Congratulations to Chinese team EL Gaming for taking out the first Wargaming League World of Tanks Pacific Rumble over the weekend. The tournament saw the three best Asian teams face off against the two best from North America, and it came down to the wire, with EL Gaming narrowly defeating US team Noble eSports 7:5.
As predicted, it was a stunning afternoon of eSports. The final game was effectively a rematch – EL Gaming and Noble had met up in the opening match of the day, a Tier X World of Tanks showcase game that saw the Americans take home the gold.
In the tournament proper, Korean stalwarts Kongdoo (formerly Arete) were knocked out in the first round by Japanese wildcard Caren Tiger, who were no match for US favourites Noble. Meanwhile, EL Gaming made quick work of US team High Woltage Caballers, and went straight through to the finals.
In a picture-perfect NA vs APAC finals, EL Gaming took a quick lead, but Noble left their strong comeback run just a little too late, and the Chinese team easily took out the best-of-13 challenge. It’s just the latest in a big year for EL Gaming – in April, the team came second in the international World of Tanks Grand Finals, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
EL Gaming takes home $45k of the $100,000 prize pool, proving yet again that playing video games can actually be a decent career, if you’re good enough.
Our own Punkley was in Tokyo, watching all the World of Tanks action live – expect a full report on Player Attack soon!