The Season 3 Playoffs for the WePlay Academy League will be played online instead of at the WePlay Esports Arena in Kyiv, Ukraine, WePlay Holding announced. The tournament organizers cited the COVID-19 restrictions and the “geopolitical issue on Ukraine’s borders” as the main reasons for the change – the “geopolitical issue” being the Ukraine-Russia crisis. Fears of an invasion of Ukraine are still growing as Russian soldiers continue to march on the country’s borders.
“The safety of tournament participants, our employees and everyone involved has been, is and will be our priority,” WePlay said in their statement.
Season 3 of the WePlay Academy League started in January with the preliminary round. The playoffs will take place from February 11th to 13th. While the playoffs were intended to be played at the WePlay Esports Arena as in previous seasons, this change will see the four playoff teams compete online, much like they did in the group and play-in stages of the competition.
In the first half of the WePlay Academy League event, the competition was reduced to four teams: MOUZ NXT, BIG Academy, Astralis Talent and Team Spirit Academy. Teams will play a double elimination bracket to determine the winner of $45,000 and the title of Best Academy Team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
MOUZ NXT won both Season 1 and Season 2 of the WePlay Academy League. They are now fielding a new roster, with Ádám “torzsi” Torzsás being promoted to MOUZ’s main squad and replaced by Miłosz “mhL” Knasiak. MOUZ NXT coach Dennis “sycrone” Nielsen has also been promoted to MOUZ.
the top performer In the first phase of the competition were Aleksandr “KaiR0N-” Anashkin, mhL from Team Spirit Academy and Danyyl “headtr1ck” Valitov from Natus Vincere Junior.
The WePlay Academy League Season 3 playoffs begin with BIG Esports vs. Team Spirit on February 11 at 9:00 am ET.