The group stage is coming closer.. Who do you think will win?
It is the time of the year, where we return to Yinchuan for the championship.
The World Cyber Arena 2016 is around the corner and we are set on the stage to cover it for you. WCA will this year not include the current champion, Fly100% nor the runner-up, yAwS, so we will be crowning a new champion and runner-up. This year included 7 qualifiers and saw the return of an American Qualifier.
Last week, the groups were drawn and we will have a little look at them and we will try to predict the results.
* Hunter will replace feRfe
Group A will be seeing the only Undead player of the event together with 3 elves and 1 human. The group stage will include Foggy and Hunter. Foggy will have the highest chances of advancing into the playoffs and this time, he will be better prepared for his opponents. I think with his visit to China earlier this year and competing with the best Korean and Chinese players at a offline event has made him a stronger player. Hopefully with the help of good practice partners and a good mindset, I think Foggy has a serious shot of advancing in the group.
The biggest question marks in this group is without a doubt Yumiko and LawLiet. Both players have been struggling for a longer period and this time and this time, there will be no second chances. With 120 showing no remorse against Night Elves, the advantage will be on Yumiko. Foggy and LawLiet will have to win their matches against Yumiko in order to advance, which would not come as a shock depending on his form on the day.
120 is the big favourite to advance from this group and this should not come as a surprise. While typing this, I actually am smiling. An Undead player as a favourite in a mayor tournament. Incredible. If 120 shows his previous form against Night Elves during the tournament, I would not be surprised to see him not dropping a single map. The only player that might give him trouble is Yumiko.
Hunter will have the great opportunity of competing against the best of the world and this experience of going to China will be incredible for him. I wish him the best and if he takes a map of any of his opponents, Peru should celebrate immensely.
When all of this is said and done, my own prediction will be 120 and LawLiet advancing from Group A.
Group B will be a slaughter.
This group is the hardest predicting the two players advancing from this group. Three players are favoured and the two others have shown form during the latest tournaments. At the moment, the favourite role has to be put on TH000 after his impressive performances in recent tournaments. With this said, Lyn is historically an offline-player and he has previously shown that, he can dominate every single Warcraft 3 player in the world.
The last favoured player will be Infi. Although he has not shown the most impressive impressive results this year, he can end the year for himself and his fans in style. With his friend TH000 having a great year, I believe Infi will be motivated to end the year strong and hence surprise everyone. Will his motivation although be enough to advance? Time will tell.
OrcWorker and LongWalk will have to hit a day with good form, but also grab the chance, when it is given. With the other three players in their groups training for this tournament, I hope both players will go into the tournament with a different mindset and with the approach, that there is no pressure on them. I hope, we will see some upsets from both OrcWorker and LongWalk in this group stage. If TH000, Lyn or Infi underestimate or are having a day with bad form, I hope both players will seize the opportunity and take full use of it.
For all of the players, there will be maximum of 2 race match ups (excluding mirrors) to practice and here I believe LongWalk will have a slight edge.
None the less, the biggest good luck to both of them.
My own prediction will be Infi and Lyn advancing Group B.
An undead favourite winning the championship?
On paper, it is hard not to mention TH000 as the favourite winning the championship this year. His results going into WCA is hardly contested by anyone and together with years of experience competing in Warcraft 3 tournaments, the package is hard to argue against. Will it although be enough to go the distance? I personally do not think so.
It is not a secret, that throughout the history of Warcraft 3, one race has been underrepresented on the highest level of tournaments. Many great undead players have given hope for the race and perhaps the most memorial moment for UD players must be WCG 2012, where TeD made it happen.
Every Warcraft 3 community will have their eyes on 120. He is the obvious second favourite to win the entire thing. With the victory in the NWL, 2nd place in the Ting Invitational and 2nd place in the GCS 2016 Spring, there is no doubt that he is considered of the favourites for this tournament. One thing can although stand in his way and that is the Human race. We will see, how things will roll out for him.
My own personal favourite is Lyn. In the WCA China vs. Korea nation-war, we saw an all-kill by him and if this reflects his strongest form in Warcraft 3 - I would be scared to face him in a offline setup. His biggest obstacle will be the group stage, where he is facing the two human geniuses Infi and TH000 and his results in here will be telling on, how far he will go.
Who do you think will advance from the group and win it?
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