There weren't a whole lot of ways to qualify for The Grand Finals. They mostly involved tank destruction and maintaining outstanding levels of sportsmanship. However, it’s also know that there are two slots reserved for teams who could potentially steal the show.
Two teams managed to successfully warm the crowd’s heart this year. Get to know the fan favorites!
From the first season, Kazna Kru was always close, travelling to the offline finals but never managing to seize the opportunity in front of them. They were also the fan favorites who never seemed to lose spirit.
This year however, things have changed. Kazna Kru grew stronger and started showing their teeth. Finally, at the WGL EU Season 5 finals, the team finished first for the first time. Their performance was a pleasant surprise for the region, but falling just one point short of the requirement to become the official European representative was a real disappointment to the region’s eSports fans.
For that show of sportsmanship, they’ve been granted a second chance. Let’s see if they can repeat their unforgettable performance from the last finals.
Watch out, as it’s likely that the EXPO XXI hall will be considered their home turf by the crowd thanks to having Ealien, one of the top Polish players, on their roster!
Santa Claus & Six Deers started off by participating in Weekly Cups: a ranked, regular tournament; the bottom of the barrel of the WGL CIS ladder system.
From there, they qualified for the Bronze Series. It didn’t take long for the team to start racking up points in the Silver Series, where they spent two seasons mastering their skills. This season they managed to qualify for the regional Gold Series.
They finished third in the group stage, falling behind the region’s favorites, Natus Vincere and Hellraisers. However, their bold attacks took the champions by surprise. Both NA`VI and HR were crushed.
Only the lack of LAN-experience kept them from claiming the trophy. NA`VI got their revenge in the final match. We wish them the best of luck in Warsaw!