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Tonight @20h: Neretic vs. Metic & Patjuh vs. Bahamuth!

Get ready for the last two games in the RO16! Tonight Neretic faces off against Metic, and Patjuh will clash with Bahamuth to see who will get the last two spots in the quarter finals!

As usual: tune in to Twitch.tv/NSSLeague at 20h, that’s when the matches will start. Your casters for tonight will be Frank & Albert, say hi in the chat :).

But who are these players you ask? Well let them tell you! Click the button to read Draco’s interviews with tonights combatants.

UPDATE: Awesome matches and awesome rapping tonight! If you want to know who won check out the results page, and if you missed it you can re-watch the whole thing on Twitch.tv/nssleague here and here. VODs will be up shortly!

UPDATE 2: VODs are now online. I’ve re-uploaded them from my local recording, so the lag issues we’ve had during the first games will not be in the VODs. MetiC vs. Neretic: game 1, game 2, game 3. DruidzPatjuh vs. Bahamuth: game 1, game 2, game 3. And as a very special treat: a VOD of Albert’s Awesome Rap on MetiC vs. Neretic – definitely check that out!

– Neretic

Losing only to Night in the group phases, Neretic showed solid play throughout. But will he be able to deal with Metic? Unfortunately Neretic didn’t have time to fill out the interview, so we’ll just have to watch the games to find out!

– Metic

Metic only lost one match in the group phases – against Fububu (who is now in the quarter finals). Will Metic be able to advance and get his revenge at Fububu?

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
Hello, I’m known as MetiC – your future nssl champion. On a side note, I study economics, like movies and football.

Click here to read more!

What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
I played brood war in the past, and got more interested in the scene when I saw a video of boxer doing his famous marines/scvs all in against yellow. Besides that I try to check tournaments whenever possible.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
MKP and MMA. I feel like they’re showing how sc2 should be played and what the game should be about. Excellent micro, crazy multitasking, aggressive play (not just to finish off the opponent, but to gain whatever small advantage possible) – backed up by insane mechanics.

How do you like the NSSL so far?
It’s been great so far. It can be a bit tedious to schedule the games, but the people behind NSSL have done a remarkable job.

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
I like my chances, unless I get some shi… eh.. unlucky draw.

Did you expect to make it this far?
Yes. Seeing as there were only a handful of players who have similar statistics, I’d say it was expected. Besides that, people always tell me I’m riding with Lady Luck.

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
Anyone but the protoss players ^^

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
Fububu, but that’s because I want to face him on the big stage. I got a score to settle with that little schmuck.

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
Of course, assuming I make it to the finals – I expect them to bring banners with them and chant for me whenever I win. Anything less would be a disappointment.

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
I’ll try to show you some good games. ~ A wise man once said: “There are no perfect men in the world, only perfect intentions.”- Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.~ I’ll leave you at it.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
See you in the finals!

– DruidzPatjuh

Not losing a single match through all of the group stages, Patjuh has shown dominating skills. He’s also shown that he can play unorthodox styles to throw off his opponents. Will he use them tonight in the match against Bahamuth?

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
Hey guys, I am Patrick ‘DruidzPatjuh’ van Ankum and I’m a 21 year old male studying Lawschool at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Gaming-wise I am a Protoss player from the Netherlands, playing StarCraft 2 for the professional multi-gaming organisation Druidz E-Sports Sweden, and I’m playing at the most active and competitive level possible within the European region.

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What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
I have played a lot of games over the years. I started with RTS games such as Age of Empires 2/Mythology, managed to follow it up with Age of Empires 3 and the Call of Duty series in a relatively high-competitive environment. I’ve always been lucky to be able to play the games in a ‘serious fun’ way with my close friends in real life, and decided to give the competitive scene one last try with picking up StarCraft 2 from the first Beta phase onwards, the one that started in February 2010. Although my experience with RTS games was good, SC2 was a completely different, and much faster game than I had ever played (for RTS-terms). I had to step it up the first year, and when I joined Druidz I managed to actually get at a level where I felt comfortable; I was finally able to play the game at a competitive level and that’s basically all that counts for me when I play multi-player games. I’ve attended quite a lot of events, including (but not limited to) ‘three times The Reality’ where I succeeded being #3-4 in October 2011 and #5-8 in October 2010, The Next Generation at which I took #1 convincingly last February, DreamHack Eizo Stockholm Qualifier and more. I ended up signing officially with Druidz in early April of this year (shortly before my DreamHack Eizo attendance), and my recent results as well as my current state feels promising to myself and the people around me.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
There are so many eSports-stars that conquered my sympathy, that I actually don’t have one favourite one. Korean-wise, I must confess that I just love seeing MC crush other great (foreign) players, and I honestly feel sad that he hasn’t shined in major tournaments as of late. In the European Region I really hope M.Feast is able to continue his career for another year or two as I really feel that he might end up being one of the most dominating players in the upcoming years we will see around (he’s still so young). To mention a Dutchie, I guess Grubby is having the toughest time breaking through and I guess that’s why I always enjoy watching his games even though he’s not that superb. In the American region I guess I have no particular pro I favor.

How do you like the NSSL so far?
I think I’m not exaggerating if I say that I have seen/participated quite in a lot of events/tournaments etc., and I can say this is without doubts one of the best organised and professionally structured events thus-far. I still haven’t experienced the LIVE event so it’s not based on the whole experience, but so far thumbs up for all the guys behind the scenes!

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
Honestly, I still want to be careful with any answer on this question. I still have no idea of the exact players-field in the NSSL, and am just happy that I placed for the Play-offs and I hope to show some more great and high level games to the audience. It’s no surprise of course that I am one of the few Masters that attend this tournament, but I would like to avoid creating any ‘expectations’ or cocky statements and still possibly being knocked out before the semi’s. I think my chances are 50/50, and maybe I could be more precise if I had known more about the rest of the players that entered the RO16.

You’ve been pretty dominant in the group phases, did you expect them to go so well?
Well, obviously it’s a fact that the majority of the players is below Diamond. Having 72(!!!) players attending means that, as in every tournament or event, there is a big majority that will basically not play the game in the way I do, and will thus not be as good as I am. I did expect to go through the first group-stage, and I actually did expect to take at least 3 series out of the 4 matches I had to play. My series against Soul was probably the one people will remember as I guess I’m being referred to as the guy who can pull sick cheeses. In a matter of fact I just felt rather ill, and noticed I would proceed to the second group-stage regardless the outcome of the series with Soul, and therefore I decided to not give away any of my PvP tactics and just pull plain and simple cheeses. PvP is my weakest match-up so I rather play the real games when my tournament is at stake. It’s a shame some people took it so badly. The second group-stage also included one tough opponent that was able to snipe a game against me, and even though I think I should have won that series either way, it was a good motivation for me to experience that it’s not just a tournament; I don’t consider myself to have a smooth run towards the final four, I really think it’s going to be a tough job and not something I’ll ‘just’ do.

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
There’s one guy called Steef Kurstjens (at least that’s what his mail told me) that I’d like to face in the RO16 or RO8 if he’s actually able to qualify for the play-offs. The reason why is of no importance for the public, but we both know why and I’d gladly crush the kid; no hard feelings though.

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
I just hope to not face Protoss, or even Double Protoss when I proceed to the RO8. I’m not really uncomfortable with the match-up, but I just think it’s a boring one and still has a significant luck-factor involved.

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
If I’m able to get to the semi’s I’ll have around 6-8 people cheering for me that include my friends and hopefully my girlfriend. I will combine it with a night clubbin’ at Nijmegen with my friends afterwards. If I’m not able to place myself within the final four I’ll just come with a couple of friends.

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
I think that I’m not the stereotype gaming-guy that people are used to cheer for; I’d like to take this one step at a time, and hopefully have a good run towards the Live Finals with entertaining and good games. I would hate to position myself in a favourite-roll, but I honestly think that my experience is far beyond anyone else that’s attending this event and I think that will (hopefully) help me proceed to the live finals by showing fun and entertaining good games.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
I really hope to show some good and entertaining games to the audience, and I hope that I’ll be able to enforce a place amongst the final four by kicking ass how it’s supposed to be! If I’m able to make it to the Live event, and my fanpage has 30+ followers I will actually shave my head prior to the live event, so check me out at FB and search for ‘DruidzPatjuh’. I’d like to thank my Team, my fellow team members, my head-sponsor ‘Ozone Gaming’, and my real life friends and girl friend for supporting me in the right way. Special thanks to the organisation of the NSSL for making this a great experience, keep up the good work!

– Bahamuth

Narrowly escaping both group phases (only 1 game difference in group phase B), Bahamuth definitely is the underdog going up against Patjuh. But he just might have some surprises up his sleeve!

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Rob Verheyen, 20 years old, studying Physics at the RU in Nijmegen

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What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
I got into Starcraft about half a year ago. I’ve been watching most large events and good players in general alot, even more than playing the game myself. Aside from SC, no history with eSports.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
Don’t have one. There are some koreans like Losira I like watching, because they play styles I try to play myself.

How do you like the NSSL so far?
It’s a lot of fun! Very well organized, and it’s fun to see your games back being cast.

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
Absolutely minimal. I suck compared to most others in RO16.

You had quite the upset in your last group game, by taking a best of 3 off Soul in a must-win situation, how did you feel before, during and after those 3 deciding games?
I lost the first game through some pretty good play by Soul (he tricked me with Warp Prism play all over the place). That didn’t help much. When I saw he wasn’t doing FFE on Metalopolis, I decided to do an all-in that would be very strong against standard 3 gate expand, but not optimal against anything else. Luckily, he did the 3 gate expand and I was able to take it. In the 3rd game, I played standard and got pretty lucky with a very good engagement. I’m happy I got through, but I realise it’s mostly luck.

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
Not particularly. Anyone that’s worse than me I guess.

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
Any of the master leaguers. Soul and Druidzpatjuh.

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
I’ll probably be there with 5 friends anyway. 4 of us are still in the event.

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
He shouldn’t 🙂

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
Cheers to Frank and the other people that make this tournament happen. It’s been a lot of fun!

 

5 comments

  1. Iznobest

    too bad we are in different sides of the bracket druidzpatjuh 🙁

    1. DruidzPatjuh

      I guess that makes you a lucky man, huh. Look at the bright side; potentially gives you a couple more rounds to play this tournament 😉 As mentioned – no hard feelings. It’s a shame what you did/said, it not only disqualifies yourself as a player/personality, but also as a person in real life…

      1. Iznobest

        goed verhaal

  2. Wassup B

    Can’t wait for today’s match Titan Metic vs Neretic!! Be there at 20.00 , it will be epic….

  3. Hylke

    Wat een prachtige rap, Albert!

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