After an entire RO32 with barely any surprises, Group B of the RO16 gave us one of the biggest GSL upsets of the year as Dear upended a group full of championship contenders to advance in first place. The remaining three titans were forced to scrap for the second place spot, with Rogue emerging victorious as soO and INnoVation made early exits from GSL Code S.
soO had hand-picked Dear as his first opponent during the group nominations, but Dear proved he was not to be taken lightly by KO'ing soO with a late-game/all-in combination. Meanwhile, Rogue barreled over INnoVation in the other initial match, making good on Maru's assurances that he is the best ZvT player in the world.
An in-form Rogue looked to be the overwhelming favorite to crush Dear and take first place in the group, and game one played out as such on Lost and Found. However, Dear rallied back in a pair of impressive comeback games, where he kept together a powerful core of Immortals and Templars that mowed through Rogue's swarming armies with its sheer firepower.
INnoVation took out soO in the losers' match to set-up a rematch against Rogue with a quarterfinal spot on the line. While INnoVation was able to take a map with solid mech play in game one, he was unable to keep up with Rogue's relentless backdoor attacks in the following two games and GG'd out of the tournament.
GSL Code S continues on Wednesday, May 30 9:30am GMT (GMT+00:00) with Group C of the RO16, featuring Dark, Classic, Trap, and TY.