It’s the first stage of the OSL Ro8! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m having a hard time reconciling the fact that fate has forced Stork and Reach to play each other. Other than that, though, I couldn’t be more excited about the matchups.
OSL Ro8 Set 1
Savior (Z) vs. Iris (T)
I took one look at this game and said, “Savior—no doubt in my mind,” but after a little more thought, I realized that there definitely is room for doubt. Iris, though he has slumped a bit as of late, is still 7-2 since May. Then there’s their last series against each other to consider, the series in which Iris showed the world that he can elevate his play according to his opponent and the stakes. And neither could be higher.
But there’s no question that Savior is the favorite. Beyond any statistics, Savior has looked incredible in both the OSL and the MSL, and his only losses have been his TvZ against GoRush and a failed, but spectacular, cheese attempt against Light. On a map like Python that, as Sea said, “forces standard play,” I have a hard time thinking that Savior will lose this one. But I said the same thing before their Bo5 in the previous OSL...
REACH (P) vs. Stork (P)
@ Monty Hall
I am not excited about this match. No one should be—no one! This match means the beginning of the end for one of the Protoss heroes of this OSL. In my heart, I want nothing more than for Reach to win the whole damn tournament, but I just don’t think he’s playing well enough to take down Stork.
Bisu (P) vs. Flash (T)
I’m really scared about this game. As Bisu showed last night against Hwasin, he can be beaten PvT, and Flash is currently 7-0 in the matchup for his televised career. Further considering that the map is Hitchhiker, this game holds the potential for a massive upset. I’ll go so far as to call Flash the favorite for this game and Bisu the favorite for the series.
Hwasin (T) vs. GGPlay (Z)
Hwasin had a Bo5 against Bisu last night; I just don’t think he’s practiced much for this game. Then again, did he really need to? Hwasin is 40-19 career TvZ, and he’s 6-0 since his 2-3 loss to Savior in the MSL. GGPlay, however, is no slouch ZvT, and Fantasy, being a big, open, macro-oriented map, definitely favors GGPlay’s style of play. Fantasy is currently 3-0 ZvT, which is by no means conclusive, but it does hint towards the map being, at the very least, acceptable by Zerg standards. GGPlay is my pick to walk away with the victory, based only upon the map and Hwasin's focus on TvP as of late.