After a full day of group C action the 6 contestants have been divided into 3 even parties; those who hopelessly lost (Snute and VortiX), those who are deciding their own fate in the last match of the group (Sting and Socke) and the two that are sure of advancing (viOLet and MaNa). This match report deals with the two that are all tied up and fighting for their tournament life in one final best of 3: Socke and Sting. Both players beat and lost to the same players, meaning there is nothing but this one match to decide for who the event finishes in the first day.
On the first map it soon showed that Sting was in no way scared of the German protoss, as he continued his aggressive builds. The Korean Terran has been playing around with proxy and 2rax builds all day, and this time around was no different as he decided to go for a reaper rush in the early game. He added an extra dimension to the early aggression by trying for multiple window-mine drops in the base of Socke.
Despite his best efforts the German took significant damage from the mines, especially because of Sting's impeccable micro. The Terran, knowing a good amount of damage had bee dealt, then continued his way down the warpath by setting up for a 2-base all in. The MKP-esque follow-up, which saw medivacs, tanks and a lot of bio march up to Socke's base, made short work of the small stalker-colossus ball amassed by the protoss. Socke fell down 0-1 and was fighting for his tournament life from now on.
In the second map however Sting continued the 2-base aggression, with Socke staying rather defensive and economy focused. Sting was once again the player poking and prodding with a group of bio-units, with Socke defending a lot better than last game. However Socke underestimated his enemy's strength and made a series of bad investments and miss-clicks which led to a very unfavorable situation.
Despite his early pushes doing only marginal damage Sting managed to burn some valuable forcefields by Socke, which cost him in the start. However the real problems occurred when Socke attempted to expand to three base, only to be shut down by a number of bio-drops. After that Socke realized his opponent wasn't defending his mineral lines properly and tried to build up a duo of proxy-oracles. This gas-investment turned out to be of pinnacle importance.
Before he managed to use his oracles for their intent Socke had another bio-ball knocking at his door, and without any upgrades like charge, thermal lance or even additional Colossi Socke soon found the force to be overwhelming. His oracles did some economic damage, but in the end with his main base in tatters that hardly mattered. Socke falls to the Korean Terran 2-0 and unfortunately drops out of the tournament with a 2-3 score.