In the first semifinal match of the season, Trap fulfilled the Code S tagline of "Renaissance" by defeating Classic 4-3 to advance to the first Code S grand final of his career. Classic—the Code S Season 1 runner-up and Super Tournament 1 champion—had headed into the match as a heavy favorite with a 4-0 all-time series record against Trap, and with TL.net user predictions favoring him by nearly seven to one.
The series initially played out according to popular expectations, with Classic jumping ahead to a 3-1 lead. Only a scrappy comeback victory in game two—where Trap's desperation base-trade caused a disoriented Classic to blow his army advantage—prevented the series from ending in a sweep.
Game four was the low point for Trap, with his sub-two minute GG following a failed Photon Cannon rush putting him down 1-3 and painting him as an outmatched and desperate opponent. However, Trap was able to start his rally from behind in game five, countering Classic's Stargate expansion with a 3-gate Stalker strategy. Similar build orders unfolded in game six, with Trap again able to snowball his early game lead into a victory.
The deciding game seven played out as one of the more conservative sets of the night, with the two players eyeing each other carefully while going up to three bases. When Classic looked to press Trap and force him into a game-deciding fight, Trap patiently waited until Classic over-extended into a disadvantageous position (casters speculated that Classic's mistake of placing his third Nexus one hex away from the mineral line could have caused this rash course of action). Only then did Trap engage Classic in combat, crushing his army and taking the final GG not long after.
"I've always practiced hard as a progamer" said Trap in the post-match interview. "But there were a lot of times when I was hurting inside because it didn't come out [in tournament games]. But because things are going well lately, I feel a lot better and at ease."
Trap advances to face the winner of Hurricane vs Dark in the second semifinal match, which will be played on Saturday, Jun 15 4:00am GMT (GMT+00:00)
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