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Unstoppable Brian Rast Powers Berlin Bears to GPL Finals
Brian Rast rampaged his way to a perfect 5-0 record in the GPL playoffs last night and earned his Berlin Bears a trip to the finals against the Montreal National.
Rast dispatched Anatoly Filatov, Guo Dong (twice), Andrey Pateychuk (twice) on his way to perfection in the Cube last night.
Rast wasn’t the only Bear roaring, however, as Sorel Mizzi reeled off a couple wins and Bill Perkins also chipped in with a series-clinching win against the Hong Kong Stars.
Moscow Wolverines Stomp London Royals 4-1
Despite being the fourth seed the London Royals looked stacked with Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov and Justin Bonomo trying to pull off the upset against the Moscow Wolverines.
Instead the Moscow Wolverines proved once again why they've arguably been the breakout stars of the GPL this year and put away the Royals 4-1.
Meanwhile the other Eurasia first-round match saw the Berlin Bears (third seed) pull off a minor upset against the Hong Kong Stars (second seed) by a score of 4-2.
That set up a classic between the Bears and the Wolverines, which ended up going the full seven-game distance.
Rast was the deciding factor in the series as he picked up three wins including the series-winning match against Wolverines manager Anatoly Filatov.
Here’s a clip of the final hand:
The Berlin Bears will compete against the Montreal Nationals for the title of inaugural GPL champion and the $100,000 first-place prize starting at 5 p.m. ET today.
As always you can follow along live via Twitch.tv.
Here’s one last look at how it all broke down last night:
Moscow Wolverines Beat London Royals 4-1
Berlin Bears Defeat Hong Kong Stars 4-2
Berlin Bears Beat Moscow Wolverines 4-3