Code A Ro32: Day One Recap
Results from Live Report thread by Shellshock1122.
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No One is Safe
Nestea, jjakji, and Oz were some of the first Code A regulars to be eliminated from the tournament last week, but they were not the last. In a night of games with plenty of unexpected results, Genius, PartinG, ByuN, Ryung, and MC all dropped from the Code A tournament. Fortunately for them, they will get a second chance in the Up/Down matches, unlike their peers who were eliminated in the Ro48 and sent straight back to Code B. Even so, the Up/Down matches are guaranteed to be the hardest they've ever been this season, and returning to Code S will be no small feat for the defeated.
– Protoss regulars vanquished: SK_MC, ST_PartinG, and SlayerS_Genius sent to Up/Downs
The most notable upset was the MC's defeat at the hands of FnaticRC aLive, a fellow Code S regular but one with a much thinner resume. Surprisingly, MC defeat was the most one-sided upset loss of the night, with aLive looking like the two-time champion and MC looking like the middle-tier Code S player. After successfully deflecting a two base timing attack in game one, aLive followed it up with brilliant MMM play in game two, running MC ragged with harassment before finishing him off.
PartinG and Genius did a little better, losing 1 – 2 to MVP.Vampire and CJ_Bbyong, but they could not say they lost unfairly. PartinG had nothing to blame but PvP, dropping the final set after his blink stalker build ran up against a safe, immortal-backed fast expand from Vampire. In Genius' case, he managed to take a map with one of his famous void ray all-ins, but lost with a blink-stalker all-in when he was backdoored by a group of hellions. Both players decided they would play at least one macro game in the final set, where Bbyong toppled Genius' colossi and came out with a narrow victory.
– Samsung_RorO rolls on, defeating SlayerS_Ryung 2 – 0
While Bbyong surprised by winning his game against Genius, there was a KeSPA player who drew even more attention. RorO, possibly the best Zerg player from the KeSPA faction, added another GomTV player to his kill-list and devastated Ryung in a 2 – 0 rout. On Entombed Valley, Ryung suffered a slow, inevitable defeat at the hands of a well supported brood lord composition, while on Whirlwind, his mech army was categorically picked apart before it could reach critical mass.
Roro will be able to travel to WCS Asia this weekend with a smile on his face, and on the back of his recent performances, should be one of the top candidates to represent Korea in the World Finals.
– One-sided madness
While the Code S regulars faltered, the rest of the night was filled with fairly predictable, one-sided results. As expected, everywhere-BUT-the-GSL sensations CreatorPrime and TSL_HyuN rolled on to the final round of Code A with 2 – 0 victories, Creator defeating his teammate Byun while Hyun crushed LG-IM's YoDa.
MaruPrime defeated FXOasd in a TvT that more resembled a PvP, gaining a heavy build-order advantage in both games and riding them to easy wins. Finally, ST_Hack outplayed MVP's finale in two straight macro games to make it to the final round of Code A for the second straight season.
– Looking forward: DongRaeGu vs. Roro and other matches.
Before this season started, you could already tell that the next Up/Downs would be the toughest ever. Not only had the general skill level risen considerably, but there would be an influx of extremely skilled KeSPA players to make the path to Code S even more treacherous. With players like MC, Ryung, PartinG, Genius, Byun and YoDa already confirmed for the Up/Downs, the tournament is already shaping up to be a mini-Code S.
Looking ahead at the confirmed matches in the final round of Code A, there's one match that really catches the eye. By defeating Ryung, RorO has booked himself a date with DongRaeGu with a Code S spot on the line. DongRaeGu has fallen hard in the last few months, having only the OSL to hang his hat upon. He needs to make the bleeding stop in the GSL, and a strong ZvZ player like RorO is the last thing he'll have wanted. At the same time, a win over one of KeSPA's best might be exactly what he needs to give himself a much needed boost.
In terms of game quality, aLive vs Creator might be best match of the Ro24, with both players excelling at late game TvP. Whether it's for the Terran or Protoss side, it should prove to be a clinic on how to play the match-up.
The other matches are not as high profile, but offer some interesting storylines nonetheless. JYP will be tested by yet another Terran in Maru, Squirtle will face a teamkill match against Hack, and HyuN seems destined to finally reach Code S after drawing a relatively easy opponent in Vampire. Last, but definitely not least, Bbyong will learn the true meaning of cheese as he goes up against Heart.