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After two short games it was clear: the winner of the sixth digitec Playground Cup is Niroxs.
It didn't even take an hour until it was clear that Niroxs is the new champion at the digitec Playground Cup. He beat his final opponent Santossilva twice in a row in a best-of-three. In Age of Empires IV, Niroxs first beat his opponent's English with the Mongols and then stomped Santossilva's Russians with his Russians.
The champion of the digitec Playground Cup wins an AOC Q27G2U 144 Hz monitor, a Noblechairs Hero in black and a Razer BlackWidow V3 keyboard. Santossilva doesn't go away empty-handed, as does Geru in third place. The Playground silver medalist takes home an AOC Q27G2U 144 Hz screen, a Noblechairs Hero in black and a Razer Blackshark V2 headset. Geru wins an AOC Q27G2U 144 Hz screen, a Noblechairs Hero in black and a Razer Naga Trinity gaming mouse.
In the digitec Playground Grümpi, the winner is kiwipoer06, who beat his opponent don_don in two matches and is the king of the amateur players.
In the end there is only one thing left to say: Congratulations and GG!
Niroxs had a relatively good start with his Mongols according to digitec Playground commentators Daniel "Pistolenhenry" Stäger and Edouard "eduism" Wanner(direct link). The 25-year-old finalist was able to build the first Town Centre right next to a gold mine. Santossilva sent out two scouts at the beginning and collected sheep. It was clear: Santossilva wants to take raw materials from the Mongols. The Relics are clearly on Santossilva's side in the first final game.
After 24 minutes Niroxs invades Santossilva's last base. Despite Santossilva's clean buildup with his Englishmen, he has no chance against Niroxs. "What Santossilva has not succeeded in doing is entering the field with an unexpected strategy against Niroxs," Pistolenhenry says. "But find a strategy like that," eduism counters, "Niroxs is so well entrenched in the scene. He knows all these meta-strats and off-meta-strats."
In the second round of the finals(direct link), Santossilva and Niroxs face off on the Danube River. They both decide in favor of the Russians. A mirror match begins. Both players need ports, ships. The Feudal Age comes later, as the Gathering phase takes longer, the two commentators note. At the beginning it looks like Niroxs has a massive disadvantage because of his spawn point. Far too far away from the water, he says. But it turns out that's an advantage: because Santossilva's Town Centre is closer to the water, fewer fish spawn in the river.
It's almost as if eduism and pistolhenry knew what Santossilva was blooming. After 21 minutes, Niroxs invades Santossilva's last stronghold. The Knights made the difference. "That's a fat GG," says Pistolenhenry while Niroxs has already taken his hands off the keyboard and mouse.
After 21 minutes, the fanfare sounds: Niroxs has defeated Santossilva 2-0 and revives the first place.
The Pro Tournament was not the only tournament decided at the Playground. In the Grümpi tournament, kiwipower06 won two matches(direct link) against don_don. He had won the first match in Dry Arabia with the French against don_don's Roman Empire, and then defeated the French he had previously led to victory - in the second match under his opponent's control - with the Chinese.
kiwipower06 wins an AOC Q27G2U 144 Hz Screen, a Noblechairs Hero in black and a Razer Ornata V2 Keyboard.
Santossilva doesn't go away empty-handed, just like Geru in third place. The Playground silver medalist takes home an AOC Q27G2U 144 Hz screen, a Noblechairs Hero in black and a Razer Blackshark V2 headset.
In third place is Geru. The man wins an AOC Q27G2U 144 Hz screen, a Noblechairs Hero in black and a Razer Naga Trinity gaming mouse.