Code A Ro32: Day Two Recap
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Let's Party Like It's 2011
- Polt, MMA and Leenock continue to work out of their 2012 slumps and head towards the final stage of Code A
With FXO, TSL and Slayers all in the GSTL semifinals in a few nights, all three teams (maybe less so Slayers) can take some pleasure in seeing their 2011 aces start to play like their old selves in the GSL. With all three having made it to GSL finals last year, none have reached the semifinals of Code S this year and are fighting to get out of Code A.
Leenock and Polt were faced up against two players of their respective race who were younger, had more hype and even could be considered the favorites against the former GSL finalists. Leenock was able to halt the Life hype train for a bit, outplaying Startale's new Zerg in two straight games and being the first player to make Life look outclassed in ZvZ since he broke through in GSTL this season.
Polt, who has had high placing after high placing in foreign tournaments this year, hadn't been doing well in the GSL, but after swearing off of streaming and international events for the time being, he showed why he can still be considered one of the better Terrans in the world. He failed a proxy marauder rush in game one that he could have won with if he was a bit more decisive, but came back in the next two games with strong play to take down the young prodigy of Prime. Neither Leenock or Polt are in Code S yet, but if they play at the level they've showed so far, you will see them back again in no time.
Finally, we get to MMA. Everyone wanted to know if he would show up in a Slayers uniform (he did), and if he would be too fazed with all the drama going on to be able to beat a tough player in Hero (he wasn't). Hero, who has been traveling around the world and been playing in foreign event after foreign event, didn't play up the level he is capable of and got punished for it. Statistically by far his worst match-up, MMA was able to smash Hero in a TvP and win a match with Violet next week for a Code S spot. Still, with a sulky expression after his blowout victory, you have to wonder how this MMA and Slayers drama will end.
The Royal Road Calls
- Yoda and Shine, two possible Royal Road candidates for Code S Season Four, put on impressive showings against Oz and AcE.
In Season One it was Parting. He got to the quarterfinals with the hype of a thousand storms, but got absolutely flattened by eventual champion DongRaeGu when they met.
For Season Two it was Squirtle. Unlike his teammate Parting, he was able to get all the way to the finals and closer than anyone ever has at completing the royal road. He was all-in defense away from being crowned the Protoss President, Royal Roader, and GSL Champion, but failed to capture all three and lost to Mvp.
This season, it was Symbol. He had maybe even more hype behind him than Parting and Squirtle, got through two Groups of Death and was one game away from making it to the semifinals. Then, well, he kinda choked, got beaten down and eliminated in the quarterfinals by a celebrating Seed.
Now, with the fourth season of Code S soon approaching, we will be looking for our next player who we can hype to become the first royal roader - before he flames out fantastically and we start the process all over. At this point, it's practically a GSL tradition. So far in this Code A, Yoda and Shine have both put on back-to-back performances that make them the leading Royal Road hype candidates, should they make it all the way into Code S.
Yoda, who already eliminated a GSL veteran and golden mouse winner in July, went on to do the same thing to former Code S semifinalist and OSL Ro16 competitor Oz in commanding fashion. Known for his manner mule celebrations, Yoda didn't let his fans down by dropping his trademark manner mules in both games when he felt that Oz was done for. Oz, a very good player in his own right, just couldn't stop Yoda's constant harassment and fell to LG-IM's royal road hopeful.
Shine, who we shall just call the Grim Reaper, took out Ace in an encore performance from his eliminating of Virus last season. Virus and Ace have both been players haven't been the most popular Code S players in their careers, and Shine mercilessly culled them from Code A as well. With Symbol and Hyun - another player who could go for the royal road next season - helping him in the TSL house, Shine is a player to watch out for. Next up he will face by far his toughest test of Code S season when he takes on his captain and teammate Polt in the final stage of Code A.
Steady As She Goes
- Parting and Curious continue their consistent play and get one step closer back to Code S.
Not much to talk about about these two. Killer talked big, said his PvP was unbeatable, and even after his good results lately, got crushed by Parting. Killer had a few cute ideas and tried to take Parting off his game, but the Startale Protoss's control and micro was just too good for anything Killer could think of.
Puzzle, who has now kinda-somewhat-I-guess become Slayers ace after MMA's official demotion, didn't give his team the best confidence boost. While SlayerS' old ace was able to take out Hero in a 2-0 slaughter, Puzzle got beat 2-1 by Curious and was knocked into Up-and-Downs. Curious continues his consistent streak of staying in Code S and doing absolutely nothing when getting there, but fans of Curious and Startale can always hope that after enough tries, he'll finally have his breakout season.