Team Liquid Defeats Natus Vincere in the MegaFon Winter Clash Finals

Team Liquid have defeated Natus Vincere in the grand finals of MegaFon Winter Clash to claim $150,000 in prize money and their first championship title in the new season.

The event was held on December 7th – 9th in Moscow, Russia. It featured six teams competing for a $300,000 prize pool. First, they played in two round-robin groups with best-of-three series. Then top 1 teams from each group advanced to the winners finals, while the other teams made it to the lower bracket. The playoffs stage featured a double-elimination bracket with all regular matches being best-of-three. The grand final was played in a best-of-five, with the upper bracket winner having a one map advantage.

Both finalists placed first in their groups. In Group A Natus Vincere lost to Team Secret (1:2) and defeated (2:0). Meanwhile in Group B Team Liquid outplayed 2-0 both Forward Gaming and PSG.LGD. In the winners’ finals Team Liquid defeated Natus Vincere with the 2-0 score. In the lower bracket finals Natus Vincere surprisingly managed to defeat the runner-up of The International 2018 PSG.LGD with the 2-0 score. In the grand finals Team Liquid easily outplayed Natus Vincere on two maps in a row – both of them lasted only about 28 minutes.

Group Stage:

Group A Group B
1. Natus Vincere 1-1 3-2 1. Team Liquid 2-0 4-0
2. Team Secret 1-1 3-3 2. PSG.LGD 1-1 2-2
3. 1-1 2-3 3. Forward Gaming 0-2 0-4

Playoffs Bracket:

Tournament Results:

Place $ USD Team
1st $150,000 Team Liquid
2nd $75,000 PSG.LGD
3rd $30,000 PSG.LGD
4th $19,980 Team Secret
5th-6th $12,510 Forward Gaming,
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