The Paragon Challenger Series (PCS) has completed its inaugural event – the invitational tournament featuring some of the top Paragon teams from Europe and beyond. With the last matches of the first series finished, let’s take a look back over the PCS playoffs.
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After the grueling group stages, 4 teams qualified to compete in the semi-finals, teams NEXUS, Carbon eSports, Team Synergy and Oxygen eSports. Competing for a prize pool of $650, a lot was at stake for all teams. First up in the round of 4, Synergy faced NEXUS and Oxygen eSports went up against Carbon eSports in best of 3 series to determine who goes through to the all important final.
Synergy versus NEXUS
Fighting through a barrage of technical issues. Synergy and NEXUS were at last able to play, commencing their set of semi-finals. Game 1 was a fairly one-sided affair, Team Synergy sticking with their more passive play style that they utilized back during the group stages. However, NEXUS rose to the occasion, stomping on the accelerator and flooring it, with hyper-aggressive engagements and team fights, locking members of Synergy down and closing them out. Orb Prime was a hot topic, but neither team secured the buff, only using it as a ploy to try and bait a team fight, NEXUS actually succeeding with this tactic and securing a clean couple of kills. A shorter game than most, NEXUS did eventually take game 1 of the series with a completed Orb Prime kill into a core take-down.
Game 2 was a slightly different beast, with Synergy cranking things up a notch to combat NEXUS’ aggression, but NEXUS were absolutely relentless, hounding down key targets. Synergy to their credit did look much more composed but unfortunately for them, team NEXUS was merciless in their onslaught, closing the series out 2-0 in favor of team NEXUS with another Orb Prime take resulting in Synergy’s core being destroyed.
Oxygen eSports versus Carbon eSports
In a battle of the elements, Oxygen eSports faced off against Carbon eSports, 2 titans of Paragon’s competitive scene. Game 1 was a long hard march, with both teams managing to pick up double kills, triple kills but neither able to close out until Carbon eSports started rolling out the kills and building a lead, starting the snowball that Oxygen eSports just couldn’t contain. Carbon eSports took game 1 after 44 minutes without the Orb Prime buff by their side.
Making it through to the finals, teams NEXUS and Carbon eSports were the last 2 teams left standing for the final best of 3 series for the night. Competing for the lion’s share of the prize pool, both teams had to perform at their best.
Game 1 saw a tremendous back and forth, both teams looking formidable and ready to win. Another longer stretch, both teams traded towers and jungle objectives, keeping it close.
Very well played once again to all teams that competed, it wouldn’t be possible without their support as well as the dedicated admin team. The next round of the PCS recommences in early 2017, with the new year come new possibilities not only for the PCS but for Paragon and it’s competitive scene! Keep up to date on the PCS website and Twitter account for all the latest and of course, stay tuned for our coverage here on EloTalk!
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