Finnish representatives Havu Gaming emerged on top of the 26 participating countries at the CS:GO division of the IeSF World Championship 2018 CS:GO held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The tournament’s 10th iteration began with the elimination group stage dividing the 26 participants into eight groups. Notable names that topped their groups include Australian Ground Zero, Romanian Nexus Gaming, Aequus Club from Israel, Japanese squad SZ Absolute, Philippine’s TNC Pro Team and FrostFire from Malaysia.
10 teams were also immediately eliminated at the grudge best of one matches that include AaB esport from CS hotbed Denmark, Vietnamese team Revolution and Swedish org LANGUDAR that was consisted by Georgian players.
The playoffs turned out to be a best of three 16 team single elimination bracket. HAVU went on to take down Serbia’s UltiCoin, Portuguese Giant Gaming and Nexus to book a date with eventual runner ups Flow from another CS center Sweden.
Flow came to the playoffs as a runner up in their groups but it did not stop them from winning over APAC teams SZ Absolute, Ground Zero and Thai group Beyond Esports to set the grand final date versus the Finns.
Havu came in as an established organization already which gave them a slight edge over Flow and the results seem to reflect the difference. The BO5 showdown went on to be a lopsided win for the Finns as they took care of Flow by winning all three maps without letting the Swedes breaking to the ten point barrier (16-6 Dust2, 16-4 Cache, 16-8 Train).
Battle for third place
The tournament’s third place decider meanwhile was won by Nexus Gaming who beat India’s Team Invictus and Aequus Club before falling victim to the champions. The group F top placer faced their runner up counterparts Beyond in a BO3 with the Romanians winning 2-1 (16-14 Dust2, 2-16 Mirage, 16-12 Cache). The sorry loss for Beyond who took down TNC and Frostfire at the playoffs caused them the cash prize that will only be awarded to the top three teams of the tournament. Nexus wins $4,000 USD from their match.
Havu Gaming takes home $10,000 USD while the Swedes will settle for $6,000 USD.