It is time for the 2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 quarterfinals.
Team expert player Sasha “Scarlett“ Hostyn made it past the group stage and into the round of eight as the only not Korean player. Her first elimination match on Friday, 09.03.2018 18:30KST will be against the formerly called “Undisputed King of Zerg” Eo “soO” Yoon Su, who is now teamless following the disbandment of SK Telecom T1. It is truly an upcoming mirror match of giants, where Scarlett needs to bring all of her play style defining mechanics, that she is known for, to wrestle soO in the corner.
This is what Dave Oliver from Blizzard Entertainment had to say about Scarlett, after she won the Starcraft II Olympic gold medal at the IEM PyeongChang, four weeks ago and there is literally nothing to add:
"But this past week she’s evolved to show an even greater level of skill, possibly the best we’ve seen from any non-Korean player in the history of StarCraft. In the past week alone, she’s not only defeated, but absolutely trounced, StarCraft II's only two-time global champion, Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin; the best Terran player in the world, Lee “INnoVation” Shin Hyung; the 2017 world champion, Lee “Rogue” Byung Ryul; and one of the best Protoss players in Korea, Joo “Zest” Sung Wook. In a matter of days, she’s taken the absolute elite of StarCraft II and put them to shame with aggressive, unrelenting strategies. It looks increasingly likely that she may become the first foreigner to ever win the Global StarCraft II League (GSL), and if she can accomplish that, what’s to keep her from taking the StarCraft II Global Finals at the end of the year? So far, 2018 is an exciting year for Scarlett and, skill-wise, it’s going to take something truly innovative and unique to stop this momentum that she’s built."
The GSL Quaterfinals are single-elimination playoffs held in a best-of-five format. Semifinals will be held on 14/17.03 and the final will be at 24.03.18. Both the Semifinal and the Final will be in a best-of-seven format.
The four players who will be able to make it into the Semifinals are automatically seeded in the next seasons Global Starcraft II League group stage.
All participants are fighting over a total price pool of around 160.000 USD and 25.000 WCS Korea points. The winner will be sololy taking home 37.500 USD and 4.000 WCS Korea points.
Some humble words from team experts “Queen of Blades”:
You can follow all the upcoming GSL matches on Twitch, which can be found here.
Pictures from the past 5 years: