The third day of Intel Extreme Masters Cologne saw eight players battle it out for four more spots in the Quarterfinals as Groups C & D were played. Terran players Polt and INnoVation both made impressive showings, both outclassing their respective enemies and making it through their respective groups with clean sweeps. Along with them, Jaedong and Classic advanced.
Jaedong in his Group had to face the two Protoss players MaNa and StarDust, where MaNa played an incredible couple of games against Jaedong, completely dominating him in the first series they had played. MaNa couldn't cut it against Polt and had to face Jaedong again, who was much better prepared this time and defeated MaNa in just two maps, moving on to the quarterfinal.
German EPS champion and last European hope in his Group D matches was defeated first by INnoVation, who went on to qualify by beating MC, and then to Classic, who would face MC in the final and deciding match of the day for a rematch. In the initial match between the two, MC outclassed Classic, who then came back with thought through strategies, countering MC and taking back his victory in the deciding match of the day.
With all eight Quarterfinalists known, the playoffs brackets have been drawn and can be found below.
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