The opening round of the Super Tournament delivered a huge upset at first glance, with sOs knocking out his teammate and recent IEM Katowice champion Rogue in a 3-0 sweep. sOs lived up to his reputation as a mad genius, with his Carrier-rush into Adept strategy (yes you read it right) on Industry and Purity being one the highlights of the entire RO16.
Yet, given Rogue's penchant for taking it easy after a big payday, it may not have been the biggest surprise. Additionally, with sOs having shown good form during his quarterfinal run at IEM Katowice, it could be just as indicative of a comeback for the two-time BlizzCon champion.
Otherwise, the favorites prevailed throughout the rest of the RO16 bracket, often winning in clean 3-0 sweeps. Maru vs Stats—one of the more hyped matches of the RO16—unfortunately ended up being a dud, with Maru destroying a lackluster Stats. Instead, soO vs INnoVation (VOD) gets our pick for most entertaining series of the RO16. While it was not exactly a beautiful series—one TL.net user compared it to rams butting heads and the one with the thicker cranium winning—it did feature plenty of battles and wild lead changes.
The remaining Super Tournament schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Mar 25 8:00am GMT (GMT+00:00): Quarterfinals
Saturday, Mar 28 8:00am GMT (GMT+00:00): Semifinals and grand final (top four receive Code S seeds)
Written by Wax