While there’s certainly a lot of focus on Geguri’s move to the Overwatch League – and for certainly good reason – let’s spare a moment to also mention a female StarCraft 2 player who has made her own history by winning a premier esports event for the RTS.
Canadian Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn successfully took down South Korea’s Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin at IEM Pyeongchang in a 4-1 victory, beating out 18 other players from regions around the world who took part in the tournament.
Scarlett’s Zerg play proved to be aggressive and effective as she started out with a 3-0 lead. Though sOs rallied back with his Protoss in the next game, Scarlett sealed the deal with an early rush that annihilated sOs’ Workers and saw her win the top prize of a $150,000 prize pool.
The win marks the first time a woman has ever won any premier StarCraft 2 championship, and also puts Scarlett in elite company as only the second foreign player to win against a Korean player on Korean soil in a premier StarCraft 2 event.
Huge congratulations to Scarlett for the outstanding win! Winning an IEM event is no small feat by any stretch, let alone one that has you see you rise to the top of 18 players. Let’s keep this train rollin’ on and continue to see more woman get into esports!
Source: press release
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