In the Final match of the StarCraft II division Finnish Joona "Serral" Sotala and Korean Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung were met. For both players, it was the first ever Final of WESG and for INnoVation it was even first ever attempt on WESG. But for sure, both players deserve to represent their countries on the main stage in front of the crowd.
Map one in this Bo7 battle was Kairos Junction. From the beginning, Serral made a very good push on INnoVation’s defensive positions. But Korean Terran successfully repelled the attack and went to the counterattack in his turn. With 3 Siege Tanks and infantry, he forced Serral to write “GG”.
On the second and third maps, Serral took advantage of the early aggression with Zerglings and Roaches/Ravagers and make the score 1:2 in his favor. But then INnoVation found the key to Serral's playstyle and won the 4th map, making the score tie 2:2.
The FIfth map is always crucial in Bo7 series and both players felt this pressure. INnoVation decide to push Serral’s high ground with Marines and Siege Tanks and it seemed like nothing special, but the Finnish player made a series of mistakes in micro and lost too many units. Eventually, Korean player gets upper hand in the economy and won the map.
Sixth map, Cyber Forest, was one of the most important for both players. INnoVation goes to the Marines&Medivacs tactics, but Serral did just perfect micro to prevent all the dropships and got the advantage from the beginning. It took 37 minutes for him to turn this advantage into the score and to turn the Final to the 7th map.
Decisive map, New Repugnancy, started pretty successful for INnoVation. His early game push turns into massive damage on Serral’s economy. Terran wiped out a supply base and a lot of workers. Serral tries to push back Terran’s army with Mutalisks, but INnoVation was unstoppable on his way to the main trophy of WESG 2018-2019.
INnoVation became the new WESG StarCraft II champion and in addition to the title, he receives $150,000 of prize money. Serral got the second place, which is still very good and it much better then it was in a previous year. He also will receive $40,000 of prize money.
WESG 2018-2019 Grand Final in StarCraft II division is over. It was a long and tough path for the champions, we saw a huge amount of glorious battles, ups and downs, but all the StarCraft II fans will remember this Grand Final as one of the most spectacular shows on esports scene.