StarCraft 2 Saw Some Pretty Legendary Moments in 2019
We take a look at some of the very best of competitive Starcraft 2 from last year.
2019 was a great year for competitive Starcraft 2, in which we saw new creative builds that stunned even the commentators.
We saw new champions rise to contend with an old guard of top tier players and we saw the culmination of storylines that have spanned the past decade.
2019 really was a landmark year for professional Starcraft 2 and it's time to take a look back and celebrate some of the best moments throughout the year.
The Italian Zerg Raynor has long been in Serral's shadow, with both competitors are based in Europe. Both of them play the Zerg race. And both are exceptionally good at Starcraft 2. But Serral has always been considered the better player after his legendary run through 2018 where he won everything there was to win. Serral even blocked Raynor from qualifying for the WCS Global Finals in 2018 when he defeated him in the finals of WCS Montreal.
It would take just short of 12 months for Raynor to finally get his revenge when he defeated Serral 4-2 in the finals of WCS Summer 2019. His win over Serral propelled him forward, eventually leading to a second-place finish at the 2019 WCS Global Finals.
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Classic has been a fan favourite Protoss player for many years due to his unorthodox playstyle and unique build orders. At the 2019 WCS Global Finals, fans knew this would probably be the last time they would get to see him play due to his South Korean military service requirements and they were itching for Classic to take the whole tournament.
In the final game of a best-of-five quarter-final against Rogue - while most players would elect to play as safe as possible - Classic flipped the script and implemented one of the most creative strategies.
When his Dark Templar rush was thwarted, instead of switching gears, Classic doubled down. The use of Blink allowed Classic to sneak into the base, destroy key infrastructure and even escape with minimal losses. But the real brilliance of this adaptation is how seamless it transitioned into the game-winning play.
One of the most significant moments to come out of 2019 has actually been several years in the works. South Korean Zerg player Dark has been in contention for best player in the world for several years, but the distinction has always eluded him.
2019 saw Dark win his first GSL Code S tournament, something he had been trying to do since 2012. His dominant 4-2 win over Trap in the grand finals was his first major step of the year towards the number one rank.
The second step towards world domination came three months later when Dark clean-swept TY 4-0 to claim the GSL Super Tournament trophy.
To cap things off, Dark continued his dominant run through the WCS Global Finals where he went undefeated all the way to the grand finals, convincingly dismantling legendary players Maru and Classic along the way. His single-game loss in the grand final against Raynor the only dark spot on an otherwise perfect tournament.
These three landmark wins solidified Dark as the best Starcraft 2 player in the world across 2019.
We’re on the verge of the 2020 season starting and it is shaping up to be another historic year.