“Tornado Energy” crowned world champions once more
The spectacular eSports tournament took place in Moscow and gathered the interest of hundreds
of thousands of fans of the popular online game
Professional eSports team “Tornado Energy” were crowned world champions for the second year in a row, crushing team “DiNG” in the grand final of Wargaming’s “World of Tanks” by 7-2 and reclaimed their spot as the top team in the popular game’s competitive field.
The final match was the culmination of a two-day eSports tournament that took place in Moscow on the 27 and 28 of May, at the majestic VTB Ice Palace and attracted the interest of eSports fans around the world. In total, 12 teams competed, motivated by the cheers of thousands of fans that were in the arena and the hundreds of thousands watching at home. The event, which was organized in partnership with Facebook, attracted thousands of fans and scored 206,000 peak concurrent viewers, beating last year’s record.
The winning team took home the $150,000 trophy, while the runner-up received €75,000. “Not So Serious” and “Elevate”, who came third and fourth, received a $27,500 prize.
“The competitive action on display was incredible all weekend long,” said Vladislav “NESKWI” Kanaev, captain of Tornado Energy. “Wargaming has come far in terms of the sheer size and organization of their events. It felt like a real life sports tournament, with thousands supporters cheering us all through to the final! It was a tough tournament for us, and the team showed their best performance.”
Grand Finals is getting bigger and better each year,” said Mo Fadl, Head of Competitive Gaming at Wargaming. “The Wargaming.net League should be both a goal to reach and entertainment to enjoy for our community. We are aiming to provide the best quality content with it, and it’s truly amazing to see so many people share our passion for tank combat and enjoy the event. Thanks to everyone who watched us online and offline and to Moscow, which hosted such a massive World of Tanks eSports event for the first time.”
To ratchet the entertainment up a notch, Wargaming placed a massive augmented reality screen on the streets of Moscow. It transformed passing cars into tanks, opening up a totally new world to people as they watched huge vehicles from the hit game World of Tanks bust into the real world.
Enjoy the tournament’s best moments in this video: