The third installment of the popular cs_summit tournament in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is in the books following an interesting Grand Final match between NRG Esports and OpTic Gaming.
The more laid-back presentation and casting of cs_summit makes it a hit with fans, but that doesn’t mean that the matches are any less serious to the teams competing in them.
The Grand Final of cs_summit 3, which took place on November 4, saw OpTic and NRG attempting to follow in the footsteps of SK Gaming and Team Liquid to become the third winners of the $150,000 tournament, and it was NRG that eventually prevailed.
NRG Esports had a one map advantage in the best-of-five match due to coming their upper bracket run, but OpTic Gaming came out swinging after defeating Ghost Gaming, compLexity and BIG in 2-0 fashion during their lower bracket run.
The Danes of OpTic drew first blood with a nail-biting 16-14 win on their map pick, Nuke, despite a spirited display from Ethan ‘nahtE’ Arnold and Tsvetelin ‘CeRq’ Dimitrov, but NRG quickly responded with a 16-8 win on Overpass.
OpTic’s star players struggled to show up on Overpass and this trend continued on Mirage as NRG’s Vincent ‘Brehze’ Cayonte steamrolled them with a score of 30-12 and over 143 ADR (average damage per round) on route to a comfortable 16-6 victory.
The win on Mirage secured NRG their first LAN title since IEM Shanghai, and arguably their most impressive one so far given the caliber of the opponents that they faced throughout.
The final placements for cs_summit 3 are as follows:
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