The unusual player lodging situation at WESG's $400,000 main event may have raised some eyebrows, but the actual competition proceeded without much incident. The first group stage concluded on Wednesday with sixteen familiar names advancing from the Ro32 group stage.
A handful of results did stand out, as Sioras made his presence felt on the international scene for the first time after his controversial disqualification from GPL 2016. The Mongolian Zerg player advanced in second place from Group A, beating out Romania's NightEnD and China's XiGua.
Fifteen-year-old Italian Zerg Reynor also returned to top-flight international competition scene after being locked out of WCS due to Blizzard's age restrictions. Reynor advanced from Group F alongside IEM Katowice runner-up Classic.
The Ro16 group stage is set to be played over the course of the next two days, with eight players advancing to a single-elimination playoff bracket.
Recap by: Wax