Chicago’s Championship Match featured the unlikely pairing of Final Boss against the new look Str8 Rippin roster. Str8 Rippin entered the match riding high after topping both Carbon and FBI The Agency. However, the seventh-seeded squad entered the Finals with a 3-1 deficit to overcome, thanks to Final Boss’ win over Str8 in the Winners Bracket Finals.

Final Boss and Str8 Rippin hit the main stage before the Championship Bracket

Final Boss set the tone early in the match, as both Ogre 2 and Strongside grabbed the initial sniper spawns on Sanctuary Team Slayer. Final Boss held down the red side of the map as Ogre 2 and Strongside picked off Str8 Rippin players in tandem. Final Boss’ lead built to 11 before Str8 Rippin finally broke through the setup and grabbed a newly spawned sniper rifle. Str8 put the sniper in the hands of Neighbor, who had been on fire with precision shooting all tournament. While his snipes narrowed Final Boss’ lead, the initial 11-point margin proved to be too great to overcome.

The victory gave Final Boss a 4 – 1 series advantage. Next up was Midship Bomb, where Str8 Rippin came storming out of the gate. Throughout the tournament, Str8 managed quick objective scores against a variety of top-level teams and looked to do so once again here. Within 20 seconds, all four of the Str8 Rippin players reached Final Boss’ base. While they eliminated the three Final Boss players on defensive duty, Ogre 2 was left to shoot safely from blue flag, having run the length of the map right off the start. Ogre 2’s cross-map double kill stopped Str8’s plant attempt just in time.

Final Boss deep in concentration as the face Str8 Rippin in the Finals

Minutes later, Final Boss implemented a textbook score, sending all four enemy players to the respawn screen and positioning themselves so Str8 would spawn underneath the base. Str8 Rippin generally controlled the run of play during the game and put together frequent plant attempts that consistently failed at the last possible moment. With only three seconds remaining in regulation, Str8 Rippin finally broke through. Both Elamite and Neighbor died just milliseconds short of bomb completion. Third time was a charm, as Tsquared picked up the bomb to finish the job. While dramatic, Final Boss soon played the spoilers to Str8 Rippin’s dream run, closing out the match 2 – 1 in overtime.

Before Game 3 of the championship continuation, the two teams lit up with some friendly back and forth trash talk. While perfectly harmless, it appeared to spark new energy for the Ogre twins. Ogre 1 and 2 both opened with strong slaying, as Final Boss gained a 13 – 8 lead in Beaver Creek Slayer. Ogre 2 took a break from the action to check his stats, admiring his then game-leading six kills. Amazing stats appeared to be his goal, as he went on a running riot and suffered only one death for the entire game, while tallying 14 kills. Final Boss have logged a number of masterful Beaver Creek Slayer performances this season and added another one to the tally tonight with a 50 – 21 victory over Str8 Rippin to close out the tournament. The Ogres provided 30 of the team’s kills in the win.

Str8 Rippin attempt to defuse Final Boss

The match was reminiscent of the early tournaments of 2006, where Str8 Rippin would give Final Boss a relatively close match in the Winners Bracket Finals, then get swept in the championship continuation. For Ogre 2 and Walshy of Final Boss, Chicago was a particularly notable tournament, as they became the first players to win championship titles in two different games. The title as gave Final Boss three for the 2007 Pro Circuit, notable especially because only four titles have been given out in total.


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