Once more, 2018 Global Champion Serral proved himself to be the sole deterrent to total Korean dominance in StarCraft II, defeating a mixed field of international and Korean players to win HomeStory Cup 19. Serral completed the tournament with a 9-1 match record (24-8 map score), defeating TY twice during the final stages of the double elimination playoffs.
For the second HomeStory Cup tournament in a row, Serral was pushed to his limits by an elite Korean Terran player in the finals, as INnoVation had taken him to a full seven map finals at the previous HomeStory Cup 18. The new addition of a winner's bracket point advantage helped Serral in this case, nudging him to a 4-3 victory against TY in the grand finals (he had previously defeated TY 3-1 in the winners bracket final). Stats, who had given Serral his only series loss of the tournament during the group stages, was eliminated by TY and soO during the playoffs.