A few months back I made a post mentioning the fact that the World Cyber Games USA finals would be held at the New York Anime Festival from September 25-27. A few weeks ago, the finalists were all decided via online tournaments, and there’s quite a few recognizable names. I’ll be there to watch for sure (unless it interferes with, say, a Tomino interview or press conference), as not only am I interested in seeing who gets to fly to the WCG finals, but also because this is a rare opportunity to combine two interests into one exciting event.
Anyway, the finalists.
Jacob “LzGaMeR” Winstead
Made it to the Valor Tournament Round of 16.
Adrian “KawaiiRice” Kwong
First-time WCG USA finalist.
David “Louder” Fells
3rd Place Winner at WCG USA 2008.
Greg “IdrA” Fields
The ESWC Asia Masters of Cheonan 2009 Champion, Idra is the only active Non-Korean professional Starcraft player in Korea and is known for his strong Terran vs Zerg.
Daniel “Nyoken” Eidson
WCG USA 2007 2nd place finisher.
Sean “Day” Plott
2005 WCG USA champion and considered by many to be the best Zerg in the United States, as well as the younger brother of Nick “Tasteless” Plott, the English caster for Gom TV.
Bryce “Machine” Bates
Former WCG USA Finalist.
David “KingDino” Kent
Former WCG USA Finalist. A former hacker who has since managed to redeem himself.
Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski
WCG 2007 3rd Place Winner and frequent WCG USA finalist, Artosis runs SCforALL, a site dedicated to bridging the gap between American and Korean Starcraft fanbases. Known for his strong Terran vs Terran and Terran v Protoss.
I know that watching Starcraft is not every anime nerd’s cup of tea, but I hope at least some of you take the chance to watch some high-level gaming in one of the most intense games ever. And for those of you cosplaying, I will implore you to take a look, just so that when they film the audience pans will be that much more interesting.
Don’t forget to cover your faces.