Cloud9, Team Liquid, Luminosity Gaming, OpTic Gaming, Renegades Misfits and NRG Esports were invited out to the Esports Arena in Santa Ana to compete at the iBUYPOWER Masters.

The eight teams were split into two groups. Group A consisted of Cloud9, Renegades, NRG Esports and Luminosity. Group B consisted of the remaining teams, which were Misfits, OpTic Gaming, Luminosity Gaming and Team Liquid.

In the opening match of Group A, Renegades took on Luminosity Gaming on Cache. It was a relatively simple affair for the North American and Australian mix, finishing their T half 14-1. Luminosity managed to get seven rounds on their T side, but Renegades were able to eventually close it out, finishing the game with a 16-8 scoreline.

Cloud9 squashed NRG on Mirage in a match that ended 16-5.

Luminosity and NRG, both with 0-1 records, went head to head on Train. In a game that finished with back to back 10-5 halves, the teams were sent into overtime. NRG were able to cling onto their tournament life by securing the overtime victory, and sent Luminosity home.

Renegades and Cloud9 were up next, and, thanks to an impressive performance from NAF and jks, the Renegades were able to squeeze past Cloud9, winning the match 16-14 on Mirage, thus securing the 2-0 record for themselves.

Cloud9, with a 1-1 record, had to face NRG to ensure tournament survival and progression into the knockout stages. Cloud9 were able to beat NRG quite comfortably, and secured Mirage with a 16-9 scoreline to progress to the knockout stages.

In the opening match of Group B, OpTic did battle against Counter Logic Gaming. OpTic closed out their CT half on Train with an 11-4 scoreline, and looked set to close it out. However, CLG did not go down without a fight, and managed to get nine rounds against OpTic before the European mix were able to close it out.

Misfits and Team Liquid locked horns on Cache, and, to the surprise of many, Misfits were dominating on the T side of Cache. The French-American mix finished their T half 13-2, and looked set to close it out. Misfits had secured match point on their CT side, but, were unable to stop the comeback mounted by Team Liquid. Liquid secured overtime, and then secured the match with a 19-17 scoreline.

Misfits’ next match was against CLG on Cache, and were able to make it a much more simple affair for themselves, closing out Cache 16-7. As a result of Misfits’ win, CLG were eliminated from the iBUYPOWER Masters.

OpTic and Liquid were next up to do battle, and the battlefield was Mirage. Liquid were dominant on their T side, and finished the half with a 12-3 advantage. OpTic were able to string together six rounds on their T side, but, that was not enough to deter Team Liquid as they closed out the game 16-9 to qualify from their group with a 2-0 record.

With both teams boasting a 1-1 record, Misfits and OpTic had to do battle to decide which team would advance, and which team would be sent home. The first half was close, but OpTic had a one round lead after closing out the first half on Overpass. Misfits were unable to stop OpTic’s T side on Overpass, and the Europeans were able to secure the eight rounds required to get the win. With that, OpTic advanced with a 2-1 record, and Misfits were eliminated.

In the first match of the semifinals, Renegades and OpTic met in a best of three series. The maps in play were Cache and Overpass, with the decider being Train. Renegades beat OpTic 16-7 on both maps, largely thanks to a strong individual performance from Nifty.

The second semifinal match saw Team Liquid do battle against Cloud9 on Inferno, Overpass and Cobblestone. Liquid smacked Cloud9 on Inferno, closing out the first map with a 16-3 scoreline. Cloud9 returned the favour on Overpass, and thrashed Liquid 16-5. The third and final map, Cobblestone, was a bit more of a contest between the two sides. Cloud9 finished the CT half with 8 rounds, and headed into their T half with an advantage of just one round. Ultimately, Cloud9’s T side proved to be too strong for Liquid’s defences, and they closed it out with a 16-11 scoreline to book themselves a match in the grand finals versus Renegades.

Cloud9 started the best of three grand finals strongly, taking Mirage 16-6. The second map, Train, proved to be a more interesting match. Renegades were up 9-6 at the conclusion of their CT side. The North Americans then mirrored that result, finishing their CT half 9-6 to take the North American-Australian mix to overtime. Cloud9 were able to wrap up the match in overtime, ending the map with a 19-16 scoreline.

As a result, Cloud9 were crowned the iBUYPOWER Masters champions.

About The Author

Jonah
Esports - Staff Writer

My first video game was Tonka Construction for the PC. I played that in 2000, at 3 years of age, and have been hooked by video games ever since. I like to dabble in as many games as I possibly can, but nothing can come close to a captivating story, an intense multiplayer experience or a well made RTS game. In 2015, I found what can only be described as passion and love for esports. Now I convey that passion, love and knowledge through articles about esports titles, most notably Counter Strike.