Moon into Warcraft III semifinals, keeps WCG title dream alive at WCG 2019

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All game events have welcomed their semifinalists as the group matches at the 2019 World Cyber Game (WCG) Grand Final concluded in the Qujiang New District, Xi'an, on Friday.

Jang "Moon" Jae-ho of South Korea, despite playing on foreign soil, enjoyed a standing oval after a win or go home game where he edged home favorite Huang "TH000" Xiang of China 2-1, with some 300 enthusiastic fans shouting out his name.

"He played a perfect game whereas I still have room for improvement," defending champion TH000 said.

The victory keeps alive Moon's hope of winning his first-ever WCG title, one of the very few unrealized dreams for the 33-year-old veteran.

Speaking of the semifinals on Saturday, when the two will stage a rematch, TH000 seemed free of pressure.

"We have played each other for many times and frankly speaking, it feels great to meet him against on the WCG stage. Hope we can present a wonderful semifinal and it's acceptable for me even if he defeats me," he said.

In the other semifinal, China's 2009 WCG champion Wang "Infi" Xuwen, top finisher of the group stage, will face off against Sergei "HawK" Shcherbakov of Russia.

Invincible in Dota 2, China's world champions Newbee advanced into the semifinals together with Cignal Ultra of the Philippines, CDEC of China and Hippomaniacs of Czech Republic.

The Honor of Kings will see two All-Chinese semifinals as Dteam and VSTAR made their way out of Group A while KSSC and AG.Y out of Group B.

Elsewhere, Chen "Asbefore" Zhenhong of China, Niu "LFReconnect" of China, Mate "Exigo" Kalenics of Hungary and Terrence "TerrenceM" Miller of the United States advanced into Hearthstone semifinals.

In CrossFire, Super Valiant of China finished top of the group. Black Dragons of Brazil, Golden V of Germany and Pacific Macta of the Philippines excelled from five teams that tied at 12 points to make it into the semis.

The WCG 2019 is the 14th edition of the annual tournament, which was first held in 2001 and suspended for six years after 2013. 

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