Code S Ro8: Day One Recap
Results from Live Report Thread by SeeKeR.
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Seeds of Confidence
– LG-IM's Seed becomes the fifth player in GSL history to come back from a 0 – 2 deficit in a victory over TSL_Symbol
It looked over. Symbol and his swarms of hydras were running rampant through the rubble of Seed's base and clearing the path towards the royal road. Up 2 – 0 and exuding confidence of a player that looked ready to take a championship, Symbol was living up to the expectations of many. He had held the fort early, macroed up onto four bases, and crushed the Protoss opposition.
To Seed's credit, the first two games had been close, and could have gone differently had a few more factors gone his way. He had kept up with Symbol for the most part, only losing the games after being defeated in the final, climactic battles. Still, Symbol had been the better player in the end, and was very much living up the hype thrust upon him by the community and insiders alike. He was one game away from moving onto the semifinals and getting to player either his best match-up (vs. Byun) or against a player he seemed to have figured out (Nestea).
Then he danced his overseer.
That little show of cockiness, when he was up two games to none, was the moment when everything turned around. Seed, who had been close in the first two games, looked like he got the extra boost he needed from Symbol's taunting and took it to another level. Seed got a hold of Symbol's hydra centric composition and reduced it to ashes, taking the third game in the series with his own manner Nexus as a personal stamp of confidence.
Symbol went for his trademark overlord drops in the next game, but Seed was perfectly prepared. He stuffed all of Symbol's attacks, took down overlord after overlord, and continued to gain more momentum as the game went on. By the time Symbol finally GG'ed out and conceded that the game would go to a deciding fifth map, the royal road candidate was slumped in his booth, appearing like he had already thrown away the series.
Looking visibly shaken, Symbol fell in the fifth and final game, allowing Seed to become the fifth player of all time to come back from a 0 - 2 hole to win a series. He joins MarineKing (vs. MC), MMA (vs. MarineKing), Byun (vs. Bomber), and DongRaeGu (vs. Gumiho) as the only players to perform this difficult feat. Symbol slumped in his booth, crushed underneath the weight of his world collapsing.
A smile on his face and a honey drink in his hand, Seed proved that while he still might still be the biggest underdog in this GSL, he's a player that should never be written off. For Symbol, the hype will inevitably cool down a notch, while questions about how much of his success is due to his race will certainly emerge.
– MC makes his first Code S semifinal in over a year after a close fought series against Liquid's TaeJa
For over a year now, we have been asking the same question: Who is going to usurp MC as the Protoss President? Mvp, before magically winning a GSL with damaged wrists, had all but given his throne to MMA. Nestea, even with his amazing Code S consistency, had taken a backseat after DRG's GSL title run and dominance in the international tournament scene. But, with MC, while many Protoss players had tried and even made the finals of the GSL, none had been able to take his seat in the oval office. Now, with a narrow 3 – 2 win over Taeja, MC can start campaigning to extend his stay atop of the Protoss mountain with a third GSL championship.
The series came down to experience and mind games. There were a few long, slugfest games, with Taeja and MC both taking one apiece, but the key was if Taeja would be able to stop MC's wide variety of aggressive builds.
On the third map of Atlantis Spaceship, MC went for a 4 gate and succeeded. Taeja had nothing to stop him after his reaper opener left him painfully low on troops, and put him one game away from getting taken out in the quarterfinals. With Taeja's season on the line, MC dared TaeJa to blink and went for a second straight 4 gate to try and confirm his spot in the semifinals.
Taeja, proving his mettle, was able to deflect the 4 gate the second time around and forced a final game. Things seemed to be going well for TaeJa after he successfully detected MC's warp-prism build, and then sniffed out his colossus follow-up. Forced to move from plan B to plan C, MC appeared to be in a ton of trouble against a Terran opponent who was powering up unopposed. However, an opportunity presented itself to MC when TaeJa decided to sacrifice an army to destroy a Nexus, and MC immediately pounced by committing to fierce counter-attack. MC was able to keep on the pressure until TaeJa cracked for good, and he celebrated his move into the semi-finals with a ceremony in the audience.
It was yet one more statement series for MC, declaring that he was still very much alive while others looked for a successor to the throne. For Taeja, it was his second straight loss in the GSL quarterfinals. With the legends of MarineKing's silver medals, 16Clide, and YuGiOh's reign in Code A preceding him, TaeJa will have to take care that this doesn't become another GSL jinx. He has the talent to make it farther in the GSL, games against veterans like MC will provide valuable experience for the future.
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