What an amazing Warcraft 3 weekend that was. Maybe one of the best ones we have ever witnessed. Let's recap the event.
The broadcast on Thursday started with technical difficulties and many of us were afraid that there would be the same continuous struggle as in 2014. Luckily this time Remo and Neo got the stream running on Azubu.TV.
Looking at the final standings of the group stage, there were absolutely no surprises apart from yAwS defeating FoCuS in group D. As expected, the two Chinese human players Infi and Yumiko stepped out of group A, don't giving ReprisaL or SoniK a chance. In group B, Fly100% crushed his opponents and secured his seat in the winners bracket. Many hoped that HawK might be able to follow right behind Fly, but Tara521, the strong Chinese undead player played too well to let this happen. Group C was full of nightelf power, including the legendary Moon who just returned from army service and WarchiefRich, our European pride. The latter really impressed with solid and confident play style, especially against Moon, who was defeated by him 2:0 without a chance. LawLiet was the big disappointment on day one and it seemed as if there'd be no amazing Warden only play against humans on WCA 2015. Luckily he stepped up his game on day two and advanced to the playoff rounds due to a razor-thin map lead. Regarding the subsequent tournament results, this was a real blessing for the whole audience. In group D, TH000 advanced undefeated, followed by yAwS. FoCuS, who was widely expected to be one of the surprises on WCA 2015, couldn't convince and dropped out.
This is where fun began and coins were slowly flipped, at least from round two on. In the first round Yumiko, Fly100% and TH000 all defeated their enemies 2:0 and sent Tara521, Infi and LawLiet to the losers bracket. Surprisingly, yAwS was really on top of his game and left WarchiefRich no chance. The latter then also lost against Tara521 in the losers bracket and dropped out of the tournament. Losers bracket turned out to be "LawLiet's house", slaying Infi, Yumiko and TH000 in stunning performances. It felt a bit like piece work. Fly% and yAwS passing through all the big names to the losers bracket where they would then be disassembled nice and neatly by the Korean night elf player. You may wonder if this yAwS is the same German human player, that you know from W3Arena. The one who recently stated he just cannot win against HawK on ladder, the one who is famous for his lack of surrounding skills and the one who wasn't able to win at least one of the 41 Gera Cups. Yep, that's the player we're talking about. I mean we knew that he strongly favors offline tournaments, but still, every non-fanboy was pretty sure that he'd drop out in the group stage already. He wasn't even supposed to be participating, replacing Foggy in the European qualifier on short notice, just because he was on-site for casting anyways. Neo couldn't stop to call it the "Cinderella story" of 2015. After defeating Warchief, nobody really thought that he would advance from the match against Yumiko, but he did. Not only, because Yumiko really struggled against the European "less-tower, non-fast-expo play style", but also because yAwS made all the right decisions. One reason sure was his superb advisory board, consisting of HawK and HLA. His performance against the human star was even topped by the matches against Fly100%. Admittedly, there was a bit last hit luck involved on Turtle Rock, but still a 2:0 against the Chinese orc force? What the fuck? These two flawless matches really left us all behind totally amazed and it seemed as if nobody could stop the German from winning the tournament,...
...apart from a night in between playoffs and grand final. Fly100% had won convincingly 2:0 against LawLiet in the consolation final, so the grand final was a second clash (this time best of five) against yAwS. Although the latter started with a 1:0 lead, by advancing from the winners bracket and even winning the first match as well, he then fell apart. As often (but mostly not for the human), the misery began with close spawn position on Turtle Rock. yAwS' tower rush failed, as so many tower rushes before did against Fly. This was the one turning point for the German, losing the two subsequent matches as well. He reached the sky, but still, the disappointment of his finals loss was scrawled across all (non-Chinese)-faces afterwards. At least Fly100% is absolutely worthy the winning title and him hugging yAwS in the end engaged a lot of sympathies. We hope to see Warcraft 3 again on WCA 2016.