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Rogue Favorite to Win StarCraft 2’s GSL Season 3

GSL

The third and final season of 2020’s Global StarCraft 2 League is upon us, and reigning champion Lee “Rogue” Byeong Yeol is once again the favorite to win the game’s most elite league.

For those unfamiliar with the GSL, it is the biggest and most competitive StarCraft 2 league out there, currently being played in Korea. Twenty-four of the world’s best enter, facing head-to-head in three different group stages before reaching an eventual eight-man playoff.

We’re already quite deep into the league, with just 12 players remaining, as the final group stage is underway. However, anyone who’s made it this far has a real shot at taking it, so let’s take a look at the competitors.

Who’s playing at GSL Season 3?

As previously mentioned, 12 of the world’s best remain. They were split into three groups of four, with two players set to advance from each group, while the other two will be eliminated. So far, group A and group B have finished, with TY, Armani, Zest and DongRaeGu advancing, while Zoun, Dream, Cure and Solar have been eliminated.

Unfortunately for western StarCraft 2 fans, the only non-Korean player, SpeCial, was eliminated in the first group stage. However, we are still left with arguably the most competitive GSL group stage for a long time and only the best competitors remain.

The group stage is set to end on October 10, while the playoffs will culminate with a grand-final showdown on October 31.

You can check out a full list of the players and their odds to win it below:

Odds to Win StarCraft 2’s 2020 GSL Season 3
PlayerOdds
Rogue+350
Maru+550
TY+650
INnoVation+650
Stats+750
Dark+750
Zest+1000
DongRaeGu+1100
Trap+1400
ByuN+1500
PartinG+3000
Armani+3300

Odds as of September 29 at BetOnline

Can Rogue achieve back-to-back GSL victories?

All eyes will be on Rogue this season, as the Zerg player earned himself the Season 2 trophy after a dominant playoff performance, losing just one map in 12.

He has yet to play this season, with his group taking place on October 10, so there is an air of mystery around him. However, with such a dominant showing last season, he’s the clear favorite and the pressure will be on his opponents to stop him.

While his StarCraft skills are second to none, he does now have a target on his back coming in as the favorite. It’ll be interesting to see how many players study his style and think of a counter, or even decide to employ some unconventional strategies to throw him off his game.

Stats is out for revenge

Although the odds may not show it, Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob is another key player in this season of the GSL.

He came in second place last season, losing only to Rogue, and was the only player to actually do some damage to him in the playoffs. In fact, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see these two face off in the finals again.

Stats will no doubt be extra motivated to perform after reaching the finals and losing out to Rogue last season, with a grudge match for the previous grand-final smashing being well on the cards.

Will the Terrans rise up once again?

When looking at the Global StarCraft 2 League, it’s been a bizarre year for Terran players. They absolutely dominated the first season, with three of the top four players playing Terran, before falling off completely in season 2, when just one made it to the semifinals.

Looking at the odds, there’s definitely a chance for the Terrans to take it again. Jun “TY” Tae Yang, Cho “Maru” Seong Ju and Lee “INnoVation” Shin Hyung are all at the top end of the odds to win GSL.

They’re all amazing players and have all shown that they are championship material. The question is: Can they do it again this season?