StarCraft WCS Global Finals 2017 Ready for BlizzCon
October 9, 2017
StarCraft World Championship Series Global Finals 2017 is the grand finisher to Blizzard’s series of esports events. Every player will be competing for a prize pool of $700,000.
Will Korean players win the Global Finals?
Bet365 is leaning toward the eight Korean players for the upcoming Global Finals. The highest possible odds go to Lee ‘INnoVation’ Shin Hyung with 4.75.
INnoVation is a long time competitive player of StarCraft 2 since 2012. He currently has eight premier tournament titles under his belt. Three of which are from 2017 alone which is the Global StarCraft II League Season 3, GSL vs The World, and StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1: Premier. He also took home the WCS Season 1 title in 2013 with a 4-0 victory against sOs.
The next two favored players with odds of 6.00 on Bet365 are GuMiho and Stats. GuMiho started his pro-player career in 2010 by joining the GSL Open Season 3. While his esports career had a rocky start, GuMiho manages to take two major and one premier tournament title in 2017 alone. He won the Global StarCraft II League Season 2 with 4-2 against soO.
Meanwhile, Stats currently has the most points in the WCS standings which makes him rank higher than INnoVation. He is a part of the Splyce American Esports team where members compete in different competitive games. Stats took the StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2: Premier and Global StarCraft II League Season 1 titles in 2017 alone.
Stats and INnoVation’s past records can be an indication of how the bookmaker of Bet365 has set the odds for the two pro-players. In both of the two matches, INnoVation won dominating wins against Stats in GSL vs the World 2017 with 0-3 and IEM Season XI- Gyeonggi with 0-4.
How the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals format works
The Global Playoffs will be a group stage where four players will compete in groups of four. In each group, there will be two players from the WCS Korea and two from WCS Circuit. Each player’s seed is determined by their overall points. Playoffs are set in a dual tournament format and best out of three. The top two players of the four groups will move to the finals.
Global Finals is a single-elimination bracket. Both the Quarterfinals and Semifinals are best out of five. The Finals will be a best out of seven.
First place winner of the WCS Global Finals will take home $280,000 while the second place winner will get $140,000. Third and fourth place winners will get $42,000.