WePlay Academy League groups conclude as three teams advance to Finals

Just one more spot at the Finals taking place in Kyiv in late August is left to be determined via the Play-in stage.

The WePlay Academy League Season 1 group stage has come to its conclusion on Sunday, with mouz NXT, Young Ninjas, and BIG Academy advancing directly to the seasonal finals. FURIA Academy have been eliminated, and the remaining four teams are set to play for the final spot at the $100,000 event next weekend.

fnatic Rising, the newest team of the pack whose lineup was only finalized on the day before the group stage began, have been seeded the furthest in the Play-in stage after placing fourth in the round-robin. NAVI Junior await one round behind, with VP.Prodigy and Astralis Talent set to clash in the first round and requiring three consecutive victories to qualify for the finals.

Although NAVI Junior found themselves in the middle of the pack with a 7-7 record, all eyes were drawn on the CIS side throughout the groups thanks to 16-year-old Russian sensation Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov. The AWPer was putting up monstrous performances from start to finish, ending the group stage miles ahead of the competition with a 1.65 rating, with the second-best — fnatic Rising's sniper, Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău — at 1.24.

It was mouz NXT who ended up at the top of the group, however, locking down their spot at the finals with ease after initial struggles saw them kick off their campaign with an overtime win and two losses on the first three days.

Young Ninjas finished off strong as well following a troublesome start, stealing second place from BIG Academy in a final head-to-head showdown of the group stage between the two teams, with both teams joining Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás & co. at the Kyiv Finals.

The final standings of the group stage look as follows:

Below you can find the schedule of the seeded Play-in stage, which will run from August 7-8:

Saturday, August 7
16:00 - Russia VP.Prodigy vs. Denmark Astralis Talent
19:00 - Ukraine NAVI Junior vs. VP/Astralis

Sunday, August 8
19:00 - Europe fnatic Rising vs. NAVI/VP/Astralis

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Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
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Romania Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Iulian 'regali' Harjău
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Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
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Ez for BIG.
2021-08-01 22:21
4 replies
If furia didnt kicked ablej they would be top 1
2021-08-01 23:37
3 replies
yeah for sure xD like navi junior with monesy is top 1
2021-08-02 02:18
delusional lmao
2021-08-02 05:00
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France PqSxd
ablej was not kicked, bad bait
2021-08-02 18:04
2021-08-01 22:22
Netherlands _Leo_
Mouz too good
2021-08-01 22:22
ez 4 m1nesy
2021-08-01 22:22
Ez 4 mouzNXT
2021-08-01 22:23
1 reply
+1 #vamouz
2021-08-03 21:38
Good Tournament so far. Very entertaining :D
2021-08-01 22:23
1 reply
2021-08-02 03:27
Serbia XD___
only non eu/cis team last
2021-08-01 22:24
Brazil b0ts disband pls
2021-08-01 22:24
@author: The article stated that fnatic academy was the newest team but I think big academy and fnatic academy both had only one week together, might be worth a mention, give my BIG boys some credit
2021-08-01 22:24
3 replies
In HLTV Confirmed prof or striker said that lineup of Fnatic Rising was finalised like 24 hours before start of the league lol. Also BIG had academy before too (although with slightly different roster)
2021-08-01 22:54
1 reply
slightly different roster 4 out of 5 players new pick one
2021-08-02 07:37
BIG had like 1-2 weeks to prepare, fnatic rising only had 1 day since the team was finalized only 1 day before the event. But yeah BIG looked really strong regarding they only had a few weeks to prepare. EDIT: If you are interested regali said in an interview that the roster was finalized 24 hours before the first match and that they didn't practiced mobile.twitter.com/Hency_Heccu/status/14..
2021-08-02 01:50
m0nesy best Ukrainian talent
2021-08-01 22:25
6 replies
Ukraine alexftw
you mean overrated russian
2021-08-01 22:27
5 replies
"Although NAVI Junior found themselves in the middle of the pack with a 7-7 record, all eyes were drawn on the CIS side throughout the groups thanks to 16-year-old Ukrainian sensation Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov. " this was in the article lmao
2021-08-01 22:28
4 replies
Ukraine alexftw
its still is lmao you never bait indeed
2021-08-01 23:18
1 reply
Yeah of course not, baiting isn't allowed
2021-08-02 01:07
Now they changed it. RIP Ukrainian sensation Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov mens((
2021-08-02 01:52
1 reply
Career over
2021-08-02 03:00
Finland RPGWiZaRD
Hopefully NaVi wins the last place, would like to see m0nesy on LAN
2021-08-01 22:26
1 reply
2021-08-01 23:20
Germany luca1201
EZ 4 YN with god phzy, young talent nilo, the cringe lord Sapec, the rolfer and the brain EZ TR
2021-08-01 22:27
2021-08-01 22:27
This event was kinda important for the German scene in my eyes We’ve had 7 German players here from which 6 are locked in for the finals already and prosus with fnatic academy has good chances as well Theres already more German players in the Finals of this Academy Event than we have in the top30, hope it’s a positive Sign for the future of the German scene
2021-08-01 22:27
1 reply
german players all cheaters axaxaxaxaxax
2021-08-02 00:00
Russia ToughGuy
furia KEKW
2021-08-01 22:28
What's with Navi and dragging down talent
2021-08-01 22:30
Peru Foxkyz
ez for mouz nxt
2021-08-01 22:35
Ukraine burjui
16-year-old Ukrainian sensation Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov (kekw)
2021-08-01 22:39
B1T | 
Russia dteakh
2021-08-01 22:43
fnatic v NaVi and NaVi will win play-in. Fnc rising will change roster -kevve
2021-08-01 22:48
should be ez for mastermind ztr
2021-08-01 22:54
fnatic rising>>>fnatic
2021-08-01 23:00
FURIA totally trash team LOL
2021-08-01 23:08
16-year-old Ukrainian sensation Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov. nt Jonathan "hohol" E
2021-08-01 23:13
1 reply
2021-08-03 17:25
why are striker's articles so over the top? something about them makes me want to finish reading them asap. prof write more men
2021-08-01 23:26
gj Mouz, I hope they will win
2021-08-01 23:34
Watching the VP and Furia academy teams made me cry
2021-08-01 23:49
2021-08-01 23:51
Good luck to astralis
2021-08-02 00:26
Hungary Shiron212
ez 4 torzsi & JDC
2021-08-02 00:48
Asia Blitzer
navi, nip and mouz played great cs the 4th team could be anyone tbh
2021-08-02 01:08
2021-08-02 01:26
United States BombTaco
man, funny how people were trashing on BIG academy, but they did for furia academy too and look where they are now
2021-08-02 03:35
India maxwan
1.65 rating in group stages. Team only at 5th place. I see true s1mple successor.
2021-08-02 03:46
4 replies
NaVi Jr as a whole reminds me so much of 2020 NaVi lol
2021-08-02 03:53
3 replies
+1 basically the same team
2021-08-02 05:16
United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
2020 navu had electronic was top 6 player in the world.
2021-08-02 09:34
1 reply
Yeah and Navi Jr have budget s1mple in m0nesy and budget electronic in Aunkere
2021-08-02 20:48
m0nesy is next s1mple.
2021-08-02 07:40
Hungary Reintel
ez4torzsi lan god
2021-08-02 08:44
United States _salmoN
half of the mouz games were 16-13 or closer and only 3 of them were farther apart than 16-10, pretty good CS I thought
2021-08-02 08:56
mouz strong
2021-08-02 09:08
2021-08-02 10:12
1 reply
Sweden MasterHimi
2021-08-02 11:46
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2021-08-02 14:11
This event is really awesome, so much fun to see them play and I liked the bo1 round robin format way more
2021-08-02 17:19
That's a tournament, where ninjas can finally win something NIP! NIP! NIP!
2021-08-02 18:57
Hungary F1z3s
over mouz won luluw
2021-08-11 23:34
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