The first four players invited are no strangers to the Iron Squid fans as they are the four who enlightened le Grand Rex during their journey to Paris.
Moon Sung Won, “ SlayerS`MMA”
The champion is back to defend his title. Crowned (or masked actually) in front of an audience that was totally under his charm, MMA conquered Paris. The Terran did what he does best, playing spectacularly showing some master class TvZ. Since he left Paris with the championship in the pocket, MMA went through rough times especially went his mentor left for SKT. The one who used to be called BoxeR’s heir found the strength in him to come back and is highly motivated about being back for the second chapter of the Iron Squid. MMA declined several invitations to foreign tournaments as he wanted to practice but he accepted to be in the Iron Squid with the firm intention to remain the only champion.
Kang Dong Hyun, “TSL Symbol”
First chapter’s breakout talent, Symbol is now a well established Zerg on the world’s scene. He traveled a lot since he came to Paris and also made a name for himself in Korea, where he is now one of the best GSL Zergs as he just secured a spot in the top 8 for twice in a row. Since he was revealed during the Iron Squid, Symbol has a special relationship with the tournament and the French fans. Even though he confirmed he is an amazing player, he has yet to win a major title. Maybe being back in Paris will inspire him.
Lim Jae Duck, “LG-IM NesTea”
One of the greatest players in StarCraft II history, NesTea has won a total of three GSL titles. Since the format was different from the other international tournaments where he gets tired because of the long days, Iron Squid chapter I was meant to be his first title out f Korea. But it eluded him and he ended up in the third place. NesTea has not been doing so well lately, and Iron Squid could be the opportunity for him to show the world that he is still one of the best in the business.
Han Lee Seok, “FnaticRC.aLive”
Even though he ended up in the fourth place, aLive really fought well during the finals. Each series was very tense and he lost 3-2 twice, on that day aLive was missing this “je ne sais quoi” that turns the game in your favor and makes the crowd go wild. Since May, aLive kept is discreet and hard working style but did not confirm his IPL4 performance. aLive has been given a rough time in GSL lately and Iron Squid might just be the breath of fresh air he needs to find his groove back.