Once a year, the champions of the Korean circuit and the World circuit face off in the GSL vs. The World tournament in Seoul, South Korea. They fight for a prize pool of $61 million Korean Won ($54,275.77 USD). This year the bracket stage is a best of five format set from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5. Day one started and ended in an exciting fashion.

Two-time GSL champ Cho “Maru” Seon and an explosive Zerg played Eo “soO” Yoon SU were the first to take the stage. Going all the way to game five, the series took almost two hours to finish. Game one and game four were very similar in build orders and length. Maru made a few more Nukes and soO made a few more mistakes. soO took games three and four with a Roach/Ravager brick build and a Mutalisk tech switch to take over the map respectively.

The second match of the day was between the German Protoss Tobias “ShoWTimE” Sieber and the Korean Protoss Joo “Zest”  Sung Wook. Overall, Zest seemed to be off his game — he is often considered the best PvP player in the world. ShoWTimE was able to outmaneuver and play a more stable game than Zest in matches one, three and four. In game two, Zest was able to pick up his only win when the two did a mirror build with Zest having a faster timing.

Protoss seemed to be the theme of day one, as our third game consisted of Huang “Cyan” Min and Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob. Stats came out of the PvP matchup with a perfect 3-0. In all three game Stats simply had a better showing than Cyan, outplaying him at every turn. Most notable of the games was game two, which hosted an unusual mirror build in mass Phoenix. Cyan failed to get a Fleet Beacon out on time to upgrade his Phoenix’s range, allowing Stats to steamroll Cyan.

Some tend to argue that Ke “Has” Yu Feng isn’t a Protoss player at all; he plays a different game from every other pro player in general. He’s a dirty, dirty, cheeser. His Terran opponent, Juan Carlos “SpeCial” Tena Lopez likes to play calculated, making this World player battle especially exciting. A WCS Valencia rematch ended in a SpeCial 3-0 over the cheesiest of Toss. Every build Has had prepared was countered and therefore resulted in his loss. The very last game was a reenactment of their WCS Valencia match, on the map Lost and Found LE Has attempted a Cannon Rush. SpeCial reacted faster this time around, waiting for Has to try it again and finalized his revenge.

With a firm 2-2 standing in matches won for Korea and The World, Day two will be important for filling out the rest of the bracket stage. At the end of today’s games, Maru and Joona “Serral” Sotala, the top two players in their respective circuits, chose their teams for the team battle that will take place on the same day as the GSL vs The World Finals. Each team has four Korean Circuit players as well as four WCS Circuit players, and both look formidable. Make sure to check out Day Two at https://www.twitch.tv/gsl beginning at 3:00 pm Korean Standard Time.

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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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