Gamecom wasn’t the only gaming event taking place in Cologne, Germany, last weekend: Intel Extreme Masters Season VII – Global Challenge Cologne took place from August 15-19, and Mad Catz and Western Wolves‘ own Rickard “SortOf” Bergman was there to battle some of the top StarCraft II players in the world!
With over $30,000 in prize money on the line, the tournament field was packed with talent. 16 players earned their spot in the tournament through online qualifiers, while the rest had to fight through the open brackets in order to make it to the next stage.
In his opening match on Day One, SortOf faced off against the Korean Terran player, Millenium ForGG. Unfortunately, ForGG came out on top, beating SortOf on both the Antiga Shipyard and Metropolis maps, taking the series 2-0.
Undeterred by the loss, SortOf went into his second match of the day where he defeated Korean Protoss player, TSLinori, two rounds to one. SortOf lost the first round on Daybreak, but made a big come back and won on both Entombed Valley and Metropolis to take the series.
His third match would see him paired against arguably one of the best Zerg players at the moment, Nerchio from Team Acer. Things started out badly for SortOf as Nerchio took Daybreak and went ahead 1-0 in the series, but SortOf again came back to take two rounds straight (Cloud Kingdom and Ohana) to win the series.
In his fourth game of the day, SortOf was matched up against EG.DeMusliM.RC, the tough Terran player for the UK. SortOf took the first game on Daybreak, but then lost the second on Ohana. Overcoming adversity seemed to be SortOf’s theme of the day, because he managed to take Entombed Valley and win the series.
With an overall score of 3-2 (7 wins, 7 losses), SortOf’s first day at Global Challenge Cologne ended with him in 3rd place in Group A, advancing to the playoff stage.
In the Round of 12, SortOf faced one of the top Russian StarCraft II players, sLivko, from team RoX.KIS. Unfortunately, sLivko proved to be too much for Rickard to handle, scoring a decisive 3-0 victory and eliminating SortOf from the competition. Rickard “SortOf” Bergman finished 12th place overall, taking home $900.