The winter edition of the StarCraft II World Championship Series has come to an end in both Europe and America. In Europe, Riccardo “Reynor” Romiti upset Joona “Serral” Sotala to take first place, with Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft vanquishing Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn to establish stateside dominance.
For their efforts, both Reynor and Neeb collected $12,000 of their event’s respective $60,000 prize pool, along with 1,600 WCS Circuit Points for their WCS Global Finals campaigns.
Reynor’s victory over Serral marked the end of a dominant period for the Finnish player, who had won every WCS event he entered in 2018, including last year’s WCS Global Finals. After falling to a 2-3 deficit, Serral was nearly able to mount a comeback against his Italian rival, but Reynor clutched out a tight seventh game to win his first premier-level event. Going into next month’s WCS Spring, all eyes will be on the 16-year-old Italian phenom.
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Neeb’s victory on Saturday was the fourth WCS Circuit title of his career, but this one didn’t come easy. It took six games for the Protoss player to fend off Scarlett, with Neeb utilizing an early Glaive-Adept attack to close out the grand finals last game. Neeb also suffered an upset loss at the hands of Peinan “TIME” Li during the group stage, but the Chinese player fell to Maru “MaSa” Kim before he could make it to Neeb in the bracket stage.