The European team of Nigma has taken first place at WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020. Aside from a $72,000 cheque and 140 DPC points, they earned a ticket to the next Major, DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major.
The tournament in Bukovel was held on January 9-12. It all started with a group stage with the GSL system. In Group A, it was the Chinese of Royal Never Give Up and the Philippine squad of Geek Fam who came out on top, while in Group B, the best level of play was shown by Gambit Esports and Nigma. Therefore, Spirit, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fighting PandaS, and FURIA were eliminated before the Playoffs kicked off.
The decisive stage of the competition ran by the rules of Double Elimination. RNG reached the grand-final through the upper bracket, while Nigma managed to prevail over their opposition in the lower one. As a result, Gambit finished fourth and earned $42,000 (90 DPC points), and Geek Fam placed third, securing $54,000 (110) of prize money.
In the final match, Royal Never Give Up and Nigma faced off against each other in a best-of-five series. The Chinese lineup won the first map but was defeated on the following three, so the team led by Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi closed out the game with a 3-1 score in their favour.
Prize pool distribution at WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020:
- 1. Nigma ($72,000, 140 DPC points, and a slot at The Leipzig Major)
- 2. Royal Never Give Up ($60,000 and 120)
- 3. Geek Fam ($54,000 and 110)
- 4. Gambit ($42,000 and 90)
- 5-6. Spirit, Fighting PandaS ($24,000 and 60 each)
- 7-8. NiP, FURIA ($12,000 and 40 each)
It means that Nigma will participate in The Leipzig Major, which is scheduled for January 18-26. Beside them, fifteen other teams will attend the championship in Germany, as they previously made it through the regional qualifiers. The prize pool of the event is $1,000,000 and 15000 DPC points.
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