Players: Bly and Harstem
Match Up: Zerg vs Protoss
Date: 19 February
Time: 8PM CET
Stream Links: https://play.afreecatv.com/alphaxsc2 (English)
Alpha Pro Series is a series of showmatches run by AlphaX and afreecatv. These matches attract some of the best players the StarCraft scene has to offer. From up and comers, Season Veterans and even the best players in the world.
Bly vs Harstem.
This match is expected to be a spicy one. Two of the best players in Europe going against each other always will be. Bly and Harstem, however, not only occupy the best in Europe their battles over the years prove it. Bly a very out of the box Zerg player is always a test in a best of nine showmatch for the most standard players. Harstem while being a macro player also has a tendency to get aggressive when he sees the opportunity. The match promises to showcase different games at almost every turn.
Bly and Harstem have met quite often over the years. The win ratio in map between the two heavily favours Harstem 67-45. Most of the series however are normally close with 1 map victories being the norm. The last time these two met was at WCS Montreal last year where Harstem beat Bly 2-0 in Group Stage 2. The last time these two played was 29 January of last month where Harstem sneaked past Bly in the WardiTV Arena for January. They have only played once in a series more than a bo5 all the way back in 2017 with a 4-0 victory for Harstem. The bo9 format promises to definitely shake things up.
I expect Bly to bring some innovative builds to the series. I expect to see many nydus worms and a lot of Sky Toss. I do think that Harstem will have too much for Bly. I expect the score to be 5-3 in favour of Harstem.
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