It is the time of the year again for me to embarrass myself. It is much harder to make a prediction this year than the last.
Here it goes,
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Round of 16
Bomber vs. Jaedong
Jaedong’s performance this year has been lackluster. Some may argue that there are more deserving players for that spot, and I can understand why. He barely made it in being the #16 player. On the other hand, Bomber goes into this tournament with the best form of his life by winning the Redbull Battleground and WCS America Season 3. However, TvZ is never Bomber’s strongest match up, but his unique style has definitely destroyed many Zergs before.
StarDust vs. MMA
StarDust can beat any player on any day. But given that MMA’s form recently is so good, I see MMA advancing.
MC vs. herO
If herO does not play another Protoss, I believe that he has a good chance of winning it. However, since his first opponent is the BossToss, things get complicated. MC’s PvP is definitely not weak, but I favor herO here because he has the KeSPA Protoss aura (practice partner advantage).
Polt vs. Classic
There are very very few Protoss who can beat Polt in a best of 5. Is Classic one of them? No. At least not now. Classic definitely has much to prove after his Sniper-esque GSL victory. But I doubt sheer will is enough to overcome Captain America.
San vs. jjakji
Probably the least celebrated match in round of 16, and understandably so. Neither player has a great story line or a fan favorite. Although it may seem disrespectful, but both of them may get eliminated in the first round if they are facing other players in the tournament. I will give it 40-40. As TaeJa said, San is one-top. So there you go.
Zest vs. Life
Zest is coming into this tournament as the favorite by winning GSL, KeSPA cup and GSL Global Championship. Oh, if that’s not impressive enough, throw in Proleague and IEM (second). But his opponent is a tricky one, the most unique Zerg in the world. I won’t be shocked if Life takes it, but I will put my money on Zest.
soO vs. TaeJa
Arguably the most anticipated match of this round. The player with the most second place finish versus the player with the most first place finish. soO is invincible because this is not the final. But it is extremely hard to bet against TaeJa at the same time. I will say soO, simply because… I don’t know… Because soO’s favorite color is yellow, and not blue. There you go, logic.
HyuN vs. INnoVation
On paper, it seems like INnoVation should be the winner, but his opponent is HyuN. HyuN, the commander of the Roaches. There is no secret that INnoVation’s weakness in TvZ is early all-in with Roach and Banelings. Moreover, INnoVation is not as comfortable against Roach-Hydra as he’s against Ling-Bane-Muta. Nevertheless, INnoVation should still come out on top as a better player overall.
Round of 8
Bomber vs. MMA
Bomber is the best TvT player now. Period. But MMA is a TvT monster himself. These two were the best Terran players back in the GomTvT days. Tough choice, but Bomber never disappoints, right? Right?!
herO vs. Polt
Like I’ve said, there are very few Protoss who can beat Polt, and herO is definitely one of the them. herO is arguably the best PvT player out there. If you don’t believe me, go check out his match history yourself. With that being said, Polt’s TvP record is equally impressive. This is going to be a treat. I will give herO a slight edge because of the predictability of Polt.
San vs. Zest
Although Zest just lost to Sora 3-0, his PvP is still one of the best in the world. In contrast, San is mediocre in PvP. I will be shocked if Zest loses.
soO vs. INnoVation
GSL Final rematch. Let’s play a drinking game: drink when the caster says Roach-Baneling all-in. It is 50-50 in my opinion. But this is not the final.
Bomber vs. herO
Bomber’s TvP is not bad, but it’s just not as good as herO’s PvT.
Zest vs. soO
Zest wins if this is the final, but it’s not. This is going to be another 50-50. It is not unthinkable that whoever beats Zest is the champion eventually. If this assertion is true, then it has to be put to test against soO’s kong logic. Well, never doubt the kong logic, so I will go for Zest. But wait! Doesn’t that mean soO doesn’t go to the final to be consistent with the kong logic? Hmmm…
herO vs. Zest
Zest wins herO in PvP. Sounds normal.
I just have a bit of fun with the prediction. so don’t be too serious in making an argument that who should have won instead.
Let me know your prediction in the comment. Have fun coming back to post in the comment to laugh at me this weekend.