The Golden Championship Series is bringing the best 16 Netease players together in Shanghai, China to compete for an overall prize pool of $10.050.
|Ugrilainen's Interviews With:|
|Lucifer||120||Lyn||Yumiko & WFZ||Foggy|
The Golden Championship Series Season 2 ends today after three weeks of nonstop high-quality Warcraft 3 action. This season was historic. The second season included the first European player Foggy advancing from the group stage into the playoff. It also was the first international tournament for the long-awaited Lyn since his return to competitive Warcraft 3. In the winners bracket, we saw the rise of the Scourge, where 120 showed hope and admiration, the best player of all time Moon showing glimmer of his former strength and in the Grand Finale, we would crown a new Golden Championship Series winner.
The winner-bracket finale brought us a clash of Warcraft 3 generations. 120 and Moon met before the Grand Finale, where the Undead forced the Korean Night Elf player into the lower-bracket after some great games.
In the lower-bracket, things were pure knock-out and one player here performed astounding well.
120 did not show any mercy against Fly100% in the upper-bracket semifinals, where the Scourge knocked him down to the lower-bracket. On Fly100%'s journey was Yumiko, Infi and Moon. If he lost any of these games, he would fail to secure a spot for the Grand Finale.
Fly100% did not give up and showed everyone, why he is the current world champion. After both defeating, Yumiko. Fly100% won Infi and Moon without dropping a single map and it was clear that he was ready for revenge in the Grand Finale.
The Grand Finale brought memories back to the WCG 2012 finale, where another Undead legend was in the same shoes and ironically against the same player and race. The flashbacks from TED's victory in 2012 started returning after an impressive game on Amazonia, where 120 displayed jaw-dropping micro-management of his heroes and army. The Scourge army together with the third hero Pit Lord started wiggling down the Orc army and Fly100% was forced to call the "gg". 1-0 to 120.
Second map was Terenas Stand, where Fly100% eliminated Moon in the lower-bracket finale and this map was one of the greater games in the series. The game was packed with astounding clutch moments, where 120 managed to sit with the upper hand after a crazy battle at Fly100%'s expandation. The game did although slip from 120's hands after a misplaced Dark Ranger, a level 5 Blademaster and a revived Tauren Chieftain joining the battleground. After this, 120 was forced to all-in and this ended poorly. 120's Death Knight was surronded by the Blademaster and Tauren Chieftain and died after only a few minutes of the battle. 120 called "gg". 1-1
Turtle Rock was selected as the third map, which was a map that the finalists played previously in the winner-bracket semifinals. Fly100% won that game and that was also the case for this game. Fly100% did not break under the pressure and played well without any chances for 120. The established expandation on the red spot was unbreakable for the Undead player and 120 "gg"ed out. 2-1 for Fly100%
Fly100% had match-point for the next game and it was Twisted Meadows. This was also the last map in the winner-bracket semifinals, where 120's timed towerrush strategy punished Fly100% greatly and cost him a trip into the lower-bracket. It seemed although Fly100% learnt from his mistakes and did well shutting down 120's creeping. Fly100% did not show any sign of nerves and turned his advantage into victory. 3-1 for Fly100%
This is Fly100%'s second major tournament win since his the WCA 2015 trophy and he will be bringing home the sword of Frostmourne together with $6.000. Fly100% is the WINNER of GOLDEN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON 2.
Price pool distribution:
Full-bracket of playoffs:
All of the information for this tournament can be found in the Liquipedia, which will cover maps and the group stage qualifier. As always, you can watch ALL of the games as VoD on Back2Warcraft's youtube channel. The link below will lead you to a playlist of all the games. Lastly you should check out all the interviews, that our correspondant Ugrilainen provided for the community. The interviews can be seen here:
|Ugrilainen's Interviews With:|
|Lucifer||120||Lyn||Yumiko & WFZ||Foggy|
The first part of Golden Championship Series is done - two players from each group have advanced into the playoffs. The next stage will be the playoffs, which will start Monday the 30th of May and it is going to be a double elimination finals with the grand finale being best of 5.
Here are the results of the group stage matches:
The group stage did not include too many upsets. The favorites managed to go through the group stage matches without struggle, only in Group D, we saw our European hope eliminate Lyn after a great performance. One thing to notice is also that Zhou_Xixi and Foggy were the only two players in their groups to advance from the loser bracket.
The playoffs will include our European hopeFoggy, who together with 120 advances from Group D. The players, who will be competing in the playoffs are:
This also means that playoffs matches will be:
Monday, May 30th:
10.30 CEST: Yumiko vs. Moon
12.00 CEST: Infi vs. Foggy
13.30 CEST: Fly100% vs. Zhou_Xixi
Tuesday, May 31st:
13.30 CEST: 120 vs. TH000
Foggy and the other participants in the playoffs are secured at least $760.
With the Golden Championship Series currently being played, we are proudly announcing that we will be covering parts of the event directly from Shanghai! Our administrator staff member Ugrilainen is going to Shanghai as our correspondent and will give us exclusive insights and updates live from the event.
But we are not done yet!
This will also mean, that W3Arena are preparing interviews with the players competing in the Golden Championship Series and you have the chance to get your question answered by your favorite proplayer from Group D.
So now it is up to you, what would you like to ask Lucifer, Lyn, 120 or Foggy?
Foggy is the first European to qualify for the Golden Championship Series and the eyes will be on him during the group stage. Our European hope will be facing strong competition in players such as Lucifer, 120, and Lyn.
Foggy will be playing against Lyn on Sunday 13:30 CEST and it will be first time, these two players face each other. This will be a very special match for both - Foggy is playing his first offline tournament in China, where he is not playing with a unfair ping disadvantage. Lyn will play his first offline tournament since his comeback from the army earlier this year, will he be able to repeat his glorious performance from the WCA APAC qualifier?
In the second match, we will see a Undead clash between newcomer and oldschooler. Lucifer will be facing the talented 120 in a Undead mirror. Both players have shown strong results in the past, with Lucifer winning the Gera Cup 60 as the first Undead player ever and 120 being in the grand finale in the Chinese WCA qualifier.
We wish all of the players best of luck.
For broadcasting, Back2Warcraft is covering all of the games during the Golden Championship Series.