Denial eSports pose with their championship check. From left to right: Tommy "ZooMa" Paparatto, Renato "Saints" Forza, Jeremy "StuDyy" Astacio, Chris "Replays" Crowder
In one of the most unpredictable tournaments of the year, it was fitting that Denial eSports would top all others to win UMG Dallas 2014. They may not have been on many people's radar going into the weekend, but Denial certainly proved their abilities with the tournament win and the $10,000 top prize.
After beginning the day with a 3-0 sweep of Noble.Vanquish, Denial eSports entered the Winners Bracket final in what would be their first of two matchups against EnVyUs. EnVyUs had yet to drop a map in the tournament, and looked to continue that streak after an opening win on Strikezone/Domination. But Denial would shock everyone with three straight wins in a row, taking the series and sending EnVyUs to the Losers Bracket.
EnVyUs would bounce back strong with a 3-1 showing against OpTic Nation in the Losers Bracket final. Despite allowing OpTic Nation to come back on Octane/S&D, EnVyUs sealed a series victory with tightly contested wins in the following Blitz and Domination match.
That made the Grand Finals a rematch between Denial eSports and EnVyUs. The format was a pair of Best of 5's, with Denial eSports only needed to win the first Best of 5 to take the Finals; EnVyUs having to win two series because they came from the Losers Bracket.
Denial left little doubt though that they were the better team on this day, improving on their earlier performance against EnVyUs with a straight 3-0 sweep. They set the tone immediately with a 67-point win on Domination, and maintained control throughout the S&D and Blitz games.
Congratulations to Denial eSports and its players on their first LAN win!
Here are the final placings from UMG Dallas 2014:
1st: Denial eSports ($10,000)
2nd: EnVyUs ($4,000)
3rd: OpTic Nation ($3,000)
4th: OpTic Gaming ($2,000)
5th: Most Wanted ($1,000)
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