Initial match 1: NoRegreT's three hatchery opening bought him a lead in game one, but soO's superior ling/bane micro allowed him to double NoRegreT's worker count in that game and the second. Roaches sealed the deal in game one, but were not even needed on Blackpink as soO won 2-0.
Initial match 2: Bunny leapt out to a lead in game one after a strong defense against adept/phoenix set up a lethal counterattack, but was unable to deal with three armor chargelots and archons in game two. Game three was a quick one, with proxied stalkers ending things in Zest's favor.
Winners' match: Zest went for chargelot/archon builds on Catalyst and Ascension to Aiur, but soO undermined his efforts with zergling runbys. His economy disrupted and his attention split, Zest's pushes fell flat in the face of hydras as soO claimed two straight victories and a spot in the Round of 16.
Losers' match: NoRegreT losing his third to thors was critical to him falling behind 1-0, but he evened the series with a hydralisk timing that caught Bunny with only two tanks. NoRegreT’s early zerglings proved wasted supply in game three, allowing Bunny to parlay his lead into a fatal mech push.
Decider match: Bunny pulled the boys in game one, but his SCVs got caught in a stasis ward while his vikings failed to target fire Zest's colossi. Bunny sniped Zest's third in game two, but Zest defended, even sniping a triple drop with stalkers before cleaning Bunny up to advance in second place.