Code S RO32: Group B Recap
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Same Great Taste
– Nestea goes through to the Ro16 without dropping a series
Yes, he's old compared to the rest of the field. Yeah, he might not have made a final in a year and has been struggling of late. True, he's never been anywhere near as good in foreigner tournaments as he is in the GSL, and has disappointed many a time when traveling out of Korea. But, when it comes to Mokdong Studios and Code S, no one can dispute that Nestea is at his very best.
On a night when he was rewarded a trophy named after himself for his tenth straight season in Code S, Nestea also passed the 100 win mark in the GSL and got into the second round by taking down two young guns trying to usurp him. Try as hard as they might, neither TheStC or Creator were really able to touch Nestea on this magical night. Only losing one game because of a weird strategy he tried on Creator by building a hatchery in his opponent's base, Nestea showed the world the talent that has brought him three titles.
Nestea didn't face Naniwa in this round, but if the two continue the play they showed tonight, you shouldn't be too surprised if they meet down the road in this season's tournament. After a few seasons of looking shaky and having to bounce through Code A and the Up and Down matches, Nestea is motivated to make another finals after seeing Mvp's success last season. With another trophy to add to the collection and 100 career GSL wins in his sights, Nestea will be entering the next round with everything to play for.
No Fluke Here
– Naniwa gets out of the first round for the second straight season
It wasn't as pretty as the first go around, but Naniwa showed that even in the face of elimination, that he could persevere and make it through. With a quarterfinal appearance last season, there was a lot of praise for how well the foreigner performed in his first Code S season, but this was truly the night where he proved if he belonged. We've seen players enter, place well in a single GSL tournament, and then fall to the wayside next season when the match-ups aren't to their advantage.
Getting to the top eight of the GSL is impressive, but getting through two straight first rounds in Code S might be even more astounding. Getting beat by Creator in a close first series, Naniwa was able to take out new teammate TheStC in the first elimination series and then get his revenge against Creator in the final match of the night.
Depending on results in the next six groups, Naniwa might even have enough GSL points to be one of the four players with a first round pick in the RO16 group nominations. Even if he isn't, Genius showed last season that picking the white dude isn't always the best decision. Slowly, but surely, the GSL veterans and fans are gaining respect for Naniwa and realizing that he isn't a one hit wonder. A championship might still be too lofty of a goal, but with a reasonable second round group, a return to the quarterfinals or an advancement to the semifinals might not be as far fetched as it once seemed.
No Royal Debut
– Creator fails in the first step of the royal road, and TheStC goes 0-4 in his Quantic debut
Oh, Creator. You had so much promise. Having three Grandmaster accounts with 75% winning percentage. Beating up top players in online tournaments. Getting hyped by MarineKing and the rest of your teammates. Destroying players in Code A and making your teammate Maru look like a scrub. Everything looked right for a royal road run like Squirtle last season. He had finally matured into a player who could take on Code S after making his first big splash in the Super Tournamnet last year, but it wasn't meant to be.
Things started out great with a win over Naniwa in the opening match and a set victory over Nestea in the second series, but three straight losses followed immediately after. He didn't play badly, but showed holes that he needs to fix if he wants to become the player that a lot of people think he can become. There will be no royal road for Creator, and his Terran teammates will have to bear the load for Prime this season. This is the last time you'll see of Creator in Code S this season, but you can bet it won't be long until the talented fifteen year old returns looking even stronger.
That leaves us with TheStC. Not really much to say here. Even in the booth, he had just changed teams so recently that he didn't even have a team jersey yet. That pretty much sums up his night. No one is going to dispute that TheStC is a good player, but with the disbanding of his team, moving to a new team and everything that comes with that, you can't be surprised he didn't capture a single victory on the night.
Wait a few weeks, let him get settled in his new living arrangement and new teammates, and we'll see TheStC that impressed everyone in Season Two.