The finals for the day have largely played out. Winners have been determined for Halo 2, Starcraft:
Brood War, Warcraft III: Frozen Throne, Counter Strike: Source. (The other official games are
FIFA Soccer 2005, Need for Speed Underground 2, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, and Dead
or Alive Ultimate). We interviewed the team manager for the winning Counter Strike: Source team and the
winner of the Starcraft finals.
The lights have dimmed on the on-stage silliness and the closing ceremonies are about to get underway. Queue WCG
theme music, ?Beyond the Game? the cheese of which
must be heard to be
believed (lyrics here). The crowd
actually got into it ? screaming ?beyond the game!? Cheesy lyrics are only bad when nobody enjoys them. That ain?t the
The winners (and their ages and locations) are:
Halo 2: Dan Ryan (19); Tom Ryan (19) both from Pickerington, OH for
Stracraft: Sean Plott (19) from Leawood, KS; Sherwin Mahbod (19) from San Francisco, CA, both with rS
Gaming (we interview Sean Plott below)
Warcraft III: Dannis Chan (22) from Sunset Beach, CA for Mouse Sports; Jeff Bliss (16) from Atherton,
CA for TGS; Matthew Anderson (19) from Lexington, SC for CKeck6
Counter Strike: Michael So (21) from Northridge, CA; Kyle Miller (21) from Washington DC, Ronald Kim
(21) from Dallas, TX; Salvatore Garozzo (18) from Eastchester, NY; Josh Sievers (21) from Polk City (pictured at
right), IA all for Team 3D
FIFA Soccer 2005: Matija Biljeskovic (21) from Rockford, IL for Dignitas
Need for Speed Underground 2: Kamran Siddiqui (20) from Orlando Florida
Warhammer 40,000: Matthew Proctor (20) from Dallas, TX for Pro Gaming
Dead or Alive Ultimate: James Clifford (21) from Jefferson Township, NJ
Pictured above: the World Cyber Games 2005 US championship Team USA. These are the collected winners listed
We got the chance to interview Sean Plott (19) from Leawood, Kansas (pictured at right). Sean?s
a sophomore majoring in mathematics at Harvey Mudd college in Claremont, CA. This was his first big tournament, so he
was excited to have won first place, $2,000, and a free ticket to Singapore. In fact, he was downright ebullient,
talking as fast as his fingers fly over the keyboard in a Starcraft match.
The five major elements of a winning Starcraft strategy
We did manage to get him to slow down long enough to drop some knowledge on us. According to Sean, a player must
master the following five elements of the game in order to win a major Starcraft tournament:
Strong build order. ?Let?s say you want to tank rush a player. there is in fact an optimal way to do that.? He
described the ?Two ?racks? strategy and the ?fast gas? strategy. (Insert joke about gamer diets and vespene gas
Overall strategy. ?What is your focus? What is your goal?? Players must decide whether they?re going to go for
the aggressive blitz or attempt to defend and starve their opponent of resources.
Micro. A player can prevail against a better-fortified or more massive army through superior control over each
Macro. ?That?s my strongest element in the game ? I?m constantly setting stuff up, building stuff, building
stuff back in my base. It?s every 15-20 seconds that you have to go back and build stuff again.?
Tactics. This about ?abusing the map? or using territory to your advantage.
Speed. You?ve got to see the finger speed on these guys to believe it. There?s a reason why the winners in
today?s games are between the ages of 18 and 22. They?ve simply got the reflexes and speed of youth on their
Sean?s inspirational message for those who would game competitively: ?I?m very proud of
the fact that I?m a huge nerd and that I go to these tournaments. Everybody knows it?s a huge part of who I am.?
We?re getting forcibly removed from this place ? the facilities crew are eager to get the hell out of gaming geekdom
and get their Saturday nights on, so with this parting shot of some well-used and abused Xboxes, we bid you