junior finished a cut above the rest of the server in the grand final

Bad News Bears pocket first ESEA Cash Cup of the Fall with win over Party Astronauts

Meanwhile Northern Forces made the podium with a 2-0 win over Touch Point in the third-place match.

The first ESEA Cash Cup of the autumn is complete and Bad News Bears have now won a Cash Cup in every season with their reverse sweep of Party Astronauts in the grand final. Northern Forces swept Touch Point to claim third place.

In the earlier rounds a number of ESEA Premier teams fell sooner than anticipated, clearing the path for ESEA Advanced sides to make the podium. GGPR and Strife both forfeited their opening matchups, while Triumph and Third Impact were eliminated by Touch Point and If You Don't Know, Now You Know, respectively. The latter team was one of the storylines of the tournament, a mix made up of familiar faces in the North American scene including Ricky "floppy" Kemery, Michael "Grim" Wince, Rahul "curry" Nemani, Carson "nosraC" O'Reilly, and Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov. They gave Bad News Bears a run for their money, but fell 16-13 on Inferno.

Northern Forces forfeited their semifinal match against Bad News Bears as a result of not being able to field a complete lineup.

Bad News Bears
04:00PM
Northern Forces

Party Astronauts utterly dismantled Touch Point in the other semifinal. The ESEA Advanced side managed just 5 rounds total in the series as Party Astronauts barely had any more trouble than Bad News Bears did with their forfeit win in the other semifinal. Gage "Infinite" Green finished with 48 kills in 37 rounds for Party Astronauts in the win.

Touch Point
0 - 2
Party Astronauts
All maps
Touch Point K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Brett 'Beastman' Eastman 21 - 33 -12 69.4 59.5% 0.80
United States Noah 'flixxy' French 25 - 35 -10 70.1 48.6% 0.72
United States Connor 'TiCx' Hartman 17 - 34 -17 55.9 62.2% 0.70
United States Nikolaos 'PoseidoNN' Antoniou 15 - 33 -18 36.4 45.9% 0.45
United States Liam 'xCAPE' Redmond 11 - 35 -24 56.0 37.8% 0.43
Party Astronauts K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Gage 'Infinite' Green 48 - 17 +31 126.8 91.9% 2.04
United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith 34 - 17 +17 91.4 89.2% 1.47
United States David 'cynic' Polster 33 - 19 +14 87.7 91.9% 1.42
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal 30 - 18 +12 90.0 83.8% 1.34
United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue 24 - 19 +5 75.0 81.1% 1.21

Reece "Wilky" Wilkerson finished with 52 kills in a two-map sweep of Touch Point in the third-place decider series, a feat nearly rivaled by Noah "flixxy" French who finished with a heroic 49 frag performance, though it was all for naught in the end for his side. Northern Forces claimed $2,000 dollars for their trouble over the past weekend.

Northern Forces
2 - 0
Touch Point
All maps
Northern Forces K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Reece 'Wilky' Wilkerson 52 - 29 +23 115.0 80.0% 1.70
United States Johnny 'JDubs' Wu 41 - 31 +10 86.9 82.0% 1.31
United States James 'JAM' H. 32 - 26 +6 71.2 74.0% 1.14
United States Marco 'Pol0' Hernandez 30 - 31 -1 65.5 76.0% 1.08
United States Dylan 'SATURN' Finch 35 - 30 +5 70.6 72.0% 1.05
Touch Point K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Noah 'flixxy' French 49 - 37 +12 100.9 66.0% 1.30
United States Nikolaos 'PoseidoNN' Antoniou 36 - 37 -1 76.6 66.0% 1.03
United States Connor 'TiCx' Hartman 24 - 41 -17 63.2 58.0% 0.69
United States Brett 'Beastman' Eastman 22 - 38 -16 51.8 56.0% 0.64
United States Liam 'xCAPE' Redmond 13 - 37 -24 45.8 64.0% 0.57

Party Astronauts came out swinging and absolutely battered Bad News Bears on Nuke, but then Alan "Shakezullah" Hardeman's side grinded out a hard-fought win on Inferno, and then blew Party Astronauts into orbit on Dust2 with a lopsided win of their own. Paytyn "junior" Johnson led all players with 65 series kills, while Infinite led the way for Party Astronauts once again, this time with 58 frags.

Bad News Bears
2 - 1
Party Astronauts
All maps
Bad News Bears K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson 65 - 41 +24 94.1 73.2% 1.50
United States Gabe 'Spongey' Greiner 53 - 42 +11 77.6 78.9% 1.18
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman 46 - 44 +2 69.0 71.8% 1.07
United States Michael 'Swisher' Schmid 41 - 55 -14 71.0 64.8% 0.93
United States Nathan 'madcow' Retterath 37 - 47 -10 59.4 69.0% 0.91
Party Astronauts K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Gage 'Infinite' Green 58 - 50 +8 89.3 71.8% 1.24
United States David 'cynic' Polster 53 - 48 +5 76.1 76.1% 1.03
United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue 39 - 49 -10 65.1 60.6% 0.88
United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith 41 - 51 -10 65.6 63.4% 0.83
Canada Jonathan 'djay' Dallal 37 - 47 -10 56.9 66.2% 0.82

The final standings of ESEA Cash Cup Autumn 1 are:

1. United States Bad News Bears - $9,000
2. United States Party Astronauts - $4,000
3. United States Northern Forces - $2,000
4. United States Touch Point
5-8. United States If you don't know now you know
5-8. United States Uptime United
5-8. United States Triumph
5-8. United States Eclipse

The ESEA Cash Cup series with continue with ESEA Cash Cup Autumn 2, which is yet to be announced at the time of publication.

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