eSports Report for April 2, 2012
Rather than spoil a week’s worth of matches, I’ll just toss to a match or two I saw this week that struck me as particularly awesome.
MarineKing has been experimenting with fast mech vs. Zerg for a while now, but that usually ends up with a a smattering of dead tanks and a chaotic mid-game. His match versus Leenock in the GSTL looked wildly different. He built up to three Thors and though conservative play, managed to keep them alive until a really strong push at around 15 minutes, which is a really weird timing.
It’s great to see Terran experimenting away from building up a death swarm of tanks. Playing the positioning game is all well and good but I feel like there’s a lot of strategic depth to TvZ that players are starting to scratch into. I’m hoping we have players that will use mules for on-demand repair and (dare I say it), hunter-seeker missile.
COMING THIS WEEK:
Thanks to some bitchin’ cross promotion, we’ll have the finals of the IPL 4 (StarCraft II, League of Legends) as well as the GSTL 2012 Season 1 in the same event in Vegas. They’re promising 1080p streams for the event — two StarCraft II, one League of Legends, and a floor cam. 480p streams will be free, but it looks like the IPL will be using this event to push their $5 / month subscription through Twitch.tv.
This is another one of those Road to Evo tourneys, taking place during Anime Matsuri in Houston. Nearly every major fighter is on offer here – Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, King of Fighters XIII, on and on. They even have some smaller fighters like Arana Heart 3 (unsurprising, this is an anime convention after all) and Skullgirls.
Norway’s largest LAN, and only second in the world to Dreamhack, The Gathering will host another StarCraft II tournament with streams provided by IMBA.tv. The player pool might be a little think thanks to the IPL 4, but this should be a great showcase for Europe’s up-and-comers.