Today, Sunday October 22, brought all the work of the weekend to a culmination with two best of three semi-finals and one best of three grand final.
The first semi-final put BIG
up against Renegades
whilst the second had Cloud9
clash with Mousesports
. The first brought two close scorelines but was ultimately a 2-0 shut out by Big, whilst the second was a far tighter affair. After trading the first two maps, the third was down to the wire with a 22:18 scoreline, eventually seeing Cloud9 take the series 2-1.
Then came the grand final, the difference between $50,000 and a trophy, and $20,000 and a sense of what almost was.
The first map brought Big's pick, Cache, to the table but it was the Americans Cloud9 who got the lions share. Whilst only Fatih "gob b" Dayik
appeared to turn up for the Germans, Cloud9 had Jake "Stewie2k" Yip
getting the highlight reel plays whilst Will "RUSH" Wierzba
pulled an impressive 121 ADR.
With Cloud9 a map in the lead, they moved on to their pick of Train, where their momentum kept on rolling. Despite Big starting on the CT side, the half saw a complete shutdown in the favour of the Americans as they take it 12-3. The second half would have to be an inspirational comeback from Big, however it wasn't to be as Cloud9's crushing dominance continued and they secured the map 16-6, the series 2-0 and the number one spot overall.