Alex "Neeb" Sunderhaft took down Team Liquid's Jens "Snute" Aasgaard in the grand finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series at DreamHack Montreal to win his third WCS championship of the year.
The win for Neeb, who is sponsored by Ting, cemented the 19-year-old as the best foreigner in international tournaments.
Neeb dominated throughout the tournament. He was 13-1 when the round of 16 was established and never looked threatened. The theme for the Protoss master was control. His timing pushes, counterattacks and overall micro play were above and beyond that of his opponents. Neeb's ability to split every major fight and engagement to his advantage was the biggest difference.
Snute made it to the last stage of the tournament through his signature defensive Zerg play. His control and micro on the high ground and slow tempo led to plenty of mistakes from the opposition, and his series against Team QLASH's Mikołaj "Elazer" Ogonowski was the set of the tournament. Snute's pace was highlighted during the Zerg mirror match. The slow crawls during each match forced Elazer to plan out elaborate ideas to break through Snute's defenses and fast expansions. Despite the two-pronged attacks or Nydus builds, Snute's immaculate micro on the defense took him to the grand finals.
In the grand finals, Neeb crushed Snute in similar fashion to the rest of his tournament run. His timing pushes, his overall pace-of-play and his splits during every fight won out. Neeb exerted his will and made it relatively easy in a four-game sweep with nothing fancy in terms of builds or timing; he won without a gimmick play, and more importantly, made history in Montreal.