NASL Season 3 : aLive Finishes Top 16
Posted 2012-06-25 Bleys
NASL Season 3 : aLive Finishes Top 16
FnaticRaidCall.aLive did well during NASL Season 3, finishing with a 5-3 record for the regular season. That qualified him for the Wildcard Matches, during which he upset Polt with a score of 3-1. In the Round of 16, aLive was finally taken down in a close series by PuMa, who is the two time reigning champion of NASL. aLive put up a great fight but was eventually edged out. We look forward to aLive's continued success in upcoming tournaments, as well as his performance in NASL Season 4!
Sunday June 24
08:38: It was an incredible back-and-forth series, but PuMa eventually emerged victorious 3-2. That means aLive is out in the Round of 16, still a very strong showing for the Fnatic Terran player.
08:15: aLive demolished PuMa in Game 4 to even the series at 2-2! The winner of the next game will take the series and advance to the Round of 8 in Canada.
07:56: aLive was able to perfectly counter PuMa's Banshee opening and take Game 3, bringing the score to 1-2.
07:45: Game Two was another chess game with both players trying to achieve small advantages in positioning, but PuMa was able to sustain a better economy and takes the second game as well. aLive needs to win Game Three if he wants to fly to Canada.
07:15: PuMa wins the first game, so aLive will choose the map for Game 2.
06:45: aLive and PuMa have started Game One!
05:30: The Playoffs have begun. Later tonight, aLive will take on two time champion PuMa in a Terran versus Terran. This Best-of-5 will determine who gets a paid trip to Canada for the NASL Season 3 Finals.
Saturday June 23
05:00 : aLive has defeated Polt 3-1 and is moving on to the Playoffs where he will face EG.PuMA! PuMa is the Champion of NASL Seasons 1 and 2, so aLive's work will certainly be cut out for him, but aLive can defeat him if anyone can.
|aLive's Postseason Matches|
NASL Season 3:
The North American Star League is in its third season and the level of competition is incredibly high - the original 45 players were broken up into 5 Divisions and have been competing since April. The regular season is finally over, with both Wildcard spots and the Playoff Bracket now announced!
After playing matches in their own divisions all season long, NASL has seeded the top 8 players overall into a Round of 16 Playoff Bracket. The remaining 8 spots will be filled by the winners of the Wildcard Matches. The wildcards are players who finished the regular season in spots ranking from the 9th to 24th. These players will be set up against each other in best-of-five matches, with 8 winners being seeded into the playoff bracket against the regular season top 8.
After the wildcard matches, NASL Season 3 Playoffs begin with an online Round of 16 following which, the final 8 players will fly out to Ontario, Canada for the first major Starcraft 2 event in Canadian history on July 14th and 15th.
FnaticRaidCall had 3 particiating players this season - aLive, Rain, and NightEnD. Each of them played their best, but the competition was fierce. Rain finished his group with a record of 1-7, a disappointing season to be sure, but he will hopefully find success in other leagues.
NightEnD did quite well, going 4-4 in his Division, but lost a heart wrenching three-way tiebreaker with SeleCT and ThorZaIN for a chance at the wildcard matches. Once again, NightEnD is on the verge of breaking out with some incredible results, and he has qualified himself for Season 4 with his performance this time around.
aLive is the final FnaticRC player, and he has made it to the wildcard matches! With a division record of 5-3, aLive has taken the #10 seed in the wildcard matches and will be playing against #7 Polt. The two Korean Terrans both went 5-3 during the regular season and are each capable of the highest level of play, so their wildcard match should be exceptional!