Wasianiverson is heading to his second TFT world championship after a dominant performance at the NA Regional Finals!
North America's (NA) finest Teamfight Tactics (TFT) competitors competed this past weekend with Runeterra Reforged Championship hopes on the line. After three days and 18 exciting games, four more NA representatives joined Kurumx to defend the title that Rereplay took home for NA in Set 8. Wasianiverson put on incredibly dominating performances on Day 1 and the final day of competition en route to victory. In doing so, he secured a trip to back-to-back TFT world championships.
For the Runeterra Reforged NA Regional Finals, 24 players competed on Day 1. The bottom eight in overall points were eliminated to form a top 16 for Day 2. That field was then cut in half at the end of Day 2 to form the final eight for the third and final day of competition.
The top three point earners on the final day qualified directly to the Runeterra Reforged Championship. The fourth NA representative joining Kurumx was determined through the Best Average Placement result across the entire tournament among the remaining non-qualified competitors.
North American Regional Finals winner Wasianiverson
Wasianiverson had one of the most dominant tournament runs that NA has ever seen.
On the first day of competition, he ended 1st place overall with 38 points. Then, on the second day, he ended 2nd place overall with 39 points. Finally, on the third and final day, he topped the lobby and won the event with another 39 points, capping the tournament with a 10-point lead over 2nd place Connerisme. Across 18 games of the entire tournament, Wasianiverson amassed 116 points and an average placement of 2.56. The next-best performer in these categories was Torontotokyo, with 97 overall points and an average placement of 3.61.
How Wasianiverson won the North American Regional Finals
Nathan "Admirable" Zamora brought up Wasianiverson having an impressive amount of first-place performances across the tournament. Wasianiverson credited that success to an early adoption of a certain game plan.
Making the swap to Urf right after Last Chance Qualifier is one of the best decisions I ever made. Even if I didn't win the tournament, another Urf player was always going to win the tournament. A strategy like Ezreal or Twisted Fate just can't win consistently enough. I think that was a great decision and having all that extra time to practice and lots of people to practice and study with [helped].
His supporting cast
Wasianiverson doesn't think he could be the player he is now without the help of many of his friends and practice partners. He didn't hesitate to thank them.
I have to thank everyone that I played and practiced with. Thank you to Torontotokyo, Bossoskills, Stellar Minhee, Milala, Darth Nub, Clear, Im Jack, Filup, and more. Starting and talking to other people in the TFT community is what allowed me to make leaps and bounds in my play as a player and take my gameplay to a whole other level. If I didn't have friends in the TFT community, I wouldn't have gone to worlds last set and wouldn't have gone to worlds this set.
The conclusion of Wasianiverson's dominant run
Going into the final game of the NA Regional Finals, Wasianiverson was already guaranteed a spot at the Runeterra Reforged Championship. Nobody could overtake his position within the top three. But why stop at securing his place at the world championship when he could also just win the NA Regional Finals? Wasianiverson went ahead and did exactly that. With the help of Ancient Archives and Golden Ticket, Wasianiverson found a Bel'Veth 2 in Stage 4 and equipped her with Rapid Firecannon, Vanquisher Emblem, and Ionia Emblem. This gave him the tempo and the strength for his fourth 2nd placement in a row and 39 points overall on the day.
The final game of the North American Regional Finals
Aside from Wasianiveron's dominance, heading into the final game, there were a few important things to note. Nobody was eliminated from being one of NA's worlds representatives. Tleyds's lead over the rest of the field looked relatively safe, but was not secure. Everyone from k3soju all the way down to Milk could come from behind to earn themselves one of the remaining spots. Finally, even Torontotokyo, with no hopes of a top-three finish in order to qualify, was fighting to maintain the final best average placement spot.
A wild finish to the tournament
k3soju was the first to fall in 8th place. He finished with 25 points. There was a scenario in which he could still qualify by ending in 3rd place. However, that scenario involved Tleyds placing well to take points away from other competitors wanting to overtake k3soju. Unfortunately, Tleyds, on that same turn, was eliminated from the final game in 7th place. At 29 points, Tleyds's seemingly safe position was now in jeopardy. Darth Nub joined the two on that same turn, finishing 6th in the final game, ending with the same amount of points as k3soju at 25.
Connerisme and Liquid Rereplay were both very much alive to pass Tleyds. Milk was also very much alive to pass k3soju's original standing. He went into the final game with 19 points, yet could still qualify for a third TFT world championship. All that was left to do was place two placements higher than both Connerisme and Rereplay. Much to the relief of Tleyds, Rereplay was knocked out in 5th place. And on that same turn, much to the dismay of Milk, he was eliminated in the final game of NA Regional Finals at 4th place, effectively ending his world championship hopes.
Qualifications from North American Regional Finals
Milk's elimination concluded the crazy rollercoaster of possibilities as all of NA's world championship representatives secured their spots. Wasianiverson's dominance carried him to tournament victory and his second TFT world championship. Connerisme went on to win the final game of the NA Regional Finals. This put himself at 2nd place, beating Tleyds in a tiebreaker for overall placement. Tleyds breathed a sigh of relief and began to celebrate as he qualified at 3rd place to the Runeterra Reforged Championship. Torontotokyo earned the final spot at the Runeterra Reforged Championship via best average placement across the tournament among those who hadn't qualified through a top-three finish. These are your NA representatives at the Runeterra Reforged Championship!
Prize pool distribution
When the dust settled and the scores were tallied, this is where everyone placed. Thus, here is how the competitors split the $35,000 USD prize pool:
For more scores and results from the tournament, click here.
What's next in Teamfight Tactics?
- Runeterra Reforged Championship: Nov. 3 to Nov. 5
Do not miss out on the Runeterra Reforged Championship, as 32 of the best TFT players around the world try to claim glory for themselves and their region! The action starts on Nov. 3 at 6 a.m. PT here on the Teamfight Tactics livestream.
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