It took him several attempts to get that championship, but he finally made it. After falling short at DreamHack 2010 to mousesports Naama, Assembly 2012 to DIMAGA and ESWC 2011 to Milleniums Stephano, it was just about time for the young Polish Protoss to win his first grand title.
MaNa fought his way through several groupstages, always coming out on top notch performance and started his playoff series with a 2-0 over Cytoplasm (NOR) before facing Team Liquids HerO (KOR). In one of the most thrilling PvPs of the tournament, the mousesports player was able to outplay his opponent on the third and final map to win 2-1, just to face his ESWC 2011 Grand Final rival Stephano again.
MaNa, who was known to have one of the weakest PvZ matchups among professional players several months ago showed his improved understanding of the matchup in two straight forward matches, ending in a 2-0 victory for the Pole over Stephano, who got knocked out of the tournament, while MaNa advanced to the Grand Final to face another Zerg - DIMAGA.
Having knocked out former DreamHack champion HerO aswell as reigning ESWC champion Stephano, odds were in favour of MaNa before the Grand Final, who was up to an impressive start, leading 2-0 in a Best-of-Five series against the Ukrainian Zerg heavyweight. Bad memories crossed his mind when losing the third map to DIMAGA, who came back after a 0-2 deficit at this years Assembly Winter against MaNa.
But history should not repeat this time: A focused and free-minded MaNa took game four to end the Grand Final series in a commanding 3-1 victory over DIMAGA, securing himself a total of 100.000 SEK prizemoney and - most important - his first major championship title in his still young career.