WCS Global Champion Serral reclaimed his seat on top of the WCS Circuit in Kiev, besting a field of over seventy competitors to win his fifth Circuit championship at WCS Spring. Serral had briefly ceded the European crown to Reynor in April's WCS Winter Europe finals, but he avenged that defeat with a 3-0 semifinal sweep against the Italian Zerg.
Perennial semifinalist SpeCial advanced from the opposite side of the bracket, passing an important career milestone by besting Western powerhouses ShoWTimE and Neeb to reach his first Circuit finals. However, SpeCial ended up becoming Serral's fifth WCS Circuit finals victim, giving up a 0-4 sweep to the Finnish Phenom.
SpeCial looked to be dangerous opponent for Serral in the first two games, fighting Serral to a near standstill with his slow and methodical mech-Terran play. However, Serral was able to swing both games with decisive engagements, wiping out mass Battlecruisers with Infestor-Corruptor in game one and taking down a Tank-Liberator force as it advanced onto Creep in game two. The last two games of the series featured more 'typical' Serral dominance as SpeCial switched to infantry based armies. Serral slowly snowballed small early leads into unlosable positions, leaving SpeCial looking just as helpless as many top Terrans before him.
The finals victory gave Serral his fifth WCS Circuit championship, $20,000 in prize money, and a direct seed into the 2019 WCS Global Finals. Serral also attained his first sweep in a major tournament finals, something he had not achieved in the course of winning seven major championships. Serral will look to continue his reign at July's WCS Summer, with WCS returning to Ukraine for another Circuit event.