Moscow Five win MSI BEAT IT Russia
Moscow Five are the winners of MSI BEAT IT Russia 2011, as they defeated fnatic 2-0 in the Grand Final to win the $10,000 first place prize.
The Grand Final started on de_train, the map fnatic had just downed Natus Vincere on, which is some achievement, as the Ukrainians are known to be kings of that specific map. Whereas everything went well for fnatic on the map against Na´Vi, Moscow Five got the better start, starting from the Terrorists side.
It took some time before fnatic started fighting back against the hard hitting Russians, who at half time had the lead with a 8-7 score line. On the attacking side fnatic found a success to take rounds off the Russians, but only lasting till Moscow Five's Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov stepped it up and locked down the train yard, seeing Moscow Five claim a 16-12.
The second map de_forge, known as a CT favored map, started with Moscow Five continuing where they left off on de_train, dominating fnatic, leading 10-5 at half time, after playing the Terrorists side. Little did it help fnatic switching to the attacking side, starting out by losing the pistol round, Moscow Five took the following two rounds to claim a 13-5 lead. The next round went in favor of fnatic, which seemed to ignite the comeback for the Scandinavian team.
Moscow Five were able to sneak in two rounds in between fnatic winning rounds, making the match go down to the thirtieth round, with Moscow Five leading 15-14. The last round saw Moscow Five win a 2-versus-1 situation against fnatic's captain, awarding them the victory at MSI BEAT IT Russia 2011, winning 16-14 and 2-0 overall.
This is Moscow Five's first big win since winning the Russian WCG qualifier more than two months ago.
In the third place decider, DTS were able to defeat their countrymen from Natus Vincere, winning 2-1 to take third and the $2,500 cheque.
MSI BEAT IT Russia 2011 final standings
1. Moscow Five - $10,000
2. fnatic - $5,000 + SteelSeries prizes
3. DTS - $2,500 + SteelSeries prizes
4. Natus Vincere - $1,000 + SteelSeries prizes
5. AGAiN - $500 + SteelSeries prizes
6. WinFakt - SteelSeries prizes
7. USSR - SteelSeries prizes
8. zNation - SteelSeries prizes
This concludes our coverage of MSI BEAT IT Russia 2011, you will be able to watch several of these teams again next week, when DreamHack Winter will feature the $30,000 MSI BEAT IT tournament.