While neither Curse or Dynamic could field their full squads for RyuLAN in Terre Haute, Indiana, the mixed squad would still find success. With Curse’s Cody “ezpk” Shirley on vacation and several Dynamic members unable to attend, the two teams decided to join forces with Curse seeing their three members in Todd “anger” Williams, Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, and Stan "stan^" Sukachov join up with Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Eric “adreN” Hoag from Team Dynamic.
The team, dubbed “Cursnamic” by the community, were placed in a group with Frost Gaming (FG), a complete ESEA-I team with a lot of potential. However, the team headlined by Moe “moe” Assad lost closely to Cursnamic 16-13 on de_mirage_csgo. During one of the final rounds, one of the members from Frost Gaming accidently hit his F10 key, disconnecting him from the game. Many spectators believe the result could have been different, most likely resulting in overtime.
Starting out the double elimination bracket, Cursnamic was faced by the Canadian Crucial Connection (c2) team who traveled 15 hours by car to make it to the tournament. Cursnamic easily handled c2 on de_nuke_se with a 16-3 victory. On the other side of the bracket, FG defeated MonoManiac to set the stage for a rematch with Cursenamic in the winner’s bracket finals. This rematch would once again prove how close these teams were as it ended up in overtime. Perhaps renewed with energy, Cursnamic swept the overtime with four straight rounds, winning 19-15. Cursnamic would now wait as the winners bracket finalists to see who they would face in the Best of 3 (Bo3) series for 1st place.
Keep reading to see what the final results of the tournament were.
Once again FG would earn a rematch with Cursnamic as they easily handled c2 in the losers bracket finals by a score of 16-3. Being the winners bracket victors, Cursnamic were able to pick the map and side. Feeling confident after their OT victory over FG, Cursnamic chose to replay them on de_inferno_se. This time FG came out firing on all cylinders, as if they had learned how to handle Cursnamic from their previous two losses, winning the match 16-9. Fortunately for Cursnamic, they could still win 1st place by taking the final two maps. On the second map, de_mirage_csgo picked by FG, Cursnamic appeared as if they were a slumbering bear who had just been awoken. They completely dominated FG. By the end of the 16-2 Cursnamic victory FG were playing as if their spirits had been broken. Moe from FG would later jokingly claim that they thought the tournament was over after their victory on inferno and headed out for dinner.
He proposed that those playing in their place must have been random spectators. His claim might not be too far from the truth as FG looked like a completely different team as Cursnamic took round after round, a trend that continued in the 3rd and final map that would decide who would be crowned king, a map that Cursenamic would take 16-3. The final map made Cursnamic appear as if they were a fine wine that had finally reached a good age.
Their systematic dismantling of FG proved beyond a doubt that they were the best team in attendance.
1st: Cursnamic ($3,000)
2nd: Frost Gaming ($1,500)
3rd: Crucial Connexion ($500)