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CHEONAN, KOREA - The ESWC Masters of Cheonan StarCraft event has concluded, and a champion is crowned.

The ESWC Masters of Cheonan StarCraft tournament was the first (and probably last) StarCraft tournament sponsored by ESWC, and there wasn't a better possible setting for Greg "IdrA" Fields to win his first major title since moving to Korea to pursue his dream of playing StarCraft professionally.

Fields, 19, displayed great play in defeating the three other players in the tournament, and showed great character in coming back from the lower bracket.

The second day showcased 3 matches, 1 in the lower bracket and two in the upper bracket. The games kicked off with Oleksii "White-Ra" Krupnick facing off against Seo "ToSsGirL" Jisoo in the upper bracket finals. While Jisoo is a progamer, Krupnick came out victorious, sweeping her two games to nil and sending her to the lower bracket finals.

The next match of the day would pit Fields in his first battle, against the freshly eliminated Jisoo. The winner of the match would go on to face Krupnick in the Grand Finals, the loser would go home with third place and 1,000 USD. Fields had mentioned not knowing much about Jisoo's play style, so he could be considered an underdog walking in. However, this did not seem to faze Fields, and he won with an easy two-nothing score.

Fields would go into the Grand Final's best of 5 series against Krupnick down one game to handicap his journey from the lower bracket. Krupnick had eliminated Fields in day 1, so this would be an uphill battle for him, coming from an 0-1 deficit to win 3 games.

Or so we thought.

Fields displayed excellent game play and defeated Krupnick in three straight games, taking home 5,000 USD and the title of ESWC Masters of Cheonan StarCraft Champion. Krupnick went home with 3000 USD himself and got to enjoy his stay in Korea (he's been sighted on several Korean broadcasts the past few days).

With this win, Fields now can lay claim to his own major title since leaving for Korea in spring of 2008 and toiling on the B-team.

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