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Six days of intense competition has finally decided a winner of the MegaFon Champions League, and with it a ₽ 300,000 RUB top prize — and all congratulations go to Alliance! Sixteen teams took part in the single-elimination, playoff-only format. Teams began with a first-round single-game shootout, meaning it was one-and-done for eight teams. Then, teams faced best-of-three quarter-finals and semi-finals to make it to the Grand Final — and a best-of-five series to determine the victor.

The win was not all plain sailing for Alliance. After a rapid 19-minute victory over Vega Squadron, they faced Napalm in the quarter-finals. It was to be a comeback win for Alliance after Napalm — featuring former Vega Squadron (EU) support Dmitriy 'UnderShock' Bolshakov — took a half-hour Game One. Two rapid victories saw Alliance bounce back.

It was a similar story in the semi-finals, as a strong Team Spirit took an epic 52-minute first game. Again Alliance showed character to fight back, a 40-minute win in game two setting up a decider — which the Aydin 'INSaNIA' Sarkohi-led side sealed inside 28 minutes.

The Grand Finals would see them come up against HappyGuys, the Troels 'syndereN' Nielsen-led team having gone through the entire tournament unbeaten until that point. This time, despite the result being another 2-1 series win for Alliance, it was not a series in which they were forced to come back from a game down.

Instead, they sealed a speedy 19-minute win to take the advantage in the series. A 40-minute second game and solid showing from Ilya 'Illidan Stormrage' Pivtsaev’s Tidehunter brought Happy Guys right back into it, but with Michael 'm`ICKe' Vu going absolutely huge on Morphling — a 16/1/9 performance — the title was secured.

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