Scarlett Is The First Woman To Win A Premier Starcraft II Championship

By Yue Lynn on Feb 8, 2018

It’s a good week for female gamers and gaming in general as following the hype surrounding Geguri’s much-talked-about and much-deserved inclusion into a “foreign Overwatch team”, the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) PyeongChang 2018 Starcraft II tournament was won by a lady, the veteran and notable Scarlett.

Held by Intel in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee from 5th ‘till 7th February, with 18 Starcraft II competitors from around the Earth, IEM served as the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games 2018 and clearly things start nicely with a bang (according to Polygon, the competition was “was even held in the same area as the upcoming Winter Olympics”).

In the Final Best of 7 games, Canada’s Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn created an upset by defeating one of Earth’s best Starcraft II players, double WCS Global Champion Korea’s Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin with a confident 4-1 victory. After Scarlett did a 3-0 sweep, sOs manage to secure a win in an effort to engineer a reverse sweep but alas, the task was proved to be too daunting as Scarlett came out victorious in the fifth game.

Besides winning the prestigious tournament and making history, Scarlett also went home with these:

- $50,000 prize money

- First female to win a major international Starcraft II championship

- Second foreigner to win a major Starcraft II competition in South Korea

- More validity for the female esports field

- A win towards diversity

A highlight reel recap:

You can watch the IEM final between Scarlett and sOs in the below videos:

Photos are courtesy of Intel Gaming.

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