Sydney, Australia - September 26th, 2016 – VG.CyberZen have won the eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CS:GO 2016 tournament series and claim $40,000 in prize money, after defeating the Renegades 2-1 in a memorable Grand Final series in Shanghai, China.
The eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CS:GO 2016 saw 16 of the best teams in the Asia-Pacific region complete for a share of US$100,000. The Renegades were invited to represent Australia in the tournament series.
The Renegades opened their eXTREMESLAND campaign against China’s EHOME on Train. Following a 14:1 half on their CT side, the Renegades claimed victory just four rounds later with a 16:3 victory over EHOME. In the Group C Winner’s bracket, history looked to repeat itself against NXL, with another 14:1 first half on Train. The Australian boys took the next two rounds and claimed victory against the Indonesian side, with the final score 16:1 on Train.
In the Quarter Finals, Renegades faced off against MiTH from Thailand in their first best of three of the tournament. MiTH opted to ban Train, allowing Renegades to select Nuke, which was heavily banned against them in the early stages of the tournament. After an 8:7 half on Nuke, the Renegades T-side proved too strong for their opponents, with the Aussies claiming a 16:8 victory. The Renegades took their momentum into Dust II, claiming a 16:9 victory and sealing the 2-0 win and a spot in the Semi Finals.
In the first Semi Final matchup, the Renegades met Mongolia’s The MongolZ. Following The MongolZ decision to ban Nuke, the Renegades took advantage by once again selecting Train. In what can only be described as an absolute massacre, the Renegades claimed a flawless 16:0 victory over MongolZ on Train. The Mongolian team had something to prove coming in to the second map, Mirage, posting a 8:7 lead at half time. The Renegades finished strong with a 16:12 win over The MongolZ, and securing their spot in the eXTREMESLAND Grand Final.
VG.CyberZen also looked impressive throughout the group stages, sealing decisive victories against Vietnam’s Rebellion (16:1 on Cache) and MiTH (16:4 on Cobblestone). In their semi-final stage, they shut out NXL 2-0 with wins on Cobblestone (16:6) and Dust II (16:13).
In an unexpected turn of events, VG.CyberZen were forced to forfeit the first match of their semi-final against dream[S]cape from Singapore, after the team failed to adhere to the scheduled timing of their first match. After starting one map down in the best of three, VG.CyberZen fought back to claim victories on Cache (16:9) and Overpass (16:9) to secure their position in the Grand Final match against the Renegades.
The stage was set for an epic Grand Final series between the Renegades from Australia and VG.CyberZen of China. Despite a 48-5 Win-Loss ratio on Train this tournament, the Chinese side opted to ban Nuke over Train against the Australians, with Dust II and Cobblestone the remaining two maps. Both teams fought hard on Train, which ended in a 16:13 to the Renegades. Dust II saw TB and Savage post some big scores on the side of VG.CyberZen, allowing them to take the map 16:12. Unfortunately for the Renegades, VG.CyberZen took their momentum into the third map, their CT side proving impenetrable for the Renegades. In a well earned victory, VG.CyberZen took the series and the tournament with a 16:11 on Cobblestone.
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