The North American Regional Qualifier for WESG 2017 has been brought to an end, with SK claming the #1 spot after a 2-1 victory over Cloud9 (16-9 Train, 10-16 Overpass, 16-6 Inferno).
This regional qualifier for WESG took place online, with six teams playing a BO1 round-robin format and all but one team advancing to the World Finals. After Mythic pulled out of the competition, all six remaining teams earned their ticket for China, even subtLe who finished with a 0-5 score.
The four best-placed teams after the group stage advanced to the playoffs. The two favorites Cloud9 and SK advanced to the grand final as expected, the former beating Swole Patrol and the latter getting a forfeit win over FRENCH CANADIANS. The third-place decider, which made the difference between a $5,000 and $2,500 cheque featured another forfeit, with Swole Patrol being the team to throw in the white towel this time.
Train was the map the grand final kicked off on, and despite it being Cloud9's, pick, the Brazilians were dominant right from the start. After an 11-4 CT half, it was just a matter of time before SK closed it out, with Marcelo "coldzera" David managing 30 kills before the end.
On Overpass, one of SK's best maps, a Timothy "autimatic" Ta-powered Cloud9 was able to plow through the Brazilians, finishing the Terrorist half with a strong 9-6 lead. After the switch, the Americans took the pistol and two followups, eventually closing the map 16-10.
Inferno came into play as the decider, but similarly to Train, SK got rolling on the CT side and didn't let go. A 13-2 half was kicked off by a force-buy win after the pistol, and a lead like that saw Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and co. close out the game easily.
K - D
Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera
72 - 40
Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN
54 - 45
Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer
47 - 52
Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO
44 - 44
Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz
47 - 44
1. SK - $20,000 + World Finals spot
2. Cloud9 - $10,000 + World Finals spot
3. FRENCH CANADIANS - $5,000 + World Finals spot
4. Swole Patrol - $2,500 + World Finals spot
5. subtLe - World Finals spot
6. Mythic (forfeit)