While we all await to see who will lift the championship trophy at WCS Fall, the race to lock down Global Finals spots is proving to be just as intriguing.
#8 place ranked player Elazer took a substantial lead over the pack chasing behind him, securing a direct spot in the Ro16 of the playoffs by winning his group during group stage #3. Scarlett, Lambo, PtitDrogo, and MaSa—the players nipping at Elazer's heels—all failed to win their groups, forcing them to survive more rounds in the knockout bracket/playoffs in their quest to overtake the Polish Zerg. Elazer's group stage victory against Scarlett—a direct challenger to his spot at #9—was particularly significant, sending her down to the Ro24 of the playoffs (a one round disadvantage).
SpeCial (#4) and HeRoMarinE (#5) also improved their chances, and are close to being mathematical locks for the Global Finals after winning their groups and earning spots in the Ro16. Meanwhile, TIME (#6) and ShoWTimE (#7) finished 2nd place in their groups and will be forced to play their way through the Ro24, though their Global Finals spots do not appear to be in immediate danger.
Table includes minimum # of points earned so far at WCS Fall
WCS Fall resumes on day two with the final rounds of the knockoff bracket and the beginning of the playoffs. A clash between Lambo and Elazer with direct Global Finals stakes is brewing, while a potential match between ShoWTimE and HeRoMaRinE could also prove to be consequential depending on other results. Meanwhile, with Reynor and Serral drawn on opposite of the bracket, there's a chance that another final between the two kings of the Circuit will cap off the season.