On Thursday Mikołaj “Elazer” Ogonowski flew to Krefeld, located near Düsseldorf. He started his first match a day later, hitting group C.
Our player made a phenomenal start, winning the first two matches, defeating Austrian Moritz “HateMe” Pölzl, and a moment later triumphing over his former colleague from the Ukrainian team Bogdan “HellraiseRem” Kozar. Unfortunately, during his third match in the group Polish Zerg had to acknowledge the superiority of South Korean Tae Yang “You” Jun, who in the past won Intel Extreme Masters or World Electronic Sports Games. This defeat did not discourage Mikolaj from further playing. Like a Hawk, he rose and won the next four matches in a row, defeating German Yannis “EonBlu” Klingele, Korean Jae-seon “Bunny” Lee, German Tobias “ShoWTimE” Sieber and Swedish Christoffer “Namshar” Kolmodin. Thanks to his good shape, Elazer came second in the group with a balance sheet of 6-1, winning 12 maps and incurring only 3 defeats.
On Saturday afternoon Santa’s first playoff match is planned. In the quarter-final he hit a solid opponent – Min Soo “Solara” Kang, a representative of TSGaming, who in the past triumphed three times in the DreamHack tournaments. This time our Zerg after an exciting, lasting 5 maps duel, turned out to be a better player.
Mikolaj’s next rival was currently the strongest player in the world, Joona “Serral” Sotal. Finn wearing Ence eSports tricot turned out to be ruthless and sent our Hawk to the lower ladder.
After quite a hard semi-final match, Elazer didn’t have much time to cool down. A few minutes later he had to be ready to play with Sung Wook “Zestem” Joo. Unfortunately, here three times Korean showed himself from a better side. Thus eliminating our player from the competition.
Elazer finished 5-6th in the HomeStory Cupy XIX tournament, winning 350 dollars. After his meetings he said that he regained his confidence, which he certainly needs before the finals of WCS Summer, which will be held on 12-14 July in Kiev.
The World Championship Series Spring ended in 5-8th place, winning $4,000 and 600 WCS Circuit points to qualify for the Starcraft 2 World Championship.