It was an all-star lineup going into this year’s Battle Grounds finals. 8 players — all of whom hailed from South Korea, save for the Canadian Zerg Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn — fought their way through to this last event, crushing hundreds of other extremely skilled gamers and their dreams for glory along the way. Three Protoss, three Terran and two Zerg players were ready to fight for the cup and the $20,000 first-place prize.
The star talent was strong not only with the players but also with the grade-A casting and interview team, featuring scene personalities ToD, Day, RotterdaM, Nathanis and Axeltoss. With these factors and Red Bull’s expected top-notch production, the stage was set for an amazing weekend.
The group stages took off tumultuously, with only Choi “Bomber” Ji Sung and Kim “Cure” Doh Wook making it out of their groups without dropping a match. Swiftly, Terrans took the lead – all three progressed to the semifinals, leaving the only foreign (in the StarCraft scene, “foreign” means non-Korean) hope behind and with the only non-Terran remaining being Protoss player Cho “Trap” Sung Ho.
Cure squared off against Trap, coming out unscathed yet again and taking three decisive games against the Protoss opponent. Bomber and Choi “Polt” Seong Hun went back and forth, ultimately ending in Bomber’s favor 3-2. Polt would beat Trap 2-1 for third place, and Bomber and Cure would advance.
With the crowd anxious and ready to see their new victor crowned, Bomber and Cure took center stage to tens of thousands of online viewers. Bomber ended up showing why, time and time again, he is seen as a force to be reckoned with: he crushed Cure in 4 consecutive wins, securing the victory in a simply awesome fashion and drawing the amazing Battle Grounds season to an explosive close.