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Power vs. Terrorist
Could Power win a title without their #1 draft pick in Best, #1 FA pick in Apok, and #1 low-star warbird in Beam against a 9-1 juggernaut? That was the question coming into this TWDT-D Finals, against a Terrorist squad that so completely and utterly dominated the regular season in warbird, and decimating Curse in the Semi-Finals 2-0, coming into the match with a massive 11-1 record, losing only to a 19-Kill performance from Ease in Week 4.
Force proved their TWLD title was no fluke, as their Big 3™ of Iron, Okyo, and Cres once again shined in the Finals, as Power's Iron Survivor (17-8) put in a Herculean effort to lead Cres (11-10), Ra (10-9), Eric Clapton (6-9) and Zidane (6-9) as this game hung on the razor's edge, with Terrorist nursing an early lead until late, but Turban's early exit and Ra staying alive on 9 for what seemed like an eternity, proved the narrow difference.
Eric, Zid, and Ra weaved and bobbed for extended minutes on 9, maintaining a precarious numbers advantage as they whittled away at a significant Terrorist lead, eventually overwhelming them.
Okyo (16-10), meanwhile, was on an absolute tear, powering a vicious offense that tore up the league, coming into the Finals with an astounding 9-1 regular season record, but fell just short ahead Dreamwin (12-10), Jones (7-10), Turban (6-10), and Major Crisis (4-10).
HOT: Iron Survivor (17-8)
HOT: Okyo (16-10)
NOT: Turban (6-10). Turban spent about as much time in this game as Warren G. Harding did in office, and his poor score and early exit cost them the game.
Terrorist vs. Power
The Empire Strikes Back!
The top-seeded behemoth fired back round two, as key low-star piece Major Crisis (14-9) led Dreamwin (12-8), Jones (7-9), Okyo (9-10), and turban (8-10) to the victory.
This was another close match, as TWDT-D proved the best of the finals by far (in stark contrast to last year, where it was the worst.)
Cres (15-10) put in a monumental effort, while Iron Survivor (11-10) was solid as usual, but despite okay performances from Ra (9-10) and Eric Clapton (7-10), Ziddy Kong (4-10)'s minus-6 in a 4-kill spread proved fatal as Terrorist roared back into the series, tying it up 1-1.
HOT: Major Crisis (14-9)
HOT: Cres (15-10)
NOT: Zidane (4-10). Zid could singlehandedly take down an entire platoon of Navy Seals... through friendly fire. During the round I saw Sherlock Holmes enter the area -- that's how suspect his aim was. He rattles off 4:10s like a miner's alarm clock. SUB ME IN YOU FOOL!
Power vs. Terrorist
Pressure> lol this is over
That was the sentiment of most in spec mid-game, as Power took a dominant 15 kill advantage while one or two Terrorist players were on 8 or 9.
But they underestimated the... Will of the Warrior™. Dreamwin (18-10), hellbent on stamping his legacy as the winningest captain in TWDT history, having reached his 9th final as (C), went fucking Super Saiyan and carried Terrorist from a double-digit deficit to a 43-42 lead. Fat Lady indeed. This was one of the most epic comebacks of all-time, and as Zidane and Cres were knocked out, this looked a foregone conclusion as Terror had the numbers advantage.
Sweet S15 TWLD Champion Eric Clapton, after spending the majority of the season as a lobbing mediocrity and filler for Best, Apok, and Beam (all of whom failed to show for Power in the Playoffs), went absolutely ham in the clutch when it mattered most, rattling off an amazing 3 straight knockout kills, singlehandedly shifting the tides of battle back into Power's favor.
Iron Survivor (11-9) and Ra (11-9) remained as they have all playoffs, consistently impactful and showing an innate ability to stay alive on 9, as Eric Clapton (10-6) clutched the fuck out of the endgame handing Power the win, while Zidane (12-10) redeemed himself after a pair of bad rounds, and Cres (6-10), completely out of gas, understandably fizzled out after superb Round 1 and Round 2 games.
Dreamwin (18-10) was a demi-god for his squad, but despite him and Okyo (11-10) being the 2nd and 3rd best warbirds this season (after Iron Survivor, who was an absolute monster week-in, week-out), their stellar performances fell just short of a title, with Major (7-10) unable to replicate his Round 2 heroics and Jones (5-10)'s poor play throughout on top of turban's (3-10) horrid TWDT-D Finals outings sealed their fate.
HOT: Dreamwin (18-10)
HOT: Eric Clapton (10-6)
NOT: Turban (3-10). Although Jones deserves an honorable mention for his 19-29 Finals record (where was Absent?), Turban was a true All-Star for Power on Sunday, with an insanely early 6-10 exit in Round 1 and an atrocious 3-10 in Round 3. Turb usually spends most of his time cheating me out of basing titles with quadruple brackets or his lag, so it's nice of him to give one back. Man shot up so many rocks in this TWDT-D Final you'd think he was a crack user.
Congrats to Power on claiming the TWDT-D crown in epic fashion! They did it in style, in three extremely close rounds, and topped it off with a Round 3 comeback from Terrorist's comeback, blowing people's minds in spec. This was a final for the ages, with 50-45, 50-44, 50-46 scores barely separating the teams, and Zidane's team managing to take down an all-time great team without Best, Apok or Cres and players like Ra and Eric Clapton stepping up and Cres finding his game again just in time, on top of Zidane finally coming through in the final round.
Dreamwin and Okyo were absolute monsters, and they were definitely deserving of the title, but Power had better performances across the board from all five players, and that proved the difference.
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