fifa15books – Cloud9 defeat compLexity to take the Alienware Monthy Melee

After a shaky start on Thrusday, Cloud9 put on a commanding performance in Friday’s games to take the tournament.

One of the key takeaways from the Overwatch Open was that the gap between the top three teams in each region and the mid-tier teams below them is shrinking. With EnVyUs in Korea, NRG in China, and fnatic sitting the event out, the Alienware Monthy Melee provided those mid-tier teams with an excellent opportunity to argue that they belong in North America’s elite.

Four staples of the mid-table participated: FaZe, compLexity, Liquid, and a new-look Cloud9 that debuted three new players (formally still being trialed). Joining those four were Tempo Storm, RiseNation, Selfless, and newly signed team Kingdom (formerly eLusive).

Show Dates

Upper Bracket

Round 1

BO5

Liquid.OW

3

coL.

2

FaZe OW

1

Cloud 9

3

Round 2

BO5

Liquid.OW

0

Cloud 9

3

Lower Bracket

Round 1

BO3

RiseNation

2

Kingdom OW

0

Tempo.ow

2

SelflessGG

0

Round 2

BO3

FaZe OW

2

RiseNation

0

coL.

2

Tempo.ow

0

Round 3

BO5

FaZe OW

1

coL.

3

Round 4

BO5

Liquid.OW

2

coL.

3

Final

BO5

Cloud 9

3

coL.

1

The biggest stories coming into the event were how C9’s new roster would perform and how compLexity would look after missing the Overwatch Open. It was only fitting then that the final game was between those two sides.

Thursday’s group action saw Liquid beat C9 to take top seed in Group A and FaZe beat out compLexity to take top seed in Group B. In Friday’s playoffs, Cloud9 looked very strong, defeating FaZe 3-1 and Liquid 3-0 to reach the finals. Liquid had already sent compLexity down to the lower bracket with a 3-2 win, but compLexity bounced back, defeating Tempo Storm, FaZe, and then Liquid (this time 3-2 the other way) to reach the finals themselves. Cloud9 went on to win the tournament, defeating compLexity 3-1.

Questions will have to be asked about compLexity’s hero choices, as team after team punished them with Pharahs and compLexity was slow to even attempt a counterpick. They were able to grind their way into the finals anyway, but they’ve broadcast a serious weakness that teams will try to exploit. For Cloud9, Mendo and ryb looked excellent (aside from Mendo’s first game on Thursday). However Wolf still has a ways to go to prove himself; he’s a DPS player being asked to play support, and if he can’t adjust rapidly, he’s going to hold back an otherwise dominant looking C9.

For their commanding performance, Cloud9 takes home the grand prize of $3,000. As runners-up, compLexity leave with $2,000.

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