100 Thieves defeats Cloud9 in Red Bull Home Ground final
For the first time in history of the Red Bull Home Ground, American teams were invited to the third edition. The tournament, which took place from 9th to 11th December, ended with a final between the two teams from the USA, namely 100 Thieves and Cloud9. Supported by bang, 100 Thieves won in just three maps, and with it the $50,000 at stake.
After the success of the first two editions, the Red Bull Home Ground returned for a very special edition. Until now, only European teams have participated in this tournament; this time it was open to international structures. For their first appearance, American teams largely dominated. Cloud9 and 100 Thieves came out on top of their group before reaching the Grand Final, eliminating Vitality, Team Liquid and KRU Esports in the process.
On Sunday afternoon, the two structures faced each other in a final fierce duel. The efficiency of bang in crucial moments allowed the 100 Thieves to take the lead by winning Bind 13 to 10.
On Fracture, a perfect tie at the change of sides gave Cloud9 a chance to come back to the overall score. Despite losing two rounds early in the second half, successive force-buys from their opponents paid off. 100 Thieves continued their momentum and flew to victory. The map ended with a score of 13-9.
Galvanised by their previous victories, Asuna and his teammates then gave Cloud9 a real beating on Icebox. In just 37 minutes, they put an end to the back-and-forth and won 13-3.
Cloud9 and 100Thieves will have the opportunity to compete again next year as they are among the ten selected for the VCT Americas League 2023.