The final group of the round of 16 took place in the new GSL time slot. Group D was highlighted by a pair of Jin Air Green Wings in Maru and sOs. They were joined by KeeN and Bunny, two in-form Terrans.
The group started with sOs vs Keen. Game 1 featured a failed stalker attack, tank push and colossus move out. In the end it was Keen who ended up on top. sOs won game 2 before losing a blundering affair in game 3, sending Keen to the winner’s match.
Despite Terran's strength as of late, Maru vs Bunny was only the second TvT of the round of 16. Besides two impetuous drops, Maru looked every bit the title contender as he dispatched Bunny without the need of a third game.
The winner’s match was more of the same. A number of excellent maneuvers in game one culminated in a potent doom drop and a Maru victory.
Game two was rather brief as Maru’s proxy reaper build completely dismantled Keen. With that Maru moved on to the quarterfinals and a meeting with Ryung.
sOs vs Bunny kicked off with an adept/phoenix steamroll that put sOs in the lead. Game two was another adept themed stomping. A strong timing with a warp prism was enough to put sOs into the final match.
The final series was a rematch of the day’s first matchup. sOs and Keen went at it again, with the first game taking place on Proxima Station. sOs was keen to end game 1 quickly and he did just that with a devastating adept all in. Game 2 was a demonstration in staunch defense. For the first time in the series sOs sat back, researching blink and glaives of a double twilight council. sOs parlayed that into a strange colossus composition (albeit without thermal lance) that put an end to the game and propelled sOs into the round of 8 where he will face off against herO.
This leaves us with a complete playoffs bracket. Join us on Wednesday 22 February for our first pair of quarterfinals.
Written by: mizenhauer.