Welcome back for WCS Winter 2019 America or WCS Winter: Part 2. As I’ve said before because of how this tournament is structured, the players competing in this tournament are separated into two regions: the European tournament, and the American tournament. This part focuses on the Americas.
In Group A, you had SpeCial, MCanning, Erik, and TooDming. SpeCial is the clear favorite as he is a Blizzcon-qualifying player (he’s made it to the top 4) and he wins convincingly with a 2:0, only dropping a single map to MCanning. MCanning was the other player to qualify for the next round, beating Erik and TooDming with a convincing 2:1 and 2:0 respectively. Erik tried his best, but he couldn’t make it, while TooDming, the #6th ranked Chinese player in China, was eliminated without winning a single game.
In Group B, you had Scarlett, Epic, ExpecT, and PiLiPiLi. Unsurprisingly, out of this litter, Scarlett won 2:0 in this bracket with some of the shortest games we’ve ever seen (Scarlett used rushes and timings) while Epic picked up second place. ExpecT, and PiLiPiLi were eliminated so quickly you almost feel bad for them, but that’s what happens when you play against Scarlett. We will, we will rush you (stomp stomp clap).
In Group C, you had Kelazhur, Cham, Vindicta, and Demi. Kelazhur is the #1 ranked player in Brazil, and he finished first with a 2:0 over everyone else. Kelazhur’s come a long way, and I really hope he makes top 8 this time. Meanwhile, Cham, the #2 ranked player in Mexico (Right behind SpeCial), managed to snap up the other seat in this group while Vindicta and Demi got eliminated.
In Group D, you had Neeb, Rex, JimRising, and GogojOey, with Neeb closing first place with an all-kill. Neeb winning is unsurprising as Neeb is ranked #1 in the United States but winning without dropping a map? Neeb is on fire. Rex, the Tawainese player, however, unexpectedly advanced to the next round. A betting man would’ve placed JimRising as the second to clear the bracket, but Rex KO’d him without losing a map. Thus, JimRising and GogojOey were eliminated from the group. Better luck next time.
And that’s it for WCS Winter – America. The next phase of the tournament starts up on Thursday and continues until Friday, and you can watch it all here on ESTNN TV. This time, the groups I’m looking forward to are Group’s F and H. JonSnow and MaSa are in both in Group F and I want to see them play as they are both solid players and we can expect some pretty good games (if they play against each other). In Group H, Has (My favorite Protoss player), will be playing and that means he’s going to cheese and I can’t wait to see what kind of cheddar he’ll be busting out. Groups E and G seem one-sided and I’m pretty sure Probe, and Future are going to win in Group E while TLO and Seither will probably win in Group G.