1WIN triumph in CCT Online Finals 3 over MIBR
The Russian squad dropped just one map in their title-winning campaign.
The two grand finalists have also secured a CCT Global Finals berth thanks to their top-two finishes. The event, which will also feature Virtus.pro and Spirit after those two teams' performances in CCT 2023 Online Finals 2, is set to play out on LAN at some point in 2024 and will have a $500,000 prize pot up for grabs.
1WIN were a dominant force in their run through CCT 2023 Online Finals 3, dropping just one map in mostly comfortable wins over Sharks (2-0), Aurora (2-1), and Monte (2-0) en route to a place in the tournament's grand final.
|CCT 2023 Online Finals 3|
Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov and company carried that momentum into their final bout against the Brazilians, with the in-game leader himself leading by example to power his team to a 16-11 victory on their Vertigo pick. The Russian captain topped the charts with 26 kills to his name, but was notably joined at the top of the server by Denis "deko" Zhukov, who stepped up with 25 frags of his own to keep MIBR subdued.
The Brazilians stepped up on their Mirage pick and led 10-5 by the end of their T-side effort, but 1WIN stayed composed despite the hefty deficit, recovering with a potent T-side of their own to steal the map, 16-13, and close the series in two maps.
|1WIN||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|44 - 36||+8||95.2||1.30|
|43 - 34||+9||78.4||1.30|
|46 - 28||+18||76.1||1.25|
|32 - 28||+4||70.2||1.14|
|30 - 35||-5||64.1||0.99|
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|35 - 37||-2||72.1||0.99|
|35 - 42||-7||73.2||0.89|
|32 - 37||-5||62.6||0.85|
|28 - 41||-13||58.9||0.83|
|30 - 40||-10||60.0||0.81|
1WIN's triumph over MIBR also marks their first tournament victory since May, when the Russian side narrowly moved past Aurora, 2-1, to win BetBoom Playlist Freedom 2023. The Boombl4-led side will aim to build on this win as they gear up for ESL Challenger League Season 46, which kicks off on October 5 and has two places at ESL Pro League Season 19 on the line.
While 1WIN had a near-flawless time in the online event, a number of high-profile teams struggled. The most noteworthy being Monte, who are yet to return to the same world-beating form they once had when Mohammad "BOROS" Malhas was on their books.
The majority-Ukrainian roster, who now sit at No. 12 on the world ranking, came into the $200,000 competition as the highest-ranked side, but picked up just two wins over sub-top-30 sides, SELVA and Looking4Org, before being ousted by Preasy in the lower bracket semi-finals.
OG were another team who crashed out earlier than many would have predicted. The European outfit are yet to find their groove following their off-season overhaul, recording just one win over Marcelo "coldzera" David's Legacy squad before eventually being sent packing in 9-12th place.
The full standings for CCT 2023 Online Finals 3 are as follows:
1. 1WIN - $100,000 + CCT Global Finals 2024
2. MIBR - $40,000 + CCT Global Finals 2024
3. Preasy - $25,000
4. ALTERNATE aTTaX - $15,000
5-6. Monte - $5,000
5-6. Legacy - $5,000
7-8. SINNERS - $5,000
7-8. Looking4Org - $5,000
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