The last 2 days of the 2016 Masters hosted by the ESL India Premiership proved to be an absolute treat for the fans. The cold Delhi climate did not dampen the enthusiasm of the gamers as they gave their 110 per cent in order to win the Grand Prize and become the champions of the 2016 Masters.
The last 2 days of the 2016 Masters hosted by the ESL India Premiership proved to be an absolute treat for the fans. The cold Delhi climate did not dampen the enthusiasm of the gamers as they gave their 110 per cent in order to win the Grand Prize and become the champions of the 2016 Masters. The games played on these 2 days were CS:GO, DOTA 2 and Clash Royale. Note the matches played on these 2 days were of Best of Threes except for the Clash Royale games which followed different format.
DAY 4 – PLAYOFFS
MATCH 1 – INVISIBLE WINGS vs DARE2DREAM
Since both these teams enjoyed an unbeaten streak until now, it was finally time to decide which team will be the one to yield. Invisible Wings had beaten Brutality and Evolution Gaming, however it was D2D who were considered more formidable. Bhavin’s crew became giant-killers after they beat the Middle Eastern powerhouse, Risky Gaming a few days before. Even though D2D was beaten in Game 1, it was a close fight with the score tallying at 16-12 in favour of Invisible Wings. They made a comeback in Game 2 by outclassing Invisible Wings 16-9 in their favour. However, lady luck did not seem to favour them today and they lost Game 3 in a close fight, the score being 16-14 in the favour of Invisible Wings. psy’s boys solidified their spot in the Grand Finals and D2D were relegated to the loser brackets and would have to face their adversaries Risky Gaming once again.
MATCH 2 – RISKY GAMING vs DARE2DREAM
This was a match which saw 2 noted adversaries meet up again. D2D had beaten Risky Gaming a few days before, but the Dubai boys came prepared this time. Just reeling from their loss to IW a few hours earlier, everyone believed that the team could do their magic once again. But the day favoured Risky Gaming as Breaker’s boys absolutely routed D2D to clinch the match at a 2-0 aggregate in their favour as well as solidify their place in the Grand Finals.
MATCH 1 – THE COUNCIL vs INVISIBLE WINGS
Similar to the CS:GO loser brackets, the DOTA 2 brackets also witnessed the match-up between 2 rivals again. This time it was between Crowley’s boys going up against the visiting Bangladeshi team. The Council had an upper-hand against Invisible Wings the last time they met, however this time they could not replicate the same results. In the best of three game, Invisible Wing quickly lapped up the first two games and booked their spot in the Grand Finals occurring the next day on 11 December, 2016. Excellent play by IW’s Archmage on Warlock in both games ensured that they dominated The Council with ease.
DAY 5 – GRAND FINALS
BEYOND INFINITY vs INVISIBLE WINGS
The rivalry between Invisible Wings and Beyond Infinity dates back to several tournaments. These two met in the Challenger 1 as well as the Mountain Dew Arena finals, but it was BI who came on top every time. It was no surprise that these two teams were eventually going to meet in the Finals of the 2016 Masters again, but some hoped to watch IW win finally. BI had a smooth win in Game 1, however in the early stages of Game 2, it looked like IW were staging a comeback, but it materialised into a BI win as it progressed.
The highlight of the games were Zedisbugg’s Shadow Demon as he wrecked absolute havoc on the IW line-up in Game 1 and 2. BI displayed once again why they are considered India’s best as well as why they are a name to reckon with. After winning the 2016 Masters title, Zedisbugg also mentioned that he was retiring from professional DOTA 2 for a while.
INVISIBLE WINGS vs RISKY GAMING
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well, one of them has to surrender. From the start of the 2016 Masters, IW poised themselves as a force to reckon with and were unstoppable as they devoured each of their contenders to reach the Grand Finals. Risky Gaming on the other hand suffered a loss in their 2nd Match and were relegated to the Loser Brackets but they dominated the teams there and made good of the second chance given to them.
On the night of December 11, these two powerhouses finally met and only one of them was going to be crowned champions after a Best of Three. Risky Gaming absolutely dominated IW in both games. In Game 1, they beat IW 16-9 and in Game 2 with a scoreboard of 16-6.
The Semifinals and Finals for Clash Royale were held during the afternoon of December 11, 2016. The 4 Finalist were MRIN, CIPHER, ASOPA and THEROCKER1212. The Semi-Finals of CR were Best of Sevens, whereas the Grand Finals was a Best of Nine.
MATCH 1 – MRIN VS CIPHER
This was a very tight matchup as the skills of both players were on par with each other. MRIN won the first round, but CIPHER managed to level the scoreboard quickly in the next round. This pattern continued until the end of Game 6, where MRIN held an upper-hand in terms of the aggregate score. He had 4 points in his kitty as opposed to the 3 points held by CIPHER. This enabled MRIN to proceed to the Grand Finals and CIPHER was forced to bow out of the tournament.
MATCH 2 – ASOPA VS THEROCKER1212
In the second Semi-Finals, THEROCKER1212 dominated his rival, ASOPA completely. He enjoyed an unbeaten 3 game streak, until ASOPA managed to pull one on him and win Game 4. However, THEROCKER1212 decided to end this chase in Game 5 and move on to the Grand Finals. He ended Match 2 in his favour with a score-line of 4-1.
MATCH 1 – MRIN VS THEROCKER1212
MRIN dominated his adversary, THEROCKER1212 in this Best of Nine Grand Final. This Challenger 2 champion displayed once again why he was the best when it comes to Clash Royale.Even though THEROCKER1212 managed to disrupt MRINs 3 game winning streak in between, MRIN returned stronger in Game 6 and 7 to seal the victory.
He won the Grand Finals with a score of 5-2 in his favour and was crowned the champion of Clash Royale 2016 Masters as well as the King of Indian Clash Royale for 2016.
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