BTRG wins eFire Masters League Asia

by Ruben Backx

After weeks of matches, the eFire Masters League Asia comes to a close with BTRG taking first place and the US$3000 prize.

The invite-only league started back in March. Teams like Goodfellas and ExsequoR competed for the US$5500 prize pool in the round-robin regular season. However, it is no surprise which two teams stood out. With Anthony “ImpressioN” Lim at the helm, and stand-in Geniuss BTRG looked poised to win from beginning to end. Meanwhile, the recently formed BlackBird Ignis saw their run reach the finals, where they eventually fell to BTRG.

The standings for the regular season were as follows:

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The top six teams moved onto the single-elimination playoffs. Because they placed at the top of the regular season, BTRG and BlackBird Ignis moved straight on to the semi-finals. The first quarterfinal between Revolution and ExsequoR was a close affair, going the distance on all three maps. In the end, it was Giang “Rambutan” Pham and co. who prevailed, taking the series and knocking out the Singaporeans. The other quarterfinal saw DivisionX progress, winning their game against Team SHIFT.

In the first semi-final, Revolution went head to head with BTRG. While Revolution clinched the first map, BTRG completed the reverse sweep to secure their spot in the grand final. BlackBird Ignis won their semi-final more comfortably, sending DivisionX to join Revolution to fight for third place.

The third-place match was a Vietnamese derby between DivisionX and Revolution. While Revolution looked strong against BTRG, DivisionX stepped up to win the series 2-0 and take their spot in third place.

After weeks of games, the grand final was a suitable ending with an intense three map series. In the end, BTRG were the better team. BlackBird Ignis just didn’t have an answer to BTRG’s firepower. And so, with strong team performance, BTRG won the first season of eFire Masters League Asia.

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The final results of the eFire Masters Asia are as follows:

1st: 🌏 BTRG – $3,000
2nd: 🇯🇵 BlackBird Ignis – $1,500
3rd: 🇻🇳 DivisionX – $1,000
4th: 🇻🇳 Revolution
5-6th: 🇸🇬 ExsequoR
5-6th: 🇻🇳 Team SHIFT
7th: 🇧🇳 Goodfellas
8th: 🇻🇳 SuperOVD
9th: 🇲🇾 1Percent
10th: 🇯🇵 Team DWFN

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