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StarCraft II: WCS Montreal 2018 Preview


4 September 2018 16:44

Montreal will play host to the fourth StarCraft II: World Championship Series (WCS) tournament of the year, and the 12th premier tournament of 2018. 80 players will descend on the tournament for a shot at the $20,000 first place prize money along with a seed at the WCS Global Finals and 3,000 circuit points. So far in the WCS season, it has been Joona ‘Serral’ Sotala, and then everyone else. The 20-year-old Finn has won all the other WCS rounds along with the GSL vs the World tournament held in Seoul last month. Can anyone stop him here in Canada?

The Format

The first group stage consists of 64 players in 16 groups of four players, played in a dual tournament format. Matches are best-of-three (Bo3) and the top two from each group will advance to the next stage. The second stage follows the same format, this time with 32 players in eight groups of four, once again with the top two from each group progressing to the third group stage.

The third group stage takes the 16 players from the group stage and combines them with 16 qualifiers. The 32 players go into eight groups of four and once again play a dual tournament format as a Bo3 with the top two from each group progressing to the playoffs again.

The playoffs take the 16 players and put them into a single-elimination bracket. All rounds up to the semi-final are Bo5, with the all-important Bo7 Finals being a Bo7.

The Players

The 16 qualifiers are listed below, along with their odds of winning WCS Montreal:

  • Serral- 2/5
  • Need- 11/4
  • Elazer- 15/1
  • SpeCial- 15/1
  • uThermal- 20/1
  • Scarlett- 25/1
  • Lambo- 25/1
  • Has- 33/1
  • TRUE- 33/1
  • MaSa- 100/1
  • Kelazhur- 100/1
  • Probe- 250/1
  • ExpecT- 250/1
  • HuT- 250/1
  • TooDming- 250/1
  • Cyan- 250/1

Serral has been on a sublime winning streak at WCS events, winning each Final by at least a two-game margin, so it’s no surprise to see him the heavy favourite for this tournament at 2/5. Serral’s run of only losing to players using the Protoss race in 2018 continues, so look out for any matchups like this that could derail his charge to the top once again.

The highest ranked Protoss player, Alex ‘Neeb’ Sunderhaft, is one to watch out for as he bids to reclaim his throne that Serral has stolen from him. The 20-year-old American won three WCS titles in 2017 and is the only person to beat Serral at WCS play this year, albeit at the WCS Leipzig qualifiers before falling in the main event semi-finals. If these two are to meet before the playoff stages, it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top.

The highest ranked Terran player coming into Montreal is Juan Carlos ‘SpeCial’ Tena Lopez, sitting at 15/1 with the bookies to win the tournament outright. The Mexican has been knocked out at the semi-final stage twice this year, and is going to need at least one Finals appearance if he is to make up for what could be considered a lost year.

All the action takes place over three days from 7th to 9th September, so make sure you tune in to see which Starcraft 2 player takes home the $20,000 first prize.

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Updated on: 2018-09-04

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