AGAiN are the winners of SLTV StarSeries VIII Finals after a tough three-map battle versus Natus Vincere (16-14 de_train, 14-16 de_mirage, 16-8 de_nuke).
As AGAiN earned their spot in the grand final from the winner bracket, they were up 1-0 in the best-of-five against Natus Vincere.
The match started off on de_train and it was Na´Vi who started off on the more favorable side of Counter-Terrorists. They stomped over the offense in the first round, but the Poles responded quickly in the following P250 buy thanks to Paweł "byali" Bieliński's three frags.
It didn't fend Na´Vi off though, who tried a force buy with a scout, an M4A4 and three pistols, and it paid off, which quickly rocketed them to 7-1. There Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev defended the A bombsite by four kills from behind of AGAiN.
It was in the tenth round when Bieliński won a one-versus-two clutch on the lower bombsite, and the round afterwards with Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski in a one-versus-three. That helped the mood of AGAiN, who kept attacking successfully and got to only a one-round difference before they switched sides.
Edward's performances on upper were not enough
Na´Vi won the pistol again, as well as the first few gunrounds only for one of AGAiN's for a 13-8 scoreline. From there on, AGAiN started coming back and won six straight rounds, and that was when Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács opened up lower with two frags for 14-14.
Both following rounds were just quick stomps by AGAiN for 16-14 in their favor and the match moved on to de_mirage.
Na´Vi started as Counter-Terrorists once more, but it was the Poles who read Sergey "starix" Ischuk's push mid and won the first pistol round off of that. Na´Vi came back from that with a P250 buy and racked up two more rounds afterwards.
As Na´Vi started getting first frags, they were able to capitalize on that up until 6-2 with Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's one-versus-one, but then AGAiN responded with four rounds of their own.
pasha and byali were the ones to take care of pistols
Teslenko kept getting frags and he was the top fragger for Na´Vi in the first half, which helped his team get to the other side with a three-round lead.
The other side saw Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski getting three quick headshots while defending B bombsite for 8-9. That was until Na´Vi continued attacking B bombsite and getting rounds off of it for 12-8.
Two rounds by AGAiN were exchanged for another two for Na´Vi, but then Jarząbkowski stepped up a notch again and won a one-versus-one, which helped his team even the score at 14-14, but that was all that was left on the map for AGAiN as two straight A attacks from Natus Vincere ended de_mirage with another 16-14 scoreline.
The last map was de_nuke and it was the only one-sided of all, to which only contributed the fact that two players of Na´Vi earned the "Nuke map veteran" achievement during the match.
byali ended the match with great performances
Despite Kovács getting three impressive headshots with a P2000, AGAiN were still able to win the first pistol as Terrorists and kept racking up rounds for 5-0.
Sukhariev's defense then helped Na´Vi win seven of the following eight rounds, when AGAiN evened the score again at 7-7 before Na´Vi managed to get the smallest possible lead going to the other half.
Then it was very one-sided in the sense that Bieliński kept getting more and more kills to his score, as he killed two or more opponents almost each round. He secured most of the nine rounds in a row, which helped AGAiN win their first international tournament in the new lineup.
K - D
Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali
61 - 54
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps
64 - 58
Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO
57 - 52
Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax
59 - 55
Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ
52 - 59
SLTV StarSeries VIII final standings:
1. AGAiN - $7,500
2. Natus Vincere - $4,000
3. GamePub - $2,000
4. Astana Dragons - $1,500