Korean StarCraft 2 player Choi "Bomber" Ji Sung has won the second season of Blizzard’s World Championship Series held at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, and will take home $40,000 in prize money.
Choi, who is one of only two players personally sponsored by Red Bull, defeated North America’s best, Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn, and fellow Terran Yoon "TaeJa" Young Suh on his way to the finals. There he swept Starcraft: Brood War legend Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong to claim his first major StarCraft title since winning Major League Gaming’s Raleigh Championship in 2011, exactly two years ago.
"I knew I would win against him, but I never expected 4-0," Choi told GameSpot after his victory. "I was sad that I didn’t have good results in the last 2 years. I’m really happy now that I’ve finally won a championship. I just hope that I won’t be as bad as I was in 2012. I’m really thankful to all the fans that cheered for me at Gamescom.”
Jaedong has come close but has yet to win a StarCraft 2 tournament. He has placed second at four major events in the last four months, including the WCS America Season 2 Finals, DreamHack Summer, and DreamHack Valencia events.
The win by Choi now puts him third in the point rankings for the 2013 World Championship Series, behind Lee and Season 1 Champion Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung.
The third and final season for the 2013 WCS has now begun, with the top 16 point holders qualifying for the World Championships at BlizzCon, to be held November 8-9 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The champion will receive $100,000 and be crowned the best StarCraft 2 player of 2013.
GameSpot Esports will be providing live coverage of the Season 3 Finals, and the World Championships at BlizzCon.