Posted 2012-08-07 naama
Asus rog started for me on wednesday by picking up Harstem from the airport. I came there 15 mins after his plane landed and he wasnt there where supposed to be. I got little freaked out but he had gone to look for me at the other side of airport. I found him and we just headed home and went to sleep.
Next day the tournament started. We got there early and started to warmup for the matches. My group was kinda hard but I thought I could make it if I played my best. First game I won huk 3-2 which was very relieving, I would need to win one more match to pass my group. I got owned pretty badly by STC in the next game, probably because you dont get much practice against terrans in tournaments or ladder these days (wink wink). So it all came to the last match against Seiplo. I hadnt played against him lately but I thought I could take him. Before the games he told me he was afraid of me and my weird builds. We played and I managed to win 3-2. All the maps that I won were pretty onesided I would say, and one of the maps he won was really tight so it wasnt really that close after all. Okay I was qualified for the next day and obviously very relieved. I headed to the finnish IESF qualifiers to play my group matches and that was really easy for me.
When I heard about my upcoming group from Bumblebee of teamliquid, I thought he was kidding me. MC, hero and Suppy. I felt kinda down when I found out it was true but thought to myself what the heck I would need to win them anyways if I wanted to go in the top of the tournament.
The next day I had to wake up 5 hours before my ASUS ROG group games because I had to play the playoffs of the finnish IESF qualifier. We started playing after I had just one warmup game but I didnt care because I got too cocky, big mistake. I ended up losing to mouz.protosser 0-2 in the WB and then losing against a finnish zerg called Core, to my defence he was in GM. I got pretty tilted and thought to myself "how on earth I can win against Suppy if I cant beat these guys?". Luckily I had couple of hours left before my first group game against Suppy and I focused on cooling down.
Against Suppy everything went the way I wanted. First game my 4 port banshee cheese was succesfull and next games I picked overlords in the earlygame and got a few pretty good drone barbeques. Won 3-0 in a pretty convincing way. Mc was next for me. I kinda choked against him and played pretty passive which is a mistake against a player of that caliber and I got owned 0-3.
Last game I had to play against Hero, who is a really good korean protoss. I had played against him in Homestorycup winter and I remember him owning me pretty badly there. We started playing and in our first map I got a pretty good build order win in the start and managed to capitalize on it a little bit, but I couldnt end the game and he built really good cannon and HT defence all over the map which prevented me from harassing him. The game turned out to be almost 50 minutes long but in the end he had more bases and the warpgates allowed him to reinforce his army quicker than I could and he rolled over me. Hero ended up winning the series 3-1 and he played really good troughout the series and I was able to win just one map from him with a hidden base "cheese" strategy.
In the tournament I won every single game vs foreigners but not a single game against koreans. Thats not really surprising concidering how good and dominant the koreans are, but I feel like I could have showed more.