REYNOR vs CLEM: Grand Finals | EPT EU 216 (Bo5 ZvT) - StarCraft 2

Key insights

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Clem's early game pressure with Hellions significantly hindered Rainer's economy.

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Rainer's attempt to stabilize with Zergling and drone production was overwhelmed by Clem's consistent aggression and economic advantage.

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Clem showcased versatile openings and aggressive tactics, successfully catching Rainer off-guard and securing an early lead.

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Rainer struggled to find a foothold in the game due to Clem's relentless attacks, leading to significant losses in workers and map control.

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The map choices played a crucial role, with Clem displaying dominance on Ocean Born by exploiting its choke points and controlling the pace of the game.

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Clem's build order adjustments and timing attacks were pivotal, showcasing his adaptability and strategic depth against Rainer's attempts to counter.

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Q&A

What unique build did Clem use in the final game to catch Reynor off guard?

β€”Clem utilized a gas-first opening, diverging from his standard greedier openings. This allowed him to launch an early and effective Hellion run-by that caught Reynor off guard, significantly delaying Ling speed and securing an early advantage.

How did Reynor attempt to recover from the early disadvantage?

β€”Reynor attempted to recover by focusing on massing Zerglings and limiting gas intake to just two gases, aiming for a more mineral-heavy style to compensate for the early losses and trying to rebuild his drone count efficiently.

What critical mistake did Reynor make against the Hellion run-by?

β€”Reynor's Queens were not in position, and his Zerglings were caught off guard, allowing Clem's Hellions to penetrate his defenses easily and inflict significant drone losses, further exacerbating his early disadvantage.

What was Clem's response to securing an early lead?

β€”Clem expanded his lead by continuously harassing with Banshees and Hellions, further delaying Reynor's recovery, and smoothly transitioned into a macro-focused style, steadily building his advantage through superior unit composition and economy.

How did the map choice affect Reynor's ability to counter Clem's strategy?

β€”The map, Solaris, provided limited opportunities for Reynor to effectively utilize a roach-based style due to its size and layout, favoring Clem's mobile harassment and forcing Reynor into an unfavorable position from the early game.

Timestamped Summary

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00:00 "All right, all right, all right. What the heck is going on everybody? We've got a highlight series here. It is the finals from the ESL weekly cup number 216, $400, those valuable World Championship points on the line."

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00:11 "CLM in the top left side of the map going for a barracks and a gas. He's already won Atlanta, so CLM already has his spot locked in."

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00:19 "But down in the bottom right side, Rer does not, representing Basilisk and going for the 15 Hatchery into 15 Pool to start the series on Hard Le."

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01:37 "Massive moves. Oh, thank you, Purple Neo, for the massive bits. Appreciate the love, my friend. I do apologize for my voice, guys, I am a little bit sick."

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02:58 "Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. Okay, Evo Chamber does go down. Okay, man, this was reminding me of that other series I casted the other day from the previous weekly cup."

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05:51 "Let me know your favorite American food, ladies and gentlemen. I know some people make fun of American food. For me, I think my favorite is going to a lot of restaurants and ordering an entree, though I guess you guys get entree confused."

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07:00 "It ended up being a total of seven workers that went down on Clem's side, but I think in the overall units lost, pretty even is good for Rainer."

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10:50 "Lings do clear the rest of these Widow Mines. Great engagement for Rer, but CLM holds the middle. Widow mine drop snaking its way around that left watchtower."

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13:57 "Like 13 Lurkers. That's a big army. If he can make Banes on the front, he might be able to take this Planetary out."

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17:59 "Raina too busy trying desperately to defend but CLM with 10,000 extra resources in the bank cleans them out and destroys on Ocean born."

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