Rave wins MPGL 2014

Rave wins MPGL 2014

Rave wins MPGL 2014

Comments 📅02 December 2014, 21:28


Korea-based Filipino team Rave have proven to be one of the best teams in South-east Asia after winning the MPGL 2014 Grand Finals held in the Philippines last weekend.

The two-day tournament saw 14 of the best teams in the region battling out for a total cash prize of US$28,000.

After a grueling round-robin group stage, home crowd favourites Rave, Arcanys, and Execration managed to book their spot in the Winner Bracket.

The only non-Filipino team managed to reach the semi-finals was Vietnamese squad NVIDIA Aces after springing a huge surprise against tournament favourites Team Malaysia (TM).

NVIDIA Aces punched their way to the Upper Bracket after taking out TM and Singaporeans Insidious Idol in best-of-three matches, but were ultimately shown the exit by Arcanys who beat them 2-0.

The Grand Final between Rave and Arcanys was a best-of-five series, with Rave taking a 2-game advantage as the winners of the Upper Bracket.

Arcanys managed to take one game off Rave via an unorthodox Medusa-Templar Assassin combo, but Rave proved too strong and took the series 3-1.

With their victory, Rave will go home US$17,600 richer, and have climbed to 16th place in the world standings. They also lost only one game throughout the entire tournament.

TM, meanwhile, has continued its slump following the departure of Xtinct (Joel Chan) and Mushi (Chai Yee Fung). Two stand-ins from G-Guard were invited to play for the team in this tournament.

The top-two ranked teams in SEA, Malaysia’s Invasion e-Sports and Singapore’s First Departure, were not featured in the tournament.

Final Standings:

First Place: Rave – $17,667
Second Place: Arcanys – $7,361
Third Place: NVIDIA Aces – $4,417

 

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Adrian "La_DottA" Lai has been involved in the Dota community since he became an administrator for Garena Malaysia in 2006. After two years, he ventured into the world of eSports journalism by becoming a rookie writer for now-defunct website Meet Your Makers. Following a year-long stint, he was invited to writer at various eSports news sites, most notable GosuGamers and joinDOTA. He currently works as a journalist for Malaysian national newspaper New Straits Times, where he writes political news on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter @LaiAdrian and Facebook: fb.com/adrian.lai1