Day One - Eight SEA Teams Vie for Three Slots in Global Finals Face-off
Day One: The SEA Finals
Eight teams sparred in a double elimination best-of-one bracket, to secure three spots in the Global finals happening on the following day. On top of that eligibility, the best three teams were awarded US$3,000, US$2,000, and US$1,000 individually. The remaining five teams did not walk away empty-handed; each team was given a Steam wallet worth US$300.
The eight teams that contested were:-
- Flash Esports (Singapore)
- Team nxl (Indonesia)
- Legends (Vietnam)
- Team LZ (Malaysia)
- NearlyGod (Thailand)
- GPR (Brunei)
- SMACKDOWN, TNC (both Philippines)
Unfortunately, team Flash Esports from Singapore did not manage to grab a slot to vie for the Global finals. They demolished the lads of TNC with a score of 16-3, but were relegated to the lower bracket by Team nxl (that proceeded to be champions), and were then eliminated by Legends (who later came in second place in the SEA finals).
In the meantime, Team nxl from Indonesia and Team LZ from Malaysia each won their upper bracket semi-final games, while the Vietnamese Legends crushed SMACKDOWN from Philippines 16-1 in the final match at the lower bracket. Because these three teams were assured spots to play in the Grand Finals the next day, it all boiled down to the distinction for first, second, and third positions (which was ultimately Team nxl, Team LZ, and Legends)
Because Team nxl were winners of the upper bracket, they directly qualified for the finals. Legends were also promoted to the finals, after stamping out Team LZ 16-2 comfortably on de_nuke. This also meant that the latter were ranked third, and Legends had to win two matches (whilst Team nxl only had to win a single match) having made their way from the lower bracket.
The Vietnamese went on to defeat Team nxl by the skin of their teeth on de_inferno with a tight score of 16-13. Since the Indonesians (Team nxl) had not lost a single game going into the finals, they have an advantage of a point; the tally between these two teams is now 1-1. The next match on de_nuke would determine the ultimate winner of the SEA finals.
Legends were not able to keep up with their momentum, and slipped 9-15 to Team nxl. However, just as Team nxl were about to seal the deal, Legends managed a rebound, winning six consecutive rounds to force a tie at 15-all, driving the game into extra time. Henceforth, whichever team that could successfully win its first four rounds would be crowned champions. Team nxl did just that, and concluded day one of the tournament by beating Legends 19-16. A close fight indeed!