The Electronic Sports World Cup has come to an end and sees mixed results across the board.
Western Wolves had mixed results in the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty tournament, where we saw Daniel “StarNaN” Ohlsson exit the tournament in the group stages, where he lost 2-1 to the Dutch Protoss player Harstem, from Fnatic, and also suffered a defeat at the hands of the Russian Protoss player TitaN, of Virtus.pro. His only win came in the form of a 2-0 victory over the unkown Pakistani player, Zohan, placing him 3rd in his group and dropping out of the tournament.
Where StarNan fell, Rickard “SortOf” Bergman succeeded, as he came 2nd in his group after beating the Kiwi Zerg player Petraeus, of Frenetic Array, and the relatively unknown Czech Protoss player freizy 2-0. SortOf suffered his only loss in the group stages to the defending champion Stephano, of Team Evil Geniuses, who beat him 2-0, placing him 2nd in his group and qualifying him for the playoff round.
In the first round of the playoffs, SortOf would face none other than the Global StarCraft League finalist ST_Squirtle, whom he managed to defeat 2-0, undoubtedly one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. Going into the quarter finals, he would face off against the French Protoss NeOAnGeL, from Sparte Legion. Winning the first map on Daybreak, SortOf took the lead in the series only to be overwhelmed by the Frenchman on Cloud Kingdom taking the series to the third and final map, Ohana, where NeOAnGeL proved to be too much of a challenge for SortOf as he took the map and the game 2-1, ending SortOf’s run in the ESWC and finishing in 5th – 8th place overall.
Whilst StarNaN and SortOf were busy playing in the StarCraft II tournament, our Romanian superstar Ovidiu “Ovvy” Patrascu was playing in the FIFA 13 tournament, where he finished in 2nd place.
During the group stage, Ovvy finished in 3rd place with 13 points. The first game of the day would see him play against the Argentinian MBC who he would beat 1-0. Game two saw him play the Indian lOvEsx who he lost to 2-1. The third game would see him beat the Indonesian the great 3-0, and he would then go on to beat Sprinter from Pakistan 3-0 as well in the fourth game. In the 6th round he would face off against the Malaysian Warrior, who he lost to with a score of 2-1. Game 8 would see Ovvy draw 0-0 with the German MalteTCo and then beat one of the tournament favourites, the Frenchman Spank, 2-0 in the final game of the group stage.
In the first round of the playoffs, Ovvy would play the young Brit Tass and brush him aside as he took the game with a score line of 2-0, advancing to the quarter finals of the tournament. None other than AdamW was waiting for him in the quarter finals where Ovvy managed to scrape a win as he beat the Brit 1-0 and went through to the semi-finals. He would face the Saudi Arabian Alshehri in the semis and would ultimately win 3-2, ensuring he had a stake in the $10 000 prize pool and a top 2 finish. In the grand finals, he would face Spank again, and despite beating him in the group stage, the game ended in a 1-1 draw and Ovvy ultimately lost to the Frenchman on penalties and finished in 2nd place and won $3000.