The first three regional champions of DreamHack Masters Winter have been crowned!
It will surprise few that SpeCial won the Latin American championship, with the Mexican Terran completing a three-for-three sweep on the year. If you count EPT as the successor to the Copa America/WCS Challenger lineage, then SpeCial has now won eleven straight major regionals in Latin America (even more, if you count tournaments like the WESG regionals).
Kelazhur returned to his 'rightful' second place position this season, having previously ceded that spot to Cham in the fall campaign. This result makes SpeCial and Kelazhur near locks as the two Latin American representatives at the EPT Masters Championship at IEM Katowice 2021, with Cham needing to make a deep run in the January EPT event or
a yet-to-be-announced 3rd party major, in order to surpass Kelazhur in the LATAM regional standings.
Nice came out on top in the aptly named region of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan. For the second straight season, Nice took down his regional rival Has in the finals, perhaps signaling a passing of the guard in Taiwanese StarCraft II. In any case, the result has little bearing on the IEM Katowice qualification picture, as both Has and Nice had effectively locked in their spots during Masters Fall (barring Rex becoming a GSL championship class player overnight, the present standings should hold).
The story in the Oceania/Asia region was completely different, with the Philippine's EnDerr defeating Seither in the finals. It marked EnDerr's first major title win in the region, with second place being his best prior result in WCS Challenger(he had won South East Asia-only regionals prior, but not in the combined Oceania/Asia region of the WCS/EPT system).
Despite suffering group stage elimination this season, Fall season champion Probe was a winner in a different sense, as EnDerr's win means the Aussie Protoss is very likely to clinch the region's sole spot at IEM Katowice 2021.
SpeCial, Nice, and EnDerr have secured spots in the DreamHack Masters Fall Season Finals, where they will face the top players from the remaining regions.
Week 2 of DreamHack Masters Winter will be played from October 27th to November 1st, with the North American regional beginning group stage competition, while Chinese regional tournament will be held in its entirety. The European regional will also continue, with the second half of the group stage being played out.