eSports Update: EG Master’s Cup Preview

Last week, we covered the Global Starcraft League season 3 semi-finals and gave you a sneak preview of the final series between Min-Chul "oGsMC" Jang and Seo-Yong "TSL_Rain" Park. However, if you're not on Korean Standard Time and don't want to stay up past your bedtime to catch the finals, don't fret. Instead, just watch top US players throw down in the Team Evil Geniuses Master's Cup, sponsored by MSI.

Just like the last EG Master's Cup, this tournament features a bracket of 16 players who will play a series of best-of-five matches for a $1,700 prize. However, the winner also gets a shot at Team EG member Greg "IdrA" Fields in a post-tournament showmatch. Beat IdrA, get an MSI GT660 laptop.

Providing commentary will be none other than Marcus "DJWheat" Graham and Sean "Day[9]" Plott. What's more, the tournament will be broadcast live on Saturday and Sunday by G4TV--you can watch it at www.g4tv.com/masterscup.

Judging from the bracket, this tournament could be anyone's game; there's plenty of high-level North American talent, including Bryce "EG.Machine" Bates (Zerg), Geoff "EG.iNcontroL" Robinson (Protoss), Kevin "qxc" Riley (Terran), and Taylor "PainUser" Parsons (Terran). Furthermore, while the best-of-five format favors consistent play, it's still a short enough series that the racial disadvantages on certain maps makes upsets wholly possible.

Both Machine and PainUser put on a remarkable show at MLG Dallas, but iNcontroL has managed to shut down Machine in every tournament encounter but their last.

My pick: Machine and PainUser meet in the semi-finals and PainUser barely squeaks by with his new-and-improved late-game Terran play. However, he loses to iNcontroL in the finals. iNcontroL goes on to play IdrA and lose, denying his teammate the MSI GT660 and asserting himself in the EG pecking order.

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