The Korean-based Global Starcraft 2 League held its finals for its third season of Code S in 2012. For those who do not know, GSL’s Code S is basically the biggest Starcraft 2 event, attracting the best Korean talent, along with many of the best foreign player. These events are also usually the most watched, even for those in foreign countries who need to wake up at odd hours in order to watch the Korean-based event.
The Code S finals are always exciting match ups and this seasons was no different as it was between two great Protoss players, Seed and MC. This match up is exciting because winning the Code S finals would mean so much to each player. Seed, representing the professional team Incredible Miracle would become the first Protoss from the team to win a Code S finals. Team IM already has a Zerg, DRG, and Terran, MVP, champion, and having a Protoss Code S champion would make the team look that much better, even though most already consider them the best Starcraft 2 team. On the other hand, MC representing SK-gaming has always been considered one of the best Protoss players in the world. Winning a Code S finals against another Protoss would all but clench the title of the worlds best Protoss for MC.
Coming into the match MC was the definite favorite since he had already defeated Seed twice during this season of Code S. However, Seed did not seem phased by this, and was able to win the first game with a brilliant 4-Gate Warp Prism all-in. He also followed the same build in the next game, and perfecting this he quickly found himself up 2 games to 0. Seed was also to take the third game, with an aggressive Blink Stalker build. MC still fought hard though, winning the fourth game by hiding a pylon in Seed’s base and attacking with a 4-gate. The fifth game was much longer then the first four, with both players being able to take 3-bases. Both players played this game well, yet Seed showed superior Colossus control and was able to defeat MC clenching his first ever Code S championship.
Though it was a short, and mostly one-sided Code S finals, it was still incredibly entertaining to watch. Both players showed that they are some of the world’s best Protoss players. However, Seed just showed more creativity, and brilliant decision making and this allowed him to defeat the great MC. Seed’s victory allowed his team to become the first team with a Zerg, Terran, and Protoss Code S victor. It will be interesting to see how this outcome affects both players mindsets coming into other tournaments during the following months.