The Marineking - DongRaeGu Rivalry
Throughout the short life of Starcraft 2 we have seen many rivalries. From Naniwa - Nestea to a more recent Life - Leenock, inter player relationships have been fraught with taunting and potato chips (I'm looking at you Parting). One of the biggest rivalries we have had in the last year, has been the Marineking - DongRaeGu rivalry.
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Marineking has two big rivalries within his time. The first of these rivalries was against fellow top Terran, Mvp. The second is against the the monster himself, DongRaeGu. In this blog, we shall be looking at the latter, and some of the truly epic games it has produced.
Unlike a lot of rivalries in Starcraft, this one first showed its face in a team league. The setting was GSTL May. The teams were MVP and Prime. It was the ace match, the score was 3:3 and everything was to play for. The powerhouse himself, Marineking faced off against the MVP rookie DRG, in DRG's first televised game. Despite the crowd, the commentators, and quite possibly the team expecting Marineking to take an easy win for himself and Prime, DRG disagreed and managed to take down Marineking, knocking Prime out of the tournament as well as giving us a glimpse of what was to come in the next year.
Marineking and DongRaeGu next butted heads in the Arena of Legends 1. It was an important match, as while both of them had been successful in team leagues and individual tournaments, but neither had their first big win yet. DongRaeGu was nearing his peak at this point, especially in ZvT, and was the favorite to take the victory. Despite all the doubts, Marineking simply crushed DongRaeGu 4-1, which really kicked off the rivalry as we know it today.
When the budding rivalry really kicked off was when they met in semifinals of the second AoL tournament. Once again, DRG was the favorite going in, and this time he delivered. He smacked Marineking around, winning 3-1 and really solidified his place as his place as the king of ZvT, aptly named 'The Terran Killer'.
The Rivalry Grows
Marineking and DRG met again in the finals of the FXOpen Invitational Series 5. This was where DRG gained the edge in their rivalry. The public opinion going into this was that they were fairly evenly matched, but DRG's muta control and multitasking was just on a different planet when compared to Marineking's. He absolutely demolished Marineking 4-0, gaining him the edge in their rivalry as he was 2-1 on series.
They met once again in the 2012 GSL Season 1 Round of 16, where Marineking lost to DRG 2-0 and was eventually knocked out of the group. DRG eventually went on to win the entire tournament.
Deal with it
MLG - Titans Clash
Then one of the most important tournaments' of all for their rivalry came along. MLG Winter Arena. Marineking had stormed through the Winners Bracket of the tournament, dropping only one map to the multiple Code S players he faced. DRG had a harder route, getting knocked down to the Losers Bracket early and primarily having to fight his way through the players' Marineking disposed of. Eventually they met in the final, and in what could have been a slightly bittersweet end to a fantastic tournament of upsets and incredible play, Marineking beat DRG 4-3, after going down 2-1 but coming back on extended series to win his first LAN ever.
They met in 3 MLGs after that, Marineking winning the Winter Championship after destroying the (once again) favorite DRG 5-2. In the MLG Spring Arena 1, DRG would eke out a close 4-3 victory, and in the Spring Championship would beat Marineking 2-0, going onto the finals to beat Alicia and even the MLGs won score at 1 Arena and 1 Championship each.
Marineking is overwhelmed by emotion after winning his first big LAN ever
Since we have had these incredible, tension filled matches both players have kind of slumped, which obviously reduces chances of a rematch. However, with both of them looking stronger and stronger as time goes on, maybe we can go back to the TvZ of 1 day ago, where marines and marauders were split, mutalisks were microed and crowds screamed themselves hoarse.
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