Theoretically I could stop with the WCG 2006 – then again, there were more good games. Let’s start with the WCG 2007. The first thing that comes to mind about the WCG in Seattle, USA, was Ukrainian Protoss White-Ra winning over the dominant Korean Protoss Stork. Then again, this was a bit of an upset – because Stork, as the first and only Korean ever, admitted to have lost against his oppont on purpose. He stated in an interview, that he wasn’t sure whether or not White-Ra would win, because the Ukrainian was quite nervous. The second upset (same source) was Pj, the Chinese we’ll hear about shortly, insulting a Taiwanese. Not the year of fair play.
The second thing about the WCG 2007 was the surprising win of Mondragon against The-Player-Everyone-Hates in a Mirror Match. Then again, we a) know that Mondragon likes his Zerglings and can control them, b) Zerg Mirrors are not really entertaining and finally c) already covered a lot about the German, who eventually won the Bronze medal, after finally not being in a group of death again and after losing to Stork’s Zealots within ten minutes on Azalea in the Semi Finales.
More interesting was the match of Pj against the former Bonjwa and KeSPA-gollum in the Quarter Finals. Now, Pj, again, should not be in here, not because he apparently acted like a nationalist jerk, but because he was a former KeSPA professional in Telecom T1. Then again, at that time, the Chinese Protoss player was already back at home. But, China itself had a quite professional scene and many things they shared with South Korea. A hard decision, but since the games were casted by Tasteless and overall showed very good Brood War, they should be in.
IEF & The last WCGs
We’ll entirely skip 2008, but continue with an event that was hosted in South Korea – the International Esports/entertainment Festival (IEF). This festival featured some of the best Koreans, as well as some of the best foreigners. Two games I’d like to show you, both featuring Boxer, the Emperor, on one side, and the American Protoss G5 and the Ukrainian Protoss White-Ra on the other. Boxer was already well beyond his prime and shortly before retiring, yet these games were nice to watch and have some sort of nostalgic feeling around them.
White-Ra vs. Boxer
G5 vs. Boxer
The WCG 2009 has two games you theoretically should watch. Theoretically, because the first one really isn’t any good, but that’s why you should know it. It features a relatively unknown player from Uzbekistan called Zim, aka. the CPU guy. He is the pendant to Starcue, aka. the headphone guy. Zim was JaeDong‘s opponent in group stage and lost horribly. You really can’t blame him, JaeDong is just a tyrant, while Zim was a relative nobody. I’m sure he isn’t that bad at Brood War, else he would not have been in China, yet the quotes by JaeDong were relatively funny: he claimed he didn’t know whether or not he played a CPU.
The second game of WCG 2009 however was far more entertaining – JaeDong against the Russian Advokate in the Round of 16. Advokate aka A2 is a beastly Terran, was good in Brood War since ever and knows his way around the game. He knew he could not possibly compete with the Korean’s strong mechanics, even though he wasn’t bad either, so he adopted and tailored strategies to beat the Zerg. A nice thing to watch, really.
The very last World Cyber Games in 2010 to feature Brood War was quite uninteresting. Most foreigners already actively played StarCraft II and thusly didn’t really have a chance one way or the other. Good for us that China was still existing and had a good player base. They sent their second ex KeSPA pro Legend. The Protoss wasn’t bad, had a lot of experience and was a lot better than most foreigners at all times – he roflstomped every foreigner in GosuGamers Fragbet League back in 2006 and could do the same in WCG 2010. In the group stage the Chinese met the Korean Protoss Kal, who was doing quite well in Proleague and individual tournaments. Even though that’s the only interesting game of a foreigner in this year, it’s not that great, but good enough to keep you entertained.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we reached the end of this article. In theory, there were plenty of other games I could have added, yet I wanted to focus on the best, or on those who were barely covered elsewhere. I still do have a lot of respect for ret (follow @Liquidret!), Idra and Nony, but I feel like they were present on Teamliquid and all the other pages already. The same goes for the Show Matches organized by Tastosis. So, please forgive me. That being said, I really do hope you enjoyed the article series!