Suddenly, Choi ‘Polt’ Seong Hoon can’t be stopped on his new home soil.
The South Korea native won the WCS 2013 America Premier League Season 2 Finals at Red Bull headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif. with a commanding 4-0 sweep of Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong. It marked the second major championship won by the Terran player since he moved to the United States at the beginning of 2013 to continue his studies.
He also won at the MLG Spring Championship 2013 in Anaheim, Calif., and embarked in a little flag waving to give props to his new country. In doing so, he also became the fourth player since the release of Wings of Liberty to earn the StarCraft Triple Crown for winning premier tournaments in America, Europe and Korea.
Polt told Red Bull eSports he was in a slump before MLG Anaheim, but that tournament helped him jump out of it.
“I was in kind of a slump and my skills were low and felt like maybe I couldn't beat most of the Korean players. But I played without pressure and my did my best and used any strategy I had at the time,” Polt said.
By winning, he also launched himself into third place in the WCS World Rankings with 3,475 points. But to even get to the finals in Season 2 of WCS America, Polt had fight through a tough field. He edged out Yoon “TaeJa” Young Suh in the semifinals, who was hot off a victory at Assembly Summer a couple of weeks ago. He also blazed past Evil Geniuses’ Kim ‘Oz’ Hak So in the quarterfinals.
Overall, WCS America saw seven new players in the round of 8 from the previous season. Canadian Zerg. Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn had an inspiring run. She announced before this weekend that it would be her last tournament for several months to heal from wrist injuries and then went on a spree of wins. She upset American champion HerO, bested Han “Alive” Lee Seok and nearly knocked off JaeDong in the semifinals. At the moment, Scarlett stands as the top North American player in 2013.
But we get closer to the StarCraft II 2013 World Championship Series finals at BlizzCon in November, the question on everyone's mind is: will Polt be able to continue his streak of dominating play?
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