The first day of the 2019 Global Finals concluded with the Korean Zerg duo of Dark and soO advancing from Group A to earn spots at the eight-player playoffs at BlizzCon, eliminating Circuit players ShoWTimE and SpeCial in the process.
Dark lived up to his #1 WCS Korea billing by advancing in first place from the group, but had to fight hard to take 3-2 victories against both ShoWTimE and soO. Dark was very nearly upset by ShoWTimE in his initial series, losing his expansion to a cannon rush to start game five. ShoWTimE could have closed the series out with a perfect defense against Dark's Nydus counter, but was unable to seal the deal. Dark then scrapped out another 3-2 win against soO in the winners match, with his early game ling-bane plays being the difference.
soO ended up advancing in second place after a marathon series of games, putting up a combined 8-6 map score on the day. While his Hive play looked suspect in his initial series against SpeCial, swarming Lair-stage play and a deft all-in powered him to a 3-2 win. After losing to Dark in the winners match, soO was able to fend off a cannon-happy ShoWTimE in the decider match to secure Group A's second ticket to BlizzCon.
The WCS Global Finals will resume to Group B of the RO16 on Friday, Oct 25 3:00am GMT (GMT+00:00), featuring Maru, TIME, Stats, and Serral.