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Mondragon/Rivalry

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vs. FiSheYe[edit]

The rivalry for the title of "Top German Player" between Fredrik FiSheYe Keitel and Christoph Mondragon Semke began in 2004 and cooled off in 2006. FiSheYe was at an inherent disadvantage, as he decided to stop playing Brood War professionally in Winter 2003 in order to shift his career to WarCraft III. On the other hand, the young Zerg had strong records in both the BWCL and Nation Wars, where he represented Germany with a 90% winrate. However, he had yet to demonstrate his skill in a major tournament. In most interviews at the time, Keitel was seen as the strongest German player despite his then-recent departure for WarCraft III, while Semke was seen as up and coming star who needed to prove himself in an individual tournament setting.

2004[edit]

The two players had their first meeting in an official tournament at the third Giga Grandslam. Keitel had already returned from WarCraft III, but was still preoccupied with his studies as a senior in high school. Consequently, his preparation for the prestigious league wasn't as complete as it could have been. During the group stage and in his quarter-final match against Dashwriter he played unusually sloppy, especially in comparison to his performance during WCG 2003. In contrast, Semke was considered the clear favorite after he dominated both his group and Breakdown in the quarter-finals. Due to the difference in form and the outdated map pool, the first best of three between the players was relatively anti-climactic, with Mondragon defeating FiSheYe rather easily.

The next time the two contenders for the throne faced each other was during WCG Germany 2004. This time both were in good shape and went through the tournament unchallenged. They first met in the winners' bracket finals and a second time shortly thereafter in the overall final. Both players did not take these games seriously, as both had already qualified for the main event, WCG 2004; Semke and Keitel picked Random and used rather outdated strategies. FiSheYe ended up losing all four matches.

2005[edit]

After WCG 2004, both players would face each other time and time again in prestigious events. In the previous year, both Germans fell out in the round of sixteen; Mondragon lost to Advokate and FiSheYe lost to Midas. Since the SEC 2005 was coming up, they faced each other in a best of seven for an invite to the potentially lucrative main event at the CeBIT convention.

SEC Battle Reports[edit]

  • Game One

The first game was played on Dahlia of Jungle, with the Protoss starting at the twelve o'clock position and the Zerg spawning at the three o'clock main base. Keitel opened with a one gate fast expansion strategy, while his opponent first expanded to his gas expansion in the bottom right corner and a pool shortly thereafter. FiSheYe kept trying to hide Probes in his enemy's base and eventually built cannons behind his natural expansion. Mondragon countered with Mutalisks and both traded their natural expansions. In the fifteen minutes that followed, FiSheYe constantly harassed the Zerg's expansion with Zealot drops, run-bys, and Dark Templars. Mondragon denied the hidden expansions of his opponent as well as he possibly could, but ultimately failed to prevent FiSheYe from taking various bases all over the map. Eventually the Protoss tried to break out with a large Zealot/Archon force, but lost his main base in the process. This was the final blow, as the Protoss could only deal minor blows to forestall the inevitable outcome. Ten minutes later, the Zerg gained the upper hand with a force of Ultralisks and Zerglings.

  • Game Two

The second set was played on Gorky Park. Both players picked Random; FiSheYe spawned as Terran on the bottom-left and Mondragon as Protoss on bottom-right. FiSheYe immediately took his expansion before going for Mech units and Dropships, while Mondragon opened with Corsairs and therefore expanded later than his opponent. Early on, Semke was able to drop his opponent's expansion with a few units, thus forcing him to stop mining there. In the late-game FiSheYe made a key drop on his opponent's main base and thus prevented him from reenforcing his army. After twenty minutes, the map was largely under FiSheYe's control while Mondragon couldn't expand or stop the Terran from taking more and more bases.

  • Game Three

The third set was played on Korhal of Ceres. FiSheYe spawned as Protoss on the top and Mondragon as Zerg on the bottom. Both opened with rather defensive openings; after a slow start, Keitel built up a strong force and tried to attack his opponent with a timed push. Mondragon was able to defend and was already on three bases. FiSheYe's expansions were stalled by frequent Zergling run-bys and Mutalisk harassment. Despite FiSheYe's army growing ever stronger, he could barely hold on his expansions. In the late-game, Mondragon opted for Guardians and shut down FiSheYe's expansions for almost ten minutes. Eventually FiSheYe tried to force Mondragon back by attacking with a large Archon/Zealot force, but Mondragon blocked the Protoss aggression and consequently won the game.

  • Game Four

The fourth set was played on Gorky Park once again. Mondragon spawned as Terran on the bottom-left, FiSheYe as Zerg on top-left. The game was quite one-sided, as FiSheYe simply massed Mutalisks and kept Mondragon on two bases before simply steamrolling him to tie up the series.

  • Game Five

Set 5 was played on Martian Cross, with FiSheYe spawning as Protoss on the top-right and Mondragon on the bottom-left. FiSheYe went for a rather standard fast expansion while Mondragon opened with a 9 pool speed build. Mondragon's initial Zergling run-by failed because the Protoss already had a Cannon in his base. The Zerg continued to play rather aggressively, trying to attack with Lurkers. Initially the harass was successful, but FiSheYe managed to expand rather easily and eventually massed an army that was too large for the Zerg to handle. With game five in the bag, FiSheYe was ahead for the first time in this series and just one game away from the gold.

  • Game Six

Dahlia of Jungle was revisited for the sixth set. This time, FiSheYe picked Random and spawned as Terran at the 12 o'clock base, with Mondragon as Zerg at the 9 o'clock position. Keitel opened with a rather confusing build order, going for two Starports while massing bio units. His strategy failed; Mondragon countered with mass drops and Lurker harass, thereby taking the game rather easily after twenty minutes.

  • Game Seven

Martian Cross was used again for the seventh set, with FiSheYe spawning on the bottom-left and Mondragon on the top-left. This time the Protoss tried to Cannon rush Mondragon but failed. Meanwhile the Zerg placed his third Hatchery behind his opponent's natural expansion. Eventually, the Sunken Rush paid off and FiSheYe's mining was completely denied. With this victory, Mondragon came out on top in this tight series with a final score of 4-3.

Giga Grandslam IV Battle Reports[edit]

Only four weeks after the SEC Qualifiers, Keitel and Semke met again in the GIGA Grandslam IV finals.

  • Game One

For his map pick, FiSheYe chose Parallel Lines. Apparently, he hoped to abuse the Protoss air advantage over Zerg on island maps. Mondragon, however, tried to negate the air map's features by going Random. In response Keitel chose Random before the game started as well. Mondragon spawned at the 9 o'clock position as Terran, whereas FiSheYe got his main race and spawned at the bottom main. Both went for fast expansion build orders and played rather defensive to avoid any risks. They exchanged various drops over the next ten minutes, but Mondragon was able to deal more damage and eventually gained an economical advantage. Eventually FiSheYe couldn't keep up with Mondragon's impeccable multitasking.

  • Game Two

The second set of the best of three started on Lost Temple, which was Mondragon's pick. Mondragon spawned with his main race at the 6 o'clock main, and FiSheYe with his own at the 3 o'clock base. The Protoss tried to harass his opponent early on with a tech build and was able to deny Mondragon's Zergling harass while attacking the Zerg's main with four Zealots and a Dragoon. However, after FiSheYe took his expansion he was cotained by Semke with Lurkers and was unable to secure a third base. Mondragon played intelligently and abused this contain to macro up and go for an Ultralisk/Zergling army. After twenty minutes, FiSheYe was defeated to close the series out at 2-0.

2006[edit]

After the last Giga Grandslam, FiSheYe would go on to regain his former skill, but it was apparent that Mondragon was now the dominant player of Germany and Europe as a whole. Soon thereafter, the Zerg had to go inactive in order to finish his high school education. Consequently, he passed his invite for WCG Germany 2005 in which the Protoss finished second again, losing only against the eventual winner Breakdown. However, by now the rivalry was over, with the ECG Qualifiers and the Giga Granslam IV being the last 'serious' clashes between the two legends. FiSheYe met Mondragon onw last time during WCG Germany 2006, but by then had lost most of his motivation. He lost 0-2 to Mondragon yet again and announced his retirement from competitive Brood War.

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