AVANGAR win Bucharest Gaming Week Invitational over Vega Squadron

At the $57,000 tournament in Bucharest, Romania, AVANGAR took the first place prize after defeating Windigo 2-1 in the semi final and Vega Squadron 2-0 in the grand final.

The event, which featured a single-elimination BO3 bracket, took place at the Romexpo arena, with three teams—AVANGAR, Vega Squadron and Sprout—invited directly, and the fourth one qualifying through the ESL SEC S8 LAN Finals which were held at the same venue the previous day. At that tournament, Windigo was victorious, beating their Bulgarian rivals Bpro in the grand final, with Nexus and Locastic finishing 3-4th.

After winning MSI MGA Finals, AVANGAR added another small LAN victory to their name

The Bucharest Gaming Week Invitational by ESL kicked off with semi-final between Vega Squadron and Sprout, where the CIS team took a 2-0 win (16-8 Train, 19-15 Dust2). On the other hand, AVANGAR had a tougher time against Windigo, losing Cache after overtime (19-17), before bouncing back in the series with 16-10s on Inferno and Train.

Vega Squadron and AVANGAR therefore met in the grand final and the series started on the Kazakh team's map pick, Cache. They instantly put their foot down on the T side, grabbing a 5-1 lead before Dmitriy "jR" Chervak and co. managed to sneak a defuse in for their second. However, the pendulum swung back AVANGAR's way and they hit a five-round streak to finish the half with a respectable 10-5 scoreline. That lead way only advanced after they secured the CT pistol and reset Vega Squadron early, allowing a comfortable 16-9 victory. Key to the win was Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov, who topped the board with 31 frags.

Switching to Train, their map pick, didn't help Vega Squadron that much. They lost the opening six round on the CT side before picking up one, only for AVANGAR to go on an even longer streak after that and finish the T side with a dominant, 13-2 score. After the switch, Vega Squadron brought home the pistol and the follow up to give them a chance to come back, but Alexey "qikert" Golubev's team closed it out quickly, 16-4, to finish the match and lift the Bucharest Gaming Week Invitational trophy.

 Vega Squadron K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' ChervakjR 30 - 35 -5 70.2 0.81
Russia Pavel 'hutji' Lashkovhutji 22 - 35 -13 63.4 0.74
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenkocrush 23 - 35 -12 54.2 0.68
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakovchopper 18 - 36 -18 44.4 0.57
Russia Anton 'tonyblack' Kolesnikovtonyblack 14 - 37 -23 41.5 0.47
 AVANGAR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytovfitch 43 - 27 +16 107.8 1.55
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 37 - 16 +21 77.7 1.50
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 34 - 18 +16 72.8 1.34
Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' TurlybekovKrizzeN 36 - 25 +11 83.1 1.28
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 28 - 21 +7 69.0 1.23

Final standings for the Bucharest Gaming Week Invitational by ESL are as follows:

1. Kazakhstan AVANGAR - $28,500
2. Russia Vega Squadron - $14,250
3-4. Germany Sprout - $7,125
3-4. Bulgaria Windigo - $7,125

Ukraine Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Dmitriy 'jR' Chervak
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Kazakhstan Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'qikert' Golubev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
#1
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Nice
2018-12-09 19:32
#8
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
ffs windigo
2018-12-09 19:33
:D
2018-12-09 19:46
#2
Sosa | 
Europe Sosa19 
Not expected
2018-12-09 19:32
+1
2018-12-09 19:47
#3
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United States YANGGANG2020 
gj
2018-12-09 19:32
#4
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Europe maybedontknow 
gg
2018-12-09 19:32
#5
Liazz | 
United Kingdom joors 
Ez
2018-12-09 19:32
ez for bogan squadron
2018-12-09 19:32
#7
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Europe xvideos69 
who cares
2018-12-09 19:33
#9
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Austria I_love_Hltv 
Gz avangar
2018-12-09 19:34
#10
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Russia M13f 
Jame MVP
2018-12-09 19:34
#11
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
they're so good
2018-12-09 19:34
So ez
2018-12-09 19:36
#13
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United States (Fr0st) 
Getting better and better. GG Avangar!!
2018-12-09 19:38
#14
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Kazakhstan joegarn 
the pride of Kazakhstan - the homeland of CS. well played.
2018-12-09 19:39
#19
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Kazakhstan Dickelodeon 
lmao Alga mambetter
2018-12-09 20:14
#25
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan 96kg 
wws sigein alga kazaktar!
2018-12-09 21:21
2ez
2018-12-09 19:40
Good
2018-12-09 19:45
god fitch
2018-12-09 20:18
God Fitch
2018-12-09 20:28
nice
2018-12-09 20:38
k
2018-12-09 20:43
#24
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United States skroobdoober 
10x better final than Liquid losing to Astralis again
2018-12-09 21:08
#26
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Canada PwnNewb 
Writing on HLTV has improved in quality greatly in the last several years...this article is generally well written but has some things that make it sound like English was their 2nd language (I'm not talking trash, just saying in case they want to fix it) Sentences like this are awkward in parts, like "Key to the win" should be "The Key to the win" in proper English, but that does not impede understanding, however "that lead way only advanced" just doesn't really make any sense at all and the only reason we know what they mean is the context of the article talking about CT sides and scores: "That lead way only advanced after they secured the CT pistol and reset Vega Squadron early, allowing a comfortable 16-9 victory. Key to the win was Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov, who topped the board with 31 frags." there are others too. And before someone tries to edit my writing here, this is typed quickly in the same style a draft is made, published works require more editing =)
2018-12-09 21:40
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Israel uffiez 
Your correction also sounds unnatural, it should be something like "Their key to success" or "The key to their victory". "That lead way only advanced" is obviously meant to be "That lead WAS only advanced", probably just a typo.
2018-12-10 04:24
nice
2018-12-09 21:53
+1
2018-12-10 21:39
#29
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CIS Kadaku 
2 ez for my homies
2018-12-10 05:25
#31
TaZ | 
Azerbaijan roninelli 
Molodci
2018-12-10 18:40
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