Fifth Company (VCO) were crowned Team Fortress 2 champions after making what can only be described as an epic comeback against opponents 2EZ in the finals of the World Cyber Games 2009 SAFRA Champions League on Sunday.
2EZ won the first set 5-2 on aggregate easily against a weak VCO but due to the double elimination format had to win another round against VCO to win the tournament.
In the second set, VCO’s spirit appeared to have been broken, quickly giving up 2 points, but VCO’s legendary status as the Comeback Kings kicked in at this point. They managed to stage a comeback to win the final set and the tournament with an aggregate score of 5-3.
The full match report is available here.
“It was really a hard fought match,” VCO team member Lee “Ace” Yi Ting said. “Luck’s involved heavily in this game and I’ll say luck is on our side.
“It was quite fortunate for us to be able to take a sudden leap of faith and just go for the win in the end.”
Team 2EZ from L to R: Nicole “Nic” Wee, Augustin “Auggy” Ang, Wilfred “WilfredT” Tan, Elwin “Elwin” Ee, Alvan “Perpie” Low and Leon “can_lah_2” Soh.
Speaking to GameSync after the match, 2EZ team leader Elwin Ee said: “We were disappointed that we lost, but we were quite pleased that in such a short time we managed to train just barely enough to fight on par with VCO.
“Our team was assembled roughly one month before WCG with some players coming in much later, roughly 3 weeks to 1 week before.”
Meanwhile, team TFC placed third in the tournament after being defeated by 2EZ in the lower bracket finals.
TFC leader, Dickson “Adsf” Tang, said: “I think we were quite lucky, managing to score 3-2 against VCO which I find is quite incredible for our team which was formed just for this competition two or three weeks ago.”
Team TFC from L to R: Dickson “Adsf” Tang, Johnny “Conggy” Chang, “daxtron” Muhd Zul, “nasty” Nazri Baobed, “Valent” Hakim Mattar and Shan “Solr” Wong.
VCO won S$300 in cash in addition to other prizes and will be seeded into the quarter-finals of the WCG.
2EZ won S$200 in cash in addition to other prizes and will be participating in the WCG Singapore National Finals Open Category TF2 tournament, but will have to make lineup changes as team member Augustin “Auggy” Ang will be away for his National Service commitments.
TFC won S$100 in cash in addition to other prizes, but will not be joining the WCG Singapore National Finals as they will be forming separate teams to participate.