The path was unexpected, and the outcome briefly came into doubt, but WCS Austin ended as it had been prophesied: Serral won his second WCS Circuit championship in a row. The Finnish phenom was widely regarded by fans and peers as the best player in the non-Korean scene, and it was fait accompli that he would be the victor. Serral advanced to the finals as expected, not losing a single map as he defeated Clem, TLO, Kelazhur and HeroMarine. Lambo—in the midst of his own career-milestone run—managed to draw blood, but lost the series nonetheless.
Serral's sacrificial lamb in the finals turned out to be MaNa, a former European great who had long since fallen from championship contention. MaNa's run was the captivating story of WCS austin, counter-balancing the weight of inevitability imparted by Serral. The Polish Protoss had gone on a miracle run, scoring massive upsets against opponents thought to outclass him: 3-0 vs Neeb, 3-0 vs Snute, 3-1 vs SpeCial. Yet, Serral loomed as a monster too strong for any hero to vanquish, a reality too harsh for any fairy tale to survive.
And then, for a moment, MaNa made everyone believe. Serral took game one as a matter of course, living up to his reputation. But in an alarming twist, MaNa's focus was sharper in the following two games, his Protoss host cutting through endless waves of Zerg by what seemed like sheer force of will. He led 2-1, heading into a pivotal fourth map.
If Serral had been briefly rattled (an impossibility, some may have claimed before the tournament), it would not last. Being down in score only seemed to help Serral recover his poise. Despite continued good play from MaNa, Serral took next three sets in decisive fashion, a predictable 3-0 in a fictional best-of-five where he had never allowed himself to falter. After a brief fist pump—perhaps an appropriate amount of joy for the overwhelming favorite to win it all—Serral walked over to shake his opponent's hand and lift the WCS Austin trophy.