Code A Ro48: Day Two Recap
Results from Live Report thread by Shellshock1122.
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– mouz.MaNa and mionix.NaNiwa eliminated, leaving no foreigners in the GSL for the first time.
There have been plenty of jokes about the word "Global" in Global StarCraft League for a long time, but much of the humor went out of it on Tuesday night. MaNa and NaNiwa, the last remaining non-Korean players in the GSL, were eliminated from Code A by Korean players FXOasd and STX_Mini. As a result, for the first time since the GSL ceased to be an open tournament and required qualifiers instead, there are zero non-Korean players left in the GSL.
MaNa looked to be off to a good start, defeating asd in his first game on Antiga Shipyard with solid macro play, building up a strong three-base foundation and shredding his opponent with zealots and storms. However, in an unexpected blast from the past, it was the infamous 1/1/1 that got the last laugh. asd utilized the one-base all-in twice in a row, taking games two and three to eliminate the Polish Protoss from the competition.
Fellow foreigner NaNiwa couldn't avoid the same fate, falling 0 – 2 to KeSPA Protoss Mini. While NaNiwa had profited greatly from PvP during his two quarter-final runs in Code S, it failed him when the situation was most dire. He failed to break Mini with an immortal heavy attack in the first game, while he was crushed in a near-max late-game colossus war in the second.
In the past, a combination of generous foreigner seeding and a relatively forgiving relegation/promotion system allowed at least one foreigner to survive in the GSL at all times. Now, looking ahead to GSL Season Five, there's a real chance it will be an all-Korean tournament unless the GSL decides to practice its brand of seed-giving welfare once more.
– KT_Flash defeats MVP.SangHo as KeSPA and non-KeSPA players split series 3 – 3
As expected, Flash defeated Killer to make it past the first round. However, it wasn't the drubbing many expected, considering one player's nickname is 'God,' while the other recently re-joined a Korean team because he had allowed his skill level to fall drastically.
In games one and three, everything went the way Flash wanted, allowing him to repeat a victory pattern from previous games. His Protoss opponent eschewed storm to go for colossi heavy compositions, allowing Flash to win in a fairly simple manner, using his impeccable macro and ideal army compositions to almost a-move his opponent to death.
However, things didn't go well at all in the middle game, where one base openers (an immortal-gateway attack from Killer, and a 1/1/1-esque build from Flash) cancelled each other out and left both players left transitioning awkwardly into the mid-game. Killer ended up getting the better of the situation, using a DT switch to do a large amount of damage to Flash as he tried to move out from his two bases. Flash ended up committing to an all-or-nothing attack, one which Killer was able to clean up easily with gateway units to take the game.
While Flash's ability to take build order leads and macro with near perfection has been very impressive so far, his series against Killer will leave some fans wondering how he will fare against more elite Protoss opposition when he's not allowed to play his game.
In other KeSPA vs ESF news, the split was even at 3 - 3. While Flash and Mini won as mentioned above, MaruPrime defeated EffOrt as the CJ Zerg tried to all-in three times in a row. Effort succeeded once and failed twice, falling out of the tournament. Maru deserved much credit for his inspired defensive action, displaying some incredible micromanagement to hold off attacks while going for greedy builds.
STX_Last and TSL_Shine fought a very close series against each other, highlighted by a fantastic first game on Whirlwind where Shine barely beat out Last's Mvp-mech style with brood lords. At the end of the day, the TSL Zerg defeated the OSL quarter-finalist 2 – 1, but on the strength of the gameplay from both players, it was no shame for Last to be eliminated so early in the GSL.
As expected, aLive defeated the relatively unknown by.hero from Team Eight (the third 'hero' so far) 2 – 0. aLive had it both ways, crushing his opponent with a cheesy two-rax bunker rush in the first game, and 'spooned' his opponent to death with Mvp-mech in the second.
No Star Hoseo
– Jjakji eliminated from Code A, leaving no NS HoSeo players in the GSL
Foreigners weren't the only faction eliminated from the GSL. Former GSL champion and NSH ace jjakji was dumped from the GSL in unceremonious faction, losing to KeSPA Player sOs (aka sHy) 0 – 2. While Jjakji had fallen considerably since his championship winning prime, his TvP was shown to be quite strong in recent tournaments, making it a particularly surprising loss.
The first game on Antiga Shipyard saw sOs get ahead with good blink stalker harass after his fast expansion, after which Jjakji opted to do a massive all-in in the mid-game, pulling a huge number of SCVs to go attack with his medivacs and infantry. Jjakji came close to breaking his opponent's defensive line, but sOs was able to hold out by a narrow margin. In the second game, sOs killed off NSH's hope in a particularly cruel and anti-climatic fashion, using a 4-gate + warp prism all-in to end the series.