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Pro-gamer takes home $100K after winning StarCraft II World Championship

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SUN NEWS NETWORK

If you were to go back in time and tell anyone in the 80s that in the year 2014 people will be competing in video game competitions for $100,000, they'd probably say you're crazy. And, as crazy as it sounds, that was exactly what happened today at the StarCraft II Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in Poland.

StarCraft, a real-time strategy game by Blizzard Entertainment, is among the most popular video games of all time. It is extremely popular in South Korea where it is the country's national e-sport.

With many watching on-location live and thousands of others watching online, sOs Kim Yoo Jin defeated herO Kim Joon Ho in the grand final of the $100,000 winner-take-all tournament.

While sOs steamrolled through Oz, jjakji and even tournament favourite TaeJa to reach the finals, herO had a more difficult path. On Saturday, two out of herO's three series wins (against HyuN and Polt) went down to the final game in best-of-five series.

Both players utilize the Protoss race, which has been considered OP (overpowered) by fans who wish for the game to become more balanced.

The grand final, a best of seven, was decisively won by sOs who took the trophy and $100K in the process.

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