Seed crowned GSL Champion

Korean player claims first Protoss GSL victory in 10 seasons, makes Incredible Miracle first Starcraft II pro team with Code S titles for all three races.

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The third season of the GomTV StarLeague 2012 Code S Championships wrapped up this morning by the beaches of Busan, South Korea. In the end, Korean Protoss player Ahn "Seed" Sahng Won of Incredible Miracle took out SK Gaming's Jang "MC" Min Chu, a fellow Korean Protoss player, 4-1 in a surprisingly quick grand final set. With the win, Seed earns his first GSL Code S Championship and 50 million Korean won (roughly $43,900). It was his first major event victory in Starcraft II, and it also made him the first Protoss GSL Champion in 10 seasons, breaking a long streak of Terran and Zerg domination.

Seed loves his family, and he loves his GSL championship.

"I hear some players play just to earn money, but for myself I play because I enjoy it," Seed said after his victory. "I think this is the reason I was able to win, to come so far, because of my passion for gaming."

Seed set the tone of the series in the very first game with a one-base all-in, dropping on MC's main base with Zealots and Stalkers. MC defended well with two Immortals, but some dexterous juggling of Stalkers gave Seed an early 1-0 lead. Surprising everyone--including MC--Seed would repeat this nearly identically the next two games, giving him a quick 3-0 lead, and putting the GSL championship in sight. MC bounced back in Game 4 with a one-base push of his own, keeping his chances of winning a third GSL title alive. The fifth game ended up the longest of the series, and the only large-scale multiple-base game, ending in a huge Colossus vs. Colossus battle. Seed's micromanagement and decision-making came out on top, earning him the victory and the title.

"I think Seed came into the series more prepared mentally with his build choice," Starcraft broadcast analyst Shaun "Apollo" Clark told GameSpot. "The way he would execute everything, I think his series went perfectly to plan and caught MC off guard, who may not have expected a fast, aggressive-style approach. I think MC could have provided a better fight but I think he was caught by surprise and wasn't expecting this, especially in a matchup that can be very difficult to come from behind in."

Along with Seed's personal achievements, it was the eighth GSL title for the Incredible Miracle team, which includes four-time Terran Champion Jung "MVP" Jong Hyun and three-time Zerg Champion Lim "NesTea" Jae Duk. Incredible Miracle is now the first Starcraft II team to have a GSL Code S title with all three factions.

"I think IM have a great team, coach, and set of players, which creates a well-prepared player for the finals," Apollo said. "I think it's a great achievement that in IM, there are eight GSL titles now, even two runners-up. [They are a] great all-around team, which shows in winning the GSL with three races."

At the end of the ceremony, Seed was asked if he had anything to say to his family that came to watch him play, a family that had not totally supported his decision to pursue pro-gaming. Of all his answers afterwards, there was no hesitation here, as he grabbed the microphone, looked at his family and screamed "I love you," closing out the night.

Discussion

38 comments
RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Unfortunately, the worse Finals Ever. Yes, even worse than Inca VS Nestea. At least that series was comical by the end of it. This series had no salvation. But, that's PvP for you.

Diamondsoulz
Diamondsoulz

Koreans work there A$$ off and are hard achivers.

MarcusVOG
MarcusVOG

Pretty sure they are in for the next Olympics.

 

mikec_81
mikec_81

Just one thing to note that the article didn't mention about Incredible Miracle's absolute dominance.  Since the start of the GSL, there have been 3 "open" seasons and 12 regular qualified seasons of competition.  The team IM has now claimed 8 of the 15 total GSL titles.

HBMC2
HBMC2

The team finals on the next day, whilst short (only 5 of 9 possible rounds) had some great games. The guy who won (and aced all 5 of his opponents) always did something different in each game. It was fun to watch.

 

This final though? Well I like Zerg and Terrans more, so PvP is kinda dull.

StephenBassford
StephenBassford

It wasn't the most entertaining finals, but you have to respect the builds and trickery Seed used to outsmart MC. Just wished IM had better clutch players for the GSTL, seems like they can individually map out their own series perfectly, yet when it comes time to play as a team, they lack fortitude.

Scorpion2929
Scorpion2929

I appreciate all of this E-sport stuff and all, but it seems that the news is soley aimed at Starcraft II. 

 

 

Anyone find that a bit strange? I mean there are other E-sports out there, what makes this special?

Vuud
Vuud

It's like being the world's tallest midget. Or winning an argument on the internet.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Good to hear. Been out of touch with it for a bit, but always loved watching MC. I guess some of the posters here still refuse to see e-sports as something worthy to report the news on. Keep it up Gamespot.

Mehrdadmaskull
Mehrdadmaskull

I think Koreans have included StarCraft II inside their educational system....have you watched one of their matches??? they're insane!!!

lumbergoose
lumbergoose

The picture on the main page is a terran vs zerg with hots units.  However, this article is about a protoss vs protoss with only wol units.   Also, base was spelled "bash" when talking about MC's only victory.

Sardinar
Sardinar

Might as well post this as an article on GameSpot, lol.

NvDox
NvDox

 @dangermouse2k As opposed to someone who registers on a gaming site, reads the articles, and takes the time to comment on how the subjects have no life. LOL

Sardinar
Sardinar

 @Scorpion2929 Yeah it irked me a little when a Starcraft 2 specific article was posted on a general gaming web-site. Well, meh.

bloodyrooster
bloodyrooster

@Scorpion2929 It's pretty entertaining to watch. They call it modern day chess. This series wasn't very good but some can be amazing

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

 @Vuud How would you know? Doubt that you've ever accomplished any of those three. Maybe that midget thing...  

Sardinar
Sardinar

 @Vuud and writing the most ignorant comment on the article ... too bad you don't get payed $43,000 for doing it.

nurnberg
nurnberg

 @Vuud

 When you have nothing good to say, please say nothing.

Erick
Erick moderatorstaff

 @lumbergoose Fixed the Bash error and will try to get some changes for images going into the future, thanks catching that.

lumbergoose
lumbergoose

 @bloodyrooster  @Scorpion2929 Who calls it modern day chess?  And why?  But to Scorpions point I think they covered pro evo also, which is a fighting game e-sport tournament.  But you are right they are mostly only covering SC2 for some odd reason.  If I'm not mistaken League of Legends is the most watched e-sport.  So if you are only going to cover one game why not choose the most popular?

FragRaptor
FragRaptor

 @lumbergoose Most people would says LoL has bigger numbers yes... But the reality of it is that the engagement of StarCraft 2 is larger. LoL has what? 15 million people playing on it? Maybe less. StarCraft 2 has 3 million? Last I checked. Considering the fact that starcraft 2 still gets 50~100k and LoL consistent gets twice that 100~200k, with the amount of people playing LoL it should be 500k or more. The fact of the matter is that while the LoL gets raw #s it fails on the % which is important for longer term growth.

sLideSC2
sLideSC2

 @lumbergoose League of Legends is by a pretty large margin the most watch E-Sport, yes. But there are a hell of alot more Starcraft II major events, and a hell of alot more prize money in Starcraft II at the moment. That is why you are seeing the coverage. Viewership isn't everything.