Here’s what you should know about the WePlay Academy League finals, as we break down the teams and the players you should look out for.
The WePlay Academy League finals go offline
We’re a couple of days away from the WePlay Academy League’s offline finals in Kyiv. The league started with eight of Europe and Brazil’s most promising Counter-Strike academy teams. Now, we’re down to the final four fighting for the lion’s share of the $100,000 prize pool.
Only mouz NXT, Young Ninjas, FNATIC Rising, and BIG Academy are left in the competition. They will battle it out in a double-elimination bracket from August 27th to 29th. Here’s a little more on the teams and their players.
The mousesports academy team came out of the online stage as the top team in the league. The team finished with thirteen wins and only three losses. The only team in the offline finals they lost to is Young Ninjas that dominated them 5-16 in Mirage.
In the two months since the team was put together, Ádám “torzsi” Torzsás and Jon “JDC” de Castro have emerged as the team’s stars. torzsi finished the online stage with an excellent 1.23 rating, and JDC popped off with a 53% headshot percentage.
Young Ninjas placed second after falling to FNATIC Rising in Overpass and mouz NXT at Nuke. The Young Ninjas core of Linus “nilo” Bergman, Love “phzy” Smidebrant, and Anton “Sapec” Palmgren have been together for seven months now and the most and arguably the most in-sync and balanced team in the league.
Germany’s BIG Academy lost twice to both Young Ninjas and FNATIC Rising and once to mouz NXT. Despite this, the team still managed a 3rd place finish with nine wins and five losses. Niklas “NIKZEj” Burmeister and Christian “LapeX” Preuß have been with the team the longest.
Nico “Aqua” Kembitzky, Alexander “glaVed” Pletz, and Luca “pr1metapz” Voigt were all brought into the team just before the WePlay Academy League. This new core has been the most consistent, all finishing the online stage with a rating of 1.0 or higher.
The FNATIC Rising roster was only announced the day the WePlay Academy League started. Despite having the least experience of playing together, the new roster managed to secure a fourth-place finish and a seat in the final round of the play-in for the finals.
FNATIC Rising took NAVI Junior down 2-0 after impressive showings on Overpass and Ancient. Iulian “regali” Harjău is the team’s superstar. He finished the online stage with an excellent 1.24 rating, consistently finishing atop the scoreboard after every map.