IEM Season V - Global Challenge Cologne

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[e][h]IEM Season V - Global Challenge Cologne
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League Information
Organizer:
Server:
Europe
Type:
Offline
Location:
Germany Cologne
Prize pool:
$15,000
Start Date:
2010-08-18
End Date:
2010-08-22
Liquipedia Tier:
Winners
Sweden Ticon small.png MorroW
USA Zicon small.png IdrA
Ukraine Zicon small.png DIMAGA
Poland Ticon small.png Tarson
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:
16
Picon small.png 4
Ticon small.png 8
Zicon small.png 4
Maps
Chronology
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In the first of the Intel Extreme Masters events to feature StarCraft II, 16 of the best players met in Cologne, Germany for the first major live event in StarCraft II's history. The Global Challenge event invited players from all around the world to participate in front of a large crowd at Gamescom Cologne, all casted by Day[9] and Apollo. The event was very popular with the venue completely packed for the grand final between MorroW and IdrA, which MorroW won 3-1. DIMAGA placed third over Tarson, also with a 3-1 score.

Format[edit]

Six of the players, DIMAGA, SarenS, LucifroN, NaNiwa, ClouD, and Tarson qualified for the event by placing in the top three in Go4SC2 Cups #24 and #25. The remaining 10 players were invited by ESL to fly out to Cologne to take part in the $15,000 prize pool. The players were arranged into four groups which were played round robin style, with each match being best of 3. The top two from each group were then arranged into a 8 man single-elimination bracket with every round being a Best of 5 series.

Prize pool[edit]

Offering $15,000 spread among all players as follows:

Players[edit]

Picon small.png Protoss (4) Ticon small.png Terran (8) Zicon small.png Zerg (4)
Canada HuK France SarenS Ukraine DIMAGA
Sweden NaNiwa Spain LucifroN USA IdrA
Ukraine White-Ra Italy ClouD USA Artosis
Germany HasuObs United Kingdom DeMusliM Sweden MaDFroG
Ukraine Strelok
Poland Tarson
Sweden MorroW
Germany TLO

Brat_OK[edit]

Brat_OK was originally invited to the event, but due to troubles with obtaining a German visa, he could no longer attend.[1][2] MorroW replaced him[3].

Results[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

A[edit]

Group A
August 18, 2010
1. Germany Ticon small.png TLO 3-0 6-0
2. Sweden Zicon small.png MaDFroG 2-1 4-3
3. Ukraine Picon small.png White-Ra 1-2 2-4
4. Italy Ticon small.png ClouD 0-3 1-6

B[edit]

Group B
August 18, 2010
1. Poland Ticon small.png Tarson* 2-1 5-2
2. Sweden Ticon small.png MorroW* 2-1 4-2
3. USA Zicon small.png Artosis* 1-2 2-5
4. Canada Picon small.png HuK* 1-2 3-5

C[edit]

Group C
August 19, 2010
1. Ukraine Zicon small.png DIMAGA* 2-1 4-4
2. France Ticon small.png SarenS* 2-1 5-3
3. Spain Ticon small.png LucifroN* 1-2 3-4
4. Germany Picon small.png HasuObs* 1-2 3-4

D[edit]

Group D
August 19, 2010
1. USA Zicon small.png IdrA 3-0 6-2
2. United Kingdom Ticon small.png DeMusliM 1-2 4-4
3. Sweden Picon small.png NaNiwa 1-2 3-4
4. Ukraine Ticon small.png Strelok 1-2 2-5

*Players with an equal amount of match wins were ranked according to their head-to-head results.

Group Summary[edit]

Group A[edit]

The main surprise of group 1 was how convincingly TLO cruised through his group. With a great series against White-Ra displaying incredible decision making as well as great Banshee micro, the German player didn't drop a single map with dominating victories in every game. MaDFroG showed great play and surprised many by defeating White-Ra 2-0 and 2-1ing ClouD.

  • Terran TLO advances 3-0 with a 6-0 game record.
  • Zerg MaDFroG advances 2-1 with a 4-3 game record.

Group B[edit]

The Polish player Tarson demolished MorroW in a 2-0 series with a strong win on Steppes in the first series followed by an aggressive opening on Metalopolis taking out MorroW's 1 Rax Expand. An elated Tarson thanked Gretorp for victory but the replacement MorroW still went through in second after defeating HuK and Artosis 2-0 earlier. HuK showed nerves in his games against MorroW on the main stage and made many rash decisions after a double expand and Artosis couldn't overcome his Terran opponents and was set to go out before his final match.

  • Terran Tarson advances 2-1 with a 5-2 game record.
  • Terran MorroW advances 2-1 with a 4-2 game record.

Group C[edit]

Group 3 was heavily contested with qualifications coming down to the last game. DIMAGA had to defeat SarenS and hope HasuObs didn't beat Lucifron. DIMAGA started his tournament shakey after losing his series to HasuObs, but he toned down his all-in and aggressive openings and played a standard game against the Terrans with great results, swarming his opponents with Banelings, Infestors, Ultras and Zerglings in true Zerg style. The two former Warcraft III players showed great micro, but slower macro, which was a clear weakness notable in their games which lead to SarenS and DIMAGA qualifying. Due to the head-to-head record, DIMAGA advanced as the first seed and SarenS as the 2nd, despite SarenS having a better map record.

  • Zerg DIMAGA advances 2-1 with a 4-4 game record.
  • Terran SarenS advances 2-1 with a 5-3 game record.

Group D[edit]

Group 4 was another close group, coming down to the last game. DeMusliM had to either win his last game, or take one map and hope that Strelok lost 0-2 to NaNi. The very same happened. IdrA took his group 3-0 dropping one set each to NaNi and DeMusliM while showing very impressive Zerg play with great macro, transitions and incredibly impressive micro. DeMusliM went through second.

  • Zerg IdrA advances 3-0 with a 6-2 game record.
  • Terran DeMusliM advances 1-2 with a 4-4 game record.

Playoffs[edit]

Quarterfinals
 Germany TLO
2
 Sweden MorroW
3
 Ukraine DIMAGA
3
 United Kingdom DeMusliM
2
 Poland Tarson
3
Tarson Ticon small.png
Zicon small.png MaDFroG
 Sweden MaDFroG
0
 USA IdrA
3
 France SarenS
2
Semifinals
 Sweden MorroW
3
 Ukraine DIMAGA
2
 Poland Tarson
1
Tarson Ticon small.png
Zicon small.png IdrA
 USA IdrA
3
Finals
 Sweden MorroW
3
MorroW Ticon small.png
Zicon small.png IdrA
 USA IdrA
1
3rd Place Match
 Ukraine DIMAGA
3
DIMAGA Zicon small.png
Ticon small.png Tarson
 Poland Tarson
1

Racial distribution[edit]

  Protoss TerranZergRandom
Group Stage
484
Quarterfinals
53
Semifinals
22
Final Match
11
Winner
1

Replays[edit]

VODs[edit]

Interviews[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

IEM Homepage

References[edit]