Cloud9 triumph in North American Heroes Spring Championship
With eight teams competing for a $100,000 prize pool, as well as two spots in the Spring Global Championship in South Korea, the world champions topped their group in the early stages before defeating long-time rivals Tempo Storm and Team Naventic.
Cloud9, like Chinese regional champions Estar Gaming, will get a bye past the initial group stage in Korea as a reward for winning the regional championship.
COGnitive and Tempo Storm each take home $15,000 for their top four finishes—a reward and sign of progress for both teams, considering the restructuring and roster changes in both organizations since November's World Championship.
Cloud9 and Naventic weren't the only teams to book their trip to Korea this weekend. Negative Synergy won a four-team bracket from the Australia and New Zealand region to win a place in the 12-team tournament. The three teams will meet Estar Gaming and EDward Gaming from China, as well as two representatives from Korea and Europe and a team each from Latin America, South East Asia and Taiwan.
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