Code S RO16: Day One Recap
Results from Live Report Thread by SeeKeR.
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Youth in Revolt
– Mvp and viOLet fall, Seed and TaeJa advance from Group A
If Mvp had the easiest group RO16, then what does Mvp going to Code A after only winning a single game tell us about the quality of the Code S RO16? The night ended up being headlined not by the five time finalist, but his LG-IM teammate, Seed. It was the same Seed that only managed to defeat BBoongBBoong in a Ro32 exit last season, who came back with a bloody 8-gate vengeance to top his group.
– Seed takes no prisoners:
Protoss: Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. If your opponent knows you win macro games, beat him with timing attacks. If the Zerg flanks you, blink into their main and forcefield their ramp. If your opponent hive rushes, disregard tech and acquire +3 blink stalkers.
You don’t have to like Seed. He knocked out many fan favorites, and some people won't be happy with how he did it. However, whether the games were exciting or not doesn’t matter in the end. Seed won convincingly, and was the best player in his group.
In his very first game of the night against viOLet, SeeD salvaged a failed blink-stalker all-in by blinking up into viOLet's main and taking a warp prism full of sentries with him. By force-fielding off the ramp and and demolishing the Zerg main, Seed was able to turn a near defeat into a certain victory. After a hiccup in Game 2, Seed ended the series on Entombed Valley with his innovative, triple nexus into 200/200 +3 blink stalker build, overwhelming viOLet with the sheer efficiency and numbers of his units.
– Royal Pain
Besides Seed kicking down front doors everywhere, the defining part of Group A was relentless harassment. Both TaeJa and Mvp had to face viOLet as the group played out, and both decided that exploiting mobility was the best way to defeat a Zerg. While viOLet had the skills to 2-0 MVP, he won't easily forget the single marauder that hopped between his bases racking up an impressive 23 kills. In another game, TaeJa caught viOLet being far too greedy, going up to sixty drones with just two roaches and some queens to defend. Staring with a two medivac drop in viOLet's main, TaeJa ran a harassment clinic on viOLet all game, until the Empire Zerg was forced to GG out.
Game of the Night: Mvp vs viOLet, Game One
The game that made a thousand Terrans cry. After comfortably outplaying viOLet for the first twenty minutes of the game, Mvp allowed his lead to slip away as viOLet's brood lord-infestor army refused to open itself up to any logical counters. Mvp was quickly made to rue his choice to pump Thors as a makeshift counter, as the behemoths barely dented the broodlords before being scratched to death by broodlings. Slowly, but surely, the brood lord force erased Mvp's presense from the map, until there was nothing left.
Though he wasn't in studio, Nestea's presence was definitely felt as GomTV showed a heartwarming video short about the life and trials of the three time champion. Check out the entire video or enjoy this great .GIF made by KiNGxXx!