From all across the globe, we joined viewers tuning in to watch this year's final of WGL. The master was facing his apprentice - elf versus elf, West versus East, Moon versus Foggy. Would Moon's experience prove sufficient to take his dominating streak to its conclusion, or would Foggy secure himself the title through another uphill battle, as has been his way?
SPOILER MANAGEMENT: For those wishing to view the matches firsthand, we have hidden the final result of each map & and tournament inside SPOILER tabs. So feel at ease to get a feel of the flow of the games here, and still remain innocent enough to enjoy the thrill of the maps later yourself - if you wish to do that.
Our final groups marked the entrance of several heavy favorites, such as Moon and Infi (group C) and 120 and LawLiet (Group D).
The games were also marked with real efforts by Western representatives to balk our predictions. HawK, Sonik, Hunter and especially Cash, performed overall way better than expected.
We've included the final playoff bracket at the bottom of this article also.
WGL Winter 2018 kicked off with the group stages on Wednesday.
The beginning of the competition was marked by an epidemic of various illnesses and injuries that weakened our western players from the get go.
Foggy, Neytpoh, and DanGer represented Europe and America in Group A and B.
The remaining European tickets for WGL were being distributed this weekend. And easy as "one, two, three", Russia took them all.
With ToD on the starting blocks and amongst KotG criticism, the journey was not an easy one for Neytpoh (Neutron), HawK and Cash. We witnessed some crazy games with an unusual amount of ultimates!
I want to thank the participants of the latest qualifiers for being so consistent. Two Ukrainians then two Peruvians and now three Russians : it makes it easy for us to think of suitable article banners!
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!