Code S: Ro32 Group B Recap
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Welcome to the Halloween edition of GSL! Due to Hurricane Sandy, we are sorry for this article going up a bit later than usual. With a day and night of ghouls and scares in front of us, let's look back and last night's game, and also preview a clash between four players hoping their Halloween doesn't end like a horror movie.
TStartaLe World Order
- TSL_Symbol and ST_Hack advance 1st and 2nd to keep the Ro16 a two team affair
If you ever needed an example that GSTL success correlates with GSL results, this would be the season to point it out. TSL and Startale, the two teams to go through into the semifinals without a loss for this season's GSTL, have gone 2/2 through the first two days with getting their players in the Ro16. Yesterday, Parting and Polt were able to both advance from one of the groups of death, even after having to start out the night facing each other. They both proved to be the two strongest players in their group, and their teammates Symbol and Hack were able to do the same in Group B.
Symbol was simply superhuman. With all the hype revolving around the undefeated in Code A Roro heading into this group, the two-time quarter-finalist of Code S came in with little fanfare. He was the royal road hopeful in Season 3, people expecting him to at least make a semifinal trip. He got upset by eventual champion Seed in the quarterfinals, and he became just another royal roader who couldn't finish the journey. Having less dominating results last season, he was still able to get revenge on Seed in the Ro16, but wasn't able to breach the round of eight with another disappointing loss, this time to LG-IM's Mvp.
Roro played decently against Symbol, but the TSL Zerg was on his game. Every time Roro wanted to counter attack, Symbol was on his horse and reinforcing with a nydus candal that linked back to his base. While Roro tried to break down his adversary in two straight games, Symbol became the first player to beat Roro in the GSL. With a sweep of the elephant, Symbol put up his ZvZ record to a perfect 6-0, getting him closer and closer to the old days of Nestea's unbeatable ZvZ.
Hack started out his night maybe not as well, but still good enough to advance. Happy was able to use sky Terran to perfect in the first game of their series, breaking down Hack's mech play, but the Startale Terran was able to roar back with two wins on the next two maps. In the final game of the series, Hack went for a double proxy in the middle of map, predicting the usually standard Happy would either try to go CC first or focus on his tech. Hack walked in with three marines and a SCV, took down Happy's lone fodder marine, and started the snowball effect. Before too long, Hack had a bunker in Happy's main, marines streaming in, and Happy looking bewildered. With his last ditch hellions attempt not doing anything to Hack's growing bio army, the LG-IM Terran tapped out and accepted defeat.
Unlike yesterday when the Startale player was able to eek out a 2-1 victory over the TSL player, Symbol won back some cred for his team with a stomping of Hack in the winner's match. Symbol lost to Mvp last season in a 1-3 effort in the quarterfinals, but Hack isn't Mvp, and Symbol played much better than he did on that night. Hack didn't play too terribly, but known mostly for his TvP, he wasn't able to keep up with one of the deadliest ZvT players in the world today.
With Symbol clearing the group with a perfect record, Hack faced Roro in the final match of the night. In a full three game series, Hack and Roro put on the best series of the tournament so far. Holding serve through the first two games with both taking a map, it all came down to a single showdown on Entombed Valley. In a back and forth game that would go over 40 minutes, the two players gave it everything they had to get out of the group in second. With the chance of glory in Las Vegas lingering in the future, neither wanted to go back down to Code A.
Finally, with some great engagements and the best play we've ever seen out of him in Starcraft 2, Hack was able to get his career defining win against one of the most hyped up KeSPA players. Eliminating Roro from Code S gives him some credibility heading into the Ro16, and he didn't even need to use his scary TvP to get into the second stage of the tournament. Roro had some late game mistakes, most notably having six ultras stuck in a nydus at the end of the game, but Hack proved to be the overall better player by the end of the series.
So with Hack's advancement to the next round, the passing of the torch moment in the Startale team seems to be getting closer. Just like how Rainbow, the first star Terran on Startale, got usurped by Bomber in the middle of 2011, it feels like it might be time for Bomber to start considering giving the title of best Terran on Startale to Hack. Bomber's last Code S Ro16 appearance was October last year, losing Mvp 2-0, and Hack, after 700 days of trying to get into Code S, has finally got here and made it to the second round in his first attempt. If Hack can make it to the quarterfinals, it'll be the first time a Startale Terran has done that feat since Bomber did it in GSL July, losing to Byun after starting up 2-0 in a Bo5 series.
Don't Rororry, At Least He Beat Happy
Happy went double proxy rax. Roro went for double hatchery before getting pool.
And with that, Yoda officially becomes the back-up in the LG-IM Terran line. It was a hard fought battle, but with the biggest build order win that somehow ended a loss in GSL history, Happy will now be known for two things: being an android and losing to a double hatchery before pool when going for proxy rax. He shouldn't have loss, but he did and that's really, really sad.
The Roro hype train never really left the station, but he still delivered some good games and was able to win a game that no one is going to forget for a very long time. The elephants, that seemed to be on a rampage through GSL players, is now becoming more like Rain is the one rampaging through everyone and KeSPA is along for the ride. All four KeSPA players in the Up/Downs failed to qualify, and only Flash was able to have a .500 record. Roro, one of the KeSPA players to qualify for Code S, failed in his first try.
We still have Bbyong, Bogus, and most importantly sOs left out of the players who qualified by going through Code A, but the KeSPA players mystique is wearing off, and the rest of the world now have replays and information about all of them. Rain has been able to show he is one of the best players in the world and possibly the best, but will any of his KeSPA comrades show that they're on his level?