Team Liquid’s Rapha takes home first prize at the PGL Open!

The PGL Quake Champions Open showcased amazing talent from the world’s best Quakers, but only one winner – rapha of Team Liquid – could be crowned the winner and take home the grand prize.

Held in Bucharest, Romania, the Open featured over 50 competitors from across the globe competing for a piece of the $50,000 action in Quake Champions’ Duel format. The weekend-long tournament concluded in a final battle between Anton "COOLLER" Singov representing AMD and Shane "rapha" Hendrixson of Team Liquid.

QC PGL Cooller rapha in-body

COOLLER and rapha, no strangers to Dueling at LAN events in the past, ended their bout at the PGL Open with a 3-1 victory for rapha. This marked rapha’s first major win at a Quake Champions Duel tournament, earning the American e-athlete from Team Liquid $20,000 and the PGL championship trophy, with COOLLER of Russia taking home $10,000 for second place.

Catch the exciting match between these pro fraggers for yourself in the replay video below:

The finals of the PGL Quake Champions Open wasn’t the only place where competitors shined in the Arena. Relative newcomer to the pro scene Nikola "serious" Gojic had an impressive showing at the tournament, netting the Serbian pro representing Cryptik Gaming a 6th-place rank and serious respect from the community with his expert Lightning Gun handling ability.

Kirill "cnz" Golubyov, another fresh face in the circuit, secured 12th place in the Open with a breakout showing that makes the Estonian player one worth watching out for in future competitions.

QC PGL Clawz Raisy in-body

Speaking of impressive showings, Adrián “RAISY” Birgány and QuakeCon 2018 Duel Showdown finalist Nikita "clawz" Marchinsky, both representing Myztro Gaming, squared off in a stellar match filled with ‘wow’ moments that every fellow fragger just needs to see to be believed:

A huge shout-out to all those that competed and spectated at the PGL Quake Champions Open, but don’t let up yet – Quake Champions esports is still going strong!

Look forward to the ESWC Quake Champions 2018 Duel tournament October 26-27 as eight European players vie for $10,000 in cash, while Quake goes down under that same weekend for the Quake Australian Championship. After that, the Italian Esports Open 2018 Duel Invitational will take place October 31-November 1.

QC PGL rapha in-body

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