Starting Sept. 27 in Seoul, South Korea, 16 of the best players from the Korean Circuit gather for their last attempt to make it to the WCS Global Finals at Blizzcon in Anaheim. Currently locked in from Korea for Blizzcon are, Cho “Maru” Seong Ju and Lee “Rogue” Byung Ryul. This means there are still six open spots. With 7500 WCS points to be divided out, there’s really only one spot left.
The top eight player in the Korean Circuit Standings that really could drop out is Koh “GuMiho” Byung Jae who is holding the eighth place spot at 3575 points. Ninth through twelfth host the likes of Cho “Trap” Sung Ho, Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin, Baek “Dear” Dong Jun and Eo “soO” Yoon Su holding 3300, 3275, 3000, and 3000 points respectively. The point prize for first place is 1500 points, while second is at 1050. If any two of the ninth through twelfth place players make it to the finals or even if they make it to the third and fourth place match for 675 points, while GuMiho loses out early, he could lose his ticket to Blizzcon. While it may seem iffy for the Terran, the only player that can be seen threatening his standing is the Protoss player Trap, because if Trap makes top four and GuMiho can’t, Trap takes it.
The biggest reason for everyone to fight over their spot in the standings is for seeding into the group stage of the WCS Global Finals. Most players aren’t going to want to be placed into Group B with Joona “Serral” Sotala and Gabriel “HeRoMaRinE” Segat already making it look like the tournament’s Group of Death.
The WCS Global Finals at Blizzcon is always the most exciting tournament in all of StarCraft II every year. One thing to look at this year however, is the Maru v Serral hype that everyone is feeling. In a perfect world, Maru and Serral would meet in the best of seven match in the finals. Maru is in Group A and Serral is in Group B, meaning that it could be very likely the two meet up before the finals happen. That being said, it looks like Jun “TY” Tae Yang would most likely be in Group B with Serral. This could be enough to put Serral on the other side of the bracket stage but still seems unlikely. It may be a little less hype of a match-up with the two meeting prematurely in the semi-final match.
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