champ.jpgEnVyUs pose with their Gfinity G3 check and trophy next to team owner Mike "Hastr0" Rufail.

 

Gfinity G3 came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday, as eight teams battled it out in a pressure-packed single-elimination tournament. In the end, it was EnVyUs that would come out on top to claim the $30,000 top prize and the title of Gfinity G3 champions!

 

Here is a recap of Sunday's action at Gfinity G3:

Quarter-Finals

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FaZe celebrate after their upset win against Evil Geniuses in the Quarter-Finals.

 

The Quarter-Finals were filled with upsets, as several contending teams from Saturday failed to put it together on Sunday.

 

The closest matchup of the day was between Epsilon eSports and OpTic Gaming. OpTic Gaming would take a 2-1 map lead after a last-second cap in Blitz/Octane. But Epsilon would come out victorious in the last two games, capped by a 6-0 victory on S&D/Warhawk. Europe's last hope stayed alive, while OpTic Gaming exited the tournament out of the top 8 and the prize pool.

 

Perhaps the only favored team to survive the Quarter-Finals was EnVyUs, who stayed perfect in the tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Team Curse. Team Curse put up a fight in an 11-all tie on Blitz/Freight, but EnVyUs would close out the series with a 20-14 win on the map replay.

 

In what was expected to be a close matchup, OpTic Nation instead had little problem in their 3-0 win against Team Kaliber. OpTic Nation's Richard "Ricky" Stacy and Marcus "Mirx" Carter both had a great series, as they closed out tK in a close 16-15 win on Blitz/Octane.

 

While they showed signs of weakness in their Saturday performance, few could have foreseen Evil Geniuses getting swept out of the Quarter-Finals. FaZe were up to the task however, as they came out on top in every map against the two-time Gfinity champions. Finishing in the 5th/8th grouping, this is the worst placing ever for Evil Geniuses' core three players.

 

Semi-Finals

Epsilon SF.JPGThe only remaining European team on Sunday, Epsilon eSports made it to the Grand Finals after a 3-1 win against FaZe.

 

The first Semi-Finals matchup saw EnVyUs going up against OpTic Nation. The story of the series was the Domination matches, both of which saw EnVyUs go up big and OpTic Nation fighting for a late comeback. The "Boys in Blue" would hold on in both games however, helping lead to their 3-1 series win and a place in the Grand Finals.

 

Joining them would be Epsilon eSports, who took out FaZe 3-1. In one of the more impressive victories of the day, Epsilon ended the series with an over 70-point win on Domination/Octane. The only European team entering Sunday's action, Epsilon eSports managed to make it all the way to the Grand Finals.

 

Grand Finals

So for the third straight time at a Gfinity tournament, the Grand Finals saw a North American team facing off against a European team. For EnVyUs, it was another opportunity to overcome their "2nd place curse," which has seen the team come up just short at major championships. For Epsilon, who have proven themselves numerous times within the European scene, it was a chance to finally claim a championship against a field of North American teams.

 

The first map was closely contested, as Epsilon jumped out to an eight-point lead in the first half of Domination/Strikezone. EnVyUs' Matt "Formal" Piper would lead his team to victory on the second side though, dropping 33 kills in total to seal a 154-137 win.

 

Moving to S&D/Warhawk, EnVyUs would start out red-hot with a commanding 5-0 lead. Epsilon put together three straight round wins, but nV would close it out 6-3 to take a 2-0 series lead.

 

That led to Blitz/Freight, where it was nV's Joseph "Merk" Deluca's time to shine. The captain and objective specialist did it all, collecting a 16-6 kill/death while putting in five Blitz caps on the first side. EnVyUs would end with a 24-9 win to take the game, series, and Gfinity G3 championship!

 

NV Finals.JPGHugs and high fives all around as EnVyUs celebrates their championship win against Epsilon eSports.

 

Here are the final standings from Gfinity G3:

1st: EnVyUs ($30,000)

2nd: Epsilon eSports ($15,000)

3rd/4th: FaZe, OpTic Nation ($5,000)

5th/8th: Team Curse, Evil Geniuses, Team Kaliber, OpTic Gaming

9th/12th: Exertus eSports, Team Infused, TCM Gaming, Team Vitality

 

Congratulations again to EnVyUs and all of the teams that placed in the money!

 

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