GSL Code S resumed with its first round-of-sixteen group where defending championship Dark advanced in first place, followed by KeeN who advanced in second.
While Dark had been gleeful about assembling three of the weakest Terrans during July's group selection ceremony, the actual matches turned out to be tougher than he may have expected. KeeN surprised him in the opening match, using the newly improved Ghosts to out-duel him in a split-map war on King's Cove. While Dark did eventually advance with victories over KeeN and FanTaSy, he did not quite live up to his reputation as one of Korea's best late-game players as he struggled against mech play from both opponents.
After his initial, strong showing against Dark, KeeN was able to advance in second place by surviving a close, three-way, Terran vs Terran shootout against FanTaSy and SpeCial (could we call it a Mexican standoff?). Though KeeN was able to celebrate his first Code S quarterfinal appearance in over eight years, it was tempered by somber news as well: After the matches, KeeN announced that this season of Code S would be his last, as his mandatory military service was set to begin shortly.
The Code S Ro16 will resume on Saturday, Aug 31 4:00am GMT (GMT+00:00) with Group B, featuring Trap, Cure, herO, and TY (check out Liquipedia for more information).