Posted 3rd October 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Kazakhstan team AVANGAR wins the most-coveted CSGO minor title this year: the MSI Masters Gaming Arena (MGA) with a $60,000 prize pool. The 2-day event took place at the Barclays Center’s backstage in New York as part of ESL One New York. It featured four teams representing American, European, and CIS regions battling it out in a 5 vs 5 qualifiers.
After a series of 2 open qualifiers, 1 last chance qualifier, and 1 playoff, the MSI MGA saw AVANGAR, compLexity Gaming, Movistar Riders, and euNited dominating their respective regions. The MSI MGA was originally going to feature a team from the APAC region, but 5power cancelled their attendance to prepare for the WESG 2018 China Regional finals, granting a spot to North American team eUnited.
The teams initially faced one another in the lower and upper brackets. Complexity won against Moviestar, while eUnited defeated AVANGAR in the upper bracket. AVANGAR faced Movistar Riders in the lower bracket after losing the first round. Complexity was the first to reach the grand finals and the championship bracket after their overtime wins against the same set of teams in the upper bracket. Shortly after, AVANGAR beat eUnited on their second match to join the grand finals.
In the grand finals, two teams settled on a B01 match in Dust2 after removing Nuke, Overpass, Train, Inferno, Cache, and Mirage on the line-up. Complexity started the game with Aidyn “KrizzeN” Turlybekov’s 3 M4A4 kills on the bombsite B retake and Alexey “Qikert” Golubev’s quick 1 vs 2 clutch while having 3 HP. But AVANGAR quickly grabbed eight rounds on the defense of Dust2 before mounting a solid terrorist side in the second half, coming out winners and closing the game at 16-9.
|Ali “Jame Djami||21-8||+13||91.9||1.53|
|Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov||20-16||+4||93.6||1.29|
|Alexey ‘qikert’ Golubev||19-13||+6||72.8||1.23|
|Bektiyar ‘fitch’ Bahytov||18-15||+3||85.2||1.19|
|Aidyn ‘KrizzeN’ Turlybekov||15-13||+2||58.2||1.04|
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