It was 2016. In the Continental League, a serious struggle is unfolding for the first place and the right to represent the CIS in the international arena. In the final, quite naturally, the two best teams from the group stage will meet - Albus Nox Luna and Vega Squadron.
Albus Nox Luna after winning LCL Summer 2016
In a stubborn match, the ANX team outplayed The Sharks 3:2 and became a participant in the international qualification for the World Championship.
Who are Albus Nox Luna? This organization, along with the composition, appeared in May 2016. The original line-up included:
- Dmitry "Smurf" Ivanov
- Alexander "PvPStejos" Glazkov
- Mikhailo "Kira" Harmash
- Vladislav "aMiracle" Shcherbyna
- Kirill "Likkrit" Malofeyev
In a short time, this roster was able to become the leading one in the CIS. For the entire group stage, they lost only one map to the Na'Vi team.
After winning the Continental League, ANX had very little time to prepare for future opponents. In qualifying, they had to play against teams from Brazil, Latin America, Japan, Vietnam and Australia. Each of the regions at that time had its own unique style of play and could surprise with non-standard picks, however, our guys also had something to surprise the whole world, which they did.
Having taken 4th place in the group stage, they had to compete with Lyon Gaming for a place at the Worlds. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the 5th map against the Latin American team.
Many thought the miracles were over, but that was only the beginning.
Albus Nox Luna was in the death group of G2, CLG and Korean titans - ROX Tigers. Each of the analysts predicted the last place for the team from the CIS, and after the first defeat it really seemed that there were no chances to pass further, and the miracle is that they ended up at the World Cup at all, but ANX had other plans. Having taken Anivia and Eliza on the preparation, Kira and PvPStejos unexpectedly beat G2.
On the last day of the group stage, the situation escalated to the limit. 3 out of 4 teams in Group A shared the top spot with a 2-1 stats. G2 were no longer involved in the playoff battle.
The match was ROX vs ANX. At this time, CLG was looking forward to the results of this game, because if the Koreans win, then with a high probability they will play against the CIS, and even despite the fact that our guys were able to beat the team from North America twice, on paper our guys were weaker , but then something happened that no one expected.
66 minutes of intense game and Albus Nox Luna make history as they advance to the Worlds quarter-finals. This is a tremendous success for the CIS. Previously, only Gambit played in the Worlds playoffs in 2013, where they lost to Najin Black Sword 1-2.
In the quarter-finals, H2K became ANX's rival. Unfortunately, our guys could not impose a fight and lost 0-3, but this victory over the Koreans instilled confidence not only in the CIS, but also in all Western regions: the Korean teams are not so invincible.
At the end of the year, the team disbanded. The slot in the league and the main backbone of the players went under the banner of M19, and they failed to repeat the success of Albus Nox Luna next season.
No matter what, we always believe in our guys and we have someone to rely on. Last year UOL showed a good result and we hope that this year the CIS will be a competition for everyone in the world.