The third and final day of the Red Bull LAN took place on Sunday in New York City, where three teams of professional gamers have been practicing Halo: Reach since early Friday morning.
DMaq and Jo Garcia continued their commentary during the live stream from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, and while the former refrained from spitting one of his infamous freestyles, the latter was the recipient of a thoughtful gesture from team Warriors.
Michael “Strongside” Cavanaugh and guest-coach Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky welcomed Garcia to the e-sport universe by way of a teddy-bear purchased with their winnings at Dave “Walshy” Walsh’s 27th birthday bash, which was held Thursday at Dave & Buster’s in Times Square.
The boys however, welcomed one another back Sunday with stickies and beat-downs galore. They referred to it as “tough love”.
Their Sunday Best
The day concluded with StatusQuo’s thrilling 50-48 Team Slayer victory over Warriors, where Aaron “Ace” Elam capped off a double-kill in a two-minute sniper showdown between both teams. Ultimately, StatusQuo would have the best W/L percentage on the weekend, while Kiaeneto managed to bag the most wins overall.
Ian “Enable” Wyatt reclaimed the daily MVP throne from Michael “Strongside” Cavanaugh on the final day as well, and Sunday’s achievement would solidify Enable’s title as Red Bull LAN’s overall MVP; he recorded a kill-to-death ratio of 1.2 overall.
Deciding to put on a show of their own, Kiaeneto’s Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Austin “Mikwen” McCleary crossed the 1,500-kill mark together Sunday and were the only gamers to do so.
The New Sheriff in Town
With a chat room that resembled a college rager and a wager system that was as busy as any Las Vegas casino, the Red Bull LAN stream capped off the weekend with more than 1.6 million unique viewers in countries spanning the world over.
Fans were able to follow the behind-the-scenes action thanks to a video recap of Day 2, a second edition of the day’s Top 10 Plays, and numerous updates posted on the @redbullGAMING account found on Twitter.
A slight wave of momentary sadness swept over the Red Bull Space when the controllers were unplugged and the gear was packed and loaded. Surely, the end of game play on Sunday marked the beginning of a new era in the wide world of e-sports -- the Red Bull Gaming era, to be more specific.
|Series 1||StatusQuo - 4||Warriors - 1|
|Series 2||Kiaeneto - 4||Warriors - 2|
|Series 3||StatusQuo - 5||Kiaeneto - 2|
|Series 4||Warriors - 3||StatusQuo - 2|
|Series 5||Warriors - 3||Kiaeneto - 3|
|Series 6||StatusQuo - 5||Kiaeneto -1|
|Series 7||Warriors - 4||StatusQuo - 2|
|Series 8||Kiaeneto - 5||Warriors - 0|
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