GSL vs. The World kicked off from Seoul's FreecUP studio with its first set of round-of-sixteen matches, which saw Koreans and foreigners split their head-to-head matches 1 to 1. Germany's ShoWTimE toppled Korea's Zest in a bout between Protoss vs Protoss masters, while Stats made short work of China's Cyan.
In inter-Korean action, reigning GSL champion Maru faced tough resistance from soO, narrowly winning by a 3-2 scoreline. Though Maru lived up to his reputation as a late-game powerhouse, soO was able to take two maps off of strong early and mid-game play. Ultimately, Maru was able to close out the series in a hectic game five with a bunker-rush-turned-base-trade.
SpeCial avenged his WCS Valencia loss against Has in a foreigner vs foreigner match, with the Mexican Terran able to survive a barrage of cheeses to win 3-0.
GSL vs. The World continues on Friday, Aug 03 6:00am GMT (GMT+00:00) with the remaining RO16 matches.