Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 Round-Up

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Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 concluded dramatically as three of the four new teams won their respective finals in FIFA 18, Rocket League and Street Fighter V. Here we roundup the action from finals weekend.

FIFA 18

Unlike the other games, the FIFA 18 branch of the Elite Series still had its semi-finals to play and, in the second leg of the first semi-final, the crowd saw what was arguably the game of the series.

After Team Envy’s Marvyn “Aero Robert had defeated AS Roma Fnatic’s Conran “Rannerz Tobin 1-0 in the first leg, it came down to tournament standout Simon “Zimme” Nystedt to rescue the situation for the Elite Series newcomers. Up against FUT Champions Cup runner-up Philipp “Eisvogel” Schermer, the Swede found himself and his team heading out of the tournament, but with just seconds left on the clock, he managed to score to force the game to extra time. As the game headed towards the end of extra time, Eisvogel found himself in front again with seconds left to play only for Zimme to score another equaliser to take the game to penalties, which he subsequently won 3-1.

Pre-tournament favourites UNILAD Esports took on Method in the second semi-final. Nathan “Zelonius Horton took the first game 2-1 over Shaun “Shellz” Springette, but reigning FIFA Interactive World Cup champion Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing beat Steven “Pricey” Price 3-0 in the second leg to secure a 4-2 aggregate win.

The FIFA 18 would be determined over three legs, and the first match saw something of a surprise concerning both the line-up and the result. Tassal “Tass” Rushan took the place of Gorilla to make his Elite Series debut in the final, knowing that a win would secure his place at the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup. With Gorilla already qualified for the tournament, Tass took his spot and facedoff against Rannerz, but the Irishman was in no mood to repeat his semi-final performance. Fnatic held on for a 3-2 win to setup a tantalising game between Shellz and Zimme with the Swede winning 4-2 to clinch the inaugural Elite Series FIFA 18 title for AS Roma Fnatic.

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Per a bet made earlier in the series, AS Roma’s Zimme had an impromptu haircut in the Gfinity Esports Arena to the likeness of one of the FIFA 18 players to the delight of the onlooking crowd. After receiving the haircut, made famous by Ronaldo at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Zimme said:

“I hate it, and I know my girlfriend probably won’t be happy with it, but I am a man of my words.”

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Rocket League

Saturday afternoon saw the Rocket League final take place between Team Envy and Renault Vitality. Ultimately, it was the much-fancied Vitality who claimed the championship after an impressive 4-1 win the best-of-seven match.

The game started positively for Envy who took the first game 3-0, but the experience of Vitality, coached by former Gfinity caster Mike “Gregan” Ellis, showed as the games came and went, winning the next four to take the title. It was not plain sailing for the French side, as having won game two 3-1, the next three all went into overtime and the intense pressure of a first-goal-wins scenario.

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Ultimately the skill and persistence of Victor “Fairy Peak” Locquet, Philip “Paschy90” Paschmeyer and top-scorer Sandro “FreaKii Holzwarth was the deciding factor as Vitality managed to win each of the games which went into overtime. In an interview after the match, Vitality’s Paschy90 said:

“We could not be happier to have won the Elite Series. There was some really tough competition this season, and everyone put their heart and souls into fighting for their team week in and week out. We can’t wait to battle it out again next season!”

The series win continued Renault Vitality’s success in Rocket League after its roster secured a place in the RLCS European Playoffs.

Street Fighter V

The Street Fight V final saw two more of the newcomers to the Elite Series – Fnatic and Nordavind – battle it out for the prestigious title. Nordavind was the team to watch up to this point in the competition as the Norwegian outfit stormed to five victories from six games including four 4-0 whitewashes. Fnatic had hit form at the right time, knocking out Season 2 champions Team Envy in the semi-finals.

In the end, Nordavind were too powerful for Fnatic, with star-performer Arman “Phenom” Hanjani the standout yet again as his two wins helped his side to a 4-1 victory. The 22-year-old’s win also saw him finish the tournament undefeated, an impressive performance considering the hype around his arrival. After the win, Phenom said:

“The last eight weeks have been so much fun and a real learning curve for all of us at Nordavind. We have gone up against some of the world’s best Street Fighter players, and we have grown professionally and as a team so this really is the best feeling ever to have won.”

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Commenting on the future of the Gfinity Elite Series upon the conclusion of Season 3, Tom Halls, Head of Strategic Development & Franchises at Gfinity said:

“This season has undoubtedly been bigger and better than ever before. Each of the three winning teams have fought hard and trained tirelessly to become worthy winners in their division for this season. We’ve seen the highest standard of gameplay and have been delighted to welcome new teams from across Europe to compete in the Elite Series. We can’t wait to see new and returning talent again in Season 4”.

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