Flash Wolves win IEM Season XI World Championship, playoffs plagued with delays and tech issues

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[hkes_show_google_ad] Call it a flash of brilliance. Flash Wolves have won the IEM Season XI World Championship in Katowice after sweeping G2 Esports 2-0 in the Grand Finals on Sunday. It was a near flawless run for the Taiwanese team as they opened their group by winning their opening best-of-one against G2 and swept Unicorns of Love 2-0 to advance to the playoffs. Their only loss came in the semifinals against H2k-Gaming, with the European giants taking Game 1. FW pulled off a reverse sweep to end the series 2-1. They advanced to the Grand Finals to face G2 once again and this series was a repeat of their matchup from the group stage. G2 pulled out respect bans for betty’s Varus in both games, but it wasn’t enough to stop FW from taking the Grand Finals 2-0. Karsa picked up Kha’Zix in both games and a had flawless record in the series, ending Game 1 with a 3-0-8 KDA and ending Game 2 with a 3-0-4 KDA. The playoffs were plagued by a slew of technical issues, such as G2’s computers lagging during their semifinal game against the ROX Tigers. The technical issues caused a string of delays and according to G2 midlaner Perkz, the team was on stage for 10 hours during their semifinal and Grand Final matches. Perkz was also named the MVP of the tournament before the Grand Finals. G2 were brought into the tournament to replace Cloud9 who declined their invite. EDward Gaming were unable to attend due to running into visa issues, while SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy declined their invites for unknown reasons. [hkes_show_google_ad]

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