The saga of Reynor and Serral saw another chapter unfold in the online Douyu Cup, with Reynor taking a 4-1 grand finals victory over his rival to claim the first place prize of ¥50,000 CNY (~$7,199 USD). The victory marked Reynor's second finals win against Serral on the year, with the Italian Zerg having previously defeated Serral in July's DreamHack Europe finals.
Similar to the DreamHack Europe finals, Reynor had to climb up to the Douyu Cup grand finals from the losers bracket, having ceded an earlier match to Serral in the winners bracket. Curiously, Serral opted to go for several pool-first builds and other aggressive strategies in the grand finals, but none of them hit the mark. Indeed, defense was the name of the game in the grand finals, with Reynor dropping his only map when he went for an aggressive Roach-Bane-Ling all-in.
The Douyu Cup marks the second major tournament in a row where the 'foreigners' managed to topple the Korean contingent, following on the heels of DreamHack Summer Season Finals where Serral defeated Trap to claim the championship. While Cure and Zest came within a game of toppling Serral and Reynor respectively, they failed to close their Douyu cup series out in the end. With Rogue (IEM Katowice) and soO (TSL5) winning the first two major internationals in 2020, and Serral and Reynor winning the next two, fans should be extra-intrigued to see who will break the tie between Korea and the rest of the world at the DreamHack Fall Season Finals.
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