The second PSISTORM Cup took place on Saturday, June 4th at The Cave in Fairfax, VA. During the day, players competed in a Swiss format where the top 8 players were seeded into a single elimination playoff bracket.
Here’s a look at the final results:
In order to defend their team’s honor, the PSISTORM boys came out in full force with a mix of pro, academy, and casual players. Including PiLiPiLi and Draven who flew in from California, the lineup included Freeedom, EndOfLine, MygraiN, Sugar, Sef, Kriminal, Drakkhen, Archnog, SirMalagant, and 8 year old Isaac! EndOfLine and MygraiN made it into the single elimination playoffs stage while PiLiPiLi won the whole thing, which was awesome to see.
Two other notable players/personalities not at PSISTORM Cup were the champion of the previous event, RUFF, and our premier caster Temp0. Hopefully they’ll be at the next PSISTORM Cup.
Anny “Allaryce” Dao and Nick “Pokebunny” Taber drove in from New York in order to compete.
Broketail and Angrymuffinman drove in from North Carolina just for the PSISTORM Cup. They even got to cast a couple of games on the couch while they were here.
Unlike most other tournaments, players participated in a Swiss format tournament where they were matched against each other based on their records. This ensured that players were matched against similarly leveled opponents. After 6 rounds of games, the top 8 players were seeded into the playoffs stage.
“This is basically just a TA vs PSISTORM clan match”
With 4 Team Ascension (TA) players (Creature, Raze, Pokebunny, and Tesla) and 3 PSISTORM players (PiLiPiLi, EndOfLine, and MygraiN), the playoffs was basically just a TA vs PSISTORM clan match. Even xKawaiian, the only non-TA/PSISTORM player at the time who also made top 8, now plays for TA as well.
After the finals concluded, everyone headed out to get some all-you-can-eat KBBQ at Il-Mee. Unfortunately for
me and Taylor some of us, we ordered a bit too much food and struggled to finish most of it.
Future StarCraft 3 GSL Champion
Isaac, the 8 year old Terran player, made his very first appearance at a LAN event. Some of his strategies involved floating his main command center to the gold base on Ulrena and constantly chatting during the game in order to distract his opponents. We look forward to seeing this cunning Terran become a literal god in the years to come. Perhaps he’ll be the American hero we truly
Hi, who are you? Introduce yourself for all your future fans out there in the world.
Hi my name is Robbie aka Tesla from Team Ascension. I am a Protoss player loyally since 2010.
How did you first get into Starcraft and how have you kept up your passion until now?
I first got into Starcraft because my oldest brother Graham started playing the beta with his friends and it seemed like an interesting game. I have never seen anything like Starcraft, and as soon as I started playing, I just fell in love with the game. I kept my passion going by going to tournaments and trying to get better at this amazing game.
How did you hear about the PSISTORM Cup and what made you decide to come in the first place?
I heard about the PSISTORM Cup from my team and from Reddit, I decided to come because it didn’t seem to far from me and it was going to be a similar crowd to Cheesadelphia.
What did you like/dislike about the LAN?
I loved the LAN, the swiss format allowed all of the players to win some games, and good players would be rewarded and not be knocked out so fast. The format allowed at the very least, 12 games which is already above average for a competitive tournament.
I don’t want to be too critical about the tournament because it is so young and is already getting better in every way tournament by tournament, but it would be awesome to get some cooler production, as far as the stations and match ups go, I thought it was close to perfect.
Will we be seeing you again at the third PSISTORM Cup?
You will be seeing me at PSISTORM Cup again, and I plan on winning one someday.
Any last words for your friends and family?
Shoutout to KJ for running a sick LAN, shoutout to all the psi storm guys for being so welcoming, and thanks to Travis Yang for helping me get out there and entering me into this sick tournament! I can’t wait for the next one, and I will hopefully see most of you at Cheesadelphia as well!
First of all, we want to give a big shoutout to our sponsor and partner, The Cave, for providing the awesome venue for this LAN. We look forward to working together and providing better events in the future.
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