Champion Sunday arrived at MLG Columbus, as the remaining eight teams battled one last time for a chance at the grand prize. It was a hard fought tournament all the way to the end, but top-seeded compLexity would prevail once again and claim the title of MLG Columbus 2013 Champions!
Sunday’s action began in the Losers Bracket, where all eyes were on JusTus Pro. After knocking off one top team after another on Day 2, JusTus Pro would continue their rampage Sunday with huge wins over both Vanquish and EnVy.
Also shining in the Losers Bracket was 8-12 UNiTE Gaming, who rode a wild wave of momentum on their way to the Finals Bracket. After dropping two maps in their Round 4 matchup against Strictly Business, UNiTE bounced back with three straight wins to take the series. They would follow it up with another three straight against Kelevra Fuse for a Round 5 sweep.
Things would be much different for these two teams in the Finals Bracket though, as both compLexity and Team Kaliber proved why they were the last teams standing in the Winners Bracket.
compLexity would do what no other top ranked team could accomplish: defeat JusTus Pro. In a solid 3-1 series win, coL would take out the “giant killers” and earn their spot in the Championship Match.
Team Kaliber would equal the effort on the other side of the bracket, defeating 8-12 UNiTE Gaming in a similar 3-1 result. UNiTE showed heart in their lone win on Blitz/Octane, but could not contend with tK’s Domination game.
So the best of 7 finals match was set between the two undefeated teams. compLexity would strike first, winning the opening S&D/Sovereign 6-2. It looked like coL would jump out to a 2-0 series lead after taking the first side of Domination/Sovereign by 12 points, but Team Kaliber would come back with a 14 point lead on the second side to tie the series up 1-1. Blitz/Octane was an intense tiebreaker, with the game going to a three-goal overtime round. With less than 1:30 left on the clock, Theory would sneak in a game-winning score and give tK a 2-1 series lead.
compLexity were unfazed though, as they would take two maps in a row to regain the lead. coL’s Crimsix clutched an 11th round to win S&D/Freight and the top-seeded team would follow it up with a strong performance on Domination/Strikezone.
With compLexity one win from the championship, Blitz/Freight turned out to be one of the highlight games in the entire tournament. coL would jump out to a 9-6 lead, keyed by a phenomenal four-piece and cap from Clayster. But Team Kaliber would keep their composure, scoring four straight to take the lead. With the clock ticking down and the game tied 10-10, tK executed a three-man rush towards coL’s base. They would take out all four members of compLexity and score a game-winning goal with only .3 seconds left in the clock!
In the series-deciding S&D game on Octane, compLexity left no doubt as to which team was the best in the tournament. With 11-3 and 10-3 performances by Clayster and Crimsix respectively, compLexity would roll to a 6-1 victory and take the MLG Columbus 2013 Championship!
Here are the final standings from MLG Columbus 2013:
1st ($20,000) – compLexity
2nd ($12,000) – Team Kaliber
3rd ($6,000) – 8-12 UNiTE Gaming
3rd ($6,000) – JusTus Pro
5th ($2,000) – EnVy
5th ($2,000) – Kelevra Fuse
7th ($1,000) – Strictly Business
7th ($1,000) – Vanquish
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