After failing in the previous edition's semi finals, DongRaeGu came back strong in Week #34 of the ESL Open Cup Korea and managed to win his first gold medal in the weekly tournament. That winning feeling is all too familiar to HeRoMaRinE, who secured his 16th victory for himself in the European competition. On the American server, we saw one of the rare instances where first place went to an American, with Neeb securing himself another victory.
After last week's PvP finals, the other two races got their chance in Cup #34 with DRG facing Cure in the finals and finishing him off with three victories in a row after taking a loss on the first map. On his way, DRG had to eliminate his team mate Stats in a very close series, marking an important step forward in a match-up, where he generally still couldn't keep up with the most elite level of Korean players. On the other side of the bracket, Chinese Silky, who's seemingly playing in every tournament he finds these days, managed to kick out Armani early on and even took a map off of Cure, almost altering the course of the competition.
Weeks since someone else than HeRoMaRinE or ShoWTimE won the ESL Open Cup EU:
Another week, another completely different top 4 in the American edition of the ESL Open Cups. Week #34 saw an all-American finals with a clash of generations: Neeb represented the old guard and was able to narrowly defeat the youngster Future. The Alpha X player went toe to toe with the eight time ESL Open Cup America champion PartinG in the semi finals, trading maps evenly and eventually overcoming the Protoss players in a massive upset. Using this momentum in the finals, the Terran went up 2-0 over Neeb in what looked like a comfortable sweep for him, but the experience and tenacity of the Protoss player showed, as he turned the series around, grabbed the match point for himself and did, what Future couldn't do for two maps: Finish business. This marks Neeb's third gold medal in his home region, equalizing his victory count on the American server with that of Solar.
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 #35 of ESL Open Cups is set to take place on September 7th.
European Server Cup #34 (Click for full bracket)
Americas Server Cup #34 (Click for full bracket)