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Earlier this week we posted the first part our Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup grand finals analysis, won by Kevin "ROOT.qxc" Riley. Today, with the help of Kevin and Nerdstomper, we're going to take a look at game two of those grand finals, played on Lost Temple.

 

If you want to hear more about Kevin, check out the interview we did with him following these games. And be sure to check back over the next few days to see the final SC2 videos in the series. 

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EVO Announces 2011 Tournament Schedule

E-sports leader Evolution Championship Series (EVO) announced today it has secured a new partnership with other tournament organizers to create a yearlong tournament season for 2011.

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Last year (that's weird to say!) we partnered up with professional gaming team Evil Geniuses to stream their StarCraft 2 Master's Cup. All of the matches were entertaining to say the least, but in the end there could only be one winner, and that was Kevin "ROOT.qxc" Riley. We got the chance to talk to Kevin earlier last week. This week, he and Nerdstomper have been kind enough to supply us with some in-depth analysis of his finals games versus NOVA.stalife. 

  

This video features game one of four on Xel'Naga Caverns. Make sure to check back soon for the other three games, and let us know what you think of this type of e-Sports coverage. Any interest in GSL coverage? 

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Interview with Pro StarCraft 2 Player Kevin

Recently G4TV.com partnered up to stream the Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup finals, and we got the chance to talk to the winner of the tournament. Here, Pro StarCraft 2 player Kevin "ROOT.qxc" Riley talks about his matches as well as a slew of other things. Kevin played exceptionally well, and by the end he had only lost one game out of twelve in the single elimination tournament. Check after the break for the full interview.

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Looking Back at 2010: The Year in PC Games

PC Games seem to be the red-headed step child of the video game world. Some people (like me) love PC games, while others just think they're not of the same caliber as console games. But as it turns out, 2010 had some of the best PC exclusive releases ever, and two tiny Blizzard games set some incredible sales records.

I'm here to break down this year's highs and lows in PC gaming, but before I do I want to make one thing clear: This list is only going to include PC exclusive titles. I know that games like Mass Effect 2, Fallout: New Vegas, and Call of Duty: Black Ops are fantastic and maybe even more fun on the PC (allegedly), but they won't be making an appearance this time around. Now, with that little tidbit out of the way, get ready, crank up your APM, and let's start looking at some games.

 

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Interview with Pro StarCraft 2 Player Taylor

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Taylor "PainUser" Parsons is a well known StarCraft 2 pro Terran player who took third place at the MLG StarCraft 2 National Championships earlier this year. As one of the final 16 players in the Evil Geniuses Master's Cup tournament this weekend, we wanted to take the time to chat with Taylor and find out what he's been up to since MLG. Check out the full interview after the break.

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 Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup Tournament Recap

This weekend G4TV.com and pro gaming team Evil Geniuses teamed up to stream their final StarCraft 2 Master's Cup series of the year. It all started last month with a 380 player bracket, and this past weekend's events finally crowned a winner out of the 16 remaining players in the best-of-five single elimination tournament. If you weren't able to catch the stream itself, the videos, all cast by Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham and Sean "Day9" Plott, will be available soon over at EG's team website. 
 

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Starting at 2:30 P.M. EST both today and Sunday, G4TV.com will be streaming the Team Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 Master's Cup Series Finals. This is EG and MSI's fourth Master's Cup of the year, and by the end of 2010 MSI will have given away over $15,000 in cash and prizes to top gamers all around North America.


The event, featuring casting from both Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham and Sean "Day9" Plott, will pit some of the best StarCraft 2 players against one another for a chance at a $1,000 prize and a chance to face off against Greg "EG.IdrA" Fields for a MSI GT660 Notebook. Let us know who you think is going to win, and stay tuned for more Team EG Master's Cup coverage following up the event. 

Day 2 Update: Check out the bracket for today's events HERE


Evil Geniuses Masters Cup Series IV Live Stream Broadcasting All Weekend
 

Just a reminder: G4TV.com is partnering up with Team Evil Geniuses all weekend long to bring you the live stream of their Master's Cup Series IV tournament. Starting at 2:30 P.M. EST on both today and tomorrow,

The tournament will feature some of the best StarCraft 2 pro gamers around including EG.Machine, ROOT.qxc, LG.PainUser, and Liquid`Tyler. These final sixteen players have been duking it since last month for a chance at the $1,000 grand prize and the chance to face off against Greg "EG.Idra" Fields for a MSI GT660 Notebook. Make sure to tune into the stream later today and let us know who you think is going to win this weekend. 


Interview with Pro StarCraft 2 Player Greg
 

Tomorrow and Sunday starting at 2:30 P.M. EST we're going to be partnering up with pro gaming team Evil Geniuses to stream their StarCraft 2 Master's Cup Series IV right here on G4TV.com. You can check out the stream here this weekend.

Meanwhile, we got some time to talk with Greg "EG.IdrA" Fields, one of the most famous StarCraft 2 players in world. The winner of EG's Master's Cup will face off against Greg in a show match for an MSI GT660 Notebook. Greg is a fan favorite Zerg player and is the only American player to have received a prestigious Code-S position in the Global StarCraft League in Korea. He's most well known for his macro-oriented style and consistency between builds. 

Check out the full interview after the break!

 

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 See The StarCraft 2 Evil Geniuses Masters Cup Series IV Stream This Weekend on G4TV.com

This weekend G4TV.com is teaming up with Team Evil Geniuses as the official streaming partner for the upcoming StarCraft 2 EG Master's Cup Series Finals Weekend! The event, featuring the final 16 competitors from the original 380 player bracket will duke it out in a best-of-five format. Hosted by famed StarCraft 2 casters Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham and Sean "Day9" Plott. Up for grabs is a $1,000 grand prize for first place and the chance to play in a showmatch against Greg "EG.IdrA" Fields to win a MSI GT660 Notebook. The stream will be available at http://g4tv.com/masterscup on Saturday and Sunday. This is EG and MSI's fourth Masters Cup of the year, and by the end of 2010 MSI will have given away over $15,000 in cash and prizes to top gamers all around North America

G4TV.com will also be featuring exclusive interviews from StarCraft 2 pros Greg "EG.IdrA" Fields and Taylor "LG.Painuser" Parsons as part of our coverage. For more information on the tournament including previews, brackets, and a participant list head on over to EG's Master's Cup Series website

The stream starts at 2:30 P.M. EST on both Saturday and Sunday and will continue for nearly 10 hours on both days.

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The Tekken 6 Grand Finals at NorCal Regionals was a fierce match up between Rip (Law) and Mr. Naps (Bryan). Rip needed to take two three out of five sets to win the tournament since he was climbing his way back up from the losers bracket. But, in the end, he was no match for Mr. Naps who even pulled off a perfect match in the second game. Check out the intense Grand Finals video for the entire set from iPLAYWINNER

NorCal Regionals NorCal vs. SoCal Super Street Fighter 4 Tournament

The NorCal vs. SoCal 5v5 event started a few weeks ago at the SoCal Regionals tournament. Since Street Fighter tournaments originated in Northern California, a lot of people went in expecting NorCal to represent. What they didn’t expect was Justin Wong to come out of nowhere and OCV (one character victory) the entire NorCal team.

At NorCal Regionals this weekend, Justin Wong wasn’t present so the NorCal team was after a win and the coveted NorCal vs. SoCal trophy. The event was a single elimination pokemon style tournament and while it went by pretty quick, it was epic. Team NorCal consisted of Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez (Dhalsim), LilSicx (Ken), Vance “Vangief” Wu (Zangief), Andrew “Lamerboi” Nguyen (Guile), and Ricky Ortiz (Rufus). While team SoCal consisted of Andy “AndyOCR” Huynh (Bison), Alex Valle (Ryu), Tatsu (Vega), Mike Ross (Honda), and Marn (Dudley).

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NorCal Regionals Super Street Fighter 4 3v3 Tournament

There were only four teams participating in the Super Street Fighter 4 3on3 tournament at NorCal Regionals this year. But nevertheless, the games were all very intense since each team featured some of the best competitors in the country. The tournament was a double elimination played in what’s called “pokemon style”. How it works is, each team picks one person to go up and play at a time. If you lose one game (2 rounds) then you’re out and your next teammate goes up until a victor emerges. 

The first match up was team “Best In US” featuring Alex Valle (Ryu), Mike Ross (Honda), and Evil Geniuses’ Martin “Marn” Phan (Dudley) versus team “Beauty and the Beasts” featuring EG Ricky Ortiz (Rufus), Ari “Floe” Weintraub (Fei Long), and Mad Catz's Daigo Umehara (Ryu).

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The hype got started early Sunday morning at NorCal Regionals with the Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix tournament. In the winners bracket finals, Team Mad Catz’s Daigo Umehara (Guile) was facing off against Alex Valle (Ryu), and, using tons of hop kicks to get over Ryu’s slides, Daigo was able to take the winners bracket top spot and send Valle to the losers bracket finals. The losers bracket finals match up was Alex Valle (Ryu) against DGV (Ryu). HDR games run best three of five round format, and these guys needed to win two games in order to take the bracket. Alex Valle lost the first two rounds in both games, but then came back spectacularly and took three rounds straight both times.

In the grand finals, it was once again Daigo (Guile) versus Valle (Sagat). Valle took the first round and the second was incredibly close. A well timed tiger-knee uppercut into a throw allowed him to take the second. After that, Daigo went on to quickly win three straight rounds and take the first game. 

In the second game of the grand finals, Daigo chose Guile again, but Valle switched it up and went with Ryu. The first round was very close, but again, with a well timed throw and only five seconds left on the clock, Valle took the round. In the fourth round, Valle was up 2-1 but missed a clutch Shoryuken and allowed Daigo to slide kick into him to tie the set at 2-2. In round five of the same set, with two seconds left on the clock, Daigo managed to get in a punch at the last second to win the first game. The next games’ rounds were a bit less intense, and with some well timed jump kicks Daigo was able to come out as the victor, winning $360 and a MadCatz Tournament edition fight stick. 

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