ptr's teammates were offering up praise on Twitter for how well he read High Coast on Inferno

Bad News Bears go back-to-back and win ESEA Winter Cash Cup 4

Recon 5 battered Oceanus in the third place match.

After the second day of play Bad News Bears emerged victorious in ESEA Winter Cash Cup 4 following a decisive 2-0 victory over High Coast. This marks Bad News Bears' second victorious Cash Cup campaign in a row, making them undefeated in the series so far this year.

Bad News Bears made quick work of Oceanus in the first semifinal and doubled them up on both Inferno and Nuke. Oceanus won just three second half rounds across the two maps and were never able to capitalize on the manageable 7-8 and 6-9 deficits that they faced at halftime throughout the series. Nick "alter" Jackson led the way for Bad News Bears with 43 kills in the series, while Ezekiel "KmZ" Hughes finished with 39 eliminations for Oceanus.

OCG
0 - 2
Bad News Bears
All maps
OCG K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Ezekiel 'KmZ' Hughes 39 - 36 +3 84.6 75.0% 1.18
Canada David 'J0LZ' Jolin 29 - 34 -5 66.0 60.4% 0.91
Canada Alex 'vek' Voynov 31 - 40 -9 76.6 62.5% 0.90
Canada Wayne 'castro' Einarsson 29 - 36 -7 66.6 58.3% 0.80
Canada Cedric 'Melio' Perrault 22 - 37 -15 53.7 45.8% 0.63
Bad News Bears K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey 39 - 34 +5 90.4 72.9% 1.31
United States Nick 'alter' Jackson 43 - 28 +15 82.2 70.8% 1.30
United States Michael 'Swisher' Schmid 38 - 32 +6 96.1 81.2% 1.25
United States Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner 31 - 27 +4 72.3 75.0% 1.09
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney 29 - 29 +0 67.0 70.8% 1.00

Recon 5 jumped out to a surprise 1-0 series lead in the other semifinal after Koby "kobruh" Higgs powered the side to a 16-12 victory with a 1.68 rating and 28 kills. That lead would be short-lived as High Coast successfully battled back on Nuke to even the scoreline on the backs of 26 frag performances from both Jonathan "djay" Dallal and Rodrigo "RCF" Figueiredo. RCF kept it rolling on Inferno as High Coast's top fragger while his team completed the reverse sweep, but Dominick "JazzPimp" Dimpfel led all players with 24 kills in the loss for Recon 5.

Recon 5
1 - 2
High Coast
All maps
Recon 5 K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Koby 'kobruh' Higgs 62 - 58 +4 81.3 71.1% 1.20
United States David 'cynic' Polster 55 - 60 -5 82.7 69.9% 1.03
United States Christopher 'cJ' Jones 52 - 57 -5 68.7 66.3% 0.92
United States Jeff 'RZU' Ngo 47 - 59 -12 68.7 67.5% 0.90
United States Dominick 'JazzPimp' Dimpfel 48 - 56 -8 57.5 65.1% 0.85
High Coast K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue 60 - 50 +10 73.2 81.9% 1.17
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal 62 - 50 +12 74.1 75.9% 1.14
United States Brandon 'bew' Roberts 60 - 52 +8 78.1 74.7% 1.13
Brazil Rodrigo 'RCF' Figueiredo 57 - 60 -3 77.7 72.3% 1.08
United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith 51 - 54 -3 70.0 66.3% 0.97

After both invited teams were knocked down to the third place match all that remained was to determine who went home empty-handed. Recon 5 carried a slim 9-6 lead into halftime on the Nuke opener, but then cracked the series wide open, only allowing Oceanus four rounds total for the remainder of the series. David "cynic" Polster was the top dog for Recon 5 on Nuke with 27 kills, while kobruh posted 20 frags in 17 rounds on Inferno to secure the sweep for Recon 5.

OCG
0 - 2
Recon 5
All maps
OCG K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Canada Cedric 'Melio' Perrault 32 - 32 +0 86.5 61.9% 0.96
Canada David 'J0LZ' Jolin 28 - 37 -9 84.1 66.7% 0.88
Canada Wayne 'castro' Einarsson 22 - 34 -12 62.3 57.1% 0.78
United States Ezekiel 'KmZ' Hughes 24 - 34 -10 69.4 54.8% 0.73
Canada Alex 'vek' Voynov 24 - 34 -10 61.4 61.9% 0.72
Recon 5 K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Jeff 'RZU' Ngo 35 - 28 +7 97.9 85.7% 1.47
United States Koby 'kobruh' Higgs 35 - 24 +11 92.5 76.2% 1.39
United States Christopher 'cJ' Jones 38 - 27 +11 86.7 69.0% 1.34
United States David 'cynic' Polster 36 - 24 +12 84.9 73.8% 1.30
United States Dominick 'JazzPimp' Dimpfel 27 - 29 -2 70.0 71.4% 1.02

Following the first half of play in the grand final Bad News Bears found themselves down by three on Overpass. But after the switch High Coast failed to hold a beachhead as the CTs, managing just three intermittent rounds on the defensive side. alter and Ben "ben1337" Smith each finished with 27 kills, but the map and the 1-0 series lead went to alter and Bad News Bears.

alter led the way for Bad News Bear on Inferno as well, but was closely followed by Michael "Swisher" Schmid. The pair finished with 25 and 24 kills respectively as their side jumped out to a 12-3 lead on T-side and then slammed the door shut on High Coast with four rounds in a row to take the map, series, and prize money. Josh "PwnAlone" Pigue led High Coast with 19 kills in the final map of the event.

Bad News Bears
2 - 0
High Coast
All maps
Bad News Bears K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Nick 'alter' Jackson 52 - 31 +21 96.6 78.8% 1.53
Canada Jonathan 'Jonji' Carey 33 - 40 -7 89.8 73.1% 1.18
United States Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner 34 - 31 +3 78.5 84.6% 1.18
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney 35 - 29 +6 67.5 76.9% 1.12
United States Michael 'Swisher' Schmid 39 - 38 +1 72.7 69.2% 1.03
High Coast K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal 33 - 31 +2 73.2 69.2% 1.02
Brazil Rodrigo 'RCF' Figueiredo 36 - 39 -3 77.7 65.4% 1.01
United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith 36 - 44 -8 77.2 61.5% 0.97
United States Brandon 'bew' Roberts 33 - 38 -5 68.0 67.3% 0.86
United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue 29 - 41 -12 64.8 63.5% 0.81

The final results for ESEA Winter Cash Cup 4 are:

  • 1st   - United States Bad News Bears (ptr, Jonji, Swisher, Spongey, alter) - $9,000
  • 2nd - United States High Coast (PwnAlone, djay, ben1337, bew, RCF) - $4,000
  • 3rd  - United States Recon 5 (RZU, JazzPimp, cynic, kobruh, cJ) - $2,000
  • 4th  - Canada Oceanus (castro, J0LZ, vek, Melio, KmZ)

Regardless of whether the next Cash Cup will be a part of the Winter or Spring series, Bad News Bears have now won two Cash Cups in a row and will have to sit it out according to ESEA's updated ruleset. It is worth noting that that rule contradicts the platform's recent congratulatory tweet directed at Bad News Bears.

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