fnatic Rising claim WePlay Academy League Season 5 title

The European mix dropped just one map across their playoff run.

fnatic Rising have been crowned victors of WePlay Academy League Season 5 after taking down Spirit Academy in the grand final. The European side had initially finished on top of Group A with an 8-4 record before cruising through the playoffs, dropping just one map to Astralis Talent in the quarter-finals en route to their first-place finish.

The European roster's victory in the event ushers in a new era for the league, with the past four seasons all being won by different iterations of MOUZ NXT. This time, however, that squad would fail to make it out of groups, finishing 5th in Group A with a 6-6 record.

Peppzor posted a team-high 1.20 rating throughout the tournament

WePlay Academy League Season 5 marked the debuts of both Filip "⁠DEPRESHN⁠" Jarkić and coach Mikael "⁠sheddaN⁠" Mellström who joined the team as replacements for Iulian "⁠regali⁠" Harjău and Benjamin "⁠cube⁠" Stabell, respectively. Despite losing the outgoing duo to Copenhagen Flames, fnatic Rising have rebounded with their new-look roster, winning this event outright after finishing in just fourth place last season.

The Mikkel "⁠Maze⁠" Sparvath-led lineup hit the ground running to kick off their group stage campaign, posting a 6-1 record with their first defeat coming at the hands of Astralis Talent with a 16-10 scoreline. Despite another loss to Astralis Talent, along with being overpowered by PROSPECTS and their eventual grand final opponents in Spirit Academy, fnatic Rising still managed to top Group A with an 8-4 record to secure themselves an upper bracket berth.

The European combine's run through the playoffs was near-flawless, completing the reverse sweep versus Astralis Talent, brushing aside BIG Academy with a 2-0 scoreline, before besting Spirit Academy in a grand final that started off with a hard-fought opening map before giving way to a walkover to close.

fnatic Rising performed strongly team-wide across the event, with every member of the lineup sitting firmly in the green. Regardless, it was Peppe "⁠Peppzor⁠" Borak and Maze who enjoyed the most success, putting up 1.20 and 1.18 ratings respectively across the 19 maps played.

The final standings for WePlay Academy League Season 5 are:

1. Europe fnatic Rising - $45,000
2. Russia Spirit Academy - $20,000
3. Germany BIG Academy - $15,000
4. Denmark Astralis Talent - $8,000
5-6. Sweden Young Ninjas - $4,000
5-6. Ukraine NAVI Junior - $4,000
7-8. Europe OG Academy - $1,500
7-8. Brazil FURIA Academy - $1,500
9-10. Finland ENCE Academy - $500
9-10. Poland MOUZ NXT - $500
11-12. Norway Apeks Rebels
11-12. Sweden PROSPECTS
13-14. Turkey Eternal Fire Academy
13-14. Brazil Young Gods (withdrawal)

Denmark Mikkel 'Maze' Sparvath
Mikkel 'Maze' Sparvath
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
101
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Croatia Filip 'DEPRESHN' Jarkić
Filip 'DEPRESHN' Jarkić
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
92
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Peppe 'Peppzor' Borak
Peppe 'Peppzor' Borak
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
243
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.69
Romania Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Iulian 'regali' Harjău
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
162
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
#1
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England Jerry2805
Volt UKCS god
2022-08-14 21:30
7 replies
Bcko walked so Depreshn could run
2022-08-14 21:41
1 reply
#52
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China RADNIKEY
xaxaxaxaxaxa
2022-08-15 07:24
He’s romanian tho
2022-08-14 23:38
4 replies
#41
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England Jerry2805
He's half romanian half brit I think
2022-08-14 23:39
3 replies
Uk raised him so he'd be more entitled to call himself british, that's fine. He has some potential and i wish him all the best
2022-08-14 23:41
1 reply
Let's goooo uk cs
2022-08-15 01:36
Afaik both of his parents are romanians, but he was born in the UK.
2022-08-15 00:59
nic
2022-08-14 21:30
1 reply
Irrelevant tier 2 scene
2022-08-15 13:36
#3
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Czech Republic Devidee
Spirit is better
2022-08-14 21:30
5 replies
then why did they got destroyed in inferno? xaxaxaxa
2022-08-14 21:35
2 replies
#11
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Czech Republic Devidee
NO DONK NO WIN
2022-08-14 21:36
1 reply
#61
Banjo | 
Finland Lasa
donk in mirage kekw :D:D:D:D:
2022-08-15 12:25
#35
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Argentina fribergoat
ye 16-1, spirit look solid
2022-08-14 22:50
1 reply
#36
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Czech Republic Devidee
2022-08-14 22:53
#4
ropz | 
Germany Cosm0sX
nt big
2022-08-14 21:30
#5
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Finland Cucumber))
Peppzor future GOAT support
2022-08-14 21:30
3 replies
KOVANA GOAT
2022-08-14 21:33
1 reply
#7
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Finland Cucumber))
KOVANAAAAAAAAA
2022-08-14 21:33
PeppeGlad
2022-08-14 21:34
#9
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Netherlands daboiii
Medium choke by big clan
2022-08-14 21:34
gj
2022-08-14 21:37
Who's mvp and evp?
2022-08-14 21:37
Another win for Sweden... gj Peppzor!
2022-08-14 21:38
#15
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Poland karov
EZ4PEPSI
2022-08-14 21:39
This is a Banjo moment
2022-08-14 21:44
#18
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Romania Belong2Rvr
Nobody care .. not even Fnatic , they posted nothing on Twitter ... just Re-twitted Weplay twit . this tournament is just made for gamblers which have nothing to bet on this tournament break
2022-08-14 21:46
8 replies
this tournament has always been played during player break.
2022-08-14 21:58
#30
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Japan Inlivino
how much
2022-08-14 22:27
6 replies
#33
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Romania Belong2Rvr
How much , how much ... do you guys know anything else ? not everyone are degenerate gamblers and not all users from HLTV bet ... i cant even gamble on CSGO because of legislation of the country i'm in at the moment , i bet sometimes when im back in Romania in holiday but not on CSGO
2022-08-14 22:45
5 replies
#39
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United Kingdom Shrumper
how much
2022-08-14 23:34
2022-08-14 23:43
How much?
2022-08-15 00:40
#51
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United States AuRoarA
How much
2022-08-15 02:58
How much?
2022-08-15 13:28
#19
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Finland Hekee
Lets go banjo!
2022-08-14 21:51
EZ for Maze.
2022-08-14 21:52
#21
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Germany ChRiZOwow
Throwers
2022-08-14 21:52
#22
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United Kingdom tomtom94
I didn't expect Maze to be a fragging IGL - congrats to Fnatic Rising (especially since Volt, UKCS etc)
2022-08-14 21:55
Spirit academy team of the playoffs pog everything dramatic happened with them
2022-08-14 21:57
undeserved too much luck for trash
2022-08-14 22:00
2 replies
#46
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Australia Australis
+1 shitnatic afraid of mouz lmao
2022-08-15 00:54
1 reply
#50
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
Mouz was too ez for fnatic
2022-08-15 01:52
depreshnn g0d
2022-08-14 22:02
Peppzor Swedish goat + DEPRESHN Croatina god (imagine next season when he is not depressed anymore ez top 1) Also the new Sergej
2022-08-14 22:04
depreshn goat
2022-08-14 22:04
who cars
2022-08-14 22:19
Regali was the problem?
2022-08-14 22:38
Fnatic rising doing more than Fnatic lmao
2022-08-14 22:40
Better roster than the main one
2022-08-14 22:50
Unexpected
2022-08-14 23:09
Jesus the prize pool is so low, I'm making more betting on these matches 😂
2022-08-14 23:12
1 reply
#55
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France Asr4
Ok, you're making money but who asked? And the point of this tournament isn't to make tons of money. It's made to bring visibility to young talents.
2022-08-15 08:13
#44
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United States BLESSED_US
didn't expect Maze to be a fragging IGL - congrats to Fnatic Rising (especially since Volt, UKCS etc)
2022-08-14 23:52
#48
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Finland AliSabid
sick
2022-08-15 01:04
#53
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
As I said ez 4 depreshn
2022-08-15 07:56
#54
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France Asr4
The funniest part is that this academic team is performing more than fnatic lol
2022-08-15 08:08
1 reply
Agreed.
2022-08-15 14:24
#56
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Argentina fribergoat
Fnatic academy better than fnatic :(
2022-08-15 08:31
goated eipz mouz next
2022-08-15 08:48
well deserved! Looking forward to their future.
2022-08-15 09:38
#59
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Finland Pukki_Goat
Banjo God
2022-08-15 11:07
Just a bit more and they'll be the next MOUZ NXT, passing the main team. Though to be fair, passing the current Fnatic as an academy roster isn't even that impressive.
2022-08-15 12:08
#64
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Germany at0myq
hope spirit will let donk play inferno now. the next time spirit acadeny will play vs fnatic rising, spirit will win 2:0 remember guys
2022-08-15 14:23
ez
2022-08-15 14:24
mouz nxt lol
2022-08-15 14:32
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