The top Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, and Swedish StarCraft II players gathered in Stockholm, Sweden on July 28 for the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) Nordic Nationals. Each of the 28 competitors battled their countrymen for a share of the $30,000 USD prize pool and one of six slots in the WCS Europe Finals in September.
After elimination of the two favorites Jens “Snute” Aasgaard and Kristoffer “TargA” Marthinsen, everything was decided among the relatively unknown up-and-coming players. The 16-year-old protoss player Nicolai Christian “Noticimus” Jacobsen made it through the Consolation Bracket to the Grand Final, where he faced terran player Mikal Saxvig “Seriously” West. Noticimus was more successful this time around, decisively taking the Norway championship and a spot in the Europe Finals.
Protoss player Jon “BabyKnight” Andersen will represent Denmark in the Europe Finals after dominating his countrymen and taking out zerg player Anders “Blackcidy” Pedersen in the final match.
With such an evenly-matched top four consisting of Jonne “Protosser” Sotala, Vesa “Welmu” Hovinen, Samuli “elfi” Sihvonen, and Santeri “Naama” Lahtinen, the competition was bound to be fierce. Naama and elfi met in the Grand Final after both oozing confidence in their pre-match interviews. The bold prediction that elfi would win 4-0 appeared possible when he took the first match, but Naama came back in style to close the exciting series, taking the Finnish trophy and a spot in the Europe Finals.
Following a series of great matches, the first surprise came when Kim “SaSe” Hammar was eliminated after first losing to Championship Bracket finalist John “Seiplo” Seipel, and then shortly after to the dark horse of the tournament, Rickard “SortOf” Bergman.
Up in the Championship Bracket, Marcus “ThorZaIN” Eklöf defeated Johan “NaNiwa” Lucchesi in a giant clash of the Swedish titans. ThorZaIN then went on to defeat Seiplo in the bracket final. With two of the Europe Finals slots already locked down for ThorZaIN and Seiplo, SortOf and NaNiwa met again in the Consolation Bracket, ready to fight for the third and final Swedish slot. The second big surprise of the day then took place, as underdog SortOf eliminated the favorite. But he wasn’t done yet, also overcoming Seiplo and advancing to the thrilling Grand Final.
Having torn through the Consolation Bracket, SortOf’s winning streak continued as he took the first best-of-three series from ThorZaIN. His terran opponent put up a very strong performance though, and took the series back, winning in the last match of the tournament.
Congratulations to ThorZaIN, the “King in the North” and Swedish StarCraft II champion, as well as runners-up SortOf and Seiplo. Huge congratulations also go out to the Norway, Denmark, and Finland national champions Noticimus, BabyKnight, and Naama. We’ll see all of them again in the Europe Finals, set to take place on September 15-16 at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden!
Videos of the Matches
Shoutcasters: Shaun "Apollo" Clark and Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen
Norwegian Grand Final
Grand Final: Seriously vs Noticimus
Danish Grand Final
Grand Final: BabyKnight vs Blackcidy
Finnish Grand Final
Grand Final: Naama vs elfi
Replays of the Matches:
TeamLiquid page: Finland Nationals
TeamLiquid page: Norway Nationals
TeamLiquid page: Denmark Nationals
Player Spotlight: EG.ThorZaIN and MorroW
Event Article on Battle.net