Blame Blizzard’s Screw Up for Warcraft 3 Pro’s Unexpected Defeat

  • DreamHack Anaheim 2020 Warcraft 3 Open Cup took place this past weekend.
  • A bevy of games were plagued by performance problems.
  • Pro player ThorZaIN saw his chances of reaching the semi-finals thwarted by multiple disconnection issues.

Last weekend’s DreamHack Anaheim 2020 Open Cup drew in the best and brightest Warcraft III layers. Among them, Swedish player Marcus ‘ThorZaIN’ Eklöf.

On the cusp of potentially securing an arguable career highlight, the Warcraft 3 pro saw his hopes dashed by performance issues.

Disconnection Issues Rob Warcraft 3 Pro of Career-Defining Win

Having reached the playoffs, ThorZain faced the favorite to win the competition, Korean professional Moon, in a best of three series.

Two heated games saw each player land a win leaving the match up open. In the third game, ThorZaIN had victory in sight. A win would catapult him to the semi-finals. Yet, the game came to a sudden end when ThorZaIN disconnected from the game.

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The tournament organizers called a rematch. In an attempt to rectify the performance issues, Moon and ThorZaIN played the match with the graphics reverted to the classic version of Warcraft 3. ThorZaIN took a commanding lead but disconnected once more.

The two players jumped into a fifth and final game free of any disconnections. Moon came out on top and advanced to the semi-finals.

ThorZain was unceremoniously booted from the competition, losing out on a potential prize pool of $2000 to $7500, and the bragging rights afforded from besting one of the best Warcraft 3 players in the world. And this, despite being ahead in three out of a total five games.

A Widespread Problem

The disconnection issues hit other match ups throughout the competition. Pro player and DreamHack competitor, Matt “lnclnerator” Schlenker, took to Reddit to highlight a very similar experience.

Being here in Anaheim, I can tell you these drops have been happening the entire tournament. In my first BO3 vs. SoSorryMan, we played five…

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