Despite being underdogs in this season’s Korean Global StarCraft League, the two surviving Terran players made a strong showing in this week’s Round of Sixteen. The 2013 Season 2 GSL Winner Maru found himself in terrifying group of death that included Soulkey, Zest and Dear (all previous GSL winners in their own right.) Widely predicted to place last in the group, Maru broke straight through with two strong TvP best of three victories against Zest and Dear. Bbyong, who scraped through the Ro32 and has been dice rolling his way through TvP with desperate and predictable SCV pull all-ins, was eliminated from the Ro16, but not before an impressively diverse showing in his first match against CJ-herO.
Both players employed a variety of strategies, but each of them found success with an aggressive ‘parade push’ style of play of Marine/Marauder/Medivac, working in significant numbers of Widow Mines. This seems like a clear metagame response to the recent balance changes, which I talked about last week.
Given that Maru is one of the strongest Korean Terrans around, it’s too early to tell whether this play style will find a lasting place in the metagame. Certainly, I’m not proposing it as a cure-all for every Terran woe in the matchup. Maru used it in three of the six games he played in the GSL this week, and lost one of them. He won two other games with only limited Widow Mine use, overpowering his opponents through excellent multitasking and peerless micro with a standard bio composition. Nevertheless, the strategy is effective and fun to watch, and it’s good to see one or two Terran players asserting themselves in the difficult matchup. Read on for a look at the strat and Maru’s execution.