|1.||RorO (Z)||Advances to Code S Ro16||2-0|
|2.||Parting (P)||Advances to Code S Ro16||2-1|
|3.||Life (Z)||Falls to Code A||1-2|
|4.||Bboong (Z)||Falls to Code A||0-2|
The final group of the round-of-16 promised riveting and action-packed games, alas this did not come into fruition with the majority of group D falling into the monotony which is ZvZ. Samsung KHAN RorO and SK Telecom T1 PartinG eventually waded through the prosaic day to advance into the round-of-8.
The Coinflip Zerg advances
In an impressive performance RorO topped the group, notably triumphing over favorite Life. In his first ever GSL appearance and last ever WoL competition, RorO has displayed a steadfast play syle which has been advantageous to him so far. His games against Bboong were won rather convincingly, with a clean 2-0. In fact, both games lasted mere minutes, in one of the quickest sets of the season.
His games against, who many consider to be, the best zerg player in the world was a slightly more arduous task. RorO looked to take the set in another 2-0, however a bad base trade decision allowed Life a small window of opportunity. Both Zerg players fell on a Roach, Hydralisk and Infestor composition in the third game, but RorO managed to cling onto his early advantage to win the game with a slight supply lead.
PartinG advances, Life and Bboong fall to Code A
PartinG scrambled through group D, only barely making it to the round-of-8 to join MC as the second Protoss player. His games were on the whole lackluster; relying far too heavily on his widely acclaimed immortal and sentry all-in. Life utilized an atypical build in their first set by which he built Zerglings and Hydralisks before transitioning into Mutalisks. Both times PartinG was unprepared, with only a smattering of Colossi to counter the abundant Hydralisk army. These agonizing losses did however prepare PartinG for his final match, once again against Life. In Game 1 he teched to Collosi extremely quickly, already anticipating Hydralisks from the Zerg. The set went into a third game, which quickly became very volatile. The game eventually concluded with PartinG decimating Life’s Mutalisk army with a series of laudable Psionic Storms.
Round-of-8, day 1 preview
The GSL will continue on Thursday with the first day of the round-of-8 which will feature Innovation, Symbol, PartinG, and Curious. Innovation and PartinG are both heavily favored to take their respective sets. However Curious will no doubt be eager to try and avenge StarTale Life’s fall to code A. Indeed, his excellent performance in the round-of-16 alongside PartinG’s substandard showing suggests a StarTale victory is not inconceivable. This will be Symbol’s third time in the round-of-8, all efforts to advance have hitherto been futile. To finally make it into the semi-finals he will have to slay the gargantuan dragon that is Innovation, arguably the best Terran in the world.