Yesterday, the eleventh season of the Intel Extreme Masters concluded in Katowice, Poland. The StarCraft 2 Championship was one of the IEM’s highlights, especially its showdown between TY and Stats. The Polish crowd saw how Koreans dominated the tournament, although local hero Nerchio had quite a run as well.
Mikołaj ‘Elazer‘ Ogonowski took part in the tourney as well but didn’t do as well as ‘King Artur‘. He lost to HeRoMaRinE and PiLiPiLi in the offline qualifier, but he is still a force to be reckoned with in European StarCraft. After all, Elazer defeated Nerchio at BlizzCon in November 2016, and made it to the semifinals beating ShoWTime in the Round-of-Eight.
The 19-year-old Zerg player is a rising star of the StarCraft scene, and today we are going to talk about his first steps in RTS and gaming in general. Who were his idols when he started playing competitively? Are there players he still looks up to?
Despite his young age, Elazer is one of the most consistent and resilient players in the scene. This is even more impressive, as he is a student and cannot play StarCraft full time. What can he achieve, should he decide on becoming a pro after graduating from school? For Elazer, sky is the limit!
Currently, he looks for a new team after leaving True eSport in December. Due to his historic BlizzCon run, Mikołaj wants to be signed by a team that fits his needs and status as one of Europe’s finest teams.
But what is the state of the game itself at the moment? What needs to be addressed in order to make StarCraft great again? Who is the best Zerg player in the world? Is 2017 going to be even bigger for Elazer than 2016? What can we expect to see from our Polish pro? Tune in and find out!