AfreecaTV's promise of a "Renaissance" was fulfilled on opening night of Code S Season 2 as 4-time consecutive champion Maru suffered shock elimination from the round of 32. For the first time since Season 3 in 2017, Code S is guaranteed to crown a champion other than Maru.
The reigning king of Code S was dethroned by the combined efforts of Patience and INnoVation, who defeated Maru in the winners' match and decider match respectively.
For Patience, it might have been the sweetest revenge—Maru had picked Patience in two prior round of 16 group selections, labeling him a weak opponent in front of his peers. In the winners' match, Maru was made to fear and respect Patience's all-ins, if not necessarily Patience himself. INnoVation then finished Maru off in the group decider match, winning a thrilling TvT series worthy of a much higher round.
Code S will continue with Group B of the RO32 (GuMiho, Trust, Impact, Zest) on Tuesday, Apr 30 9:30am GMT (GMT+00:00).