The king of the WCS Circuit was finally dethroned as Italy's Reynor defeated Finland's Serral in the full-set grand final of WCS Winter: Europe. The loss marked the end of Serral's year-long reign over the WCS Circuit, where the Finnish Phenom had won all four WCS Circuit tournaments in 2018.
Reynor had nearly toppled Serral in the finals of WCS Montreal in 2018, but lost the series after blowing a huge lead in what would have been a series-clinching game six. A similar scenario played out in the WCS Winter finals as Serral tied the series after being down 2-3, but this time Reynor was able to finish Serral off with a +1 speedling all-in in game seven.
Serral had suffered some high-profile losses at IEM Katowice (2-3 loss to soO in quarterfinals) and WESG (3-4 loss to INnoVation in the finals), but his 3-0 sweeps of PtitDrogo and HeRoMaRinE in the WCS Winter playoffs suggested he still stood head and shoulders above his European peers. However, Reynor's victory over Serral during the group stages proved to be a real portent of things to come, as the sixteen-year-old elevated himself from rising star to champion.
The next major WCS Circuit event will be WCS Spring in Kiev, held during May 17-19. Regional qualifiers for WCS Spring will be held over the upcoming weeks.