After competing in the GSL for over six years, Dark reached his first Code S grand final with a 4-1 victory over Hurricane in the second semifinal match of the playoffs.
Dark showed that the best defense is often a good offense, striking early and sealing off the creative build orders that played a crucial role in Hurricane's underdog run to the semifinals. Pool-first builds, offensive Hatcheries at the Protoss natural, or a throwback Speedling drop—all these moves served to disrupt Hurricane's game plan and allow Dark to enter the mid-game on his own terms. Without the threat of a Protoss all-in, Dark was able to crush Hurricane at his leisure, be it with burrowed Roaches or mass Lurkers (only when Dark fully committed to a 1-base all-in was Hurricane able to salvage a map and avoid a sweep).
Dark moves on to face Trap, a fellow first-time Code S finalist, in the grand finals on Saturday, Jun 22 8:00am GMT (GMT+00:00).
For Korean fans, the day was just as notable for JYP's official departure from the casting desk. Due to an abrupt summons to fulfill his military service, the four-year GSL analyst was forced to make the semifinals his last match, and will be unable to bring his Protoss expertise to the finals broadcast.
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