From the start of 2020, the ecosystem changed drastically, as ESL stepped in to the driver’s seat and announced the ESL Pro Tour. This means that the old WCS format, which the game used to have is in the past, and it now runs a circuit combining ESL and DreamHack tournaments. Each year ends in a Masters Championship, taking place at the IEM Masters Katowice. Instead of the StarCraft 2 yearly calendar ending in November, it will last until the 2021 Katowice tournament. This circuit has been confirmed to run for at least the next 3 years, which brings a lot of stability and job security for the players and talent alike.
This year Katowice isn’t yet a World Championship competition for SC2, but nevertheless it’s one of the most esteemed and important tournaments of the year. So far Serral has yet to claim a IEM trophy for himself, even if his shelves are filled with many other ones. We sat down with him to hear some thoughts about the upcoming competition.