The Intel Extreme Masters that took place at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, is over and we have a champion! Twelve competitors entered the fray, fighting for the title of IEM StarCraft II World Champion and a share of $30,000 in prize money. The unforgiving early rounds eventually reduced that number to two: Jung Woo ‘Ace’ Seo and Jaeho 'Moon' Jang reached the Grand Final on Saturday.
Moon showcased some unusual tactics during the first two matches of the final, but as the clash continued we were treated to a beautiful display of late-game strategies from both players. Ace eventually overcame his foe to win the series 3 to 2, showing impressive control over his Stalker-focused armies.
Ace therefore claimed both the title of IEM StarCraft II World Champion and the $13,000 first prize. Moon earned second place and with it $6,500, while Squirtle was able to take down mOOn-GLaDe and win $4,000 for third place.
If you missed the games, the results and the replays of all the matches are available on the official ESL website, VODs of the matches are available on ESL TV and you can also find a photo gallery of the event on our StarCraft Facebook page!
Congratulations to these players. Your skill is an inspiration to the entire StarCraft II community.