Acend has secured its spot on EuropesHaloscene with a flawless weekend at HCS Valencia. After seeing off NAVI in a 3-2 victory for the bracket winners, Acend went down in a best of seven that went the distance to reclaim the trophy. With Quadrant seeking for a bracket reset, Acend went on the final map to win 4-3 and closed any chance for doubt to seep in.
NEWS: #HCSValencia22 CHAMPIONS!! What a wonderful run from the team throughout the Weekend, and we have once again proved, we are the best team in Europe! #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/KC14GLtqb4
Due to the recent addition of Respectful in place of Shaady, the legendary roster has been divided. Despite that, a strong sense of passion has now manifested in the hearts of a dominant organization that, by their admission, had begun to face difficulties with their previous lineup.
Acend continued to play defense despite going 2-1 up with about six minutes left on the clock, causing frustration among the Quadrant players as the timer ticked down, causing significant periods of time on the Quadrant side of the map causing damage.
YOU CAN'T TAKE @Lqgend_ pic.twitter.com/r7e59t6Nlf
Quadrants struggled in the following Slayer even more difficult as a result of the frustrating loss in game one. While Sica walked away with a 2.33 K/D to his name, SLG was languished with 16 fatalities and a 0.44 K/D. In realizing that they had to minimize bleeding or risk losing out in the Grand Finals with progressive defeats, Quadrant provided everything for the King of the Hill matchup.
With King of the Hill only being added to the competitive rotation of modes with the release of season 2, a lack of experience for both teams may have contributed to Quadrants benefit. Where Acends aggression usually lends itself to map control in their favor, Quadrant cleaned up their split pushes and isolated targets quickly, putting up the slaying numbers necessary to put Acends ahead.
Sacre Bleu! Quadrant just showed up, and it's @AcendClub 2 1 @Quadrant in Grand Finals https://t.co/l3VBPlIuMK @HCS pic.twitter.com/7Bo5T4cyGL
Acend's fast-paced Oddball win put them on the verge of game, set, and match, but Quadrant again refused to be eliminated. Shad shined under the spotlight of pressure with a 15-9 victory that led Quadrant to a 50-38 victory.
Dreams of a potential bracket reset began to manifest with a new win added to the Quadrants' strongholds. Quadrant advanced from a nearly 100-point deficit to defeat Acend with a 250-204 scoreline, bringing the series to game seven.
@Quadrant is reliant on GAME 7 out of the depths! https://t.co/e5eEldZtkm pic.twitter.com/V2kQJnGMID
Both teams had already secured a dominant Slayer victory at some point previously in the grand finals. Despite their knowledge, Acend knew they could not risk a bracket reset and another series with Quadrants resurgent momentum. Vital mistakes from Quadrant and powerful items from the sandbox in Acend's favor, who won by just four kills to seal their grip on the Valencia trophy.
The whole results for the Acend vs. Quadrant grand final were as follows:
- Game one: Capture the Flag on Bazaar (Acend win 2-1)
- Game two: Slayer on Live Fire (Acend win 50-35)
- Game three: King of the Hill on Streets (Quadrant win 3-1)
- Game four: Oddball on Recharge (Acend win 2-1)
- Game five: Slayer on Catalyst (Quadrant win 50-38)
- Game six: Strongholds on Live Fire (Quadrant win 250-204)
- Game seven: Slayer on Streets (Acend win 50-46)
Throughout the event, all four players from Acend dominated the top 10 leaderboard for K/D ratios, exemplifying their dominance against Europe's fiercest competition. Snipedrone topped that leaderboard with a 1.25 K/D overall, closely followed by Quadrants star player TchiK with a 1.22 K/D. As for the grand finals itself, Lqgend was ahead of leaderboards with 144 kills to his name, the most of
Acend wins the regional finals $100,000 prize prize for the first time. However, they will already be focusing on the approaching Major in Orlando, who hopes to gain momentum from a LAN victory at home into a much greater performance on North American soil.