Alliance have ended their year as WellPlay Invitational 6 champions. The Swedish player-owned team overcame Team Empire 3:1 in the Grand Finals. The event was one of the first for most of the teams on the patch update 7.0, bringing forth many entertaining games and drafts.
— Alliance (@theAllianceGG) December 22, 2016
The sixth iteration of this monthly series crowned Alliance as the WellPlay Invitational 6 champions.
For the end of the year event, the prize pool was increased from $3,000 to $5,000 and a new format and eight directly invited teams.
Alliance had to contend with Horde as their first opponents – pitting the newly appointed co-owners, Jonathan “Loda” Berg and Joakim “Akke” Akterhall of the Alliance brand against each other. Loda and friends were able to defeat Horde in a clean 2:0 sweep to then face off against the domineering and fierce Danish Bears/ex-Imperial Gaming. In a 2:1 victory, Alliance continued to the Grand finals to face off the CIS Empire.
Team Empire’s road saw them overtake their CIS peers – F.R.I.E.N.D.S in a decisive 2:0 victory and then turn the tables on Team Liquid with a shocking 2:1 upset.
Alliance’s victory gives them a boost in their achievements to round out the less than spectacular year. The team was unable to participate in the Boston Major after taking 5 – 10th in the qualifiers.
WellPlay Invitational 6 teams
Eight teams were directly invited
- Team Liquid
- Prodota Gaming
- Team Empire
- Elements Pro Gaming
- Ex-Imperial Gaming
WellPlay Invitational 6 format
- Single elimination bracket
- Best-of-three series
- Best-of-five Grand Finals
WellPlay Invitational 6 prize pool
$5,000 total prize pool was up for grabs, split between first and second play teams only
- 1st place – $3,500 – Alliance
- 2nd place – $1,500 – Team Empire
- 3rd/4th place
WellPlay Invitiational 1
The first iteration of WellPlay Invitiational was made possible by Hitbox and also featured a double elimination tournament for eight up-and-coming European teams with a $2,500 prize-pool – that took place between the end of March 2016 and April 2016.
Power Rangers took the first place prize when they bested Fantastic Five in the Grand Finals, 3:1.