Serral gave WCS Valencia 2018 a historic ending as he won his third WCS Circuit championship in a row. Once again, Serral entered the tournament as the heavy favorite to lift the trophy, and once again Serral lived up to expectations as he defeated all challengers who came his way. Canada's Scarlett came closest to ending Serral's reign, even taking a 2-1 lead in their RO16 match. The momentary deficit did not rattle Serral, who showed flawless execution and mechanics to close the series 3-2. Reynor—the young Italian who caused the upset of the Code S season by eliminating Classic—was dismissed in quarterfinal sweep. HeRoMaRinE—perhaps a title contender in a world without Serral—saw his mech-Terran eaten alive by locusts in the semifinals.
As in the previous WCS Circuit stop in Austin, Serral ceded much of the spotlight to his finals co-star. If MaNa had been a champion-of-yore making a miraculous late-career comeback, then Has was a veteran who had never even sniffed a major championship. Known for his single-minded dedication toward uniquely cheesy strategies, Has had spent much of his career as both a polarizing underdog and as a cult-hero to a subset of fans who appreciated his eccentricity.
Has' tricks had rarely been enough to steal more than a map off the 'true' contenders' in the past, but WCS Valencia saw Has make the tournament run of his career. Opponent after opponent found themselves vexed by an onslaught of bizarre builds they fully expected to come. More than once, Has' own mistakes saw him blow a winnable game. But by hook and by crook, Has progressed through the bracket. 3-2 vs Kelazhur. 3-2 vs Nerchio. 3-2 vs ShoWTimE. Then, Serral.
Perhaps Serral was too powerful a foe, or perhaps Has had exposed too many of his strategies by the time he reached the finals. In any case, the grand finals represented a return to normalcy (or what passes for normalcy in Has' world). Has was good enough to grind out a single map win in a bizarre double-cheese game. The rest of the games—though made entertaining by Has' commitment to all-ins—ended with Serral's swarm trampling over a huddled, ragged Protoss force.
After a valiant last stand from Has on Redshift, it was all over. Serral has made his point: he was the most dominant player in the WCS Circuit's brief history, sealed with a third consecutive trophy. And though Has left the finals stage without any silverware, the cheers from the crowd suggested he had earned that rarity among rarity in StarCraft: A moral victory.