Sea[Shield] vs SiLvEr @ WCG Korea 2007 [Game1]





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Published on Aug 6, 2007

WCG Korea Qualification Round 1, Day 1, August 6th 2007

SiLvEr vs Sea[Shield], Bo3, Game1 @ Sin Peaks of Baekdu

The official WCG maps are Gaia, Azalea, Paranoid Android and Sin Peaks of Baekdu... horrible terrible old unballanced outdated sad map pool. WCG has always, and will always be a pathetic tournament when compared to Korean progaming standards. Thats why WCG Korea decided to only use those maps as little as possible, and mostly add some current maps for their own qualification rounds. Game2 will be @ Tau Cross, Game3 @ Python. And maps aren't announced pre-game, and are only chosen before the match itself.

Still, the Korean progamers try to qualify, just for the thrill of a new stage to battle on. sAviOr himself said that one of his goals this season will be the WCG trophy. However they do not practice specifically for WCG, its a "cool if I make it, who cares if I dont" kind of thing for them, which is kind of sad considering its the only real stage for all other coutries, but whatever. Its too bad WCG won't do something about that map pool, almost an insult for Korean progamers to have to play on those outdated maps... every year the same deal all over again, PLEASE WCG stop living in the dark ages.

Note: they did run polls and asked us fans what maps we would have liked to see this year at WCG, and the results were CLEARLY ALL in favore of the new Korean progaming maps. But they didn't care and still kept the old maps... So what was the point of asking us in the first place?

WCG Korea in itself, is of course indescribably harder than actual WCG could ever be, and winning it says a lot about the player's strength. Last year Korea sent iloveOov (won WCG 2006), JulyZerg (2nd place), Midas[gm (3rd place). This year Korea is only sending two players. Another thing to note would be that the view ratings for WCG in Korea are on the low side, compared to Starleagues WCG is a papercut, even the prelim rounds of MBC Survivor and ODT get about 3 times more viewers than WCG does... So that shows you how little Korea think about non-Korean tournaments in general, and who can blame them? I mean, how can you take seriously an international 'grand scale' tournament where the grand finals is Best.. of.. 3..? lol can't you spare another 20min for two more games?

6 Players are skipping round1, and are seeded into 2nd round: iloveOov, JulyZerg and Midas[gm] for the above reason. Also sAviOr[gm], Bisu[Shield] and [Red]NaDa, for KeSPA ranking.

Winner of Sea vs Silver will play against [Red]NaDa on the second round. Not exactly an easy matchup to say lightly, or is it? NaDa never cared less about WCG or any event outside Korea for that matter, he also refused invitations to various events before (as did JulyZerg including last Blizzcon), and basically never showed any great interest of WCG in particular... And since NaDa just now qualified for both MSL and OSL for this upcoming season, by winning 2-0 at both MBC Survivor and ODT... I would bet he is investing his time on practicing for what really matters. And as I wrote before, if he managed to pull a victory or two @ WCG Korea, that would be 'nice' :-) but thats it.

Maybe I'm being a bit too harsh... but probably not :-)


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