Finnish SC2 scene
History of the Finnish SC2 Pro-Scene
Background: Pre-beta times
In the Finnish eSports scene Brood War had been suffering in the shadow of Counter-Strike for many years, but Warcraft III, and later DotA were featured in tournaments at Assembly, the largest LAN event in Finland. Another popular game in Finland is World of Warcraft - there even is a dedicated magazine for it, being published three times a year since 2008.
TV game shows have had somewhat of a unique role in Finland, with tilt.tv, a video gaming program on television that began in 1997 and is still airing, making it the longest running gaming TV show in the world.[Citation needed] It has also been exported to other countries.
The Beta in Finland
A few weeks later, on April 20, a new Finnish StarCraft II site Starcraft2.fi started operating. It features a separate ladder of its own for Finnish players, forums, tournaments as well as a replay database.
On May 8, Team Menace.fi hosted a 32-player single-elimination tournament with item prizes. It was won by Konna and the finals were streamed with Finnish commentary.
Wings of Liberty
StarCraft II quickly became one of the primary tournaments for many Finnish LAN events, such as Assembly and LANTREK. These events were held regularly and Assembly set in as the biggest annual event for the Finnish scene, as well as a major event for the international scene.
Heart of the Swarm
With Heart of the Swarm, Finnish experienced a formation of Premier level Team, Ence eSports, which was introduced into Finnish Scene in order to make it more professional. The team was extraordinary, because it was sponsored by big titles such as Steelseries. People behind Ence were also in management of already disbanded eXelon Gaming. The SC2 division for Ence was dominating the scene for around 10 months with their three players - elfi, Serral and Jagelius - until February 20th, 2014, when team disbanded.
Through out year 2015 there has been numerous events held in Finland.
Events held in Finland in 2015:
During the year 2015 there has not been formed any new notable teams inside Finnish Scene, but Karnage eSports has strong Finnish roster with Calt, PuPu and Haspe who have been doing well in Finnish events. Finnish eSports Association has been stepping up in the scene. Finnish eSports Association together with local big eSports supporter "Jimms.pc" sponsored teamless Welmu and elfi to DreamHack Open Stockholm 2015, where they were playing under tag "Team Finland".
Legacy of the Void
In the early days of Legacy of the Void traditional SC2 tournaments went into decline: LANTREK series ended in Heart of the Swarm with LANTREK'15, last Asus ROG sponsored Major-tier tournament happened in 2015, Assembly tournaments in 2017 were held in BYOC format with total 1280€ prize pool through 4 tournaments. Instead Finnish SC2 scene got ESPORTSM FI 2017, with Nordic Championship 2017: Summer as the largest tournament of the year.
In 2018 rise of Serral as the best SC2 player in WCS Curcuit (and later world champion) brought back attention to the Finnish SC2 scene.
Notable events in Finnish SC2 in 2019:
- Asus ROG Assembly series returned in its full glory, with Assembly Summer 2019 as a Premier-tier tournament.
- Newly formed KOVA Esports opened its StarCraft 2 division.
- Retired SC2 progamer Fuzer organized the offline Fuzer Shelter Game Room Open series, creating a competition for local Assembly BYOC events.
|Haspe||Jari Haapasaari||Micro Maniacs|
|Hymy||Taavi Teemaa||Micro Maniacs|
|Luolis||Valtteri Argillander||Micro Maniacs|
|Mixu||Mikael Helenius||KOVA Esports|
|PuPu||Benjamin Puha||Micro Maniacs|
|Serral||Joona Sotala||Ence eSports||2018 WCS Global Finals|
|ZhuGeLiang||Wenlei Dai||KOVA Esports|
|Calt||Eetu Laustela||Dead Pixels|
|elfi||Samuli Sihvonen||OVK Autumn Tournament 2018|
|Naama||Santeri Lahtinen||Fnatic||DreamHack Winter 2010|
|Protosser||Jonne Sotala||Team Menace.fi|
|Soyhi||Niina Kahela||Imaginary Gaming||IeSF 2014 World Championship|
|Tulimeri||Petteri Oinonen||The Dead Generation|
|Welmu||Vesa Hovinen||IEF 2013|
-  VODs of the Team Menace tournament finals.