WePlay Academy League Season 3 group stage comes to an end

The four teams for the LAN finals are now set after the tournament's online stage.

MOUZ NXT, BIG Academy, Astralis Talent and Spirit Academy all punched tickets to the WePlay Academy League Season 3 Finals, set to take place in Kyiv on February 11-13.

MOUZ NXT and BIG Academy both did so as the top-seeded teams in their groups, with the international squad winning seven out of their eight maps played, while the Germans tied with Young Ninjas at 15 points apiece, but topped the group thanks to a 2-0 face-to-face scoreline.

MOUZ NXT are gunning for the three-peat

The other two teams were decided through a play-in, which saw the lowest-placed teams play through a lower bracket against progressively higher placed teams from the group stage.

One of the brackets saw VP.Prodigy take out FURIA Academy and NAVI Junior before falling to another CIS squad, Spirit Academy, who were the strongest team in the group stage behind MOUZ NXT, in the final for a spot in the LAN finals.

The other gauntlet saw Astralis Talent pull off massive upsets, taking out all of the higher-seeded teams, fnatic Rising, NAVI Junior and Young Ninjas, to qualify for the event in Ukraine, making this the organization's first Academy League LAN final appearance.

Notable performances were put on by Spirit Academy's 17-year-old sensation Aleksandr "⁠KaiR0N-⁠" Anashkin, the highest-rated player in the stage with a 1.38 rating, followed by MOUZ NXT's newest addition, Miłosz "⁠mhL⁠" Knasiak, who came in second averaging 1.35.

Rounding out the top three rated players is NAVI Junior's Daniil "⁠headtr1ck⁠" Valitov, who improved last season's 1.21 rating to 1.32 this time around despite his team ultimately not being able to qualify for the offline event.

The teams that will be at the WePlay Academy League Season 3 LAN finals in Kyiv are:

Russia Aleksandr 'KaiR0N-' Anashkin
Aleksandr 'KaiR0N-' Anashkin
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
110
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
Ukraine Daniil 'headtr1ck' Valitov
Daniil 'headtr1ck' Valitov
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
61
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Poland Miłosz 'mhL' Knasiak
Miłosz 'mhL' Knasiak
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
413
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Brazil hvgar94
Nice
2022-01-16 23:16
EZ for MOUZ
2022-01-16 23:16
1 reply
polska polska
2022-01-17 00:18
#3
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Portugal 5t0rmy
nice
2022-01-16 23:17
#4
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United States Scoobster
good job astralis talent
2022-01-16 23:17
#5
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Albania Al1Vesel1
How come mouz nxt had roster changes and the coach and still manage to win almost every match. This team its gonna be big in years to come.
2022-01-16 23:18
21 replies
mhl dropping the same numbers torzsi did
2022-01-16 23:22
7 replies
#11
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Albania Al1Vesel1
Yeah , but i thought that torzi's proportion to team 1 will destroy the mouz nxt team chemistry, also the coach as well but there guys either the competition is low or they are very good.
2022-01-16 23:24
5 replies
#12
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United States cmohr
they still have god xertioN
2022-01-16 23:27
#42
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New Zealand Iuca5
yes but mhL has been good in teir 2 for years now its no surprise hes good asf in this team
2022-01-17 04:55
#60
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United States R700
I think the fact that they added an awper who is from the same nation as the IGL is a big part of it. When you are bedding in a new impact player, it's key for them to be on the same page as the leader. I think the fact that the core is now three poles allows for them to sort things easier. Think about how easier it is to communicate ideas in your native language.
2022-01-17 15:21
2 replies
#61
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Albania Al1Vesel1
But their comms are in Enlgish ? No ?
2022-01-17 15:23
1 reply
#64
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United States R700
Yes, but that is in game. I am talking about practice. What about when they are going over playbook? Or when they want to discuss game philosophy, it is easier in their own language. Plus, if you havn't seen yet- when they are in clutches, they will speak native. Take G2 for an example. Do you really think NiKo and Hunter don't speak their home language when they are in a 2v2? They definitely do (and there's nothing wrong with that)
2022-01-17 15:32
mhl smurfing dudes farmed in tier 2 cs for a bit now
2022-01-17 06:33
I'm amazed Mouz only promoted one player, they could have saved a lot of money and effort by pulling a Gambit and promoting their whole academy team
2022-01-16 23:30
10 replies
#21
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Netherlands joostlek
Money isnt a problem for mouz. They just sold ropz
2022-01-16 23:46
5 replies
#22
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Switzerland Imodeode
But the roster itself still is, or at least I think that dexter has to go. He doesn't fit this team and frankly I don't value him that much as an IGL. I'd rather have siuhy, he looks more promising.
2022-01-16 23:50
2 replies
Siuhy i think wants to Play w szejn
2022-01-16 23:55
1 reply
#30
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Switzerland Imodeode
Fair enough, but promoting szejn wouldn't have been a bad idea, either. He's a good support.
2022-01-17 00:11
I thought he was nearly at the end of his contract? I'm doubtful they got a lot of money
2022-01-17 00:20
#62
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Albania Al1Vesel1
Idk but JKS signing failed cuz of the money issue that is why they got NBK.
2022-01-17 15:24
they needed an experienced player, so they got NBK. decent move imo, because otherwise frozen/dexter would be the most experienced player. gambit had hobbit, a major winner. gambit youngsters didnt break out until they dropped supra for hobbit - i assume the boost in experience is what transformed them into a tier 1 team
2022-01-17 08:07
1 reply
Maybe, but at the same time NBK hasn't played an official match since like may I think? They already have Dexter and Frozen, who are relatively experienced in their own right
2022-01-17 14:37
they still have frozen in their main roster tho who is only 19 with a lot of potential
2022-01-17 11:08
1 reply
That's very true
2022-01-17 14:36
Because Mouz nxt takes academy league too serious and transfers better players from other teams.
2022-01-17 02:36
#49
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Namibia Watame
Mouz “academy” is a mix of tier 2 players smurfing against kids who are playing their first ever league matches
2022-01-17 11:19
#6
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Datsun510
Unexpected
2022-01-16 23:20
#7
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Hungary szia
Very impressive performance by spirit in their first season, and super incredible comeback from astralis talent. Maybe they really do have talent
2022-01-16 23:20
1 reply
xd
2022-01-17 15:25
Spirit wins no surprises
2022-01-16 23:22
Spirit gods
2022-01-16 23:24
Fessor looking clean for astralis talent
2022-01-16 23:28
2 replies
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Austria Ostmark
tbf he already was a good player before joining but the whole astralis-t looked better in their matches that in the previous seasons
2022-01-16 23:35
1 reply
The addition of trace did wonders tbh guy is a goated coach better than ave ngl
2022-01-17 01:04
#14
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Germany CEO_OF_322
kair0n on lan s00n
2022-01-16 23:29
The tournament delivered so far. Also, production is 10\10.
2022-01-16 23:33
Expected
2022-01-16 23:36
it was actually quite amazing to watch astralis talent making this run. Especially since no one was giving them any chance to win against any other teams.
2022-01-16 23:37
2 replies
+1
2022-01-16 23:54
yes, fessor is the future🤩
2022-01-17 00:47
#20
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Bahrain Ax1yn
I mean wow, Who would've not expected MOUZ in WePlay finals? 😏
2022-01-16 23:39
Young ninjas and fnatic rising KEKW
2022-01-16 23:54
Most exciting teams in the LAN finals are defo Spirit and Astralis. Spirit mainly because Kairon is such a sick explosive player and Astralis who somehow beat 3 pretty good rosters in a row.
2022-01-16 23:56
2 replies
Fessor is a beast too.
2022-01-17 00:26
1 reply
Ye I tend to like elite riflers over AWPers and the riflers that impressed me the most definitely include Fessor.
2022-01-17 00:43
Mhl 2022 1.35 rating okay
2022-01-16 23:56
Nice
2022-01-16 23:58
the article is wrong. VP Prodigy didn't beat NaVi junior, they beat EF Academy
2022-01-17 00:04
1 reply
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Denmark Toxace
Who cares about EF tho. That's legit the dumbest org name I've ever heard of KEKW. Sounds like a name a 5 year old came up with.
2022-01-18 10:05
Softik (Team Spirit) > 27 yo > "young talent"
2022-01-17 00:26
4 replies
Ye, while I love the idea of academy teams and weplay for having those academy only tournaments with great production too, im quite dissapointed that there are no rules regarding age tbh, i thought the aame when navi jr played with flamie, like wtf. But on the other hand its the same in football, the 2nd teams especially in shit leagues like romania have some people that are not good enough for first league i guess, but i would still love a rule for age for this types of rosters as i dont think any tier 1 team will promote a 25+ year old from academy to main team anyway and they just waste the spot of a younger player who did not have achance yet
2022-01-17 13:53
3 replies
#56
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Poland parsnip
There is rule regarding age. One player can be above 21 rest must be lower
2022-01-17 14:09
1 reply
Didnt know that, ty for info
2022-01-17 20:27
one guy can be older only, and that's actually a good thing because he can help the young guys develop in ways that they would not with 5 complete rookies on a team.
2022-01-17 14:31
Rip Nip
2022-01-17 00:34
Lets go astralis!
2022-01-17 00:43
who will win these?
2022-01-17 04:53
Lmao Astralis talent somewhat overrated had FNC rising wanted to go to LAN, they wouldn’t have made it this far… down to fessor mainly
2022-01-17 06:15
Finally no more B-Team streams. Wanna see the real guys battle it out
2022-01-17 09:40
#47
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Switzerland Lacerta
EZ FOR Xertion and JDC team
2022-01-17 11:00
F phzy
2022-01-17 11:20
nice job astralis talent
2022-01-17 11:51
#52
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CIS alessander
Really pleased with Spirit Academy and Astralis talent – hope, they will impress us further.
2022-01-17 12:34
#53
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Germany X5ander
ah my little BIG boyz, congrats !! Aqua will be the new s1mple !
2022-01-17 12:58
#55
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Ukraine freskohq
MOUZ will win Academy League
2022-01-17 14:05
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