Day Three Recap: King of Columbus
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MarineKingPrime defeated coL.MvPDongRaeGu 5 – 2 at the MLG Winter Championship Grand Finals, finally departing from a club of ill-fated silver surfers. Having taken second place in three GSL finals, MKP had been solidly entrenched in the so-called 'Kong line' – a jinx originating in Korean Brood War that evolved from a joke into a true psychological obstacle for chronically second place players. Though he had won the preceding Winter Arena, the spectator-less tournament's status as a "major" win had been questioned. By winning in Columbus, MarineKingPrime was able rid himself of the curse – at least in the eyes of an adoring international audience. As of now, it is unknown if a GSL focused Korean audience will be as convinced.
Much like he did in New York, MarineKing dominated the competition in Columbus. Placed into a formidable group with GanZi, SK_MC, iS.CrazymoviNG, Quantic.SaSe, and mouz.ThorZaIN, MarineKing lost only a single game as he topped the group with a 5 – 0 match score.
Though he is more well-known for his TvZ skill, victories against opponents like MC, and one of the best PvT players in the world in ST_Parting, showed that MarineKing needed no further tests against Protoss. Of course, his lopsided 5 – 2 triumph over consensus best-ZvT-in-the-world DongRaeGu reaffirmed his incredible TvZ ability.
Up until the finals, DongRaeGu had looked just as strong as MarineKing, also finishing his group with a perfect record and making short work of his semi-final opponent in coL.Heart. However, the finals were a one sided affair.
At Winter Arena in New York, MKP had used cheesy two-barracks builds and specifically avoiding standard hellion openings to get into DongRaeGu's head. At the Winter Championship, MarineKing won in several drawn out macro games, showing that he could defeat the GSL champion in any way he wanted. Not only did MarineKing's micro live up to the billing, but his macro was nearly flawless as well. By using a variety of openings and army compositions in his victories, MarineKing showed he was well-rounded as well as very mechanically talented.
Show of Heart
The other big story of the night was Heart, who made an improbable run from an unseeded position in the open bracket to a third place finish. While he attracted criticism for favoring all-ins and risky build orders during group play, Heart proved that he could hang with the best using orthodox play in the championship bracket. He took out Code S veteran GanZi with aggressive TvT play, and then defeated HuK again in an extended series.
Unfortunately for Heart, he was not on the level of GSL champion and best ZvT player in the world, DongRaeGu. Heart was matched up against DongRaeGu twice, who defeated him both times to end the fairy tale. Even in defeat, Heart was able to put in some strong performances, proving that there was a significant amount of skill to back up his luck.
Tried and True
On the non-Korean side of things, HuK showed that he was the only foreigner to succeed Code S or win an MLG in the post-Korean era for good reason. While others buckled and cracked, HuK came through and delivered under pressure.
HuK finished in fourth place, a second consecutive top finish after placing third at the Winter Arena. Also like Winter Arena, HuK benefited from being a mirror match-up monster, a giant turnaround after being dogged by PvP in the later months of 2011. Already having bested Minigun, Oz, and Socke at Winter Arena, HuK had more Protoss opponents thrown before him, and added NaNiwa and PartinG to his notable 2012 take-downs.
The second best foreigner was Quantic.NaNiwa who tied for eight place. Ahead of his Code S debut, NaNiwa showed once again that he is very capable of beating Korean players by taking down EG.JYP and SK_MC, but whether or not he can do so with the consistency required in Code S was left to be seen.
The best foreigner experience, however, may belong to T-12th place aTn.Socke. After disappointing in the group stages by going 1 – 4 (2 – 9 in maps), Socke came back with a vengeance in the Championship Bracket and toppled EG.PuMa, EG.DeMusliM, iS.CrazymoviNG, and oGs.TheStC in order. His progress was only stopped by HuK, who won an extended series that included a nail-biting DT vs DT elimination race. By improving his position by more than a dozen spots in a few hours, Socke pocketed a cool $1,500.
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Championship: Final Bracket
Grand Final: MarineKing vs DongRaeGu
- Game Four: Shakuras. MKP made 3 quick command centers and DRG broke him with a ling baneling roach bust.
- Game Five: Antiga. MarineKing opened with banshees, then did a timing with marauders and tanks. DRG attacked too soon before he had baneling speed and MKP mopped him up.
- Game Six: Tal'Darim cross. MKP used an interesting timing with 2 reactors to pump out marines, marauders, and blue flame hellions before DRG's third base got running for infestor/ling. DRG almost holds initial push but died when reinforcements came.
- Game Seven: Metalopolis 12 vs 3. MKP went for quick 3 orbital and DRG got mutas after lings and banes. MKP engaged poorly several times early game and lost his first forces, but after he took a third and held it his marine marauder ball was unstoppable, he rolled over DRG with constant big pressure at the Zerg third and fourth.
- MarineKing 5 - 2 DongRaeGu
Winners Final: MarineKing vs DongRaeGu
- Game One: Dual Sight. MarineKing opened double reactor hellions, and meched. DRG tried an ultra switch but it wasn't strong enough as MKP was able to limit Zerg expos.
- Game Two: Daybreak. MKP moved out to kill DRG's fourth, and DRG countered at his third and natural with roaches. DRG did enough damage to buy time for broodlords and won with them.
- Game Three: Entombed non-cross. MarineKing did a bio-mech build that involved a lot of 3-3 marines and 2-2 thors. DRG couldn't make an army big enough to stop constant onslaught of upgraded units.
- MarineKing 2 - 1 DongRaegu
DongRaeGu vs Heart
- Game One: Metalopolis, 12 vs 3. Heart held his own through the midgame but once DRG started harassing with mutas he took over the game and overpowered him.
- Game Two: Shakuras. Heart went for fast 3 orbital and double upgrades, DRG did a huge muta, baneling, ling bust on 2 bases and killed Heart.
- DongRaeGu 2 – 0 Heart
PartinG vs MarineKing
- Game One: MarineKing got an extremely fast 2-2 with double reactor marines and tanks, pushed into PartinG's natural before storm was done and thinned down the colossus number enough to win in a prolongue battle.
- Game Two: Tal'Darim non-cross. Long macro game, PartinG held a fourth and fifth long enough to win war of attrition after MKP ate a lot of storms.
- Game Three: Entombed non-cross. MarineKing did a lot of damage with a 2rax against 1 gate robo, and PartinG tried to counter with 1 base colossus. His attack was easily stopped and MKP won.
- MarineKing 2 – 1 PartinG
Championship: Losers Bracket
Heart vs DongRaeGu (Started with DRG 2 - 0, extended series)
- Game Three: Entombed Valley cross. Heart got to 3-3 on his marines and ground down DRG, pushing with a few thors and marines similar to the game with MKP.
- Game Four: Dual Sight. Heart tried a cute early third build with a planetary, but it let DRG build up uninhibited and Heart couldn't stop any Zerg expansions. DRG got to infestors and ultras and crushed Heart's army.
- Game Five: Antiga. DRG baneling busted, but didn't do enough damage to kill Heart and the game played on normally. DRG was behind all game in upgrades, and as Heart moved out to take the center of the map DRG took him on with infestors and brood lords. Heart was pushed back into his natural, but killed all of DRG's bases with drops, DRG survived with his last several broodlords and killed Heart by baiting a crucial stim and ending it when Heart had no way to kill the last broodlords.
- DongRaeGu 4 - 1 Heart
HuK vs Heart (Started at 2 - 1 for Heart, extended series)
- Game Four: Daybreak. HuK went for a lot of gateways and a 1-1 timing attack, but Heart also had 1-1 and ground him down until there were no forcefields left. Heart cleaned up once HuK was out of energy.
- Game Five: Tal'Darim. Heart went 3rax, and HuK won with 1 gate expand because he got an early robo and had an immortal for the initial push.
- Game Six: Shakuras. HuK went for a gateway timing again but Heart held, and won when he moved out and sniped colossus in HuK's natural.
- Heart 4 – 2 HuK
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