Back in October of 2018, when Maru won his third consecutive Code S title, we said he had achieved the impossible. Now, it's looking like we should just stop using that word around him at all.
With a 4-2 victory over Classic in the finals, Maru won his fourth consecutive GSL Code S championship, singling him out as the greatest winner in the history of Korea's most prestigious tournament. Maru tied the legendary Mvp's mark of four total GSL titles, while surpassing Mvp's tally of three Code S championships (Mvp's fourth title came in the GSL World Championship, a slightly lesser event).
In line with his post-game interviews ever since he won his first Code S title, Maru once again credited his Jin Air teammates for being the keys to his success. Classic, who had held back tears after winning his semifinal match, stoically stated he would do better in upcoming tournaments.
While Classic wasn't playing for a chance to make GSL history, there were still considerable personal stakes on the line for the 27-year-old veteran who looked to win a final championship in the last year of his career. After seeing Classic outsmart Dark and Rogue with a deluge of cheeses and timing-attacks in previous playoff matches, it was no surprise when he opened the series up with a proxy-Gateway for an early Stalker attack. Though the tactic failed in game one, Classic went right back at Maru with another proxy-gate attack in game two to tie up the series after gaining an early lead. The tone had been set: Classic was willing to do anything to win the title.
Game three served as a demonstration of why Classic had prioritized doing damage early (or ending the game outright), as Maru absolutely crushed him with a two base tank-push in the first 'normal' game of the series. Classic responded by blindsiding Maru with a Tempest rush in game four, with proxied Shield Batteries allowing him to chip away at Maru's defenses until he was forced to GG out.
Classic went back to proxy-Gating in game five on King's Cove, but by this point, Maru had adapted by going for a blind Bunker early on. Maru was in no hurry to end the macro game he had set up, and dragged Classic down into a split-map slog. Classic tried to pull his best Dear impression from the semifinals, but Maru seemed to have learned from his previous late-game defeat. After deflecting all attempts to breach his defenses, Maru transitioned into a Battlecruiser-centric force to seal the game.
Down at match point, Classic went for his most desperate ploy of the series with yet another proxy-Gateway—but this time with Dark Templars. Unfortunately for Classic, Maru was able to make a perfect read based on his scouting information, rendering the DTs useless while succeeding with a Widow Mine drop of his own. Classic was effectively doomed after giving up such a significant early game lead to Maru, and was soon forced to GG out when Maru's armies marched across the map.