Serral

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Player Information
Name:
Joona Sotala
Birth:
March 22, 1998 (1998-03-22) (age 19)
Country:
Race:
Team:
Alternate IDs:
eXelonSerral
Total Earnings:
$88,135.5
WCS Circuit rank:
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History
2012-??-?? - 2012-08-23
2013-04-23 - 2014-02-20
2014-02-24 - 2016-10-04
2016-10-04 - Present

Joona "Serral" Sotala is a Zerg player from Finland. He is the brother of Jonne "Protosser" Sotala, who also plays Zerg.[1] He is currently playing for Ence eSports.

Overview[edit]

Joona Sotala is one of the youngest Finnish StarCraft II players playing on a professional level.

Biography[edit]

Wings of Liberty[edit]

Although Serral has kept a relatively low profile, he has had some some appearances in major tournaments. Serral participated Copenhagen Games Spring 2012 in April, 2012. He was in the same group with StarNaN, Joe and Buddha and managed to advance to the main bracket by placing 2nd in his group by only dropping two games against the group winner, StarNaN. In the main bracket Serral was put up against Seiplo, who defeated Serral by a score of 2-1.

World Championship Series[edit]

2012 WCS Finland Nationals[edit]

On July 28, 2012, Serral participated in the World Championship Series 2012 Finland event. He was one of the eight players to qualify for the event through Vectorama 2012. Serral lost against Welmu in round 1 and fell into the losers bracket where he managaed to beat grim and Winsti, but failing to defeat elfi in round 3. Serral finished 7th/8th along with core, winning $200.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

On April 23, 2013, it was announced that Serral had joined Ence eSports. He became the second StarCraft II player in their roster, along with elfi, who became, according to the team, his personal mentor.[2]

Serral made an impressive run at 2013 DreamHack Open: Bucharest on September 14, 2013. After topping his 3-player group in the first group stage, he played against SuperNova, pal, and TargA in the second group stage. His match against SuperNova was not originally planned to be featured, however due to delays to the DIMAGA vs. Flash series, it was casted on the main stream. Despite losing the series 0-2, his performance was impressive regardless and was mentioned in the TeamLiquid.net tournament recap.[3] After defeating pal and TargA 2-0 each, he advanced to the third group stage to play against three notable Koreans, Jaedong, CranK, and ForGG. After winning only a single game in the group against Jaedong, Serral was eliminated before reaching the bracket stage.

After Ence eSports disbanded, Serral joined mYinsanity on February 24, 2014.[4]

Legacy of the Void[edit]

2016[edit]

Serral played at Assembly Winter 2016, and proceeded to the finals without dropping a single map. In the grand finals he played against Namshar and took the series 4-2.

On October 4, Serral transferred to Ence eSports from mYinsanity.

2017[edit]

In January, Serral qualified for the IEM Season XI - World Championship. In the final qualifiers he dropped down to the losers' bracket in the first round, but was able to hold on, eventually defeating Elazer 3-0 to qualify for the main event. At the Spodek Arena, Serral topped his group with a 4-1 match score, making his way to the quarterfinals. There he met Dark and lost 0-3, ending his run.

On September 30, Serral played in Take's Penthouse Party 3. He went 2-1 in his group, earning a spot in the quarterfinals. In the playoffs, he defeated Kelazhur, Solar and Harstem on his way to the finals, where he met Solar again. The Splyce Zerg player defeated Serral 4-1 in the rematch.

Serral qualified for the 2017 WCS Global Finals in third place, with 4730 WCS Points. It was his first ever Global Finals appearance.

Trivia[edit]

  • He is the only player along with Nerchio to qualify for all of the four 2017 WSC Circuit Events through the European Qualifiers.
  • Joona was included (along with his older brother, Jonne "Protosser" Sotala) in a Finnish magazine show "Ajankohtainen Kakkonen", in a short documentary about competitive video gaming.[1][5]
  • Joona also plays golf with his older brother Protosser and their father.[1]

Interviews[edit]

2017[edit]

2015[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

Achievements[edit]

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-06-19 World Championship Series A22nd 2017 WCS Jönköping 3 : 4  Neeb $10,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-08-19 A44th 2017 WCS Montreal - Europe Qualifier 1 : 2  Nerchio $800
2017-06-03 A11st 2017 WCS Valencia - Europe Qualifier 3 : 0  Elazer $1,600
2017-05-20 A11st 2017 WCS Jönköping - Europe Qualifier 3 : 0  Elazer $1,600
2017-04-08 A22nd 2017 WCS Austin - Europe Qualifier 2 : 3  ShoWTimE $1,200
2014-04-19 A33 - 4th Copenhagen Games Spring 2014 1 : 3  HyuN $1,045
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-10-01 A22nd TaKe's Penthouse Party 3 1 : 4  Solar $900
2016-10-22 A11st TaKe's Penthouse Party 4 : 1  HeRoMaRinE $1,600
2016-09-27 A11st Valhalla - Battle of Scandinavia II 4 : 1  Snute $150
2016-02-06 A11st Assembly Winter 2016 4 : 2  Namshar €1,400
2015-10-24 A22nd Insomnia XVII 3 : 4  Namshar 200€
2015-09-05 A11st #OletVoittaja 4 : 3  elfi €3000
2015-01-31 A22nd Assembly Winter 2015 2 : 3  Welmu €350
2014-08-02 A22nd Assembly Summer 2014 2 : 4  Welmu €350
2014-01-11 A33 - 4th LANTREK'14 0 : 3  elfi €200
In Premier Team Leagues
Date Event Result
Complete Results in any Tournament

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See Also[edit]

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