Finnish SC2 scene

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History of the Finnish SC2 pro-scene[edit]

Background: Pre-beta times[edit]

In the Finnish eSports scene Brood War had been suffering in the shadow of Counter-Strike for many years, but Warcraft III, and later DotA were featured in tournaments at Assembly, the largest LAN event in Finland. Another popular game in Finland is World of Warcraft - there even is a dedicated magazine for it, being published three times a year since 2008.

TV game shows have had somewhat of a unique role in Finland, with tilt.tv, a video gaming programme on television that began in 1997 and is still airing, making it the longest running gaming TV show in the world.[Citation needed] It has also been exported to other countries.

The Beta in Finland[edit]

On April 3, 2010, a Finnish Gaming community site, Gaming.fi, held a StarCraft II beta tournament with 43 players and item prizes. It was won by Naama.[1]

A few weeks later, on April 20, a new Finnish StarCraft II site Starcraft2.fi started operating. It features a separate ladder of its own for Finnish players, forums, tournaments as well as a replay database.

On May 8, Team Menace.fi hostead a 32-player single-elimination tournament with item prizes. It was won by Konna and the finals were streamed with Finnish commentary.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

StarCraft II quickly became one of the primary tournaments for many Finnish LAN events, such as Assembly and LANTREK. These events were held regularly and Assembly set in as the biggest annual event for the Finnish scene, as well as a major event for the international scene.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

Heart of the Swarm saw a new team, Ence eSports introduced in the Finnish StarCraft 2 scene. They were active in tournament and arguably the biggest and most professional team in Finland. The StarCraft 2 team for Ence was active in the scene for around 10 months with their three players - elfi, Serral and Jagelius - until February 20th, 2014, when their StarCraft 2 team disbanded.

Notable players[edit]

Active[edit]

ID Name Team
fiFinland pProtoss elfi Samuli Sihvonen ZZZZZ
fiFinland pProtoss Jagelius Jakko Koski London Conspiracy London Conspiracy
fiFinland zZerg Protosser Jonne Sotala Team Menace.fi Team Menace.fi
fiFinland tTerran Satiini Juha-Matti Bäckström RuW RuW
fiFinland zZerg Serral Joona Sotala MYinsanity mYinsanity
fiFinland pProtoss Welmu Vesa Hovinen NewRoSoft NewRoSoft

Inactive[edit]

ID Name Team
fiFinland tTerran Fuzer Samuli Romppanen
fiFinland tTerran Naama Santeri Lahtinen
fiFinland pProtoss Sein Tuomas Lahtinen

Teams[edit]

Active[edit]

Disbanded[edit]

Fightline

Fightline

Finland Zerg Core
Finland Terran Grim
Finland Terran Gruang
Finland Protoss Junii
Finland Terran Magik
Finland Zerg Wibang

Finnish VODs[edit]

  • [1] VODs of the Team Menace tournament finals.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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