By now every gamer knows about the March 16 StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm invasion. Yes, I am talking about the Invitational Tournament where gamers will not only be treated to seeing our local top StarCraft 2 players compete, but we will also see Heart of the Swarm gameplay in action. The highlight of the day will be a clash of nation’s event where local StarCraft 2 hero, Robert "PandaTank" Botha will take on Silvui "NightEnd" Lazar from Romania.
If you are a StarCraft 2 player and you would like a chance to compete in the zerg battle of the year, then head on over to PolarfluKe to sign up for the Wild Card Qualifier. Anyone can enter the qualifier, but only the top 3 competitors will be allowed to participate in the Invitational Tournament. The Qualifier takes place this coming Saturday, the 2nd of March, so there is no time to waste! I caught up with Matt “fluke” Merks from PolarfluKe for a talk about the Qualifier, the Invitational Tournament and the future of StarCraft 2.
PolarfluKe is offering gamers the chance to participate in the StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Invitational Tournament, held at The Campus in Johannesburg on the 16th of March 2013 by hosting a Wild Card Qualifier tournament. There are 3 spots available and qualification allows participants the chance to go up against the likes of Robert "PandaTank" Botha and Silvui "NightEnd" Lazar, as well as offering the chance at the massive prize pool of R35 000.
What role is PolarfluKe playing in the StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm Invitational Tournament?
PolarfluKe is responsible for the running of the tournament. The structure will start off with 4 groups of 3 players whereby the top 2 of each group progress to a single elimination bracket to play out for the prize pool. There will be featured matches on stage in the auditorium of The Forum (which holds roughly 500 people). We will also be partly responsible for the officially sanctioned MSSA test match between South Africa and Romania involving Robert "PandaTank" Botha and Silvui "NightEnd" Lazar.
How long has PolarfluKe been involved with the local StarCraft 2 community?
PolarfluKe is going to be 3 years old in May; we have been involved in the local StarCraft 2 scene since the beginning of the beta way back in 2010. PolarfluKe now also offers tournaments for the Dota 2 community and will continue to host bigger and better events throughout the year.
How do you think the Heart of the Swarm expansion will change StarCraft 2?
As with Brood War in StarCraft 1, the whole dynamic of the game is shifting. There is going to be a very exciting period after the game's release that will see players really experimenting with the new units and maps that will show some true creativity and understanding of the new Meta game. Other changes in the game will be; resuming from replays and the ability to watch replays with others is going to open up the landscape a lot in terms of progressing quickly as a player and learning to deal with certain situations.
What do you see in the future of StarCraft 2 as a competitive title in South Africa?
South Africa already has one true professional player in the country. I see more opportunities being offered and hopefully as eSports continues to grow, we will see similar structures to that of rugby and cricket to allow for more gamers to follow eSports as a career path.
Any predictions on who will end up in the top spots for the Invitational Tournament?
With two professional players at the tournament, we are surely going to see them in the top spots. The amount of time they put into the game is unmatched by the rest of our community. That having been said, there is going to be a big fight for the money, with many of our local top players participating. Who knows, maybe there is a big upset waiting to happen.
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I have a lot of respect for Matt; his relentless commitment to growing eSports in South Africa has come with a great personal cost. Where everyone else has a big company standing behind them to help them in their endeavours, Matt has had to rely on his own resources to make his mark on the competitive landscape. PolarfluKe has given local gamers top StarCraft 2 competitions for years and I am excited about what Matt will be able to accomplish in the years to come. There is no doubt in my mind that it will benefit our growing eSports community in countless ways. We thank you sir.
If you are a StarCraft 2 player, then head on over to PolarfluKe and sign up for the Wild Card Qualifier. This will be an experience South Africa will remember for years to come, don’t miss it!
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