With the GSL Round of 16 finishing, we move into the round of 8. This GSL Code S Round of 8 features Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft vs Lee “Rogue” Byung Ryul facing off in match one. Lee “Leenock” Dong Nyoung vs Jun “TY” Tae Yang in match two. Cho “Maru” Seong versus Koh “GuMiho” Byung Jae in match three. And lastly Joo “Zest” Sung Wook vs Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob.
This Round is the beginning of the Bracket stage, with Maru, GuMiho, Zest, and Stats on one side of the bracket. Neeb, Rogue, Leenock, and TY filling out the other side. Any of these eight players could make it to the Round of 4 but let’s try to breakdown the most likely outcomes.
Match one: Neeb may be the World’s last hope at this GSL, and he has had some tough opponents on his way but Rogue is just a monster. In the last GSL, Maru teamkilled Rogue, but only after a 3-2 score in the series. Neeb couldn’t even take one game off Maru in their best of 3. Rogue topped the “Group of Death” with a 4-1 game record. Here’s hoping for a Neeb 3-2 win but expect a Rogue 3-0.
Match two: Leenock is a Zerg player that has never failed to impress, but more often than not fails to get results. In his triumphant return, he needs to beat TY, one of the top four players in the world, and one of the top three in Korea. While TY is the favored of the two players, if an upset were to happen in the Round of 8, this would be it. Expect TY 3-1 but don’t be surprised if we get a 3-2 going Leenock’s way.
Match three: With Maru being so dominant the last two GSLs, it would appear as though he is the favorite. However, he has expressed his disdain for the TvT match-up and hasn’t had to play it since the Round of 32. On the other side, GuMiho, while obviously a great player, doesn’t seem to have Maru figured out. With an offline series record of 1-2 against Maru this year. While he made it out of the “Group of Death” he did it with a 5-3 game record. Maru most likely makes it out of the round 3-0, maybe 3-1.
Match four: This will probably be the most even match-up in the Round of 8. Both Zest and Stats are known to have rough PvP games. Something that may help pick a favorite is their recent run ins with Maru. In the GSL Season 2 finals, Maru beat Zest 4-0 in a merciless and crushing defeat. In the GSL vs The World semifinals, Stats beat out Maru 3-1. With GSL vs TW being only a short while ago, it may seem favorable to Stats. Expect a close series that could swing either way, with 51-49 Stats favored. It will probably end 3-2 no matter who wins.
Make sure to check out the Round of 8 matches one and two on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 2:30pm MST and matches three and four on Sunday, Sep. 2 at 10pm MST at https://www.twitch.tv/gsl.