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MSL Ro32 Group B
January 8th, 2008
Game 1 - Bisu vs Jaedong - Blue Storm
Game 2 - July vs YellOw[ArnC] - Loki II
Winners - Zodiac
Losers - Zodiac
Final - Katrina
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As these games happened almost a week ago, and everyone's probably seen the games by now (and if you haven't you need to get out of the hole you're living in), I will skip the report and just leave a small comment.
JaeDong's truly shown some growth here with his amazing win against Bisu, bringing up many discussions on what exactly Bisu did wrong. Meanwhile YellOw[ArnC] loses 2 ZvZ's against July, both games showing some unimpressive gameplay. JaeDong cruises to the Ro16, with July wobbling at his tail.
MSL Ro32 Group C
January 10th, 2008
Game 1 - sAviOr vs RuBy - Loki II
Game 2 - Anytime vs Kal - Zodiac
Winners - Katrina
Losers - Katrina
Final - Blue Storm
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Game 1 - Savior vs Ruby - Loki II
Mistakes. That seems to be all that Savior's been doing lately. As they enter the game Savior comments "you saw the ODT games right?" to Ruby. As I saw that I knew what was coming. The Muta to ultra strat... and I bit my lip. Why? Because I knew it wasn't going to work. First, Loki II is a map with 3 gasses... but 1 geyser only has 1000 gas in it, leaving you with 2 gas. Second, Savior's execution of the strategy against NaDa wasn't very clean. Sure, he came out victorious in the end, but it wasn't a clean victory. And lastly, he hinted his strategy before the game even started. Ruby of course replies with "no, I didn't see it", but with the strategy being used more commonly thesedays (most often abused by KTF zergs) I was sure he would be prepared for it.
And lo and behold, 15 minutes later there were atleast 30 marines in front of Savior's nat, and only a small group of ultras, all running around frantically trying to escape the irradiate that was slowly suffocating them. It was a sad game to watch.
Not even ultras can save the Maestro this time
Game 2 - AnyTime vs Kal - Zodiac
AnyTime played beautifully. With a scouting advantage AnyTime was able to give himself a build order advantage, and capitalized that. Kal attacked at a time when AnyTime may have been the weakest, but a few moments of hesitation flipped the game just like that. What should have been a 5 goon vs 4 goon battle soon turned into a 5 goon vs 6 goon battle, all because Kal hesitated for 1 second.
A small advantage that gave AnyTime, but it was enough. With the small advantage AnyTime moves up to Kal's base with goon/reaver. Both players have 2 reavers and a shuttle, but AnyTime prevails victorious, placing himself in the winner's circle.
It only takes 1 mistake for this to happen
Winners - Ruby vs AnyTime - Katrina
An extremely one-sided game. Every step Ruby takes AnyTime is 1 step ahead. AnyTime begins with the bo advantage. Ruby attempts to turn it around by going fac double expo, which AnyTime responds with a goon/zeal rush, forcing Ruby to cancel the CC. Ruby decides to gather up units and expand again, AnyTime already starts his 2nd nexus and lands a few reaver shots to kill atleast 10~15 SCVs total. Ruby clears the reaver and thinks "now it's my turn" only to find 3 carriers in the air.
With carriers/goons/speedlots AnyTime stomps all over Ruby and cruises his way to the Ro16.
Ruby's thoughts: "How the hell did this happen"
Losers - Savior vs Kal - Katrina
The game begins with an exciting atmosphere. Kal attempting a cannon rush against Savior's balsy expansions, Savior reacting with an offensive hatch while teching to mutalisks. But from here the game heads south. Kal decides to take a page from Bisu's book and masses corsairs, effectively negating the muta threat while popping overlords like balloons. Savior's desparate hydralisk rush is met by speedlots and cannons, and with his population constantly going down to red due to his overlords unable to survive more than 3 minutes, Kal soon busts out with zealots even lurkers begin to fear.
With such a poor performance by the Maestro, Savior drops to the Survivor for the first time in 2 years. Perhaps marking his lowest point in his career.
He's lost it
Final - Ruby vs Kal - Blue Storm
Now here's an exciting game. Both players open with standard builds, keeping a keen eye on each other for any foul play. The game seems like it'll be a regular macro battle, until Kal's reaver comes into action.
With excellent micro, Kal succeeds in kiling 2 goliaths and a tank with 1 zealot and reaver. A small advantage Kal takes... but the real "OMG" moment comes at the second drop. One reaver lands directly in the middle of 2 tanks and 1 goliath. A zealot dropped with the reaver walks in the midst of
the terran's army, triggering a lone mine nearby. The mine flies across and detonates, destroying the 2 tanks and goliath, and failing to kill the target. With 1 reaver and 2 zealots killing 3 tanks and 3 goliaths, Kal waltz his goons into Ruby's base and cleans up the mess. As soon as his pitiful defense falls, Ruby bows out.
Terran casualties: 2 tanks 1 goliath. Protoss casualties: 0
First Bisu and now Savior. 2008 has had quite the start off. Bisu's exit, however, does not leave as much disappointment as Savior's fall, as Bisu's opponents were well respected players, while Savior's opponents were.... well, not of that caliber. It is my hope that Savior takes this absence from leagues as a time to reflect upon himself and find his inner Maestro. Perhaps a less hectic schedule is what he needs to regroup.
As for Kal and AnyTime, I must give props to both. AnyTime shows extremely solidty with his relatively easily won games, while Kal shows quite some interesting strengths. I shall keep an eye on both of these players.