The second semifinals of the 2017 Global StarCraft II League (GSL) Season 1: Code S are set and ready to go between Splyce's Kim "Stats" Dae Yeob and True eSport's Kim "Ryung" Dong Won on Saturday at midnight ET in Seoul, South Korea. Both players are formidable and notable, but they also each needed a small upset of sorts to qualify. It truly is anyone's guess which player will advance to the final stage, where the winner will take home over $35,000 and 4,000 World Championship Series Korea points.
Stats' Protoss play is a master class against Terran, and that was clear in his matchup against Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung in the quarterfinals of the 2017 GSL Season 1: Code S almost three weeks ago. Despite being the underdog, Stats was in great shape in each game because of his well-placed observers for map control. He suffered a couple defeats, arguably self-inflicted, but that recent victory over the best player in StarCraft II was a great example of his grasp of the matchup. Stats' biggest weakness is his decision-making when playing aggressively, so it will all come down to his vision control and his impeccable macro game in the upcoming game against Ryung, another Terran.
Speaking of Ryung, his 2017 "resurrection tour" marches on as he comes into the semifinals of the GSL Season 1: Code S. His most recent matchup in GSL was a statement series in which he ended the tournament for one of the favorites, Terran player Cho "Maru" Seong-ju, with superior pincer tactics and by taking advantage of every micro indecision and mistake perfectly. Ryung's pressure game is oppressive; whether it's through split armies and attacks or just better unit control, offense is his strength.
The breakdown for this match comes down to understanding the intricacies of the matchup: the timing attacks, macro play, and information-gathering. Ryung's strength in offense will work against a relatively shaky defensive opponent in Stats and we should expect constant timing attacks. On the other hand, it's difficult to name a better player in the Terran vs. Protoss matchup than Stats. The safe pick here is Stats in this best of seven.