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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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tumblr_mwr8warjqm1rsz1wuo1_1280.jpgIt was a jam-packed day of action on Saturday, as the top competitive teams continued play in the first Call of Duty®: Ghosts tournament at MLG Columbus. By the end of the night, only eight teams remained in the tournament and in the hunt for the MLG Championship!

 

Championship Winners Bracket

compLexity had a lot to live up to as the top ranked team in the tournament, and they backed it up with a solid performance on Day 2. They opened up Round 1 by making quick work of Skyline, winning 3-0 with a 35-5 blowout in Blitz/Fright. UK team TCM-Gaming was waiting in Round 2, an opponent that would take each game to the wire. In a series that included a one point Domination win, an 11th round Search & Destroy, and an overtime in Blitz, compLexity would come out on top in each one to take a hard fought 3-0 sweep.

 

compLexity’s closest competition came in Round 3, where they faced off against EnVy. EnVy handed the team their first losses of the tournament, taking the Domination and Blitz games on Octane. But compLexity would prove just as dominant on the map Sovereign, equaling EnVy with wins in S&D and Domination. That led a deciding S&D/Warhawk game, which would go to a heart stopping 11th round. In the end, compLexity would pull it out to punch their ticket in the Top Bracket Final.

 

 

Team Kaliber would be the other team to survive in the Winners Bracket. After a victory over Epsilon on Friday, tK kicked off Saturday with a Round 2 matchup against Curse Las Vegas. Many had 3rd seeded Curse Las Vegas as favorites to win the entire tournament, but tK would make their mark with a surprising 3-0 sweep.

 

Round 3 brought a matchup with upstart Kelevra Fuse. After losing all of their Domination games on Friday, tK would flip the script Saturday by taking both Dominations from Fuse on their way to a 3-1 victory. For a team known for their great S&D play, another strong Domination performance on Sunday could produce Team Kaliber a championship.

 

Championship Losers Bracket

Six teams from the Losers Bracket toughed it out to move on to Championship Sunday. JusTus Pro and Strictly Business both have valid claims as the "giant killers" of Saturday. Between the two teams, they have eliminated OpTic Gaming, TCM-Gaming, Primal, SoaR, and both Curse teams.

 

Vanquish are strong contenders to look out for, as the UMG Dallas champions hope to add an MLG championship to their resume. 2nd seed 8-12 UNiTE Gaming will also be out to back up their high placement. EnVy and Kelevra Fuse are still alive as well; both eager to earn rematches against the teams that knocked them out of the Winners Bracket.

 

Each of the remaining teams have guaranteed a share of the $50,000 prize pool, but who will come out on top to take the $20,000 1st prize? Watch Championship Sunday action live at MLG.tv and stay tuned to this blog for continued coverage of MLG Columbus 2013!