Rogue became the first player in StarCraft II history to imprint his name on the IEM Katowice championship trophy twice, winning a decisive 4-1 victory over Zest in the finals of the 2020 edition of the tournament. The Jin Air Zerg looked impressive from start to finish in the grand finals, deflecting Zest's harassment and ripping through his defenses with ease.
Zest had entered the finals after upsetting Serral 3-2 in the semis, an exclamation point in a brilliant comeback run where he played some of his best StarCraft II in years. Unfortunately for Zest, his five PvZ sets over the course of the tournament seemed to catch up to him in the grand finals, with Rogue's reads and gambles hitting with remarkable accuracy.
Serral had started off his series against Zest with a 2-1 lead, defending solidly against the glaive-adept play Zest had favored throughout the competition. However, he abruptly came undone in game four, being caught completely off guard by yet another twist on glaive-adepts from Zest. Zest closed the series out in game five, splitting Serral's defenses with warp prism tactics before overpowering him with chargelot-archon.
Somehow, Rogue entered the final day of matches as a somewhat understated championship candidate, despite accumulating a tournament-best 13-2 map record over the course of the group stage and quarterfinals. After topping his group to earn a bye to the quarterfinals, he had also crushed BlizzCon champ Dark 3-0 to secure his spot on the Spodek stage.
Rogue had to face teammate Maru in the semifinal match on his side of the bracket, with the two players trading blows in an offensive-minded series. The series ended in a traditional clash between muta-ling-bane and marine-medivac-mine, with Rogue able to overpower his teammate to secure the 3-2 victory.
Zest's five consecutive PvZ match victories—including one against Rogue in the group stage—may have made him look the favorite on paper, but in the end it only made him overexposed. Early game aggression was the name of the game for the finals, with most of the matches either being decided outright in the first few minutes, or seeing one player take an insurmountable advantage. Zest drew first blood with a quick cannon rush into proxy-robo immortal drop on Ephemeron, but that would prove to be his only win of the series. Be it by simply defending against Zest's glaive-adept timings or exploiting Zest's porous early-game defense with quick zergling attacks, Rogue steamrollered his way to four straight wins to claim the mantle of two-time IEM Katowice champion.
With his win in Poland, Rogue secured himself a seed at the Masters Championship at IEM Katowice 2021, and another $150,000 to add to his already significant career earnings. At the end of a playoffs where many expected either Maru or Serral to further their legacies, we've instead been left to wonder where Rogue must rank on the list of all-time greats.