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Published: September 26, 2023

Written by: Stefan Velikov

  • The Russian squad defeated the Brazilians with a 2-0 in the event’s finals
  • Both teams secured berths for the CCT Global Finals, which will be held in 2024
  • 1WIN’s leader, Kirill “⁠Boombl4⁠” Mikhailov stood out with his performance

Sixteen teams competed in the CCT 2023 Online Finals 3 but only one could claim first place and the grand prize of $100 000 and that was 1WIN.

1WIN Triumph Over MIBR

MIBR and 1WIN faced off against each other yesterday at the last match of the CCT 2023 Online Finals 3. Both teams secured a CCT Global Finals berth thanks to their top-two finishes and will participate in the event which will take place sometime next year. It will see them alongside the likes of and Spirit compete for a piece of the half-a-million-dollar prize pool.

1WIN were a dominant force in their run through CCT 2023 Online Finals 3, losing just one map in their fight against Aurora. However, they still managed to win that match and scored two other comfortable 2-0 victories over Sharks and Monte on their way to the tournament’s finals.

The Russian Counter-Strike team’s triumph over their Brazilian opponents also marks their first tournament victory since May, when the former narrowly moved past Aurora, 2-1, to win BetBoom Playlist Freedom 2023. The tournament was great practice for the ESL Challenger League Season 46, which starts on October 5.

For MIBR, the loss isn’t as bad as despite the team losing and writing on Twitter that they wanted to win first place, they still got a chance to prove themselves once again in the CCT Global Finals, as their second-place finish secured them a berth for the event. “We finished the CCT 2023 Online Finals in second place. We wanted the title but this time it hasn’t come yet. Step by step we get there, trust us. Our evolution continues, thank you for your support,” MIBR’s post reads.

1WIN’s leader, Kirill “⁠Boombl4⁠” Mikhailov topped this match’s charts, scoring a total of 26 kills and being crucial for his team’s victory on the first map, Vertigo. With 25 frags, his teammate Denis “⁠deko⁠” Zhukov follows closely behind, the teamwork between the two eventually leading to a 16-11 lead for 1WIN during the first map.

Having been shaken quite badly by the Russians, MIRB doubled down on the second map, Mirage, quickly taking the lead and scoring an impressive 10-5 result by the end of the first half. Despite the big deficit, however, 1WIN stayed calm and recovered with a potent T-side of their own. This eventually led the Russian squad to overtake their opponents and eventually steal Mirage with a 16-13.

With this, 1WIN triumphs in a tournament, which saw many high-profile teams struggle. Interestingly, one of these was Monte, who recently defeated MIBR to take an EPL Playoffs spot. Other struggling teams included OG, who crashed out earlier than many would have predicted, which is likely due to the fact they are still recovering following their off-season overhaul.

All this shows 1WIN were able to perform so well in a tournament in which even more experienced teams struggled, showing that the Russian squad has come far since the spring and is ready to face new challenges.

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