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An epic showdown is set for August 2nd when eight of South Korea's top StarCraft II progamers will face off against eight of the best players from the WCS Circuit in GSL vs. The World 2018. The 2017 edition of the international extravaganza saw Korea uphold its reputation as StarCraft's adopted homeland, with INnoVation leading a Korean sweep of the top four spots.
The so-called 'foreigners' have spent a year honing their skills and looking forward to their chance at redemption. Much has changed since the last tournament, with Serral emerging as an unstoppable force on the WCS Circuit, more and more Circuit players training in Korea and breaking into the GSL, and Scarlett winning the IEM PyeongChang title on Korean soil. Will it be enough to challenge the daunting might of Korea? Tune in on August 2-5 through AfreecaTV or Twitch to find out.
You can read up on the TEAM WORLD candidates below and vote for which players will join the international all-star team.
Team World: Fan VoteAs the top four players in the WCS Circuit point standings, Serral, SpeCial, Neeb, and ShoWTimE have earned automatic spots on Team World. Three of the remaining players will be decided by the fans.
The highest vote recipient of each race from the TeamLiquid.net fan vote will earn a spot on Team World. The eighth and final spot on Team World will go to Cyan, who represents China.
- You must login with a valid TeamLiquid.net account to vote. You can register here.
- Voting will close on Tuesday, Jul 17 7:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00).
Team World: Terran
Poll: Team World: Terran Representative
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HeRoMaRinE: Once a criminally underrated player, HeRoMaRinE is widely regarded today as one of the most consistent and strong members of the international Terran contingent. Now, it's time for HeRoMaRinE to expand his reach and make his name known in Korea as well.
Kelazhur: Kelazhur took us all by surprise in 2017, making a meteoric rise that took him all the way to BlizzCon. His momentum may have stalled for the moment, but that's okay; he's already beaten the odds once, and he can certainly find a way to do it again.
uThermal: uThermal is a mechanics monster with an Intel Extreme Masters trophy to his name and the potential to win even more silverware. His frenetic style makes him one of the most dizzying and exciting players to watch.
Seither: A powerhouse within his home region of Australia, a trip to GSL vs. the World would be a cannonball dive into the deep end for Seither. But if Seither can swim with the sharks, he'll prove himself a worthy heir to the legacy of OCE greats.
MaSa: Scarlett and Neeb are North America's marquee stars, but MaSa deserves to be mentioned right alongside them. In fact, he's defeated both of them to win the right to represent North America in the past. MaSa is willing to make the most audacious plays in order to get a win, which would serve him well against Korea's elite.
ExpecT: There's no hiding ExpecT's underdog status as a Terran player who's little-known outside of his region. But perhaps those without the burden of great expectations are best equipped to perform on this stage, free to enjoy the bright lights and show their true, uninhibited style of play Remember, no upset is too crazy for StarCraft II.
Team World: Zerg
Poll: Team World: Zerg Representative
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Elazer: Elazer came from out of nowhere to reach the BlizzCon semifinals in 2016. Then, he proved it was no fluke by winning a WCS Circuit title in 2017. How does Elazer top all that in 2018? It might all begin with travelling to Seoul to face the best StarCraft II players in the world...
Nerchio: You either love or you hate him—Nerchio doesn’t inspire tepid emotions. But the outspoken Polish Zerg has always backed his talk up with his play in the past, and he knows that he hasn't been performing up to spec lately. That's all the better for us: facing a motivated Nerchio is a scary prospect for anyone, GSL or World.
Snute: Forget about those young, new players on the block; Snute has been a stalwart of the international scene since 2012, fighting the Korean onslaught when those kids were probably still playing in Diamond league. Facing top Koreans and getting a win? That's just another day's work for Snute.
TRUE: Having left Korea to compete on the WCS Circuit, an invitation to GSL vs the World would allow TRUE to return home and remind his compatriots of the stylish and electric play that made him such a terror and delight in the past.
Lambo: Lambo got a taste of glory by making the semifinals of WCS Austin, taking a game off eventual champion Serral along the way. Lambo has plenty of reason to believe the championship was within his grasp, and the fiery Zerg will want more than just a taste of glory in Seoul.
Scarlett: IEM PyeongChang champion Scarlett is one of the few 'foreigners' to ever take a StarCraft championship from the Koreans on their home turf. Participation alone isn't enough for a competitor like Scarlett—GSL vs. The World beckons as a stage where she can rise to the top again.
Team World: Protoss
Poll: Team World: Protoss Representative
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MaNa: A beloved veteran, MaNa shocked the world by making the finals of WCS Austin in his eighth year as a StarCraft progamer. The miracle run doesn't have to end just yet—a strong performance at GSL vs. The World would bring him one step closer to BlizzCon.
Nice: Nice comes from the overlooked region of Taiwan, but opponents would be foolish to overlook his endless bag of tricks. A combination of standard play and clever tactics makes Nice a dangerous underdog no one wants to face.
Has: The other players contending for a spot at GSL vs. The World may be famous, but only Has is infamous. Wielding an arsenal of bizarre and nonsensical cheeses, Has has appalled and entertained audiences for years. You may not respect Has' style, but you will have fun watching his games.
DnS: One of the breakout players of WCS 2018, DnS has held the title of France's #1 on more than one occasion. However, DnS has yet to have a truly remarkable tournament run, remaining a player with more potential than achievements. Perhaps a run through the crucible of the GSL will lead him to that career-defining moment.
Probe: Probe was at the forefront of putting Australian StarCraft on the map in 2017, but perhaps he led the charge a little too well as he's been surpassed by his countrymen in 2018. GSL vs. The World could present a unique opportunity for Probe to outshine his peers once more and put himself back on solid footing in 2018.
PtitDrogo: Legacy of the Void seemed to be a pivotal point in PtitDrogo's career, as he won a DreamHack championship off the bat. The quest for another championship has turned into a wild ride for the Frenchman, as he's competed at BlizzCon, been eliminated in the lowest qualifiers, and everything in between. Should the fans deem him worthy, the next stop on that journey might be the GSL studio.