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TanksAsia Open Season Finals: Truly a Moment to Remember!

 

The Calm Before the Storm, 17 May, 2013 (Friday), 20:00~ hrs UTC+7 - The evening before tournament day, we held a press conference and hosted a dinner event to welcome the media and players who had flown specially to Bangkok from various parts of the region just for the tournament finals. The Taiwanese team, NightEagles had arrived earlier during the day and the team members were really excited to be in Thailand to compete. So excited they were about being in the Land of Smiles that they could not catch a wink of sleep the night before they were to fly off. They expressed their surprise and delight at Wargaming.net's generosity in putting them up in a swanky boutique hotel in the heart of the city and lamented their decision not to bring any swimwear as they were not expecting the hotel to come with, surprise surprise... an infinity pool!

The Hong Kong team, U ARE DEAD was unfortunately delayed due to changes in their flight schedule and only managed to arrive later at night. We started the ball rolling for the night with an opening speech by Mr Jasper Nicolas, General Manager for Wargaming Asia before we tucked into a sumptuous buffet spread of assorted roasted meats, sautéed mushrooms and vegetables, baked fish, squid in a tangy spicy Thai sauce and savoury desserts. Everyone was in a visibly good mood and have already started warming up to one another as evidenced by their boisterous conversations which made up the lively atmosphere. Clearly, our secret master plan of softening everyone up and winning their hearts through their stomachs was working flawlessly.

  

When team UAD finally arrived at the hotel, we commenced the press conference. Along with Mr Nicolas, other Wargaming.net representatives - Mr Baak JongHyuk, Director of Global eSports Business and Mr Deon Pek, Head of eSports for Wargaming Asia  addressed the media and answered questions fielded about the tournament and plans for World of Tanks in the global eSports scene among other queries.

 

We closed off the press conference and ended the wonderful evening with a photo taking session with the 2 finalist teams. It was time to get some well deserved rest and recharge for the grueling but highly anticipated day to come - The TanksAsia Open Season Grand Finals!

NightEagles vs. U ARE DEAD

Despite the rivalry, all is chummy between the team captains

18 May, 2013 (Saturday), 13:00~ hrs UTC+7 -The Wargaming.net SEA team had arrived earlier during the day to check on the event venue to ensure that everything was going smoothly as planned. With almost everything in place, all we had left to do was to add some final finishing touches and await eagerly for night to come.

When the sun sets, a champion will rise!

19:00hrs (UTC+7) – Our host started the event with an introduction of the teams before inviting the team captains on stage to conduct a short interview.  After which, the players made their way to their allocated seats on stage to take their places and make preparations for the tournament.

 


 Finals Recap

ROUND 1 - HIMMELSDORF

 

WATCH R1 REPLAY

Round 1, Himmelsdorf, 19.15hrs (UTC+7) – The first match commences. 

UAD deploys an IS-3 and a KV-5 to provide cover for 2 of their AMX50 100 which are taking the lead in the front, coupled with a WZ-132 for added mobility. NE sets out into battle with an IS-3 and T32 to back up their 3 T69 tanks.

UAD predicts that NE will try to adopt an offensive strategy via a rush on line 3, so they chose to attack from there with the intention of intercepting NE’s advancing forces.  However, NE chooses to rush from line 8 instead.

In the first engagement, NE suffers a huge loss as a result of 2 of their T1 tanks being caught unawares and separated from the pack, thus exposing their strategy. Upon discovering their intent, UAD retreated to defend their base and quickly re-strategized a counterattack. As NE was too hasty in their assault and their forces were dispersed about, UAD took the first round without much resistance.

Winner for Round 1

U ARE DEAD 1 : 0 NightEagles

ROUND 2 - ENSK

WATCH R2 REPLAY

Round 2, Ensk - The tank line-ups for both teams are the same as Round 1, with the exception of an IS-3 tank being swopped out in favour of a T32 in NE’s team.

In this match, NE decides to adopt a strategy that is rarely seen by rushing through line 1, whereas UAD chooses to take a defensive stance using the city as the centre of their defence. UAD easily saw through NE’s plan and swiftly took countermeasures to outflank and wipe out NE forces to claim a win for Round 2.

Winner for Round 2

U ARE DEAD 2 : 0 NightEagles

ROUND 3 - RUINBERG

WATCH R3 REPLAY

Round 3, Ruinberg - In this matchup, UAD makes use of a KV-5 and IS-3 to provide cover for 2 of their AMX50 and a T69 whereas NE sends out a T32 and IS-3 to back up 3 T69 tanks. UAD sets up defence around the church in the town area located at the bottom left corner of the map. NE, on the other hand, dispatches a T1 into the heart of the town to scout ahead, with the rear troops closely following behind accompanied by another T1 acting as a lookout in the plains.

Upon discovering UAD’s forces, NE moves in to surround the church and pressure the defending troops. A fire fight ensues and NE manages to take out 2 of UAD’s AMX50 tanks at the cost of one T69 and T1 during the engagement. This came as a huge blow to UAD as the match now tilted in favour of NE who has temporarily gained an upper hand with the elimination of 2 of UAD’s main driving forces.

However, UAD seemed undaunted by their disadvantage. They worked quickly to gather their forces and re-strategize with the change in circumstances. Taking advantage of the slow reloading time of NE’s T69, UAD retaliated and quickly recovered from their loss to turn the game around. Thanks to their great adaptability and impeccable judgment of the situation, they rebounded to annihilate the NE team and take the win for Round 3.

Winner for Round 3

U ARE DEAD 3 : 0 NightEagles

ROUND 4 - MINES

WATCH R4 REPLAY

Round 4, Mines - UAD’s lineup for this match comprises of an SPG to provide support for their main force from higher ground and an AMX13 90 and 2 WZ-132 tanks to take on NE forces in the central highlands.

NE decides to stick to their IS-3, T32 and T69 combo and attempt to gain higher ground in the hopes of winning control of the game in one fell swoop.

Both teams clash in the hillside and UAD, having chosen to go along with the SPG line up found themselves in a vulnerable position during close combat as they could not gain distance for the SPG to put out enough firepower. This has allowed NE to successfully take control of the central highlands and in turn annihilate most of UAD’s forces to win the match by capturing their base.

Winner for Round 4

U ARE DEAD 3 : 1 NightEagles

ROUND 5 - WIDEPARK

WATCH R5 REPLAY

Round 5, Widepark - UAD rolls out into battle with an IS-3 and a T32 providing cover for their main forces AMX50 100 and T69. NE, like previous matches, decides to proceed with the same tank setup.

UAD and NE break out into an exchange of fire at the central railway and only managed to break the stalemate when both sides lost a T69 each. At this point in time, NE turns their attack to line 1 leaving a T1 to defend line 9 while UAD advances through line 9, leaving also a T1 to defend at line 1. UAD played into the hands of NE when they withdrew their troops back to defend against the advancing forces, but NE  had already set up a wall of defence at UAD’s base in anticipation of them. The ensuing battle resulted in a total annihilation of UAD, buying NE another round to rebound back from their lacklustre start.

Winner for Round 5

U ARE DEAD 3 : 2 NightEagles

ROUND 6 - PROKHOROVKA

WATCH R6 REPLAY

Round 6, Prokhorovka - For the tank line up in this match, UAD chooses to go with an SPG to assist the team in attack/ defence operations; NE deploys heavy tank T32 which has a relatively decent speed to lead the charge of 4 T69 tanks.

NE strikes through line 1 from the start whereas UAD stations their troops in the plains. When they finally encounter each other, UAD decides to retreat to the right side of the map and wait for a good opportunity to strike as they were aware of the disadvantage of the SPG during close quarter combat. NE’s T1 attempts to capture UAD’s base, backed up by the other team mates who continuously applied pressure to UAD. At this point in time, NE had a big advantage over their opponents and it seemed as though they could win the battle to bring the score to 3:3, thus extending the tournament into the 7th and final round.

Alas, Lady Luck was not on their side as UAD wasted no time in dispatching a WZ-132 forth to interrupt the base capture and simultaneously 2 T1 tanks to capture NE’s base. Although NE managed to break through UAD’s defences, they failed in their attempt to capture UAD’s base. They may have successfully scattered the enemy team but their capture attempt has ironically given UAD an upper hand instead.

Left with a T32 and T69 tank, NE needs to gather both tanks and concentrate their efforts on defending their base as this is the most viable solution left to them at this point in time. On UAD’s end, it becomes clear to them that they need to delay NE’s return so as to buy time to capture their base. Even if they do not succeed in the base capture, they need to preserve their AMX13 90 and WZ-132 at all costs in order to have a fighting chance against NE.

NE, in their haste to defend against the base capture commits a grave mistake of not staying together when returning. UAD picks off the T32 which was trailing behind before finishing off the T69 to seal their fates in the tournament.

The final score was 4:2.

Winner for Round 6

U ARE DEAD 4 : 2 NightEagles

With this victory, team U ARE DEAD is the champion of TanksAsia Open Season Tournament, the first of more incredible tournaments to come in the Wargaming.net League. This tournament is the first and biggest ever to be held in Asia Pacific in the history of Wargaming and boasts a prize pool that is comparable to other major eSports leagues in the world.

 

Having defeated numerous strong opponents to emerge as champion of this tournament, U ARE DEAD walks away with the prestigious title of the first champion of the TanksAsia series and a huge payout of USD 50,000.

Champion - U ARE DEAD

In second place, team NightEagles will get to receive USD 20,000.


1st Runner-up - NightEagles


Biggest Surprise in Wargaming eSports History

Along this tournament, it had been a journey full of surprises. From the overwhelming response of over 300 teams who registered for the tournament to the entry of new and formidable contenders from different regions of the world (we even had teams from India and Mongolia!). We were really surprised at the huge number of signups and really happy to discover that World of Tanks’ influence has reached out to places beyond our wildest imagination.

RTA-E beating PVP2 made up one of the surprises of the tournament as the Thai team had yet to beat the Filipino team in previous tournaments until TanksAsia Open Season. NightEagles toppling Silly Ducks Revolution (some of the members in this Japanese team are seasoned players who were champions of Ural Steel SEA 2012) and AVANTE-GARDE (formerly Grumpy Old Men, champion of the Supanova Tournament AU and a regular fixture in many World of Tanks tournaments - a team which had been widely speculated among the community to win the tournament) during the quarter and semi-finals was also something we did not expect. And while it had looked certain that NightEagles were set to clinch the first place after their impressive battle resume they had built up during the course of the tournament, U ARE DEAD rose up from the shadows to steal our breaths away during the finals.

 

Just when we thought the surprises ended there, U ARE DEAD had another trick up their sleeves. During the prize giving ceremony, one of their members got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend in full view of the audience present at the event grounds and with cameras rolling for the live stream. The audience erupted into loud cheers and applause when he popped the question and slipped a ring on her finger. What an amazing sight to behold!

 

Not only has TanksAsia Open Season brought people from all walks of life and different parts of the world together, it has also worked its magic to bring hearts closer to one another as seen from the newly forged friendships and a wedding in the works!

So once again, congratulations to U ARE DEAD on your win and your new wife. And to NightEagles, do not be disheartened for there will be more opportunities to come in the TanksAsia League for you to shine again. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all teams for giving us a show to remember and to everyone who has been with us all the way from the start watching and supporting the tournament.

For those who had lost out on the opportunity in Open Season, do not be dismayed for the show doesn’t end here! Get ready to take on our challenge in TanksAsia Season One which we will be bringing to you very soon. The next champion on our stage could very well be you!

Stayed tuned on the portal for more details on Season One!


SEE PICTURES OF OPEN SEASON FINALS

ROUND 1 - HIMMELSDORF

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