We breakdown the matchups at the StarCraft II America Premier League Finals.
Three Terran, three Protoss and two Zerg. That’s all that’s left
standing in the StarCraft II America Premier League. That number will shrink starting Saturday at Red Bull headquarters in Santa Monica, California as the eight players will battle in the regional finals to determine who will represent WCS America at the Season 2 Finals.
Here’s a look at Saturday’s matchups:
JaeDong vs. Jim
Coming off a second place at Dreamhack Valencia, Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong is a strong bet to win the WCS America Finals. Currently ranked 10th in the WCS Global Standings, the Evil Genius Zerg player is almost always a contender, no matter the tournament. Chinese Protoss Jin ‘Jim’ Hui Cao is a bit more of an unknown quantity lately. At the recent IEM Shanghai tournament, he left for an appointment to acquire a Visa for his WCS America Round of 16 live matches, and was disqualified after not being able to make it back in time.
Scarlett vs. aLive
Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn has had quite a run, beating Revival and
MacSed 2-0, and 2-1 to reach the Round of 8, and establishing herself suddenly as one of the top StarCraft players in North America. But the Canadian Zerg is also dealing with wrist injuries and she’ll have her hands full against Han “Alive” Lee Seok, the 7th ranked player in the world and a top Terran.
TaeJa vs. MacSed
Considering the recent performances of Yoon “TaeJa” Young Suh, including winning Assembly Summer a couple of weeks, it’s almost unimaginable that he doesn’t become a finalist. The Terran, playing for Team Liquid, faces off against eSports veteran Xiang ‘MacSed’ Hu. MacSed, a former Warcraft III vet, will need to bring out the best in his Protoss army this weekend to beat TaeJa.
Polt vs. Oz
Choi ‘Polt’ Seong Hoon is still riding high from his big win at the MLG Spring Championship 2013 in Anaheim, Calif., which boosted him into the top 20 in the Global Standings. Will the Korean Terran be able to bring more magic against the Evil Geniuses’ Kim ‘Oz’ Hak Soo? Oz is a Protoss legendary for his preparation. It should be a thrilling matchup.
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