The 2017 WGLNA Fall Season began back on September 5th with the Elevate Tanks team looking to defend their two time reign as champions of North America. The Elevate roster would look slightly different in 2017 with the departures of Nitts and Jerm, as well as the addition of Parker ‘strikker’ Bullis.
Coming off of a season in which they would win 14 straight matches and finish with an undefeated record, the 2017 version would look mostly the same as they came out of the gate hot with wins over Teal Team 6 and eClipse in week one. In the first 12 matches of the season, they only dropped nine rounds, but they would suffer their one and only blemish of 2017 when they fell at the hands of Top Tier 4-5 in the second to last match of the year. Even with the loss on the record, the Elevate Tanks team finished with a very impressive 69-16 game record and finished 13 points ahead of second place eClipse securing themselves another first overall seed into the WGLNA Fall Finals in Hollywood, California.
Now turning their attention to the season finals, not only was a trip to the World Gaming League Grand Finals event in Moscow, Russia on the line, but Elevate, along with eClipse, Top Tier, and Dare Rising would battle it out for their share of $243,000. The first semi-final matchup of the event would be Elevate in a head to head contest with Dare Rising. In emphatic fashion, Elevate would come out firing and take a commanding 5-0 lead in the best-of-7. Dare Rising would try to claw back in taking one game from Ruinberg, as well as one game from Murovanka to bring the score to 6-2 heading to Ghost Town. Dare would be able to find one more game win, but the firepower from Elevate would prove to be too much and they would not see a sixth map as the series ended 7-3 with Elevate awaiting the winner of the second semi-final.
In the second semi-final, eClipse would take on Top Tier in a classic matchup. Top Tier, much like Elevate, would come out strong taking a comfortable 4-1 lead. But eClipse would not back down. They would win four of the next five games bringing the series score to 6-5, but would fall just short losing the series 7-5 sending Top Tier, the only team to take a match from Elevate, to the fall grand finals.
Throughout the season, Elevate dominated most of the maps in the rotation, but none more so than Sand River, so it wasn’t a surprise that in the map banning phase Top Tier would remove that from the match. In turn, Elevate banned out Cliffs, a map they really didn’t see much of in the regular season and a map that Top Tier found success in against eClipse in their previous match. The series started deadlocked at 2-2 with each team taking a game from both Prokhorovka and Himmelsdorf, but that’s when things would begin to change. After taking the next three games, Elevate sat comfortably at 5-2 and would go back and forth from there on out in route to a 7-4 victory, and a third consecutive North American championship!
With Elevate’s victory, they would head home from Hollywood with $96,000 and a trip to Moscow, where they look to build off the best North American finish at the World Gaming League Grand Finals. Be sure to congratulate the entire Tanks team and stay tuned for more information on the Grand Finals 2018 event! #WeAreElevate #RedRebellion