Surprise Twist in Xel’Naga Finest Week 6
The Xel’Naga Finest ended with an unexpected twist as Clement ‘Clem’ Desplanches - who was considered to be a heavy favourite to win the tournament, fell to Piotr ‘souL’ Walukiewicz en route to the grand finals. Fans also enjoyed a thrilling finish in the closing games.
It was an intense road to the finish as souL earned a berth to the finals against Mikolaj ‘Elazer’ Ogonowski. Both battled their hard way going into the final, and it meant that there was a huge battle brewing between them and the championship title.
SouL opened up a quick Hellion build in the first map of the final, which is on Zen. Elazer does not let up and attacks souL with his Roach Warren and inflicts damage on his workers. SouL tried to answer back with a push to Elazer’s base, but the latter defended well with a Queen block on the ramp.
SouL opted to use Banshees to make some surgical strikes, but Elazer’s economy was at a stable point, and he countered with his Mutalisks to crush the Terran base. He claimed the win on that map to lead 1-0.
Elazer had the momentum as he quickly created a Spawning pool on the second map of the series. However, souL’s quick scouting and ready units allowed him to see the perfect time on the Hatchery. He defended well against some Roaches and built a strong Bunker on defence.
After enduring some attacks, souL pressed on with a counter-attack using Banshees and Battlecruisers to take advantage of Elazer’s weak economy. The Terran easily mowed down the Zerg base, and that allowed souL to spice things up as the series is now tied at 1-1.
With the third map set on Everdream, both players resorted to their standard openings. Elazer was on the wall in this one as he could not find an answer to the Eight Barracks from souL. Elazer’s base was easily done in a matter of seconds as souL takes a 2-1 lead.
The final was set on the Eternal Empire. Despite being known for long battles, souL sticks to his Eight Barracks and does the same thing he did in the third map. With tanks, souL quickly made a blitz move to finish off Elazer for a 3-1 win.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores