Serral completed the WCS Grand Slam with his victory at WCS Montreal, adding a heretofore impossible fourth WCS Circuit win to his 2018 championships from Leipzig, Austin, and Valencia. For the StarCraft II fans in Quebec, the story of this tournament will come with more drama and near misses as Serral was threatened several times by big names and upstarts. For fans looking ahead to the WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon, it’s clear Joona Satala is ready to put the finishing touch on what has been a season for the ages.
The victories, swagger, and dream-crushing are part of the Serral mystique now and he seems to be embracing his role as anti-hero. His skill and mastery of the format make him too popular to be a conventional villain. The way he dispatched crowd-favorites who happened to be within striking distance of BlizzCon qualification made him too ruthless to be a traditional hero. Witness the intense focus Serral showed in the tournament final against the smiling, genuinely thrilled-to-be-there Reynor (who would have qualified for BlizzCon by knocking off the champ), and that’s all you need to know about the Finnish superstar. In one championship match Serral denied the 16 year-old Reynor a chance to go to the WCS Global Finals while simultaneously clinching a BlizzCon berth for fan-favorite Lambo.
Crushing dreams and creating opportunities in one move, Serral is the irresistible force in StarCraft II now. The WCS Global Finals merely represent the next challenge.