Newbee Wins World Cyber Games
World Cyber Games 2019 has finally ended and after a season filled with disappointing results, Newbee, the former TI 4 champion and TI 7 finalist, managed to win their first noteworthy tournament in the last 18 months.
World Cyber Games 2019 Participants
Before we can draw any conclusion from Newbee’s victory at World Cyber Games, we need to establish some context. As I’m sure you know, in esports nothing means anything outside of the context in which it happened. A team may win a large event, but that doesn’t automatically guarantee them a spot among the best of the best. Especially in cases where the participants’ list of that event doesn’t include any relevant names. And that’s exactly the case with World Cyber Games. Not a single team from the top 20 attended the competition.
The full list of participants was the following:
- Cignal Ultra
- CDEC Gaming
- Thunder Predator
- Black Sheep
Among these teams, only Newbee, CDEC, Hippomaniacs and Thunder Predator were of any relevance at the start of the tournament. And the strongest of them, at least on paper, was CDEC Gaming, even though it was known at the time that Newbee was likely to beat them in a direct matchup, just like they had already done in the Chinese Qualifiers for The International 2019.
Among the four teams listed above, the first three confirmed their strength relative to the other opponents while the fourth, Thunder Predator, had a miserable performance. The other three played as they had been expected although their pecking order turned out to be different from what the stats indicated. Normally, CDEC should have either won or at least played in the Grand Final. However, they lost against a completely unknown opponent (at the time), Cignal Ultra. This is a team from the Philippines with only two significant names in it: Nando and Grimzx.
So, in a way, Newbee was simply a big fish in a small pond at World Cyber Games. They did perform well though and only lost one game out of 12, in the Semifinals against Hippomaniacs. Their group stage ended with 7 W – 0 L while the Grand Finals ended with a score of 2 – 0 in their favor.
Newbee’s victory will be rewarded with $80,000. In total, World Cyber Games had a prize pool of $140,000.
World Cyber Games Complete Results
The complete results of the tournament are the following.
- Newbee: 7 W – 0 L
- Cignal Ultra: 5 W – 2 L
- CDEC Gaming: 4 W – 3 L
- Hippomaniacs: 4 W – 3 L
- Germany: 3 W – 4 L
- Unicorn: 2 W – 5 L
- Thunder Predator: 2 W – 5 L
- Black Sheep: 1 W – 6 L
- Semifinal 1: Newbee vs. Hippomaniacs: 2 – 1
- Semifinal 2: Cignal Ultra vs. CDEC Gaming: 2 – 1
- 3rd Place Match: Hippomaniacs vs. CDEC Gaming: 0 – 2
- Grand Final: Newbee vs. Cignal Ultra: 2 – 0