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Anexis just became HKLAN 2013 champions by besting Copenhagen Wolves in the grand final (6-16 on de_dust2_se & 16-12 on de_nuke_se, 1-0 advantage due to coming from the upper bracket), winning ~2,400€ in the process.
The first bigger event of 2013, HKLAN, featured a ~5,300€ prize purse and it was an opportunity for many new Danish rosters to establish a new order in their local CS:GO scene.
The main favorites were the 10th best team in the world according to our ranking, Anexis, and they were challenged by the likes of fnatic, Copenhagen Wolves, EYES ON U, Xapso, logiX and HastaLaVista who all aimed to take their scalp. The 46 team tournament started with group stage on Friday evening, while the best-of-three double elimination (with best-of-one lower bracket) continued on Saturday morning.
Earlier today we saw the first upset as former Anexis CS 1.6 members Danny "BERRY" Krüger's and Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer's team Xapso was knocked out by Sophisticated Gaming in the lower bracket, finishing 17-24th.
At the same time fnatic looked strong in the upper bracket, defeating Copenhagen Wolves in the 1/4 final 2-0, but they then found themselves on the wrong side of a big comeback, as EYES ON U overturned a 0-1 deficit in maps and a 2-13 score in the 3rd map to win 16-14 in the upper 1/2 final, sending fnatic to the lower bracket.
In the other semi-final, Anexis fought off the surprise of the tournament, a mix team named Simplyshredded, after losing the first map 3-16 by convincingly winning the 2nd and 3rd map 16-3 and 16-2.
In the upper final, Anexis once again came back from a one map deficit, against EYES ON U, and won 2-1 (14-16, 16-10, 16-10) to advance to the grand final.
Down in the lower bracket final fnatic and Copenhagen Wolves met each other once more, and this time the all new lineup of the Wolves came out victorious 16-11 on de_nuke_se, setting up a consolidation final matchup against EYES ON U. Wolves continued their strong play, and with a 16-7 victory on de_mirage_go they joined Anexis in the grand final where they would need to win two maps opposed to Anexis' one who had a 1-0 advantage due to coming from the upper bracket.
Starting around 2:30AM local time, the grand final's first map was de_dust2_se where Copenhagen Wolves began as CTs. The underdogs made a brilliant start and took a dominant 10-2 lead, but Anexis made a slight comeback to finish the half 10-5.
As the sides changed, Wolves took the second pistol round and went up 13-5. After that, their patient attacks eventually paid off, despite of dropping the first buy round, and they clinched the first map 16-6.
That left the match and the championship hanging on the second map's result, which turned out being de_nuke_se. Wolves once more started on defense but it was Anexis who took the early lead after winning their first pistol round of the final. But apart from the following anti-ecos, Wolves only allowed their opponents to take two buy rounds, going into the second half with another 10-5 lead.
However, thanks to another pistol round, Anexis reduced the score to 10-8 and made the match even more interesting two rounds later when the result stood at 10-10. The next four rounds were exchanged and neither team was in the lead (12-12), but Anexis then found a successful formula and held their opponents away in the next four rounds to win 16-12 and secure the HKLAN title.
HKLAN 2013 final standings:
1. Anexis – 2,413€
2. Copenhagen Wolves – 1,350€
3. EYES ON U – 670€
4. fnatic – 400€
5-6. Simplyshredded – 200€
5-6. logiX – 200€
7-8. HastaLaVista – 67€
7-8. myRevenge – 67€
After being knocked down to the lower bracket quite early, in the 1/4 final, Copenhagen Wolves' one month old lineup fought through five opponents to reach the grand final where they gave a good account of themselves but ended up with 2nd place and a 1,350€ consolation prize.
Anexis didn't seem as convincing as it was expected of them, dropping a map to four of their six playoff opponets, but nevertheless they proved to be the best Danish team at the moment by taking 1st place and a cheque for ~2,400€.
For complete results, brackets and lineups visit our coverage section dedicated to this tournament here.
The HKLAN 2013 champions will be seen in action next weekend as well, when they will attend Mad Catz CS:GO Invitational in Vienna, Austria.
Post edited 2013-02-17 05:12:09
But tho you have to consider it might be hard being trace at this moment. i find it hard to believe he stays cool with those disapointments turnament after turnament.
Post edited 2013-02-17 10:39:09
he worst player in fnatic
And i laughed on the source part. Jokern was the worst player of tt.dragons at CPH Games and they were not even close to the top3 haha. Best all rounder I litterally laughed my ass off
E.g. when the rest of the fnatic squad were failing against EYES ON U, JOKERN was the only one doing any damage with 35-15 stats when the rest of his team were barely hitting 10 frags avg.
Jokern is not the weak link in this team individually, their teamplay was lacking more than anything imo.
I think this order of the teams was more about the lucky ones from LB because of the BO1 there. I really believe that only a BO3 match can show us who's the better team.
gg anexis and UL to the wolves; rly enjoyed seeing them in the final
and so sad that fnatic always have great lineup and now have so suck lineup
they really need changes
-trace he is inconsistent
or - rytter sometimes he good fragger but bad igl
- jokern cant frag
and add some good IGL and good madfragger or second AWP
Post edited 2013-02-17 11:15:25
To actually reply to your, a bit of a retarded post, I'd actually give you a heads up for noticing Trace's inconsistency, it's been a true shame for him, as well as him teammates. But he is definitely not alone about this, but he definitely takes down the mood for the entire fnatic-team as he starts to rage.
- Too all of you who hates fnatic because the ended 4th at a "Local LAN" it isn't just a local lan, like in......... let's say... France or Germany. For HKLan, some of the best teams in the world (top30 - yeah, they are actually noteworthy for their performances on such a dynamic[maybe too much, lol] scene) and therefore I see it as a true stupidity to call anyone of these attendees "randoms" or "kids". They would rip off your head anytime - ONLINE & LAN.
Why don't you guys just let the teams themselves decides whomever they are going to kick or not - how come that's become your job?
Missed some ( tons ) of the most obvious shots ever with the AWP, otherwise he played solid with the rifles on nuke vs EOU. = Just give the AWP to Friis...
Very imbalanced player that could play really good on some rounds (mag7 ace) and totally garbidge on others, over all he just needs to play more, cause he is getting better for sure.
Fnatic is really dissapointing me, they need to get it together and Carn needs to give them a little motivation cause i can't stand see Fnatic go away like this.
JOKERN played solid only one map on nuke vs EOU
other matches he played low
Post edited 2013-02-17 12:25:35
15 comments now? Trashing fnatic, and we don't care.
You clearly needto get out from your from and see the sun, instead of trashing people on the internet, that you know nothing about.
It's true JOKERN didn't land a lot of his shots, but he played a VERY well rifle, so why even bother calling him a bad player.
Post edited 2013-02-17 13:48:21
Pimp - [All-Round]
MSL - [IGL]
Nille - [Rifle]
Gla1ve - [Rifle]
As for the Anexis, congrats to them :)
Post edited 2013-02-17 19:50:45
do you need real arguments?
only TOP4 vs not so strong team its not argument?
lose last 4 matches vs any chance its not argument?