Over the last few days, TakeTV’s fifth HomeStory Cup was held. A StarCraft 2 tournament notable for being held entirely within one guy’s apartment with some of the biggest names in the scene competing and casting each other’ games and painting Polish flags on everyone’s faces. The tournament is always very popular because of its innate nature and propensity to deliver some awesome gifs.
The tournament kicked off to an unpredictable start as StarCraft 2’s dark horse badboy IdrA went undefeated in his pool, renown Team Liquid member Sheth was dropped, and relative unknowns Snute and sLivko managed to get into the second day of pool play.
The second day saw a few further upsets. IdrA’s great first day went the opposite way as he succumbed 0-2 in his group. sLivko came second in his group, beating out established names like SaSe and DIMAGA. Mvp, often considered to be the best StarCraft 2 player out there before health problems affected his career ended up coming in last place in his group, losing even a Terran vs. Terran match up.
The playoff series started out unsurprisingly with YongHwa taking out Sleep, Golden only narrowly beating out sLivko, Nerchio defeating HasuObs handily, MC (the hipthruster above) convincingly destroying Ret. The Semifinals brought back the upsets and unpredictability as YongHwa, a middling player with no real success outside the Team League matches as a sniper, took out Golden, an accomplished player, and Nerchio, who was always known as a pretty good Zerg player, completely destroyed MC, often considered to be one of the best players in the world and the previous Homestory cup champion, in three very one-sided matches that dismantled MC’s famous build orders. That said, MC did have a great second game with some hidden Carriers, which are always awesome, quite literally.
In the match to decide 3rd place, MC played circles around Golden, dismantling him in every match including one where MC caught Golden without any real army. This 3rd place finish puts MC back in the lead for most prize money earned by a player.
The final match was a tug of war between two completely unexpected players. The first game went to the Protoss player YongHwa when he shut down the Zerg Nerchio’s strange play relatively easily with some excellent Protoss air play. The second game was largely in Nerchio’s favour as he took advantage of YongHwa’s sloppy play and dismantled him at every turn. The third match saw YongHwa send in very fast Dark Templar right into the heart of Nerchio’s base but a brilliant defense by Nerchio left him with minimal damage. Further successful harassing by Nerchio, resulting in killing a whopping 87 workers out of 94, and some further bad exchanges for YongHwa gave the Zerg player the win.
In the fourth game, Nerchio started with some scrappy play against two failed cannon rushes, successfully defending himself with almost no damage taken. YongHwa’s sloppy Void Ray control and push cost him another game, putting Nerchio ahead 4-1. The fifth game saw another big failure of a Dark Templar push that left no worker kills and a Hatchery with 38HP left after Nerchio somehow forced them out of melee range despite not being able to see them and, in the end, Nerchio forces a win with little effort, taking the game 5-1 and the tournament 17-2, in a very impressive run.
Congrats to Nerchio for blowing everyone’s expectations away.