Scarlett Makes History, Becomes First Woman to Win a Premier StarCraft II Championship

This is the full text of Blizzard PR's 02/07/2018 press release.


Canada’s Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn – a long-time veteran of StarCraft II esports and widely regarded as one of the best foreigners to ever play the game – made history last night at IEM Pyeongchang, defeating one of the world’s best players,  two time WCS Global Champion Korea’s Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin, in an incredible 4-1 victory.

Scarlett – playing Zerg – put relentless pressure on sOs – playing Protoss – to take an early 3-0 lead. sOs managed to rally to take the next game, but Scarlett fired immediately back with a stupendous early rush that crushed sOs’ workers and earned her the championship and the lion’s share of the tournament’s $150,000 prize pool.

Scarlett’s win at IEM Pyeongchang marks not just her very first win at a premier off-line StarCraft II tournament, but also makes history, as she becomes the first woman to win a premier StarCraft II championship.  In addition, Scarlett becomes only the second foreigner in StarCraft II history to win a premier tournament on Korean soil.

From Feb. 5-7, 18 players representing regions from around the world ventured to Pyeongchang, South Korea to compete at a first-of-its-kind tournament ahead of the Olympic Winter Games 2018.

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