TYLOO Win Starladder/ImbaTV Invitational ChongQing

by Nikhil Hathiramani

TYLOO secures their first victory with their new line-up

Over the weekend, Chinese side, TYLOO, won the StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Chongqing 2018 with a 2-0 victory over Spirit in the grand final (16-11 Inferno, 16-13 Overpass).

The two finalists had very interesting roads to the final, with slightly shaky starts. In Group A, TYLOO lost their opening match to Korea’s MVP PK, 16-9 on Cobblestone. The Chinese then came back during the elimination stage after crushing SZ Absolute on two quick maps, giving up just five rounds total against the Japanese side. This momentum kept up as they dispatched Vega Squadron 16-8 and 16-5 on Inferno and Mirage, sending the Russians packing and securing their spot in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, in Group B, Spirit opened with a victory against China’s Flash Gaming. Although getting crushed by AGO in the winners match, 16-6, the CIS team went on to dominate Singapore’s B.O.O.T-Dream[S]cape in the decider match, 16-5 and 16-7 on Mirage and Cobblestone respectively. With that, Spirit moved on to the playoffs to face Group A winners, MVP PK.

Both TYLOO and Spirit showed their persistence in the playoff stages, with TYLOO’s match against AGO hitting double overtime on the first map. The Koreans in MVP PK put up a fight in map one against Spirit, but were unable to close it out, losing 16-14 on Mirage. With this loss, Spirit had an edge on their map pick, Nuke, and went on to eliminate MVP PK with a score of 16-8.

While the grand-final was a hotly contested game on both maps, it was a stellar performance by HaoWen ‘somebody’ Xu kept the Chinese side alive. TYLOO eventually pulled through, in the end, defeating Spirit on 16-11 on Inferno and 16-13 on Overpass and crowing themselves Champion.

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The final standings are as follows:

  • 1st ?? TYLOO – US$ 75,000
  • 2nd ?? Spirit – US$35,000
  • 3rd ?? AGO – US$15,000
  • 4th ?? MVP PK – US$10,000
  • 5th – 6th ?? B.O.O.T-Dream[S]cape – US$4,500
  • 5th – 6th ?? Vega Squadron – US$ 4,500
  • 7th – 8th ?? SZ Absolute – US$ 3,000
  • 7th – 8th ?? Flash Gaming – US$ 3,000

Cover photo courtesy of HLTV.ORG

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