Code S RO32: Group C Recap
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Tried and True
– Keen defeats Squirtle with consecutive proxy-barracks rushes to advance to the RO16
They say that if you can't learn from the past, you're doomed to repeat it. It's a saying Squirtle should have taken to heart, as he could have avoided reliving the most painful defeat of his career. In a near repeat of game seven of the Code S Season Two finals, Squirtle was faced with a proxy 11/11 barracks all-in, held it off with almost perfect micro, and then threw the game away after moving out too quickly against his opponent's follow-up all-in. Then, he lost to the same strategy again.
Fortunately for Squirtle, the stakes were much lower this time around. His opponent was MvP.Keen in the Code S RO32 winners' match, and while the defeat meant Squirtle lost a chance to advance as the first place player in his group, he was still able advance by defeating ThorZaIN in the final match of the night.
"I haven't been able to bring myself to watch game seven yet." said Squirtle during the post-match press interview. "It's a hard strategy to stop... ...I think I'm particularly bad at stopping it."
For Keen, there was no devious motive in reviving his opponent's most painful memories. After dropping the first set to Squirtle in a macro-game on Daybreak, he adopted a purely utilitarian mindset: "After losing the first game, I thought Squirtle was better than me. So I gambled." The decision to use the strategy twice in a row had a similarly simple explanation "It worked in the second set, so I used it again."
– ThorZaIN impresses against Gumiho but drops four sets to Squirtle in third place finish
With less than a day to prepare, jet-lag working against him, and not enough time to even familiarize himself with the new GSL maps, the deck was heavily stacked against ThorZaIN in his Code S debut. Yet, ThorZaIN managed to make the best of a bad situation, surpassing (albeit, low) expectations to finish as third place in his group.
ThorZaIN faced Squirtle in his first and final matches, where the Startale Protoss brutally dominated the Dreamhack champion with four different strategies including his famed "Squirtle" colossus timing. However, in between two tough series losses, ThorZaIN found the time to impress the Korean viewers as well.
Going up against Gumiho, a previous Code S semi-finalist in the losers' match, ThorZaIN came back from a 0 – 1 deficit to win in three sets. ThorZaIN even managed to put his own particular style stamp on the series, winning the final set with battlecruisers after thirty minutes, an impressive amount of time to drag out a game where he took an enormous lead with an early 4-barracks attack.
By finishing in third place, ThorZaIN now starts off in the second round of Code A, and has a guaranteed spot in the Up/Down matches for Season Four.
Game of the Night: Keen vs Gumiho – Game Two – Cloud Kingdom
In the hands of entertaining players like TSL_Symbol and NSH_Freaky in the GSTL, ZvZ has been making a good case to become the new 'best mirror' of Starcraft II. However, Gumiho hit back for the reigning champions, showing why GomTvT still reigns supreme.
Using the mobility of vikings and hellions to constantly attack and harass Keen, Gumiho produced yet another one of his trademark games where everything broke down and chaos reigned supreme. Gumiho showed that you can turn the standard mech paradigm of safe and slow on its head, and that when you do so, it can produce some fantastically entertaining results.