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NaNiwa at 2012 MLG Fall Championships
Player Information
Name: Johan Lucchesi
Birth: March 14, 1990 (1990-03-14) (age 24)
Country: Sweden Sweden
Race: Protoss
Alternate IDs: nAni, NaNi, MeatyOwlLegs, Sonnenkind,
Kuoro, Skoth, 김택용, 제디마인드트릭
Nicknames: The Dragonslayer
The King in the North
The Kingslayer
The Godslayer
WCS Rank (Points): #144 (150 points)
Links
Achievements
2011 MLG Pro Circuit: Dallas2011 MLG Global Invitational
History
2010-04-22 – 2010-05-11

2010-05-21 – 2010-08-??

2010-08-07 – 2010-10-31

2010-11-27 – 2010-11-30

2010-11-30 – 2011-01-20

2011-01-20 – 2011-09-20

2011-09-21 – 2011-12-08

2011-12-08 – 2012-07-30

2013-04-12 – 2014-03-21


Johan "NaNiwa" Lucchesi, colloquially referred to as "NaNi", is a professional Protoss player from Sweden who is currently on a break.

Biography[edit]

A former Warcraft III player, NaNiwa switched to StarCraft II during the beta and made a name for himself in weekly online cups. While NaNiwa's achievements have led him to become one of the most successful foreign players in the scene, his behavior has also led him to become a figure of controversy.

NaNiwa was the first player to reach 4,000 points on the Battle.net ladder.[1] He followed up that achievement with a victory at MLG Dallas 2011, ending that event with a record of 26 individual game wins, with his only two defeats occurring at the Grand Finals against KiWiKaKi. He continued with two second place finishes in the first half of 2011 at TSL 3 against ThorZaIN and HomeStory Cup III against HuK.

At the end of 2011 he competed at MLG Providence 2011, where he won the MLG Global Invitational by defeating the three-time GSL champions Mvp and NesTea. At the main event itself, he placed second, losing in the Grand Finals to Leenock.

In 2012, he received a seed to the GSL Code S Season 2, the most prestigious tournament at this time, in which he finished in the round of eight after beating players like Puzzle, Genius, and Virus. He was knocked out by the eventual champion Mvp. On July 30th, it was announced that NaNiwa asked to be released from his contract and thus left Quantic Gaming.[2]

On August 8th, Mionix announces that they will sponsor NaNiwa at least until IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Cologne.[3]

NaNiwa faced a lot of personal problems during his Warcraft III career. Because of this NaNiwa, self admittedly, conducted himself poorly and was frequently forced to switch teams.[4] These problems seemed to follow him into his StarCraft II career. NaNiwa continued to cause controversy and often switching teams before finally arriving on Team Dignitas in January of 2011.

Since then NaNiwa seems to have been able to put his troubles behind him. He has established himself as one of the strongest players outside Korea, having consistent results in tournaments. He has become known for his serious and determined attitude toward the game, always vowing to improve and never being content with second place.

On 20th September 2011, after NaNiwa had been living and practicing in Korea for about 8 weeks, Dignitas announced that they would not extend NaNiwa's contract when it expired at the end of the month.[5] The following day compLexity announced they had signed NaNiwa, and that he would reside in the MvP team house in Korea.[6]

NaNiwa has proven himself to be one of the best StarCraft II players in the world. We have spent the past couple weeks
in long discussions with him and we're confident his amazing dedication and work ethic will reap great rewards in the future.
We're very excited to have him join our organization.
—Jason Lake, CEO of compLexity Gaming

Quantic Gaming announced on the 8th December 2011 that NaNiwa had been transferred from compLexity and joined their team.[7]

We approached Quantic Gaming and were pleased to find that they were interested in purchasing the contract rights to Naniwa. He is an amazing talent but we have come to discover that he does not share the core values of compLexity and felt it was best for both parties to part ways. We wish him the very best in his gaming career. We will be seeking another top contender to fill his spot in the near future.
—Jason Lake, CEO of compLexity Gaming
We’ve make a commitment to invest in StarCraft II, in order to deliver the most memorable and engaging experiences for both fans and partners. We expect our ‘Power-Protoss-Duo’ to deliver at the highest and most entertaining level. I warmly welcome Johan to the team.
—Mark Ferraz, CEO of Quantic Gaming
I know I might get criticized by fans and haters for switching teams, but what Quantic had to offer was simply better and much more similar to what my visions are for my career. With Quantic I will have the opportunity to live with SaSe and that will for sure help me a lot. He’s not just a good player but a very dear friend of mine and it will be fun and interesting to play in the same team as him. I was not a good fit in Complexity because I was all alone in Korea, and they had no plans to send any more of their players here for a long time. I may come off as a cold person in interviews and with the way I act in general, but I get lonely quite easily. Living with other people who speak English and being around StarTale (who embraced me with open arms when I first came to Korea) is an exciting prospect for me. If my time within Quantic goes as well as I think it will, then you can bet I won’t be moving teams again. Thanks to all my fans! Continue to support me in the future please!
—Johan "NaNiwa" Lucchesi

Playstyle[edit]

In the months prior to the TSL3 Qualifier, NaNiwa was known as a strong one-base player and dangerous cheeser, but NaNiwa changed his style and proved he was able to play a straight-up game during his TL Open #9 run. NaNiwa sees his strength as "just being able to read my opponents and acting on what I see. I think my strength is my decision making."[8] He is also known for his solid mechanics.

More recently, NaNiwa's playstyle has become increasingly timing-focused, relying on meticulously planned and orchestrated builds that abuse timings when his opponent is at their weakest.

In Beta[edit]

In the beta NaNiwa quickly made a name for himself in the StarCraft community as the first player to win three straight ZOTAC Cups. NaNiwa also qualified for the Go4SC2 April finals by winning two straight Go4SC2 Wednesday Cups, also being to first player to achieve that.

On May 21, 2010, NaNiwa parted with his original SC2 clan, mTw, to join Serious Gaming.[9] In the official sign-on statement NaNi shortly deals with previous problems he has had:

NaNi's statement:
"I am very excited about joining a team that has such a long history in the scene and is also very known for treating their players well. I hope with my whole heart that this will be my final stop. I will strive to do my best for my fans, in terms of playing well and in terms of being on my best behavior."

However this arrangement lasted only two months, as NaNiwa would again switch teams with the release of Wings of Liberty.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

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Early Controversy[edit]

NaNiwa joined up with Meet Your Makers clan, along with the Italian Terran player ClouD.[10]. He experienced his first success of the launch by winning Go4SC2 ESL Cup #25, while still playing for Serious Gaming[11]. This not only granted him the prize money, but also qualified him for the IEM Season V - Global Challenge Cologne, the first major live StarCraft event in Europe.

In August 2010, NaNiwa qualified for the 17th season of the German ESL Pro Series (EPS), which will feature Starcraft II for the first time. In order to compete, NaNiwa had to move to Germany for the time of the league. MyM announced that their players will be housed in MYM's pro gaming home at Leipzig.[10] During his time in Germany, he lived with ClouD.[12]

On 27 of October ESL announced NaNiwa was no longer part of the ESL Pro Series Germany Season 17 due to too many penalty points. Before being banned, NaNiwa was in third place behind GoOdy and DeMusliM. According to the official statement, NaNiwa was missing professionalism as he showed up late to the ESL TV Matches and did not upload replays among other things. Due to EPS 17 rulebook, NaNiwa was no longer allowed to compete in the ESL Pro Series season 17 and all of his matches would be nullified. In addition, he would also be banned from the upcoming EPS, season 18.[13][14][15] NaNiwa was also declined participation in the IEM European Championships, also organized by ESL.

Upon the announcement several Team Liquid members recounted personal episodes in which NaNiwa behaved improperly. He was not without supporters however. DeMusliM and others attributed some of the penalty points to problems in the ESL administration. These included overly strict rules, lack of international translations of the rulebook and poor help from admins. Others pointed out that the German EPS is not an international league and that accordingly, the responsibility to translate the rules lay with NaNiwa. Some also questioned why his team, MyM, didn't step in to sort out NaNiwa's troubles before he aggregated the penalty points needed for a ban.[16]

On October 29, as a direct consequence of NaNiwa's inability to continue his participation in the EPS, MyM announced their decision to release NaNiwa from their StarCraft II squad.[17]

After being released by MyM, NaNiwa moved back to Sweden. His tarnished reputation made it hard for him to find a new team immediately and subsequently went off the radar for almost a month. He showed signs of activity in late November of that year, placing second in the 32nd Zotac Cup. On November 24th, Power Gaming announced NaNiwa as their new player.[18] On the same day he managed to win his qualifier group at DreamHack Winter 2010 but was later unable to make it out of the group stage.

NaNiwa's affiliation with Power Gaming was short lived as only four days later the Russian Team Empire announced him as their latest addition.[19][20] The circumstances around the matter is somewhat cloudy: According to Alexander "StrangeR" Solomonov (head manager of Empire StarCraft II) PwG announced NaNiwa as their player even though he himself hadn't signed a contract.[21] PwG on the other hand, asserted they had signed and exchanged contracts with NaNiwa. They supposedly instead upheld a verbal agreement citing the ability of NaNiwa to "seriously consider" an offer in case another team would approach him.[22] NaNiwa made a short statement of his own:[23]

I am pleased to join Empire Gaming, after discussing it for a long time with Stranger I am very excited to give this a shot, I am sure I will be satisfied in this clan and I will give my 100% to perform as good as possible to represent Empire gaming!
—Johan "NaNiwa" Lucchesi

On December 3, NaNiwa was removed from further participation in Intel Extreme Masters Season V due to receiving too many penalty points.[24]

On its last playday we had to disqualify the first StarCraft II participant of our European Championship. Johan 'NaNiwa' Lucchesi accumulated too many penalty points before he was able to play his second match. He rescheduled two of his matches much too late for three times. This caused 12 minor penalties and 2 major for Empire.Nani. Therefore he is disqualified from Intel Extreme Masters Season 5. All of his matches, given penalty points and wildcards used by his opponents have been nullified.
—Official ESL statement

Signs of Recovery[edit]

In early December NaNiwa managed to qualify for Black Dragon League. From this point on NaNiwa's play became more consistent, with several cup victories in December 2010. He got off to a great start in 2011, which involved being the first player to reach 4000 points on Battle.net, qualifying for TSL 3 by winning TeamSpeak TL Open 9 and taking 2nd at the HomeStory Cup II. Due to his continued success he was able to land a contract with team Dignitas on January 20th.[25] In his sign-on statement, NaNiwa thanked Empire for giving him a chance during a dark time of his career and said he would never forget that they took him in when no other team would. However, he found joining a team with more stability and great practice partners to be a necessary step in his development as a player.[26] NaNiwa kept his pace up in the spring of 2011, posting a 8-1 after nine rounds of Black Dragon League and even ranking number one on GosuGamers ranking list on a few occasions. He swept his Ro64 group at the SteelSeries StarCraft II Challenge in Assembly Winter 2011 and although going out in the Ro16, his only match loss came to the eventual winner, Ret.

Rise To Fame[edit]

In the beginning of April Nani attended his first MLG event, Dallas. Even though he would be playing through the open bracket many predicted him to get in to the top 3[27]. And sure enough, he went on to crush his way through the open bracket, not dropping a single game. Then sweeping the pool, again without dropping a game, against Protoss Agh, Protoss Tyler, Zerg Machine and Terran Drewbie which meant he got into the Winner's Bracket of the Championship bracket. Where he first 2-0:ed Protoss KiWiKaKi and then 2-0'd Terran SeleCT. Thus getting to the finals with a record of 24 games won and 0 lost. He faced KiWiKaKi in the finals with a 2-0 advantage, going on to win it with the final score of 4-2. When asked on stage how it felt to have accomplished this, NaNiwa famously replied, "Well, it's ok. My goal is to win the big final of the MLG (MLG Providence). Not this one, but I'll win this one too." [28]

NaNiwa expressed a desire to move to Korea to further improve his game, stating that if "I can get there and get a chance at code A or code S I'll take it".[29]. To achieve that goal he took part in The Road to Korea, a Swedish qualification tournament for the GSL code A. He made the finals, but was beaten by SaSe.

NaNiwa was one of the 32 players to play in the TSL3. In the first round he powered through three close games against Ret, and dismantled GoOdy in the round of 16. He barely eked out a 3-2 victory against CrunCher in the round of 8, and cleanly defeated HasuObs 4-1 in the round of 4 to land himself into the finals. In the finals he showed early promise before getting rallied 3-4 against fellow Swede Terran ThorZaIN.

After TSL3, Naniwa traveled to MLG Columbus. He would perform well in the group stages and gained a seat in the upper championship bracket. There, he was defeated 2-0 by LosirA and eventually lost the lower bracket semifinals to MC with a score of 0-2 as well, finishing 6th overall. MLG had the right to grant three Code A spots to top competitors at Columbus. NaNiwa accepted that offer and would participate in the GSL August.[30]At MLG Anaheim NaNiwa finished in 8th place after being knocked out 2-0 by MMA. Although this finish was lower than his previous two MLGs, NaNiwa was among the top two foreigners at the tournament (the other being HuK), with South Koreans dominating the top 6 spots. Nonetheless NaNiwa expressed his disappointment with his result and with the results of the foreigners generally for being shut out.[31]

Korea[edit]

NaNiwa's debut in Korea would be in GSL August where he was placed into Code A via the GSL-MLG Exchange Program. On August 11th 2011, he was knocked out in the first round by Check with a score of 0 - 2. However, the next day, NaNiwa managed to take his first win in Korea, defeating Genius in a GSTL ace match for F.United (which Dignitas was partnering in) against MVP after feinting a 3-Stalker rush before adding two Gateways, making forward pylons and overwhelming Genius' main base. Despite being eliminated in the first round of Code A, NaNiwa would be automatically re-seeded in Code A for GSL October due to his 8th place finish at MLG Anaheim via the MLG - GSL exchange program. NaNiwa was once again knocked out in the round of 32 in GSL October, this time being 2-0'd by Lucky.

NaNiwa was in the MvP team house with former teammate Drewbie, until he joined Quantic Gaming, then he moved to the StarTale team house along with teammate Destiny.

In the Code A of the 2011 GSL November tournament he lost 0-2 in the Round of 48. His opponent was once again Lucky. After his defeat he posted a tweet stating he would practice twice as hard as before.

Having placed second in MLG Providence to Leenock (who is already in Code S), NaNiwa was guaranteed a Code S seed for the following season. Due to NaNiwa's highly controversial decision to Probe rush NesTea in their Blizzard Cup match on December 12th 2011, GOM officially revoked Naniwa's Code S spot as punishment for his unprofessional behavior. This has continued to cause great controversy for the Swedish player.[32]

American Tour[edit]

NaNiwa attended MLG Raleigh 2011 he was placed in Pool A with a final score of 3-2, winning his games against iNcontroL, HuK, and TriMaster but losing to the recent SlayerS addition CoCa and Terran player Rain.[33] NaNiwa's championship run was cut short by teammate SjoW -- as a result, his final placing would be 12th, a modest result compared to his previous MLG showings.[34]

NaNiwa played in Blizzcon 2011 since he qualified via the 2011 European Battle.net Invitational. As one of the two Protoss in the tournament, he defeated MajOr in the first round, and then followed that by defeating Sen 0-2. He later got matched up against NesTea, and managed to take one game off of him, but ended up losing 1-2. In the lower bracket, NaNiwa would face off against DIMAGA whom he would beat 2-0, and then get matched up with Sen again. This time however, Sen would take the win with a 2-1.

NaNiwa was invited to participate to 2011 MLG Global European Invitational. After losing to SaSe 2-0, he managed to win the qualifier by beating HayprO, Jinro, Ret and SaSe in the loser's bracket and then proceeded to beat White-Ra in the grand finals. In the main tournament, 2011 MLG Global Invitational, played at MLG Providence with players like Mvp, NesTea, and IdrA, all of them considered amongst the best in the world at the time. At the tournament he beat Mvp 2-1 in the semifinals and then NesTea 2-1 in the finals to take home the tournament.

Due to previous high ranking finishes during the 2011 season even after not attending to MLG Orlando 2011, NaNiwa was qualified to the Championship Bracket. His first game was a rematch of MLG Global Invitational, which took place the day before, against NesTea. NaNiwa managed to defeat him 2-1 again, advancing to the next round against HuK. He beat him 2-1, qualifying to the Winners' Bracket Finals against his team mate DongRaeGu. He took the victory 2-0 and so was the first finalist. In the Loser's Bracket Finals, Leenock defeated DongRaeGu, securing to NaNiwa the first code s seed awarded to a foreigner due to the GSL-MLG Exchange Program, although it was later revealed as a miscommunication by GSL the slot no longer existed due to a change in the GSL format[35]. NaNiwa then lost in the finals 4-1 against Leenock, finishing 2nd overall.

Dreamhack Winter 2011[edit]

NaNiwa was one of the first players invited to participate to DreamHack Winter 2011[36]. He was seeded in group I in Group Stage #1 and finished first in his group, beating Happy 2-0, Beastyqt 2-0 and Ciara 2-1. He qualified for group B in Group Stage #2 where he finished second, losing to ClouD 1-2, but winning against Sheth 2-1 and Stephano 2-0, placing him against his team mate DongRaeGu in the Playoff round of 16. DongRaeGu took his revenge on MLG Providence 2011 and defeated NaNiwa 1-2, ending his tournament run. He profited of being in Sweden to take some time off with his family for about 2 weeks in the time after Providence and DreamHack.

Blizzard Cup[edit]

NaNiwas probe rush vs NesTea.
Art by alteredclone.

Main article: NaNiwa's Blizzard Cup Controversy.
Due to placing second at MLG Providence 2011, NaNiwa was invited to participate in the Blizzard Cup. He was seeded in group B. NaNiwa went 0-3 after losing close games against MMA, Leenock, and Polt. He had to face NesTea who was 0-3 too. Because of his rivalry with NesTea, many people were anticipating the game. But NaNiwa thought the game was meaningless since both of them were already eliminated and decided to probe rush. This caused some huge controversy[37] with many different opinions on NaNiwa professionalism and on GOMTV for broadcasting games with no influence for the rest of the tournament. NaNiwa then apologized [38], saying:" I first thought that the match against NesTea was meaningless, but now I realize that it really did mean a lot, and that there’s no such thing as a “meaningless game” in eSports". GOMTV decided to "remove NaNiWa from the top of the list of considered players" for seeds for GSL January 2012 code S[39]. He had to re-qualify to participate in GSL January code A. In an interview on the show Live On Three after the tournament he said that he probably would have quit StarCraft II if Quantic hadn't supported him as they did.[40]

IEM Kiev[edit]

NaNiwa was one of the four players who represented Korea at IEM Season VI Kiev. He was seeded in Group A along with Strelok, White-Ra and TitaN. He first played against Strelok. During the games, he reported lag issues. After losing 1-2, he was announced to have forfeit the rest of the tournament due to technical issues[41], only to be announced to still being in the tournament a few minutes later.[42]. His next opponents were TitaN and White-Ra. He beat both of them 2-0, taking the first place of Group A. He faced Zenio in the quarterfinals but was eliminated 1-3, finishing in top 8 overall.

MLG Winter[edit]

NaNiwa at MLG Winter Arena

As runner-up of MLG Providence 2011, he was invited to the MLG Winter Arena 2012. As the second seeded player, his first opponent was Grubby who qualified through the European Qualifier. NaNiwa defeated Grubby 2-1 and went on to face MarineKing in the second round. MarineKing beat NaNiwa 2-0, sending him down to the losers bracket round 2. After taking down Sheth 2-1, he advanced to play against NesTea, a much anticipated match after the Blizzard Cup Controversy and the current Rivalry between the two. However, NaNiwa repeated his MLG Providence 2011 performance and defeated NesTea 2-1 in a close series packed with great plays from both players. His next opponent would be Leenock, also a rematch of the MLG Providence Grand Finals. NaNiwa took his revenge and won 2-1 over Leenock in a close series. In the next round the GSL Code S season 1 2012 finalist DongRaeGu waited, his fourth Zerg opponent in a row and toughest yet. He lost 0-2 and thus ended 7th/8th overall claiming $900 and also a seed directly into Pool Play at the first MLG Championship of 2012, the MLG Winter Championship.

At MLG Winter Championship, he was seeded into Pool B. The first day, he lost 0-2 to DongRaeGu and 1-2 to HayprO and defeated DeMusliM 2-0. He had a better performance the second day, beating JYP and Ostojiy both 2-0, taking the second place of his group. His first opponent in the Championship Bracket was MC. He took the victory 2-0 and faced HuK, the last remaining foreigner along with him. He lost 0-2 with a close last game, having one stalker against two zealots and a probe. He again ended 7th/8th overall, taking $2,250 home and getting a seed for 2012 MLG Spring Arena 1.[43] However, he decided to go to 2012 DreamHack Open Stockholm.

2012 DreamHack Open Stockholm[edit]

Instead of participating in the MLG Spring Arena 1 NaNiwa and fellow swede SaSe flew home to Sweden for the DreamHack Open Stockholm. NaNiwa went through Group Stage #1 and #2 only losing 2 games, both to against the South Korean Zerg HyuN in Group Stage #2. In Group Stage #3, he repeated his Code S performance by defeating Genius 2-1. It looked like he would reach the Playoffs but he then lost to Nerchio and sLivko, both 0-2, eliminating him and putting him 0-6 against notable Zergs at this tournament. In an interview with RAKAKA.se, he explained that because he didn't have any Zerg opponents in Code S, he had only practiced against Protoss and Terran in the last month and almost not a single PvZ.[44]

Return to Korea[edit]

NaNiwa received a Code S seed for 2012 GSL Season 2 along with Polt, where he was placed in group G together with Puzzle, Ryung and Mvp. NaNiwa would only drop a single game, the first one against Puzzle, and finished first in his group.

In the Round of 16 NaNiwa was picked first by 2012 GSL Season 1 finalist Genius and placed in Group A together with SuperNova and Virus. Although considered a hard group NaNiwa would continue his winning streak from the Ro32 and defeat Genius 2-0 in his first match and then Virus 2-0 in his second match, once again finishing first in his group and advancing to the Ro8. In the Ro8 NaNiwa lost to Mvp 3-1.

In 2012 GSL Season 3 NaNiwa would face off against Creator and TheStC in the Ro32, beating both of them 2-0 after losing 2-1 against Creator. In the Ro16 he would again lose his first match 2-1, this time against Genius, but beat both him and KeeN afterwards. In the Ro8, Naniwa would face DongRaeGu falling 1 game short and losing 2-3, nonetheless, keeping his Code S spot for next season.

The season after, 2012 GSL Season 4, NaNiwa was placed into Group F, where he would start out against Heart, losing by a score of 1-2, and then meet Sniper in the loser's match, where he went on to lose 0-2 and drop to the first round of Code A. In Code A he would be matched against Mini, whom he lost to by a score of 0-2, causing him to fall down to Code B, and effectively ending his GSL run.

World Championship Series[edit]

2012 WCS Sweden Nationals[edit]

On July 28th, 2012, NaNiwa participated in the World Championship Series 2012 Sweden. NaNiwa defeated StarNaN and SortOf, in order to advance in to the fourth round to face ThorZaIN. He fell to the losers' bracket after losing to ThorZaIN by a score of 0-2. In the losers' bracket, NaNiwa was able to grab one more victory against MorroW before losing to SortOf by a score of 0-2 and ended up taking fourth place.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

DreamHack Open Stockholm 2013[edit]

NaNiwa's first HotS premier tournament appearance would be in 2013 DreamHack Open/Stockholm He would make a great run through the final bracket, defeating TLO, SortOf, and Jaedong. His run would be stopped by Leenock 3-2 and would have to take 2nd place.

MLG Spring Championship 2013[edit]

NaNiwa participated in the MLG Spring Championship 2013 where he reached the semifinals. He started with sweeping his open bracket with an 8-0 score with a notable win over HuK. In the winners round 5, he faced Polt and lost by a score of 0-2. He was therefore knocked down to loser's round 7, in which he faced TheStC and took a 2-0 victory. He then played Jaedong and beat him 2-0, and therefore advanced to the next round where he faced Dear. He beat Dear 2-,0 and advanced to the semifinals where he faced Polt once more. He took the first game, but lost the next two and with MLG's extended series, he was knocked out with a score of 1-4 to Polt.

IEM New York[edit]

Naniwa played in IEM Season VIII - New York, where he defeated Hack in the group stage 2-1 before losing 0-2 to HerO. After Hack beat qxc in the losers' match to contend for the tiebreaker, NaNiwa beat him again with another 2-1 victory. In the final stage, he beat San and Hyun before losing 2-4 to Life in the finals. His second place finish guaranteed him a spot in Katowice.

WCS Global Finals 2013[edit]

NaNiwa was 16th in the WCS standings at the end of 2013, tied with Revival. Prior to the tournament he played Revival in a Best-of-5 series, winning 3-0 and receiving the 16th and final seed into the 2013 WCS Global Finals as the only foreign player participating. He was eliminated by Soulkey in the Round of 16, losing 1-3.

IEM Katowice and Hiatus[edit]

On March 12, NaNiwa announced that he would be taking an "indefinite break from StarCraft", citing lack of motivation and the slow response time of Blizzard as the primary factors in his decision.[45]

He was still, however, slated to play in the IEM World Championship in Katowice. NaNiwa's first game was against Polt and quickly turned controversial; after Polt quickly scouted NaNiwa's proxy gateway and responded appropriately, NaNiwa typed "so fun to play without soundproofing", believing Polt to have been incited to check due to the cheering of the audience, before GG'ing out of the game. After a long break, it was announced that NaNiwa had decided to forfeit the tournament, leaving the stage amid boos from the crowd, and leaving Polt to advance to the Round of 8 after playing only one game.[46]

On July 17, NaNiwa released a blog statement explaining his side of the story in regards to the IEM World Championship events and his future plan with StarCraft, specifically stating he will most likely not come back for Legacy of the Void. [47]

Trivia[edit]

  • One of the few players who is left-handed and plays that way.[48]
  • First player to get to 4000 ranking points. [49]
  • Played Undead in WC3.
  • His favorite food is sushi.
  • Can read German perfectly but cannot speak it very well.[50]
  • Plays Protoss due to watching Brood War games of JangBi, Stork and Bisu. He was then inspired by the Psionic Storm ability.[51]
  • His current highest tournament game win streak is 26-2, when he won MLG Dallas 2011, not dropping a single game until the final.
  • Earned the nickname "The Dragonslayer" after beating both NesTea and Mvp at the MLG Global Invitational.
  • He was named "The King in The North" after reaching Ro8 in 2012 GSL Season 2 Code S, when fans began repeating "The King in The North" in the LR thread and on Reddit. It may be a reference to Robb Stark of George R.R. Martin's Song Of Ice And Fire series, as Game Of Thrones was becoming a hit show on HBO at the same time as the tournament.
  • Has the term "Naniwalk" coined after him for his somewhat ungraceful victory walks on stage at MLG Providence.[52]
  • First foreigner to win a Code S seed at an MLG (later to be axed due to changes in GSL format).[53]
  • First player to be a back to back HomeStory Cup finalist.
  • Only non-Korean player to qualify for the 2013 WCS Global Finals.

Achievements[edit]

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-10-13 Intel Extreme Masters A22nd IEM Season VIII - New York 2 : 4 Zerg Life $4,000
2013-06-30 MLG A33 - 4th 2013 MLG Spring Championship 1 : 4 Terran Polt $3,000
2013-04-27 DreamHack A22nd 2013 DreamHack Open: Stockholm 2 : 3 Zerg Leenock $5,390
2011-11-20 MLG A22nd 2011 MLG Providence 1 : 4 Zerg Leenock $25,000
2011-11-20 MLG A11st 2011 MLG Global Invitational 2 : 1 Zerg NesTea $3,000
2011-10-22 BlizzCon A44th BlizzCon 2011 StarCraft II Invitational 1 : 2 Zerg Sen
2011-05-15 Team Liquid Starleague A22nd 2011 Pokerstrategy.com TSL3 3 : 4 Terran ThorZaIN $7,000
2011-04-03 MLG A11st 2011 MLG Dallas 4 : 2 Protoss KiWiKaKi $5,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-12-14 A11st Svenska E-sportcupen 2013: Göteborg Grand Finals 3 : 1 Protoss Bischu $20,000
2013-12-09 A22nd Fragbite Masters 0 : 3 Protoss StarDust $6,200
2013-06-16 A11st E-Sport SM 2012-2013 3 : 1 Terran ThorZaIN $11,655
2013-04-03 A11st Svenska E-sportcupen 2013: Norrkoping 3 : 0 Terran MorroW $4,720
2011-11-10 A11st 2011 MLG European Invitational 4 : 1 Protoss White-Ra $2,000
2011-08-07 A22nd 2011 European Battle.net Invitational 0 : 2 Zerg Ret $5,000
2011-06-26 A22nd HomeStory Cup III 2 : 4 Protoss HuK $1,400
2011-06-12 A11st Black Dragon League 3 : 1 Protoss Socke $3,000
2011-04-17 A11st Gadget Show Live Invitational 3 : 0 Protoss Socke $3,300
2011-01-16 A22nd HomeStory Cup II 1 : 4 Protoss White-Ra $1,000
Complete Results in any Tournament

Championships[edit]

MLG MLG Pro Circuit Champion
MLG 2010 Dallas
Preceeded By:
Sweden Terran Jinro
MLG 2011 Dallas
3 April 2011 – 6 June 2011
Sweden Protoss NaNiwa
MLG 2011 Columbus
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran MMA
MLG MLG Global Invitational Champion

Preceeded By:
None
2011 MLG Global Invitational
20 November 2011 – Present
Sweden Protoss NaNiwa

Succeeded By:
None/TBD

Gallery[edit]

Interviews[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

2011[edit]

2010[edit]

Notable Beta Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Articles[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ChickenLips (5 January 2011). "MeatyOwlLegs first player to 4000 points!". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. Brent Ruiz (30 July 2012). "NaNiwa granted release from Quantic Gaming". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  3. Mionix (7 August 2012). "Mionix sponsors Swedish StarCraft II Johan 'NaNiwa' Lucchesi". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  4. Jaclyn Lo (28 August 2007). "Warcraft 3: fnatic releases Naniwa from WC3 roster". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  5. Marek "MepH" Walkowiak (20 September 2011). "NaNiwa and Team Dignitas part ways". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  6. compLexity Gaming (21 September 2011). "compLexity Adds NaNiwa". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  7. Tom McCarthy (8 December 2011). "NaNiwa joins Quantic Gaming". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  8. TSL Qualifier #2 Recap
  9. NaNi and RotterdaM joins Serious Gaming
  10. 10.0 10.1 NaNi joins with MyM
  11. http://www.serious-gaming.com/articles/show/505
  12. Interview - NaNiwa in The Way I Play
  13. NaNiwa's ESL Kick - Original statement
  14. NaNiwa's ESL disqualification - English translation
  15. NaNiwa's ESL Kick - English summary
  16. Team Liquid thread - NaNiwa kicked out of EPS Germany
  17. MyM waves goodbye to NaNiwa
  18. Power Gaming SC2 Adds NaNiwa
  19. NaNiwa teams up with Empire
  20. Empire sc2 welcome NaNiwa!
  21. NaNiwa teams up with Empire
  22. Power Gaming Releases NaNiwa
  23. NaNiwa teams up with Empire
  24. NaNiwa removed from European Championship
  25. NaNiwa joins the gang!
  26. NaNiwa joins the gang!
  27. MrBitter's coverage of MLG Dallas
  28. NaNiwa's MLG Dallas on stage interview
  29. NaNiwa interview translated from Rakaka
  30. NaNiwa and ThorZaIN are going to Korea
  31. 08-06-11 NaNiwa interview
  32. http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=294711
  33. 2011_MLG_Pro_Circuit/Raleigh#Pools
  34. 2011_MLG_Pro_Circuit/Raleigh#Final_Top_32_Rankings.5B6.5D
  35. MLG statement on Providence Code S slot
  36. DreamHack Winter 2011 - First Selected Players
  37. http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=295038
  38. http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=295023
  39. http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=295033
  40. Live on Three episode 98, 12/14/2011: Starts at 41:34
  41. NaNiwa forfeits IEM Season VI Kiev
  42. NaNiwa didn't forfeit IEM Season VI Kiev
  43. http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=323816
  44. http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=331510 NaNiwa Interview whith RAKAKA at DreamHack, Translated.
  45. "NaNiwa to take an indefinite break from StarCraft". TeamLiquid.net. 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  46. "NaNiwa forfeits mid-series at IEM Katowice". TeamLiquid.net. 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  47. "Summary". Teamliquid.net. 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  48. Artosis video showing NaNiwa's play
  49. sc2ranks link for MeatyOwlLegs which NaNiwa "smurfed" on.
  50. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPIa_s0nPjc#t=23m18s
  51. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPIa_s0nPjc#t=28m20s
  52. MLG Providence .gifs
  53. MLG statement on Providence Code S slot


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