StarCraft II's best compete at New York Comic Con on the road to BlizzCon

World's best professional players competing at this weekend’s Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) event held by the Electronic Sports League inside of New York Comic Con.

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The world's best StarCraft II players are competing at this weekend's Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) event held by the Electronic Sports League inside of New York Comic Con. The event marks the last chance for many players get points for Blizzard's World Championship Series Grand Finals to be held at BlizzCon later this year.

Competitors include Brood War legend Lee "Flash" Young Ho, Swedish powerhouse Johan "NaNiwa" Lucchesi, DreamHack Valencia Champion Ko "HyuN" Seok Hyun, Evil Geniuses' Canadian Protoss player Chris "HuK" Loranger, and German Zerg Dario "TLO" Wünsch. Korean Zerg GSL Champions Park "DongRaeGu" Soo Ho and Lee "Life" Seung Hyun qualified into the main tournament from the first day of Open qualifiers at New York Comic Con.

Lucchesi is currently holding onto the 16th and final qualifying spot for BlizzCon, and is currently the only non-Korean player in the top 16 point standings. Last-minute replacement Kim "Revival" Dong Hyun is ahead of Lucchesi by 275 points, while Wünsch and Ko are within striking distance at 625 points and 850 points behind, respectively.

Korean Protoss players Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok and Kim "sOs" Yoo Jin have secured themselves spots in the top 16, with only 100 points separating them. Due to Flash's recent loss in WCS Korea Season 3, he will be unable to qualify for BlizzCon no matter his results at IEM NYC.

Players will have final opportunities to gain points for BlizzCon at the upcoming WCS Season 3 Korean and North American Finals, as well as the overall Season 3 Finals held by NASL in Toronto, Canada, October 25-27.

GameSpot eSports is currently live from the floor at IEM New York at Comic Con, and will be providing live coverage all weekend.

Discussion

11 comments
mobywv
mobywv

kenyans are to marathons are what asians are to esports.

David Chang
David Chang

Ten bucks says South Korea, though as a Korean American, I never really got into things like SC or online multiplayer, more of the story focused ND, sandboxy Rockstar, and all that singleplayer stuff...

Tanner Casey
Tanner Casey

mkp, idra, stephano, and destiny all quit so whats the point anymore.

Shoenin
Shoenin

Wonder if this blizzcon finals will live up to the last one with MMA v MVP.

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

@mobywv Obviously, there are exceptions. White people are to swimming sports as white people are to first-person-shooting esports. 

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@Tanner Casey As far as MKP is concerned, there wasn't anything in his repertoire what other talented players like iNnoVation, Mvp or Taeja can't pull off as well and don't tell me that you've followed MKP because of his personality... Skillwise, IdrA hasn't been relevant for ages and if you want bold and / or controversial personality, there's still NaNiwa. Now Stephano was trully unique since he had both charisma and immense talent. Nonetheless, there are still active players like MC who come close both in terms of skill and entertaining antics. Also, it seems that Destiny started to stream SC2 from time to time again.