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May 15, 2020, 6:00:00 AM

HeRoMaRinE Successful Once Again in ESL Open Week 18

The ESL Open rolls on with its 18th week, Gabriel ‘HeRoMaRinE’ Segat managed to top the European server. This was his second hat trick in the Cup.

He was not the only winner because, in the Korean server, there was a massive upset. Kim ‘Stats’ Daeyeob managed to beat the powerhouses of the region en route to his first victory in an Open Cup.

Week 18 was another eventful week for Germany because the final was yet another round composed of two players from the country. HeRoMaRinE managed to defeat his countryman Tobias ‘ShoWTimE’ Sieber in the final to earn the title, $100 in prize money and the valuable 10 ESL Pro Tour Points.

En route to the final, HeRoMaRinE managed to beat Dutch player Kevin ‘Harstem’ de Koning two to one in a best-of-three series. This was a great match that was unexpected because HeRoMaRinE was the favoured player going into the match. On the other side of the bracket, ShoWTimE defeated French star Clément ‘Clem’ Desplanches in yet another close three-game series.

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In the final, HeRoMaRinE continued to ride his momentum, winning three games to one. He used one of the best weapons that the Terran race has which was the quick and early tech then he switched to the Drilling Claws. This strategy was popularized by Korean player Kim ‘Cure’ Doh Wook, but the German star put his own spin on it.

While he only placed second, ShoWTimE does not come out empty-handed. He still earned five ESL Pro Tour points which are still a valuable prize for him.

In the Korean server, it was a fierce battle. Stats had to go through superstar players to get into the final. He managed to defeat Juan Carlos ‘SpeCial’ Tena Lopez in the semi-finals to set up a showdown against Sasha ‘Scarlett’ Hostyn.

Scarlett had a good performance, managing to do her signature ‘cheese’ strategies alongside some great macro plays. She managed to steal a map with an aggressive Zerg build but Stats had a solid Protoss strategy that was stable enough to win him three games and the entire tourney.

The ESL Open Cup resumes with Week 19 on the 17th of May.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA