In this week's ESL Open Cups Stats capped off a great month of online play with another victory in the Korean edition, having reached the finals in all four tournaments in July. In Europe, HeRoMaRinE after a two-week interregnum, took the last gold medal up for grabs in July. In the Americas, the rivalry between PartinG and Solar for dominion over the server continued, with the Protoss gaining the upper hand.
Reaching the finals in all four KR server ESL Open Cups played out this month and winning two of them, Stats can be pretty happy with himself overall. He started into July with a victory over Solar, then had to bow down to Trap and ESL Open Cup-Royal Roader Dark, before he could reclaim the throne in Cup #29 this Monday, taking a very close fought series against RagnaroK in the finals. The competition before that point had already been fierce, with Stats having to eliminate sOs, who has surprisingly become somewhat of a regular face in these weeklies, and fellow GSL quarterfinalist Dream. Having taken his fourth gold medal in the Korean server cups, Stats is slowly but steadily creeping up on the leading duo of Solar and Zest.
July has been another fantastic month for German players in the ESL Open Cups EU, with HeRoMaRinE winning the first and latest edition, and ShoWTimE the ones in between. In edition #29 the Big Gabe notably took down souL, his countrymen Lambo and the American invader Neeb in the final showdown. Neeb had taken down Clem in a 3-2 series to claim the spot in the finals and bring about the first month since February, in which the young Frenchman has not reached an ESL Open Cup finals. We're ending July with HeRoMaRinE having advanced his impressive gold medal count two twelve (one more and we can write those out in actual numbers!) and ShoWTimE having equalized his own count of victories with those of Reynor, sharing the second rank with the Italian.
With Clem and most of the other regular Europeans having abandoned the American ESL Open Cups, the Koreans have taken up the reigns over the region once more. In particular, PartinG and Solar both claim dominion over the American server, with one of them always having been in a finals for the last five weeks now. Of those five occasions, three were direct clashes between the two would-be overlords, with PartinG turning the scores in his favor: he won out in Cup #29, taking his rival down 3-1 after having dropped not a single map ever since the start of Cup #28, which he had won without a map loss. Feel free to check this, but that's probably the longest streak without map losses someone had in these ESL Open Cups. With that victory on Monday, PartinG also took leadership of the AM Cup medal rankings, finally overtaking Clem's six gold medals with his seventh victory. Things are looking up for PartinG, he's the King of America for now. But surely, Solar will be back next week to challenge him again.
ESL Open Cup winners earn $200 in prize money and 10 ESL Pro Tour points. Players who finish second earn 5 ESL Pro Tour points and $100. A top 4 finish guarantees at least $50. Week #27 of ESL Open Cups is set to take place on July 13th.
European Server Cup #29 (Click for full bracket)
Americas Server Cup #29 (Click for full bracket)