OpTic India, the Indian branch of OpTic Gaming’s CS:GO division defeated last year’s champions, Entity Gaming, to qualify for the Zowie eXTREMESLAND CS:GO 2018 tournament set to take place in Shanghai, China from 18-21 September 2018. Four teams qualified for the India LAN finals which took place at LXG, Bangalore on the 9-10 September 2018. These include Team Brutality, SRA (Slaughter Rage Army), Entity Gaming and OpTic India who eventually won the qualifiers.
Zowie eXTREMESLAND CS:GO 2018
The LAN Qualifiers for Zowie eXTREMESLAND CS:GO 2018 featured a double-elimination format with all matches being decided on the basis of best-of-three. The four teams that made it to the LAN qualifiers were decided by means of Offline Qualifiers which took place from the 25-26th August 2018 at Playmax Interactive, Hyderabad; Global Gaming Cage, Mumbai; Playbox Pro, Jaipur and E-Sports Fight Club, Bhubaneswar. Those who win the Offline Qualifiers then had to duke it out in the Decider Qualifiers which finally resulted in the final four teams which made it to the LAN Qualifiers. The map pool for the tournament included Cache, Dust II, Inferno, Mirage, Train, Overpass and Nuke.
Eight teams made it to the Decider Qualifiers spread across as four teams in the upper and lower brackets, respectively. The upper bracket included Team Invictus, Team Brutality, SRA (Slaughter Rage Army) and Frag Magnets; and the lower bracket included God Particles, JHS, GoFigure and Fatal Squad.
The final four
Out of the eight teams to battle it out in the Decider Qualifiers, OpTic India emerged as seed-1, followed by Entity Gaming as seed-2, Team Brutality as seed-3 and SRA as the final seed. OpTic India was paired up against SRA and Entity Gaming went against Team Brutality in the Upper Bracket of the LAN Qualifiers.
Lukas ‘yB’ Gröning, Agneya ‘Marzil’ Koushik, Sabyasachi ‘Antidote’ Bose, Nikhil ‘forsaken’ Kumawat, Vishal ‘haivaan’ Sharma and Rishab ‘Formless’ Tomar
Bhavin ‘HellRanger’ Kotwani, Anuj ‘Amaterasu’ Sharma, Karan ‘Excali’ Mhaswadkar, Ishpreet ‘Huntr’ Singh, Debanjan ‘Deathmaker’ Das
Slaughter Rage Army (SRA)
Bodhisattwa ‘The Guru’ Panday, Aniket ‘Aflekx’ Ghosh, Swarnadeep ‘Negative’ Mazumder, Kiran ‘Dreamy’ Mistry, Dipayan ‘MaChO’ Das
Ankit ‘Venom’ Panth, Varun ‘spy’ Mehta, Aakash ‘Rix’ More, Arun ‘Juventa’ Kandpal, Jay ‘fox’ Shah
The battle of the final four
OpTic India defeated SRA in a match up that was played on Overpass (picked by OpTic) and Dust II (picked by SRA) with OpTic India winning on both maps 16-4 and 16-9, respectively. This put them into the upper bracket finals of the LAN Qualifiers. Next we saw Entity Gaming go against Team Brutality on Overpass and Cache as the map of choice for either teams with Dust II as the decider map should the match progress to round 3. Entity Gaming won both maps with the first matchup on Cache ending in a 19-17 finish and while Overpass was mostly in Entity’s favour which they ended up winning 16-6. This put Entity Gaming in the upper bracket finals against OpTic India.
With SRA and Brutality having lost in the upper brackets, the two had to fight it out in order to progress in the lower bracket. SRA beat Brutality in both matches by scoring 16-11 and 16-9, respectively. This was the end of the road for Brutality and SRA had to go against Entity Gaming in the lower bracket finals to decide the second finalist. Unfortunately for SRA, Entity won both matches which were played on Overpass and Dust II. Thus, SRA became the second team to exit the tournament and Entity Gaming became the second finalists.
ZOWIE EXTREMESLAND CS:GO 2018 FINALS
The Indian LAN finals were played between OpTic India and Entity Gaming. OpTic had the Champion’s advantage since they had been unbeaten in the tournament thus far while Entity had to rough it out in the lower bracket after their initial loss to OpTic India in the upper bracket finals. OpTic India picked Inferno as their map of choice and Entity went with Overpass which was to be the first match of the finals.
The match started out in a rather one-sided fashion as OpTic India as the Counter-Terrorists kept on winning till they raked up a 6-0 lead against Entity who were the Terrorists. However, Entity turned the tables on OpTic to regain some ground as they closed the gap to 6-4. By the end of the first half, OpTic managed to retain their lead at 9-6.
The second half saw OpTic continuing their winning streak as they widened the gap to 12-6 before Entity managed to mount a recovery and gained a lead against OpTic India for the first time in the entire match by getting the score up to 12-13, in Entity’s favour. What followed next was a series of neck-and-neck rounds that saw the match shifting back and forth between the two teams before OpTic India managed to equal the score in the 30th round, thus, pushing the match into overtime. This meant that the first team to win 19 rounds would be the winner unless of course, both teams equal up in the 36th round. To get an idea of how ridiculously close the rounds were, we’ve put down the actual progression below.
OpTic India 12-13 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 13-13 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 13-14 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 13-15 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 14-15 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 15-15 Entity Gaming
With both teams fully aware of what’s at stake, the fight intensified even further as each team tried their best to retain their lead. This continued further till both teams were equaled at 17 wins each.
OpTic India 16-15 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 16-16 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 16-17 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 17-17 Entity Gaming
Then came the deciding last rounds at the either team’s score inched towards 19.
OpTic India 18-17 Entity Gaming
OpTic India 19-17 Entity Gaming
OpTic India clinched the first round to move the match 18-17 in their favour. Given how close the two teams were, we were expecting Entity to take back that lead as both teams had all their weapons but OpTic had the monetary advantage while Entity didn’t have a full buy. This, unfortunately, would work against them as Entity Gaming lost one player after the other as OpTic chased them down. The match ended with OpTic India being crowned the winners of the Indian LAN Qualifiers of Zowie eXTREMESLAND CS:GO 2018.
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