The Electronic Sports World Championships of 2010 have come to an end, and while many games were played, we of course only focus on Quake Live, as the 14 contestants – some couldn’t make it, were replaced, … – had to battle it out in order to have a chance to take away a nice pot of gold!
Group stage: part 1
Group #1 saw [usa] rapha, [slovenia] CAREEM, [austria] noctis and [germany] k1llsen, but CAREEM didn’t make it to DisneyLand Paris, so it’s down to the North American favourite to show what he’s got against noctis and k1llsen. Two sound victories there leave it up to the Europeans to claim 2nd place. A tense 3-mapper sees noctis claim the spot over k1llsen.
Group #2 lists [spain] Sl1p, [russia] Cooller, [france] strenx and [poland] bodzo. Cooller being the favourite here, does what he does and claims 3 wins in 2:0 games. strenx follows along with two 2:0 games and bodzo claims his game against Sl1p in a 2:1 match.
Group #3: [italy] stermy, [belarus] Cypher, [france] l1nkje and [uk] GaRpY. Another full European group which sees highseeder Cypher secure his 3 wins, stermy going to next round with 2 wins and GaRpY winning the consolation game of this group against l1nkje.
Group #4 features only 3 players, but another North American contestant: [usa] DaHang to hold his own against the likes of [poland] av3k and [sweden] fazz. fazz being the underdog in this group, manages to steal 1 map from DaHang but sees the other 2 maps go to DaHang, who finishes 2nd in this group as av3k beats both players with a 2:0 victory.
Group stage: part 2
Stakes go up as the brackets narrow down to just 8 players divided in 2 groups!
The remaining 4 players for Group A in part 2 are: [usa] rapha, [italy] stermy, [poland] av3k and [france] strenx. rapha slips up against stermy but gets a hold of himself in his games against strenx and av3k, be it not too solid, but it does see him go to next round. strenx unfortunately is eliminated during this round as he lost all 3 maps, but not without a good fight versus both av3k and stermy. Out of the latter 2, only 1 can join rapha in the playoffs and it is av3k who beats stermy, securing 1st spot over rapha in this group.
Group B puts [belarus] Cypher, [russia] Cooller, [usa] DaHang and [austria] noctis in the pit. noctis is pinned against the wall with only 1 map win against Cypher, who does manage to beat Cooller, but loses to DaHang. Cooller in turn wins against DaHang and DaHang beats Cypher. With noctis eliminated, this puts all 3 of them on equal terms in map wins, but it is the for-against scores of the games in between these 3 players that sees DaHang lead this group and Cooller taking 2nd place.
[poland] av3k and [usa] rapha join up with [usa] DaHang and [russia] Cooller in the Semi Finals, but it happens so that the Europeans and North Americans are pitched against each other, which leaves a final that is intercontinental!
It’s only Best of 3 – kind of a weird decision in such a large scale money-supported tournament – but it’s av3k outplaying Cooller on ztntourney1 and qzdm13 that sees av3k secure his spot in the final, and on the other end of the Atlantic Ocean – figuratively then as it’s all happening in DisneyLand Paris – that rapha wins from DaHang in a 2:0 win as well.
3rd place goes to Cooller as in this consolation (hardly with the money attached to the bronze position) match it takes again just 2 mapwins to secure the $2000 for Cooller against DaHang.
But the main event is the Grand Final between rapha and av3k, and it promises to be a good game with rapha needing all his skill to keep av3k at bay in a 7:2 on qzdm13 and a close 6-5 on qztourney7, as such only needing 2 maps which rewards the gold player rapha with $8000 and silver spot av3k with $4000.
If you didn’t catch these finals, have a look in our library as we have the VOD of this great game already available. (I’m sure remaining vods for other games will follow as soon as the streaming teams during the 4 days of ESWC are done processing them.)