Code S: Ro32 Group E Recap
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MVP.DongRaeGu returns to form
Last night Dongraegu made a return to form, 4 - 0’ing his group. He set the pace for the day's games, as almost all of his victories were quick one-sided affairs. His first victim of the night was the young Protoss star, CreatorPrime. Creator first decided to do a the 'wonwonwon' immortal-sentry all-in made famous by PartinG. Unfortunately for him, he was able to only make it 3 steps outside of his natural before being crushed by DRG’s roach-ling force, showing some rather soulless force-fields. Creator tried to make the timing work anyway after losing all his sentries, but was eventually held off by mass roach infestors. In the second game, DRG decided to fight cheese with cheese. He faked a typical 3 hatch play and instead surprised Creator with a roach-ling all-in. Creator quickly fell apart and DRG cleaned him up 2-0.
In the Winners match, DRG played against another GSL champion in Mvp. The first game followed the tone of DRG’s games against Creator, with DRG going for a strong lair-phase attack with mutalisks and banelings that killed almost every SCV MVP had. From there MVP just played the rest of the game building up to 1 desperate last mech timing to kill DRG, but was ultimately doomed to GG out.
Game 2 showed a much more generic - if well executed - style of Zerg from DRG as he played off against MVP in a long macro game where brood lords and infestors carried the day. MVP opened up with a 2 rax on Entombed, doing some damage before transitioning into triple orbitals and mech play. DRG held off his marine/blue flame hellion attack with queens, banes and lings, and powered up to infestors on four bases. Mvp went to hit a pre-brood lord timing with his mech, doing a good amount of damage and even taking out the first few broodlords, but DRG was able to hold it off with a 100 supply lead. However, MVP stuck in the game with smart harassment with hellions and sneaky flanks attacks using his siege tanks to kill some infestors and buy time for his viking/raven army. After DRG held off the aggression, he pushed out with his BL/infestor/corruptor death ball, where he was taken by surprise by the large number of seeker missiles and vikings. Unfortunately for Mvp, taking out a ton of corruptors with seeker missiles was not enough as DRG had brought along a large number of queens and infestors on the ground as well, and the spellcasters were enough to support the brood lords to victory.
Aiur’s youngest son
After losing to DRG quite unceremoniously, Creator made a comeback with his best matchup to make it out of the group. He played CJ's Bbyong in the losers match and taught Bbyong the first lesson of TvP: you never go mech. As Bbyong geared up for a mech play, he was instantly killed by Creator’s 6 gate all-in attack. The second game didn’t go any better for Bbyong as he wasn’t able to punish Creator’s fast triple nexus. Creator stopped all of Bbyong’s drops and aggression dead dead cold, and then used his overpowering economy and upgrades to just move out and kill Bbyong.
The last series of the day was between Mvp and Creator with the last remaining Code S Ro16 spot on the line. Creator continued to show the type of standard play that had made him famous. Creator got to three base, maxed out with upgrades and good tech and then attacked MVP and won the game - it was as simple as that. In his last game, Creator finished up the series with a quick 5-gate attack from one base before MVP could get his cloaked banshees off the ground.
With this, Creator has finally started to make a good run in Code S. Creator has always done well outside of Code S, becoming the champion in TSL 4 and WCS Korea, while defeating all sorts of tough opponents in team leagues and Code A. He had another rocky start in Code S, using a soulless wonwonwon and getting roach busted, but he made it to the Ro16 in the end with a great mix of safe and aggressive play. From here, his real challenges start as, the lackluster PvZ he has showed at WCS Asia could be the death of him in the 5-Zerg
Ro16, where Leenock and Life are waiting to teach him a lesson (Tip: Stop trying to fight people at hive, and use your famous 3 base timings that let you beat Life in TSL4).
King without a kingdom
This GSL, MVP got knocked out before his hype train could even get out of the station. It was a strange day for MVP as his greatest strength, choosing counter-builds was used against him. He was busted early on by each of the players in this group. Bbyong beat him with a timing after MVP’s failed hellion marine banshee pressure. DRG busted him with muta ling/bane. Creator busted him with a 5 gate. MVP played some solid macro games and beat Bbyong twice to move on to winners, but when faced with tougher opposition in the form of DRG and Creator, he wasn’t able to show the kind of game that got him to the GSL finals the last time around. Still, this is par for the course for long-time MVP fans as MVP has sometimes shown weakness in getting past the group stages in GSL, compared to his near-invincibility once reaching the elimination bracket stage. While not impressive in his defeat like Finale, MVP still played competently and didn’t bomb out like Happy, so we should expect MVP to make a return appearance the next coming GSL Code S.