Code A Ro32: Day One Recap
Results from Live Report Thread by Probe1
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- Former Code S mainstays Bomber, Happy, and Jjakji all fall into the Up-and-Down Matches
In another disappointing GSL campaign for Bomber, the former self-proclaimed best player in the world, who couldn't make it past the second round of Code A. Bomber fought a close series against Gumiho, going into the final set, but it ended up being another loss in a long line of setbacks. Having shown good results in GSTL and at Red Bull Battlegrounds, expectations were that Bomber would pull off three straight victories in Code A and returning to Code S. However, Gumiho played his solid, Code S-level TvT, and got the victory against the favorite in a sorta-not-really upset.
Besides Bomber, Happy and Jjakji, two players who have made it to the semifinals and higher in Code S, both lost in the second round to two players on the rise in Hack and Creator. Jjakji was able to use his aggressive TvP style to take one game off the Prime Protoss, but Creator fought back and took the next two sets for a pass into the final stage of Code A. Happy, well...he got crushed. Hack played better than his teammate Bomber, ran over Happy and is now only one series win away from making his debut in Code S after a long struggle to get there.
OSL? Sorry, this is the GSL
- OSL qualifiers Vampire, Sniper and YuGiOh all fall in the second round of Code A
Qualifying for the OSL is cool, but tonight three players learned that while making OGN's first Starcraft 2 Starleague might be a big accomplishment, it doesn't mean you're unbeatable in Code A. The King of Code A, YuGiOh, was given a rude awakening by the polarizing Heart. For another season, YuGiOh will either have to get out of the Up-and-Down matches, or he will have to continue being the monarch of a land that everyone wants to escape.
Vampire and Sniper, two of MvP's new breakout players, were both coming off good results in the past few weeks and had momentum going into their Code A games. Sniper, having to face Hyun, wasn't prepared enough for the always evolving former Brood War pro. Every tournament you can see the improvement that Hyun is making at Starcraft II, and by the end of the series, Hyun had a 2-0 victory and a date with Genius next week for a Code S spot. Vampire had a better time with Startale's new player Line, but he still couldn't get the second victory and eventually fell in three games to the former Super Tournament quarter-finalist.
JYPvT is OP
- JYP wins his first PvT series in GSL history against friend and teammate Thorzain
JYP did it! Light the fireworks! Break out the champagne! Get the dancing booth girls! After a full year plus of PvT futility, JYP finally got the monkey off his back and claimed his first PvT series victory in the GSL. JYP, known for his awful PvT, for the last year has definitely improved in the match-up and done much better recently, but he still wasn't able to get over the hump and gain that all important series victory over a Terran.
In a bittersweet twist of fate, the player that he eventually beat to end the streak of losses was his teammate and friend Thorzain. The series wasn't a blow out for JYP, but he was able to take it by 2-1 scoreline and finally be able to say that facing a Terran isn't an automatic death. Next up for the new Terran Killer is a match with possibly the most impressive player of the night, Startale's Hack. Hack eliminated JYP's teammate Huk from Code A last season and with a Code S berth on the line, both will give it all they have to make it there.
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