At the Close: EG-TL vs STX Soul

By tree.hugger
02:15 July 08 2013
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Graphics by shiroiusagi

So it ends for EG-TL in our first season of Proleague. One final match against STX Soul. We have come a long way in Proleague. We've learned a lot. We've grown tremendously, in particular as evidenced by our international tournament placements. While the future is up in the air, one thing is clear, we will cherish the memory of playing in Proleague like no other.

Tonight, we sit for the fourth time at 3-3 in the round. In heartbreaking losses by Snute and HerO to SK Telecom T1's Fantasy earlier in the week, we missed an opportunity to put up a winning round record for the first time. Now it's our last chance to really bring home a record we can be proud of. STX Soul is playoff bound and we are not. But that doesn't mean we can't give Bogus and his boys a little something to think about in the final match. We've got a ton of pride to play for. Especially after the match earlier this week, especially with so much in doubt about the next season, this is our time to really end this wonderful, frustrating, beautiful, inspiring, soul-crushing, hopeful season on the best note we can manage.

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Tuesday, Jul 08 8:30am UTC (GMT+00:00)

(Wiki)2012-2013 Proleague

TaeJa and HerO are in this final line-up. TaeJa battles Dear; STX's master of slight of hand and trickery. We got to know Dear well at MLG Anaheim, where the protoss demonstrated the lengths to which he will go to wrongfoot his opponent. TaeJa as always is the epitome of solid play, and against Dear he needs to avoid getting tripped up by shenanigans. Scout early and often, rule out nothing, and husband the game to a slow and steady victory.

HerO is playing in the sixth spot, facing yet another PvP. Maybe have teased about Proleague's plethoras of PvP, but it's been great for HerO. He has improved leaps and bounds in the match-up since getting involved in Proleague. This will be his final exam in the match-up. Mini is a very solid protoss. Furthermore, if it comes down to the sixth spot, that means things are almost at must-win stage for EG-TL. STX may choose to give someone else the experience in the ace spot... or they could send out Bogus. And that latter option will make winning for HerO, TaeJa, or whoever takes that spot very very difficult.

The other highlight of the match is the third match, as Jaedong locks horns with Bogus in a big test of his ZvT. And we've only got two PvP's; the first and the last match, so we've got a lot of good meat in between. Viewers will doubtless be pleased about that arrangement!

kr [image loading] EGJYP.RC < Naro Station > kr [image loading] STX_Classic
kr [image loading] Liquid`TaeJa < Akilon Wastes > kr [image loading] STX_Dear
kr [image loading] EGJaedong.RC < New Fighting Spirit > kr [image loading] STX_Bogus
kr [image loading] EGOz.RC < Korhal Floating Island > kr [image loading] STX_hyvaa
kr [image loading] EGRevivaL.RC < New Fighting Spirit > kr [image loading] STX_Trap
kr [image loading] Liquid`HerO < Bel'Shir Vestige > kr [image loading] STX_Mini

Ace < Whirlwind > Ace

So this is how we go. A final Bo7 vs STX Soul for pride and glory. It's been a wild ride in Proleague. As both a fan and a representative of Team Liquid, I've enjoyed this so much, it's hard to put into words. Proleague is Proleague. There's nothing like it. Being able to compete on that stage is a huge feat. Even if we did not do as well as we hoped, even if our record was not what many expected, it really doesn't matter. We did compete. We should be proud of the team and how it did. We cared passionately, the team cared passionately, and in the end we have wonderful memories. Tonight, we'll try to cap it off on a good note. Join us.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

EG-TL Fighting!
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