History was made this morning as 18 year old American Protoss player Alex 'Neeb' Sunderhaft of TING claimed victory in the KeSPA Cup finals over Cho "Trap" Sung Ho of the Jin Air Green Wings.
Neeb's run through KeSPA Cup was nothing short of legendary - after a solid 4-0 through the group stage (which included GSL 2016 Season 1 Champion Zest), he defeated training partner Pet 3-2, followed by a 3-1 of Stats. Most impressive, he shut out Trap in the finals.
Following the match, Neeb had an interview with Korean site Naver Sports, where he was confident yet a little surprised at his own victory.
"I had a tournament in Toronto and I only cared about that tourney," he said via a translation. "I didn' know I'd win KeSPA Cup. Personally, I think Trap is not as a good player as TY. So when Trap beat TY I expected I'd make a clean sweep."
With the victory, Neeb has solidified his spot in Group B of the WCS Global Finals at Blizzcon, where he will be in a group with Protoss players Zest, Patience, and Zerg player Snute.
It should be noted that when foreigners do well in StarCraft is when interest in the game begins to pick up. Neeb just proved himself as the Kratos among the pantheon of StarCraft gods, throwing them down on their version of Mount Olympus - perhaps this year will be the year that we see a renaissance of StarCraft as a result.