M4 World Championships: Occupy Thrones take down Malvinas Gaming
Occupy Thrones caused another upset today at the M4 World Championships, claiming a clean sweep victory.
After RSG Singapore were shocked by S11 Gaming Argentina in the first lower bracket series of the M4 World Championships, becoming the first team eliminated from the event, the MENA qualifier gave us a minor upset to close out the day. Occupy Thrones came through the Group Stage without a single victory under their belts, although being in one of the toughest groups. While they did give RRQ Hoshi a tough time, the team seemed unlikely to progress much further than the first stage of the lower bracket – but have now proved us all wrong.
In a day where all series were completely one-sided, with clean sweep victories across the board, Malvinas Gaming and Occupy Thrones looked destined to change that. After a smart backdoor play from Lio in game one saw OT save themselves from what could have been a brutal comeback by Malvinas, game two looked to be all but in the bag for the Peruvians. After watching their LATAM brethren secure a massive victory earlier in the day, Malvinas were definitely wanting to bring the series back to even footing and move forward – but OT had other plans.
Even with Joelcrew’s Wanwan being far ahead, Maro’s Khufra pick turned the tables, as he constructed a perfect base for his team to push forward. With pickoffs leading into multiple objectives, OT slowly brought the game back into their favour, and eventually wasted no time in closing out another 2-0 victory for the lower bracket’s opening round. Unfortunately for Malvinas Gaming, the loss would mean the end of their M4 tournament, finishing in the same 13th-16th place as they did at M3.
For Occupy Thrones, this massive victory marks their first at M4, as they move forward in the lower bracket. Things do not get easier for the MENA squad, with their next best-of-three series being against the Brazilians of RRQ Akira – which will take place tomorrow, January 10th. With that also comes three other lower bracket series, as we will saw goodbye to another four teams, as the search for the M4 World Championship victory continues.