We all know the Proleague is nearing. We all know who we love and want to cheer for. The "??? Team will win PL this year" threads are all popping up. The Brood War community is boiling. And like a steaming kettle, is already screaming for the first match of games.
What has happened in the last 3 months? It seems that as group we have become crusaders to purify TL. And let the ignorant know that Brood War is the greatest strategy game of all time. But in the mist of that battle KESPA has shocked both sides of the fight. First, we find that a SC2 league is rumored to come in the future, but like all popular games this is what KESPA does. So, how can we trust that KESPA still believes in the BW community? The creation of the “The 8th Kespa”, the “Dream Team”, the “OMGJDBABYSEAPWNAGE team”.
Well, clearly the TL community is as strong as ever and it’s been refreshing to see the old sigs and even new ones start to awaken in the LR threads as the time grows near. And for you people, deserve a zero bias analysis of the year in review. We cannot speculate on the future of these teams, but it is easy to acknowledge what they did last year and what trends will follow them into the new season. So I now present to you: PL 2010-11 A Year in Review.
Shuttle!: 18 wins - 13 losses (58.06%) Who can’t be satisfied with Shuttle. He did everything asked of him last season. Taking on the brave task of playing Flash he win 2-1. In the mist of this, he played a large amount of PvP this season going 10-8. Even though his skill in PvP has dropped significantly, it’s looks as though shuttle could be the new protoss ace next season.
Calm: 15 wins - 15 losses (50.00%)... This is one of the top records for STX. So given, Calm did not clam it up last season he did not play exceptional either. Now Calm has the potential to establish himself as a team leader with Calm out of the picture, but will he be Jaedong or will he Hyuk himself.
Kal: With the horrible record of 14-21, Kal had a terrible last season. Coming of 2010 where he played as top toss, he has dropped off as a reliable player of STX. While he is no longer with their team, his slump last season sticks with them, especially when he loses 10 of his last 14 games. May he play better at ACE, his fans sure deserve to see him play better.
Bogus: Finishing 25-13, STX has finally been able to look to a new player. Bogus is a strong terran and has the potential to be at the top next season. He ended the season on a 7 game win streak including two wins against a very good Stats.
Stork: As always Stork has been consistent in PL. He finished with 24 wins - 19 losses (55.81%). While these numbers don’t stand out, it’s still impressive to clock above a 50% winrate. Stork ended the season as the leader of the team with a winning record vs Jaedong and Bisu. The most concerning stat for Stork currently is that he has a lower elo then Bisu VT. And Bisu's VT peak is 5 points away from breaking storks.
JangBi: Wins an OSL but has a record of 13 wins and 18 losses. While he finished the season with a 6 game win streak, he lost 4 in a row during the PL playoffs. Jangbi may be considered the new favorite protoss in BW right now. Gathering lots of fans with his OSL wins, Khan fans will be watching him closely to perform well. Khan has a chance to have the best Protoss lineup in the league.
January: January is on the hotseat for her picks in ace match situations. Last season the correct answer was to play Stork every time. Fortunately RorO is a new potential ace for khan.
Reality: 12-17 last season. He beat players Flash, Fantasy, and RorO. While his record is not impressive, the players he has beaten are.
The Good: Entus has 4 top players averaging over a 60% winrate!
Leta: Leta went a great 20-12 (62%) this season. It’s exciting to see this great Terran performing so well. Entus could call him the most reliable player as he finished his season with an amazing performance in the PL playoffs, including his finish against Flash and amazing Wraith play against Crazy-Hydra.
Hydra: Great in the PL and Single leagues, Hyrda has become one of the most consistent players in PL. He went 26-12 on the season. At may seem like for some one as good as Hydra he should have had more games played, but Entus has such a deep team that he is able to maintain a 68% win rate and not be forced on to the field 60 times.
Movie: It has to be refreshing if your an Entus fan. Having a player of each race performing consistently can really make your team a power house. Finished the season 18-10 (64% winrate) Movie has proven himself as one of the new top Protoss in PL.
Horang2: Horang went 21 wins - 11 losses with a 65.63% win rate. Playing even better then his partner movie, most people believed that Entus has the top protoss house. With a repeat of last season there will be no question in this title. Most impressively was Horang2's winning streak that consisted of beating in this order, Action, Iris, Shine, Pure, Jaedong, Shuttle, and Bisu!
sKyHigh: 8 wins - 15 losses. Skyhigh ended with a 34% winrate. Someone who is supposed to be a strong terran played did not show up last season. Although his last 3 losses were again Flash, Bisu, and Jaehoon, sKyHigh is on the hotseat to perform better this season or risks being over taken by BByong as #2 terran.
BByong: Finishing 6-7 BByong did not get to see much time in the spotlight, but Entus is so deep that it’s hard to find playing time. With EffOrt joining the force, every match Entus will have a sturdy lineup to rely, including BByong.
SKT: Finished second place.
Bisu: Last season Bisu scored 36 wins and 5 losses. That total’s an 87% winrate! He broke the record for most wins in a single season. His most suprising statistic would be his vT. He went 20-3 with losses only to Flash, HiyA, and Leta. All those losses came in winner’s league, which means Bisu went a perfect 20-0 against terran outside of winner’s league. Most notably if you look at the 10 terran he defeated, he beat every top terran you can name in PL last season.
Fantasy: Still undefeated in the Grand Finals of PL. Fantasy went 20-19 with a 51.28% winrate last season. While his individual league’s were great he definitely did not shine on SKT last season. He was cleary missed during the winter and throughout the playoffs where he went 0-6 including a lost to where. S-Class fantasy did not make an appearance last season in PL or help his team make #1.
By.Sun: Possibly the best new protoss of the year with a 15-9 record 62%). His notable wins were against BaBy, Calm, Mind, Light.
n.Die_soO: SoO ended the season losing to Stats, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t play protoss. He marked a 7 game winstreak against protoss to conclude the season. Going 19-10 (65%.52) on the season, SoO has proven to be a reliable SKT Zerg and has possibly changed the reputation for the team.
firebathero: Going 18-13 with a whopping 58% winrate, FBH has had something to say about the talent of ACE. The terran lineup for ACE is very strong. FBH proved this year that he even could handle the aggression of the protoss by going 8-4 defeating Kal twice, Tyson, JangBi, and the Macro beast BeSt.
Iris: Berserker played insanely well this season going 10-8. He showed the BW fans that he has not fallen off the scene by joining ACE. His best wins coming against Shuttle and great, Iris should expect to see a lot more then 18 games next season and his many fans hope to see him dominate.
ggaemo: I think we all respect ggaemo a little bit more after his performance on ACE this season. While his overall record is still under 50%, seeing his turn around performance has been outstanding. Going 20-18, a solid 52%, he was able to establish himself as a top player for this ACE squad. While he may have lost to Jaedong and Flash in order to keep the balance of PL, he went a respectable 8-6 against protoss establishing that as his best matchup.
Rock: His record of 0-5 really says enough about Rock. But why is this important? Because less wins for Rock means less ceremonies. We miss seeing his throat cutting gestures, but we’d all rather see ACE win and Rock on the bench. He will soon be replaced by Kal and a growing M18M.
Canata: He went 2-7 as he joinged the ACE crew. And he earned his record in a typical ACE fashion. However, Canata gained redemption as he took a team kill off s2 in his only meeting against SKT.
ZerO: Going 30-19 Zero has become Woongjin go to guy. He has become a reliable ace and brought some of the best games last season including an astounding upset against Flash in a playoff ace match. He also provided an exciting victory against Bisu and an insane BvZ. He started the season off slow stringing together a 5 game losing streak and then showed great form by having only one other losing streak of a measily 3 games. His worst matchup last season was versus Protoss which stacked up a 58% winrate. He showed that he knew how to beat protoss in an end of the season pounding on JangBi.
Neo.G_Soulkey: Woongjin Zergs are no laughing matter. Neo.G_Soulkey brought queens into the match up last season and made terrans regret mech. Watch any game versus Fantasy to feel you’re whole body get major chills. SoulKey finished the season 28-15 at a respective 65% winrate. Nothing has been more exciting then seeing him grow under the guidance of ZerO.
free: Quite possibly the most disappointing Protoss last season, Free went 15-20 with a horrid 42% win rate. It makes us sad to see such talent from 2009 to really fall of the wagon. No one can really explain how upsetting it was to see him lose 9 of his last 11 games and tank in the PL finals. Action should be embarrassed for losing to him.
Light: While light is not new to the scene, he was the newest addition to the Woongjin lineup. He went 28-16 winning 63% of his games. Light was the perfect addition to this team. Bringing a new name to Woongjin terrans, he was the only player to go undefeated in the playoffs. Welcome to the Jungle Light, Woongjin is very happy to have such a solid terran.
KT Rolster: PL Champions!!!!!...AGAIN!
Flash: 34-13 on the year, Flash has dominated once again with a 72% win rate. He has proven to be the final boss once again defeating BeSt in the Grand Finals. He has shown again that his Terrran is virtually unbeatable (except against Leta) and that while still outstanding, protoss is still his weakest matchup. Last season Flash struggled with a wrist injury and still managed to mark himself as player of the year. For KT fans, it must be fun loving this guy.
Stats: Violet getting sick was a hard hit for KT. They needed a new protoss hero and everyone looked to Stats. He stepped up to the plate and transformed into a solid hero becoming Flash’s “Robin” in this "Batman and “Robin” duo. He went 27-20 last season and ended the playoff stomping 3 very great vP Zergs (ZerO, SoO, and Hydra.) His worst streak being 4 games all season has established Stats as one of the most consistent PL players on the KT Roster.
Action: Action wins the bad award going 16-22. The mafia zerg has proven to be about conistent as the Atlanta Falcons this season. He has great potential to be a great Hive tech Zerg and became very popular in his long game versus Flash. However, since he joined KT he has proven to do little for the regular season, but fortunately provided a few key wins among his many losses in the PL playoffs.
Crazy-Hydra: KT fans really hoped that adding CH would make KT the most dominate team. While he provided a 17-20 record, he managed to lose his last 4 playoff games. CH was traded during the season and KT won without him, but 2012 is going to put a lot more pressure on him to perform better. He did however, go 11-8 vZ and show that he has become a somewhat reliable sniper in that matchup.
Kespa Dream Team (the left overs):
Jaedong: 29-14 for the season is yet another dominating year for the former OZ ace. With only a losing record this season to Bisu and Stork, JD finished with a win a winning record over almost every other player including a 2-0 finish versus Flash. Jaedong has proven to be outstanding at vT at 70%winrate and even though his vZ has looked poor he still had a 68% win rate.
Sea: Sea finished 24-16 with a 60% win rate. He was definitely the second strongest player last year to join Team 8. While he may get nervous in the indivuals, Sea has become a Solid PL player. Upon Review, Sea could be seen as a vT titan with a 76% win rate he went 13-4 and proved to be Fantasy’s kryptonite all season long. Most notably, it is unfortunate for us BW fans that we never got to see him match up against Flash this PL and only saw him lose terribly in the OSL match to Flash.
BaBy: The third strongest player finished with a solid 18-15 (54%) win rate. BaBy did not play Stork or Flash all season and lost one game to both Bisu and Jaedong. BaBy has a lot to prove, but he seems immune to slumps only have a losing streak of 2 games all season. BaBy fans can be happy with his performance so far, but he really needs to be tested by TBLS.
Jaehoon: Our dream team captain not only has quite possibly the coolest hair in PL, but he also has a 65% winrate. This 23-12 protoss monster left nothing to be complained about. Looking back, his first game was a lost against Kwanro (a well missed player), but he took of some solid wins against Midas, sKyHigh, and Calm. While having a good record he managed to only run into and lose against Stork of the TBLS foursome. Everyone's eyes are on you Jaehoon, will you become a Hyuk and captain your team to victory on the sidelines or become Flash dive head first into every battle gaining victory after victory?
Killer : He may have been on the royal road but he did not contribute enough to OZ. Going 17-18 with a 48% winrate is not acceptable and for some reason he was sent as Ace more often then he should have. While Killer may have become a great player, he has yet to shine in PL.
Tyson: 18-15 record with a 54% win rate has marked Tyson as the new protoss in town. If you hadn’t heard of Tyson, he became well known in an epic match VT against Flash. Bloody Ridge set the location for a great match against the titan. Tyson proved he had great carrier control has he worked his way across the map in a slow and strenuous fashion. Clearly Tyson has the talent to become a top dog protoss and with Team 8 to practice with we can only hope to see more of him.