The ESL Open Cup Korea celebrates a first-time winner for a second week in a row: soO was able to best the competition and conclude the tournament as the victor. There was nothing new in Europe, as the private ping-pong match between HeRoMaRinE and ShoWTimE continued. This time around, Big Gabe seized the trophy. The Americas edition saw a 'home' server player triumph once more, with Neeb taking advantage of a relatively soft pool of players to take first place.
Silver surfer soO now has an ESL Open gold medal to his name! The Afreeca Zerg had to go through his Code S semi-finalist team mate DongRaeGu, giving the returner another ZvZ loss to think about, teamless Hurricane and Big Boy PartinG to take the title. PartinG apparently decided to try his luck on the Korean server instead of the American one for once, but the decision didn't exactly pay off. Cup #31's participation was solid, but lapsed a bit compared to the usual field, perhaps because of the start of the Gold Series Team Championship 2020 Fall Season, which had regular participants like Cure, Trap and Solar engaged in team matches.
Weeks since someone else than HeRoMaRinE or ShoWTimE won the ESL Open Cup EU:
The American server got a brief respite this week, with no big-name Koreans coming over to take everybody's lunch money. Neeb was able to take hold of the opportunity and secure another victory for himself, the first since almost three months. Surprisingly, he met MarineLorD in the finals, who managed to eliminate the previous week's winner Astrea in the semi-finals. In a curious twist, military returner ForGG gave the tournament a shot, but was defeated early on by Future.
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 #31 (Click for full bracket)
Americas Server Cup #31 (Click for full bracket)