Code S Ro32: Group A Recap
Results from Live report thread by opterown.
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- The defending GSL champion advances first in the group, but by a narrower margin than expected.
LG-IM_Seed started where he left off last season. Yet again, his games weren't pretty, but he got the job done in the end. His title defense didn't start with a 2-0 mauling of ST_SuHoSin like most thought would happen, but the champion showed his resiliency, taking out the Startale Zerg and ST_PartinG by 2-1 scorelines to get out of his group in first place.
The night started out like you would have expected. SuHoSin went for a wacky but brilliant fast-drop strategy, but wasn't able to execute it well enough. Seed defended nicely, and with the part-time gamer not being able to get the most out of his inventive strategy, the IM Protoss took an easy first game victory. Starting the second game on GSL's new map Abyssal City, Seed was caught off guard by Suhosin's surprise strategy: standard play. Suhosin played a brilliant back-stabbing style on the new map, running circles around Seed by exploiting the map's multiple routes to their fullest.
Losing on the second map to the player thought of as by far the weakest of the thirty-two players in this season's tournament, Seed kept composed and finished him off on Daybreak. SuHoSin continued to impress, reverting back to his Super Tournament style where he continually made muta after muta, harassing the main and natural of his opponent, and killing off 100 of Seed's probes. The problem was that like most outdated strategies, SuHoSin never actually transitioned from making mutas and had no answer for Seed's death ball at the end of the game. It didn't matter that Seed lost a hundred probes because even without a superior economy, SuHoSin's army composition of 30+ mutas couldn't stand a chance against Seed's templars and stalkers.
Getting out of the first match of the night, Seed turned his attention onto Parting. In what turned out to be a series of Swiss cheese, both players went back and forth exchanging quick death blows to their opponent. When it came to the final game of the series, again on Daybreak, Seed was able to stop Parting's quick four gate with stalkers, transition into a few immortals and a colossus, and crush the Startale Protoss while he was trying to build his economy with a natural base. Having invested all of his resources into his army, Seed went in for the unstoppable all-in and took first place in the group.
Looking forward, Seed didn't have the most impressive debut as a defending champion, but at least he didn't fall out in the first round. He isn't a champion that you will see crushing everyone and going for a perfect season, but he has a knack for getting out of tough situations and pulling through in the clutch. As champion going into group selections, Seed will once again have an opportunity to pick his prey for his next round, hoping to make it to a second straight quarterfinals.
Revenge of the Leenocktopus
- Leenock advances onto the Ro16 with victories over SuHoSin and Parting.
FXOLeenock said in his winner's interview that if you beat him once, you will not beat him the second time around. Parting was able to triumph with all-ins when the two first met up in the first match of the night, but Leenock was ready when they faced off to see who would be advancing out of the group in second place.
In his first game of the night, Leenock was able to punish PartinG's extreme passiveness by massing an unstoppable hive composition and wiping him from the map. However, PartinG followed his initial loss with two excellently performed all-ins, and Leenock fell 1 - 2 to the losers match.
Falling into the loser's match and having to win two series to advance, the ace of FXO started to get to work. First up was SuHoSin, coming off a close loss to Seed in the opening series of the night. Facing two straight 10 pools in a row, Leenock batted down both attempts despite opening hatch first each time, rolling over his brother of the Swarm without difficulty. SuHoSin tried to catch the young Zerg napping, but the MLG champion was ready and knew exactly how to handle SuHoSin's early pressure.
Getting a second chance to take on Parting, Leenock didn't let it go to waste. Winning 2 - 0 in the final series of the night, Leenock banished Parting into Code A and earned his Ro16 spot. The first game saw Leenock use the same muta-bane-ling style that was crucial in his MLG championship run, and it proved to be no worse for wear as he harassed PartinG half to the death before finishing him off. After that, Leenock went back to his earliest roots, faking a regular macro opening only to go for a roach-ling all-in. PartinG wasn't able to respond correctly, and took his second straight loss to drop out of Code S. Two of the best maps for Zerg might have been taken out of the map pool this season, but that hasn't bothered Leenock so far. Heading into the second round, Leenock is one of the firm favorites to take the entire season.