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GCS Playoffs | Recap

Published Sun May 29, 2016 by Mrwhite
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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:
120LynYumiko & WFZ

Link to Liquipedia Coverage

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:
Lucifer120LynYumiko & WFZFoggy


 Back2Warcraft VoD

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 hope Foggy, 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.

As always, you can see the results from each group here and revisit the games on Back2Warcraft's youtube channel.

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.


Comment #1Tue May 17, 2016 00:45 am
umm guys foggy is not the first european Nicker played at last years event :D
Comment #2Tue May 17, 2016 00:49 am
well Foggy qualified from Ukraine with the connection troubles we can imagine. Nicker is China based as far as I know
Comment #3Tue May 17, 2016 00:50 am
ez i move to somalia and im somalian
Comment #4Tue May 17, 2016 01:05 am
No but playing a full ladder season from Ukraine and being able to overcome the best Chinese players with 4 times their average ping is quite the achievement isnt it? Also Nicker was not in GCS season 1 : back to topic! ^^
Comment #5Tue May 17, 2016 01:09 am
well edit he was but not in the first announced 16, Neo will give the full story when he comes here I am sure!
Comment #6Tue May 17, 2016 10:56 am
I believe Nicker was ranked 17 or 18 during that season and he was invited, because one or two of the higher-ranked players didn't participate. While I don't remember who that was, my best guess would be Yumiko, and potentially WFZ. The two of them participated in the 2vs2 tournament (where they surprisingly finished just 3rd), so maybe they rejected the 1vs1 tournament participation in order to focus on the 2vs2 tournament. In any case, I agree that in this case the achievement of FoDJi is unique, because he did it with the Ukrainian ping.
Comment #7Tue May 17, 2016 11:15 am
shorty is right on this. i think the reason for them not to attend was something about the group drawing system but i'm not sure what the reason was exactly
Comment #8Tue May 17, 2016 11:22 am
It is great accomplishment by foggy but most of the time ping was good for him, sonik is also playing this season and he is holding #1 rank, you can also see when watching his stream that ping is good for him
Comment #9Tue May 17, 2016 12:14 pm
Certainly royalHU, but I guess he means that all players will be playing without any ping issues. In regards to question, I have this one for 120: With his young age, I could imagine he must have seen quite a bit of how Undead strategies has developed throughout the years. I would love to hear from him, who his favorite Undead player is?
Comment #10Tue May 17, 2016 12:58 pm
Neo tell to 120 pls about low eu uds and about his eu fans (the last ud hope). mb will he play at w3arena? For The 120 King!
Comment #11Tue May 17, 2016 13:09 pm
This question can go to Lucifer or 120 (id perfer both :D) Ask them what they think about the state of undead do they think that undead is low or that undead is just right and if there is any balence changes they are hoping for in the future patch thanks!! (and sorry about the Foggy nicker debate didnt mean to start anything)
Comment #12Tue May 17, 2016 14:19 pm
Basically any of those players: How did they prepare for the tournament - just laddering or really searching for training partners for specific matchups, investigating replays of other group participants?
Comment #13Tue May 17, 2016 14:46 pm
#9 to #12 : very interesting, keep shooting and don't be shy! We want to provide something useful and interesting for everybody
Comment #14Tue May 17, 2016 19:46 pm
@Foggy: How high was your ping from Ukraine to China? And how the hell did you manage to win any games with that much latency? @All players: What do you do besides playing/streaming Wc3? Can you live from it or do you have another job? @120: Do you mainly focus on Wc3 or are you playing other games competitively? @Ugrilainen: How will you communicate with the players? Do you speak Chinese, Korean or Ukrainian respectively?
Comment #15Tue May 17, 2016 21:31 pm
@Foggy: How did you prepare for GCS? Did you train with other European players (with whom)?
Comment #16Wed May 18, 2016 01:49 am
For each interview I will start with explaining the set up (duration, location, way of communication). No orc has any question for Lyn, the 2nd best player of all time after Moon according to the total history gain?
Comment #17Wed May 18, 2016 08:08 am
Question to Lucifer : Not that long ago he was the only competitive player from Korea, what's his feeling about the korean scene going back to shape and does it motivate him to become one of the best player again ?
Comment #18Wed May 18, 2016 10:56 am
Question to Lyn: Friendly kind of queston for warming up: Why does he not want to participate in gera cup? Is it solely because of Ping issues or are there any other reasons? BTW: Foggy played couple of times or even more with Lyn online. I know that it is not the same as offline but it is not like these guys never played together.
Comment #19Wed May 18, 2016 15:14 pm
Question for 120, what to play it Undead?i m undead too)))))
Comment #20Wed May 18, 2016 15:21 pm
Note : you can add questions to WFZ and Yumiko as well, I will probably see them (I will ask the ud race question to WFZ if I see him, it will be fun to compare pov from 120, lucifer and Lyn)
Comment #21Wed May 18, 2016 17:00 pm
?????? ?? ????
Comment #22Wed May 18, 2016 17:00 pm
pobrey ih vseh
Comment #23Wed May 18, 2016 17:25 pm
shave them
Comment #24Wed May 18, 2016 17:25 pm
Comment #25Wed May 18, 2016 18:20 pm
@ to Lyn : Do you think that winning this League may give you an additional Boost for next WCA? Are you considering the possibility to win Both tournaments ( GCS and WCA) to become even more legendary than Moon? What are you most afraid of , the Chinese Humans or Korean Nighelves?
Comment #26Wed May 18, 2016 21:39 pm
lol ,"ith Lucifer winning the Gera Cup 60 as the first Undead player ever " :D:D
Comment #27Thu May 19, 2016 00:09 am
#10 asking chinese to play on w3arena is totaly useless cuz they just cant (chinese firewall)
Comment #28Thu May 19, 2016 00:09 am
its same like asking chinese guys to stream on twitch
Comment #29Thu May 19, 2016 11:07 am
to Foggy: Are you going to Minsk LAN-tourney? :D
Comment #30Thu May 19, 2016 13:04 pm
@lucifer. What kind of creature are you?
Comment #31Fri May 20, 2016 23:58 pm
Ask lyn about his future wc3 stream plans, he will not stream on twitch anymore.
Comment #32Sat May 21, 2016 22:37 pm
Thank you Ugri for the awesome coverage on twitter!
Comment #33Sun May 22, 2016 03:34 am
Thks Byblos
Comment #34Mon May 23, 2016 14:16 pm
Foggy DID IT!!!
Comment #35Tue May 24, 2016 11:39 am
question to yumiko. Why humans sometimes build the farm at the beginning faster then the altar? diddnt you lost some gold with it?
Comment #36Tue May 24, 2016 11:41 am
first worker build altar and 2nd worker build farm. its faster rdy then the altar. better send him into mine?
Comment #37Tue May 24, 2016 17:33 pm
where can i find replays for group stage games mostly i missed group D day 2 someone link me up ~
Comment #38Tue May 24, 2016 18:45 pm
youtube back to warcraft
Comment #39Wed May 25, 2016 12:13 pm
@Cryptic As Truck3r mentioned, the games can be seen on Back2Warcraft's youtube channel, where they upload all the VoDs. Here is a link of the games in a playlist. The Group D games should be in the buttom.
Comment #40Thu May 26, 2016 11:19 am
btw, do all the players get paid their flight, accommodation etc.?
Comment #41Fri May 27, 2016 05:52 am
Comment #42Fri May 27, 2016 20:13 pm
Just tell me, what kind of sadist you must be to set the most interesting playoff-matches on monday ?!
Comment #43Sun May 29, 2016 05:00 am
lol right weekend woulda been much better , oh well GO 120 vs TH000!
Comment #44Mon May 30, 2016 17:36 pm
when are 120 th000 games
Comment #45Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:09 pm
fly once again proved he is the world champion and rekt the whole competition, he is often showing some inconsistency and losing some games he shouldnt be losing but on his day he is unbeatable

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