Team Liquid Invitational 3
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Being already the 3rd installment of the Team Liquid Invitational It was time for something new. Unlike the previous two tournaments there now was a sign up fee and prices to be won.
The tournament took place from June 1st to June 7th 2003 and consisted of 20 players each paying $20 to make up for the prize pool.
Player ranked #5 received $20.
Four groups of five players of whom the top two advanced. The group stage was played in round robin style with everybody having to play all others in his group over a best of 3. If people were tied after this group stage a rematch had to be held between these players. After the first game the loser had to select the map for game two out of the three maps mentioned above.
There were 5 rounds with 1 player not playing each round
- 1st Round: 1v2, 3v5 - Sin Gaema Gowon
- 2nd Round: 1v3, 2v4 - Plains to Hill
- 3rd Round: 1v4, 2v5 - Sin Gaema Gowon
- 4th Round: 1v5, 3v4 - Plains to Hill
- 5th Round: 2v3, 4v5 - Sin Gaema Gowon
After this group stage, eight players were left and the tournament proceeded with a double-elimination tournament in which the brackets were played in best-of-three mode and the bracket finals in a best-of-five. The Grand Final was held with a best-of-seven where the winner of the winners bracket started with a 1-0 head start.
- Winners bracket round 1 first map: Sin Gaema Gowon
- Winners bracket round 2 / Losers bracket round 1 first map: Plains to Hill
- Winners bracket final / Losers bracket round 2 first map: Sin Gaema Gowon
- Losers bracket round 3 first map: Plains to Hill
- Losers bracket final first map: Sin Gaema Gowon
- Grand Final first map: Plains to Hill
|1||Ghost||3 - 1|
|2||Elky||2 - 2||By both beating Willet and Tomson in a play-off Elky advances.|
|3||Willet||2 - 2||After Willet beat both Ghost and Elky everyone expected him to advance for sure. He was 2-0, while Elky was 2-2 and Tomson 1-2. Then Willet lost against both Tomson and Silence forcing himself in a nasty situation where he had to beat Elky and Tomson to move up.|
|4||Tomson||2 - 2|
|5||Silence||1 - 3|
|1||Legionnaire||4 - 0|
|2||Mif||2 - 2||Mif beat Suker in regames with a score of 2-1.|
|3||Suker||2 - 2|
|4||Ovvi||1 - 3|
|5||Socke||1 - 3|
|1||Nazgul||4 - 0|
|2||Froz||3 - 1||Froz and Strafe went up together down to the last second. Both being 2-1 and playing a third and deciding game against each other. Eventually it was Froz that came out on top.|
|3||Strafe||2 - 2|
|4||Fox||0 - 3|
|5||HurtNTime||0 - 3|
|1||Rekrul||4 - 0||When Rekrul and Hellghost were both 3-0, Hellghost had to go and gave the win to Rekrul. So technically Rekrul and Hellghost are both 3-0.|
|2||Hellghost||3 - 1|
|3||Drone||2 - 2|
|4||Ret||1 - 3|
|5||Raszi||0 - 4|
There were a couple of surprises, among other things ElkY got knocked out early, first Rekrul beat him in the first round, then he defeated Froz in the losers bracket but after that he lost once again to Nazgul.
Apart from Rekrul beating ElkY 2-0 which, considering his previous 0-7 defeat in Liquibition could and should be considered as a surprise, the first round had no other weird incidents. Nazgul won, Hellghost (whom has previously gotten #2 in the Team Liquid Invite 1) won, and Legionnaire beat Froz.
In the second round of the winners bracket (the winners of these games were both guaranteed top 3 and thus at least $50), we had Nazgul vs Hellghost and Rekrul vs Legionnaire, where Hellghost beat Nazgul and Rekrul beat Legionnaire.
This knocked Nazgul and Legionnaire down into the losers bracket, where they faced Elky (who had defeated Froz in round 1 of losers bracket) and Ghost (who beat Mif) respectively. Nazgul beat Elky and Legionnaire beat Ghost, so Nazgul and Legionnaire had to play the losers bracket semifinals. This was won by Nazgul, guaranteeing him a third spot at worst.
In the winners bracket finals, Rekrul beat Hellghost 3-2 in a fun series of games so Rekrul secured #2 and $75 while Hellghost had to face Nazgul in the loser bracket finals to see who would get to play Rekrul for all the fame, glory, money and hot chicks.
In the first game Hellghost picked terran and Nazgul picked protoss, which Nazgul won in a pretty standard pvt.
In the second game, Hellghost picked Gaema Gowon once again, however this time he randomed and got zerg, and once again lost, in a pretty standard zvp.
Then in the third game, he once again picked Gaema Gowon, randomed and got zerg again, however this time the game was rather funny and went back and fourth, however this was mostly caused by one of the player making fuckups allowing the other to get back into the game. It did however make for an interesting game, however eventually once again, Nazgul won.
So yeah, the series ended 3-0 for Nazgul. Hellghost is stuck with $50, Nazgul gets either $75 or $200, depending on whether or not he can defeat Rekrul in the finals, where Rekrul has a 1 game advantage.
Rekrul had been surfing through the tourney so far, winning every series of games he played, while Nazgul had previously lost against Hellghost, which meant Rekrul started the series with a 1 game advantage.
Their first game was a pvp played on Plains to Hill, Nazgul got a large advantage early on by playing smarter, however Rekrul countered with one superhero dark templar which changed everything around. So, Rekrul won, making him take a 2-0 lead.
The second game would be played on Neo Forbidden Zone, Rekrul going random (and getting Terran) and Nazgul picking toss like always. This time Rekrul got a huge advantage early on, however Nazgul made a good comeback and eventually ended up winning!
Rekrul 2-1 Nazgul
After this they played another pvp, again on Neo Forbidden Zone where Nazgul won in a rather cool game.
Rekrul 2-2 Nazgul
The fourth game they played and the fifth game in the series was another pvp, this time on Gaema Gowon. Rekrul tried mixing both templars and reavers with his zealots, while Nazgul only made dragoons and observers. His strat proved to superior, and he won.
Rekrul 2-3 Nazgul
Nazgul had turned 0-2 into 3-2, and Rekrul must have been feeling the heat. In the next game, a pvp on Neo Forbidden Zone he wins, however this time Nazgul was the one trying out reavers and templars, but basic units win again.
Rekrul 3-3 Nazgul
The grand final of the finals was going to be played on Plains to Hill and this time Rekrul randomed again, however got protoss, so everything was set for a good game. In all the other games, they had been playing pretty low probe low exp high unit kind of games, in this game Nazgul took command by expanding early, and a lot. Eventually he switched to mass carrier. Rekrul went mass carrier too, however slightly less mass, so eventually, after 30 minutes, Victor was victorious.
Rekrul 3-4 Nazgul
This means Nazgul got the earlier mentioned money ($200) where Rekrul is stuck with $75.