Up Down Matches: Group D Recap
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Return to Happiness
- After an almost year long slump, Happy advances first out of the group with a 4-1 record, giving LG-IM a league high five players in Code S.
He was given the nickname MiniVP when he broke through in his royal road season of Code S, going undefeated all the way until the semifinals where he was finally taken out 3-1 by eventual champion MMA. He wasn't only able to make a strong impression on the fans with his amazing first run in Code S, but he brought innovative TvZ play and displayed strong mech play like his teammate Mvp. Truth be told, between him and Mvp that tournament, Happy played MMA better than his champion teammate, and gave the Slayers Terran a run for his money to make it to the finals. With an outstanding opening campaign, there was no reason why he couldn't dream of stepping on a finals stage and raising his own trophy.
Happy would do decently in the next Code S season, getting out of the first round and getting to his second straight round of sixteen. Unfortunately, that would be the last time he would get that far in Code S. The next season, he got beat by Killer and Oz, fell into Code A, and has been on the edge of Code A and S since then. This was his second Up/Down group in his past three seasons, and he didn't come in with the same expectations as he once held.
With a 1-3 record last time he played in the Up/Down matches, losing to Supernova, Boxer and July, he came in hoping that this time would be a reversal of fortunes. Against Creator (coincidentally, the only player he beat the last time he was in an Up/Down group), things got off to a rock start. Getting beaten down by the champion of WCS Korea, the night had a pessimistic start for the former Code S semifinalist. With the two favorites coming in being Supernova and Creator, Happy was going to have to pull off an amazing next four games to get through.
That did happen.
Happy would go on a four game winning streak to to top his group and advance into Code S. Reverting back to rookie Happy, the one with so much promise, he demonstrated why while he might have had a bad start to 2012, he could still make it up in the final two GSL tournaments of the year. With some good drop play and nicely placed EMP's against Vampire, and a nicely done bio rush with bunkers against the Killer, he was able to dispose of the two other Protoss in the group without much of a sweat.
Displaying his dominating TvZ play, that is still 70% in Korea even through his slump, he took out YuGiOh and put himself in a great position to advance. Earlier in the night against Supernova, he got through one of the two favorites in the group by channeling his inner BitByBit and pulling SCV's along with his hellion drop. Breaking through after a tightly contested battle, he got out of the game with a win and didn't look back.
Now back in Code S, you have to ask yourself what we should expect from Happy this season. At best, a quarterfinal appearance could be feasible, but with how stacked the line-up is for this Code S, if Happy doesn't play his absolute best, he could find himself back in the Up/Down groups for a third time in four seasons. The main storyline for MinVP this season might be a new found rivalry against his Terran teammate, Yoda.
Yoda got through Code A without a single loss, got praised by Mvp, being called the best player on LG-IM, and has dreams of becoming a royal roader, something Happy was close to becoming last August. For Happy to keep his moniker of the MinVP, and second best Terran on LG-IM, he needs to place better than his teammate this season. Yoda might have the new car smell to him, coming into his first season with an undefeated Code A hype, but don't count out Happy to continue his revival.
- mTw.SuperNova wins the tiebreaker over CreatorPrime and MVP.Vampire, claiming his 9th straight season in Code S. Creator, the WCS Korea champion, falls to Code A for the fourth season.
Supernova taught us that while Creator might have been the sexier pick, winning WCS Korea last week in comeback fashion against Squirtle, that he is Mr. Reliable and will never disappoint you. Every time a new Code S begins, come Code A, Up/Down or whatever qualifier he needs to get through, Supernova will be there, chomping at the bit to finally, after a million seasons, make it to the semifinals and have a chance to make a final. His road to his ninth Code S wasn't pretty, having to fight through a deadly three-way tiebreak for second place in the group, but he got out of it with his ticket to the all-star dance next week. Creator, who had all the momentum in the world coming into this Up/Down group, couldn't seal the deal against Supernova in their tiebreaker game, and watched his hopes of being Code S champion slip through his fingers.
Happy's resurgence made it that only one of Supernova and Creator could make it through, and Supernova showed everyone why he is a master of survival. Creator, in his second Up/Down group of all-time, tasted defeated for a second time. In his first time in the Up/Downs, he went 2-2, beating July and Boxer. The two people he lost to? Happy and Supernova, the two people who climbed over him into Code S this season. Now with his Code A placement confirmed for the fourth season, Creator has a few weeks to prepare for another shot at getting into the premiere GSL tournament. With WCS Asia also coming up and a spot in the Global Finals already earned, Creator's eyes will be on trying to become the first WCS Global champion, and make people forget all about his failure in not getting out of this group.
Supernova will be trying to make it to the quarterfinals, earning his tenth straight season in Code S, and receiving the Nestea award for longevity in Code S. With a new team in mTw and not having to worry about financial problems any longer, he should have a clear mind entering the season. The fourth season of Code S 2012 might be the most difficult in the history of the GSL, but Supernova has experience on his side. A quarterfinal appearance might get him the Nestea award, but the real trophy Supernova wants is currently in the possession of Seed.
So Now What?
- Vampire, Killer, and YuGiOh all fail to qualify for Code S.
MVP.Vampire: He came into this Up/Down group with no expectations. Barely anyone knew who he was outside of his infamous game last season against Line. Now, with an admirable performance in the Up/Down group, even causing a tiebreak between him and the two favorites of the group, he's a player who could go any-which direction. He might be a player who is doing well on the heels of the new Protoss dominance in Korea, or he could be a player that just needs more booth experience to show his true potential. He has a Code A spot for next season, so we'll keep our eyes close on this blood sucking Protoss and see how far he can go.
SlayerS_YugiOh: King in the Code A! King in the Code A! King in the Code A! I have lost count in how many seasons YuGiOh has been in Code A, but with his recent performances in WCS Korea and now this Up/Down group, the King's place in his kingdom might not last for long. If he is drawn against one of the four KeSPA players who received Code A seeds, there is a 50/50 chance that YuGiOh will forfeit and flee the country from fear of losing to another elephant. It seems unthinkable that YuGiOh might actually fall out of Code A, but if he doesn't improve over the next three weeks, it could happen.
coL.Killer: Killer went 0-5. The only other player in history who went 0-5 in the Up/Down groups was BumblebeePrime. After going 0-5, he apparently left Prime, vanished from the universe, and is now in some different dimension trying to end the shame of going 0-5 in his Up/Down group. Let's hope the same doesn't happen to Killer.