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StarCraft’s World Championship Circuit (WCS) will be visiting new places this year. On Wednesday, tournament organizer StarLadder has announced that they will be bringing StarCraft 2 to CIS with two events in Kiev, Ukraine.

Blizzard redesigned the WCS circuit in 2017 to feature four stops for its foreign vertical. The tournament traveled to Austin, Valencia and Montreal both years since, and also to Jönköping in 2017 and Leipzing in 2018. Kiev will be the first time the circuit goes out of Europe and North America and towards the CIS region.

The first WCS Kiev event will be held May 17-19, the second following on Jul. 12-14. These will be the Spring and Summer events in the WCS circuit, respectively. The final, Fall championship, will take place in North America, StarLadder says.

On Twitter, StarLadder esports manager Alex Trushliakov assured fans that Blizzard’s partnership with StarLadder will not be in any way a decrease in quality of the tournaments. Trushliakov also reminded that StarLadder was responsible for the Congqing Dota 2 Major and hinted that StarLadder will also play host to a premier CS:GO event later this  year.

As for the WCS, the main question is whether someone will be able to stop Finnish phenomenon Joona “Serral” Sotala. In 2018, the Zerg player won all four WCS Circuit events and topped it all off by hoisting the World Championship trophy too.

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