This is the last chance for action.
Players who have guaranteed spots in the Global Finals can use the Season 3 Finals in Toronto as a means of moving around within the Top 16 to adjust their matchups in the opening round of the Global Finals at BlizzCon. The Global Finals bracket will set itself (more or less) Sunday evening with the #1 ranked player in the WCS matched up against #16, #2 against #15, and so on until #8 and #9 are matched up. The #8 through #13 players figure to see the most movement as they’re within 275 WCS points of each other and one win in Toronto will award 500 points. The games within the games will be fascinating
And then there’s the really exciting part of the Season 3 Finals.
The fight to get into the Global Finals pushes forward another week and things are finally beginning to simplify. There’s still a disruptive scenario out there that we’ll get to shortly, but for the most part here’s what we’re looking at:
#14 duckdeok: If he wins his group, he’s in for sure. The 500 WCS points he could pick up with a Top 8 finish in Toronto will put him at 3800 and on his way to BlizzCon. Not making it out of his group in Toronto would leave him vulnerable to a semifinals made up of Oz, soO, and Dear plus one of Vortix, Trap, Hack, Genius, or ByuL with Vortix, Trap, Hack, Genius, or ByuL going on to win the Season 3 championship. Group D includes duckdeok, ByuL, and soO.
#15 NaNiwa: For him to make it to BlizzCon, NaNiwa’s 3200 WCS points will have to be enough. To begin with, he needs soO, Dear, and Oz to have middling performances at the Season 3 Finals. If any one of those three players finishes in the top four (make it to the knockout stages then win once) they’ll leap over NaNiwa on the list. He can still hang on for a 16th place finish as long as it’s just one of those players. If any two out of soO, Dear or Oz makes it to the semifinals, that’s it for the Swedish Protoss player.
mhm, WCS groups are interesting! Lets hope dear will get PVP’ed and marus 2 rax is on point
— Johan Lucchesi (@NaNiwaSC2) October 23, 2013
If one or none of the Threatening Three (soO, Dear, and Oz) makes it to the semifinals in Toronto, NaNiwa can still be caught (not surpassed) by Revival. The Korean Zerg player begins his America Challenger League campaign after the Season 3 Finals will have been decided. If Revival makes it out of the group stage, his 25 WCS point reward will tie him with NaNiwa in 16th place. As we recently learned, a tie like this will lead to a thrilling play-in match just before BlizzCon. That would be the tastiest of appetizers before the main course of championship-caliber Global Finals action.
#16 Revival: His path to Anaheim is even more treacherous than NaNiwa’s even though he still has the means to influence his own fate. If NaNiwa makes it through Season 3 Finals weekend with a chance at BlizzCon (i.e. at least two of the Threatening Three fall short of the semifinals), Revival will have a chance at BlizzCon too. Revival absolutely must win his Challenger League group to secure a tie in WCS points with NaNiwa. Then the Korean Zerg will have to knock out the Swedish Protoss in their play-in match on BlizzCon eve.
#21 Oz: He needs to secure a top four finish (semifinals) at the Season 3 Finals to make it to BlizzCon on 3350 WCS points. He’s part of Group C, along with Vortix and Dear.
#22 soO: He needs to secure a top four finish (semifinals) at the Season 3 Finals to make it to BlizzCon on 3300 WCS points.
#23 Dear: He needs to secure a top four finish (semifinals) at the Season 3 Finals to make it to BlizzCon on 3250 WCS points.
#26 Vortix: He needs to secure a top two finish (the finals) at the Season 3 Finals to make it to BlizzCon on 3650 WCS points.
#36 ByuL: He needs to win the Season 3 Finals to make it to BlizzCon on 4100 WCS points.
#38 Trap: He needs to win the Season 3 Finals to make it to BlizzCon on 3950 WCS points. Genius is included in his Group B.
#41 Genius: He needs to win the Season 3 Finals to make it to BlizzCon on 3800 WCS points.
#46 Hack: He needs to win the Season 3 Finals to make it to BlizzCon on 3700 WCS points.
The Season 3 Finals from Toronto begin streaming here at 10 a.m. PDT on October 25. The Group Stage compositions can be seen here and if you want to watch with fellow StarCraft II enthusiasts, look for a BarCraft event near you. And join the conversation during Season 3 Finals weekend using #WCS and @StarCraft.