With the WCS Global Finals quickly approaching, it is important to note who the favorites and underdogs are. Whether it feed the storyline of the possibilities or breeds distaste for some of the most winningest players. Without further ado, here is the power rankings for all sixteen players coming to the WCS Global Finals. Remember that the rankings are fueled by the group each player is in, the players recent performance, and their likeliness to make it to the finals of the event.
WCS Global Finals Power Rankings
Number 16: Ke “Has” Yu Feng
He is 6th in WCS points for the World Circuit, putting him above two others. Has is known for his “cheesie” play on Protoss with some really good mechanics, but if his cheese fails he often times loses out to any good Macro player. With this in mind it, makes more sense for him to be the weakest player at the tournament. If all the players he faces don’t prep for him however, the whole tournament could topple.
Number 15: Julian “Lambo” Brosig
Holding the 8th spot on the World Circuit standings, he has consistently fallen to players considered worse than him. In his defense, it seems that Korean Circuit players struggle against Foreign Zerg players and he could stir up his group. That being said he could be particularly in form for this event and come back from the depths. Just don’t expect him to be.
Number 14: Artur “Nerchio” Bloch
Sitting between Has and Lambo in the World Circuit standings, I place him above both because of his time as a pro. He holds a little more experience than the two which could lead to some exciting games in his group. As a Zerg player he holds the same hope Lambo does, but it isn’t very likely that he can advance.
Number 13: Park “Dark” Ryung Woo
It may seem so far that I am picking on the World Circuit, and I know it is a hot take to put Dark below some of the remaining World Circuit players, but he has a knack for trying to “style” on the foreign players. There is often something to be said about cocky players, and with his shortcomings in Korea as of late, if he isn’t prepared to fail early he could easily be upset.
Number 12: Gabriel “HeRoMaRinE” Segat
The last obvious ranking for myself, he is a very strong Terran player with some promise against Korean Circuit players. However, he was seeded into the Group of Death of the event. In terms of his capabilities in this tournament, it is likely he will fall short in his group. Not someone that can attest to be a best of the best player, has his work cut out for him at Blizzcon.
Number 11: Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin
While he is a strong Protoss player and showed up at the GSL Super Tournament 2 knocking out plenty of stronger players on his way to fall in the finals. A good pro and a great player, but his talents have been muddier than he showed at the Super Tournament. He could miraculously make it all the way to the finals, but it would in fact be a miracle.
Number 10: Tobias “ShoWTimE” Sieber
While this Protoss player is second in points in the World Circuit standings, there is a better Protoss in his group. If he can’t find the upset with Dark and his disrespect or falls to cheese of Has, he may miss out on the further stages of the Global Finals. Consistently a good player at every stage in his career, he has the most hope in this event to prove himself.
Number 9: Joo “Zest” Sung Wook
A fan favorite Protoss with a lot of strengths and weaknesses in his play. If he is on in the Group of Death, he could take it all the way to Semifinals. If he is off his game however, he could just as easily get knocked out. He gets a slight edge over HeRoMaRinE and sOs, but either could upset him depending on the day.
Number 8: Juan Carlos “SpeCial” Tena Lopez
With his impressive play at both GSL and GSL vs The World, he very well could upset many of the Korean Circuit players and if he plays his group correctly, has potential to make it out first in the group. Terran seemingly being the strongest race, in the hands of a skilled player like SpeCial, will always be a fun game to watch anyway.
Number 7: Kim “Classic” Doh Woo
He proved himself at the Supper Tournament 2, and many have been calling him “Classic 2.0” this year. However, his shortcomings must be remembered, and he lost only one less game than sOs did that day. Classic should not be ignored but doesn’t quite strike me as top 5 material. He is and always probably will be a fan favorite though, and with that kind of hope he could go all the way.
Number 6: Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft
Probably jockeying with Classic for this spot, the North American Protoss has had some great showings in Korea. Neeb has proved this year that with the right prep, and better travel luck, he can be a real contender. Still falling short in proving that he can make it to the finals however. This American has the guts, but will he have the will to find the glory?
Number 5: Lee “Rogue” Byun Ryul
This deadly Zerg player will always be a force to be reckoned with. I expect him to top his group easily over Classic, SpeCial, and Nerchio. There will be some margin for error for him though, as Classic and SpeCial both have the potential to take him down. Definitely worthy of the top 5. He has proven himself before and if he can play like he used to he could prove it again.
Number 4: Jun “TY” Tae Yang
Yes, he took it to Maru in the finals of GSL Code S Season 3 but being in the same group as the God-King Maru, as well as Neeb who had TY in a difficult position, bodes ill for the Terran. If he has fixed up some of his faults he could make it out of the group, if he hasn’t prepared hard enough, he may miss out on the bracket stage.
Number 3: Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob
He has arguably the easiest group of any of the top Korean Circuit players. Has and ShoWTimE don’t compare to his ability as a Protoss player. Dark may live in Stats’ shadow for this group, making it look almost too convincing for him to be a top 3 player at this event. That being said, he has beaten Maru recently and could very well be the winner.
Number 2: Joona “Serral” Sotala
The Dark Prince of Zerg who took the World Circuit by storm and won GSL vs The World. He beat Maru in their show match Best of One, and bested Stats for his victory at GSL vs The World. He is what makes the Group of Death just that, he has seemingly very little competition in his group and should be the favorite to advance. When it comes down to it however, if he meets the God King of Terran in a Best of Match, he could get knocked out before the finals.
Number 1: Cho “Maru” Seong Ju
The God King of Terran himself, Mirroring all of Serral’s accomplishments over in the Korean Circuit, only failing to win GSL vs The World. While he has TY in his group, he is still favored to top it and should be favored to win the Global Finals all together. The clear favorite has a clear rival as well, Serral beat Maru in a show match Best of One and could be the biggest competition Maru has.
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