Code A RO48: Week Three Recap
Results from Live Report Thread by SeeKeR.
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– Young Zerg talents ZeNEXLife and TSL_Shine stand out amidst a field of predictable winners
Just a few months ago, when the Zerg race faced its darkest days in Starcraft II history, Life and Shine would have been welcomed and worshiped as potential messiahs. However, we have now entered the era of the queen patch, and now Life and Shine find themselves joining the GSL's Zerg ranks as merely icing on the cake, two young players to make the Swarm's embarrassing wealth of talent seem even more obscene.
The fifteen year old Life was a player many had been expecting to break out onto the GSL scene for a while, but he suffered from severe nervousness whenever playing in the GomTV booth. From last night's games alone, it was difficult to tell if whether he had overcome those nerves, or was merely attempting to cover them up. Going up against Empire's Vines, Life went for a very fast Nydus worm in game one and followed it with a six pool rush in game two. Whatever the underlying psychological reasons were, Life's strategies proved to be extremely effective, and he won what might have been the fastest PvZ series in GSL history.
In Shine's case, there was no ambiguity. His complete domination of long time Code S veteran Virus in two lengthy games showed that he had no problem reproducing his best online and GSTL form in the GSL as well. Though it was surprising to see a famous GSL survivalist like Virus get eliminated by a player who was essentially a rookie, the quality of Shine's play left no question as to who deserved to remain in the GSL.
– ST_July becomes the final OSL champion to drop from the GSL
Boxer, Nada, and now finally, July. One by one, they've all fallen to the wayside. It was a wonder to begin with that legends with so many miles on their esports odometers were competitive in Starcraft II for so long. But in the end, it was inevitable that they could not keep up with teenagers who had just begun to chase their dreams, dreams that the legends themselves had provided.
As July went up against LG-IMYoDa, one could see glimpses of his greatness in the way he took over the map and consumed the expansions. But there was stubbornness as well, such as his refusal to spread creep, and his belief that Terran armies could be engaged off of it. Such mentality would have prevailed in the OSL, or even in the GSL one year ago, but it was obsolete in this day and age. Yoda played adequately yet not remarkably by today's standards, but it was still enough to overcome the tired god in the end.
– As expected: coL.Killer, FXOLeenock, TSL_Polt, FnaticRC aLive, and FnaticRC Oz cruise through
Though July passed on to a different plane of existence, the other stalwarts of the GSL held their ground. In the case of Killer, Polt, and Oz, it happened with remarkable ease as they outplayed their opponents in 2 - 0 stomps. In aLive's case, it required a bit of trickery, as cheesy tactics saw him through after he started the series by dropping a game to the skilled LG-IMFirst. Leenock's story was that of a more conventional comeback: After losing to MvPTAiLS when his overlord drop was caught mid-flight, Leenock fought his way back in game two with a mutalisk base trade, and then by thwarting a two-immortal push in the final game.