Last night we saw an amazing match with a slight twist at the end. Controversy or not this match should and will be remembered as one of the greats for a very long time.
After a delayed start the match got underway with LowLandLions and Anexis battling it out for the $6,000 first prize and the runners up taking home a very reasonable $3,000.
LowLandLions started this match with a one map advantage due to coming from the upper bracket, meaning they only needed to win one map to secure victory. On the other hand, Anexis, coming from the lower bracket needed to win both maps in order to take the win. Some people may have seen this as an up-hill struggle but with Anexis being the current #1 team in Europe and possibly the world nobody should have counted them out.
Anexis chose the first map and the game got underway on mp_citystreets, a surprise to some as the expected choice was mp_backlot. However, Anexis seemed to be on another level as they picked LowLandLions apart, eventually winning the map rather convincingly with a 13-5 scoreline.
The second map chosen by the LowLandLions side was mp_strike. Some would favour LowLandLions to take this map, but again nothing can be ruled out at this level. As the game got underway we saw some outstanding teamwork, great individual play and clutch wins from the LowLandLions side who took an early 6-1 lead. Everything was running like clock work which lead to the Anexis side calling a timeout. Collecting their thoughts and thinking about what was going wrong and how they can fix it must have been going through the Anexis players minds whilst the LowLandLions side were probably on a 'high' as the chances of winning that $6000 was getting closer and closer, but could they keep the momentum?
As the match resumed, Anexis seemed to do the impossible and clawed back round after round going into half time with a scoreline of 7-5 in favour of LowLandLions. A great result for Anexis when you consider the scoreline before the timeout, but still a strong position for LowLandLions with mp_strike being such a balanced map.
The second half began with LowLandLions being on the attacking side, making use of the SMG players as they dominated the B bomb site area as well as taking over the A bomb site whenever required. With some fantastic teamwork, LowLandLions increased their lead to 10-5. As expected, Anexis called another timeout to do the exact same thing, to discuss what is going wrong and how they can fix it.
The Anexis side again doing the seemingly impossible as they brought the match back to 10-10 and then going on to take a 12 -10 lead, only needing one more round to secure victory. LowLandLions managed to gain 1 round in the process with only one round remaining in a $6000 final being decided on a knifes edge.
Mid round both teams had lost players, but one player for LowLandLions in particular, froz, was in a strong position to do some damage and take down an Anexis player or two. At this point, there were some issues with the server as the players and shout-casters all seemed to gain a massive ping increase and in the confusion Anexis took the round. After a request from LowLandLions to replay the round, Anexis agreed, showing great sportsmanship even with $6000 on the line. After a quick server change the last remaining round was replayed, LowLandLions won the round and forced the match into overtime.
After a short break, the match resumed as again we saw these two great teams go head to head in over-time for the title of Corsair Vengeance Cup champions. Anexis displayed great teamwork and communication as they stormed into the lead with a scoreline of 2-1. With Anexis only needing two more rounds to secure victory, it was now down to LowLandLions to pull off the impossible. Anexis took the next round, 3-1. With one round remaining, networking issues struck again this time Anexis were 3 players up compared to LowLandLions lonesome soldier. Calls of Good Game came from LowLandLions as they too showed sportsmanship and gracefully accepted defeat.
Both teams demonstrated true sportsmanship and have highlighted the strengths of our beloved CoD4 Promod as a truly competitive game. Things only look good for the future as we look forward to more events like this.
LowLandLions 5-13 (mp_citystreets) Anexis
LowLandLions 13-16 (mp_strike) Anexis
Anexis - $6000
LowLandLions - $3000
Team Dignitas - $1000
A massive thanks to Corsair and a big congratulations to Anexis on taking the win, commiserations to LowLandLions despite them putting up a good fight.