At stake was the ti­tle of the TanksAsia Mas­ters Sea­son 1 Grand Fi­nals, where the win­ning team would take home US$60,000 (~RM193,330) in cash prizes.


The top two Asian World of Tanks teams go head to head in Sin­ga­pore

Last month, the Com­mand Cen­tre by Wargaming cy­ber­café at Dhoby Ghaut Sta­tion, Sin­ga­pore was the scene of an epic World of Tanks bat­tle be­tween Team In­sid­i­ous Gam­ing of Sin­ga­pore and Team PVP Su­per Friends from the Philip­pines. At stake was the ti­tle of the TanksAsia Mas­ters Sea­son 1 Grand Fi­nals, where the win­ning team would take home US$60,000 (~RM193,330) in cash prizes.

Prior to their meetup in the Grand Fi­nals, both teams emerged vic­to­ri­ous over sev­eral chal­leng­ing bat­tles through­out the sea­son. Team ISG was the fa­vorites to win the tour­na­ment as they fin­ished first with the most points in the rank­ings. De­spite rank­ing 3rd, Team PVP man­aged to sneak into the Grand Fi­nals by de­feat­ing 2nd place Team Ef­fi­ciency. The night be­fore the tour­na­ment, both teams en­joyed a sump­tu­ous buf­fet din­ner cour­tesy of Wargaming at Or­chard Cen­tral, Sin­ga­pore. Next evening, both teams were ready to get se­ri­ous and prove their met­tle as they set­tled into their pri­vate gam­ing booths.

The first round of the match was taken by Team ISG, as they con­vinc­ingly took out Team PVP’s main force in a pin­cer at­tack in Ensk. Team PVP was not deterred by the loss in the first round, bounc­ing back to nab vic­to­ries in the fol­low­ing two rounds in Mines and Him­mels­dorf. How­ever, the fourth round at Abbey proved to be the most con­tentious map in the tour­na­ment as both teams played cau­tiously, un­will­ing to con­cede a round. Be­cause of this, the map ended in a draw three times. It wasn’t un­til the fourth time that Team PVP fi­nally caught a break, and they man­age to out­gun Team ISG.

With Team PVP only re­quir­ing one more vic­tory to win the Grand Fi­nals, Team ISG de­cided to use a risky tac­tic by rush­ing un­der the bridge in Wide­park. How­ever, Team PVP an­tic­i­pated their move, re­sult­ing in a swift vic­tory for Team PVP. With a fi­nal score of 4:1, Team PVP Su­per Friends emerged vic­to­ri­ous. De­spite tak­ing sec­ond place with a cash prize of US$20,000, Team ISG was gra­cious enough to present a tank model to Team PVP as an ac­knowl­edge­ment of their strength.

“We are re­ally happy,” said Alvin Ur­biz­tondo @ Bat­man, Cap­tain of Team PVP. “It is such a big sur­prise that we won, and I would like to thank my team for work­ing so hard to win the game”. Team PVP will now be seeded into Sea­son 2, where they will have the op­por­tu­nity to win even more cash prizes.

World of Tanks fans and play­ers crowded the Com­mand Cen­tre by Wargaming cy­ber­café dur­ing the tour­na­ment

A Wargaming mar­shal ex­plain­ing the tour­na­ment rules to both teams dur­ing the me­dia din­ner

Jasper Ni­co­las, Wargaming Asia Gen­eral Man­ager, giv­ing a speech to both teams and me­dia

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