Code A Ro24: Day One Recap
Match results from Live Report Thread by walitgon.
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– CJ_Bbyong becomes the first KeSPA player to qualify for Code S without a seed.
It's been a month of landmark moments for KeSPA players in StarCraft II, and yesterday night provided another important first for the forerunners. Bbyong became the first KeSPA gamer to make it into Code S after having started all the way down in Code B, making it through the system without any advantages bestowed upon him.
Alas, with Rain having taken on and defeated most of the eSF's elite in the last month, Bbyong's victory over coL.Heart couldn't help but seem a bit minor in comparison. Heart, despite being a skilled and underrated, is not a player you'd say is a Code S championship contender.
In any case, Heart put up a fight, looking just as good at Genius and First before him, going down by the same 1 – 2 scoreline. There were none of his famous all-in shenanigans, just straight up Terran vs. Terran play. He lost game one after losing the decisive marine vs. marine battle, then took game two after taking an economic build-order advantage and holding off a desperate attack from Bbyong. In the final game, Heart was unable to hold off Bbyong's two base mech-timing and conceded the Code S spot to Bbyong.
On the back of Bbyong's run through Code A, he looks like a capable Code S player, worthy of replacing a Ro16 player like Heart. Strangely, his round one victory against an elite PvT player in First still seems to be his most impressive victory so far, and he is yet to be tested by Code S class Zergs. As with many KeSPA players, we advise at most, cautious optimism at this time, until we see more of his games.
In Heart's case, he continued his trend of playing close series and losing, as well as playing better in standard matches than his cheesy reputation would suggest (albeit, we can't say he doesn't deserve that reputation). The Up/Down matches will be tougher than ever, but with a manageable group, we wouldn't be surprised to see Heart back in Code S next season.
– Disappointing TSL_HyuN faces Up/Downs after losing 1 – 2 to MVP.Vampire
A ten week winning streak in IPL's Fight Club didn't mean much for HyuN as he dropped the ball once more in the GSL. Coming in as a massive favorite, HyuN lost 1 – 2 to MVP's Vampire after collapsing with a gigantic lead in the final set.
The first few minutes of game one made it look like HyuN was destined to stroll into Code S, with his speedlings surrounding Vampire's sentries when he was late to pull the trigger on his force-fields. While a few sloppy mistakes from HyuN allowed Vampire to pull back somewhat, HyuN overran him with superior numbers in the end.
Game two saw HyuN and Vampire play out a fairly standard three-base vs. three-base macro game scenario on Daybreak. However, HyuN was late to tech to hive, and chose poor engagements against Vampire's deathball with his lair army, allowing Vampire to easily cut a path through Zerg troops to take the game.
After two lackluster games, HyuN put in a performance in game three that fully lived up to his GSL choker reputation. HyuN took the initiative with mass mutalisks, pinning Vampire in his base while he proceeded to take nearly every base on the map. With over ten geysers of gas income and thirty-plus mutalisks, HyuN could have closed the game out any way he wanted, but instead he chose to throw it away.
The only area HyuN was lacking behind in was upgrades on his mutalisks, and he let Vampire take full advantage of that fact by engaging well-upgraded, guardian-shielded stalkers in a head on battle without any zergling support. Vampire's force tore through the mutalisks, and immediately went on the counter-attack for an improbable comeback victory.
Now Vampire will advance to Code S, where he will be a prime candidate to be picked by Life as his first opponent next season. His victories over sSak and HyuN owned as much to his opponent's mistakes as to his own prowess, and he will have to go about proving that he truly belongs.
HyuN's in the same place as he was before, remaining one of the best online players who can't get anything done in live games. He will get a second chance in the Up/Down matches, but he needs to figure out what's jinxing him in the GomTV booth if he's to have a chance of advancing to Code S.
– No 'surprises' for ST_Squirtle and CreatorPrime as they advance to Code S
Squirtle and Creator rebounded from their disappointing performances at WCS Asia, crushing ST_Hack and FnaticRC aLive 2 – 0 to advance into Code S. While they were upstaged by some of their Protoss brethren in Shanghai, they looked recovered as they announced their season five Code S campaigns.
In Squirtle's case, he was forced to face the demons of his past as his teammate Hack decided to go for consecutive proxy-barracks all-ins. It seemed like Hack could have a mental edge as Squirtle was 0 – 3 against the strategy in the past, including a heartbreaking loss in game seven of the Code S Season Two finals. However, Squirtle showed he had learned his lesson, and held on to take a 2 – 0 series win.
A micro error in the first game almost caused Squirtle to repeat his fate for the fourth time, but he recovered to win by a slim margin. Facing the strategy again in game two, Squirtle showed much better micro and held against the all-in easily, clinching his spot in Code S.
As for Creator, there weren't many complications as he lived up to expectations and defeated aLive 2 – 0 in standard games. In the first game, he fended off a two base, SCV-pull timing, while in the second game, he defeated aLive with his signature brand of safe, solid macro play. Having come up with TaeJa and Life as one of the hottest young players in in 2012, Creator will look to get his Code S career back on track in season five.