Another incredible year of the premiere fighting game tournament has just concluded, with lots of hype, surprises, and upsets. Many crowd favorites such as Daigo Umehara (who was eliminated during Super Street Fighter 4 semifinals) and Justin Wong (eliminated during Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 semifinals as well), as well as other favored players like Combofiend and others having fallen short of championship status. This year's EVO also set the worldwide stage for Korea, China, Taiwan, Australia/Hong Kong, and Japan for showing their best players and providing an amazing show. Congratulations to all the Top 8 players!
In case you haven't heard, last weekend's Major League Gaming (MLG) Spring Championship was kind of a big deal. However, it wasn't until the release of the event's official numbers a few days ago that we'd realize just how big of a deal.
It’s no surprise that everyone in the Starcraft 2 eSports community is aware of how much Koreans have dominated the scene since the days of SC: Broodwar. In recent major foreign tournaments, we have seen various koreans take the title of champion, some of which are: Teamliquid’s Hero (Dreamhack Winter), EG’s Puma (NASL Season 2), FXO’s Leenock, Prime’s MarineKing (MLG’s Winter Arena), and finally Fnatic’s Alive (IGN Proleague 4). However, it now looks like we have rising star within the community, and his name is NaNiwa.
In a stunning display of skill, precision, patience, and the determination for victory, South Korean Progamer Lee Jung “MarineKing” Hoon takes the 1st place in Major League Gaming's Starcraft II Winter Championship. This victory marks his second championship record in a significant foreign tournament in a row, ever since taking his first victory in February, during MLG's Winter Arena. Now the question begs: why does this particular player deserve mention? The answer is simple if you have been following the Starcraft II Esports scene for awhile.
December second through fourth was the North American Starleague's 2nd Season Finals, held in Ontario, CA. While the first season's games were intense and nail-biting, season 2 definitely raised the bar in terms of competitiveness. Many amazing games were played, and major upsets were had. Here, we'll go recap the event and talk about a couple of the highlights.
In a stunning turn of events, a relatively unknown European Zerg player known as Stephano, from Team Millennium, took the championship at IGN Pro-league's first live Starcraft 2 Tournament over the weekend.
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Evo 2011 has been a shock to many. Favorites, like Daigo Umehara for Super Street Fighter IV and Justin Wong for Marvel vs Capcom 3, weren't able to grab the championship, let alone make it to the finals. Filled with tons of upsets and a lot of surprises, this year's Evo tournament was something amazing to behold. Congrats to everyone who made it to the top eight.