Grubby. LucifroN. viOLet. Scarlett.
Those four names are nothing new to you if you've followed the StarCraft II pro circuit for any length of time, but if you aren't familiar with them, now would be a great time to change that. These are the four professional StarCraft II players who will be facing off in the very first D.I.C.E. IPL event that is taking place all day tomorrow - February 7th. The prize pool is a hefty $10,000 and the honor of being crowned the inaugural Fight Club champion.
Whoever wins, it's not going to be an easy fight, let's take a look at the competitors.
Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen's reputation precedes him whenever he competes at events like these. Winning over three dozen live events, including 6 world championships, Grubby is one to watch in the D.I.C.E. IPL Showdown. Originally getting his feet wet in WarCraft III, Grubby has been tearing it up recently in StarCraft II, joining the Global StarCraft League this year for the first time.
Pedro "LucifroN" Moreno Duran has the honor of being one of Spain's top StarCraft II players and is quickly on track to become of the best European players, in general. LucifroN is also a WarCraft III veteran, splashing onto the scene towards the later portion of that games lifespan. He joined StarCraft II early on, winning several events while the game was in beta and carving a place for himself in the StarCraft competitive scene.
Donghwan "viOLet" Kim, once again, started out in WarCraft III before moving on to StarCraft II (we're noticing a trend here). viOLet won his first international title at the MLG Spring Arena 2 and took second place at IPL 5 last year. He is relatively new to the StarCraft II scene, but has been dominating in recent times, coming into his own with some amazing gameplay. His finish in 2nd place, following by a 2nd place finish at NASL Season 4 the following week, netted him $35,000.
Last, but not least, we have Sasha "Scarlett" Hoshyn, who came into prominence with her appearance at IPL 4. While she didn't take home top honors at IPL 4, she came away with some huge upsets and showed remarkable promise. Perhaps her most notable feat was taking first place at the Battle.net Canadian Championship before winning the same series in North America. Both of those performances were pretty dominant and she earned $30,000 for her troubles.
These are going to be some amazing matches, so make sure you visit http://www.ign.com/ipl to stream all of the action. Matches start at 10:00AM and run through 7:00PM tomorrow, February 7th, 2013.