Game one got off to a bad start for Dark as his burrowed roach pressure fell flat. He took a very late third, but repelled Classic's oracle counterattack. Dark added infestors, swarmhosts and eventually hydralisks to his army in an effort to recover. When it came time to fight, Dark crushed Classic's immortal/archon army with the help of slow banelings and queens to go up 1-0.
Abyssal Reef was the site of a 40 minute skytoss game. Classic lost the first major engagement to corruptors, brood lords and infestors. Dark remaxed, but was still bleeding off bases to zealots. Classic made tempests and void rays out of seven stargates, eventually backing Dark into a corner. Dark fought valiantly, but it was to no avail as Classic evened the series.
Classic took a quick game on Ascension to Aiur with a glaives attack on Dark's third to go ahead 2-1. Dark had a high queen count, but only a scattering of zerglings and was easily overwhelmed.
Classic took a gold base on Odyssey before transitioning into the infamous colossus drop. He attacked Dark's main with the spindly limbed construct and zealots, but lost 22 workers to baneling drops while microing the offensive. Another baneling drop reduced him to 11 workers and, when his attack was finally pushed back by ling/bane/queen, he left the game and conceded the lead.
In the swing game, both players went toe to toe in aggression. Classic lost his third base to a flood of zerglings, but sniped Dark’s third with oracles in the first significant action of the game. Classic attacked Dark’s gold base with void rays, oracles and stalkers and, while he won the initial fight, Dark’s zerglings tipped the scale in his favor. He swarmed Classic’s gold base, added in ultralisks and took the game to claim his third win.
Dark's burrowed roach opening bore no fruit on Frost as Classic macroed up to a third base while teching into charge and immortals. But Dark had other plans. He stopped at 32 drones and went for a ravager, zergling attack that destroyed Classic's natural and third. Down to one base, Classic hung around, but the writing was on the wall. He soon conceded, sending Dark to the finals.
The win returns Dark to the finals where he will meet Stats in a rematch of the the 2016 SSL Season 1 finals, a match which Dark won due in large part to baneling drops and the ling/baneling play into brood lords that became the norm in LotV ZvP.