by: The OneAboveU
As the Koreans finally reclaim the top positions of their own ESL Open Cup, the German menace HeroMarine begins to expand onto other servers to establish his tyrannical rule far from home—but with villains come saviors.
Another week, another winner: the tenth Korean server cup goes to RagnaroK, who was able to defeat Trap in the finals. The Chivo player had some tough ZvPs to play on the way to the finals after initially beating TaeJa in the first round. This cup marks the first time that the top 4 is entirely consisting of Korean players, a quite noteworthy fact after ten weeks of lackluster participation.
On the European server HeroMarine once again ran the show (pushing a name change to "Big Gabe Weekly" on his stream and social media), despite meeting resistance by a very big name in the form of Reynor, who played the cup for the first time to challenge the the German's streak. Big Gabe had a fantastic day, however, and his TvZ looked stellar, going through Denver, Lambo, and then Reynor with a mix of bio and mech play. His greatest challenger was actually souL, who was able to bring the German to the brink of defeat, but was unable to close the series out. This is HeroMarine's third victory in a row, bringing his gold medal count to six. We shall see next week, if Lambo's and Reynor's entreaties to Serral to come and stop the rampage of Big Gabe bear any fruit.
Not content with his victory in Europe, HeroMarine went on to also play his way into the finals of the NA cup, wishing to become the first player to win on more than one server in the same week. However, his nemesis Clem had also found the path to the finals and was able to claim the NA title for himself after a closely fought TvT duel. The Liquid player had already taken out American hope Future and his team mate uThermal in TvTs before meeting HeroMarine and was able to successfully transfer his momentum into the finals. Thus, he thwarted HeroMarine's great plans, and started the next chapter in this interesting rivalry—to be continued...
ESL Open Cup winners earn $100 in prize money and 10 ESL Pro Tour points. Players who finish second earn 5 ESL Pro Tour points. Week #11 of ESL Open Cups is set to take place on March 22nd.
European Server Cup #10 (Click for full bracket)
Americas Server Cup #10 (Click for full bracket)