Code A Final Round: Day One Recap
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Upsets? We don't need no stinking upsets!
– GSL's biggest stars triumph over darkhorse Code S players
If Code S Season Three was marked by the conspicuous absence of some of the GSL's most familiar faces, then Season Four is shaping up as a return to normalcy. All former GSL finalists in LG-IM_Mvp, ST_Squirtle, NotLiquid`Genius, MarineKingPrime, and FXOLeenock made it through to Code S, giving the GSL some early assurance that there will be plenty of star power to go around in the next season of the Code S. With MMA and Polt in action tomorrow, the GSL could be blessed with a tournament with the most impressive combined resume in their nearly two year history.
The qualifying players faced a formidable group of seasoned opponents who were more than up to the task of testing their Code S credentials, but for the most part, the stars passed through with flying colors. Four time champion Mvp was the first one through, scoring an impressive 2 – 0 victory against Quantic.TheStC by showing off his mastery of mech play in TvT. Mvp's Code S Season two finals opponent, Squirtle, also progressed with a 2 – 0 scoreline, smashing FXOGuMiho in a both a macro game and using a 4-gate rush.
Leenock also won a 2 – 0 victory, destroying possible GSTL finals opponent SlayerS_Ryung in true Leenock fashion. Massive lair-stage armies off of four bases swarmed over Ryung in game one, while a a few dozen banelings busted through Ryung's four-barracks wall to close the series with a bang.
Season One finalist Genius didn't have such an easy time, as he dropped a game against TSL's HyuN. Genius took game one after defending against a reckless doom-drop from HyuN, but a failed all-in tied up the score in game two. Undaunted, Genius went for another all-in in the final game, and this time he got the win he needed to make into his tenth Code S tournament.
– MKP's top-to-bottom performance:
Though his peers showed some fine in-game form, the hit performance of the night definitely belonged to MarineKingPrime. In a 2 – 0 victory over Startale's Suhosin, he showed how TvZ could be highly entertaining at both the extremely early and ultra-late stages of the game.
Most notably, he was able to defeat Suhosin's 6 pool-rush on Ohana, despite the fact that he opened with a command center before barracks build. By using his SCVs to lead Suhosin's zerglings on a merry chase across the map, MKP bought the time to build a barracks, marine, and bunker at a different base. Once that was done, winning was only a matter of floating his command center on over to resume mining at the newly defended base site.
The second game on Metropolis was the polar opposite of game one, with MarineKingPrime entirely content to sit back, take half the map (including the islands), and play the game out as slow and safe as possible. Having built his recent GSL success on top of strong early-mid game attacks, Suhosin was clearly caught out of his element, falling to a hellish combination of battlecruisers, tanks, vikings and ravens.
A tale of two TvPs
– JYP overcomes another Terran in Hack, PartinG storms his way to victory against aLive
One victory might have been all EG.JYP needed this whole time. After suffering from a terrible PvT jinx that left him below a 10% win rate and without a series win in the GSL, JYP finally broke through by defeating his teammate EG.ThorZaIN 2 – 1 in the previous round of Code A. Building on that performance, JYP came through again with another important victory against Startale's Hack, this time earning himself the prize of a Code S spot.
In the meanwhile, ST_PartinG, a player known mostly for his PvT proved his credentials once more by taking out an elite TvP player in FnaticRC aLive. PartinG favored a variation of his famous 'PartinG build' (*not necessarily invented by PartinG), taking three fast bases but teching up instead of going for a 7-8 gate attack. After trading a game a piece, the series came down to a final game on Atlantis Spacebear where a base trade scenario ensued. In the end, patient templar energy hoarding managed to save the game for PartinG, as he was able to storm out aLive's troops while his survived to collect the GG.
Oh, and that game.
– Heart edges out Keen to make it into his first Code S
In a match between two players much maligned for cheesing in high profile games, the coL.Heart vs MVPKeeN series actually didn't feature any cheese at all. Instead, it was a game where Heart was able to show off his ability to judge engagements and seize opportunities where he found them. In both games of his 2 – 0 victory, Heart was able to take a decisive advantage after he took his stimpak upgraded marines and attacked into Keen's stimless army (once on offense, once on defense).
It probably won't be the victory that wins over fans, but it was a mark of vindication nonetheless. After initially derided as being merely lucky in his third place run at MLG Winter Championship, Heart has shown considerable consistency. A good Code S performance in the upcoming season may prove that he has been Complexity's shrewdest Starcraft II acquisition yet.