Since you already knew beforehand that the four finalists were coming back, it is time to introduce you to the four first guests.
Ilyes Satouri, “EG.StephanoRC”
No grudge or hard feelings, Iron Squid only wants the best players in the tournament and as – arguably – the best foreigner in the business, Stephano is very welcome in Iron Squid. Leave all the stories behind, Stephano is ready and will be a contender in Iron Squid 2. The Zerg is on a very hot streak as he recently won the 3rd season of NASL and the WCS Europe. Stephano loves playing in front of a crowd cheering for him, over 3,000 fans in Paris should do the trick.
Mihaylo Hayda, “Empire.Kas”
The first chapter Iron Squid did miss the beast from the East, Iron Squid II will not. Kas has been around forever, since the beta he remains one of the best contenders in every tournament he enters. Even when the non Korean Terrans are struggling, Kas somehow manages to be a threat to his opponents. The Ukrainian knows how to put the necessary volume of practice to be in his best shape before a tournament. Although he has been complaining about TvZ on his twitter lately, he has plenty of time to fix it before the matches start.
Marcus Eklöf, “EG.ThorZaINRC”
Another great foreign Terran joins Iron Squid II and in ThorZaIN’s case, it is a comeback. A lot of things have changed for ThorZaIN since his first participation in the tournament. He won a DreamHack tournament, and he signed with EG stating it was an offer he could not refuse. The Swede also tried his luck in GSL Code S where he did fairly well with very little time to prepare. Few weeks ago, the King in the North was beaten on his own soil and did not qualify for WCS World, Iron Squid is definitely a great shot to make up for it.
Kim Hammar, “Quantic.SaSe”
A Swede is followed by another one as SaSe is the first Protoss invited into Iron Squid II. SaSe has been training in Korea for months and his practice has been paying off lately, his performances have risen up as he was for instance the best foreigner in the MLG Spring championship beating the likes of Stephano and Leenock. The Protoss came really close to be the first foreigner to qualify for the GSL Code A but was stopped in semi-finals. In Iron Squid II SaSe will be looking for his first win in a major event, but the path will be tough.