Computer manufacturer iBUYPOWER announced its first event of the year and the third of its kind just over a week ago, the iBUYPOWER Invitational Spring 2017, and now it's over and Cloud9 have been crowned champions. The online series took place from April 1 to April 2 with eight North American teams competing for the lion's share of the $16,000 prize pool.
The online series took place from April 1 to April 2 with eight North American teams competing for the lion's share of the $16,000 prize pool.
With the struggles that have plagued North American Counter-Strike as of late and OpTic Gaming in particular, it was quite surprising to see them make it into the finals. The green wall had been struggling to stay together, leaning heavily towards a crushing fall. The team opened up the event with a 2-0 win over Sean "seangares" Gares' Misfits in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals Tarik "tarik" Celik and co. went up against former in-game leader Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and the men of Team Liquid. Once again the team would get the 2-0 sweep, however, it was an intensely fought battle with both maps finishing 16-14 in favor of OpTic.
Cloud9 has not had as much difficulty in the North American landscape, however, the boys in blue have not had much to show for international appearances for awhile. Cloud9 came out with a sweep of Selfless Gaming which is all over the place with departing players causing the use of stand-ins. Following it up with a victory over Luminosity was a little more difficult as the Brazilian team picked up the second map, Nuke, to force a third. Cloud9 would be able to take the third map rather convincingly and make it to the finals.
Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham led Cloud9 to victory on map one of the finals, finishing with a 30-11 kill-to-death ratio in a 16-8 win. Map two was Mirage and saw a hard fought battle that would go into double overtime, but a 3-0 in the second would set Cloud9 up for the 22-18 win.
The event was absent any team other than a falling OpTic Gaming from the top ten of the WWG CSGO Team Rankings. OpTic fell in this week's rankings, dropping to No. 12. Team Liquid, Cloud9, and OpTic are all representatives of the rankings, although none have been able to compete on the international scene with any success as of late.
The team list for the iBUYPOWER Invitational Spring 2017:
- No. 21 Team Liquid
- No. 12 OpTic Gaming
- No. 17 Cloud9
- Luminosity Gaming
- NRG Esports