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Tonight @20h: Recoome vs. VanCaspel & Night vs. Soul!

Tonight at 20h the fifth and sixth matches from the RO16 will be broadcasted LIVE at www.twitch.tv/nssleague! Rannasha and Draco will be your hosts, casting Recoome vs. VanCaspel (who’s nervous already) at 20h, and Night vs. Soul at 21h.

Make sure to tune in – it’s always really ‘gezellig’ in the chat 🙂

If you want to know a bit more about the players, click the button to read the interviews Draco sent them!

UPDATE: The games have been played – they were awesome 🙂 Check the results-page if you want to see who won. Thanks for tuning in, and in case you missed it you can watch the entire broadcast again on Twitch. I’ve also made VODs available on the Youtube channel. VanCaspel vs. Recoome (game 1, game 2, game 3) and Soul vs. Night (game 1, game 2, game 3). Have fun watching and we’ll see you again on Friday for the last two matches from the round of 16!

Last note: all of the replays from the RO16-matches are now also online on the results page. Use them wisely!

– VanCaspel

That’s me 🙂 I’ve somehow managed to get to the RO16, but will I be able to beat Recoome?

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a low-platinum level Protoss player who likes to organize tournaments 🙂 If you want to know more you can check out the interview that was posted on the website earlier this month.

Click here to read more!

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
Grubby 🙂 He’s a boss-toss and Dutch e-sporter par excellence! I like how he’s really committed to e-sports and does more than ‘just’ play awesome games. Did I tell you he gave me a free coaching session at DreamHack? He saw me play and told me I could play Diamond easily – if only I wouldn’t play so damn slow 😛

How do you like the NSSL so far?
Really good. I get a tremendous rush every time I have to play a tournament match. It’s very much like at the start of a cycling race, same kind of nerves. Makes me want to practise more, but unfortunately I’ve hardly any time for that…

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
Not good at all 🙂 I think I’ve been lucky with the group draws but my luck will run out soon enough. There’s plenty of really talented players left and also: it would be quite a hassle to both play and organize the finals. So someone knock me out already!

Did you expect to make it this far into your own tournament?
Hmm, I hoped I would make it to the RO16, but by no means expected it. Again: I think luck of the draw had something to do with it. Had I faced more players like Thoms (who I played in my first group) I would have gotten knocked out long ago.

Was it hard not to use any admin powers to help yourself out?
That wasn’t hard at all 🙂 I’ve broadcasted the draws for the groups so that everyone could see that I did not influence those in any way. And besides that I really don’t see how I could have improved my chances of winning – StarCraft is quite a fair game!

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
Hmm – perhaps Night, to show him that he won’t beat me again 🙂 But no, I don’t have any particular quarrels with anyone. In fact, I’d rather avoid most of them because I know what they’re capable of!

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
I think Soul and iznobest are the most dangerous players on my side of the bracket, and if I don’t fall to Recoome it’s quite likely that I’ll have to play at least one of them. Not looking forward to that, but I’ll give it my best!

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
There’s some people from Groningen coming to watch (and help out!) and of course I’m spamming Facebook / Twitter / whatever to get as many people to the finals as possible! I don’t just want to bring my fans, I want to bring ALL THE FANS!

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
Because I support a radically functional ontology with regard to StarCraft units! Boo-YEAH! And also: if I win the tournament everyone gets a beer 🙂

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
To my opponents: go on, that’s right! Keep underestimating me! To all the e-sports fans: keep watching and help me get a big crowd at the finals! And finally to the casters and yourself: thank you very much for helping to make the NSSL fun to watch!

– Recoome

Recoome narrowly escaped from group phase B, but showed a dominating performance in phase A. How will the Terran face up against VanCaspel?

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
Well my name is Max and I am studying biology at the Radboud University. I just turned 20.

Click to read more!

What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
I’ve never played any games competetively, so this will be my first time in a tournament like this.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
That has to be DeMuslim for me, i’ve learned a lot watching him stream and he’s just such a nice guy who explains everything he does in a very clear and simple way.

How do you like the NSSL so far?
I think the NSSL has surpassed my expectations when it comes to the planning of it. Everything has been very structured and clear for me, which made it possible to focus fully on the games.

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
I don’t think i will come much further, since i’ve only been playing sc2 for about 4 months.

You’ve been pretty dominant in the group phases, did you expect them to go so well?
Not at all, i’m very surprised that i made it this far, somehow I keep on winning, something is really did not expect.

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
It would have been fun if i’d had to compete versus Hoodoo, since he’s a very god friend of mine and he explained the basics of sc2 to me when i started.

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
I have no preferences when it comes to that.

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
If I could make it in the finals I think I would bring a lot of friends along, who are interested in the world of gaming as well.

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
I’m the new guy who just started this game, and I feel like that is worth something.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
I’d like to say to Max Berger that terran drops aren’t overpowered and that he is just whining for nothing.

– Night

Night dominated his first group, and narrowly (1 game difference) escaped group phase B. But now he must face Soul – can he win?

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Jeroen de Jong, I am a mathematics and Informatics stundent at the Radboud University. Besides spending time at my study and hiphop dancing I like to game. Obviously one of the games I enjoy a lot is starcraft 2!

Click here to read more!

What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
I came in contact with Starcraft 2 via youtube casters. I found PsyStarcraft and watched his video’s containing great humor and knowledge. Via Psy I found Day[9] and his videos were inspirational and were the main reason I bought the game. Now I like to play on the ladder and watch pro matches on the streams. MLG, GSL, IEM, Dreamhack. Watching and playing, I love both.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
As I am a Protoss player myself, the eSports celebritys I like the most play protoss as well. Perhaps the most famous name at the moment: Naniwa. I followed him as he got a seed to the GSL code S games and advanced way further than many thought possible. Someone with not the greatest run in the Code S this season: Huk. The interviews from Hotbid with him are always very entertaining to watch and so are the games he plays. But the ones we can’t forget as we are playing this tournament in the Netherlands are Grubby and Ret! 2 fantastic players from our nation. All of these I root for in the tournaments.

How do you like the NSSL so far?
It has been a great experience. Sweet victories, a lot of stress, but mostly a great social experience as well. You connect with people when you have to give your all in a match to advance in the groups.
Talking between and after games create the bond and motivation to win that is lacking in the anonymous ladder game opponents.
After two games and the score is 1-1. And you get a compliment from you opponent and you tell him you nearly fainted, while he picks the next map.(Exaggerating a bit here :p) This is fantastic and unlike anything you can encounter on the ladder. So in short. The NSSL has been great so far.

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
If I have to be honest here: I don’t think I can make it to the finals. I am just a gold leaguer in a pool with diamonds and masters. But this mentality is not the one I like to have. I just play my very best in every game this tounament and try to have the most fun possible at the same time. Up until now it has worked wonders, as I’m still in the tournament. 😀

You’ve been pretty dominant in the group phases, did you expect them to go so well?
I think what adds to my personal achievement is that I did not expect to progress this far. The goal I set for myself was to advance through one group phase. We now have had two group phases already. The most suprising results were me defeating a Diamond leaguer in my first group match and Frank, the winner of my second group and organiser of the tournament. This gave my confidence boost to try my hardest and I have only lost 1 series. I am very proud. ^^ I must say I have had my share of luck as well. My best matchup is by far PvP and I have only faced one person who didn’t play protoss. (Guess which series I lost. xD)

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
As I said in my last answer, my best matchup is PvP. As I haven’t really looked in depth at my remaining opponents the only thing I can say is that I’d like to face protoss.

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
I think I would have a harder time against Zerg and Terran. There are no specific players I would not like to face. Perhaps only Neretic, who I defeated in the first group by only a small margin. A revenge match in which I get dominated doesn’t seem like a very good prospect. :p

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
I will be at the finals as a player or as a fan, no doubt! I will also try to bring some friends.
Starcraft fans are generally great people to hang out with, so I think the event will be very much fun.

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
Haha, I like to show sportmanship in my games. And I try to have fun while being competitive, which I think gaming is about. If you share my views or like to see some protoss action, the please root for me.
I try to do my best and support really boosts my motivation. Jeroen Fighting! :p

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
Traditionally sponsors are thanked at the end of the interview. Sadly I’m not yet good enough to be sponsored. 🙁 But there are some people worth thanking: Frank, who has been a great opponent and created this fantastic tournament. The whole crew of the NSSL, working hard to make the tournament smooth and succesfull, Great job! My friends, who supported me and I could brag to, when I advanced times again through the group phases. Have fun watching the matches!

– Soul

Losing only to Patjuh in the first group phase B, Soul was surprisingly defeated by Bahamuth in group phase B. Can he get back to his dominating self in the match versus Night?

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a third year bachelor student bio-medical sciences. At the moment I’m doing my internship at the 7th floor of the NCMLS, where I am investigating ion transport. Before I started this internship I wasn’t playing Starcraft as much anymore for a few months or so until a friend, the player you know as Iznobest, told me about the NSSL.

Click here to read more!

What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
Sadly, I haven’t played broodwar or anything similar before Starcraft 2 came out. Actually I was a World of Warcraft (WoW) player for about 6 years. However, I was becoming more and more discontent with WoW, mostly because Blizzard kept decreasing the skill needed to play the game in order to attract more players. Improving myself and defeating opponents with superior skill is something I look for in games and therefore WoW became less interesting.

Half a year after the release of Starcraft 2 I gave it a try. Since then, I’ve been laddering my way from platinum to top 25 masters. Additional to laddering I enjoy watching streams, both from individual pros and tournaments like Dreamhack and MLG. All in all you could say that I’ve grown real fond of Starcraft and I feel that skill and balance wise, this is the competitive game for me.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I like watching MaNa, Grubby and WhiteRa streams because they show me builds and strategies that I could use in my own play. The one I like most from Europe is Stephano, since he is such a dominant zerg. When he enters a European tournament, you already know that he’ll be first, only losing a maximum of 2 maps. Worldwide, I would go for Liquid’Hero. He is always very nervous to play in tournaments, and loses because of it. But when he’s in the zone, no one can stop him.

How do you like the NSSL so far?
I really like it that such a well-organized tournament was created by student(s), which was in turn inspired by something as awesome as Dreamhack. Hopefully more tournaments in the Netherlands will follow! The only negative thing could be the amount of participants and publicity, but that will be fixed in the national version.

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
I think my chances for making the finals aren’t that bad. Mostly because I know there aren’t many high masters in the NSSL. However, as you could see from my matches, I’m kind of rusty. Which can result in losing a game that I shouldn’t have. This is because I don’t really have the time to practice. So far, I mostly played a few ladder games and then went into the NSSL match.

You’ve been pretty dominant in the group phases, did you expect them to go so well?
As I said before, there is a big difference in leagues between me and my opponents so that was in my advantage. However, I expected a lot of cheesy play to happen from lower leagued players, which I feared, but so far this wasn’t the case. Interestingly, the cheese and all-ins came from master players, which suprised me.

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
I would like to have a rematch versus DruidzPatjuh, because when I met him in Group Phase A he caught me offguard with some ‘unusual tactics’. If he beats me straight up in a best-of-5 series, I won’t feel as bad for losing to him in Group Phase A.

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
Iznobest, he’s a good friend of mine and on top of that he has his internship in the same lab as me. So if I kicked him out of the tournament before the finals, I wouldn’t feel safe anymore. I would say it’s the same way for him if he kicked me out, but that’s not feasible ofcourse!

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
That depends on how far i’ll get in the tournament. Atleast my girlfriend, I hope!

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
I aim to give the audience quality games that they can enjoy. But most of all, because I’m in desperate need of a new mouse!

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
I just hope everyone is enjoying the tournament as much as I do and besides that good luck to everyone still in the tournament ofcourse!