After besting the best terran of 2016 in ByuN in yesterday's tight 3-2 quarterfinal win, Dark was confronted by the terran of the moment in INnoVation for today's semifinal. While bio-mine was the story in the Ro.8, today's clash was all about INnoVation's mech power.
Game 1 lay down a template for the whole series—a cyclone-hellion opener for INnoVation that transitioned straight into full-blown mech. Dark's response was immediate—a roach counter that significantly delayed the terran from powering up, before adding vipers. Abducts and blinding cloud tore apart the terran forces as Dark drew first blood. It wasn't long before INnoVation evened things up though; hitting an earlier pre-viper timing on Vaani and rolling through off his unstoppable macro prowess, and game 3 on Daybreak was just the same.
Finally, down on match point, Dark showed signs of adapting to his opponent. Early infestors on Habitation Station proved to be the change he needed, with some burrowed fungals catching out INnoVation's whole initial cyclone force. The terran never quite recovered, with Dark harassing all over the map with pockets of burrowed roaches before one crucial blinding cloud on all of INnoVation's clumped tanks allowed the mass roach pack to close the distance and send us to a final deciding set on Whirlwind.
All the prophesies of a lengthy macro decider proved to be false, however , as INnoVation's early cyclone-hellbat push functioned as planned for the first time in the series. With Dark committing a pack of lings to an overlord drop that never reached its destination, INnoVation's army proved too much for a minimal defence with ling-bane and queens. INnoVation advances to the IEM Gyeonggi Finals to face one of ByuL or Stats on Sunday afternoon.