Code S Season 2 is guaranteed to have at least one Protoss player in the finals as Classic and Trap are set to face off in the semifinals after defeating soO and INnoVation on the first day of playoff matches.
The first quarterfinal match saw Classic live up to his reputation as a cunning strategist against soO, dizzying his opponent with wildly different looks. While soO was able to sniff out and defend against an Immortal-Chargelot all-in in game two, he didn't have any answers for any of Classic's other moves: Glaive-Adepts, an inside-the-main Cannon rush, and a vexing 2-Stargate Phoenix followed by Immortal-push strategy (this particularly nasty move even baited a Spire).
The other quarterfinal match between Trap and INnoVation took on a completely different tone as the two players squared up against each other in a straight-forward macro showdown. The two looked closely matched in production and army control as they split the first four maps 2-2, leading them to a final showdown in game five.
There, the series finally took a more chaotic turn, with INnoVation's discovery and shutdown of Trap's hidden Templar Archives (for a fast Storm drop) triggering a series of hectic events. With this early advantage, INnoVation finally saw an opening to finish Trap with an early attack, only to find himself on the back foot after Trap defended brilliantly splitting by his forces between defending and counter-attacking. Yet, when Trap went on the offensive, INnoVation responded with a desperate counter-attack of his own. The move nearly worked—at least until he clumped his precious Liberators as easy targets for psi storm. From there, the game snowballed out of control, forcing INnoVation to surrender the 3-2 victory to Trap.
Day two of the quarterfinals will take place on Saturday, Jun 08 4:00am GMT (GMT+00:00), featuring Hurricane vs PartinG and herO vs Dark.