Cloud9 win the iBUYPOWER 2016 Spring Invitational over Team Liquid 2-1 (17-19 on de_dust2, 16-7 on de_train, and 16-5 on de_cache).
The computer hardware company known as iBUYPOWER marked their return to the Counter-Strike scene by another online tournament. iBUYPOWER used the same online tournament format similar to their Fall, Summer and Spring Invitationals of last year to host another $15,000 prize pool for ten North American teams. Team Liquid returned as the Fall Champions of the 2015 Fall Invitational with a new line up as well as an in-game leader. Cloud9 also returned to their second appearance of the iBUYPOWER Cup since the summer of 2015. Both teams found themselves in the grand final for $10,000 first place.
The iBUYPOWER Spring invitational brought the viewers some of the biggest upsets on the first day's bracket where Luminosity and Tempo Storm, who are currently ranked #4 and #12 in the world, fall early against selfless and CLG in their quarter-final matches. CLG almost over came the brute of Liquids double awp threat; however, pushing liquid to the limit in double-overtime.
On the second day, the semifinals saw Cloud9 and Liquid advance to the best-of-three grand final.
The first map of de_dust2 appeared to be granted to a complete blowout by Team Liquid as Kenneth "koosta" Suen played an impressive T-side to finish up with a lead of 12-3 at half. However, Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert showed his dynamic T-side executes to bring his team back into the game tying liquid, sending map one to overtime. In overtime however, Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev stepped up and helped his team overcome the overtime push 19-17.
In the end, Liquid had the inability to close out the second half perhaps due to playing numerous games for different leagues throughout the evening. Cloud9 showed their strong T and CT sides on de_train to clinch the second map 16-7. de_cache was also a nightmare for Liquid as Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir, and Gilbert all playing at their peaks as Cloud9 closed out the map 16-5, winning the iBUYPOWER Spring Invitational 2016.
Despite the loss for Liquid, the team gained some success out of the tournament as their new addition Kenneth "koosta" Suen played his first tournament with the team and it went quite well. Liquid will look to carry this momentum to MLG Columbus.
iBUYPOWER Spring Invitational 2016 final standings: