Kick off for day 3, Grand Final inbound
After an exhilarating weekend full of Rocket League, Cloud9 (SquishyMuffinz and Gimmick) have crowned themselves the Universal Open Season 2 champions and took home $32,500 dollars. Before we get to the Grand Final, however, three other series were played: the last losers round, the upper final, and the lower final.
- Double elimination
- Best of five for all series except the Grand Final, which is best of seven
- No bracket reset for the Grand Final, but the upper bracket team will have a game win advantage
If you want to know how days one and two went, you can find a recap here and here.
Losers round 3
CompLexity vs Ghost Gaming
CoL looked to have no problem with Ghost at first glance. They soundly defeated them 4-1 and 5-2 in the first two games respectively. This meant that in order to win the series, Ghost would have to reverse sweep last year’s runners-up, a feat that had yet be to accomplished this weekend by any team.
Ghost wasn’t just going to roll over though and returned the favor by winning game three 5-4, and game four 5-1, leveling the playing field. The reverse sweep was well underway and Ghost went into game five with the momentum on their side.
CoL seemed to have woken up during the break between game four and five though, as they turned it back around once more, winning 5-2 in the final game and securing a losers final spot.
Ghost Gaming took home $8000 with a 4th place finish.
Final score: 3-2
Almost got the reverse sweep poggers but came short in game 5, ggs @compLexity 4th isn’t bad
— memory (@MemoryRL) August 26, 2018
Cloud9 vs Girls
Squishy and Gimmick versus gReazy and Scrub, a final we dreamt of before the tournament even started. How else could it have ended but with several overtimes and a game five?
Girls came out strong and immediately gave off the vibe that they wanted to do nothing but dominate the strongest opponents possible this weekend. They shut out the North Americans in game one, taking them down 3-0. But C9 wasn’t so easily beaten. Taking game two and three (the latter in overtime), they swung momentum back in their favor.
But it wouldn’t be a final between favorites if Girls didn’t win game four to force a game five, which is exactly what they did with an overtime winning-goal from gReazy. It was going to take one last game then, to decide who would be heading into the grand final with a game win advantage.
Game five ended in favor of Cloud9, sending Girls into the lower final to face fellow Europeans CompLexity: 3-2
Final score: 3-2
Girls vs CompLexity
Mognus and Metsanauris sent out a clear message in game one, winning with a convincing 3-0. They wanted that back-to-back Grand Final, this time taking first place.
This woke up Girls, however, as they bounced back and quite simply took three games in a row with the exact same score to send the two Finns home with $10,000: 4-2
CoL was last year’s runners-up, so any finish below 1st place would be a disappointment for the longest standing duo in the game. Third place, then, won’t feel like a victory to them.
Girls goes through to the grand final for a rematch against Cloud9.
Final score: 3-1
Got 3rd at @UniversalOpen ggs to all the teams we played. Can't wait to get home and grind 3s for the upcoming RLCS season.
— Metsanauris (@Metsanauris) August 26, 2018
Cloud9 versus Girls
Cloud9, being the upper finalist, required just three wins to take the tournament, whereas Girls needed four to crown themselves champions.
Girls came blazing out of the gates and immediately leveled the playing field by winning game one, essentially turning the series into a best-of-five: 1-2. C9 still impressed, however, and even managed a shutout in a close game two: 1-0.
After that, in full Grand Final fashion, wins went back and forth: 1-2 (overtime), 4-2 and 2-4.
In the end, game seven was going to decide who the best 2s team in the world is.
After a tense five minutes, Cloud9 managed yet another clean sheet and took the game 2-0, winning $32,500 and the title of Universal Open Season 2 Champions.
Final score: 4-3
Cloud9 wins their fourth major tournament (regional qualifiers not included). The last thing that remains missing from their resume, then, is RLCS World Champions.
Perhaps next season?
Torment came through to support the team this weekend so here’s a picture of all of us with the trophy, can’t wait to start the 3v3 grind and lift that RLCS trophy with these boys one day. pic.twitter.com/moLbIfLnb8
— NRG Squishy (@SquishyMuffinz) August 26, 2018
Girls, finishing in second place, head home with $20,000. But despite not taking the win, Scrub has once more proven he is much more than a one trick pony. The fifteen-year-old Scotsman has a bright career ahead of himself, starting with RLCS Season 6 next month as part of Renault Vitality.
gReazy also showed he’s back at the highest level. He will replace Metsanauris on CompLexity in their 3v3 roster, and aims to win his second World Championship next season.
Unfortunate loss, well played to @SquishyMuffinz and @Gimmickrl very excited to grind 3s now for next RLCS 👌🏻
— Scrub Killa (@ScrubKillaRL) August 26, 2018
damn, lost to @Cloud9 in the final.. They are so good, GGs and congratulations with the victory in @UniversalOpen !! And GGs to @ScrubKillaRL , great showing and he will be one to watch in this season of RLCS! Thanks for all the support.
— gReazymeister (@gReazymeister) August 26, 2018
Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.