This week in The Recap
Only the Strong Survive
Hey guys, this is Memnon with a recap of Weekly #17! ccStrength from CrackClan.com wins this weeks tournament making him a two time tournament champion! He also takes a healthy lead in this seasons rankings. REQPhiliBiRD came in second who defeated LuckyFool in an exciting semi-final match. LuckFool wins third place because his opponent unfortunately forfeited. Also, apologies for the lack of recaps in the past few weeks. I have returned! But anyway, congratulations to ccStrength for his second tournament win!Highlights of the Tournament
This tournament was, if not the largest ever, then it was very close. We had 33 people. In the top half of the bracket, there were arrayed numerous faces from previous tournaments. Among those present were Strength, song, Matro, Jinx, Thomas, Nack, Neobowman, and TiP (previously known to those present as Breakmybank). THere were naturally some great games here. TiP knocked out Nack, Neobowman, and Jinx! Jinx meanwhile had beaten Thomas in the first round. Strength beat out snog and also beat Sunghwa, who I do not remember. Both TiP and Strength moved on to the semifinals.
THe bottom half of the bracket featured LuckyFool, who was forced to beat out Cheesegrater, who was last week's champion, in the Round of 16. Meanwhile Kyo beat out yours truly before losing to Buki, who eventually would lose to LuckyFool. A newer player, REQPhiliBiRD, beat out Freezerjumps (who is actually Lonyo), Azndude, and another player i have not seen before, Slimpower (although again the name sounds familiar). REQPhiliBiRD would go on to face LuckyFool in the semifinals.
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[/span]Replays and VODs (Ro8 and before):
vs Memnon REP
In our game, Kyo and I discovered some of the quirks of iCCup Obsidian Inferno:
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for weekly casts.Semifinals RecapSemifinal A: LuckyFool vs. REQPhiliBiRDGame 1:
Game 1 of the semifinals opens up on Metalopolis. Both players open with 1-1-1 builds. However, LF goes for tanks, while Phil techs straight to the starport, sending his factory off to scout. LF goes for a push as soon as his first tank is trained, producing medivacs out of the starport. Meanwhile, Phil produces a viking and pumps marines out of a barracks with a reactor. As LF pushes in, Phil focuses down the tank but loses the rest of his troops to the marines. LF pushes in with these and stalls mining for a while, also getting several SCV kills. Now Phil switches to banshees while LF pumps out tank/viking. LF also prepares to expand. Phil harasses LF's main, but vikings kill this off. LF pushes out and kills off Phil's air force. After a few minutes, seeing LF's expansion, Phil realizes he is too far behind and ggs.Game 2:
Game 2 is played on Lost Temple. The players spawn at cross positions, and both go for similar builds to the previous game. However, Phil decides to imitate LF and makes a tank and medivac first. LF sees this and does not press an attack when he moves out. Both players pump tanks and vikings, and Phil prepares to expand. Meanwhile, LF (you guessed it) also plants down his expansion. Their armies trade shots before Phil decides to make a marine drop. This catches the CC at the natural unfinished, and LF is forced to pull back and deal with this threat.
While doing little damage, the drop forces LF into a defensive posture. Phil takes advantage of this by taking the gold. He also pushes out, and is met by LF's troops. Phil wins the air battle but LF destroys Phil's ground. However, Phil now drops the natural again and at the same time attacks the main with vikings. LF drives off the vikings but is forced to ignore the drop and loses his CC. LF mounts a desperate counterattack, but Phil's superior economy has kicked in and he loses all his troops. At the same time, Phil drops the natural again. Now Phil pushes out, and the two armies engage at LF's natural. LF survives this fight with two marines. Phil drops the main and attacks the natural again, and LF no longer has the forces to repel him. GG.Game 3:
Game 3 of the semifinals begins on Xel'Naga Caverns. Once again, both players go for 1-1-1 builds. However, this time LF goes for banshees. Phil throws down a bunker at his choke. Both players prepare to expand. LF researches cloak, but Phil scans and is completely ready for the banshees. He makes a raven and sends a drop to LF's main. LF is taken completely off guard as both his attack and defence fall apart. His banshee is surprised and killed, and the drop also does a fair amount of damage. Phil atacks LF's front with marines and the raven, breaking the front. This shuts down LF's expansion. Phil brings in banshees of his own, and LF is left defenceless. Phil moves on to the final.Semifinal B: ccStrength vs. TiP
Sadly, TiP had to leave, so ccStrength moved on to the finals.
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Game 1: REP
Game 2: REP
Game 3: REP
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Since TiP had already left, LuckyFool gets third place.Finals Recap: ccStrength vs. REQPhiliBiRDGame 1:
Game 1 of the finals opens on Metalopolis. The players spawn in close air positions. Phil goes for a 1-1-1 build. Strength meanwhile expands after his spawning pool. Phil produces a viking to overlord hunt before going for cloaked banshees. Strength techs to hydras, which shut down the banshee harass fairly quickly. Phil now builds marines, marauders, and tanks, as Strength throws down both his baneling nest and infestation pit. Phil also takes his expansion at this point. Strength starts producing infestors and banelings while taking a third and making a spire. Phil drops the main but does minimal damage. Strength produces some mutas to accompany his large ground army. However, Phil now does a two pronged drop while expanding, harassing the main, third and fourth base. Unfortunately, he again does minimal damage. Strength attacks Phil's third, but Phil holds him off and wipes out Strength's large army. However, Strength now attacks Phil's main with a large group of mutas and intercepts a group of loaded dropships, dispatching a lot of troops. In the meantime, Phil drops Strength's fifth base and kills it. By now, Strength has massed up a force of zerglings and banelings. Phil tries to expand to the gold, but his force is overrun by Strength's huge army, which now has ultralisks. Game 1 to Strength.Game 2:
Game 2 is played on iCCup Match Point. Strength opens with a 14 hatch. Phil also expands early, after his factory. Phil goes for a marine heavy build, while Strength builds a spire. He also takes a third base. Phil tries to push his front, but backs off as he sees five spine crawlers. Strength builds up a large force of mutas as Phil pushes his front with a larger force. Phil kills three of te spine crawlers, but the mutas destroy the MMM force. Strength counterattacks and catches Phil with his turrets in production. Phil pulls his troops back in time to prevent the slaughter, but Strength is far in the lead economically, now with a critical mass of mutas and taking a fourth. Phil however drops both the third and the fourth, and the fourth is killed. Strength takes a different fourth and attacks the main while Phil is securing his own third. Strength completely shuts down the main. Phil answers by pushing out, and manages to destroy Strength's natural. However, Strength pulls back and is able to destroy this force with the help of banelings. Strength attacks the now unitless Phil, who ggs. Strength wins the tournament!
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Game 2: REP VOD
[/span]That's all for this edition of The Recap. The next North American Weekly is this Tuesday at 8 PM EST. Make sure you check out the upcoming post for all the info and instructions to sign in if you want to a chance at being the next Weekly Tournament winner! Until then, later days.