HAVU win IESF World Championship 2018

The Finnish representatives at IESF, HAVU, were dominant in the grand final against Flow and secured the title after a 3-0 victory (16-6 Dust2, 16-4 Cache, 16-8 Train).

IESF World Championship 2018, held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, featured 26 teams from all over the world, with the event being "Olympics style", meaning teams could only feature players from one country, as well as there being only one team representing a country in competition.

The tournament started with a round-robin, BO1 group stage, where some notable teams were already eliminated such as Cong "⁠crazyguy⁠" Anh Ngo's Revolution and Manuel "⁠SolEk⁠" Zeindler's Berzerk, as well as the fairly unknown Danish representatives AaB Elite.

zehN's HAVU breezed past their opposition at IESF

However, the best teams at the event, such as HAVU, Nexus, Flow and FrostFire passed the group-stage test and advanced to the playoffs. In the first leg of the playoffs, the Swedish team Flow eliminated SCARZ Absolute and managed to reach the final after taking down Ground Zero and Beyond.

On the other side of the bracket, HAVU had tougher opposition and started the playoffs by beating UltiCoin after two strongly contested maps. Then they faced two notable opponents, Giants and Nexus, but took them down easily, not giving up more than 10 rounds over the course of both series.

That brought us to a Nordic grand final between Flow and HAVU, but the BO5 wasn't much of a game. It started on Dust2, where HAVU converted a 10-5 CT side into a 16-6 win with a near-flawless T side, before moving to Cache where Jesse "⁠zehN⁠" Linjala had a great game, 28K-11D, helping his team to a 16-4 victory. The third and final map was Train, and it was the most contested one, in part due to Flow winning both pistols. But with rifles, HAVU was the dominant team, and after finishing the T side 9-6 up, calmly closed out the match, 16-8.

Final standings for IESF World Championship 2018:

1. Finland HAVU - $10,000
2. Sweden Flow - $6,000
3. Romania Nexus - $4,000
4. Thailand Beyond
5-8. Portugal Giants
5-8. Australia Ground Zero
5-8. Israel Aequus
5-8. Malaysia FrostFire
9-16. Sri Lanka Xiphos
9-16. Philippines TNC
9-16. Russia FLuffy Gangsters
9-16. Macedonia Vilay
9-16. India Invictus
9-16. Taiwan Sad Story
9-16. Japan SCARZ Absolute
9-16. Serbia UltiCoin
17-24. Switzerland Berzerk
17-24. Lebanon Virus
17-24. South Africa PROTEA
17-24. Vietnam Revolution
17-24. Georgia LANGUDAR
17-24. Denmark AaB Elite
17-24. Macau Macau Legend
17-24. Iran ForGlory
25-26. Other Namibia
25-26. Nepal Desperados

Finland Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Jesse 'zehN' Linjala
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Vietnam Cong 'crazyguy' Anh Ngo
Cong 'crazyguy' Anh Ngo
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
184
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Switzerland Manuel 'SolEk' Zeindler
Manuel 'SolEk' Zeindler
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.84
Maps played:
372
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
Woow gj Havu! Feeling sad for Namibia tbh
2018-11-11 16:13
Good job HAVU. I always thought that HAVU is from Hawaii.
2018-11-11 16:13
wtf
2018-11-11 16:13
#32
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Europe pencilvester 
wtf
2018-11-11 16:44
#42
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Finland G0Dteukkab 
wtf
2018-11-11 17:19
wtf
2018-11-11 17:40
-1 wtf
2018-11-11 18:46
wtf
2018-11-11 19:15
wtf
2018-11-11 19:46
#62
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United States bleghfarec 
wtf
2018-11-11 20:54
#68
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Indonesia Astranesia 
-1 lol wtf
2018-11-12 00:07
Wtf
2018-11-12 07:02
#73
green | 
Finland zntei 
wtf
2018-11-12 20:27
#24
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Poland Unluko 
nice
2018-11-11 16:24
deserved
2018-11-11 16:11
#3
horvy | 
Brazil horvy 
Ez for ottond
2018-11-11 16:12
Too bad ottond doesnt play for HAVU anymore :p
2018-11-11 16:18
Expected and deserved
2018-11-11 16:12
#33
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Europe pencilvester 
+1
2018-11-11 16:45
TORILLE
2018-11-11 16:12
#6
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Poland korwin_banned 
tier50 event
2018-11-11 16:12
ez for zehn
2018-11-11 16:13
#10
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Korea 2020_new_2010 
who won which tournament?
2018-11-11 16:13
#51
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Iceland fatboislim 
HAVU WIN IESF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
2018-11-11 18:08
#65
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Korea 2020_new_2010 
oh thx I barely got it
2018-11-11 21:14
#66
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Iceland fatboislim 
no problem
2018-11-11 21:15
didnt even know this existed
2018-11-11 16:13
#12
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Panama Cyain10 
What is this a budget WESG?
2018-11-11 16:13
Yes
2018-11-11 16:19
So ez Eu CS>China CS
2018-11-11 16:14
#14
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Portugal CocineroDeFox 
Deserved, they are on another level
2018-11-11 16:14
Feels bad bro
2018-11-11 17:02
#74
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
FeelsBadMan AgenteDoFox
2018-11-12 21:12
#15
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Finland eMBeJaana 
tier 1 event 100%
2018-11-11 16:14
zehN best player = T1 100%
2018-11-12 00:30
#16
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World shadow_11 
Umm you tagged the wrong invictus team.
2018-11-11 16:14
Thanks, fixed!
2018-11-11 16:19
#17
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United States JuriTakahashi 
it just amazes me how SZA cant beat some tier3 swedish mix team
2018-11-11 16:14
#71
jOELZ | 
Finland J3bediah 
I want japanese cs scene to grow so much 😩
2018-11-12 10:21
#21
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Brazil Beckermonster 
who win what?
2018-11-11 16:22
tier 99
2018-11-11 16:22
hltv.org/matches/2325393/havu-vs-sharks-.. kkkkkkkkk your country so bad lose to tier 99 btw sharks in Brazil looks tier1 in Europe tier15 xd
2018-11-11 16:26
Okay, but I'm not a sharks fan.
2018-11-11 16:27
#27
gAuLeS | 
Portugal Dimigue 
They nearly don't play in Brazil, they play south america qualifers
2018-11-11 16:28
yes they comeback to Brazil and looks strong but in europe they lose to "tier 99" :(
2018-11-11 16:30
#31
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Portugal Yaxok 
Bo1 on nuke doesn't mean shit. Giants also won against vega, and so what?
2018-11-11 16:43
#43
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Brazil Whillpull 
do Venezuela have teams? And food?
2018-11-11 17:20
i think i can buy your house with my computer play.esea.net/users/427910 monito
2018-11-11 17:29
Son of Maduro?
2018-11-11 21:07
#75
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Brazil Whillpull 
didnt answer my question. Do you have teams? And food?
2018-11-13 13:41
#23
Zeus | 
Finland Olter 
Zehn better team when?
2018-11-11 16:23
Didn't drop a single map LUL
2018-11-11 16:34
win what?
2018-11-11 16:53
#35
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Romania b0jack 
nexustop1
2018-11-11 16:55
#36
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Croatia Jack Russell 
Solek in 2k18 lmao Zehn is a beast Twixie_1_WC_Messi_0
2018-11-11 16:58
#40
hate | 
Bangladesh drvken 
Solek legend<3
2018-11-11 17:05
OMG HAVU WORLD CHAMPIONS FINLAND TIER 1 Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Namibia > Astralis
2018-11-11 17:04
We really need more of such tournaments.
2018-11-11 17:12
#45
suNny | 
Finland niklas^ 
so ez for world champions!!!
2018-11-11 17:30
Ez for NAVI
2018-11-11 17:31
Havu top 1
2018-11-11 17:36
Tier 50.23 event
2018-11-11 17:42
Again, how was that a World Championship? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wanna buy the best apples in HLTV? call me NOW: 011-1337-APPLE and get an 80% discount on your first 5 kilos!
2018-11-11 18:02
#52
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Vietnam ALLAHTARES 
what is this shit tourney
2018-11-11 18:14
#53
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Iceland fatboislim 
IESF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
2018-11-11 18:22
#56
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Finland coswell 
Wooh, world champions. What up now bitc... oh wait. This was iesf. Nevermind. Kinda funny the prize pool is less than for a tier 4 online tournament.
2018-11-11 19:01
#58
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Bulgaria BlindBG11 
RIP Namibia...
2018-11-11 19:32
gg
2018-11-11 19:56
unexpected
2018-11-11 20:43
#63
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Finland de_suomi 
HAVU BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD LITERALLY MEET YOU AT THE MARKET SQUARE :DD
2018-11-11 20:55
#67
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Australia |bruh| 
20 thousand only?
2018-11-11 22:46
#72
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
what a fucking joke :D
2018-11-12 14:54
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