Space Soldiers win South-East CIS & Turkey WESG qualifier
Space Soldiers have booked their spot at the WESG Europe & CIS Regional Finals after beating Orion 2-0 in the grand final of the South-East CIS & Turkey qualifier.
Almost 30 teams, hailing from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, competed in this qualifier for the chance to represent the region at the upcoming Europe & CIS Regional Finals, which will be held in Barcelona.
Space Soldiers went into the qualifier as red-hot favourites, and they managed to live up to that billing, reaching the grand final without any hiccups. Joining them in the tournament decider was Orion, who beat Ufuk "SasuKe" Göktaş's Royal Bandits in a close semi-final series that went to all three maps, two of which were playing past regulation.
The final began on Cache, where Space Soldiers took ten rounds on the Terrorist side as their opponents failed to string more than two rounds together during the half. Orion came out of the break much livelier and won three of the first four rounds, but then Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli's men tightened up their defense, conceding just one more round before taking the map at 16-9.
Overpass, the map that followed, was even more one-sided than the first. With Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş leading the way, Space Soldiers cruised to a 13-2 lead on the defensive side. After switching sides, the ESEA Global Challenge champions quickly hit match point, and even though Orion still managed to get a couple of rounds on the board, a miraculous comeback was not on the cards.
|Space Soldiers||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES||42 - 23||+19||109.6||1.69|
|Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz||44 - 23||+21||93.2||1.48|
|Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx||34 - 25||+9||80.3||1.27|
|Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R||34 - 24||+10||81.4||1.27|
|Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN||34 - 25||+9||74.6||1.15|
|Orion||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Hüseyin 'ELOSSA' TüysüzELOSSA||33 - 39||-6||72.3||0.81|
|Mustafa 'PROV' DemirmanPROV||23 - 34||-11||66.2||0.80|
|Batuhan 'russ' Malgaçruss||27 - 37||-10||67.7||0.78|
|Emre 'ruffian' Tutçalıruffian||19 - 38||-19||49.9||0.74|
|Anılcan 'andrEX' DörtkolandrEX||18 - 41||-23||61.4||0.58|
Here is what the team list for the $92,500 WESG Europe & CIS Regional Finals, taking place from November 22-26 in Barcelona, looks like after Space Soldiers' qualification:
|Baltics + Scandinavia||Eastern Europe|
|Central Europe||United Kingdom|