The previous season's runner-up Classic continued his march toward another championship opportunity, advancing in first place from his 'hand-picked' RO16 group. The race to second place ended up being won by Hurricane, whose reached his first Code S top-eight ever with victories over FanTaSy and RagnaroK.
Though the group began with RagnaroK taking a game off Classic after defending against one of his deadly early-mid game attacks, that ended up being the extent of Classic's troubles. Early Adept harassment allowed Classic to snowball to routine wins in games two and three, setting up a winners match with Hurricane. There, a pair of proxies—Stargate and Robo—saw Classic advance to the quarterfinals with a quick 2-0.
Hurricane was able to fight his way through in second place, first defeating FanTaSy by pummeling his attempts to play 3-CC strategies with decisive and brazen attacks. Though Hurricane lost the winners match to Classic, he secured his RO8 spot with a quick 2-0 of RagnaroK in the decider match.
The highlight match of the night went to the two eliminated players, with RagnaroK and FanTaSy giving Thunderbird its first Code S showing in a closely contested Zerg vs Mech game.
Group B is next up in the RO16, with GuMiho, PartinG, Dear, and soO playing on Saturday, May 25 4:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)