After a long journey through group stages and semi-finals, we’ve finally reached our grand final. Both teams have fought hard to get here, and absolutely deserve to be in this final. The calibre of both teamplay and individual performance that has been shown by both sides is incredible for an amateur tournament.


 
UCD A

dragS IGL
Evin Lurk
Incipiens Rifler
MrTurtle AWPer
Reubish Entry
The core of EviN, Incipiens, and MrTurtle have been playing together for over a year now, and this really shows in how they play. UCD’s teamwork is among the best in the tournament, we rarely see players dying isolated from the rest of their team, or a player completely dry peeking without flashes or smokes from teammates first. With dragS at the helm, UCD’s mid-round adaptations are extremely good, often catching opposing teams off-guard with smart plays and well-placed lurks. The recent addition of Reubish into the entry role has allowed players like Incipiens to run wild around the map, taking free picks and opening up sites when standard strategies aren’t working. UCD aren’t lacking depth when it comes to individual plays either, every player is capable of going huge in a crucial round, be it via aim or brain.

 

Star Player: dragS
A relatively big name in the Irish scene for quite some time now, dragS is arguably the most important player on UCD. His wealth of experience in the game allows him to read teams well and make the right calls, and he’s not shy of making big plays himself.

 

Maps
UCD heavily favour Mirage, but not simply because it’s an easy map to play. They have many well-developed strats which are used to great effect. Cache is also a favourite, with Incipiens in particular considering it a playground for him. We also saw them play Overpass in the semi-finals, and it was clear that some work had been done there too.

 


 
Trinty Cowboi Gang

Beast From The East AWPer
Ekipp&&Reis IGL
Fanny Rifler
God Of Fire Rifler
Stephen Lurk
TCD are no strangers to finals, having reached the finals of ICE last year, where they unfortunately lost to DIT. That experience could be what gives them the edge over UCD this year, especially given that their lineup is identical to the team that came so close last year. Despite having played together for over a year at this stage, TCD’s style of play is much looser than UCD’s, relying less on teamplay and more so on individual plays from players such as Ekipp and Stephen. Ekipp tends to be a very nasty thorn in the side of opposing teams, particularly on the CT side, where he seems to be everywhere the terrorists attempt to go. On the T side TCD tend to rely on individual picks to open up sites. Something we’ve seen a lot is that TCD are extremely disciplined, they rarely get greedy and are prepared to save their weapons if they know a round is likely lost. This is undoubtedly due to Ekipp’s IGL role, where his vast experience in the game really lends itself to him almost always making the correct calls.

 

Star player: Ekipp&&Reis
Despite being somewhat encumbered by his role as IGL, Ekipp is still above and beyond the best player on TCD, frequently fragging at least 5 or 10 kills above the rest of his team.

 

Maps
TCD’s Cache is something to be reckoned with, with some very effective CT strategies and T side aim duels being a breeze. They’re no strangers to Mirage either, despite being slightly more shaky on it than Cache. Inferno also seems to be a favourite.

 


 
Previous Matchups
TCD beat UCD last year more than once to advance to the finals. But with the roster shakeups this year UCD are looking a lot more formidable than they did last time round. The two teams played each other in the first game of the group stages earlier in this tournament, and TCD came out on top, but only narrowly. The score was 16-14 on Cache, and UCD came very close to taking it to overtime.
 
Written by Jack “Ferex” Price, CS:GO shoutcaster for ICE and substitute for UCD. You know what they say, if you can’t beat ’em, write articles about ’em!