After an underwhelming WCS 2018 campaign, INnoVation put in one of his best tournament performances in nearly a year. He gave the viewers a taste of vintage INnoVation in game one of the finals, out-producing and outlasting Serral in a bloody macro game. INnoVation was unable to repeat that feat, but still managed to go up 3-2 with expertly executed proxy-rax rushes.
Unfortunately for INnoVation, Serral was no stranger to fighting back from a deficit. The Finnish Phenom was imperious as ever, seemingly taking the final two points at will with a decisive roach-ravager timing followed by a masterful macro game.
For the rest of the field, HSC told the abridged story of WCS 2017-2018. Non-Korean players put in surprisingly strong performances early on, with ShoWTimE and Reynor taking first place in their groups. In the upset of the tournament, 2017 Global Champion Rogue was eliminated in the group stage after dropping matches to ShoWTiME, uThermal, and Namshar. However, the Korean pros proved to be sharper in the bracket phase of the tournament, winning the majority of BO5's against foreigners-not-named-Serral.
The newly un-retired TaeJa was another person-of-interest at the tournament, achieving a top eight finish in his first live event since concluding his military service. While other past champions in MMA and PartinG have struggled to regain their form after returning from hiatuses, TaeJa's strong performances (including a 2-3 loss to Serral) suggested that he may have the sheer talent needed to shake off the rust from a 20 month military service break.