Wings Up Secure Asia Spot for FunSpark ULTI 2020

by Nikhil Hathiramani

After 5 weeks of play, the Chinese squad led by Hui “DD” Wu qualified over Bren Esports in the grand finale of the FunSpark ULTI 2020 – Asia Qualifiers

The FunSpark ULTI 2020 is the first LAN event of this scale in China since the pandemic hit earlier this year. Featuring a $300,000 prize pool, the main event is scheduled for December 1st – 6th in a yet to be disclosed location.

Four invited teams, including FURIA and TYLOO, will be joined by the four qualified teams from Europe, North America and Asia. The Asian qualifiers, which concluded on October 14th, saw Wings Up (formerly OneThree) take the slot over the Philippines’ Bren Esports.

Group stage play for the qualifier began on September 7th with top contending teams like TIGER, ViCi, Invictus, and Beyond Esports making an appearance. The double-elimination GSL format groups were all played in a best-of-three (BO3) series, with drama and storylines staining the brackets in both groups.

In Group A, Singapore’s team HuatZai was disqualified after Nigel “spielz” Aw was issued a false VAC Ban, a situation which is yet to be resolved. Unfortunately, in light of the ban and the tournament rules, the team was unable to play their lower-bracket match against Beyond, giving the Thai team a free pass to face China’s ‘Let’s Quit’. The boys from Beyond ultimately fell to ViCi 2-1 in the lower bracket finals of group A.

In Group B, the top Mongolian side, TIGER, was upset by fellow Mongolian team, D13, and finished the event with a 9-11th placing. Losing to Invictus in their opening match, Bren Esports managed to triumph in every game after, making it all the way to the group B finals, and ultimately, getting revenge on Invictus. The all-Filipino roster beat the Chinese side 2-1, securing their spot in the final.

The grand final match-up was a fresh look for Asian Counter-Strike and a strong Bren challenged Wings Up to three maps in the grand final. After losing out to DD and co. on Nuke, Bren equalized the series on Inferno, one of their strongest maps. Mirage was the decider, and while Bren managed to secure six rounds in the first half, Wings Up had the edge on their CT side and ultimately won the map 16-12, taking the series and the one and only spot for the FunSpark ULTI 2020.

The final standings for the FunSpark ULTI Asia Qualifiers are:

1st – 🇨🇳 Wings Up – $15,000 + FunSpark ULTI Qualification
2nd – 🇵🇭 Bren Esports
3-4th – 🇨🇳 ViCi Gaming
3-4th – 🇨🇳 Invictus
5-6th – 🇹🇭 Beyond Esports
5-6th – 🇨🇳 Lynn Vision Gaming
7-8th – 🇨🇳 Let’s Quit
7-8th – 🇲🇳 D13
9-11th – 🌏 Divine Vendetta
9-11th – 🇲🇳 TIGER
9-11th – 🇨🇳 TSG
13-15th – 🌏 BTRG
13-15th – 🇲🇳 Mazaalai
13-15th – 🇨🇳 JiJieHao
13-15th – 🇨🇳 New Happy
HuatZai – DQ

The FunSpark ULTI 2020 main event will feature 8 teams, of which, two invites and 4 qualified teams have now been determined. No further details about the remaining invites and tournament venue have been released by the organizer, but CSGO2ASIA will be sure to update our readers when we know more.

The current team list for the FunSpark ULTI 2020 Main Event are as follows:

🇧🇷 FURIA (Invite)🇷🇺 ForZe🇺🇸 Chaos ECTBD (Invite)
🇨🇳 TYLOO (Invite)🇫🇮 HAVU🇨🇳 Wings UpTBD (Invite)

Cover photo courtesy of HLTV.ORG

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