Code A: Ro24 Day Two Recap
GomTvT hints a return, Mvp wins his Nestea award
Some days you see young up-and-comers tear down the Code-S upper class and make a name for themselves. On other days, the Code S nobility stomps the rebellion into the ground, wagging their fingers at the notion of class mobility. It was a case of the latter for TSL_Polt and LG-IM_Mvp, as they triumphed over their newer opponents in dominating fashion. CJ_Bbyong did manage to take the first set against Polt with a build order advantage, as Polt’s triple cc build wasn’t up to snuff defending against a mass hellion banshee attack. However, Polt quickly adjusted to Bbyong’s hellion-centric mech play from there on, and smashed Bbyong in the next two games with solid bio-tank play.
After defeating Flying a few days ago, LG-IM_Mvp took out another Woongjin Protoss in sOs to make it into his tenth straight Code S season and win his Nestea award. The first map was easy to take, as an early marine attack crippled sOs. From there, sOs tried a colossus all-in off two bases, but was easily stopped. The second game was much more scrappy as both MVp and sOs would trade turns trying to kill each other. After the dust was settled, sOs was able to barely get away with taking a greedy third and going for double forge upgrades. MVP tried a desperate SCV pull bio attack, but it was too late as the upgrades and charge upgrade were enough for sOs to eventually hold off the push and take the game. With everything on the line, sOs closed his eyes and prayed to Aiur to give him strength to beat the King. All he got was a vision of Hongun and like a man possessed, sOs did a blink stalker observer all-in. It was easily thwarted by MVP and much like his blink stalker ancestor, sOs was summarily executed by a bunch of marauders with medivacs.
The third Terran to make it out last night was 8th_BaBy, 2 - 0'ing TSL_Symbol to make it a 100% advancement rate for Terran on the night. While disappointing in his first appearance in Code S, Baby has been very impressive in his Code A matches. He has now taken out Brain, Flash and Symbol in convincing games. The first set against Symbol was a scrappy one, with the game starting off with both players hurting each other's economy with hellions and roaches respectively. It got even weirder as Symbol tried to do a hail-mary nydus strategy with mass queen roach, only to get mauled by siege tanks and cloaked banshees. Despite the setback, Symbol started to play well again as he transitioned into an infestor broodlord army, but then threw away his army trying to break a PF. While Symbol wasted time trying to kill the heavily fortified position, Baby went for constant drops to destroy Symbol's main and attempts at further bases. With no tech and no economy left, Symbol had to give up the game. Symbol seemed to remain punch-drunk all throughout game two, as Baby easily out multi-taskeded him, causing massive amounts of economic damage with hellions and drops. This setup an unstoppable mech push later, forcing Symbol to GG out.
LG, Life is Good.
At the beginning of this season, LG-IM_YongHwa was a player that everyone was pointing to as the next Protoss to watch out for. And why not? At the time he had gotten a double all-kill in GSTL, won WCG Korea over MKP and had finally broken his way into Code A. However, things started to go downhill in a hurry. He was little more than a bystander as LG-IM dropped out of the GSTL, and then he embarrassingly dropped out of the group stage at WCG as well.
But his Code A play was still strong as he won a PvP over both Mini and Squirtle, leaving him just one best of 3 away from reaching the promised land, Code S. So one could hardly blame him when he decided to do a proxy 2 gate in game 1 and try to take a fast win. Unfortunately for him, weird early game scenarios in ZvP seem to be Life’s specialty as Life himself was going for a proxy hatch. Life would easily deflect the proxy 2 gate with great defensive micro, taking an early 1 - 0 lead. The second game didn’t go much better for Yonghwa, as he was enticed into cannon rushing Life’s hatch-before-pool build. It killed Life’s hatchery, but with three cannons and two pylons expended, the game still stabilized into a normal PvZ. Yonghwa tried a phoenix into immortal-sentry all-in, but the timing was too late as Life was able to get infestors and roaches in time to kill the push with ease. From there Life would take the game and prove the LG motto true, Life is Good.