Jaedong at the World E-sport Championships

Posted September 5th 2014

With just over two months to go, WCS 2014 is in its final stages. With major changes along the way for next year in terms of region locks, it's the last chance for victory for many players. With such little time remaining, those close to qualifying need to put out as much effort as they can. EG's Jaedong currently sits at tenth, after a year of solid placements, but only one tournament victory, at the Lone Star Classic. And although this weekend's World E-sport Championship isn't a WCS event, it will determine momentum as the Chase for Blizzcon. With seeding soon to be on the line, this is the final chance for Jaedong to work out the kinks in his game before the final push of the season.

The two seeded players from Korea are Jaedong and Liquid's HerO. Jaedong's path to qualification came through three top Korean players, starting with a first round victory over Leenock. In both that win and the following victory over Alicia, Jaedong rushed to an early victory. having to hold on after game 2. But in his final match against Bomber, Jaedong dropped two of the three games. The Tyrant was forced to mount a comeback, taking down Bomber in games four and five to take the series and the ticket to China.

Jaedong's first round match comes against the American puCK, and it's a match that he's definitely expected to win. Over the past four months, Jaedong is 32–18 (64.00%) in games and 18–6 (75.00%) in matches against Protoss players, while puCK is 35–35 (50.00%) in games and 13–13 (50.00%) in matches against Zerg in the same time period, giving Jaedong the matchup edge. Jaedong also has a number of wins against higher level Korean players, such as Alicia, Oz, Crank, and San. On the other side of the coin, puCK has defeated players like Suppy, Scarlett, and viOLet in the past four months, but they have also scored series wins against puCK as well. Most important however is the two matches that puCK and Jaedong have played against each other, once at BaseTradeTV's The Big One, and also at IEM Shenzhou. Jaedong took both series 2-1, giving him a strong advantage, thought showing that perhaps puCK is close enough to create an upset. It wouldn't be the first time in recent months for Jaedong to be upset, just a week ago at IEM Toronto, Jaedong dropped a series to HuK. Though Jaedong should be expected to win, the conditions are right for an upset to occur.

Results
ScorePlayer 1 Map Player 2Score
1 JaedongKing Sejong StationpuCK0
0 JaedongCatallenapuCK1
1JaedongOvergrowthpuCK0
Jaedong2:1puCK

Results
ScorePlayer 1 Map Player 2Score
1JaedongDeadwingHerO0
1JaedongOvergrowthHerO0
Jaedong2:0HerO

Results
ScorePlayer 1 Map Player 2Score
0JaedongFoxtrot LabsSnute1
0JaedongOvergrowthSnute1
Jaedong0:2Snute

Results
ScorePlayer 1 Map Player 2Score
1JaedongCatallenaSnute0
1JaedongOvergrowthSnute0
Jaedong2:0Snute

Results
ScorePlayer 1 Map Player 2Score
1JaedongMerry Go RoundSnute0
0JaedongOvergrowthSnute1
1JaedongCatallenaSnute0
Jaedong2:1Snute

Jaedong is your 2014 WEC StarCraft 2 Champion!

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