After defeating Spirit 2-0 in the CCT 2023 Online Finals 2, winning on Overpass (16-11) and Vertigo (19-16) in overtime, Virtus.pro took home the $100,000 first-place prize and the title of CCT 2023 Online Finals 2 champions. The road for Virtus.pro to this grand finals showdown may be described as somewhat difficult. Along the way, they had to defeat Apeks and OG, but both of those matchups went to three maps.
Virtus.pro, the eventual champions of the IEM Rio Major, met Leonid “chopper” Vishnyakov and company, in the upper bracket final. At first, the Spirit team dominated, sending the IEM Rio Major winners to the lower bracket.
Nonetheless, Dzhami “Jame” Ali’s squad prevailed against Aurora in the consolidation final and were the dominant side in the championship game. Virtus.pro had a well-thought-out strategy to counter Spirit’s reliance on Danil “donk” Kryshkovets, a 16-year-old prodigy, and the team kept its cool throughout the match, even when down by four map points on Vertigo and still managing to win in overtime.
The Russian-dominated team Virtus.pro has already won three consecutive tournaments. In June and July, they triumphed in ESL Challenger Katowice and FiReLEAGUE Battle. It’s also their second victory with Alexey “Qikert” Golubev and Nikolay “mir” Bityukov in the starting lineup; Golubev is now on the team’s transfer list, and Bityukov has filled in for injured player David “n0rb3r7” Danielyan.
The victory will give Virtus.pro a boost of confidence as they prepare to face FaZe in their debut match at Gamers8, a $1 million single-elimination tournament taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from August 16-20.
Several other well-known teams also failed to go past the 16-team elimination round, with Apeks being the most notable of these. The BLAST.tv Paris Major runners-up, who had replaced Justinas “jL” Lekavicius with Aleksandar “CacaNito” Kjulukoski during the tournament break, went on to finish 9th-12th overall after suffering defeats at the hands of Virtus.pro and, more surprisingly, SINNERS.
Other prominent teams that struggled included OG, who lost in the lower bracket to SAW and finished 5th-6th, and Into the Breach, who are now down to four players after their surprise decision to split ways with Adam “NEOFRAG” Zouhar on August 3.
This tournament ended up being really interesting, even if we take into account that it was played online. We all know that seeing the players live on stage is a more exciting experience, but from time to time, these kinds of tournaments are always welcome.
This are the top 4 teams of CCT 2023 Online tournament:
- Virtus.pro – $100,000 + CCT Global Finals 2024
- Spirit – $40,000 + CCT Global Finals 2024
- Aurora $25,000
- SAW $15,000
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