After a week full of surprises and upsets, Windigo Gaming has been crowned WESG 2018 Champions. The Bulgarian roster found success through their aggressive and confident playstyle.
Windigo started the event in possibly the hardest group. They were pitted alongside Fnatic, Riders, and ENCE coming into the tournament. Due to their historic run at IEM Katowice just weeks before, ENCE opted to drop out of this event. Meaning there was one less hurdle for Windigo.
Windigo was able to top their group after a strong 2-0 win over Riders, and a 1-1 tie with Fnatic. The tie with Fnatic set the pace for the tournament. It sparked the belief that they can compete with the best, this aided to their confident approach in playstyle.
Windigo became the kings of upsets during bracket play at this event. Their run started with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Furious Gaming. However, in the quarterfinals they would have to battle against the favourites to win the event, MiBR.
Windigo came out swinging against MiBR. Taking a 1-0 lead in the series following a 16-8 win on Dust II. MiBR turned the tables by picking up the victory on Train 16-8 and tying up the series at 1-1. It came down to a tightly contested Overpass was Windigo came out on top 16-13 and advanced to the semi-finals.
Next up was G2. This was another team that had the potential and slight expectations to make it to the final. The teams fought it out into overtime in the opening match of the semi-final. Where ultimately Windigo won the map 19-17. The momentum had swung after this. Windigo stormed into Overpass, picking up a 16-7 win and taking the series 2-0 to book their place in the grand final
Windigo Gaming vs. AGO Esports. Now that’s a grand final headline that nobody predicted coming into the event. Windigo was fuelled with motivation after upsetting both MiBR and G2. Whereas AGO had shown up Fnatic in the semi-final, including a 16-0 win on Inferno to start the series.
The two underdogs fought tooth and nail for their chance at lifting the trophy. AGO found themselves 1-0 up in the series after a 16-14 win on Inferno. We then moved over to Mirage and got treated to another excellent game that Windigo won 16-13.
It came down to the historical map of Dust II to settle the series. Windigo found themselves in full stride taking the map 16-7, taking the series 2-1, and winning WESG 2018.