The group stages are almost over, and these final four games hold huge consequences—unless you’re in Group B.
OSL Ro16 Week 6
iloveoov (T) vs. Flash (T)
@ Monty Hall
Flash looked great in his TvT against Light, but really, who hasn’t looked great against Light lately? Then there was Flash’s meltdown against Boxer, which left me considering something Hwasin said long ago, something that I don’t have the energy to actually search for. But to paraphrase, Hwasin said that the younger players, himself included, don’t have the same level of late-game management as the grizzled veterans. So my pick is Flash to win early or oov to win late. If Flash can secure a solid advantage early, he stands a good chance to win, but if oov can play the game at his own pace, I’m guessing we’ll see a big, smiling gorilla at the end of the night.
The winner advances 2-1 along with Savior. The loser is eliminated.
DarkElf (T) vs. Nada (T)
I’m going to come right out and say it: I think DarkElf is going to take this one. Both players are eliminated from the OSL, but while Nada has been spending his time practicing for his busy Proleague schedule, DarkElf has been quietly preparing for this, only his second televised game since May 25th. Beyond that, DarkElf took down a couple strong Terrans on his way to the OSL—Sea and FirebatHero, to be exact. Nada, on the other hand, is 3-5 TvT since May.
This game has no impact upon who advances; Bisu and Hwasin have already secured their spots in the Ro8.
Reach (P) vs. Shark[gm] (Z)
I’m both excited and terrified to watch this match. Despite his resurgence as a top player, Reach is 1-5 PvZ since September of last year. Then again, Shark is 0-3 ZvP in the same frame of time. We’re clearly not dealing with two experts in the matchup, but Reach is my pick to take the game due to his current form and the map; Hitchhiker is currently 5-0 PvZ.
If Reach wins, he and Iris will advance 3-0 and 2-1, respectively. If Shark wins, there is a three-way tie at 2-1, and additional games will be played to decide who advances out of that trio.
Stork (P) vs. Casy (T)
There’s no easier pick this evening. A macro-oriented map, an incredible, hot PvT player, a horrendous, cold TvP player—everything points to Stork embarrassing Casy in what is likely to be the most one-sided game of the OSL.
If Stork wins, he advances 2-1 alongside GGPlay, who has already secured his spot in the Ro8. If Casy wins, there is a three-way tie at 1-2, and additional games will be played to decide who advances between Stork, Casy, and Up.