On Thursday November 26th, 2020, Team Finest’s very own Valorant Team became the first ever Israeli team to win a tournament of such magnitude and prestige.
The road to glory was not simple in the slightest and the team had to overcome adversity as they battled their way to the top. The tournament did not start off the way they had intended, as they lost their opening match and hope slowly diminished. As they entered the elimination round with their backs against the wall, the team was able to string together numerous victories that put them back in contention, starting with Team Queso. Their next formidable opponent came in the decider match of the group, facing off against and eventually beating, S2V Esports. With confidence back on their side, Finest was able to rally an impressive performance in the Semi-Final round in which they knocked out their opponent, Movistar Riders.
With the entire tournament in their rearview mirror and only the final match left, Finest took on a valiant opponent in Cream Real Betis. The final round was a best of three matchup that would see the winner take home first prize, the coveted Genesis Cup Sombras trophy as well as 3,500 euros in prize money.
In the first map, Ascent, Finest came out on top in a closely fought battle in which the final score was 13-10. ShonP and ALIVE shined in this matchup, willing their team across the finish line with some incredible play. As they looked to the next round, played on Haven, Cream Real Betis was able to tie things up in a nerve wracking round that needed extra time to be settled. Recident kept his team alive with a performance like no other, finishing with a +10 rating and an astonishing 17 assists. In the winner take all final map, Bind, Finest was able to put together an impressive show of determination, skill and strategy as they overcame their rivals and won 13-8. While it was an all around team effort, a special mention must be given to ALIVE, who took home finals MVP honours and seemed to be on another level absolutely dominating from start to finish.
The result of the Genesis Cup Sombras put the entire Valorant scene on notice as to who exactly Team Finest is. Their performance sent murmurs throughout the community and will certainly open up new opportunities. However, for the team, they are already back to training and have their eyes set on their next big feat: The Genesis Cup Radiants.
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