The Code S round of 32 delivered a twist ending as underdogs RagnaroK and Special advanced over their more illustrious peers sOs and TY. The pair of upsets concluded one of the more unpredictable Code S RO32s in recent memory, which has seen high profile players such as Maru, Zest, Rogue, and TY eliminated in the first round.
RagnaroK advanced in first place on the back of strong ZvT, surviving a barrage of Battlecruiser builds from both TY and SpeCial. Whether it was Nydus all-ins or defensive macro play, the often inconsistent RagnaroK was able to show off the skills that brought him to the playoffs of IEM Katowice earlier this year. Second place player SpeCial lived up to his reputation as a meticulous strategist as he took two victories over sOs, pulling out a variety of tricks including proxy factory-floats and even TvP mech.
The Code S RO16 groups will be determined via the group nomination ceremony on Wednesday, May 15 9:30am GMT (GMT+00:00), with Classic, Dark, Trap, and GuMiho participating as the top seeds.
The RO16 players are as follows:
Terran: INnoVation, GuMiho, FanTaSy, SpeCial
Protoss: Patience, Classic, Hurricane, Trap, Dear, Stats, herO, PartinG
Zerg: Impact, soO, Dark, RagnaroK