GSL Code S runner-up Classic claimed a quick consolation prize in the GSL Super Tournament, defeating GuMiho 4-1 in the finals. The victory marks Classic's second straight Super Tournament victory after he won Super Tournament #2 in 2018, and awards him 10,000,000 KRW in prize money.
GuMiho had made an impressive finals run as one of only two Terran players in the tournament, and seemed the favorite to win after he defeated top Protoss Stats in the quarterfinals. Though GuMiho was able to seize a mid-game advantage at several points during the finals, Classic capitalized on disastrous attacks from GuMiho to start off with a 3-0 lead. GuMiho recovered a point with BattleCruiser-Mech in game four, but Classic closed the series out in game five with a gutsy, all-out attack as GuMiho transitioned to liberators.
Though Classic's ability to travel abroad remains questionable (due to mandatory military service), he now stands at #2 in the WCS Korea rankings for Global Finals qualification.
Classic's victory capped off an unusual tournament that was one of the most Protoss-friendly in history, starting off as 9-Protoss: 2-Terran: 5-Zerg before turning into a 7-Protoss, 1-Terran tournament in the quarterfinals. Whether or not this represents a long-term trend remains to be seen, with Code S Season 2 scheduled to kick off with a more even 12P, 9T, 11Z mix of players. The viability of Mech vs Protoss may also be something to watch for in upcoming tournaments, with Maru and GuMiho deploying it to mixed success in the Super Tournament.
The GSL will resume with Code S Season 2 on Monday, Apr 29 9:30am GMT (GMT+00:00).