Third Impact win Fragadelphia 15: Denver over Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies
The penultimate Fragadelphia side event leading up to Fragadelphia 15 has come to a close, with Third Impact winning the event over Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies, a mixteam notably featuring Drew "Drewtheshrew" Lamb, Austin "try" Cox, and Eddie "hydrik" Olsen.
Featuring the strongest turnout of the "mini" Fragadelphia's thus far, twenty three teams, the format for Fragadelphia 15: Denver saw three teams from each group advance into playoffs, with the winner of each respective group receiving a bye into the quarterfinals.
Group A was won by a majority-Venezuelan mixteam led by Victor "vtR" Santana after they bested Third Impact 16-13 in a surprise upset to claim a 4-0 record. The remaining two teams to make it into playoffs were Third Impact with a 3-1 record and Towel Tyrants with a 2-2 record.
Group B was topped by Fragadelphia 15: St. Louis winners Infinity Gauntlet with a 5-0 record, while CLG Red and Globo Gym Purple Cobras also advanced with 3-1-1 records.
Over in Group C, a mixteam playing as CohesioN Concepts won the group with a 5-0 record. This team notably featured Kyle "Just2EZ" Tan and McKinley "Cyrix" Hollison from ONET4P alongside Collin "CoJoMo" Moren from Davenport Panthers. The other two teams to advance were St. Louis Runner-up TouchPoint and Resurgence.
The final group, Group D, was won by Max "SolGoat" Wallace's SpongeBob Popsicles with a 5-0 record while Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies and Goofy Goober trailed with 4-1 and 3-2 records, respectively.
In the first round of playoffs, the majority of matches went as expected, with the largest surprises seeing Resurgence take CLG Red to a third map before falling 2-1 and Goofy Goober taking Third Impact to overtime before dropping the series 2-0.
Continuing on into the quarterfinals, CLG Red were bested by Freestyle in a one-sided 2-0 series, Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies claimed a competitive 2-0 victory over CohesioN Concepts, Third Impact narrowly bested Infinity Gauntlet to deny Keller "SLIGHT" Nilan a potential third event win a row, and SpongeBob Popsicles claimed a 2-1 win over TouchPoint to narrow the field to four teams.
With four teams left the running, Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies made their way into the finals after taking down Freestyle 16-5 on Overpass before claiming a more labored 16-14 win on Inferno. The other semi-final bracket series saw SpongeBob Popsicles strike the first blow with a 16-12 win on Ancient before Third Impact battled back to claim two back-to-back 16-12 wins on Overpass and Mirage.
The opening series of the grand finals ended up being a blowout for Third Impact as they demolished Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies 16-1 on Vertigo. Fortunately for them, they managed to give a better appraisal of themselves on Inferno as they forced Third Impact into overtime. Unfortunately, despite this effort they were unable to force a third map in overtime as Third Impact mopped up to win Inferno 19-15 and take first place in the event.
The third place match ended up seeing Freestyle best SpongeBob Popsicles 2-0 to claim an extra $250.
The final results for Fragadelphia 15: Denver are:
1. Third Impact (DaneJoris, insane, grape, brett, walker) - $1,000 + $2,000 travel support + Fragadelphia 15
2. Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies (Drewtheshrew, try, Mark_25, Andrew, hydrik) - $500 + Fragadelphia 15
3. Freestyle (K4mr0, Mexican, nooz, Kezz, vtR) - $500
4. SpongeBob Popsicles (SolGoat, Florence, Subarashii, JoJo, Slugy) - $250
Full results can be viewed here.
The final "Road to Fragadelphia" event will take place this weekend in Oceanside, California from August 28th-29th.