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SK Gaming take home cs_summit after decisive victory against Gambit

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With a 3-1 victory, SK Gaming secured their first tournament victory in nearly nine months at the 150,000 USD cs_summit event.
The Los Angeles-based esports studio Beyond the Summit's inaugural Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event reached its' conclusion yesterday—as SK Gaming took home the grand finals, as well as roughly 63,000 USD.

Given the Brazilian team's rampage through the tournament's upper bracket, SK Gaming were rewarded with an automatic map victory at the beginning of the grand finals. Meaning the team only had to win two maps in order to close out the series. Their opponents in Gambit, meanwhile, were given the tall order of winning three maps against the former Valve Major champions.

But despite being the underdogs, the series looked as if it very well could have gone to a final, deciding game. On opening map Inferno, Gambit were able to overcome SK Gaming by an impressive scoreline of 16-10. SK Gaming answered back quickly on Cache, however, and decimated the predominantly Kazakhstani lineup, winning the map in eighteen rounds.

The final map of the series, Train, at one point looked like it could go either way, as Gambit almost staged a comeback in the map's second half. SK Gaming, however, did not seem eager to let the series continue and finished the series, and the tournament, by winning Train.

Brazil SK vs. Kazakhstan Gambit
SK: FalleN, coldzera, fer, TACO, felps
Gambit: mou, AdreN, Zeus, Dosia, H0bbit

The victory at cs_summit is SK Gaming's first since winning the ESL One Cologne major on July 10, last year. Nine months have passed since the team's victory in Germany, and despite the lack of titles in that period of time, the Brazilian's have time and time again shown that they're a top team.

Final placings and prize payouts

1. Brazil SK Gaming — 63 750 USD
2. Kazakhstan Gambit Esports — 33 750 USD
3. USA OpTic Gaming — 19 500 USD
4. USA Cloud9 — 15 000 USD
5-6. USA Team Liquid — 5 250 USD
5-6. Sweden NiP Gaming — 5 250 USD
7-8. France Team EnVyUs — 3 750 USD
7-8. Sweden Godsent — 3 750 USD

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