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Bad News Bears win ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 over Secret Club
Not a single series went the full three maps and three of the four were played on Mirage and Inferno.
Written by: theroadtodrwaldo    January 25th 2021 2:42 pm    #ESEA #WinterCashCup3 #BadNewsBears #SecretClub #HighCoast #Rebirth #wippie #Swisher #curry #Jonji #CLASIA #v1c #PwnAlone #WolfY #djay #bew #ben1337 #nosraC #retchy #RCF #ptr #jitter  

ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 concluded last night with Bad News Bears picking up a 2-0 victory over Secret Club. High Coast also swept their final opponent, Rebirth, to grab the final sliver of the event's $15,000 prize pool.

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Rebirth, featuring Maxim "wippie" Shepelev, came out of the gates swinging on Inferno, jumping out to a slim 8-7 lead on their CT-side. That small victory would prove to be short lived as Bad News Bears seemed to have all of the answers on their defensive half, allowing just four bomb plants and two rounds to go the way of Rebirth. Michael "Swisher" Schmid led the entire server with 25 eliminations while Rahul "curry" Nemani led Rebirth with 22 kills.

Things only got better for Bad News Bears on Mirage since this time is was they who jumped out to an early lead on CT-side, eventually finishing the half with a 10-5 lead. Their T-side proved to be even more lethal, allowing Rebirth just a single round before they advanced to the grand final of the event. Jonathan "Jonji" Carey led all players with 28 kills and a 2.04 rating, while wippie managed to collect 22 frags in the loss for Rebirth.

ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 North America
Best of three maps
Rebirth
0 - 2
Bad News Bears
de_inferno 10 - 16 de_inferno
de_mirage 6 - 16 de_mirage
de_dust2 de_dust2

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The second semifinal was equally one-sided, though Secret Club didn't allow High Coast to reach double digits on either map in their series. Secret Club jumped out to an 11-4 lead on their T-side of Mirage and then traded rounds back and forth on their defensive half, closing the opener out before things got too close. Secret Club's young guns shone early, as Anthony "CLASIA" Kearney and Victor "v1c" T. finished with 21 and 20 kills, respectively. Josh "PwnAlone" Pigue led High Coast in that department with 19 frags.

High Coast picked up one extra first half round on Inferno, but couldn't avoid the same final scoreline. The freshly signed roster led 5-4 but then conceded six straight to Secret Club and found themselves down 10-5 at the half. They clawed back into the match and at one point trailed just 8-11, but then Secret Club won four rounds in a row to reach match point and High Coast could only manage to hold them off for one more round before they completed the series sweep. Adam "WolfY" Andersson led the way with 26 kills for Secret Club, closely followed by Jonathan "djay" Dallal who had 24 frags for High Coast in the loss.

ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 North America
Best of three maps
High Coast
0 - 2
Secret Club
de_mirage 9 - 16 de_mirage
de_inferno 9 - 16 de_inferno
de_nuke de_nuke

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In the third place decider High Coast strung together five of the last six rounds on their T-side of Overpass to take a 10-5 lead into the half, but Rebirth managed to claw all the way back to a 10-11 deficit. That was as close as they would get however, as PwnAlone and friends won five consecutive rounds to take the series opener. Brandon "bew" Roberts and Ben "ben1337" Smith led High Coast with 23 and 22 kills, respectively, while wippie and Carson "nosraC" O'Reilly each tallied 19 eliminations for Rebirth.

High Coast used two separate streaks of five straight rounds and four straight rounds en route to doubling up Rebirth 10-5 on the CT-side of Mirage, then finished the map, series, and event with another five round flourish at the end of their second half to finish the sweep. Sebastian "retchy" Tropiano was a bright spot for Rebirth with 23 kills, but the trio of Rodrigo "RCF" Figueiredo, PwnAlone, and ben1337 all finished the map with 20 kills apiece to secure High Coast a $2,000 prize and send Rebirth home empty handed.

ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 North America
Best of three maps
Rebirth
0 - 2
High Coast
de_overpass 10 - 16 de_overpass
de_mirage 9 - 16 de_mirage
de_train de_train

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The grand final was a much more one-sided affair than the third place match, as Bad News Bears jumping out to a 12-3 lead on Inferno turned out to set the tone for the whole series.  Secret Club won four of the first five rounds of the second half but then watched their chances slip away as Bad News Bears closed the map with three straight rounds. CLASIA and v1c finished with 17 and 16 kills, respectively, but turned out to be no match for Peter "ptr" Gurney, who finished map one with 25 frags and just 8 deaths.

Secret Club managed an early 4-3 lead on their T-side of map two, but just like a Mirage, it quickly vanished. Bad News Bears won seven of the last eight rounds leading up to halftime, then only conceded the pistol round in the second half en route to the ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 title. ptr led the way once again with 24 kills to secure the victory, while the best Secret Club could muster was Jordan "jitter" Rugiero's 15 frags.

ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 North America
Best of three maps
Bad News Bears
2 - 0
Secret Club
de_inferno 16 - 7 de_inferno
de_mirage 16 - 6 de_mirage
de_overpass de_overpass

The final results of ESEA Winter Cash Cup 3 are:

  • 1st   - us Bad News Bears (ptr, Jonji, Swisher, Spongey, alter) - $9,000
  • 2nd - us Secret Club (WolfY, CLASIA, jitter, v1c, SLIGHT) - $4,000
  • 3rd  - us High Coast (PwnAlone, djay, ben1337, bew, RCF) - $2,000
  • 4th  - us Rebirth (retchy, curry, nosraC, Inseaniac, wippie)

ESEA Winter Cash Cup 4 is scheduled to take place this coming weekend, January 30-31st. The qualifier will begin at 2PM EST on Saturday.

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#1 DarfMike
2021-01-25 15:07
Bad News Bears are back on the map and looking fierce.
#2 Swisher
2021-01-26 02:16
Woohoo
#3 006_tv
2021-01-26 14:27
the return of dirty peek pete
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