Leenock looked dominant tonight up against the worlds best in Maru. As Artosis put on the broadcast, he looked like a god even in the loss and with a few minor adjustments, he walks away as the top dog in group B.
Let’s focus directly in on map three, a map that Leenock had the clear advantage for almost the entirety of the map. Maru simply outclassed him in some of the late game engagements, and with better handling of the hellion harassment early on, Maru is probably the won in losers.
Here’s the exact moment the match turned from Leenock’s favor over to Maru’s side. Two siege tanks parked on the high-ground, with Leenock not having an overlord or anything else to help spot those tanks. In all likelihood, if Leenock can spot those tanks sooner than it’s a complete wipe of Maru’s base.
However, that’s the brilliance of Maru. Fighting into the base like that gave Maru positional advantage. He will move on, as expected, to the round of 16. Leenock still has a serious chance of making it into the next round, but it will take a win over either Dear or Forte. Leenock already found success against Dear, and he showed his ability to fight against Terran so he seems to be the heavy favorite of moving on.
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StarCraft 2 was elevated to new heights this evening with Cho “Maru” Sung Choo winning his second consecutive code S GSL title. Maru not only surpassed other terrans in this era with his dominance from a young age but became a towering figure in the world of Starcraft. Maru’s now can now be mentioned among the greats.
The win over Joo”Zest Sung Wook puts Maru on a path that only a few Starcraft professionals have been able to conquer. A third win in Code S would far-surpass any player in the era. The player who started as a young 16-yeard old is now on the brink of accomplishing feats few players have before him.
In light of this, Maru’s sweep over Zest will go down as one of the more lopsided victories in history. From start-to-finish, Maru had the upper hand. It was evident from Darkness Sanctuary on that this was Maru’s game to win and no one would be able to stop the onslaught. On most maps, it was a landslide victory, with Maru having a constant advantage in the economy and having the bigger numbers.
The 4-0 sweep will mark one of the largest margins of victory in GSL history. Maru’s separating himself from the pack, and putting himself on a path toward Starcraft glory. Maru can already be mentioned among the likes of Lee”Flash” Young Ho and other legends of the game. His sweeps confirm his dominance over this era.