Random Cup featured many of our favourite Gera Cup participants, each playing a random race! Participants included Happy, Blade, Sheik, Orc Worker, Lucifer, Cash, Imperius, Lawliet, Foggy, and Sonik. The prize pool for this cup was ~$108.
Lawliet managed to take out Happy in the finals 3-2, after Happy drew Night Elf for the final four maps.
Date: September 9th
Balkan League 2017 kicked off this weekend with its first qualifier! The qualifier featured many exciting players including RaZZoRMaN, Woker, and everyone's favourite bald orc, Ena.
The prize pool for the Balkan League Main Tournament is ~$90. If you wish to add to the Balkan League Prize Pool, donations are being accepted here.
In this week's Gera Cup we had two very well known western players in the grand final: Happy and Foggy. Two players who have had amazing results in Gera Cups - both with 'won-match-percentages' over a whopping 80%.
Foggy played a good match. On several maps he managed to hold an expansion lead over Happy for long periods of time.
On the second map, Echo Isles, Foggy showed us exactly how to take advantage of this. After securing his 2nd goldmine he kept the pressure on Happy and with his superior economy he eventually pushed Happy back into his main base. After assembling a 100 food army(!), Foggy stormed the undead fortress and took a win. Unfortunately for Foggy, his plan did not succeed on the other maps.
With amazing microplays, which characterizes Happy, he managed to continually save his Frost Wurms against Foggy's army. This was most definitely one of the key-things that allowed Happy to win the match.
Congratulations to Happy who this week won his 27th Gera Cup after defeating Foggy 3-1.