We Are Critical Ops World Champions!
But first, we lost in the semi-finals to Theocracy, an up-and-coming and talented team from Asia. We were destined for a 3rd or 4th place... dreams were shattered, and the team at GS was crushed.
PwntByUkrainian addressed the team: "Guys... you fought good. You trained hard. But I guess they studied you well and, in the end, proved to be the better.."
"Something doesn't add up," Joker interrupted. "Sorry to interrupt, Pwnt, but something is off. They always knew to stack the site we rushed. It could be coincidence, but it feels a bit too much of a coincidence. Like... every single time, they just knew. Are they really that lucky?"
"Yeah, it was really strange," Judgement added. "I know when a team beats us fair and square, but this just felt hopeless. No matter how unpredictable we tried being, they knew where to look for us."
Someone else added, "And who was that one guy on their team, does anyone know him? Wait, do you think... no, that can't be... but maybe?"
And so we asked the tournament organizers to check into it. Sure enough, DC Shadow played for Theocracy under a different name. Banned from the tournament for hacking a week earlier, DC Shadow wanted to make another run for fame as part of Theocracy crew. As fate would have it, a key Theocracy member couldn't play that day and they were desperate for a replacement; what they did not know is that DC Shadow was banned from tournament play or why. Theocracy got disqualified for using a banned player, and GankStars moved on to the finals... for a few hours, anyway!
Turns out that DC Shadow's ban or reason for the ban were never publicly announced, and so Theocracy was technically innocent. As far as they were concerned, they just found a sub for their main member. In light of this, it was unfair to disqualify them based on something they had no way of knowing.
Mobile Esports decided to allow a replay of GankStars vs Theocracy, but this time DC Shadow couldn't participate. We won in a clean 2-0 sweep and, once again, moved on to the finals! GGWP Theocracy - a great team with a bright future ahead.
The next day, we played Imperial for the World Champion title in Critical Ops in a best-of-five. A coin flip decided the starting side of game 1, alternating each game thereafter; we got CT game 1. Maps were selected randomly, in secret: the teams had to be ready for any map to be pulled out of the hat. The stage was set for a tense, surprising series.
The first game we dominated. The second game we won with some difficulty. It was the third game, however, where we were down for half of it and it seemed like the series was going into game 4. 2Beast was going ham on the GankStars side, with a score of 27-11 at one point. But Retroz from Imperial was equally impressive. Imperial won 4 rounds in a row and brought the score up to 11-12; they were 1 round away from game point.
And what a round it was! Imperial took out one member of GankStars right off the bat, but saw three of their players drop in return. It was Retroz vs three GankStars. He takes out one. He takes out the other. Now it's just Retroz vs GS Elite, who is very low on health.. Elite plants the bomb. Retroz slowly moves into the bomb site... can he clutch it?? In a 50/50 decision, he turns to one side of the site... but Elite jumps out of the other side and gets a kill, clinching 3-0 final match score for GankStars!
For your viewing pleasure, here is shoutcasters' reaction below (it's just better without sound):
To our amazing team for pulling off a great win! To our fans for believing in us, and of course to our sponsors for always supporting us. GGWP to Imperial and all the other teams we faced on this long road. 'Till next season!