After a second place finish, Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz is looking to strike again at this years Electronic Sports World Cup in Paris, France. The 18-year-old Polish Protoss player only lost to local French hero Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri in the Grand Final. For the 2012 edition, MaNa received a direct invitation from the tournament officials, as his home country didn't held a National Qualifier. Having already played two offline events after his two month stay in Korea, MaNa added a shared 3rd/4th place finish to his achievement collection at the DreamHack Bucharest last weekend. Now he's preparing himself for the ESWC StarCraft II tournament in early November to challenge the world's best gamers once again. His teammate and current EPS leader, Dennis "HasuObs" Schneider, finished third in the German StarCraft II qualifier and won't be able to compete in Paris.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has it's first appearance at ESWC this year, after several years with the famous original Counter-Strike version in ESWC history. The new German CS:GO division of mousesports is looking to repeat history or do even better than last year: the mouz team led by Fatih "gob b" Dayik won the Bronze Medal at ESWC 2011. The new CS:GO team, led by Tobias "Troubley" Tabbert was able to defeat mTw in the German qualifier, to represent Germany at the ESWC 2012 CS:GO competition. With the Germans heading to Paris, the British CS:GO team with Sam "[rattle]" Gawn missed qualification by placing second in the United Kingdom qualification tournament.
Trackmania 2 Canyon is also new to Electronic Sports World Cup. While the ESWC alsways supported Trackmania Nations the past years, they've also added the new title of the successful series to the games list for 2012. Both mousesports Trackmania drivers, Florian "oNio" Roschu and Norman "Norman" Küttner are travelling to Paris and competing in the Trackmania 2 Canyon tournament. Both drivers have placed first (oNio) and second (Norman) in the international qualifier.
In order to support our professional players as best as possible, several mousesports staff members, including CS:GO German coordinator Thanh Vinh "ninja" Bui are heading to Paris.