China’s EL Gaming has continued its quest for world domination, after defeating Japanese team B-Gaming in today’s World of Tanks Season 1 Finals in Sydney’s ESL Studios. It was Wargaming League’s first event on Australian soil, but unfortunately the homeground advantage wasn’t enough for Team Efficiency, who were knocked out in the first game of the day.
Earlier in the day, EL Gaming made quick work of Team Efficiency, with the Chinese team taking out the Aussies 7:2. The local team fought valiantly but were no match for the reigning champs, who hadn’t lost a single game all season and showed no signs of breaking that streak.
The second semi-finals were a much closer affair – Korean team Meltdown were the hot favourites going up against B-Gaming, and early on, things looked like they were going as predicted. But then, despite the seemingly unsurmountable 4:1 odds, Japan pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in World of Tanks history. With Meltdown sitting on match point, B-Gaming won match after match, forcing a tiebreaker round and eventually winning 7:6.
And then it was time for the best of 13 grand final – B-Gaming took a quick lead, before EL Gaming picked up the pace and won the next two matches. From then, it was a case of back and forth, with each point scored matched by the other team until EL Gaming broke away – again – with a two-point lead. Taking the final to matchpoint, the Chinese team chipped away at the Koreans on Ruinberg before winning the final match with one glorious blast, 7:4.
The winners now take home US$100K and the chance to compete in next year’s International Grand Finals. The other teams head back to lick their wounds and prepare their approach for APAC Season 2.