With a prize pool of $300 000 and a myriad of amazing CS:GO game moments, there is no wonder why EPICENTER 2018 attracted a massive audience cheering for their teams. This year’s EPICENTER 2018 CS:GO Tournament was held between October 27th and October 28th in the CSKA Arena previously also known as VTB Ice Palace located in Moscow, Russia.
The group stage of the competition took place between October 22-25th. During the group stage of the competition, viewers enjoyed remarkable battles of the most prominent teams which offered interesting matches, awesome singing sessions and much more entertainment. There were ten teams competing in the early stage of the competition while only five of them advanced to the group stage.
There were four EPICENTER teams included in those regional qualifiers held in Asia, Americas, CIS, and Europe. The fifth team included in the group stage was a Wild Card team which received its invitation from the competition’s organizer. The qualifiers set in Europe took place on September 5-6th while closed qualifiers took place in October.
The Strongest Teams Advancing to the Group Stage
Those the strongest four regional teams determined by HLTV ranging out of a pool of five teams secured their spot in the group stage of the competition. As already mentioned, one Wild Card team which received its direct invitation also joined these teams. There were also four other teams competing for the very last spot left in the group stage.
In the Group A, Natus Vincere was 1st-placed followed by FaZe Clan, HellRaisers and ANCE eSports. In the Group 8, Team Liquid was 1st-placed followed by AVANGAR, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Swole Patrol. During the quarter-finals, AVNGR defeated HellRasiers by 2-0 while FaZe Defeat Ninjas in Pyjamas also by 2-0. In the semi-finals, Natus Vincere secured its spot in the Grand Final by defeating AVANGAR by 2-0 while FaZe also advanced to the Grand Final by defeating Team Liquid by 2-0.
FaZe Vs. Natus Vincere in the Grand Finals
After clashing Natus Vincere in the Grand Finals, FaZe which is all-star European team has finally broken down their losing stake. They finally came back on the very top by securing the 1st place on the EPICENTER 2018 and netting around $150,000 out of the competition’s $300,000 prize pool.
FaZe has shown a massive determination to bring the very best out of their performance. The team is definitely getting back in the top form by scoring this win which is followed by finishing in top eight in their previous, tournaments. By taking down Natus Vincere by 2-0, FaZe has shown us that they have much more to offer providing a true spectacle worth the Grand Finals.
FaZe’s Road to Winning the Grand Finals
When it comes to the team’s road to the finals, they were definitely dominating by taking both Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas in great 2-0 victories. Following their match between Natus Vincere in the Grand Finals, their fans were worried that the team has lost what it takes to be a winner. However, at the very beginning of the Grand Finals match, FaZe re-assured their fans by taking 16-12 even on Mirage pick.
The team’s leading man Olekdandr s1MPLE was definitely the team’s star helping them pull through as Natus Vincere won the initial pistol round. As other Navitus Vincere team members were some kind of slashing behind, FaZe decided to take this advantage in order to close the map. The next map Dust2 was chosen by Navitus Vincere. Unlike the previous match, this one came as one-sided as the ultimate winner clashed down their opponent by taking a victory of 16-3 which secured them 1st place in the competition.
When it comes to the EPICENTER 2018 placements, FaZe is the winner followed by Navitus Vincere, Team Liquid, AVANGAR, Ninjas in Pyjamas, HellRaisers, ENCE Esports and Swole Patrol which all won some share of the competition’s poll prize.