Sziky

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Player Information
Name:
Szikszai Miklós
Birth:
June 4, 1988 (1988-06-04) (age 29)
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History
Jan 2009 - Dec 2010
Dec 2010 - Oct 2013

Szikszai "Sziky" Miklós is a StarCraft player from Hungary, member of sas and mercenary for LRM Evolutions.

Overview[edit]

Szikszai "Sziky" Miklós was recognized as highly talented player in the two years before the Wings of Liberty Beta. His participation in the ESL Major Series Season 3 underlined this reputation. For this event the Hungarian Zerg qualified rather easy, but was seeded in the same group as the Ukrainian White-Ra and Mondragon. Despite the fans agreeing that the newcomer would not stand a chance, Sziky managed to beat Mondragon in a Zerg mirror. This was a minor upset, since his German opponent only recently beat the Korean KeSPA professional sAviOr. However, Sziky missed to advance further.

In 2009 the Hungarian joined Mousesports and became one of their regular players in various high profiled clan leagues like BWCL. As part of mousesports the Zerg improved a lot and usually showed good performances against the international elite. In contrast to his team league statistics, Sziky often had a hard time to show his skill in individual tournaments. Sziky's success in the TSL I ladder stage delivers a good example. During the ladder he managed to achieve a high A- ranking, but was knocked out in the following qualifiers.

Because a vast number of the international elite switched to StarCraft II during summer 2010, Sziky became one of the new foreign elite circle. On first glimpse his success in the new tournaments and clan leagues seemed to be caused by the lack of other skilled players. This impression is a false positive, as the Hungarian was able to not only compete with the remaining foreigners, but also showed various good plays against top level Korean amateurs and ex KeSPA professionals.

Since the international competitive scene slowed down during Winter 2010, the only notable games of Sziky happened in clan leagues, such as the ICCup Clan League. After summer 2010 Sziky joined the Hungarian traditional team sas and was soon considered their strongest player. In early 2011 Sziky joined many of the Defiler.ru Tournaments and usually scored very high. In this early era he engaged in duels with the Russian Terran Heme and the Korean/American Scan. The trio was leading the new tournament scene with an iron fist. The rivalry of the trio started with the 6th Defiler Tournament series, peaked during ISL 1's knock out stage and ended around September 2011.

The trio fell apart completely after Scan's ban from many international tournaments, such as the ISL series, and Heme's retirement. However, Scan and Sziky met occasionally in the Russian Defiler tours later on. In the following two years Sziky was widely seen as the best foreigner. The Hungarian won many events, including more golds in the Defiler series, the ISL 2 and ISL 3, as well as several smaller tournaments. In show matches against Koreans Sziky showed impressing mechanical skills. The most famous show match of the Zerg was a best of seven series against Pusan, which he lost with a 2-4[1].

In January 2013 Sziky was one of four players invited for the TeamLiquid Legacy Starleague 1 (TLS 1). He won the entire tournament relatively easy, especially the final against Michael ended with a very clear 4-0 in favour of the Hungarian. He remained unrivaled in the second edition of the TLS and won the second gold with a 4-2 over Bulgarian TechnicS. Other than that Sziky also won three more gold medals in the Defiler Tournaments, which made him the most successful player of the series, in addition to a gold medal in the SBWI Summer Tournament.

In October 2013 LRM)Game announced[2] that he recruited the Hungarian star as mercenary for the SBWI Teamleague. However, Sziky remains officially in his old team sas' line up as a player. The transfer caused a minor upset among fans, as unofficial statements of Sziky's old and new clanmates said that the Hungarian was paid $200 for joining LRM Evolutions by Canadian EywaSC, as well as an additional $200 bonus[3], if LRM Evolutions would be able to win the league. Despite all the negativity[4], the majority of Sziky's former team members weren't offended, but rather supported the decision instead[5].

Style[edit]

Sziky's relied on conventional build orders, which made him a relatively easy-to-anticipate player. However, the Hungarian also combined text book style and an almost impeccable game sense, which allowed him to adapt to almost any situation. With this in mind, his style features several parallels to former German tyrant Mondragon. Both easily destroyed international players whenever they couldn't keep up with their strong mechanical skill, especially when it came to the Zerg vs. Protoss match up. Both were infamous for their Zergling control, in the Hungarian's case often referred to as "Szikylings" due to their effectiveness. In many games Sziky's opponents often lost after a few minutes, after their base was raided by a handful of these cheap and seemingly inferior units. Both player's were considered as almost unbeatable in the Zerg mirror and the aforementioned Zerg vs. Protoss match ups, while they showed - seen in relation - flaws in against Terran. However, while Mondragon's Mutalisk control was seen as rather bad, the Hungarian displayed almost flawless control again. His weakness against Terran usually only showed in the very late stages and only against top tier Terran players.

Rivalry[edit]

In retrospect, the trio of Scan, Heme and Sziky competed in most tournament gold medals in between January 2011 and late Autumn 2011. However, Heme and Scan rarely met, most times Sziky faced on of his two rivals in late stages of tournaments and team leagues. The trio became a duo after Heme went inactive in late 2011.

Heme[edit]

Heme and Sziky met only in the Defiler.ru Tournaments. Since Defiler used a ranking systems both players were seeded in different parts of the grids, which delayed a clash between the two titans to the late stages. Heme was often seen as the strongest foreigner when it came to Terran vs. Zerg, while Sziky's only weakness was exactly the same match up. In most scenarios the outcome of a best of series was based on the daily performance of the two. Consequently the majority of the games were one-sided, in only few exceptions the matches went through all stages of a game. In the long run Heme couldn't keep up with Sziky's improving Zerg vs. Terran and thusly lost in the overall statistics by one single set.


Scan[edit]

The direct rivalry between Scan and Sziky was more intense than any other duel in the foreign scene after the beta. Sziky usually never commentated on international forums and rarely participated in discussions, whereas Scan was infamous for trashtalk and relatively often subject of drama filled threads. Furthermore, both players started their rivalry in January 2011 on equal skill level. Especially Scan wanted to win the fans over and hence tried to beat his opponent with his offraces, starting in the 6th Defiler tournament. This attitude eventually cost him the second set of their first match and would in the future become on of the reasons he was seen as the loser of the duel. In addition to Scan's already negative reputation, the young Terran also started to directly insult and ridicule the Hungarian. The rivalry sparked in the Round of 8 of the ISL 1, in which Scan overdid the trash talk, despite winning the best of five by one game.

After 2011 Scan was banned from most foreign tournaments and participated less and less in the Russian Defiler series. Only in late 2012 Sziky and Scan met each other in the Russian tournaments occasionally. By then Scan's training within the Chinese scene and on the Korean Fish Server paid off: now he was able to beat his opponent more regularly.

At the conclusion of 2014, Sziky beat Scan in the finale of the Defiler Super Tournament, taking the series 4-2, taking the gold and winning the prize pool of $200.

  • Overall Finals in Defiler Tours: the winner started with a 1-0 advantage, one win was always subtracted!

Trivia[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-12-28 A11st Defiler Super Tournament 4 : 2 Ticon small bw.png Scan $200
2014-08-16 A22nd Open Heat Tournament 1 : 3 Ticon small bw.png Scan $140
2013-11-22 A11st TeamLiquid Legacy Starleague 3 4 : 0 Zicon small bw.png trutaCz $300
2013-07-21 A11st TeamLiquid Legacy Starleague 2 4 : 2 Zicon small bw.png TechnicS $300
2013-03-30 A11st TeamLiquid Legacy Starleague 1 4 : 0 Zicon small bw.png Michael $300
2012-06-09 A11st Altitude's International StarLeague (ISL 3) 5 : 4 Picon small bw.png dOTY $1,000
2011-10-08 A11st Kaal's International StarLeague (ISL 2) 4 : 0 Zicon small bw.png Ace $750
2011-2013 A11st 21 times Main DTours[6] W : L Ricon small bw.png various $1060[7]
2013-07-13 A11st SBWI Summer Tournament 3 : 2 Zicon small bw.png Michael $50
2011-12-18 A11st UEDGaming KOTH 2 2 : 1 Picon small bw.png dsaqwe $100
Complete results in all tournaments

Interviews[edit]

Notable Games[edit]

Notable Game
Fighting Spirit South Korea Picon small bw.png Pusan Part of Defi's Showmatches, Best of Seven
Hungary Zicon small bw.png Sziky
Date: 2012-05-28
Patch: 1.16.1 VOD


Notable Game
Aztec South Korea Picon small bw.png Doctor.K Match from BBulsori Super Clan League Season 2.
Hungary Zicon small bw.png Sziky
Date: 2011-12-08
Patch: 1.16.1 VOD


Notable Game
Destination Russia Ticon small bw.png Heme Finals of Defiler Tour 6, Set 1, the first game of the Sziky vs Heme rivalry
Hungary Zicon small bw.png Sziky
Date: 2011-01-23
Patch: 1.16.1 Replay VOD


References[edit]

  1. Defi's Show Match: Sziky vs. Pusan
  2. Game's statement
  3. skzlime on the money
  4. fan reactions on the transfer
  5. statement by sas' manager
  6. Gold in Defiler Tour #: 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 25, 26, 28, 31, 34, 36, 37, 55, 56, 60, 62, 64, 65, 66
  7. Money includes all finishes (2nd and 3rd)