The GSL Code S round of 32 took place in Seoul, South Korea from July 4th to 22nd. The GSL Code S has some of the world’s best StarCraft II players competing for a prize pool of almost $160,000. As you can imagine South Korea has been well represented at the event and only two players outside of Korea have advanced to the round of 16. The round of 32 was an 8 bracket group stage in the dual tournament format.

Round of 32 Groups

Group A
  1. sOs (P)*  
  2. Reynor (Z)* 
  3. Classic (P) 
  4. Ryung (T)* 
Group B
  1. Maru (T) 
  2. Leenock (Z) 
  3. Dear (P) 
  4. Forte (T) 
Group C
  1. INnoVation (T) 
  2. Stats (P) 
  3. Cure (T) 
  4. Hurricane (P) 
Group D
  1. GuMiho (T) 
  2. herO (P) 
  3. Solar (Z) 
  4. MMA (T) 
Group E
  1. Impact (Z) 
  2. Zest (P) 
  3. PartinG (P) 
  4. ByuN (T) 
Group F
  1. Trap (P) 
  2. TY (T) 
  3. Bunny (T) 
  4. RagnaroK (Z) 
Group G
  1. Dark (Z) 
  2. Neeb (P) 
  3. aLive (T) 
  4. Losira (Z) 
Group H
  1. Rogue (Z) 
  2. KeeN (T) 
  3. SpeCial (T) 
  4. soO (Z) 
*P, Z, and T stand for the three different races you can play, Protoss, Zerg, and Terran respectively.

At this GSL event we saw a few old pro-players return and two foreign players make it out of the round of 32. One of those players is only 16 year old. The young Italian Zerg player, Riccardo “Reynor” Romiti, bested everyone in his group except long time pro Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin, both players advancing to the Round of 16 out of Group A.

The defending two-time GSL Champ, Cho “Maru” Seong Ju topped Group B, though only after almost dropping a set to returning pro Lee “Leenock” Dong Nyoung who won the rest of his games to make it out after Maru.

Lee “INnoVation” Shin Hyung, the mechanical mastermind he is, topped Group C, with Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob following closely. Neither player really had a problem getting out.
Group D had four players all around the same skill level, which made it extremely fun to watch. Koh “GuMiho” Byung Jae took first in the Group and Kim “herO” Joon Ho slipped into second. Every match was on a knife’s edge.

While everyone was excited for the return of Won “PartinG” Lee Sak and his unique builds, he fell short to Kim “Impact” Joon Hyuk and Joo “Zest” Sung Wook. He did however, manage to indefinitely knock out of Group E “ByuN” Hyun Woo, the only one of the “Four Horsemen of Terran” to be knocked out this early.

The last of the Horsemen of Terran took second in Group F. Jun “TY” Tae Yang fell only to Cho “Trap” Sung Ho, the two played immensely better than their other two opponents.
The StarCraft II version of “NA’s last hope” Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft, had a rough start to his group stage by losing 0-2 to seasoned Zerg player Park “Dark” Ryung Woo, who topped Group G. Neeb was able to come back and take the second-place spot beating out Han “aLive” Lee Seok and Hwang “Losira” Kang Ho.

The final Group saw Lee “Rogue” Byung Ryul unsurprisingly taking the Group. It also saw Hwang “KeeN” Kyu Seok steal away second from two arguably better players with some amazing games.

With a few exceptions, the round of 32 for the GSL Code S Season 3, held plenty of great games. The Round of 16 starts Wednesday, August 8 at 2:30 a.m. MST. You can find the games and watch them live at: https://www.twitch.tv/gsl

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I enjoy all things Esports, have been playing StarCraft for the last 18 years. I extensively follow StarCraft2, League of Legends, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I follow to a lesser extent, Overwatch League, Halo Championship series as well as Rainbow Six Siege.
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Content Creator at Armchair Esports , The Arnchair All-Americans, LLC
I enjoy all things Esports, have been playing StarCraft for the last 18 years. I extensively follow StarCraft2, League of Legends, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I follow to a lesser extent, Overwatch League, Halo Championship series as well as Rainbow Six Siege.

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