WePlay Academy League Season 1 Finals set to start

Four academy teams will face off at the three-day LAN event in Kyiv.

The WePlay Academy League Season 1 Finals will kick off on Friday, August 27 at 15:00 , as the group stage winners MOUZ NXT will go up against BIG Academy, a team that was put together right before the online portion of the event but nonetheless managed to qualify for the finals finishing in third place.

The second opening series at 18:00 will feature the Swedes from Young Ninjas, who will be playing with Tim "⁠Mann3n⁠" Isak instead of Linus "⁠nilo⁠" Bergman, going up against the play-in winners, fnatic Rising, and AWPer Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău, the highest rated player from the group stage to attend the LAN.

The finals will be taking place at the WePlay Esports Arena in Kyiv, Ukraine and will mark the final stage of the WePlay Academy League, which was initially played out in July and early August with the four aforementioned teams making it through to the offline event over NAVI Junior, whose Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov was in a league of his own, as well as VP.Prodigy, FURIA Academy and Astralis Talent.

siuhy's mouz NXT are favorites after topping the group stage

The LAN finals will feature a double-elimination bracket and it will be played out with two matches per day throughout the three days, with all series being best-of-three except the grand final, which will be a best-of-five series with a map advantage for the team coming from the upper bracket.

The WePlay Academy League Season 1 Finals schedule is:

Friday, August 27

15:00 - Europe MOUZ NXT vs. Germany BIG Academy
18:00 - Sweden Young Ninjas vs. Europe fnatic Rising

Saturday, August 28

15:00 - Lower bracket round 1
18:00 - Upper bracket final

Sunday, August 29

15:00 - Consolidation final
18:00 - Grand final

Bringing the English broadcast to life will be a similar desk as in the online portion of the tournament, with James "⁠BanKs⁠" Banks hosting while Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg and Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche break down the action.

Hugo Byron and Harry Russell, who commented the round robin group stage, will not be live from Kyiv, as they are currently working the ongoing ESL Pro League, but none other than Anders "⁠Anders⁠" Blume and Auguste "⁠Semmler⁠" Massonnat have been tasked with casting the LAN finals.

The English language broadcast lineup is:

United Kingdom James "⁠BanKs⁠" Banks - Host

Denmark Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche - Analyst
United States Alex "⁠Mauisnake⁠" Ellenberg - Analsyt

Denmark Anders "⁠Anders⁠" Blume - Commentator
United States Auguste "⁠Semmler⁠" Massonnat - Commentator

HLTV will have a two-man crew bringing live updates from the ground at the WePlay Esports Arena, including photographs of the action as it happens and interviews with some of the protagonists at the event.

United States Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Alex 'Mauisnake' Ellenberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
100
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.72
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United Kingdom James 'BanKs' Banks
James 'BanKs' Banks
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Denmark Anders 'Anders' Blume
Anders 'Anders' Blume
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.19
DPR:
0.58
United States Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat
Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Linus 'nilo' Bergman
Linus 'nilo' Bergman
Age:
17
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
259
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
Romania Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
63
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Tim 'Mann3n' Isak
Tim 'Mann3n' Isak
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
203
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.71
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.62
#1
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Sweden frayw
hi
2021-08-26 14:10
6 replies
Cringe
2021-08-26 14:10
4 replies
the talent is insane wtf
2021-08-26 15:13
3 replies
+1 wtf.
2021-08-26 15:20
2 replies
Because the academy teams are better than their main team
2021-08-26 17:35
1 reply
true for fnatic
2021-08-26 18:24
Finally tier 1 teams are back to LAN. How will they play pro league while they're there though?
2021-08-26 14:12
#4
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Poland crouzzz
Anders and Semmler, nice
2021-08-26 14:10
1 reply
#25
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Romania hazelnuut
My thoughts, exactly. Must be something for the young guys to have their games casted by Andres and Semmler
2021-08-26 15:40
lets go ztr!
2021-08-26 14:11
ez for jon de castro
2021-08-26 14:11
Ez Y.NIP
2021-08-26 14:11
2 replies
without NILO they won't win
2021-08-26 20:30
no nilo lol
2021-08-26 23:20
#9
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Europe KubusiekxD
Ez4mouz
2021-08-26 14:17
ANDERS POG
2021-08-26 14:18
Actually it's really great to see that tournament organisers are supporting academy teams.
2021-08-26 14:20
So easy for swedish igl prodigy ztr and his boys
2021-08-26 14:23
1 reply
+10000
2021-08-26 14:24
mouz and fnatic in the finals, calling it
2021-08-26 14:24
#15
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Finland KassaK
Where's my goddamn harry and hugo
2021-08-26 14:29
2 replies
at EPL Season 14
2021-08-26 14:37
1 reply
#27
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Finland KassaK
GOOD POINT
2021-08-26 15:56
#18
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Sweden Ne3op
GOD R0LF
2021-08-26 14:45
#19
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Spain Nepomu
Pimp 🤢
2021-08-26 14:46
1 reply
I'd rather have him here than in EPL14
2021-08-26 15:27
#20
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United States Virgin Islands Mykolkaa
Wait so it’s lan in Kyiv but no crowd? I couldn't find tickets online
2021-08-26 15:13
Good on WePlay for organising a LAN tournament without much fuss. Give them a major.
2021-08-26 15:14
1 reply
#35
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India Pranav3112
Meanwhile esl has a problem hosting a CIS RMR on lan xD. I wonder what their justification is for not having rmr offline in Russia like weplay, they can easily have it and valve also said that last rmr should be lan.
2021-08-26 19:58
#26
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Ukraine futplxyer
ez for m0nesy... oh wait
2021-08-26 15:43
#28
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Australia sasukeee
Rising to the top, go go boys
2021-08-26 16:29
nice
2021-08-26 16:41
#31
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Hungary GaxyHUN
god torzsi
2021-08-26 17:35
why is nilo not playing for Young Ninjas anymore?
2021-08-26 18:05
1 reply
who knows
2021-08-26 20:31
#34
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Russia Tony_Sav
why pimp tho
2021-08-26 18:55
wheres nilo?
2021-08-27 02:21
Mauisnake brings so much. I think Pimp did a solid job last time.
2021-08-27 02:22
gl to all teams
2021-08-27 05:05
1 reply
Ty
2021-08-27 05:46
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