Vega Squadron punctuate their lower bracket run in the Perfect World Masters CIS Qualifier with a 2-1 upset against Team Empire in the Grand Finals.
Perfect World Masters CIS Qualifier Recap
In between Virtus.Pro’s quick return to form and Natus Vincere’s early-season surge, life for CIS teams have not been easy.
With the former choosing to skip the Perfect World Minor and the latter looking vulnerable lately, however, this looked like Team Empire and Team Spirit’s chance to finally qualify for a LAN.
Unfortunately, Team Spirit would find their LAN dreams dashed early by Double Dimension and Effect. Meanwhile, Team Empire seized the golden opportunity, sweeping M19 and Gambit Esports before sending Natus Vincere to the lower brackets.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) September 30, 2017
Up against the underdogs, Vega Squadron, in the lower bracket finals, Natus Vincere supposedly already had a free path to getting a rematch with Team Empire. Instead, though, they’d find themselves eliminated 2-1 — a couple of questionable late-game decisions spelled the end for Natus Vincere’s bid for a third tournament berth.
That was not the last upset Vega Squadron would pull off in a single day.
After dropping Game 1 of the BO3 Grand Finals of the Perfect World Masters CIS Qualifier, Vega Squadron would storm back in Games 2 and 3; core players, Sergey Alexandrovich ‘G’ Bragin and Ilya ‘ALOHADANCE’ Korobkin, were both instrumental in helping secure Vega Squadron the series.
The First of Many (???)
- Illya ‘ALOHADANCE’ Korobkin
- Sergey ‘G’ Bragin
- Vasily ‘AfterLife’ Shishkin
- Airat ‘Silent’ Gaziev
- Semion ‘CemaTheSlayer’ Krivulya
Formed back in April, the current Vega Squadron lineup was one of the rare few left untouched by the recent shuffle. Even more surprising is the fact that their captain, CemaTheSlayer, has been with the team since its earlier days back in 2014.
Never seen as the biggest threats in the CIS region, Vega Squadron have nevertheless enjoyed a couple of good runs. They once won ESL One New York back in 2015, taking down Team Secret 2-1.
For the better part of the last two years, however, Vega Squadron has taken a backseat to the likes of Natus Vincere, Team Empire, and Virtus.Pro.
Here’s to hoping that will not be the case this season.
Here we go! I'm super stoked to be part of this squad, can't wait for the season to begin in earnest 🙂 https://t.co/KZHrqRfnw7
— Muriëlle ''Kips'' Huisman (@Kipspul) September 8, 2017
Bolstered by the addition of famed coach and analyst Murielle ‘Kipspul’ Huisman, Vega Squadron have slowly improved in recent weeks.
While winning the Perfect World Masters CIS Qualifier comes with a caveat, a win is a win. Besides, if they keep on improving, who knows just how many more tournaments they can qualify for this season?
Historically known for doing well against Chinese teams, do you think Vega Squadron can continue the CIS tradition come Shanghai ni November? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.