StarLadder i-League Season 2 - Group A Recap
The second edition of StarLadder i-League Season has kicked off just two days ago and Group A concluded with a winner yesterday. Hak-Jun "Kranich" Baek managed to emerge victorious after a couple of harsh Bo7 series, advancing to the final.
The Team Dignitas' player first faced SK Gaming's Powder. Even though he started off behind in score with a 2-0, after losing to Powder's C'Thun Warlock and Tempo Mage, he managed to pull a win with his Shaman against Powder's Control Warrior, getting his first win and drawing a score of 2-1. The next game was once again won by Powder who was now one breath away from advancing to the next round but unfortunately his Control Warrior lost all the remaining match-ups and the score overturned from a 3-1 in his favour to a 4-3 against him.
Up next, Kranich faced Natus Vincere's Xixo and managed to pull some easier wins, as Xixo only managed to snip just one win from the Korean with his Control Priest. The score ended with a 4-1 in favour of Kranich. The last series was against young talent Amnesiac and turned out to be the most difficult series for Kranich. This time it was Kranich that started leading with a 3-1 after the first couple of games but Amnesiac managed to overturn and draw the score on 3-3. The last game was Kranich's Paladin against Amnesiac's Freeze Mage. The game was really close but Kranich made it to the desired win.
The rest of the matches in the Group were pretty exciting as well. Surprisingly, powerhouse StrifeCro did not manage to advance as he first lost with a 4-1 to ShtanUdachi and then with a devastating 4-0 to Neirea. Powder also got eliminated after losing with a 4-0 to Rdu in the lower bracket. Up next in the lower bracket, Xixo managed to win against Neirea and ShtanUdachi eliminated Rdu, so the two will play in a couple of days against each other. The winner of the match-up will face the runner-up of upper bracket, Amnesiac for a spot to the main event or the Last Chance qualifier.