Joona "Serral" Sotala is a Zerg player from Finland. He is the brother of Jonne "Protosser" Sotala, who also plays Zerg. He is currently playing for Ence eSports.
Joona Sotala is one of the youngest Finnish StarCraft II players playing on a professional level.
Wings of Liberty
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
2012 WCS Finland Nationals
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
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.
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. 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.
- He is the only player along with Nerchio to qualify to all the 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.
- Joona also plays golf with his older brother Protosser and their father.
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