Next up was Ryung vs Leenock. After a dominating mech contain in game one, Ryung opted for bio play which fell short to Leenock’s roaches. The deciding game was eerily similar to the first as early harassment allowed mech to reign supreme.
This meant that herO and Ryung would meet in the winner’s match. herO took game one with a combination phoenix and adept attack off 3 bases after preventing Ryung from taking his own third.
He followed that up with a disrupter drop on Whirlwind. Despite whiffing on almost every disrupter shot after the devastating initial one on Ryung’s natural mineral line, herO was able to handily take the game and advance.
Leenock and Trap started the losers' match on Newkirk Precinct. After rebuffing Leenock’s ling, baneling aggression, Trap took the first game with a strong counter attack. It was more of the same in game two as Trap’s impenetrable defense gave him the edge needed to eliminate Leenock from Code S.
With their tournament lives on the line, Trap started the series against Ryung with uncharacteristically lackadaisical play. His errors, compounded with crisp maneuvers from Ryung, put him at a deficit going into game 2. Trap turned the tables on Abyssal Reef, though. As it had against Leenock, stout defense transitioned to offense, sending the series to the rubber match. In the final game Ryung weathered a seemingly ceaseless tide of harassment, setting him up for a patient contain punctuated by a final attack.
herO and Ryung will discover their opponents this weekend when Maru, sOs, Bunny and KeeN face off in the final group of 2017 GSL Season 1.
Written by: mizenhauer.