Serral becomes first non-Korean to win StarCraft 2's biggest prize

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Joona “Serral” Sotala has become the first non-Korean to win StarCraft 2 (opens in new tab)'s most prestigious tournament, the World Championship Series (WCS).

The Finnish Zerg player was heavy favourite coming in the WCS Global Finals at Blizzcon (opens in new tab), having gone undefeated during the tournament's opening week. He cemented his dominance by beating Protoss player Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob 4-2 in the final yesterday.

He took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series before Stats surged back to win the next two games. It wasn't enough to stop Serral, however, who won the sixth game to take a commanding victory.

He was expected to meet Cho “Maru” Seong Ju, considered the world's second best player, in the finals, but Maru was beaten by Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin in the playoffs. Stats went on to sweep sOs in the semis. 

You can watch the full final below. Skip to 1:40:00 to watch Serral's final, decisive push—accompanied by some brilliant commentary.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.