Moscow Five were crowned winners of ASUS Final Battle of the Year this past weekend in Kiev, defeating KerchNET 2-0 to win the last tournament of the year.
While focus was on the third stage qualifier for IEM6 Global Challenge Kiev, ASUS FBotY took place at CyberZone in Kiev, with 225,000 rubles (equivalent to $7,070) on the line.
In attendance were third place finishers from WCG, Russian team Moscow Five, as well as teams such as DTS, KerchNET and Virtus.pro. A total of sixteen teams participated, starting in a group stage, where eight teams advance to the playoffs.
In round one of the playoffs, a hefty battle between DTS and KerchNET took place, with KerchNET claiming a 2-1 win to move on. Virtus.pro met the Ukrainians from selectah!, who eliminated the Russian team, following a 2-1 victory. In the other side of the bracket, Moscow Five met no resistance to reach the final, defeating snT and Place2Play on their way. KerchNET also made the final, as they won 2-0 against selectah! in the semi-final.
The final started on de_train, with Moscow Five claiming a 1-0 lead, winning 16-13. KerchNET couldn't bounce back on second map de_nuke, as Moscow Five won 16-8 to win 2-0 overall.
"Moscow Five wants to say a great personal thanks to the staff of ASUS Cup (Dmitry Kuznetsov, personally) and ESL Europe as well (Alex Nehr, personally) for the fact that they helped us to solve the schedule of their events, staff of "Kiev CyberSport Arena" and "CyberZone Kiev" internet cafes for their help, also we want to thank our fans for their faith and support – their invaluable contribution to the victories in ESL IEM Kiev qualifier and ASUS Cup FBotY 2011.
Words of gratitude go to mouz and KerchNET teams who were waiting for us, while we were playing on two events. Special thanks go to the Moscow Five players, which despite all circumstances, successfully performed at two major events of the end of December."
In the third place decider match, Russian team Place2Play defeated selectah!, with the final standings for the event looking as listed below.
ASUS Final Battle of the Year final standings
1. Moscow Five - 100,000 rubles ($3,142)
2. KerchNET - 50,000 rubles ($1,571)
3. Place2Play - 30,000 rubles ($943)
4. selectah! - 20,000 rubles ($628)
5-6. snT - 7,500 rubles ($236)
5-6. Virtus.pro - 7,500 rubles ($236)
7-8. DTS - 5,000 rubles ($157)
7-8. Flexiglow - 5,000 rubles ($157)
Furthermore, as a part of the Kingston Trilogy Tour, top three placed Russian teams go the following prizes:
1. Moscow Five - 5 x 120GB Kingston HyperX SSD
2. Place2Play - 5 x 4GB 2133MHz Kingston HyperX Grey
3. Virtus.pro - 5 x 4GB 1600MHz Kingston HyperX Blue
With the end of ASUS FBotY, the eSport year of 2011 concludes tournament wise, but as per usual news and announcements are expected to be made before the year comes to a close.