The 2012 WCS is currently one of the few tournaments featuring both GSL and KeSPA players, but the opening match on day 3 of round one featured two players who were no strangers to the upper echelons of Code S. Both Creator and DongRaeGu would be looking to represent South Korea at the 2012 World Championship series.
Game one on Cloud Kingdom began with the most standard of openings, yielding a quick three bases for DRG while Creator expanded quickly behind a forge. Creator followed with a stargate, building a single void ray and a scattering of phoenix. DRG, however, had immediately scouted the air play and was well-prepared with queens, spore crawlers, and creep between all bases.
Creator planted down his third nexus shortly after the nine minute mark, but DRG declined to pressure that point of attack immediately, instead favoring to build up a significant force of corruptors. The corruptors quickly dealt with the meager Protoss air force and looked poised to crush the colossi of Creator's army.
However, Creator remained undaunted and moved out with a glut of stalkers, sentries, and colossi. Before the final battle, Creator caught two queens and three infestors out of position in the middle of the map with aggressive blinks from his stalkers.
Creator then obtained a favorable position just outside DRG's fourth base, which the Zerg player unwisely chose to attack into. The roaches and banelings could not do any significant damage thanks to well-placed forcefields and there were no strong fungal growths. While the majority of the collossi fell, Creator's victory was too decisive, leading to a one game advantage for the Protoss player.
Game two on Daybreak featured the slightest of variations in the opening as Creator placed his forge in his main base rather than at the front of his expansion. It had no discernible effect on the game, however, as DRG responded with a typical fast three bases. Creator applied light pressure with two zealots and two stalkers, doing a surprising amount of damage in killing a queen, a few drones, and many zerglings.
Creator then attempted to extend his advantage by establishing a third base, but DRG refused to allow it, shutting it down with an attack of roaches and zerglings. The Protoss player sent a warp prism toward DRG's main as the Zerg forces hurtled into the frontal defences at Creator's natural. However, both players defended well with small losses.
Finally, the third nexus was planted with an army to defend it. DongRaeGu's next move, though, was to send a flock of mutalisks into Creator's base. Without any cannons to defend, Creator had to scramble a bit with his stalkers. DRG then attempted a clever tactic, baiting Creator into casting force fields between his natural expansion in his third. With the bases now blocked off, DRG switched the point of attack to the front of the Protoss base, and suddenly the force fields were working against Creator. With DRG at a disadvantage in the army upgrades, he must have been disappointed in only managing to destroy the cybernetics core with this attack
However, the small gap that had opened up in the Protoss wall proved to be significant once the army of stalkers, zealots, and immortals attempted to charge across the map. Zerglings and mutalisks flooded in at every base, and Creator was hard pressed to defend, losing his main nexus and many pylons. The stalkers were able to retreat in time to hold off the attack, but mutalisks found undefended immortals as they returned to DRG's side of the map.
With DongRaeGu already having four saturated bases, Creator was left with little choice but to try to push out with his remaining army for a last-ditch assault. But the attack fell apart once Creator gambled by blinking his stalkers close to group of morphing banelings. The banelings completed their transformation much sooner that Creator anticipated and a large group of stalkers was decimated. Without stalker support, DongRaeGu was free to spawn increasing amounts of mutalisk until he was able to overwhelm the Protoss army, evening the series at one game apiece.
The deciding match on Ohana opened the same as the previous two games, but this time Creator opted for early four-gate pressure after his expansion. With a large squad of zealots, the attack looked very threatening, but DRG was able to defend with strong micro until he reached a critical mass of roaches and lings. Creator doubtlessly hoped to accomplish more than kill the three drones and single queen that he did pick off.
Creator transitioned by collecting a mass of immortals and sentries and planting a third base while DongRaeGu took a fourth base and built up a small party of infestors. In what was surely a mistake, DRG's speed upgrade for his roaches was heavily delayed, causing his initial attack at the third of Creator to fall flat. DongRaeGu persevered and again attempted to break the defenses at the third base and made a fair trade. However, Creator pushed out with a large group of stalkers and was able to split them up to great effect against DRG's defending banelings.
Having destroyed the Zerg army without losing much of his own, Creator collected the victory for the game and match and will move on to the round of 16. He will face Liquid`HerO on August 13. The winner of this tournament will receive a paid trip to the 2012 Battle.net Asian Championships and will be seeded into the 2012 Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China on November 17-18, 2012.