While China has often been touted as the land of mystery in Starcraft, Taiwan too has a strangely isolated scene. Despite their welcoming of Korean players and their current expansion outside of their island (yoe Flash Wolves in Proleague), only the greatest Taiwanese players are known to us. IEM Taipei could have been an opportunity to see young Taiwanese talent in the open brackets, but instead only the top 3 local players will represent their country.
Sen vs Ian (20-2, 11-1 in series.)
Sen vs Has (30-13 in maps, 11-1 in series)
Without a doubt Sen is the undisputed king of Taiwan in RTS games. In fact it might not even be an exaggeration to say he was Taiwan’s only relevant player for the majority of SC2’s history as none of the other players in the region had the economic support or skill (Taiwan/Chinese players have to play in a unified qualification with Koreans to even make an IEM) to make it out to international events. Yet as SC2 has grown more and more in the last few years, so has the Taiwanese scene. The scene now boasts multiple national teams with its own individual and team leagues (10 individual leagues and 4 team leagues). In its current form, Taiwan has three major players at the top of the podium: Sen, Has and Ian. While neither have shown they have what it takes to take on Sen yet, both will be gunning to try to out do their fellow countrymen in on of the largest SC2 lans Taiwan has had in the history of SC2.
Sen vs Ian (3-0, 2-0 2-0, 2-1, 4-1, 0-2, 2-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 1-0, 1-0)
Sen vs Has (2-0, 2-1, 2-0, 2-1, 1-2, 3-1, 4-3, 4-1, 2-1, 4-3, 2-0, 2-0)
Classic vs herO (2-0, 3-2, 0-1, 0-1)
Seminal Series: Blizzcon 2014 ro8
herO vs Rain (4-3, 0-2, 0-1, 2-3, 2-0, 1-0, 1-0 , 1-0, 1-2, 1-0, 1-0)
Seminal Series: Code S ro8, IEM San Jose Finals
Rain vs PartinG (2-0, 0-2, 1-4, 2-0, 3-1)
Seminal Series: Code S ro16, WCS 2012 Asia, WCS Korea 2012
Life vs ForGG (3-0, 2-4, 2-3, 2-0, 1-2)
Seminal Series: DH Winter Finals
Has vs Good (13-8 in series)The current incarnation of evil, Has has the distinct honor of being the most evil foreigner playing in the game today. While others like Naniwa or Nerchio rely on out of game smack talk to become villians, Has does it with his pure skill putting him above the pedestrian antics of those two. Whether it be 6 pylon walling Jaedong, proxy gating Bunny next to his CC or destroying MMA with a proxy oracle into proxy void ray into cannon contain into proxy tempest into expanding into MMA’s natural to win, Has is here to entertain the fans. So expect Has to ruin someone’s day At IEM Taipei.
Won against: Bomber, DRG, ForGG, Bunny, Bomber, Sase, Nestea, MKP, Jaedong, MMA, TRUE, TLO, Harstem.
Lost against: Flash, Parting, Huk, HerO, Snute, Mvp, Scarlett, Innovation
Seminal Series: Has vs Jaedong WCS NA, Has vs MMA, Has vs Bunny
Rain first took the scene by storm in WoL, in a way no protoss had done till then. He refused to take unnecessary risks and played defensive, often falling behind in the early to mid game but winning in the late game trough brilliant decision making. He won the WCS Asia qualifier, and the first SC2 OSL, and when the 2013 OSL was announced all eyes turned towards Rain to defend his title. Maru was the exact opposite of Rain, he loved to take risks he loved winning through micro, often brute forcing his way towards victory. His lack of results and pedigree, made him an instant underdog. But to everyone's surprise Maru overcame all odds, defeating INnoVation in the semi-final and then defeating Rain in the grand final, thus becoming the youngest OSL champion.
While they never did play again, the series left a mark on Rain. He then went on to say Terran was the new bl/infestor and that Terran was certain to win all of the Premier Tournaments. In the same Code S, there were only three Terrans, Maru being the only one to advance. Maru had destroyed Rain so convincingly that Rain was forever scarred with a pathlogical fear of Terrans and Maru in particular.
Maru vs Rain: (4-2, 0-2)
Seminal Series: OSL 2013 Finals
When the two met again, Snute took the first two games with a similar swarm host style, and once again herO looked confounded. But by the third game, herO had found a way to crack the Swarmhosts of Snute. First he took Stardust's advice of just killing him before it got off the ground. In game 4 he gave up on the land game and took to the skies while constantly using warp prism to attack the immobility of Snute. In these three series alone, herO had evolved his play against Swarmhosts to an extremely refined degree because Snute had forced him to do so. herO then became one of, if not the best anti-SH PvZ's in Korea as he went on to beat Curious and Life. This time it will be Snute's turn to show how much he has adapted to herO's PvZ and see if he can't get his revenge.
Snute vs herO (1-2, 1-2, 3-2)
Life vs Leenock (2-1, 2-0, 3-2, 2-0, 2-1, 0-1, 2-0, 0-2, 3-2, 3-1, 0-2, 4-3, 0-2, 2-1, 1-0)
Seminal Series: WCS KR S1, GSL ro16 2012, MLG Finals
Life vs DRG (1-2, 0-2, 4-3, 3-2)
Seminal Series: Iron Squid Finals
Life vs PartinG (1-2, 2-1, 0-2, 2-0, 1-2, 2-0, 4-2, 0-3, 0-1, 0-1)
Seminal Series: WCS KR 1 ro16, BlizzCup Finals
DRG vs Polt (1-0, 1-2, 0-2, 2-0, 1-2, 1-2, 0-2, 2-1, 2-0)
No matter how off HerO is, he's still ten times the player Impact is. Remember that before whining.
WELL IT SEEMS
Will HerO finally prove DLO right and prove he is 10x the player or will Impact continue to keep his membership in the 10x HerO club with other players like Xigua and Huk?
Polt vs herO - While Polt has been in a decline of form recently, he is still Polt. And he will still base trade Protoss till the day he dies. With their styles matchup, it could lead to some very interesting games and a possible redo of their famous game on habitation station.
Maru vs PartinG - Maru is without a doubt the single best Terran at using micro. He’d proved this multiple times throughout his career in his series against Dear, Jaedong, Rain and Innovation. Parting is without a doubt the single best Protoss at micro-ing Protoss units. One need only look at the g7 of HSC X finals to ascertain that. This could be a very strange combination of styles the likes of which haven’t ever been seen on an international stage.
Maru vs Life - Both players excel at small unit engagements. Both players love to attack. Both are young prodigies of their race and both are considered some of the best their race has to offer. With Taeja looking to hibernate for the winter moths, these two could potentially fill the void of the old Life vs Taeja rivalry.