A great week of SC2 just went by: server issues finally over, and amazing matches all week long! Check out last week's SC2 highlights below.

MEME OF THE WEEK

Remember the server issues? This is what really happened.

RAGE RANT OF THE WEEK

Am I the only one that uninstalls the game on a monthly basis? The rage just seems to bubble up after a few frustrating and embarrassing losses from some cheese I've never seen before. And then I rage quit and immediately uninstall the game (and battlenet too, for good measure). I fume for a few hours, maybe have some food, ask myself what the f*ck I am doing with my life, and then I come back to the computer. And then I just install the game again. I can't help it. And then I start playing again, and about a month later, I find myself in a place where I uninstall the game again. Is this behaviour normal?

Is this behavior normal?? You ... really need to ask? We 100% don't have a medical degree in psychiatry, but we can tell you that this behavior is 100% normal.
Just kidding. Even for the Dank Templars, masters of rage, a monthly uninstall of Starcraft II is a bit much. Definitely unhealthy.
We think that deep down, you already knew that. The real question is: what to do about it? Because you must do something about it. You must definitely learn how to control it. Rage is a dangerous thing, as Anakin discovered, to his demise (check out last week's rage rant of the week for the full story).
Luckily for you, we know how to deal with rage. We have the answer. We will ignore the well-documented psychiatric studies of game raging, and instead seek our knowledge from a Batman movie quote: to conquer fear, you must become fear. What does that even mean, you may ask? Good question. It means that losing all the time ain't fun. To boost your morale, you must administer some losses yourself.
And you know what? A few dirty cheeses here and there are fair game. Learn a few aggressive builds, practice the timings in the AI, and then unleash them on ladder whenever you feel you are reaching your uninstall-SC2-rage-mode.
But beware. It's all sunshine and roses when your aggressive build works, it will bring you back from the rage precipice. But if they don't work, and your aggressive builds that you worked so hard on get easily and embarrassingly shut down ... it might launch you so far beyond the precipice that you won't uninstall SC2 in your bout of rage, but might throw your computer out of the window. You have been warned. Please don't send us the bill for the new gaming pc.

As a reminder to our readers: you can send us your rage rants at thedanktemplars@gmail.com!


BUSY NERD EDITION: TOP MATCHES OF THE WEEK

Busy week and couldn't catch up on the best Starcraft II matches? No worries - we got you covered.

Reynor vs HeroMarine - FINALS of ESL Weekly EU #51 (ZvT)
YouTube Exclusive cast?! The catch up for some postponed cups saw Reynor and HeroMarine meeting in the grand finals of the tournament!Played : 7th January 20...
2 of the top 5 Europeans meet in the finals of the ESL weekly EU #51: who will win, HeroMarine (T) or Reynor (Z)?
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Fun Bo5 between soul (T) and Neeb (P), cast by Harstem and Lambo!
Clem vs Cure - OSC Championship Winner Bracket Semi-finals (TvT)
Wardi and Harstem bringing you the HOTTEST TvT of the week as Clem and Cure clash in the OSC Championship.Played : 7th January 2021Full tournament informatio...
Top European Terran, Clem, goes up against a top Korean Terran, Cure, in a Bo5: what's not to love?
StarCraft 2 - INNOVATION vs ARMANI - ITaX Trovo Weekly #17 | Ro4
StarCraft 2 cast featuring INNOVATION vs ARMANI brought to you by Alpha X!Event Page - https://liquipedia.net/starcraft2/ITaX_Trovo_Weekly/17Website: https:...
Armani (Z) has been playing great as of late - how will he fare against INnoVation (T), one of the greatest ever?
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Nina (P) goes up against Solar (Z) in a Bo5: not a matchup you see everyday, but a matchup you should watch today!
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Zoun (P) and Solar (Z) go head-to-head in the finals of the ESL Open Cup KR #42: who will take it?

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR THIS WEEK

Major/premier tournaments:

  • The OSC Championship 8, with a $5k+ prize pool, ends today! Be sure to tune in, the event has produced some amazing SC2 matches so far.
  • DH SC2 Masters 2020: Last Chance 2021: Starting Tuesday, 6 days of intense SC2 begin. So get ready. Fake an illness to get off work (jk... maybe). With players like Serral, Reynor, ByuN, Clem, Stats, Rogue, TY... You really don't want to miss this. It's also the last chance for these players to grab some EPT points before IEM Katowice.

Smaller events:

The Dank Templars events:

  • The Dank Templars - the People's Challenge #1, a Bo7 showmatch between 2 pros of your choice, is being confirmed! We are still in contact with the players / casters that you voted for. We're hoping to get the event confirmed this week, and for the event to actually take place next week (after the DH Last Chance 2021 ends)! We'll post progress updates here.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS [SPOILERS]

  • ESL Open Cup #51, EU: In a thriller of a series, Reynor (Z) takes out HeroMarine (T) in the finals, 3-2
  • ESL Open Cup #51, AM: Korean legend PartinG (P) hijacked the event and beat Nina (P) in the finals 3-1
  • ESL Open Cup #52, KR: Zoun (P) wins his second ESL Open Cup, with a 3-2 finals win over Solar (Z)
  • ESL Open Cup #52, EU: HeroMarine (T) wins his 23rd ESL Open Cup, beating Clem (T) in an amazing finals, 3-2
  • ESL Open Cup #52, AM: Zest (P) takes the win, dropping only one map to PartinG (P) in the finals

That's it for this week nerds. Thanks for reading, and if you wish to support/contribute, you can do so here! Keep raging and keep pwning. GLHF!