21:00EET – Serral vs Dark
The IEM Katowice World Championships is taking place this weekend and ENCE will have their very own Starcraft II player Serral competing in one of the biggest tournaments of the year. Serral who made it through the qualifiers previously will going head to head with some of the best players in the world for a chance to be crowned World Champion as well as a share of the $250,000 prize pool.
Currently Serral is set to play in Group C on March 3rd along side TRUE and Zest and joining them will be three more players that make it through the playoffs which are currently being played. The six man group will see three players make it through to the playoffs of the tournament and Serral is feeling quite confident looking forward to the games.
We will be on site to bring you the latest interviews, coverage and information as Serral competes in Katowice which you will be able to enjoy right here. If you are at the event make sure to drop by and give him your support as he looks to make an impact in the tournament.
Azhrak from SC2.fi had the chance to sit down with Serral and interview him about the upcoming tournament. Below you can read the English interview, however if you wish to read the original Finnish interview you can do so HERE
Q: What is currently your strongest match-up, why?
A: All match-ups are going well, but I’m strongest against Terran at the moment. I have simply found a style that works well against Terrans.
Q: How much are you practising now that you are still in high school?
A: In 2017 I’ve played around 30 hours per week on top of my studies. The daily hours vary depending on the situation.
Q: What do you think about the recent game balance? Do you have any suggestions?
A: I think the balance is quite good. I can’t saty anything about TvP, but ZvP feels to favor the Protoss. On the other hand, I personally haven’t had trouble in the match-up, so I won’t complain. The current maps are now very good for Reapers but the grenade could be nerfed. However, I have been pleased with Blizzard’s work.
Q: How do you feel about the competitive calendar of 2017 and the WCS series?
A: It looks like there will be a good amount of WCS events and other tournaments can fit between them. The year 2017 is looking good all around.
Q: Tell us about your performance in the online qualifier.
A: The first match against ShoWTimE was really challenging and I couldn’t reach my own level. My games got better towards the end, even though especially Snute proved to be very tough. My result was according to my expectations and in line with my current form.
Q: Can you keep up the good pace in Poland?
A: Offline tournaments are always completely different than online tournaments. I can’t be sure about my performance in Poland, but I’ve done well at practice and I hope that I will perform well there.
Q: What kind of expectations do you have for IEM Katowice?
A: Last year IEM Katowice was one of the best organized tournaments that I’ve been to. So my expectations are high.
Q: Do you have a support group with you at the event?
A: Generally I have been alone but this time my father decided to join me as my support.
Q: What do you think about your group (Serral, Zest, TRUE, +3 TBD)?
A: My group is good. Both TRUE and Zest are completely beatable. All the players in the tournament are good however, and I don’t believe any bad players will advance from the Open Bracket. I would gladly take a couple of Terran players into my group.
Q: What is your goal in the tournament?
A: My first goal is to advance from my group, and after we’ll see who I’m going to face. It would be great to reach semi-finals and get to play at the Spodek Areana.
Q: How will the foreigners do against the Koreans?
A: All the foreigners have chances to compete against the best Koreans, and it is realistic that there will be one or two foreigners at the semi-finals.