Legendary StarCraft Players Flash And Jaedong Battle In Brood War

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Last night during the Afreeca Starleague semifinals in South Korea, iconic StarCraft: Brood War players Flash and Jaedong matched up once again for what turned out to be an incredibly thrilling series. Yes, it’s 2017 and StarCraft: Brood War is still an active esport. What does that say about StarCraft II?

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Flash (Terran) and Jaedong (Zerg), two players who helped build esports in South Korea and transform StarCraft into a cultural phenomenon, might best be compared to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. For years in the 2000s they were hard-fought rivals, battling back and forth in various tournaments and making it clear to everyone else that when it came to StarCraft, they were in a class of their own. But it’s been years since they’ve matched up in a proper tournament—until now.

The winner of this matchup gets to face Sea (Terran) in the Grand Finals on Sunday. And the winner of that matchup will take home roughly $18,000.

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The best place to watch the Flash-Jaedong match is over on Afreeca. Game one starts at around 31:00. It’s well worth your time.

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DISCUSSION

Wraithfighter

Yes, it’s 2017 and StarCraft: Brood War is still an active esport. What does that say about StarCraft II?

...that nostalgia is always a factor?

Yeah, Starcraft is still a valid eSport, but Starcraft 2's features (...like not being limited to 12 units selected at one time) make it a lot more interesting to watch. Brood War is still a fun diversion, but its got its limits. There’s just more you can do with SC2.