Trap defeated Maru 4-1 to advance to the Code S Season 3 grand finals, avenging his painful 0-4 loss back in Code S Season 1. Trap is now set to face teammate Rogue in the September 28th grand finals, looking to become champion after finishing top four and runner-up in the previous Code S seasons of 2019.
Maru's game plan for the series centered around +1 attack & stim timings in the early game, with enough flexibility to transition into a longer macro-game after. This worked out perfectly in game one on Cobalt, with Maru's early attack dealing crippling damage after eluding Trap's miss-positioned defenders.
However, Trap would not repeat the same mistake again. Games two and three saw him stay on top of the early game threat, safely putting together deadly mid-game armies to smash through Maru's front line (once with double-robo Disruptors, another time with 'traditional' double-forge upgraded gateway troops).
With Maru down 1-2, it seemed like it might be time for one of his signature cheese builds. Instead, it was Trap who used deception for an easy win, catching Maru completely off guard with proxy-gate Adepts into fast Dark Templars.
With game five going to Thunderbird—the designated macro map of the season—viewers finally got to see an entertaining macro game between the two contenders. While Maru was able to battle Trap evenly for decent portion of the game, much of the action occurred on the Terran side of the map. Unable to keep the Protoss economy in check, and having barely enough breathing room to squeeze out high-tech units on his end, Maru was eventually forced to tap out against Trap's triple-splash composition of Disruptor-Templar-Colossus.
The Code S finals between Rogue and Trap will take place on Saturday, Sep 28 8:00am GMT (GMT+00:00), with both players looking to win their first Code S championship.