The first Super Tournament of 2019 kicked off with a slew of upsets, beginning with Code S champion Maru suffering a 2-3, first-round elimination at the hands Stats. Some may contend it was not much of a surprise at all, considering Maru's consistently poor performances in the so-called 'weekender' events. Despite his loss, Maru still delivered one of the most thrilling series of the year to StarCraft II fans by bringing out an unusual mech TvP style. Game four on Year Zero stood out as an instant game of the year candidate, with Stats playing brilliantly to adapt to Maru's new style on the fly.
Mech starred again as GuMiho eked out a close 3-2 win against Dark. The sloppy-yet-entertaining match featured an unusual game five, where Dark seemed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat before plunging right back into its maw.
Dark wasn't the only Korean Zerg to have a bad day, as Rogue gave up a 1-3 loss to Hurricane and his incisive timing attacks. Finally, PartinG closed out a winless day for Zerg (and perfect day for Protoss) by coming back from an 0-2 deficit to eliminate RagnaroK in a characteristically cheesy series, even deploying a 2019 version of the 'Soul Train' in game five.
The RO16 will resume with its remaining matches on Friday, Apr 19 8:00am GMT (GMT+00:00).