Ukrainian-Russian mixture Hashtag, formerly known as Courage, triumphed at Voronezh Cup 2014 yesterday with a 2-1 win over 97club in the final (16-11 on de_inferno, 9-16 on de_mirage, 16-8 on de_train), taking home 150,000 RUB (~$4,150).
A two day cup in Voronezh, Russia gathered most of the best players from the CIS region, with the only notable absentees from Natus Vincere, as well as Yegor "markeloff" Markelov who gave up his HellRaisers spot for Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov.
On day one there were no surprises as all favorites made it through the quarter-finals, knocking out lesser known Russian teams and mixes such as Sergey "Fox" Stolyarov's LANKLAN, as well as denied, oneshot and ALLIN.
One of Ukraine's most experienced players, B1ad3, led his team to Voronezh cup triumph
In the semi-final, Hashtag, who only days before left the Courage organization and funded their own trip to Voronezh, met HellRaisers.mix and managed to edge them out with two overtime 19-17 wins on de_nuke and de_inferno.
The second map of that clash featured an amazing comeback by Andrey "B1ad3" Gorodenskiy's squad who found themselves down 2-13 after their CT side on de_inferno, but they kept their composure and fought all the way back to win on overtime and move on to the grand final.
The other semi-final saw 97club from Belarus defeat local team USSR in a back and forth battle, 2-1 (16-6 on de_mirage, 2-16 on de_inferno, 16-11 on de_dust2).
In the grand final, despite exchanging the first two maps 16-11 on de_inferno and then 9-16 on de_mirage, Gorodenskiy's squad proved too strong. The deciding map was de_train, played for the first and only time in the tournament, and Hashtag won 16-8 to take home the first place prize, 150,000 Russian Rubles (~$4,150).
K - D
Georgi 'WorldEdit' YaskinWorldEdit
57 - 52
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple
58 - 51
Konstantin 'Pr1zraK' KrivosheevPr1zraK
51 - 51
Andrey 'B1ad3' GorodenskiyB1ad3
53 - 54
Roman 'z1' Poltavchenkoz1
44 - 52
USSR and HR.mix agreed to play the 3rd place decider in best-of-one mode, which in the end saw the Russian team featuring Denis "seized" Kostin as a stand-in take the win 16-13.
Voronezh Cup 2014 final standings:
1. Hashtag - 150,000 RUB (~$4,150)
2. 97club - 100,000 RUB (~$2,800)
3. USSR - 50,000 RUB (~$1,400)
We've also compiled a quick overview of the statistically best players of the tournament, with Georgi "WorldEdit" Yaskin clearly standing out in the winning team.
His partner in crime was the tournament's best AWPer, Alexander "s1mple" Kostlyev, who also had a number of great games.
Also making a name for himself was Russian 17-year-old from USSR, Egor "flamie" Vasilyev, who was the 3rd best fragger, as well as by far the best aimer of the tournament, putting up ScreaM-like numbers with 70% headshot rate.
HR's duo of Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow and his Kazakh teammate Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev stood out in many ways, but they were the only ones in form for the CIS-based squad which may explain their disappointing 4th place finish.
Belarus' best team 97club also made a name for themselves with this 2nd place finish, especially their best players Kirill "hitMouse" Tsarev and Sergey "spaz" Skrypchik who show up in several categories.
You can browse our stats section to see all the lineups, as well as more numbers, now including assists and headshot info on match pages and player pages.