playArt top UMX to win WCG Pan-Am
playArt has managed to win WCG Pan-American games for the third consecutive time, defeating Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert's American squad 2-1 (16-2 de_nuke, 16-19 de_train, 16-14 de_dust2).
Brazilian playArt and Ultimax Gaming USA faced each other first in group A where their match ended in a draw. The Brazilian's better round difference secured them the first place in the group, while Peruvian ArtyK defeated the Canadian squad to top group B.
Semi-finals were absolutely dominated by the two big dogs as well, as playArt only allowed Kory "semphis" Friesen's Canadian squad a mere six rounds over two maps in a best-of-three series on de_inferno and de_train. Ultimax Gaming also quickly demolished ArtyK with a 16-6 win on de_inferno and a 16-2 massacre on de_train, setting up the awaited grand final between Brazil and USA once again.
UMX's swag and n0thing in action in Chile (photo: ESEA News)
Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's team started off on their strongest map de_nuke with a convincing 16-2 win. Second map was de_train where playArt had gamepoint at 15-11, but UMX fought back led by Braxton "swag" Pierce's close to 20 frags counter-terrorist half on the way to an overtime win.
It all came down to de_dust2 where UMX won the opening pistol round. However, a critical mistake in letting go off a defuse by Nazar "steno" Vynnytsky allowed playArt to jump up to an early lead. The two sides continued trading rounds, with playArt leading 9-6 at half.
Pierce scored three kills on the second half's pistol round as well, helping even up the score at nine a piece. Toledo's squad picked up the game however, showing strong defensive play to go up 15-11. Although UMX once again started a comeback, this time it wasn't enough as playArt went on to win 16-14.
WCG Pan-American Games 2012 final standings:
1. playArt (bit, bruno, FalleN, fnx, shemp) - $5,000
2. UMX (kiko, n0thing, sobo, steno, swag) - $2,500
3. ArtyK (BOLA1, durst, Hadrok, Mokoton, Pock) - $1,500
4. Canada (ele1Nt, Grt, lars, semphis, Tee)
This marks the third consecutive win at WCG Pan-Am for the Brazilian squad with Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert being at the other end of that streak each year, unable to win a title for USA.