All 16 players for MSI Beat IT 2014 Global StarCraft II Championship are set!
16 World’s Top StarCraft II Players Eager to Snatch Gold
Oct 15, 2014
[Taipei, Taiwan] With MSI Beat IT StarCraft II regional qualifiers drawing to a close, we now have 14 winners plus 2 invited players to compete in the Grand Finals in Taipei.
It was a big weekend in the world of StarCraft II, with new challengers rising while many were forced to relinquish their dreams of victory. The last two qualifiers for the MSI Beat IT 2014 Global StarCraft II Championship in Korea and SEA have given us the final five players to join the show, who must face legends of StarCraft II such as Flash, Huk and Sen in their quest for success.
Competition was fierce and the road to victory was absolutely rocky. From June through September, players from each region have fought hard to win the ticket to the Grand Finals. Now let’s take a look at winners of the regional qualifiers.
To spice up the StarCraft II tournament, MSI invites the legendary Terran Flash （이영호（Lee Young Ho 李永浩）to round out the competition. Playing for KT Rolster, Flash came to fame in 2008 and has dominated the StarCraft II Proleague (SPL) for over five years. He is also the rare and proud recipient of both the Golden Mouse and the Golden Badge, namely the highest honor in StarCraft. In fact, NaDa and Flash are the world’s only two players to win both golden trophies and are widely regarded as the most accomplished StarCraft players of all time. StarCraft fans, don’t miss out on Flash’s first tournament in Taiwan! Be part of this exciting event and grab your chance to meet Flash up and close at MSI Beat IT 2014 Global Grand Finals!
Another top player on our list is the South Korean Protoss pro-gamer PartinG. With a beautiful 4-2 victory over his opponent, PartinG was proudly crowned the 2012 Battle.net World Champion. He was also the World Cyber Games 2012 champion and was placed 1st in Red Bull Battle Grounds New York City late 2013. Will PartinG showcase his famous invincible Immortal Sentry All-In push in Taiwan? That’s absolutely something to anticipate!
South Korean Qualifier Winners
Given South Korea’s reputation as the iconic StarCraft II powerhouse, competition in South Korean Qualifier was as fierce as could be. Samsung Galaxy Kang "Solar" Min Soo, a South Korean Zerg player, fought hard to secure his slot. Another winner, Rogue, formerly known as Savage, is a South Korean Zerg player currently playing for Jin Air Green Wings. And finally, Seo "Journey" Tae Hee, a South Korean Terran player, knocked down his opponents and won his ticket to the Grand Finals.
European Qualifier Winners
In the European Qualifier, the best players in Europe fought it out for the two slots for the Grand Finals. In the end, Kang "First" Hyun Woo and Ko "HyuN" Seok Hyun, both South Korean professional StarCraft II players, proved their strength and proudly made it to the final. With recent announcements of the Blizzcon WCS RO16 matches taking place 1 week earlier, "HyuN" sadly has to pull out of the MSI Beat IT and will be replaced by Choi "YoDa" Byung Hyun who got third place in the qualifier.
Australian Qualifier Winner
The Australian Qualifier saw some top players compete for the only one Australian slot. Ethan "iaguz" Zugai, an Australian Terran player playing for ROOT Gaming, gloriously defeated all his opponents and grabbed his chance to head to Taipei.
Taiwan Qualifier Winners
The Taiwan Qualifier saw quite a few top players signing up for the competition. A Taiwanese Protoss player, yoe Flash Wolves "Has" quickly showed his strength and gloriously advanced to the Grand Finals. And then, without much surprise, HKA Yang "Sen" Chia Cheng, one of Taiwan’s most popular Zerg players, won the last ticket to the Grand Finals with his sterling performance.
American Qualifier Winners
The American Qualifier saw strong contenders and the competition heated up. At last, Chris "HuK" Loranger, a professional Protoss player playing for Evil Geniuses, came out ahead. Together with Kim "viOLet" Dong Hwan, a Zerg player from South Korea, they were proudly the American Qualifier winners.
APAC Qualifier Winners
With both the qualified players "Xigua" and "Jim" unable to attend Taiwan for the finals due to schedule conflicts we've sadly had to replace them. Taking over their spots because of respectable result in the Chinese scene as well as high placing in MSI Beat IT APAC qualifiers we have Yuan “Cloudy” Gao, a Chinese Protoss player playing for Invictus Gaming. Second spot from the APAC region will be given to “Ian”, 3rd place finishers in Taiwanese qualifier due to time frame needed for Chinese to obtain the visa as well as all of top finishers in APAC qualifier attending NEST tournament in China.
Southeast Asian Qualifier Winners
As for the Southeast Asian Qualifier, Rapture Gaming Network (RGN) and MSI partnered with G2A.com to select the top 2 players to represent Southeast Asia. Previously known as "Stellar," Caviar Napoleon "EnDerr" Marquises-Acampado, a Filipino Zerg player and currently the Vengeance Cup SEA Champion, outplayed his opponent and brought home the victory. Another winner, Thomas "Blysk" Kopankiewicz is a Singaporean Protoss player currently playing for mYinsanity’s Academy team.
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