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Author Topic: Korean Open 2020 Summer Week 1: Favourites Take Comfortable Wins  (Read 946 times)

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The ₩30,000,000 (US$25,000) Korean national tournament got underway last Saturday, with three APAC North teams in attendance, with the other teams not to be scoffed at either. Despite past struggles with making the numbers for the Pro League, the Korean domestic scene has been going along strongly.

The new Korean Open series of nationals is the latest in a line of a few prior successful tournaments, so here's a rundown of the games from the week prior and here's what to expect from the week ahead.

Cloud9 2-0 SGA eSports
Map Scores: 7-4 (Oregon), 7-5 (Kafe), Not Played (Villa)

The curtain-raiser for the tournament was the Group A matchup between APAC North team and Korean stalwarts Cloud9 and the up-and-coming SGA eSports. While Cloud9 is a name familiar to most, some may also recognise Lee "WATB" Jae-Deok and Hong "Siral" Jae-Hyun as former Pro League players on TRIPPY and SCARZ, respectively.

Kicking the match off was Cloud9's map pick of Oregon, with the APAC North team starting off with two defensive wins. While SGA got on the scoreboard on the third round, Cloud9 shook off the following three attacks to position itself 5-1 at the half. A quick back-and-forth made that 6-2, but Cloud9 had to wait an additional two rounds to secure the 7-4 win, finally closing out another attack on the Meeting/Kitchen site.

Swapping over to SGA's map pick of Kafe, Cloud9 got off to a blistering start, completing a full three-site rotation and securing a 3-0 lead on defense. SGA struck back with two important attack wins to keep itself in the game, as another round win for Cloud9 after meant that it was 4-2 up. SGA was far from out of the game, though, tying the score quickly, but a response in kind meant that Cloud9 was on match point. The map would go to maximum regular distance after SGA would retake the site and disable the defuser, but Cloud9 would close things out and complete a 7-5 map win.