Last week-end was the first week-end of qualifiers with the Korean and the European tournaments.
Saturday was for early birds as the Korean qualifier was starting at 10a.m CET. The top of the local StarCraft scene entered the qualifier while aiming at becoming the new Symbol. In the first chapter of Iron Squid, the Zerg came all the way from the qualifiers to the grand finals in Paris.
StarTale’s Life was among the favorites two qualify as he is playing amazingly recently and he managed to get through the qualifiers in Iron Squid I. The Zerg did not fail to deliver and cruised his way fairly easily to the finals, securing his spot in the main tournament. His final was disturbed by a pretty unusual issue. Due to his young age his Battlenet account got locked and he had to borrow one to his teammate. His opponent remained imperturbable. Brown, a Protoss trained by SlayerS, was not among the most awaited players in the qualifier. But he made his way to the final brilliantly, defeating YongHwa in the semi-finals. S Brown is trained to snipe Zergs in team league, he managed to pull off the upset and grab the $ 500 by beating Life.
On Sunday the European qualifiers was very crowded, especially by a lot of French players wanting to enter tournament. After a rough start due to a technical issue with the bracket, the Zergs swarmed the tournament. With seven players in the round of 8, Zergs truly dominated the qualifier. In the game of ZvZ, Delphi took the best of it defeating the Swede MiniRaiser in the final series.
The last to qualifiers will live next week-end, the American one will be starting at 6p.m CET on Saturday and the open qualifie will start at 2p.m CET on Sunday.
Viktor Malmberg, "WesternWolves.MiniRaiser"
Lukas Hilgers, "alTernate.Delphi"
Lee Seung Hyun, "StarTale.Life"
Choi Min Soo, "SlayerS.Brown"