|1.||Nestea (Z)||Advances to Code S||4-1|
|2.||Huk (P)||Advances to Code S||3-2|
|3.||Center (T)||Wild card qualifier||3-2|
Fan favorites EG Huk and LG-IM Nestea qualified for Code S tonight with records of 3-2 and 4-1 respectively. Center also qualified for GSL’s new wild card group with a score of 3-2 and will get another chance to qualify for Code S on Friday. MVP Finale, Woongjin Flying, and group favorite SKT Fantasy were sent down to Code A.
EG HuK’s GSL return
Huk made his GSL return tonight after being knocked out of Code A in Season 2 of last year. He was able to start off strong, getting a solid win over Flying, but a planned 4 gate against Finale was scouted and shut down in game 2. Game 3 saw Huk as a huge underdog vs the group leader Fantasy. Huk went for a 2 base Blink Stalker all-in and was able to steal a win, taking a lead in the group with a 2-1 record. Huk went for a macro game in his fourth game and it paid off; he was able to dominate Center with his upgraded army and improve his record to 3-1 in the group. After watching Fantasy lose to Flying, Huk would lock up his spot in Code S where he’ll join teammate EG Stephano as the only to foreigners in Code S this season.
SKT Fantasy falls just short
One of the last KeSPA players to switch from Brood War to Starcraft II full time, Fantasy has quickly shown he’s going to be just as strong of a force in this game. Fantasy was one of the top two Terrans, and some would argue he was better than Flash at the end of Brood War. He had a slow start in Starcraft II after making the last Brood War OSL finals, but he caught up very quickly with his KeSPA brethren.
One of the favorites of the group, Fantasy was able to get off to a strong start with a 2-0 lead in the group, but it was downhill from there. After losing to Huk and Flying, he lost his chance at qualifying directly to Code S. He still had a chance for the wild card spot if he could grab a win vs Center, but he wasn’t able to and falls back down to Code A. While his play looked solid, he needs to work a bit more to get to that Code S level. Today was not his day.
Wild card group
Tonight gave us our last player, Center, for Friday night’s wild card group. Joining Center will be EG Jaedong, Byun Prime, Shine and Symbol; all competing for the final two spots in the 2013 GSL Code S Season 1. GOM introduced the wild card group this year to replace last year’s Code S seeds with the goal being to give players that finish third in their up and down groups a second chance.
Jaedong will be the heavy fan favorite in this group and Byun will always have a strong showing. However, look for former TSL members Center, Shine, and Symbol to make a statement for teams that may be looking to pick them up.