Scarlett will be the first non-Korean to play in GSL Code S since 2013

by theScore Staff Dec 27 2016
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Team expert's Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn has qualified for GSL 2017 Season 1 Code S, becoming the first woman to compete in the top Korean league and the first foreigner to compete there since Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri played in spring 2013.

Scarlett advanced out of the final group of the Season 1 qualifier on Tuesday alongside Korean runner-up Kim "herO" Joon Ho. She defeated former GSL champion Ahn "Seed" Sang Won 2-0 to earn her spot, after Seed defeated herO in the group semifinals. herO defeated Seed in their lower bracket finals rematch to earn his spot in Code S.

Scarlett joins a short list of foreigners who have reached Code S over the years, alongside Stephano, Johan "NaNiwa" Lucchesi, Chris "HuK" Loranger and Greg "IdrA" Fields. She is the first foreigner to make it to Code S via an open qualifier since IdrA and Jonathan "Jinro" Walsh beat their way through the 2010 GSL Season 3 Open and were awarded seeds in the inaugural season of Code S in 2011.

Other foreigners that made Code S were given either direct invites or Code A invites, though due to the elimination of Code A in 2017, Scarlett's route from the open qualifiers to Code S was much shorter than in past seasons.

In the Round of 32, Scarlett will be joining the likes of 2016 Code S victors Joo "Zest" Sung Wook and "ByuN" Hyun Woo. She has a long way to go to break the record for deepest GSL run by a non-Korean, currently held by Jinro, who made it to the Round of 4 in GSL 2011 January.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.