Code A RO24: Day One Recap
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A Symbol of Hope
– Symbol lives up to the hype and enters his first Code S with a 2-0 win over Jjakji
There's no lack of hype in Starcraft II. Go a decent GSTL run, and before long, people will be rushing to tout you as the next big thing. Living up to the hype? That's another story. For all the DongRaeGus, MMAs and Squirtles that were able to live up to their potential and become some of the best players in the world, there are others like YongHwa, Yoda, and Extreme, who all had scattered good performances here and there, showed glimpses of greatness, but ultimately disappointed completely in the GSL.
Symbol proved that he deserves to be in the group with GSL finalists. After his second place finish at Iron Squid, beating Nestea and getting past sC and Seed in the first two rounds, the expectations the highest they had ever been for TSL's top Zerg. The task was difficult, having to go up against one of the most famous TvZ players in the GSL, Jjakji, a former champion. Symbol could have wilted under the pressure, but he played the best games he has this entire season and got into his first Code S with a 2-0 score.
Is it too soon to proclaim him the new Zerg hope and talk about how he's going to walk the Royal Road? Hey, I did say there's no lack of hype in Starcraft.
The Core of the Swarm
– Two Zerg mainstays of the GSL, DRG and Leeenock, return to Code S
While Symbol might grab the front headline of the night, Leenock and DRG continued on as expected and qualified for Code S once more. Neither can be particularly happy with how this season went, DRG going out in the first round and Leenock being the last Zerg eliminated in the tournament by MVP. They will both have chances to do better in Season 3, following their victories against Virus and aLive.
DRG was able to capitalize on the recently buffed Queen and safely spread his creep throughout the map without much resistance. Virus put up a good fight in both games, hanging on to the bitter end, but DRG proved to have the better engagement decisions and took both games with his superior tactical moves. The only other note in the series was that Virus had keyboard problems at the end of game two, resulting him in killing one of his own tanks and having his minerals float over 2,000, but due to it being a problem with his own equipment, there were no grounds for a re-game.
Leenock and aLive played a wacky series, with the first two games being extremely short due to all-ins and cheese. But in the third game, when it meant life for death for Leenock, he was able to affirm that he was simply better than aLive. In his post match interview, Leenock remarked that anything less than a finals appearance next season would be a disappointment. With his only losses in this season's Code S coming from a semifinalist and the two finalists, it wouldn't be too far-fetched to see Leenock in his second Code S final. The biggest obstacle will be his still unproven ZvP, especially considering the large number of skilled Protoss players in Code S. But with a bit of luck and some improvement in that match-up, Leenock could definitely win his first GSL.
Experience and Genius
– Genius' experience shines with his second victory over B4 this season
B4 might have been able to take out Genius in a macro game on the first map, but with timing attacks and good micro, Genius was able to dispatch of B4 for the second time this season. Just like their earlier meeting in Code S this season, Genius played the role of the wily veteran while B4 was cast as the very talented, but heavily inexperienced rookie who had trouble playing to his full potential. You could argue that B4 is better than Genius in the late game, but there is a reason why Genius, even when not playing his best, has always hung around in Code S. He knows how to win games through any means necessary and isn't afraid to go all-in if he feels there is a gap in his opponent's defense.
Game(s) of the night: Leenock vs. Alive
Usually you want to recommend only one game, but with how the first two games went, the entire series is a must watch. Leenock ends this season by not only having the best series in Code S so far against MVP, but might have also taken the award for best series in Code A as well with this series against Alive.