EL Gaming named World of Tanks Asia S1 champs

There’s a new World of Tanks champion in the APAC-Asia region, with EL Gaming coming out on top in a surprisingly one-sided Final. In front of a packed crowd at Korea’s Yongsan eSports Stadium (and nearly 10,000 viewers online), the Chinese team defeated Koreans Kongdoo 7-1, taking home AU$82,953 for their efforts.

Deputy Head of Global eSports at Wargaming.net, Mr Alexey Kuznetsov explains:

It’s been a fantastic blur of a weekend with impressive gameplay shown by our teams and the exuberance of our fans! Congratulations to EL Gaming on their tenacity and taking home the championship!

It should have been a closer match. EL Gaming came second in this year’s international Grand Final held in Poland, making them the best-performing Asian World of Tanks team in the world.

Kongdoo, on the other hand, is the team once known as Arete. Under their previous name, the team took home not one, but all three regional championships last season (including the finals Player Attack watched in Seoul), putting them in a very strong position.

However, on Sunday, we’re not sure if everything went wrong for the Koreans, or if the Chinese team were just too strong. Speaking to Wargaming after their win, EL Gaming was already looking to the future:

We hope to make even more of an impression next season. We will strive to maintain our strengths by training constantly, and our goal is to let the world know of our prowess in World of Tanks and be worthy representatives of China and Asia!

There were two other teams who competed over the weekend – Japanese team Caren Tiger (a revamped Charlotte Tiger from the 14-15 matches) defeated the other Chinese entry, Reforn Gaming, with a score of 5-3 to take third place.

This year’s regional World of Tanks finals are arranged slightly differently to last year’s – each of the four teams in the seasonal finals are allocated points for their performance: 4,000 for winning, down to 1,100 for coming third. There will be one more regional final held later this year, with more points allocated – and then the two teams with the most points will be sent to represent APAC at the Grand Finals in 2016.

If you want to be a part of this action, remember: World of Tanks is free-to-play, so all it needs is your time!

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