After a one week break for the Group Nominations, GSL Code S resumed with the first of its round-of-sixteen groups. Reigning champion GSL Maru headlined the proceedings, continuing his quest to win back-to-back titles by advancing from his group in first place. Zest advanced in second place from the group, reaching the quarterfinals in consecutive seasons.
Maru went into the group as the overwhelming favorite to advance, but faced more resistance than expected from his hand-picked first opponent in Patience. Though his peers called him the weakest RO16 player during the group nominations, Patience showed why no RO16 player should be overlooked by taking a map off of Maru with a powerful Glaive-Adept and Immortal attack. Maru had an easier time of things in the winners' match, taking out Solar 2-0 with his signature TvZ one-two punch: defensive late-game play, followed by a proxy-barracks bunker rush.
Zest's PvZ has been his Achilles heel in 2018, and it looked to be the cause of his downfall once more as he fell 0-2 to Solar in his initial match. Zest took out Patience in the losers' match, earning another short at Solar with a quarterfinal spot on the line. Despite his PvZ woes, Zest was able to pull through with a clutch win the decider match, defeating Solar with a mass-Phoenix into Chargelot-Immortal-Archon attack in game one, and a powerful deathball army in game two.
GSL Code S continues on Saturday, May 26 4:00am GMT (GMT+00:00) with Group B of the RO16, featuring soO, Dear, INnoVation, and Rogue.