Its back! Its time for the SCAN invitational #5!! We have run 4 tournaments in the past and all have been a lot of fun and awesome days, so why stop?! The SCAN invitational is an 8 player, 1 day tournament, displaying the top level of play within SC2!
This tournament is going to be brought to you live from the GD studio in Stockholm, Sweden, with a live interactive show, fantastic SC2 games, some jokes and prizes to be won throughout the day! Your broadcasters for the event will be none other than dApollo and Semmlertheriot!
Format: The tournament will be played out live!! The games will be rolling straight after each other, with a rough guideline to when they are meant to start. This time, we want to change the format to best of 5 for each semi final and best of 7 for the grand final!
Map pool and bracket will be released Friday, day before the action begins.
Invited Players The invited players will be released throughout this week, 2players every day starting tomorrow, everyday at 16:00CET!
Pre tournament announcement schedule 8th 16:00 CEST = Thorzain/Lucifron 9th 16:00 CEST = Polt/Bischu 10th 16:00 CEST = White-Ra/Seiplo 11th 16:00 CEST = Dimaga/Hyun + Map pool and Brackets
12th = Live show begins 15:00CEST
Rough Tournament Schedule: (Local time - Swedish CEST) 15:00 Tournament introduction 15:15 Game1 ro8 - Best of 3 16:15~ Game2 ro8 - Best of 3 17:15~ Game3 ro8 - Best of 3 18:15~ Game4 ro8 - Best of 3 -- 19:30~ Game1 Semi Final1 - Best of 5 21:00~ Game2 Semi Final2 - Best of 5 -- 22:30 - 22:45~ BREAK -- 22:45~ - Game1 Final - Best of 7 (Subject to change)
Map Pool We shall use the 2012 GSL Map Pool:
Atlantis Cloud Day Break Dual Sight Ohana Antiga Entombed Metroplois
Dimaga vs Polt Lucifron vs Seiplo
Thorzain vs Bischu Hyun vs White-Ra
Invited Player Profiles
Name: Marcus Eklöf Game ID: EG.Thorzain Race: Terran Age: 21 Nationality: Swedish Largest Achievement: 1st Dreamhack Eizo Open 2012
Thorzain, the most successful non-korean Terran, is currently in amazing shape after his Dreamhack win, securing his 2nd large tournament victory almost a year after his TSL 3 victory in 2011. Using this momentum he finally broke through and won his first MSI cup after falling short five times in a row, finishing 2nd place in each. His intelligent builds and strict understanding of timings with crucial patience will be key for him to continue his streak in this tournament, he really is looking strong and is a clear favourite to win the entire tournament.
Name: Pedro Moreno Duran Game ID: Karont3.Lucifron Race: Terran Age: 20 Nationality: Spanish Largest Achievement: 1st The Gathering 2012
No doubt in my mind, Lucifron is one of the most talented players out there, he is just naturally good at games and then you combine that with some hard work and dedication and you come out of no where to win 7500euro and beat huge names at The Gathering. Even though he hardly enters online tournaments and just practices on the ladder, he has been placing and staying incredibly high in GM himself showing great games when he pops on other players streams. May not be pegged as a straight up favourite for this tournament but he easily has the potential to beat any player in the scene.
Name: Choi Sung Hoon Game ID: TSL.Polt Race: Terran Age: 23 Nationality: Korean Largest Achievement: 1st GSL Super tournament 2011
Polt has won more 1day tournaments on the EU server than any where else in the world, he actually doesn't mind playing tournaments here and because Koreans hardly sleep, lets invite him in!! Polt just finished 2nd place at Dreamhack Eizo open losing vs our initial invite Thorzain so I am sure he will be looking for revenge on Saturday. Front line TSL star, really leading by example especially outside of Korea at the tournaments world-wide. Very excited to have our first Korean within the SCAN Invitationals and I am sure he will represent well.
Name: Jesper Johansson Game ID: dignitas.Bischu Race: Protoss Age: 22 Nationality: Swedish Largest Achievement: Team League All Kill (5-0) vs Millenium
The Team Dignitas representative within this tournament is here! Bischu, an underdog here but definitely deserves a shot with the big names with solid performances recently especially with his team league results and has been doing well in Playhem dailies, 4 out of 5 he has been a finalist winning 2 and finishing 2nd place in the other 2. Bischu is a macro focused Protoss player with great builds and very decisive strategies that are designed around opponents which gives him a great edge when he knows who he will fight against. Lets see how well he will do here!!
Name: Aleksey Krupnyk Game ID: Tt.WhiteRa Race: Protoss Age: 31 Nationality: Ukrainian Largest Achievement: 1st IGN Proleague 2
Age and experience enters the ring in the form of one dangerous guy, WhiteRa. He has never had the opportunity to play within the SCAN invitational due to his crazy travel schedule and its a pleasure to have him represent Protoss here! WhiteRa is a very scary player to go up against because you can't predict what he will do, its very difficult to read whether he grabs a super early 3rd base of does something crazy aggressive, you have to always be on your toes. Expect great games from this idol!
Name: John Seipel Game ID: Ai.Seiplo Race: Protoss Age: 17 Nationality: Swedish Largest Achievement: 3rd Copenhagen Games 2012
Seiplo a player that you may question the reasoning for his invite into this tournament but I believe that he has great potential as a top EU Protoss player, so lets give new blood a chance!! Finishing top 8 Dreamhack Winter after beating HuK in the ro16, also Genius in group stages before finally losing vs Her0 was a great achievement and then he finished 3rd at Copenhagen games taking the victory over Happy for the bronze medal. Even though we have seen good results in the past and that we could do well here, it will not be easy, that is for sure!
Name: Dmytro Filipchuk Game ID: mTw.Dimaga Race: Zerg Age: 25 Nationality: Ukrainian Largest Achievement: 1st Assembly Summer 2011
Since we only have two Zerg players within this tournament, we need two strong Zerg players!!! Dimaga, one of the most consistent Zerg players out there! Almost has legendary status simply because of his victory in GSL World Championship over Nestea in Zerg vs Zerg during Nesteas unbeatable period. Dimaga a very scary Zerg, especially with his stubborn style vs Protoss, we could see some dramatic games Saturday, one thing for certain though, Dimaga isn't here to finish last.
Name: Ko Seok Hyun Game ID: TSLHyun Race: Zerg Age: 24 Nationality: Korean Largest Achievement: - Ro16 Dreamhack Eizo Open 2012
Hyun joins his team-mate and also countryman Polt in the SCAN invitaitonal! These guys play so much within EU tournaments that there was a joke they had won enough Playhem dailies to afford the plane ticket to Sweden for the DH open! After some super impressive displays at Dreamhack and I excited to see his progress once again, he had been struggling with any matchup late game, grasping the difference between BW and SC2 in such short notice but I am sure his errors will have been ironed out by now!! Welcome Hyun as our 8th player!!!