E-Sport Weekend Round-Up (14th December)
Last week's Gfinity had a lot of interesting results and a few upsets, but this week's went far closer to plan for the major teams.
FlipSid3 Tactics, having been demoted to #2 in the EU power rankings following their 3rd round exit last week, had a lot to prove this week. They didn't have a particularly easy run, either. The new-look Supersonic Avengers and Crown & Jewels (formerly PeaceHater) stood between them and the final, but they didn't have too much trouble getting past either, 3-1 being the score line in both games.
SK Gaming didn't have too easy a path to the finals either. They fell in the semi finals last week to myXMG, but they get their own back with a 3-1 quarter final win this time around. To get there, SK had already registered a dominant victory over Noble eSports in the fourth round with a three game sweep. Their semi-final against Comrade Gaming didn't cause them too many problems either, which set up a Flipsid3 Tactics vs SK Gaming final.
SK were looking to solidify their #1 spot, and FlipSid3 were looking to take it back. Without many other major tournaments on over the weekend, there was an air of expectation that the winner of this match would probably take the top spot, and FlipSid3 eventually ran out 4-2 winners. Will they return to the top spot? I'd hazard a guess that they will, but that remains to be seen. Keep an eye on Reddit for the EU power rankings soon!
ESL EU Cup #20
The ESL EU Cup seems to have become the sole property of Crown & Jewels of late. Only two teams are better than them if you agree with the power rankings, and those teams (FlipSid3 and SK) rarely participate in ESL tournaments. Six victories later, largely against lesser known teams, the #1 seeds were in the final.
Asides from PeaceHater, there were quite a few contenders. Supersonic Avengers have been performing very well of late, but they suffered an unexpected RO16 defeat to Manteca_FC. Team Rocket lost to Swedish team Underkovert in the same round, and last week's finalists The 3 Musketeers lost out to Wrecking RL too. Spectral fell to No Idea, and myXMG lost to the eventual finalists Gold Rush.
As was possibly expected, PeaceHater / Crown & Jewels took the final with a clear-cut 4-1 victory and won their 4th ESL EU Cup in a row.
ESL NA Cup #20
A lot of the top ten teams seemed to be seeded onto the same side of the bracket this week. The likes of Nexus, Orange Creamsicle and SnK Apollo were all on the lower half of the bracket, and as such some of them went home earlier than we might have expected. In the round of 32 we saw defeats for both SnK Apollo and Orange Creamsicle. SnK lost to Ignition Gaming, and Orange Creamsicle were defeated (perhaps expectedly) by Nexus. Nexus continued onto the final with victories over Divine Entity and then Moon Men.
The other half of the bracket featured fewer top ten teams, with Mad Magic 2.0 being the only power ranking representative there. They were defeated by Turbulence in the round of 16, who were then defeated by Failure To Launch in the quarter final. In turn, FTL then lost to Redline: Shockwave in the semi final, setting up a Nexus vs Redline final. Redline Shockwave put up a good fight and took two games off of Nexus, but Nexus ran out ESL NA Cup winners once more.