World Electronic Sports Games 2018 is just around the corner! Serral is travelling to Chongqing, China, to represent Finland and compete in the tournament with a $240,000 prize pool.
After placing 5th-8th in IEM Katowice last weekend, Serral is hungry to show he can do better. The tournament begins on March 11th, and the Grand Finals are played on the 17th. He will play in Group A, which is arguably one of the most challenging groups of Group Stage 1. Besides Serral, it features Neeb, ShoWTimE, MaSa, Harstem and msrm. Recently, we haven’t seen many Protoss players compete against Serral but he did defeat Harstem 2-0 in WCS Winter EU in February.
Last year WESG was held in Haikou, China. Serral competed in the First Group Stage against ShoWTimE, Minato and Has. The first Group Stage went smoothly for Serral, and he advanced to the second one without dropping a map. The pattern continued there, and he ended up taking three 3-0 victories against Elazer, Bly and Lambo. In the Quarterfinals Neeb also fell 3-0 to Serral. The tables were turned when he ran into Maru in the Semifinals, knocking Serral down to the Third-place Match with a 0-3. Serral took home $40,000 after getting revenge against Classic by winning 3-1.
- Round of 48 Round-Robin Group Stage:
- All matches are Bo3.
- Top 2 players of each group advance to the Playoffs.
- Ties are solved as follows:
- Two-player tie: head-to-head result;
- Three-player tie: map score, match score among tied players, map score among tied players, bo1 tie-breakers (in that order).
- 16 players Playoffs Stage:
- Single-elimination bracket.
- All matches are Bo5 except Finals which are Bo7.